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7 August 2019


Most Underrated Book Award 2019 shortlist announced

The Small Press Network (SPN) has announced the shortlist for the 2019 Most Underrated Book Award (MUBA). The shortlisted titles are: Brontide (Sue McPherson, Magabala)... Read more
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Shortlists for 2019 NSW Premier’s History Awards announced

The State Library of NSW (SLNSW) has announced the shortlists for the 2019 NSW Premier’s History Awards. The shortlisted works in each category are: Australian... Read more


Canberra’s Muse bookstore, café and wine bar up for sale x

The owners of Muse bookstore, café and wine bar in Canberra are looking to sell their business. Daniel Sanderson and Paul Eldon said they are... Read more
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The Little Book Nook opens on the Sunshine Coast x

A new bookshop specialising in children’s titles has opened in Queensland’s Sunshine Coast suburb of Palmwoods. The Little Book Nook is owned and run by... Read more


Program announced for 2019 Blak & Bright festival

The program for this year’s Blak & Bright First Nations Literary Festival, to be held in Melbourne from 5-8 September, has been announced. More than... Read more
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Colin Roderick Award 2019 longlist announced

The longlist for this year’s Colin Roderick Award, administered by the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies at James Cook University, has been announced. The longlisted... Read more


Ngaio Marsh Award 2019 shortlist announced

The shortlist for this year’s Ngaio Marsh Award for New Zealand crime fiction has been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Best crime... Read more


Dymocks Subiaco wins top award at Dymocks conference for second year running

Dymocks Subiaco in Perth has won its second consecutive Chairman’s Award for Retail Excellence, presented at the 2019 Dymocks national conference in Melbourne from 4-6... Read more


The Big Issue announces 2019 fiction edition line-up

The Big Issue has announced the writers who will feature in its annual fiction edition. The edition will feature stories from five commissioned writers: Heather... Read more

Harlequin announces shortlist for First Nations Fellowship

Harlequin has announced the shortlist for the 2019 First Nations Fellowship for commercial fiction. The shortlisted writers and titles are: Julie Janson for ‘Desert Lands’  Melanie... Read more


‘Too Much Lip’ optioned for screen adaptation

Melissa Lucashenko’s Miles Franklin Literary Award-winning novel Too Much Lip (UQP) has been optioned for screen by production company Cenozoic Pictures. The deal, which was... Read more


Liminal Fiction Prize longlist announced

Liminal magazine has announced the longlist for the inaugural Liminal Fiction Prize. The longlisted authors and their works are: Bryant Apolonio, for ‘Bad Weather’ Kasumi... Read more


A&U to publish Rodda’s new junior fiction series

Allen & Unwin (A&U) has acquired a new three-book junior fiction series by Emily Rodda. The Monty’s Island series, which is illustrated by Lucinda Gifford,... Read more


UWAP acquires On’s poetry collection ‘Turbulence’ x

The UWA Publishing (UWAP) has acquired world rights to Thuy On’s debut poetry collection Turbulence. ‘It’s a really surprising first book by a sharp poetic... Read more


Morris shortlisted for Glass Bell Award

In the UK, Heather Morris’ The Tattooist of Auschwitz (Echo) has been shortlisted for the Glass Bell Award. Selected from a longlist of 12, the... Read more

Trump renews threat of tariffs on Chinese imports

In the US, president Donald Trump has threatened to impose 10% tariffs on US$300 billion (A$442b) worth of goods imported from China, including ‘virtually all... Read more


UK sales of Booker Prize longlisted titles up nearly 200%

In the UK, the titles longlisted for the Booker Prize sold a combined 4740 copies according to Nielsen BookScan, up 198% on the week before the... 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 Memoir... Read more


Bestsellers: latest ‘Treehouse’ tale at top x

Andy Griffiths’ and Terry Denton’s latest ‘Treehouse’ book The 117-Storey Treehouse (Pan) has debuted at the top of this week’s top 10 bestsellers chart. In... Read more

The shortcomings of literary awards

‘Yes, prizes generate income for a few authors and publishers, but I am hard-pressed to think of any other aspect of literary culture that has been genuinely enriched by literary prizes.’—writer and academic Emmett Stinson on the dominance of awards in literary taste-making.


RiP Toni Morrison

American author Toni Morrison has died, aged 88. US publisher Holt, Rinehart & Winston published Morrison’s debut novel The Bluest Eye in 1970. Alfred A... Read more


Publishers Weekly x

Books+Publishing is partnering with US trade news magazine Publishers Weekly to provide our subscribers with exclusive access to the weekly digital edition of PW magazine for a limited time. This... Read more

Library to open in former Marrickville Hospital building

A new library and pavilion will open in the heritage-listed former Marrickville Hospital building in Sydney’s inner-west on 31 August, reports Broadsheet. The new facility... Read more

Museum of Literature Ireland to open in Dublin in September

The Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI), a new landmark cultural institution costing €11m (A$11.3m), will open in Dublin in September, reports the Irish Times. MoLI... Read more


Judging a book by its cover: Jane Curry on the influence of Instagram x

Ventura Press publisher Jane Curry argues that the biggest influence on design trends this decade has been Instagram. With 5000 new titles a month released... Read more


Book designer spotlight: Evi O

Evi O spent a decade working as a designer at Penguin Books Australia, where she specialised in illustrated books on food, design, art, architecture and... Read more


There Was Still Love (Favel Parrett, Hachette)

Favel Parrett’s third novel, There Was Still Love, is a meticulously observed and masterfully crafted immigrant story about a displaced Czech family. The novel oscillates... Read more

IPEd: Editing Digital Content

The Victorian branch of the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) is running a professional development session on editing digital content with John Ryan. This session... Read more

Walker Books Australia to publish new middle-grade fiction by Alison Croggon

Walker Books Australia will publish Alison Croggon’s first middle-grade fantasy adventure, The Threads of Magic, in March 2020.

The book follows a young pickpocket, Pip, who lives on his wits in the city of Clarel and finds himself in possession of a curious object: a dried-out heart that is trying to communicate with him.

‘The seed of the tale was the mystery around the Lost Dauphin, the son of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, who was imprisoned and then disappeared during the Revolution,’ Croggon told Books+Publishing. ‘His heart was reportedly stolen and pickled by a doctor who did an autopsy. The Threads of Magic spiraled out of that central horrible image of a dead boy’s heart, but it very quickly took on a life of its own!’




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