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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
 

 

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
 

 

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
 
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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HarperCollins has announced the shortlist for the 2019 Banjo Prize for an unpublished work of commercial fiction.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
 
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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
 

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... 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
 

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
 

 

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... Read more

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... Read more

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... Read more

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... Read more

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