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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
 

 

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
 

 

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
 
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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
 
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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
 

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... 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
 

 

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
 

 

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 x

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
 

 

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
 

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... Read more

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