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16 October 2019


Full program announced for SPN conference 2019

The Small Press Network (SPN) has announced the full program for its 2019 Independent Publishing Conference, which will run at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne... Read more


Australian bookshops threatened with legal action over Ronan Farrow book

An Australian journalist has threatened legal action over the publication of investigative reporter Ronan Farrow’s new book, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. Former Channel Seven... Read more

OzCo launches funding initiatives for promoting Australian books overseas

The Australia Council has launched three new literature initiatives aimed at engaging with overseas readers and increasing international demand for Australian literature. The opportunities, aimed... Read more
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HarperCollins puts backlist titles on Kindle Unlimited x

HarperCollins has put a ‘limited number’ of its backlist ebook titles onto Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited subscription service in Australia and the UK. As reported by... Read more


Owners of The Hobart Bookshop to retire

The owners of The Hobart Bookshop, Christopher Pearce and Janet Grecian, have decided to retire after almost 30 years of owning the business. In the... Read more


Shortlists for Tasmanian Premier’s Literary Prizes announced

The shortlists for the 2019 Tasmanian Premier’s Literary Prizes have been announced. The shortlisted works and their authors are: Tasmania Book Prize for the best... Read more
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Oz, NZ authors and illustrators on 2019 White Ravens list

Several books by Australian and New Zealand authors and illustrators have been included in the 2019 White Ravens list for international children’s and youth literature.... Read more


Phil Roberts wins Victorian Premier’s History Award for ‘Avenue of Memories’

Phil Roberts has won the third Victorian Premier’s History Award, worth $5000, for Avenue of Memories, published by Ballarat Arch of Victory & Avenue of... Read more

Over 700 sign open letter urging arts ministers to reject MPA funding framework

More than 700 artists and arts workers have signed an open letter addressed to state arts ministers as they meet today in Adelaide to discuss... Read more
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The Co-op loses Australian Geographic brand

Textbook retailer The Co-op has lost the rights to use the Australian Geographic brand, reports the Sydney Morning Herald, with a total of 64 former... Read more


HarperCollins acquires Morton’s ‘My Year of Living Vulnerably’ x

HarperCollins has acquired ANZ rights to Rick Morton’s second book, My Year of Living Vulnerably—a series of interconnected essays of memoir and social commentary written... Read more


Picador acquires Spargo-Ryan memoir in ‘heated’ auction x

Picador has acquired ANZ rights to an as yet untitled work of nonfiction by Anna Spargo-Ryan. Picador publisher Mathilda Imlah won a ‘heated’ auction to... Read more


Walker acquires middle-grade novels from Pamela Rushby, Allison Rushby x

Walker Books Australia has acquired world rights to new middle-grade titles by authors Pamela Rushby and Allison Rushby, who are mother and daughter. Pamela Rushby’s... Read more


Scribe acquires book on Hong Kong protest movement

Scribe publisher Henry Rosenbloom has acquired world rights to City on Fire: The fight for Hong Kong by Antony Dapiran, an Australian writer and lawyer... Read more


Hachette acquires Claire Thomas’ ‘The Performance’ at auction x

Hachette has acquired ANZ rights to Claire Thomas’ second novel, The Performance, in a five-way auction via Clare Forster at Curtis Brown Australia. Weidenfeld &... Read more


Lawyer Stewart Levitt launches $20,000 poetry prize x

Human rights lawyer Stewart Levitt has launched the biennial $20,000 Levitt Indigenous Poetry Prize for poems that ‘reflect Indigenous social, personal and political issues’. Entrants... Read more


Scrivenor wins 2019 Ray Koppe Residency

Hayley Scrivenor has won the Australian Society of Authors (ASA)’s 2019 Ray Koppe Young Writers’ Residency for her manuscript ‘The Push Back’. Scrivenor’s manuscript tells... Read more

Deakin University Nonfiction Prize shortlist announced

Deakin University and Express Media have announced the shortlist for the 2019 Deakin University Nonfiction Prize. The shortlisted writers and their works are: Kat Capel,... Read more


Collins Sunbury named National Franchise of the Year

Collins Booksellers Sunbury has been named National Franchisee of the Year at the Collins National Franchisee Conference in Melbourne. Collins Booksellers Thirroul won the marketing... Read more

Ardern launches te reo Māori translation trust

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern has launched the Kotahi Rau Pukapuka Trust, which will translate 100 popular fiction books into te reo Māori over... Read more

Publishing in a time of political instability

‘As publishers we should be publishing political books from the left, from the right, from the centre. It’s important we’re not retreating back to publishing... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction Murdoch Books has sold French-language and Dutch-language rights to The Fit Foodie Meal Prep Plan (Sally O’Neil) to Marabout Publishing and Forte Uitgevers... Read more


Bestsellers: Kitty Flanagan rules the charts x

After three consecutive weeks at number one on the bestseller chart, The Testaments (Margaret Atwood, Chatto & Windus) has slipped down to fifth spot, replaced... Read more


Atwood, Evaristo tie for Booker Prize 2019

The 2019 Booker Prize has been jointly awarded to Bernadine Evaristo for Girl, Woman, Other (Hamish Hamilton) and Margaret Atwood for The Testaments (Chatto &... Read more


Tokarczuk, Handke awarded Nobel Prizes in Literature

Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk and Austrian writer Peter Handke have been awarded Nobel Prizes in Literature, after the Swedish Academy postponed the 2018 prize following... Read more


Shortlist for India's JCB Prize for Literature announced

The shortlist for India’s richest literary award, the Rs 2.5 million (A$51,800) JCB Prize for Literature, has been announced. The shortlisted works of fiction are:... Read more

RELX Group named world’s largest publisher

RELX Group—formerly known as Reed Elsevier—has been named the world’s largest publishing company on Livres Hebdo/Publishers Weekly’s annual ranking for 2018. RELX posted publishing revenue... 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... Read more

Brisbane libraries ban Extinction Rebellion protestors

Brisbane’s LNP City Council has banned Extinction Rebellion activists from using the city’s libraries to plan protests, reports the Brisbane Times. Lord mayor Adrian Schrinner... Read more

Jan Richards to receive ALIA’s H C L Anderson Award

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) will present the H C L Anderson award to Central West Libraries NSW manager Jan Richards. Richards will... Read more

UK governments to give £250m funding boost to libraries

In the UK, the government has announced £250 million (A$464.7m) in funding for libraries, museums and other cultural projects, reports the Arts Newspaper. The funding... Read more

More than 100,000 sign petition condemning Macmillan’s new ebook lending terms

In the US, more than 100,000 readers, authors and library staff have signed a petition condemning Macmillan’s plan to restrict library access to its new... Read more


Brexit, bookselling and ‘Boy Swallows Universe’: An interview with Charlie Redmayne x

Charlie Redmayne is CEO of HarperCollins UK, with responsibility for the UK, Ireland, India and Australia. He joined HarperCollins as group digital director, but left... Read more


Taking stock: Hachette’s Next Stock Date system x

Hachette’s Next Stock Date system aims to provide booksellers with timely, accurate data. After spending more than two years developing it, Hachette has offered to... Read more


Book designer spotlight: Imogen Stubbs

A love of publishing sparked by the Professional Writing and Editing course at RMIT led to studying graphic design, eventually landing Imogen Stubbs a job... Read more


Invisible Boys (Holden Sheppard, Fremantle Press) x

In the coastal town of Geraldton, several young men struggle with the restrictions placed on them by culture, parental expectations and peer pressure. With the... Read more

Change for Sounds True

Publisher: Sounds True Old distributor: NewSouth Books New distributor: Alliance Distribution Service Changeover date: 30 November 2019 Returns cut-off: 1 December 2019

Benjamin Law to give Colin Simpson Memorial Lecture 2019

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) is delighted to announce Benjamin Law will present the Colin Simpson Memorial Lecture 2019: Stories from the Margins. Growing... Read more

ABA Sales Rep of the Year Awards

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has opened entries for both its New South Wales and Victorian Sales Rep of the Year Awards. Booksellers have the... Read more

ABA booksellers and publishers Christmas parties

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) invites booksellers and publishers to attend Christmas parties in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide. Victorian party Date: Monday, 11 November, 6:30pm... Read more

Writers SA: Self-publishing weekend

Writers SA is running a two-day program on self-publishing, featuring a range of workshops, Q&A panels and networking events. Speakers and presenters include authors John... Read more

Editors NSW: Editing for accessibility

Editors NSW is running a meeting on editing for accessibility with freelance editor Julie Ganner. The presentation will discuss: the term ‘print disability’ and some of... Read more

Herron Books Christmas commitments are very strong this year

Herron is receiving substantial orders this year as the impulse and value offers are more important than ever. If your store needs a simple, last... Read more

Writing Life Well: How inspiring, influential and useful narrative and illustrated books are created

This new one-day symposium created by Faber Writing Academy and Murdoch Books brings together leading lifestyle publishers and authors to offer aspiring writers frank advice... 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

The bestselling Alex Rider series celebrates its 20th anniversary with brand new TV series

Sony Pictures Television and Eleventh Hour Films have unveiled a first look at the Alex Rider TV adaptation, which they are distributing worldwide. The eight-part... Read more

Change of distribution for Sounds True

As of 1 December, Pan Macmillan Australia will begin distributing all Sounds True titles, including distributed clients Eckhart Teachings, Inc., The Relaxation Company and NE... Read more

Murdoch Books takes steps towards greater environmental responsibility

At Murdoch Books, we pride ourselves on having our finger on the pulse, staying ahead of emerging trends and publishing books with conviction and flair.... Read more

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