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30 October 2019

‘WBN’ published Thursday next week

Please note that due to the Melbourne Cup holiday in Victoria on Tuesday, 5 November, the next Weekly Book Newsletter will be published on Thursday,... Read more


First writers announced for Adelaide Writers’ Week

The first writers have been announced for next year’s Adelaide Writers’ Week, which runs from 29 February to 5 March. International guests include Nigerian novelist... Read more

Lit projects account for 2.7% of OzCo arts funding in 2018–19 x

According to the Australia Council’s latest annual report, published last week, literature projects accounted for 2.7% of its arts funding in 2018–19, or $5.1 million... Read more
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Fair Work approves PRH EBA

The Fair Work Commission has approved Penguin Random House Australia’s enterprise bargaining agreement (EBA), the first union-negotiated EBA in Australian publishing history. In September, PRH... Read more


New APA initiative to signify Australian created books

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) has begun a campaign to signify books created in Australia with a new logo. Based on the logo for joint-industry... Read more

Chowdhury named Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellow

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) has announced Penguin Random House audio producer Radhiah Chowdhury as the recipient of the 2019–2020 Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship. The... Read more
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Wild Dingo launches Deadly Dingo imprint, scholarship for First Nations writers

Wild Dingo Press has launched a new imprint to publish work by First Nations writers and poets. The imprint, called Deadly Dingo Books, will publish... Read more


Hardie Grant acquires Slattery Media Group publications, expands sports publishing x

Hardie Grant has acquired the publishing and content activities of Slattery Media Group (SMG) with immediate effect. Hardie Grant Books (HGB) will take on all... Read more


Winners of 2019 YABBAs announced

The winners of the 2019 Young Australians Best Book Awards (YABBAs), Victoria’s children’s choice awards, have been announced. The winning titles are: Picture storybooks Seriously... Read more
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Hammer wins UK Dagger award for ‘Scrublands’

Australian writer Chris Hammer has won the John Creasey Award for the best crime novel by a first-time author at the UK Crime Writers’ Association... Read more


Meyer’s ‘A Superior Spectre’ shortlisted for Saltire Literary Awards

Angela Meyer’s novel A Superior Spectre (Peter Bishop) has been shortlisted for the Saltire First Book of the Year award, as part of Scotland’s Saltire... Read more


John Flanagan’s ‘Ranger’s Apprentice’ to be adapted for film

A film based on YA adventure series ‘Ranger’s Apprentice’ by Australian author John Flanagan (Random House Children’s) has received funding and is expected to begin... Read more


‘The Things We Can’t Undo’ wins AAFT Award for Children’s Literature

Gabrielle Reid’s YA novel The Things We Can’t Undo (Ford Street) has won the 2019 Australian Association of Family Therapists’ (AAFT) Award for Children’s Literature. The... Read more

Create NSW makes changes to multi-year arts funding guidelines

The NSW state government has announced changes to its multi-year arts funding for small to medium independent arts organisations. Applicants for multi-year funding will no... Read more


Macfie wins 2019 CLNZ Writers’ Award

Journalist Rebecca Macfie has won the Copyright Licensing New Zealand (CLNZ)/New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) Writers’ Award, worth NZ$25,000 (A$23,360), to help support her... Read more

Melissa Lucashenko argues for tax-free literary prizes x

‘It’s a bit of a kick in the guts to win a major prize only to learn you’re going to lose a third of it... Read more


Bestsellers: Elton John memoir rockets to number two x

Judy Nunn’s Townsville-set historical novel Khaki Town (William Heinemann) is spending its second consecutive week at the top of the bestseller chart as Nunn continues... Read more


‘Girl, Woman, Other’ more than doubles lifetime sales after Booker win

In the UK, joint Booker winner Bernardine Evaristo’s Girl, Woman, Other (Hamish Hamilton) more than doubled its lifetime sales in the week following its win... Read more

New online platform to help US indies compete with Amazon

In the US, a new website designed to help independent bookstores compete with Amazon will launch in January, reports Publishers Weekly. Backed by the American... Read more


Warwick Prize for Women in Translation 2019 shortlist announced

In the UK, the shortlist for the Warwick Prize for Women in Translation has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Disoriental (Négar Djavadi, trans Tina... 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

Thorpe wins 2019 ALIA Research Grant Award

Kirsten Thorpe from the University of Technology Sydney’s Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research has received the $5000 ALIA Research Grant Award 2019 for... Read more

ALA delivers report on unfair behaviour in the digital market to House Judiciary Committee

In the US, the American Library Association (ALA) has delivered a report on ‘unfair behaviour by digital market actors’ to the House Judiciary Committee, reports... Read more


Climate change and MBS books popular at nonfiction-focused Frankfurt 2019 x

Nonfiction titles dominated this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair (16–20 October), with books on climate change and Mind Body Spirit (MBS) in demand, according to a... Read more


Justin Ractliffe on reaching heavy and light readers

Penguin Random House ANZ publishing director Justin Ractliffe travelled to the United States earlier in 2019 to study consumer insights and data as part of... Read more


Best book forward: 2020 fiction preview x

New books by Evie Wyld, Kate Mildenhall, Alice Pung and Jamie Marina Lau are among next year’s most anticipated releases. Sarah Farquharson rounds up the... Read more


Maurice Blackburn: Champion of the people (David Day, Scribe) x

Maurice Blackburn (1880–1944) was an influential member of the Australian Labor Party and a barrister, specialising in cases defending socialist causes. He held seats at... Read more

Change for Wilkinson Publishing

Publisher: Wilkinson Publishing Old distributor: Australian Fishing Network (AFN). New distributor: Woodslane Pty Ltd Changeover date: 1 November 2019 Returns cut-off: 31 December 2019

Change for Waterhouse Press

Publisher: Waterhouse Press Old distributor: NewSouth Books (ADS) New distributor: Simon & Schuster Australia (HEDS) Changeover date: 1 November 2019 Returns cut-off: 31 January 2020... Read more

Change for National Book Network (NBN)

Publisher: National Book Network (NBN) Old distributor: NewSouth Books New distributor: Footprint Books Changeover date: 27 December 2019 Returns cut-off: 31 January 2020

HarperCollins congratulates Prime Minister’s Literary Award-winning author Emily Rodda

HarperCollins Children’s Books Australia is delighted to congratulate Emily Rodda on her win at the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards last week. Emily’s book His Name... Read more

UBD Christmas order cut-off schedule

With this year’s busiest trading period fast approaching, and to ensure our normal fast delivery continues to get to you prior to Christmas Day, United... Read more

Change of distribution for Waterhouse Press

Simon & Schuster Australia is pleased to announce a new sales and distribution partnership with independent publisher Waterhouse Press in Australia and New Zealand from... Read more

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