The Federal Government has scrapped the Book Council of Australia which is an advocacy body for publishers and writers in the latest of a string of cutbacks to it’s arts budget which will result in $52.5 million being cut from arts projects as revealed in the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) . News of
Author Joan London has won ‘Best Fiction’ in the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards for her book The Golden Age which is a story of resilience, the irrepressible, enduring nature of love, and the fragility of life. It is set in 1954. Thirteen-year-old Frank Gold, a refugee from wartime Hungary, is learning to walk again after
A recent article in The Guardian by Nikesh Shukla questioned how to make the publishing industry less ‘posh’, ‘white’ and ‘male’. In the article Shukla suggests that the “absence of any black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) writers on next year’s World Book Night list [has] provoked an outcry” and asked various writers and prominent
Photo courtesy of Australian National University Joan Beaumont has won the 2015 Asher Literary Award for her book Broken Nation. The Asher Literary Award is awarded every two years to a female author whose work has an anti-war theme. Beaumont was awarded a prize of $12,000 at an event in Sydney on 8 December, hosted by
The Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley has announced that twenty one books have been shortlisted for the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. The shortlisted books comprise some of the best fiction, non-fiction, drama, poetry and writing for young adults produced in Australia in the past 12 months. The winners in each of the five award
The winners of the 2015 Premier’s Literary Prizes were announced on Wednesday, 2 December 2015. The award which is supported by the Tasmanian Government is awarded to the best book with Tasmanian content in any genre with a prize worth $25,000. Tasmania Book Prize Winner The Rise and Fall of Gunns Ltd by Quentin Beresford
The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has announced the shortlist for this year’s Asher Award. They received 47 applications from a range of genres, including children’s literature and performance writing. Assessors Tegan Bennett Daylight, Anthony Birch and Charlotte Wood commented on the quality and diversity of submissions and agreed that selecting a winner would be
Australian novelist Elizabeth Harrower has won the 2015 Voss Literary Prize for her novel In Certain Circles which was published by Melbourne-based independent publisher, Text Publishing. Image courtesy of The Australian. Elizabeth Harrower who was born in 1928 and lives in Sydney withdrew her fifth novel, In Certain Circles, some months prior to publication, in 1971.
Australian Man Booker Prize winning authors, Peter Carey, Richard Flanagan and Tom Keneally break down what the ending of parallel importation restrictions could mean for publishers, writers and readers in Australia in an open letter to the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull. An Open Letter to the Prime Minister, the Honourable Malcolm Turnbull Dear Prime Minister,
The 2015 Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards has announced it’s winners in a ceremony which took place in Dublin. The awards which celebrates it’s 10th anniversary this year was was attended by Ireland’s top writers, publishers, booksellers and media personalities including novelists Edna O’ Brien, Kevin Barry, Louise O’Neill, Sara Baume and Derek Landy
The (Australian) Prime Minister’s Literary Awards which recognise exceptional literary achievement by Australian writers in fiction, non‐fiction, young adult fiction, children’s fiction, poetry and Australian history has released its shortlist for 2015. The Literary Awards celebrate Australian literature and historical works, and recognise the vital role these endeavours play in communicating Australian stories. They also
Book lovers everywhere will be pleased by the announcement of 160 books that have made the 2016 long list for the International Dublin Literary Award. The prestigious book award which in its 21st year is among the lengthiest in its already distinguished history. 53 titles which have been translated from other languages have been nominated
Amazon Books—like the surrounding mall—feels like it’s predicated on anxiety. Its very existence may be meant as an answer to anxieties within the company about a persistent inability to overcome the question of ‘discovery,’ both for Amazon Publishing titles and in general—the company remains dependent on consumers finding products they’re interested elsewhere and then buying
Writer’s Edit, a Sydney-based literary magazine, has branched into the book industry and is earning them plenty of industry praise. Originally launched in July 2013 as a literary magazine featuring essays, writing prompts, author interviews and writing advice it went on to add publishing to its repertoire last year with Kindling, their annual anthology of
The Stella Prize along with Books+Publishing, has released statistics showing the gender breakdown of reviews in the Sydney Review of Books and the Saturday Paper. The Stella Count ‘Redux’ focuses on ‘two new publications whose weekly book reviews generate much public interest’, and includes book reviews published in the Saturday Paper from 1 March to
Here’s how the indie success story typically goes: little-known new author puts out a book, which skyrockets in popularity in sales and eventually attracts a lucrative deal with a mainstream publisher. It’s a rags-to-riches sort of story that’s mostly re-told to encourage new writers to try out self-publishing for its ease and accessibility to readers.
Australian author of The Narrow Road to the Deep North which and winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize has been named as inaugural Boisbouvier Founding Chair of Australian Literature at the University of Melbourne. Flanagan’s appointment at Melbourne University will be for five years. Its structure is reminiscent of Oxford’s poetry chair, which has customarily
In April of this year, Amazon filed suit against the operators of websites that offered Amazon sellers the ability to purchase fake, four and five-star reviews of their products. Most of those websites have now been closed, and Amazon took action against the sellers involved. Now Amazon is continuing its crackdown on fake reviews by
Amazon has recently changed it’s policy which suggests it may be considering stopping people who download free kindle eBooks from being able to write reviews. This could potentially have repurcussions for self-published authors. If you are an indie author using free eBooks to get reviews it may be prudent to review these policy changes and possibly reconsider changing tactics. Amazon’s
Photo courtesy of Fairfax Media In one of Australia’s most highly publicised drug cases, Schapelle Corby was convicted of smuggling marijuana on a flight to Bali in 2004 and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. She was released on parole in February 2014 but so far must remain in Bali, according to Indonesian law.