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9 October 2019


APA announces new industry conference BookUp

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) has announced a new conference for the Australian book industry called BookUp. Aimed at ‘all book publishing people’, the one-day... Read more
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Booktopia to launch publishing program x

Booktopia has announced it will commence its own publishing program through a new imprint called Booktopia Editions. The company says it will initially focus on... Read more


SPN announces conference keynotes

The Small Press Network has announced three keynote speakers for its 2019 Independent Publishing Conference, to be held at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne from... Read more
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SPN conference 2019 industry research day program announced

The Small Press Network (SPN) has announced the program for its industry research day as part of the 2019 Independent Publishing Conference, which will run... Read more

Voss Literary Prize 2019 longlist announced

The longlist for the 2019 Voss Literary Prize has been announced. The longlisted titles are: Flames (Robbie Arnott, Text) Book of Colours (Robyn Cadwallader, Fourth... Read more
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CHASS Australia Book Prize 2019 shortlist announced

The Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) has announced the shortlist for the 2019 Australia Book Prize. The prize, worth $3500, is... Read more


Richell Prize 2019 shortlist announced

Hachette Australia has announced the shortlist for the 2019 Richell Prize for emerging writers. The shortlisted writers and their works are: ‘The Earth Starts Talking’... Read more


Brow Books acquires Dao’s debut novel x

Brow Books has acquired world rights to André Dao’s debut novel, which has the working title Anamnesis, or A Book No Longer Discussed Today. Set... Read more


Masson joins MidnightSun with spec-fic YA novel

MidnightSun Publishing has acquired world rights to Sophie Masson’s YA speculative fiction novel The Ghost Squad. Set in ‘an alternative yet jarringly familiar reality’, The... Read more


Three Sara Foster novels sold to US in six-figure deal

Tara Wynne at Curtis Brown Australia has sold North American rights to three novels by Perth-based author Sara Foster to Blackstone Publishing in a six-figure... Read more


Digital Writers’ Festival 2019 program announced

The program for this year’s Digital Writers’ Festival (DWF), which runs from 29 October to 2 November, has been announced. More than 90 guests will... Read more


Cobby Eckermann to headline 2019 Odyssey Literary Festival

Students from RMIT University’s Professional Writing and Editing program will host the fourth annual Odyssey Literary Festival at Melbourne’s Capitol Theatre on 15 October. The... Read more


Melbourne writers, literary orgs receive council arts grants

Several writers and literary organisations have received a share of more than $800,000 in funding from the City of Melbourne as part of its annual... Read more


‘Zobi and the Zoox: A story of coral bleaching’ awarded Whitley Medal 2019

Royal Zoological Society of NSW has announced the winner of the 2019 Whitley Awards, presented for outstanding publications that profile the unique wildlife of the... Read more


NZ Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement 2019 announced

Creative New Zealand has announced the winners of the 2019 Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement, worth NZ$60,000 (A$56,160) each. Novelist, essayist and biographist Elizabeth... Read more


National Book Award 2019 shortlists announced

In the US, the shortlists for the 2019 National Book Award have been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Fiction Trust Exercise (Susan Choi, Serpent’s Tail) Sabrina... Read more

Amazon launches Kindle for kids

Amazon has launched a Kindle for children, marking the first time the company has designed a device specifically for kids. The Kindle Kids Edition, priced... Read more


Goldsmiths Prize 2019 shortlist announced

In the UK, the shortlist for the £10,000 (A$18,300) Goldsmiths Prize, which rewards fiction that ‘breaks the mould or extends the possibilities of the novel... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Tara Wynne at Curtis Brown Australia has sold North American rights to You Don’t Know Me, The Hidden Hours and a new untitled... Read more


Bestsellers: Atwood still at one x

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


Wearing Paper Dresses (Anne Brinsden, Macmillan) x

Life is tough in the Mallee in the 1950s, and when city sophisticate Elise, brimming with artistic and musical talent, is uprooted with her young... Read more

Book fairs still key for selling Australian rights, data suggests

‘There is no getting around it: for Australians, attending an international book fair always means a long-haul flight … It’s also expensive. Yet the evidence is overwhelming, from lists of fair attendees to deal chronologies: fair attendance is a key rights-selling strategy.’ —Academic Airlie Lawson uses data to show that despite the tyranny of distance, attending international book fairs is critical to Australian rights sales success.



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 limited time. This... Read more


Book industry orgs endorse Jolly Postman agreement

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA), Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), Australian Publishers Association (APA) and Australian Society of Authors (ASA) have endorsed an industry... Read more

SLNSW Children's Library to open next week

The Children’s Library at the State Library of NSW (SLNSW) will open to the public for the first time on 12 October, reports the Sydney... Read more


Australian novels, international rights—what’s the story? Part three 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 Lawson. A PhD... Read more


Quiet achiever: Jessica Horrocks’ career journey

Jessica Horrocks, designer and production coordinator at Text Publishing, was recently named Emerging Designer of the Year at the 2019 Australian Book Design Awards. She... Read more


All bases covered: Karys McEwen on book design x

Karys McEwen discusses the subtle ways that book design impacts students and librarians. Book design is not something that I spend a lot of time... Read more

Bookshop for sale

After 30 years in the trade, the iconic Hobart Bookshop is for sale.

Owners Christopher Pearce and Janet Grecian are retiring and offer this rare opportunity to acquire both a long established and successful business, as well as a much loved and esteemed bookshop that continues to play a significant role in Hobart’s rich cultural life.

Perfectly situated in the historic Salamanca precinct and serving a wide customer base of local, interstate and international visitors, it carries a wide range of quality books, including Tasmanian history and literature, and an extensive children’s list that supplies numerous local schools.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to secure a dream Hobart lifestyle.

For more information, email hobartbookshop@gmail.com




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