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2 October 2019


Queensland Literary Awards 2019 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2019 Queensland Literary Awards (QLAs) have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Queensland Premier’s Award for a work... Read more
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No David Unaipon Award to be presented this year

Judges for this year’s Queensland Literary Awards won’t choose a shortlist or winner for this year’s David Unaipon Award, presented to an outstanding manuscript by... Read more

New report shows decline in arts funding over past decade x

An extensive report by Australia’s new arts and culture industry lobby details the decline in the country’s per capita arts funding over the past decade.... Read more
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Hachette acquires ‘On’ series from MUP x

Hachette Australia has acquired world rights to Melbourne University Publishing’s (MUP) ‘On’ series of essays. The deal was negotiated by MUP then-acting CEO Richard Tegoni.... Read more


HarperCollins acquires former NSW homicide detective Jubelin’s memoir x

HarperCollins has acquired world rights to former NSW homicide detective Gary Jubelin’s as yet untitled memoir. HarperCollins head of Australian nonfiction Helen Littleton acquired rights... Read more
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‘Dinner Detectives’ books to be developed for TV

Melbourne-based production studio BES Animation has acquired world broadcast and digital content rights to self-published picture book series ‘Dinner Detectives’, with plans to develop the... Read more


Jaipur Literature Festival returns to Adelaide

The Adelaide Festival Centre’s OzAsia Festival will host the second Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) Adelaide on November 1–3. More than 60 guests will appear at... Read more


PRH sells ‘The Yield’ to US, France

Penguin Random House Australia (PRH) has sold Tara June Winch’s novel The Yield to publishers in the US and France. Pamela Malpas at Jennifer Lyons... Read more


PRH sells ‘Jane in Love’ to US

Penguin Random House Australia (PRH) has sold North American rights to Rachel Givney’s forthcoming novel Jane in Love (Michael Joseph) to HarperCollins imprint William Morrow,... Read more


Windy Hollow makes first North American sale with ‘Ivy Bird’

Independent children’s publisher Windy Hollow has sold North American rights to Ivy Bird (Tania McCartney, illus by Jess Racklyeft) to Blue Dot Books. The deal,... Read more


Innes appointed PRH NZ head of marketing and publicity x

Penguin Random House (PRH) has appointed Becky Innes to the new role of head of marketing and publicity—New Zealand. Innes is the marketing manager at... Read more


Giller Prize 2019 shortlist announced

In Canada, the shortlist for the C$100,000 (A$112,000) 2019 Giller Prize for the best Canadian fiction published in English has been announced. The shortlisted novels... Read more

National Translation Award 2019 shortlists announced

The American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) has announced the shortlists for the National Translation Awards for poetry and prose. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Prose... Read more

US adult audiobook consumption on the rise

In the US, audiobooks are on the rise, according to a recent survey conducted by Pew Research. While the reading habits of Americans have remained... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Penguin Random House Australia has sold world English-language rights (ex ANZ) to The Yield (Tara June Winch) to HarperVia; and French-language rights to... Read more


Bestsellers: Mosley on tour; books selling fast x

After debuting at number one on the Australian bestsellers chart last week, Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments (Chatto & Windus) is spending its second consecutive week in... Read more


‘Young Dark Emu’ tops Australian children’s/YA nonfiction bestsellers chart x

Since we last checked in on the Australian children’s/YA nonfiction bestsellers in April, there are five new releases in the chart. Young Dark Emu, a younger readers edition... Read more

Reduced arts funding is taking its toll on Australian culture

‘Without independent artists, our larger companies have no talent pool, no new ideas and no future … And this is the sector that now sees itself as a burning dumpster.’ —Alison Croggon on the dire state of Australian culture due to reduced government funding. A new report shows Australian arts funding has declined over the past decade.



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


‘Transformed’ SLV to open in early December

State Library Victoria (SLV) has announced it will open its ‘transformed’ library on 5 December, following a five-year, $88 million redevelopment. The redevelopment includes a... Read more

WA government abandons art gallery, library & museum merger

The WA state government has abandoned a proposed amalgamation of the State Library of Western Australia, the Art Gallery of Western Australia and the Western... Read more


The information age: Children’s reference books x

In a time of internet fatigue, young readers are turning back to books as authoritative sources of information. Danielle Binks investigates. George Orwell is said... Read more


Book designer spotlight: Michelle Mackintosh

Michelle Mackintosh is a freelance book designer, as well as a writer, illustrator and Japanophile (she’s co-written four books on Japan with her husband, writer... Read more


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

Copyright Agency 2019 writers’ royalty and image royalty claim

The Copyright Agency is running a campaign for writers’ royalty and image royalty claims. Writers (journalists, authors, contributors) and image creators (artists, photographers, illustrators, cartoonists)... Read more

Matatuhi Foundation seeks NZ writers with innovative projects

Mātātuhi Foundation wants to help innovative NZ writers develop new and imaginative ways to increase their reach and engagement with NZ readers. Applications are open... Read more

Editors Victoria dinner meeting on book design

Editors Victoria is running a branch dinner meeting with Pooja Desai, discussing contemporary book design. Desai is the design manager for Hardie Grant Egmont, and... Read more

Editors Victoria in-house editors event

Editors Victoria is running an in-house discussion with Rebecca Kaiser, who will talk on building a career in publishing. Kaiser has worked in the book... Read more



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