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23 October 2019


Winners announced for PM’s Literary Awards 2019

The winners of the 2019 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards have been announced. The winning titles in each category are: Fiction The Death of Noah Glass... Read more
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Amazon Australia makes Farrow book available for sale

Amazon Australia has reversed its decision not to stock investigative reporter Ronan Farrow’s book Catch and Kill (Hachette), with the book available on its Australian... Read more


‘The Glad Shout’ wins 2019 Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction

Alice Robinson’s second novel, The Glad Shout (Affirm), has won the 2019 Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction. The Glad Shout was chosen from a... Read more
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Walkley Book Award 2019 longlist announced

The Walkley Book Award longlist for 2019 has been announced. The longlisted titles are: Rusted Off: Why country Australia is fed up (Gabrielle Chan, Vintage) Banking... Read more

University of Sydney won’t appoint new chair of Australian literature

The University of Sydney won’t appoint a new chair of Australian literature until it can find a sponsor for the position, reports the Sydney Morning... Read more
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‘Dark Emu’ to be adapted for TV documentary series

Bruce Pascoe’s book Dark Emu (Magabala) will be adapted as a television documentary series by Blackfella Films, a Sydney-based documentary production company founded by Rachel... Read more


Twelve Australians nominated for 2020 Astrid Lindgren Award

Twelve Australian authors, illustrators and organisations have been announced as candidates for the 2020 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the world’s richest prize for children’s literature.... Read more


Inaugural Scribe & Varuna residency fellows announced

The recipients of the inaugural Scribe & Varuna residency and mentorship program have been announced. The writers and their projects are: Liana Joy Christensen, for... Read more


Deborah Cass Prize 2019 shortlist announced

The shortlist for Writers Victoria’s Deborah Cass Prize for emerging writers from migrant backgrounds has been announced. The shortlisted authors and their works are: Deniz... Read more


Gentill, Grills, Bennet Daylight awarded Create grants x

Four writers and two visual artists have received Create grants, worth a total of $80,000, from the Copyright Agency. The grants were awarded to the... Read more


‘Message in a Sock’ wins children’s book award

Picture book Message in a Sock (Kaye Baillie, illus by Narelda Joy, MidnightSun) has won a Northern Lights Book Award for children’s books that ‘excel... Read more


wāni wins 2019 Australian Poetry Slam

Melbourne-based poet wāni has won the 2019 Australian Poetry Slam, held in Sydney on 20 October. wāni beat 15 other finalists at the national grand... Read more


Noni moves to PRH after eight-way auction

Penguin Random House Australia (PRH) has acquired ANZ rights to a new series from YA author Lynette Noni titled ‘The Prison Healer’. Rights were acquired... Read more


S&S to reissue Trioli’s ‘Generation F’ x

Simon & Schuster (S&S) will reissue journalist Virginia Trioli’s Generation F in November, with a new foreword and afterword by the author. Originally published by... Read more


‘All of the Factors of Why I Love Tractors’ sold to US, Canada

Hardie Grant Egmont has sold US and Canadian rights to picture book All of the Factors of Why I Love Tractors (Davina Bell, illus by... Read more


NewSouth acquires Abdel-Fattah’s examination of Islamophobia x

NewSouth has acquired world rights to Randa Abdel-Fattah’s Growing Up in the Age of Terror, an ‘examination of the lives of a generation who have grown... Read more


Film rights to Mostafa’s ‘Offshore’ optioned

Filmmaker Partho Sen-Gupta has optioned the film rights to Joshua Mostafa’s novella Offshore (Seizure). Mostafa was joint winner of Seizure’s seventh annual Viva La Novella... Read more

LEB to hold 2020 conference in Brisbane

Leading Edge Books (LEB) will hold its annual conference on 22–24 March at the Sofitel Brisbane Central. The conference program for Sunday, 22 March includes... Read more


Chadwick, McMillan win 2019 Polari Prizes

In the UK, writers Angela Chadwick and Andrew McMillan have won the 2019 Polari Prizes for work that explores the LGBT experience, reports the Bookseller.... Read more

Baillie Gifford Prize for Nonfiction 2019 shortlist announced

In the UK, the shortlist for this year’s Baillie Gifford Prize for Nonfiction, formerly the Samuel Johnson Prize, has been announced. The six shortlisted titles... Read more


Benson’s ‘Vertigo & Ghost’ wins Forward Poetry Prize

Fiona Benson’s poetry collection Vertigo & Ghost (Cape Poetry) has won the £10,000 (A$18,846) Forward Prize for best poetry collection, reports the Guardian. Vertigo &... Read more


US$75k Cundill History Prize 2019 finalists announced

The three finalists for the Cundill History Prize have been announced. Chosen from a shortlist of eight, the finalists are: Reckonings: Legacies of Nazi persecution and... Read more

Self-published books in the US grew by 40% in 2018

Self-publishing in the US grew by 40% in 2018, according to a report published by Bowker. In total 1.68 million print and ebooks were self-published... Read more


‘Supper Club’ wins 2019 Not the Booker

English writer Lara Williams has won the Guardian’s 2019 Not the Booker Prize for her debut novel Supper Club (Hamish Hamilton). For the second year running,... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Filmmaker Partho Sen-Gupta has optioned the film rights to Offshore (Joshua Mostafa, Seizure, see news). Children’s Ford Street Publishing has sold simplified Chinese-language... Read more


Bestsellers: Nunn number one x

After spending one week in the top spot, Kitty Flanagan’s 488 Rules for Life (A&U) has dropped to number two on the bestsellers chart, replaced... Read more


The Great Divide (L J M Owen, Echo) x

In her fourth novel, L J M Owen, author of the ‘Dr Pimms, Intermillenial Sleuth’ series, gives us Australian rural crime at its most atmospheric:... Read more

Galley Beggar publisher questions Booker Prize judging process

‘It’s one thing to feel bad about losing. It’s another to feel you were never in the game … Toxic thoughts and questions flood your mind when you can’t trust the process. And the worst of it is that all this mess reflects badly on two fine and noble writers.’—Sam Jordison, UK publisher of Lucy Ellman’s Booker-shortlisted Ducks, Newburyport, criticises the Booker Prize judges for their decision to name two winners for this year’s prize.



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

XR-affiliated group book Brisbane library room despite ban

A group affiliated with Extinction Rebellion has defied Brisbane City Council’s ban on their use of library rooms by holding a meeting in Brisbane Square... Read more

New Darling Square library to open next week

The new City of Sydney Library at Darling Square will open on 28 October. The Darling Square Library occupies two floors of the six-storey Exchange... Read more

Great School Libraries report prompts call for compulsory library funding

In the UK, a new report from the Great School Libraries campaign has found that schools with a higher proportion of children on free meals... Read more


2020 vision: Kids’ and YA title preview

New books from favourites including Melina Marchetta, Sally Morgan and Jessica Townsend are slated for 2020 publication, alongside debuts by Danielle Binks and Georgina Young... Read more


Remember, remember the 10th of September: Release day for ‘The Testaments’ x

Three retailers share how their release-day strategies panned out for this year’s biggest release: Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments (Vintage). The sweet spot In Fremantle, New... Read more

Macquarie Uni study on rights sales: survey open

Macquarie University is running a research project examining the international rights sales and export of Australian books over the last decade. Academics David Throsby, Paul... Read more

Walkley Journalism talks and masterclasses in Perth

The Walkley Foundation for journalism is Shining A Light On The Truth at the State Library of WA next weekend. Take a masterclass on Book-Length Journalism with Walkley Book Award-winner Helen Pitt (November 1) or public panels with award-winning journalists on November 2.

For more information, visit the website here.


Walker Books signs new Claire Saxby Nature Storybook for 2021

Walker Books Australia has signed acclaimed author Claire Saxby for another new title in their award-winning ‘Nature Storybook’ series, which has sold over 180,000 copies in Australia and New Zealand and is hugely popular with international audiences.

‘Told with the seamless blend of poetry and passion that heralds all Claire’s writing, we follow this shark as she navigates her world. Her story is told with such power and empathy that you’ll never feel the same way about these amazing creatures again,’ says Linsay Knight, head of Australian publishing at Walker Books Australia.

Great White Shark, illustrated by Cindy Lane, will be released in 2021.




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