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7 November 2019


Pascoe, Gaiman to headline 2020 Perth Festival Literature & Ideas weekend

The program for Perth Festival’s Literature & Ideas weekend, running from 21–23 February 2020, has been announced. Based around the themes of land, money, power... Read more
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Walkley Book Award 2019 shortlist announced

The Walkley Book Award 2019 shortlist has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Rusted Off: Why country Australia is fed up (Gabrielle Chan, Vintage) See What... Read more


Drewe wins 2019 Colin Roderick Literary Award for ‘The True Colour of the Sea’

Robert Drewe has won the $20,000 Colin Roderick Literary Award 2019 and the H T Priestley Medal for his short story collection The True Colour... Read more
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Lake wins 2019 CHASS Australia Book Prize for ‘The Bible in Australia’

Meredith Lake has won the 2019 Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences’ (CHASS) Australia Book Prize, for her book The Bible in Australia:... Read more


VanOver returns to PRH amid staff changes x

Penguin Random House Australia (PRH) has announced a number of staff changes in its adult publishing division. Brandon VanOver has returned to PRH in the... Read more
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McTiernan wins Barry Award for best paperback original

Dervla McTiernan has won the Barry Award for best paperback original for her 2018 novel The Ruin (HarperCollins). The annual literary crime awards, named for... Read more


Herrick’s YA novel ‘By the River’ wins German Youth Literature Prize

NSW-based author Steven Herrick’s YA novel By the River (A&U) has won Germany’s Youth Literature Prize in the young adult division. First published in 2004,... Read more


A&U sells ‘Pain and Prejudice’ to US, UK

Allen & Unwin has sold rights to Gabrielle Jackson’s Pain and Prejudice to Piatkus in the UK and Greystone Books in North America. Published in... Read more


Pomare’s ‘In the Clearing’ sold to US, UK in two-book deal x

US and UK rights to J P Pomare’s In the Clearing (Hachette) have been sold in a two-book deal to global Hachette imprints Mulholland Books... Read more


Pantera acquires new Amal Awad novel x

Pantera Press has acquired world rights to journalist and author Amal Awad’s third novel, Control on the Way Down, a work of women’s fiction. Awad’s... Read more


Black Inc. acquires El Sayed’s memoir ‘Muddy People’

Black Inc. has acquired world rights to Sara El Sayed’s debut memoir Muddy People, a ‘smart, funny, terrifically lively exploration of growing up as a... Read more


PRH raises $100k for ILF programs

Penguin Random House Australia (PRH) has presented a $100,000 donation to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF). The $100,000 cheque was presented to the ILF at... Read more


Tighe, Walker announced as inaugural ABR Rising Stars

The Australian Book Review (ABR) has announced the inaugural ABR Rising Stars, a new initiative to support young ABR writers and critics supported by Creative... Read more

UNESCO announces 11 new cities of literature

UNESCO has announced 11 additional cities of literature among 66 newly designated creative cities. The new cities of literature are: Angoulême (France) Beirut (Lebanon) Exeter... Read more


‘A Fistful of Shells’ wins 2019 Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize

In the UK, historian Toby Green has won the £25,000 (A$46,750) Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Global Cultural Understanding for his book A Fistful of Shells:... Read more


Staunch Book Prize 2019 shortlist announced

In the UK, the shortlist for the Staunch Book Prize—for the best thriller novel in which no woman is beaten, stalked, sexually exploited, raped or... Read more


UK book industry calls to end VAT on ebooks, audiobooks

UK book industry figures and organisations have delivered a letter to the chancellor of the exchequer Sajid Javid calling for an end to the 20%... Read more


The Bookworm Beijing to close amid cleanup of ‘illegal structures’

Beijing’s English-language bookstore The Bookworm is due to close on 11 November, before its building is demolished by the city government, with the owners hoping... Read more


PRH to acquire complete works of Eric Carle

Penguin Random House US (PRH) children’s imprint Penguin Young Readers will acquire author and illustrator Eric Carle’s company, Eric Carle LLC, which holds the intellectual... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Pippa Masson at Curtis Brown Australia has sold US and UK rights to In the Clearing (J P Pomare, Hachette) in a two-book... Read more


Bestsellers: Daniher tops the ladder x

AFL alum and Motor Neurone Disease ambassador Neale Daniher has debuted at number one on this week’s bestsellers chart with his memoir When All is... Read more


I See, I See (R Henderson, A&U) x

This extremely clever book will be loved by kids, who will want to turn it upside down to read it again as soon as they... Read more

The decline of the midlist author

‘You want to be debut, literary, or bestselling; you don’t want to be midlist. The midlist is like the middle class; it’s the group that gets squeezed. They don’t get the support from their publishers. They don’t get their due [as writers]. They don’t get the attention they deserve from reviewers. Everybody wants to break out of the midlist.’—A US literary agent speaks to the challenges facing midlist authors in a market where bestsellers are commanding more of publishers’ marketing budgets and retailers’ shelf space.



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

ACT libraries to scrap fines

The ACT’s libraries will abolish fines for late return of books from 21 November, becoming the latest locality to move away from the fines system,... Read more


Diversity in UK publishing: what’s changed?

In 2017 BookBrunch feature writer Julie Vuong reported on the UK book industry’s efforts to encourage diversity. Two years on, she considers the industry’s progress.... Read more


My life in books: Tim Gott from Devonport Bookshop x

Tim and Anne Gott have owned the Devonport Bookshop for almost 25 years. In his bookseller’s diary, Tim shares stories from his bookselling career and... Read more


Long-term appeal: Marketing a series x

How—and to whom—do publishers market books as part of series? Bec Kavanagh spoke to Hardie Grant Egmont and Scholastic about their approaches to creating buzz that... Read more

Australian Book Design Awards applications open

The Australian Book Designers Association (ABDA) Committee has announced that the 68th Australian Book Design Awards is open for submissions. Books published between 1 January... Read more



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