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27 November 2019


Christmas closing list: Final chance to submit dates

Publishers and distributors have one more chance to advise Books+Publishing of their Christmas closing dates. If your business doesn’t appear on this week’s list, please submit... Read more
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Christmas closing list 2019

  Company Last day of business in 2019  First day of business in 2020 Alliance Distribution Services Closed only on public holidays (see classified) Allen... Read more


The Co-op Bookshop, Curious Planet enter voluntary administration x

The University Co-operative Bookshop has entered voluntary administration. The company, which runs the retail network of 34 Co-op Bookshops and 63 Curious Planet (formerly Australian... Read more
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‘Songwoman’ wins 2019 Most Underrated Book Award

Ilka Tampke’s second novel Songwoman (Text) has won the Small Press Network’s (SPN) Most Underrated Book Award (MUBA) for 2019. Songwoman is a sequel to... Read more


Hardy to step down as MWF artistic director

Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) artistic director Marieke Hardy has announced she will leave her role ahead of the 2020 festival, after completing two years of... Read more
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Wilson to leave Text x

Kirsty Wilson will leave her role as Text Publishing sales and marketing director, after 14 years with the company. Wilson was due to return from... Read more


Dr Karl awarded UNESCO Kalinga Prize

The United Nations has awarded Karl Kruszelnicki, popularly known as Dr Karl, the UNESCO Kalinga Prize for the Popularisation of Science at the World Science... Read more


Hardie Grant Reconciliation Action Plan endorsed

Reconciliation Australia has endorsed Hardie Grant’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), which sets a path for the company to work towards reconciliation and constitutional recognition of... Read more

CPA report estimates $600m in private sector arts support x

Creative Partnerships Australia (CPA) has published a new report called Giving Attitude, the first of its proposed biennial surveys of private sector support for the... Read more


Recipients of $150k The Next Chapter initiative announced

The Wheeler Centre has announced the 10 recipients of the 2019 Next Chapter grants for developing writers, worth $15,000 each. The 2019 recipients are: Arthur... Read more


Pandiella to return to S&S x

Anabel Pandiella will return to the role of marketing and publicity director at Simon & Schuster Australia (S&S) in 2020. Pandiella previously worked for S&S... Read more


New appointments to Hachette ANZ board x

Hachette Australia and New Zealand (HANZ) has made a number of new appointments to its board, effective 1 January next year. Among the appointments are... Read more


Matt Okine’s debut novel to be adapted for film

Sydney-based production company Aquarius Films has acquired film rights to comedian Matt Okine’s debut novel Being Black ‘N Chicken, & Chips (Hachette), reports the Sydney... Read more


‘See What You Made Me Do’ to be developed as TV documentary series x

Journalist Jess Hill’s nonfiction book See What You Made Me Do: Power, control and domestic abuse (Black Inc.) will be adapted into a documentary series... Read more


A&U acquires ANZ rights to Heyman’s memoir ‘Fury’; rights sold to UK

Allen & Unwin (A&U) has acquired ANZ rights to novelist Kathryn Heyman’s memoir Fury, ‘a deeply feminist story of becoming heroic in a culture which... Read more


Hachette acquires Jan Fran autobiography ‘Of Middle Eastern Appearance’ x

Hachette has acquired world rights to journalist and presenter Jan Fran’s memoir Of Middle Eastern Appearance, via Creative Representation managing director Jacinta Waters. Fran said:... Read more


‘The Dictionary of Lost Words’ sold into multiple territories ahead of ANZ release

International rights to Pip Williams’ debut novel The Dictionary of Lost Words (Affirm, April) have been sold in multiple territories following this year’s Frankfurt Book... Read more


PRH sells Aung Than graphic novel series to US in six-figure deal

Penguin Random House Australia (PRH) has sold North American rights to the first three books in Gavin Aung Than’s middle-grade graphic novel series ‘Super Sidekicks’... Read more


Black Inc. sells ‘The Motivation Hoax’ to UK

Black Inc. has sold UK and Commonwealth rights (ex ANZ) to James Adonis’ The Motivation Hoax: A smart person’s guide to inspirational nonsense (Nero) to The... Read more


Clark wins Sisters in Crime Scarlet Stiletto Award 2019

The winners of the 2019 Scarlet Stiletto Awards, presented by Sisters in Crime, have been announced. Melbourne-based writer and former Herald Sun books editor Blanche... Read more


‘A Secret Safe to Tell’ wins Chinese children’s award

In China, a translated edition of Naomi Hunter’s A Secret Safe to Tell (illus by Karen Erasmus, Empowering Resources) has won the gold award at the Children’s... Read more


‘Trust Exercise’ wins 2019 National Book Award for fiction

In the US, the winners of the 2019 National Book Awards have been announced. The winners in each category are: Fiction Trust Exercise (Susan Choi, Serpent’s... Read more


O’Brien awarded £40k David Cohen Prize for Literature

Irish novelist Edna O’Brien has been awarded the £40,000 (A$75,800) David Cohen Prize for Literature, which recognises a living writer from the UK or Ireland’s... Read more


Medieval mystery ‘The Western Wind’ wins 2019 Staunch Book Prize

In the UK, Samantha Harvey has won the 2019 Staunch Book Prize—for the best thriller novel in which no woman is beaten, stalked, sexually exploited,... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Linda Kaplan of Kaplan DeFiore Agency has sold the following international rights to The Dictionary of Lost Words (Pip Williams, Affirm): UK and... Read more


Bestsellers: Wimpy Kid knocks Bluey out of number one spot x

After spending one week in the top spot on the Australian bestsellers chart, Bluey: The Beach (Puffin) has slipped to second place, replaced at number one... Read more


The Tiny Star (Mem Fox, illus by Freya Blackwood, Puffin) x

Individually, a new book by either Mem Fox or Freya Blackwood, both award-winners and bestselling children’s book creators, would be welcomed by their readers. This... Read more

The gift of being underrated x

‘This is what fuels a fiction writer: the ongoing life of the ideas we love. The saddest thing about a book failing to reach an audience is not the wound to the ego, but the ending of the conversation.’—author Ilka Tampke reflects on the meaning of her novel Songwoman (Text) winning this year’s Most Underrated Book Award.



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


Stiff competition: Pandiella, Saras, Palmisano on their challenges and successes x

Book marketers face many challenges. How can you experiment with new trends within a limited budget and how do you find new readers when there’s... Read more

IPEd: Thesis editing webinar x

The Institute of Professional Editors Limited (IPEd) is running a thesis editing webinar presented by Laurel Mackinnon, chair of IPEd’s Standing Committee for Academic Editing. The... Read more

IPEd: Accessibility and inclusion webinar

The Institute of Professional Editors Limited (IPEd) is running an Accessibility and inclusion webinar presented by Julie Ganner on what editors and authors need to... Read more

Walker Books celebrates the 10th anniversary of ‘My Dad Thinks He’s Funny’ with new book

A fresh batch of dad jokes are on their way with an all new My Dad book in August 2020. Written by Katrina Germein and illustrated by Tom Jellett, My Dad Thinks He’s Super Funny is the third book in a series that is loved by kids (and dads) all around the world.

In this follow up to the bestselling My Dad Thinks He’s Funny and My Dad Still Thinks He’s Funny, Dad is up to it again. His audience has grown by one, and family life continues to provide an endless supply of fresh and brilliant comedic material for Dad. At least he seems to think so. My Dad Thinks He’s Super Funny is a book for anyone whose dad has made them laugh—or cringe! details on the website.


Text Publishing farewells Kirsty Wilson

After 14 years in the company, it’s with great sadness that Text bids farewell to Kirsty Wilson, who has elected not to return from maternity leave at the end of 2019.

Over many years, and in various roles, Kirsty has been a dynamic, energised and deeply trusted contributor to Text. Her drive and commitment are embedded in many aspects of the company, including the Text Classics and the Text Prize. In many ways Kirsty will always be a part of what we do. A huge thankyou, from Michael Heyward and all of us at Text.

We know many of you will join us in wishing Kirsty the very best in her next ventures. She can be reached at: kirstyewilson1@gmail.com


Book launch: ‘Russia and the West 2017-19’

‘Tony Kevin shines in his analysis of the media’s role in the sorry round of cover-ups, their role as government stenographers, and the reinforcement of falsehood and ignorance needed to manufacture consent for the ongoing build-up of hostilities against Russia.’—Eureka Street.

Sydney launch: Russia and the West 2017-19 by Tony Kevin with the Hon Bob Carr at Gleebooks, Glebe, 6pm for 6.30pm start, Thursday 5 December.

Trade orders to tonykevin@grapevine.com.au ($25 RRP).




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