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11 September 2019



Four years after the Perdido Beach dome went down, the alien virus that made it is still wreaking havoc, and virus-infested rock has created a... Read more
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MWF reports strong box office takings; Ben Folds tops bestseller chart x

Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) expects to tally total ticket sales of more than $600,000 for its 2019 program, the second festival under artistic director Marieke... Read more


Winners of the Ned Kelly Awards 2019 announced

The Australian Crime Writers Association (ACWA) has announced the winners for this year’s Ned Kelly Awards for Australian crime writing. The winning titles in each... Read more
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Noni, Black win 2019 Inky Awards

Lynette Noni and Holly Black have won the 2019 Inky Awards, presented by State Library Victoria (SLV). Noni’s dystopian YA novel Whisper (Pantera) won the... Read more


Educational Publishing Awards 2019 winners announced

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) has announced the winners of the 2019 Educational Publishing Awards Australia (EPAA). For the second year in a row, Promoting... Read more
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The Children’s Bookshop to close in November

The Children’s Bookshop in the Sydney suburb of Beecroft will close at the end of November. The shop opened in 1971 and has been owned... Read more


Booktique Merimbula to close x

The owner of Booktique Merimbula on the New South Wales Far South Coast won’t renew the shop’s lease from September. Hope Davis told Books+Publishing the... Read more


Writers, literary orgs among latest OzCo funding recipients

Twenty-seven writers and literary organisations are among the recipients of the latest Australia Council grants round, which awarded $6.2 million to 201 projects. Grants in... Read more


‘Island’ magazine defunded; likely to cease publication

Tasmanian literary journal Island magazine is likely to cease publication, after the magazine did not receive renewed funding from Arts Tasmania. On 7 September, Island... Read more


Meyer to leave Echo x

Echo publisher Angela Meyer is leaving the company to pursue a career in writing and freelance editing. Meyer joined Echo as commissioning editor in 2014... Read more

Winters to leave Nielsen; Whiteley promoted to territory manager x

Nielsen Book Australia has announced that Pacific general manager Julie Winters is leaving the company to pursue a new role in the banking industry, and... Read more


Hardie Grant Egmont to release new Billie B Brown books to celebrate 10 years

Hardie Grant Egmont (HGE) will publish three new Billie B Brown books (Sally Rippin, illus by Aki Fukuoka) in April 2020, to celebrate the 10-year... Read more


‘The Trespassers’ TV adaptation in development

A TV adaptation of Meg Mundell’s novel The Trespassers (UQP) is being developed by Triptych Pictures and production company Fremantle. The screen rights were optioned... Read more


Walker to distribute new UK children’s publisher in ANZ

A new UK-based independent children’s publisher will launch in 2020, with Walker Books Australia to handle local distribution. Australian ex-pat Rachel Williams and colleague Jenny... Read more


Australian Centre Literary Awards 2019 winners announced

The winners of the University of Melbourne’s Australian Centre Literary Awards have been announced. Ellen van Neerven won the $15,000 Peter Blazey Fellowship, named in... Read more


Vavilova wins 2019 Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award

Tanya Vavilova has won the 2019 Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award for her short story collection Grub. Author and prize judge Moya Costello described Grub... Read more

Richell Prize 2019 longlist announced

Hachette Australia and the Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) have announced the longlist for the 2019 Richell Prize for emerging writers. The longlisted works are: ‘Where... Read more


Foulcher wins 2019 ACU poetry prize

Canberra-based poet John Foulcher has won the 2019 Australian Catholic University (ACU) Prize for Poetry, worth $10,000, for his poem ‘Revising Casuarinas’. Geoff Page received... Read more


‘The Teacher’s Pet’ wins 2019 Danger Prize

Australian journalist Hedley Thomas’ podcast The Teacher’s Pet has won the 2019 Danger Prize, awarded for the best book, film, podcast or TV drama about... Read more


Dymocks wins social responsibility award at 2019 National Retail Awards

Dymocks has won the Social Responsibility Champion Award at the 2019 National Retail Awards. The chain retailer was awarded for its work in improving children’s... Read more

Three book retailers among Australia’s Top 500 private companies

Three book retailers have made IBISWorld’s Top 500 Private Companies List, reports the Australian Financial Review (AFR). Book retailer The Co-Op and Australian Geographic ranked 378th, dropping... Read more

Amazon breaks Atwood embargo in US

Amazon has shipped hundreds of copies of Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments (Chatto & Windus), the embargoed follow-up to The Handmaid’s Tale, to US customers ahead... Read more

Print revenue up for Canadian indies in 2017–18

In Canada, industry research group BookNet has revealed 65% of indie booksellers saw increased revenue from new print book sales between 2017–18, reports Publishing Perspectives. The... Read more

British Academy’s Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize shortlist announced

In the UK, the British Academy has announced the shortlist for the £25,000 (A$44,930) Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Global Cultural Understanding, reports the Bookseller. The... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Alex Adsett Publishing Services has sold the film option to The Trespassers (Meg Mundell, UQP) to Triptych Pictures and Fremantle (see news). Text... Read more


Bestsellers: Nothing strange about latest ‘WeirDo’ making the chart x

The 117-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffths & Terry Denton, Pan) is spending its sixth consecutive week at the top of the bestsellers chart, while Jamie Oliver’s latest... Read more


Being Black ’N Chicken, & Chips (Matt Okine, Hachette) x

It’s 1998. Mike Amon is almost 13 and about to start high school. All he wants is to be good enough at athletics to be... Read more

The Children’s Bookshop owner Paul Macdonald on Sydney’s retail environment

‘Running a bookshop in Sydney is just becoming too difficult … People are using retail space as a showroom to explore purchasing options and more and more are shopping online without being aware of the consequences.’—Paul Macdonald, owner of The Children’s Bookshop in Sydney, on his decision to close the shop after nearly 50 years of business.



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... Read more

Digital loans spike at Mackay libraries

Mackay Regional Council libraries has reported a spike in its digital loans over the past year, reports the Daily Mercury. In 2018–19, the number of... Read more

Gippsland library trials 24-hour access

Foster library in Gippsland, Victoria, is running a trial to give its members 24-hour a day access, reports the Age. Members will use a swipe... Read more


We don’t need a map: The growth in illustrated travel titles x

Travellers are looking beyond traditional guidebooks for recommendations and inspiration—and publishers are finding new niche audiences in a shifting travel market. Andrea Hanke investigates the... Read more


Book designer spotlight: Sarah Davis

After working for over a decade as a freelance picture book illustrator and designer, Sarah Davies joined Walker Books Australia as associate art director. She... Read more

PANZ: Applications open for career development fund

Publishers Association of NZ (PANZ) is calling for applications for the International Career Development (ICD) fund. The ICD fund is aimed at senior and mid-level publishing... Read more

Walker Books Australia signs Laura Bloom for two more titles in the ‘Dream Riders’ series

With the success of the ‘Dream Riders’ series, Walker Books Australia has commissioned two more titles from author Laura Bloom, Dream Riders: Kai, for 2020 and Dream Riders: Violet for 2021.

‘I’m so pleased to be continuing the story of the “Dream Riders”, this time focusing on the other two key members of the group, Kai and Violet, as they contend with the joys and complexities of friendship and family life—as well as their wonderful horses—in the tween years,’ says Laura Bloom.

‘As a horse lover myself from way back, I’m delighted that fans of the “Dream Riders” gang can plug back into the lives of these special characters and the powerful connection possible between horse and rider. They won’t be sorry!’ says Linsay Knight, head of Australian publishing at Walker Books Australia.


Collins Booksellers Croydon: Silver anniversary drinks

Collins Booksellers in Croydon, Victoria invites friends of the store to the Silver Anniversary Drinks for Mark Elliot.

Mark is celebrating 25 years as Croydon’s local Bookseller. He started the shop in September 1994 at 141 Main St, Croydon and in 2009 he crossed the road to the current premises at 132 Main St.

Drop in at the shop between 4pm and 8pm on Saturday, 21 September. Wine, beer, soft drink, nibbles provided and the shop open for book browsing of course! RSVP to croydon@collinsbooks.com.au.


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




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