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24 July 2019

Constant Reader’s Jay Lansdown to take over Pages & Pages x

Jay Lansdown, owner of Sydney bookshop The Constant Reader, has agreed to take over the Pages & Pages Booksellers store in Mosman. Lansdown plans to... Read more
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Inky Awards 2019 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2019 Inky Awards have been announced. The awards are presented by State Library Victoria (SLV) for local and international fiction, poetry,... Read more


‘Stone Girl’ wins 2019 Readings YA book prize

Eleni Hale has won the 2019 Readings Young Adult Book Prize for her novel Stone Girl (Penguin). Hale’s novel was chosen from a shortlist of... Read more
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Work begins on new edition of government style manual

The federal government’s Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) has appointed Canberra-based communications agency Ethos CRS to lead the development of the seventh edition of the Australian... Read more


The Lifted Brow & RMIT non/fictionLab Prize for Experimental Nonfiction shortlist announced

Melbourne-based literary magazine The Lifted Brow and RMIT’s non/fictionLab have announced the shortlist for their Prize for Experimental Nonfiction. The shortlisted writers and their works... Read more
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KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2019 Kill Your Darlings (KYD) Unpublished Manuscript Award has been announced. The shortlisted authors and their works are: Shelley Burr for... Read more


Wakefield sells debut YA novel to US

Wakefield Press has sold world rights (ex ANZ) to debut novel Making Friends with Alice Dyson (Poppy Nwosu) to Walker Books US for a five-figure... Read more


Odyssey Books celebrates 10th anniversary; announces new imprints x

Small press Odyssey Books is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month. Michelle Lovi founded Odyssey Books on 14 July 2009 and published its first title,... Read more


Booker Prize 2019 longlist announced

The longlist for the 2019 Booker Prize has been announced. The 13 books longlisted for the £50,000 (A$88,875) prize are: The Testaments (Margaret Atwood, Chatto... Read more


UK Booksellers Association launches green bookselling manifesto

In the UK, the Booksellers Association (BA) has launched ‘Green Bookselling: A Manifesto for the BA, Booksellers and the Book Industry’, as it calls on... Read more

Publishers, authors concerned over Audible’s audio-to-text program

In the US, publishers, literary agents and authors have expressed concern that Audible’s proposed program Captions, which transcribes audio to text alongside its audiobooks, infringes... Read more

Two women awarded Japan’s top literary awards

In Japan, novelists Natsuko Imamura and Masumi Oshima have been awarded two of the country’s top literary awards, reports Kyodo News. Imamura was awarded the... Read more


Thompson wins 2019 Arthur C Clarke Award for ‘Rosewater’

Tade Thompson’s Rosewater (Orbit) has won the 2019 Arthur C Clarke award for science fiction, reports the Guardian. Set in a future Africa, the events... Read more

US audiobook sales up 25% in 2018

In the US, the Audio Publishers Association (APA) has reported audiobook revenue in 2018 grew by 24.5% to total US$940 million (A$1.34b), reports Publishing Perspectives.... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Jenny Darling & Associates has extended the screen option taken by Generator Pictures for The Natural Way of Things (Charlotte Wood, A&U) until... Read more


Publicity round-up x

Books+Publishing’s weekly publicity round-up covers forthcoming publicity for Australian and internationally authored books due to appear in Australian media over the coming weeks. Nonfiction History,... Read more


Bestsellers: Walliams, Blabey hold on to top spots x

This week’s bestseller chart sees new novels by Nora Roberts and David Baldacci entering the top 10. Roberts’ latest romance Under Currents (Hachette) has entered... Read more


‘The Big Bad Wolf’ tops June Australian children’s fiction bestsellers chart x

Aaron Blabey’s The Big Bad Wolf: The Bad Guys Episode Nine leads the Australian children’s fiction bestsellers chart in June, ahead of two titles by... Read more


On Drugs (Chris Fleming, Giramondo)

Philosopher Chris Fleming’s memoir is a searching, considered account of drug and alcohol use and the mechanisms of addiction. Fleming traces his history of marijuana,... Read more

UK Booksellers Association urges shops to go green

‘Booksellers can take the lead in their communities, and in the trade—where there is already a high awareness of the challenge—and the green manifesto is designed as a key step in committing to doing more to be sustainable and ethical.’UK Booksellers Association managing director Meryl Halls on the launch of the trade body’s green bookselling manifesto.



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National Archives needs funding doubled, 200 extra staff, claims panel

A government-appointed panel claims the National Archives needs its funding doubled and an extra 200 staff hired in order to survive, reports the Canberra Times.... Read more

Vancouver Public Library banned from walking in Pride Parade

In Canada, the Vancouver Pride Society (VPS) has banned the Vancouver Public Library (VPL) from walking in its annual Pride Parade, due to the library’s... Read more


Holiday book haul: Junior Christmas 2019 preview

Kelsey Oldham rounds up some local highlights from publishers’ 2019 Christmas lists. (See our adult fiction and nonfiction highlights here.) Aussie favourites Some of our... Read more


Good tidings we bring: Christmas 2019 preview x

Sarah Farquharson rounds up this year’s top locally authored Christmas titles. (See our kids and YA Christmas highlights here.) Blockbuster fiction The small press with... Read more

Murdoch Books to publish new book from feminist icon Gloria Steinem

Murdoch Books is pleased to announce it will publish The Truth Will Set You Free, But First It Will Piss You Off! by Gloria Steinem later this year, in Australia on 5 November and the United Kingdom on 1 November.

The hardback book is a stunningly illustrated collection of Steinem’s reflections, anecdotes and most powerful and pithy quotes, forming a treatise on what she believes matters most to women today.

For decades people from around the world have found inspiration, guidance, humour and recognition in Steinem’s words. Since her early days as a journalist and feminist activist, Steinem’s philosophies have helped define generations of women.

‘The time is perfect for a collection that not only celebrates Gloria Steinem’s huge contribution to feminism but brings new readers to her work and words,’ publisher Jane Morrow said.

This memorable anthology covers topics including relationships, work and activism, and features an introduction written by Steinem earlier this year.

Publishing Director Lou Johnson says Steinem’s new book is a perfect addition to the conversation-starters category on the Murdoch Books list.

‘We couldn’t be more excited to welcome one of the world’s most revered and influential thought leaders to Murdoch Books. Gloria Steinem’s contribution to the global conversation on feminism is extraordinary and we are thrilled to be playing a role in bringing that conversation to people around the world. On a personal level, this is exactly the kind of book I want to share with my daughters,’ Johnson said.


Inner Traditions/Bear & Company partners with Simon & Schuster

Simon & Schuster Australia is pleased to announce a new sales and distribution partnership with independent publisher, Inner Traditions/Bear & Company in Australia and New Zealand from 1 October 2019.

Inner Traditions/Bear & Company titles previously distributed by Brumby Sunstate will not be accepted by Harper Entertainment Distribution Services (HEDS) for return. Authorised returns relating to orders placed with Brumby Sunstate should be sent back to Brumby Sunstate by 31 December 2019. Backorders can now be placed at HEDS for October 2019 new releases onwards, send orders to orders@harpercollins.com.au. Backlist titles will be available to order from 1 October onwards.


Update on the NewSouth move to ADS in Australia and New Zealand

Please be advised booksellers should change their systems at COB on Thursday 25 July to order all NewSouth Books from Alliance Distribution Services (ADS).

All backorders held at TLD will be transferred to ADS at close of business 26 July 2019 unless you have instructed us not to.

Invoicing of NewSouth Books titles from ADS will commence on Monday 29 July 2019.

Please email your orders to adscs@alliancedist.com.au


Lorne Beach Books for sale

Bookshop for sale

Lorne Beach Books, Lorne, Vic

Opened in 1999 by David and Meryl Bartak after 20 years of owning and operating Black Mask Books in Toorak Rd, South Yarra. Forty years of creating and helping readers is coming to an end. It’s time to put on the thongs and walk on the beach.

An independent, eclectic quality bookshop with no competition, no newsagency and no DDS in prestigious coastal town.

Suit someone looking for a sea-change or as a coastal addition to an existing shop.

Good price for the right person. A new lease with options available.

Contact David and Meryl Bartak.
Email: david.bartak13@gmail.com
Phone: 0412 547 188




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