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25 September 2019


Rogers resigns as ASA CEO x

Juliet Rogers has resigned as CEO of the Australian Society of Authors (ASA) after four years in the role. Olivia Lanchester, the ASA’s legal services... Read more
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Stella Count 2018: ‘Sustained and significant advances in the representation of women authors’

The 2018 Stella Count has found that 49% of all book reviews in Australia were of books by women authors—up from 46% in 2017, and... Read more


Industry-first EBA voted in at PRH; FWC dispute settled

The first union-negotiated enterprise bargaining agreement (EBA) in Australian publishing history has been voted in at Penguin Random House Australia (PRH). PRH delegates in the... Read more
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Longlists for Tasmanian Premier’s Literary Prizes announced

The longlists for the Tasmanian Premier’s Literary Prizes have been announced. The longlisted works and their authors are: Tasmania Book Prize for the best book... Read more


CHASS Australia Book Prize 2019 longlist announced

The Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) has announced the longlist for the 2019 Australia Book Prize. The prize, worth $3500, is... Read more
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IBBY Australia names Atkins, Kennedy for 2020 Honour List

IBBY Australia has selected writer Clare Atkins and illustrator Lisa Kennedy for the 2020 International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Honour List. Atkins... Read more


Quebec City, Melbourne to host City of Literature exchange

Victorian book industry professionals will have the chance to visit Quebec City in April next year as part of a new exchange program between the... Read more


Writers SA announces Diversifying Australian Writing plan

Writers SA will run a 15-month program to support marginalised and under-represented writers in South Australia, after receiving an $82,000 grant as part of the... Read more


Cornegé moves to UQP x

UQP has appointed Louise Cornegé as marketing and publicity manager. Cornegé takes over from former marketing, sales and publicity manager Kylie Rathborne, who stepped down... Read more


Magabala partners with The Rights Hive x

Magabala Books has appointed The Rights Hive agency to represent the publisher on international rights sales. The Rights Hive director Natasha Solomun said she has... Read more


S&S acquires Mildenhall’s ‘The Mother Fault’ in two-book deal

Simon & Schuster (S&S) has acquired ANZ rights at auction to Kate Mildenhall’s ‘genre-busting’ sophomore novel The Mother Fault in a two-book deal, via Pippa... Read more

A&U acquires ‘Larrimah’ for six-figure sum

Allen & Unwin has acquired rights to Larrimah: An outback town, a missing man and 11 people, who mostly hate each other­ by journalists Kylie... Read more


NewSouth to publish Bryant's debut ‘Hysteria’

NewSouth Publishing has acquired world rights to Hysteria, the debut nonfiction book by Adelaide writer Katerina Bryant, via Sarah McKenzie Literary Management. Hysteria is a hybrid... Read more


Hoffmann’s ‘inclusive, uplifting’ picture books sold to US

Hardie Grant Egmont has sold US rights to Susann Hoffmann’s Girls are Pretty … (smart, clever, fast) and Boys Will Be … (kind, calm, creative)... Read more

Ventura Press acquires Dalgarno’s debut novel ‘Poly’

Ventura Press has acquired world rights to Paul Dalgarno’s debut novel, Poly. The rights were acquired via Martin Shaw at Alex Adsett Publishing Services. Shaw... Read more

May Gibbs trust announces 2020 fellows

The May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust has announced six fellows for 2020. The recipients of the fellowship are: Mark Carthew Deb Fitzpatrick Sadami Konchi Meg... Read more


Lucashenko, Wright announced for inaugural Bangkok literary festival

Australian authors Melissa Lucashenko and Clare Wright will feature among 25 speakers at the inaugural Neilson Hays Bangkok Literature Festival, running from 16–17 November. Lucashenko... Read more


National Book Award 2019 fiction longlist announced

In the US, the National Book Award fiction longlist has been announced. The finalists in the fiction category are: Fleishman Is in Trouble (Taffy Brodesser-Akner,... Read more


National Book Award 2019 longlists announced

In the US, longlists in four categories of the National Book Award have been announced. The longlists announced so far are: Nonfiction Go Ahead in... Read more


Perez wins Royal Society Science Book Prize for ‘Invisible Women’

In the UK, Caroline Criado Perez has won the £25,000 (A$45,500) Royal Society Science Book Prize for Invisible Women: Exposing data bias in a world... Read more

Audiobooks for children double in popularity in UK

In the UK, the popularity of children’s audiobooks has increased by 138% since January 2018, reports the Bookseller. In a report shared at the Bookseller... Read more


US Justice Department files suit against Edward Snowden, Macmillan

In the US, the Department of Justice has filed a suit against whistleblower Edward Snowden and his publisher Macmillan, looking to seize proceeds from Snowden’s... Read more


US$75k Cundill History Prize 2019 shortlist announced

In North America, the shortlist has been announced for the Cundill History Prize, which rewards ‘the best history writing in English’. The shortlisted titles are:... Read more


August bestsellers: eight new entries across fiction, nonfiction charts x

While the two titles at the top of the Australian fiction and nonfiction bestsellers charts continue their impressive runs, elsewhere in the top 10 there... Read more


Bestsellers: ‘The Testaments’ on top x

The Testaments (Chatto & Windus), Margaret Atwood’s long-awaited sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, has debuted at number one on the Australian bestsellers chart, knocking The 117-Storey... Read more

Shifting the gender balance of Australian literary journalism x

‘Historically, feminist counts have come and gone: they have jolted some recognition, made some small gains, but then have been largely forgotten. The task for us now is to ensure that the Stella Count can continue to work as a lever for lasting and meaningful change in the Australian literary landscape.’Academics Melinda Harvey and Julieanne Lamond on the ‘sustained and significant advances’ in the representation of women authors after seven years of the Stella Count.



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


Australian novels, international rights: What’s the story? Part one x

In the lead-up to the Frankfurt Book Fair on 16–21 October, Books+Publishing is publishing a three-part feature on Australian fiction rights sales by researcher Airlie... Read more


Jane Harrison on Blak & Bright x

This year’s Blak & Bright festival—the second after the inaugural festival in 2016—ran from 5–8 September in Melbourne. The festival had about 2500 people attend... Read more


Book designer spotlight: Hazel Lam

Hazel Lam began her career as a motion graphics designer before moving into publishing, and has spent the past six years working for HarperCollins. Her... Read more


All of the Factors of Why I Love Tractors (Davina Bell, illus by Jenny Løvlie, Little Hare) x

A little boy called Frankie, accompanied by his mother, visits the library and borrows his favourite book about tractors. He is already well versed in... Read more

Editors Victoria: Editing Diverse Voices

Editors Victoria is running a workshop on editing diverse voices. The Australian publishing landscape is always changing, and editors must know how to support diverse... Read more

Murdoch Books to publish new book from OzHarvest founder Ronni Kahn

Murdoch Books is proud to announce it will publish A Repurposed Life by Ronni Kahn and her daughter-in-law Jessica Chapnik Kahn on 29 September 2020.

Far more than a memoir with a message, A Repurposed Life will explore how the dynamic founder of food rescue movement OzHarvest found her purpose, made change happen, and how you can do the same.

‘During the past 15 years I have learnt so much about myself and the world through starting and growing OzHarvest. I hope this book helps others discover the deep sense of meaning that is available to us when we tap into the joy of living a life of service,’ Kahn said.

‘I’m thrilled to be working with Murdoch Books to bring my journey to the broader public.’

This exciting acquisition from publisher Jane Morrow will sit within Murdoch Books’ Conversation Starters category, and appeal to readers who are drawn to compelling personal stories and the themes of community, generosity, and finding life-purpose.

‘Ronni lights up the room wherever she goes and challenges us all to look outward rather than inward. This book is going to be a unique blend of raw memoir and inspiration,’ Morrow said.

For more information please contact Head of Marketing and Communications, Carol Warwick carolw@murdochbooks.com.au 02 8425 0184.




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