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4 September 2019


Guest House for Young Widows: Among the women of ISIS

An intimate, deeply reported account of a number of unforgettable young women who made a shocking decision: to leave their comfortable lives behind and join... Read more
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Hachette appoints Adler publisher at large x

Hachette Australia has appointed former Melbourne University Publishing (MUP) CEO Louise Adler as publisher at large. On Adler’s appointment, Hachette also acquired world rights to... Read more


‘The Ruin’ wins best novel at 2019 Davitt Awards

Dervla McTiernan’s novel The Ruin (HarperCollins) has won the award for best adult novel at the 2019 Davitt Awards for crime books by Australian women, presented... Read more
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Mark and Evette Moran Nib Literary Award 2019 shortlist announced

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


Collins to waive franchise fee for independent bookstores x

Collins Booksellers is waiving its usual franchise fee for independent bookstores that want to join the group while keeping their independent identities. Under the arrangement,... Read more
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Sorensen named 2019 Judy Harris Writer in Residence

The University of Sydney has announced that Tracy Sorensen is the recipient of this year’s $100,000 Judy Harris Writer in Residence at its Charles Perkins... Read more


Finalists announced for Queensland people’s choice award

The State Library of Queensland (SLQ) has announced the finalists for the People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award. The finalists are: Boy Swallows... Read more


NSW Premier’s History Awards 2019 winners announced

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


Cappielli, Mostafa win Viva La Novella VII

Seizure has announced New South Wales writers Carly Cappielli and Joshua Mostafa as the joint winners of its seventh annual Viva La Novella competition. Cappielli... Read more


Hardie Grant acquires second Clive Hamilton book on China; sells rights in four territories

Hardie Grant Books has acquired world rights to a new book by Clive Hamilton on the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) international influence. The book, titled... Read more


Affirm signs White for third and fourth novels x

Affirm Press has acquired world rights to two new novels by Christian White. Affirm Press publishing director Martin Hughes said: ‘Christian has worked so hard over... Read more


UQP acquires new poetry collection by Ellen van Neerven

UQP has acquired world rights to Ellen van Neerven’s second poetry collection, Throat. Throat is described by the publisher as ‘a collection of poems about... Read more


‘The Ruin’ to be adapted for film by Colin Farrell’s new production company

A screen adaptation of Dervla McTiernan’s debut crime novel The Ruin (HarperCollins) is in development by a new production company run by Irish actor Colin... Read more


Pantera acquires literary crime novel by Kimberley Starr in two-book deal

Pantera Press has acquired ANZ rights to literary crime novel Torched by Kimberley Starr, via Pippa Masson at Curtis Brown, in a two-book deal. Set... Read more

New OzCo corporate plan outlines priorities for next five years

The Australia Council’s strategy and corporate plan for 2019–2023 outlines the strategic priorities for the funding body for the next five years. Among the priorities... Read more


ASA to track publishing, appearances fees for authors

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has launched rates trackers to record how much authors and illustrators are being paid for publishing agreements and event... Read more


Booker Prize 2019 shortlist announced

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


‘My Pet Star’ named Sainsbury’s Children’s Book of the Year 2019

UK supermarket chain Sainsbury’s has announced the winners of its 2019 Children’s Book Awards. The overall prize for children’s book of the year was awarded... Read more


Shortlist announced for inaugural Dagger Award for best crime publisher

The UK Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) has announced the inaugural shortlist for its new Dagger Award category for best crime and mystery publisher of the... Read more

Audible halts Captions on major publishers’ titles

In a New York district court stipulation, Audible has agreed to exclude works from a group of major publishers from its Captions program until permission... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Scribe has sold Polish-language rights to Invented Lives (Andrea Goldsmith) to ZPR Media. Nonfiction Hardie Grant Books has sold UK and US rights... Read more


Bestsellers: New Jamie Oliver makes healthy debut at number four x

While The 117-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton, Pan) and Dog Man 7: For Whom the Ball Rolls (Dav Pilkey, Scholastic) retain their top two... Read more


How to Make a Movie in 12 Days (Fiona Hardy, Affirm Kids) x

Hayley, 11, has one mission in life: to make a movie. Ever since Grandma—who was going to make it with her—died, the need is much... Read more

Adler on her new role at Hachette x

‘I see an audience and I see books. Other people see an audience. For me it’s that business of engaged writing by engaged writers. People who are interested in the social issues, not just the political culture and political analysis, but the social issues of the day.’Former Melbourne University Publishing CEO Louise Adler on her new role as Hachette publisher at large.



Save on advertising in PW’s Frankfurt editions x

Publishers Weekly’s title showcase is a way for publishers, agents and self-publishers to affordably advertise in PW’s Frankfurt issues, including its three Show Dailies, which are... 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

Melbourne’s City Library becomes first Australian library to hire social worker

Melbourne City Council has hired a full-time social worker for its libraries, as part of an Australian-first program to provide support services to people experiencing... Read more

CILIP, EveryLibrary partner on data project to advocate for libraries

In the UK, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) and US firm the EveryLibrary Institute have launched a new project that uses... Read more

Tonga to open first public library using donations from Auckland libraries

Tonga will open its first public library next month in the village of Kolovai, with thousands of books donated by Auckland Council libraries, reports RNZ.... Read more


Nine million books in Beijing: Jane Curry on the Beijing International Book Fair

Ventura Press founder and publisher Jane Curry attended this year’s Beijing International Book Fair, which ran from 21–25 August. I am writing these words as... Read more


Place of exchange: Jane Stratton on Lost in Books

Lost in Books is a multilingual children’s bookshop in Fairfield, Sydney. A project of the Think+Do Tank Foundation, the shop’s mission is to celebrate and... Read more


Book designer spotlight: Andy Warren

Andy Warren began his career at Hardie Grant before moving exclusively into children’s books at Five Mile. His recent designs include an award-winning range of... Read more

Editors NSW: Workshop on Word

Editors NSW is running a workshop on intermediate to advanced Word, presented by Denise Tsagaris, designed for editors seeking training specifically in Word Styles and... 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 extras such as workshops, Balinese cooking class, Bali tour & more. margieburketours.com


Literary agency: Relocation notice

As from 20th September 2019 Calidris Literary Agency will be relocating to New Zealand.

Contact details TBA later but email address remains: sallybird@calidrislitagency.com


Walker Books acquires ‘Wheels’ the third book in the Roadworks set

Walker Books Australia is delighted to announce it has acquired Wheels, the new title in the Roadworks series, by Sally Sutton and Brian Lovelock. With the highly successful Roadworks set selling over 200,000 copies, Wheels is sure to be highly anticipated.

‘I’m so excited to offer young vehicle enthusiasts the latest book in the Roadworks series! Here’s hoping Wheels will fire up their engines!’ says Sally Sutton.

‘The next book in a super-selling, internationally celebrated series is perfect for beginning readers from a super-charged pair of creators,’ says Linsay Knight, head of Australian publishing at Walker Books Australia.

Wheels will be available in March 2020.




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