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NT Literary Awards 2015 finalists announced

9 July 2015

The Northern Territory Library has announced the finalists for the Northern Territory (NT) Literary Awards.The 2015 finalists are:Short stories ‘Stranger in Paradise’ (Barbara Eather) ‘It’s a Privilege to Live in...

Ngaio Marsh Award 2015 shortlist announced

8 July 2015

Five books have been shortlisted for the 2015 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel by a New Zealand writer. The shortlisted titles are: Five Minutes Alone (Paul Cleave, Penguin...

Rights round-up 

8 July 2015

SalesFiction—MidnightSun has sold US rights to An Ordinary Epidemic (Amanda Hickie) to Little, Brown. Nonfiction—Exisle has sold Korean rights to What Makes You Happy (Fiona Robards); and Slovakian rights to...

Quote of the week

8 July 2015

‘We couldn’t believe the overwhelming feedback we had from Perth readers when we were closing. Even with the doors shut last week, the amount of people trying to get in...

New Zealand Book Awards announces prize changes

7 July 2015

The New Zealand Book Awards will return in 2016 with a new structure, judging process and an annual NZ$50,000 (A$44,595) prize for fiction, with the winners to be announced at...

Bestsellers this week 

6 July 2015

E L James’ Grey (Arrow) has enjoyed a second week at number one on the overall bestsellers chart, while Johanna Basford’s two colouring books Enchanted Forest and Secret Garden (Laurence King...

Henderson joins Affirm Press 

6 July 2015

Affirm Press has appointed Fiona Henderson as its new publisher following the departure of Aviva Tuffield.Henderson has worked in publishing for more than 20 years, including senior roles at Random...

National Biography Award 2015 shortlist announced

6 July 2015

The State Library of NSW has announced the shortlist for the 2015 National Biography Award for biographical writing and memoir.The shortlisted titles are: An Unsentimental Bloke: The Life and Work of...

RiP Michael Zifcak

3 July 2015

Michael Zifcak, former chairman of Collins Booksellers and Hill of Content Publishing, has died, aged 96.Zifcak was the chairman of Collins Booksellers and its publishing division Hill of Content, which he...

Mad Hatters Bookshop opens in Brisbane 

3 July 2015

The Mad Hatters Bookshop has opened in the Brisbane bayside suburb of Manly. The new store is run by Anne-Marie Finn and Kaylene Hobson, who purchased TLC Books from Tanya Cauce in...

Robotham shortlisted for CWA Gold Dagger

2 July 2015

Life or Death by Australian author Michael Robotham (Sphere) has been shortlisted for the 2015 Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Gold Dagger award for best crime novel in the UK.Life or...

Quote of the week 

1 July 2015

‘While total NZ-published sales increased, NZ Fiction decreased by just over 50% in both volume and value—no titles have replaced the impact that The Luminaries had on NZ Fiction sales’—Nielsen...

Rights round-up 

1 July 2015

SalesFiction—A&U has sold US and UK & Commonwealth (ex ANZ) rights to To Name Those Lost (Rohan Wilson) to Europa Editions US and UK, respectively; Norwegian and Swedish rights to...

Editia wins Walkley Grant for Innovation in Journalism 

30 June 2015

Digital-first publisher Editia has won a $5000 Walkley Grant for Innovation in Journalism. The grants offer seed funding for innovative projects that will benefit Australian journalism, with funding from Google Australia and...

Bestsellers this week 

29 June 2015

Following reports of its record-breaking sales overseas, E L James’ Grey (Arrow), a retelling of Fifty Shades of Grey (Arrow) from the character Christian Grey’s perspective, has debuted at number...

Cohen wins inaugural Russell Prize for Humour Writing

26 June 2015

Bernard Cohen’s The Antibiography of Robert F Menzies (HarperCollins) has won the inaugural Russell Prize for Humour Writing. The book was chosen for the $10,000 biennial prize from a shortlist...