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14 August 2019


You Can Change the World

Did you know that there are more plastic flamingos in the world than real ones? That if you joined all the pieces of plastic in... Read more
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Macmillan Education to withdraw schools division from Australian market x

Macmillan Education Australia has announced its intention to withdraw its schools division from the Australian market ‘in due course’. In a statement, the company said:... Read more


Highest ever box office sales at 2019 Byron Writers Festival; Indigenous authors dominate bestsellers

This year’s Byron Writers Festival attracted the highest box office sales in its 23-year history, according to event organisers. The festival, which ran from 2–4... Read more
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New report shows lack of diversity in arts sector leadership roles

A new report launched today by Diversity Arts Australia has found culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) Australians are underrepresented in arts sector leadership roles. The... Read more


Hachette’s Next Stock Date system goes live on TitlePage x

Hachette’s Next Stock Date (NSD) system, which lets booksellers know when stock will be available to order at Alliance Distribution Services, is now live on... Read more
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‘No Friend but the Mountains’ wins National Biography Award

The State Library of New South Wales (SLNSW) has announced No Friend but the Mountains by Behrouz Boochani (Picador) as the winner of this year’s... Read more


‘The Bomb’ named book of the year at 2019 NZ Book Awards for Children and YA

The Bomb by author Sacha Cotter and illustrator Josh Morgan (Huia Publishers) has won the Margaret Mahy book of the year award, as well as... Read more


RWA awards 2019 winners announced

The winners of the 2019 Romance Writers of Australia (RWA) Romantic Book of the Year awards, known as the Ruby Awards, were announced on 10... Read more


Mark and Evette Moran Nib Literary Award 2019 longlist announced

The longlist for the 2019 Mark and Evette Moran Literary Award, known as ‘the Nib’, has been announced. The longlisted titles are: An Unconventional Wife:... Read more


Environment Award for Children’s Literature 2019 shortlist announced

The Wilderness Society has announced the shortlist for the 2019 Environment Award for Children’s Literature. The shortlisted books in each category are: Picture fiction: More... Read more


UQP appoints Hume as commissioning editor for children’s and YA x

The University of Queensland Press (UQP) has appointed Clair Hume as commissioning editor for children’s and young adult books. Hume, who joined Affirm Press in... Read more


Rosenbloom selected for Shanghai Visiting International Publishers program

Scribble publisher Miriam Rosenbloom has been awarded a Shanghai Visiting International Publishers fellowship to attend a specialist program alongside the Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair... Read more


ASA, HQ launch $10,000 commercial fiction prize

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) and HarperCollins imprint HQ have announced a new commercial fiction prize for an unpublished manuscript. The winner of the ASA/HQ... Read more

Angie Martin wins inaugural First Nations Fellowship for commercial writing

Harlequin has announced Angie Martin as the winner of the inaugural Commercial Fiction Fellowship for First Nation Writers, for her manuscript ‘Melaleuca’. Martin’s manuscript was... Read more

Colin Roderick Award 2019 shortlist announced

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


Overland VU Short Story Prize 2019 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2019 Overland Victoria University (VU) Short Story Prize for new writers has been announced. The shortlisted stories are: ‘Quinn’ by Claire... Read more


Liminal Fiction Prize shortlist announced

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


Arnott’s ‘Flames’ shortlisted for Not the Booker

Hobart-based author Robbie Arnott has been shortlisted for the Guardian’s 2019 Not the Booker prize. Arnott’s debut, Flames (Text), was one of six shortlisted titles... Read more


Shortlist announced for inaugural Margaret Mahy Illustration Prize

Hachette NZ and the Margarey Mahy estate have announced the shortlist for the inaugural Margaret Mahy Illustration Prize for unpublished illustrators. The shortlisted illustrators are:... Read more


HarperCollins to publish Ellyse Perry’s ‘Perspective’

HarperCollins will publish Australian cricketer and soccer player Ellyse Perry’s debut nonfiction book Perspective in November 2019. HarperCollins said Perry’s ‘inspiring’ and ‘heavily illustrated’ title will feature... Read more


‘The Girl on the Page’ film rights acquired

Sydney-based production company Causeway Films has acquired the film rights to John Purcell’s The Girl on the Page (HarperCollins), via Simone Camilleri of Green Ink Agency. Set... Read more

Sarroff appointed HarperCollins finance director x

HarperCollins ANZ has appointed Simone Sarroff to the new position of finance director, effective 17 September. CEO James Kellow said: ‘Simone brings a wealth of... Read more


Colloborative literary organisation established in New Zealand

A new literary organisation called the Coalition for Books has launched in New Zealand. Established with seed funding from Creative New Zealand, the Coalition for... Read more

HarperCollins earnings up six percent in fiscal 2018–19

In the US, HarperCollins has reported a six percent rise in earnings despite flat annual revenue for the 2018–19 fiscal year, reports Publishers Weekly. EBITDA... Read more

UK retailers demand business tax reform

In the UK, the Booksellers Association (BA) has joined with more than 50 retailers in signing an open letter demanding the government take action on... Read more


Foyles to install libraries in luxury UK retirement homes

In the UK, bookselling chain Foyles has made a deal with developer Elysian Residences to install libraries in its high-end retirement homes, reports the Times.... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Simone Camilleri of Green Ink Agency has sold film rights to The Girl on the Page (John Purcell, HarperCollins) to Causeway Films (see... 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: ‘Dare to Lead’ challenges ‘Treehouse’ for top spot x

The 117-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths, illus by Terry Denton, Pan) is at the top of the top 10 bestsellers chart for the second week in... Read more


Growing Up Queer in Australia (ed by Benjamin Law, Black Inc.) x

Mapped across a spectrum of ages and eras, sexualities and ethnicities, Growing Up Queer in Australia captures the resilience and strength of queer people coming... Read more

Diversity lacking in the Australian arts sector

‘The data is unequivocal: Australia’s cultural leaders are simply not representative of our richly diverse Australian community. The question now is, what are we going to do about it?’—Jackie Bailey, co-author of a new report examining the diversity of the Australian arts sector, considers the steps the industry can take to achieve equitable representation.



Publishers Weekly

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... Read more

National e-deposit service launched this week

The national e-deposit service (NED), a collaboration between Australia’s national, state and territory libraries, will launch at the National Library of Australia (NLA) this week.... Read more

ALIA diversity report reveals Indigenous professionals underrepresented in library sector

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has published this year’s Workforce Diversity Trend Report, which details the diversity of the galleries, libraries, archives, museums... Read more

Vic government to provide $44.7m to public libraries for new books, resources, programs

Victorian public libraries have received $44.7 million in funding from the state government to buy new books and e-resources, and to deliver programs such as... Read more

Baker & Taylor’s retail exit x

In early May, Baker & Taylor (B&T) announced it was closing its retail wholesale business—choosing instead to focus on the library market. Brad Jefferies asked... Read more


Book designer spotlight: Sandy Cull

Sandy Cull spent ‘12 wonderful years’ as a designer at Penguin Australia—where she designed the first two editions of Stephanie Alexander’s The Cook’s Companion—before returning... Read more

Editors NSW: Digital marketing for freelance editors and self-publishing authors

Editors NSW is running a presentation on digital marketing for freelance editors and self-publishing authors with Christopher Cowan. The event will include a demonstration of... Read more

SLV: Faine to deliver Stephen Murray-Smith memorial lecture

Broadcaster Jon Faine will deliver the State Library Victoria’s 2019 Stephen Murray-Smith Memorial Lecture on 17 September, before signing off from ABC’s airwaves after 23... Read more

Publishers Publicity Circle Melbourne to host third meeting

The third quarterly meeting of the Publishers Publicity Circle Melbourne will be hosted at the Text Publishing offices on 19 September, and will feature a... Read more

Homecooked Comics Festival to run 17–18 August in Melbourne

Homecooked Comics Festival is a two-day indie comic book festival, featuring book launches, children’s activities, workshops and a free market day, where comics creators will sell their work, alongside representatives from retailers, publishers and printers.

Aiming to ‘present comics as an exciting literary form that everyone can enjoy’, the festival includes a whole day of ticketed artist workshops on Saturday, 17 August, and the free market day on Sunday, running from midday until 5pm at the Northcote Town Hall.

Event details

Date: 17–18 August
Location: Northcote Town Hall, Melbourne
Cost: Workshops are ticketed; market day is free to attend
Bookings and more info: https://homecookedfest.com/




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