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28 August 2019


NZ Book Trade Industry Awards 2019 winners announced

The winners of the 2019 New Zealand Book Trade Industry Awards were announced in Auckland on 23 August. The winners in each category are: Bookshop... Read more
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Blue Mountains’ Turning Page Bookshop for sale x

The Turning Page Bookshop in the Blue Mountains suburb of Springwood is for sale. Annie Sharkey and Alan Crooks have owned the store for 11... Read more


ABA announces 2020 conference dates

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has announced that the 96th annual conference and trade exhibition will be held at the Sofitel Wentworth in Sydney from... Read more
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Text acquires new Grenville novel

Text has acquired world rights to a new novel by Kate Grenville called A Room Made of Leaves. Following Australian pastoralist and merchant Elizabeth Macarthur,... Read more


Fremantle sells ‘Antarctica’ picture book to US

Fremantle Press has sold US rights to Moira Court’s forthcoming picture book Antarctica to Massachusetts-based children’s publisher Charlesbridge. ‘Charlesbridge’s roots are in nature nonfiction, which... Read more
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Inaugural Terror Australis Festival program launched

The program for the inaugural Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival, which runs in various locations in Tasmania’s Huon Valley from 31 October to 3... Read more

Yang charged with espionage in Beijing

Chinese-Australian writer and former Chinese diplomat Yang Hengjun has been formally charged with espionage in Beijing, reports the Guardian. Yang has been detained in China since January,... Read more


Banjo Prize 2019 shortlist announced

HarperCollins has announced the shortlist for the 2019 Banjo Prize for an unpublished work of commercial fiction. The shortlisted manuscripts are: ‘Beware of Dogs’ (Elizabeth... Read more


Bad Sydney Crime Writers Festival announces Danger Prize shortlist

The Bad Sydney Crime Writers Festival has announced the shortlist for this year’s Danger Prize, awarded for the best book, film, podcast or TV drama... Read more


Chew wins 2019 Overland VU Short Story Prize

Joyce Chew’s short story ‘Water bodies’ has won this year’s Overland Victoria University (VU) Short Story Prize. Chosen from a shortlist announced earlier this month,... Read more


Overland appoints Araluen Corr, Dunk as co-editors

Literary journal Overland has announced Evelyn Araluen Corr and Jonathan Dunk as its two new co-editors. Araluen Corr and Dunk take over from former editor... Read more


McDougall wins Special Book Award of China

Australian translator and academic Bonnie Suzanne McDougall has won a Special Book Award of China at the Beijing International Book Fair (BIBF). McDougall was awarded... Read more

Best wins 2019 Thomas Shapcott Prize

Poet Luke Best has won the 2019 Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize for his manuscript ‘Cadaver Dog’. Best receives $2000 and a publishing contract with University... Read more


Writing WA launches $10,000 literary medal

Writing WA has announced a new literary medal for ‘an individual who has made a substantial contribution to the vitality and success of Western Australia’s... Read more


Scribble sells Bell and Colpoys picture books in first German deal

Scribe’s children’s imprint, Scribble, has sold German-language rights to Davina Bell and Allison Colpoys’ picture books All the Ways to be Smart and The Underwater... Read more


New England Writers’ Centre partners with Varuna to offer one-week fellowship

The New England Writers’ Centre (NEWC) has partnered with Varuna, The Writers’ House to offer a one-week fellowship to writers residing in the federal electorate... Read more


ABDA elects new committee for 2019–20 x

The members of the Australian Book Designers Association (ABDA) elected a new committee at its Annual General Meeting on 12 August. The following members were... Read more

US publishers sue Audible for copyright infringement

In the US, the Association of American Publishers (AAP) has filed a lawsuit against Audible in a bid to stop its Captions program, which transcribes... Read more


Royal Society 2019 Science Book Prize shortlist announced

In the UK, the Royal Society has announced the shortlist for the 2019 Science Book Prize for popular science books written for a non-specialist audience.... Read more

Springer Nature and Projekt DEAL strike ‘world’s largest transformative open access agreement’

Springer Nature and German university consortium Projekt DEAL have signed a memorandum of understanding on what the organisations are calling the ‘world’s largest transformative open... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Hachette has sold Lithuanian-language rights to The Botanist’s Daughter (Kayte Nunn) to Leidykla Baltos Lankos. Nonfiction Fremantle Press has sold the film and... 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: New Dog Man chases its way to number two x

New to this week’s top 10 bestseller chart is the latest instalment in Dav Pilkey’s popular series of middle-grade graphic novels, Dog Man 7: For Whom... Read more


‘The Secret Runners of New York’ tops July YA bestsellers chart x

Matthew Reilly’s dystopian time-travel thriller The Secret Runners of New York leads the Australian YA bestsellers chart for July, unseating the film tie-in edition of Storm... Read more

Tension between libraries and publishers in the ebook market

‘There are dark hints that the hand of Amazon is at work in the current tensions over library ebook lending, including reports that Amazon reps have been showing publishers data to portray library ebook lending in a negative light’—Author and librarian Joseph Janes considers how tension in the ebook market has strained relationships between libraries and publishers.



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... Read more


State Library of Queensland grant recipients announced

The State Library of Queensland has announced the recipients of nearly $900,000 in state government grants, to fund Queensland public library initiatives. Close to $400,000... Read more


Puffin grants in New Zealand x

As part of Puffin’s upcoming 80th anniversary, the publisher offered grants valuing up to NZ$5000 each to bookstores to fund initiatives to get kids reading.... Read more


Book designer spotlight: Ngaio Parr

Independent designer and illustrator Ngaio Parr has worked with publishers including Penguin, Thames & Hudson, Hachette, Hardie Grant and Pantera Press. ‘I’m a little different... Read more


Ollie and Augustus (Gabriel Evans, Walker)

When Ollie (‘small—like a pickling jar or a shoe box’) starts school, he worries that his beloved pet Augustus (‘large—like a fridge or a table’;... Read more

Slevin appointed Booksellers NZ association manager x

Dan Slevin has been appointed Booksellers NZ association manager. Slevin will begin in the role in October following outgoing CEO Lincoln Gould’s retirement. For more... Read more

Bookshop for sale

Lorne Beach Books, Lorne, Vic

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.

Contact David and Meryl Bartak
Email: david.bartak13@gmail.com
Phone: 0412 574 188


Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2019 with Margie Burke Books & Tours

Visit Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2019 with Margie Burke Books & Tours over 22–28 October: includes four-day festival pass, boutique accommodation, exclusive events and extras such as workshops, Balinese cooking class, Bali tour & more. margieburketours.com


NewSouth Books announces new Victorian Account Manager

NewSouth Books Victorian account manager Geoff Nelson will be retiring on 30 August 2019 after 14 years in this role. Geoff will be missed very much by the NewSouth Books team and his customers. We wish him all the very best and a huge thank you for the important role he has played in the growth of NewSouth Books.

We welcome Andrew Robertson into the role of account manager Victoria from 26 August 2019. Andrew knows the NewSouth Books lists well as he has been the manager of Collins’ Hill of Content Bookshop in Bourke Street, Melbourne since 2005. Andrew previously worked as a sales representative at Oxford University Press.

Andrew can be contacted on 0402 943 648 email andrewr@newsouthbooks.com.au


Walker Books signs Zoë Norton Lodge for third Elizabella book

Walker Books Australia has signed a third book in the highly successful Elizabella series by writer, comedian and TV host Zoë Norton-Lodge.

‘I absolutely adore writing new adventures for Elizabella, and I’m so excited to share this new spooky caper with the world!’ says Zoe.

‘We are delighted that Elizabella and her cast of supporting characters at Bilby Creek Primary are coming back soon! Their adventures are captivating and this time Larry the Frillneck Lizard is the star. The creative partnership between Zoë and Georgia Norton Lodge dials up to rollercoaster mode,’ says Linsay Knight, head of Australian publishing at Walker Books Australia.

Elizabella and the Haunting of Lizard Lake will be available in May 2020.


Booksellers invited to join the climate fight 

As we heard at the ABA Conference this year, ‘the purpose of bookselling … is not only commercial but also cultural, societal, educational, aspirational and moral’.

Extinction Rebellion Australia needs venues for introductory talks about climate change and climate action. The focus of these events is education and community connection, but there will also be the opportunity for book sales.

If you are interested hosting an XR intro talk, please contact Kirsty Wilson on xrvicoutreach@protonmail.com or 0431 262 389.




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