A library in Canada will include a virtual reality storytelling project, Inanimate Alice, in its youth program to encourage literacy through digital media.
In a 50-50 cooperative venture called Curious Universe UK, Melbourne’s Hinkler Books and the new Somerset-based startup Bookoli will work the UK, Iriish, and co-edition markets.
Based in Adelaide, the book packager Peter Murray this week begins selling rights online to roughly a dozen of his titles, with special emphasis on anniversary titles around the moon landing and music of 1969.
Building on the success of Australia-based physicist Chris Ferrie’s ‘Baby University’ series, Sourcebooks pre-empts world English rights from China’s CCPPG to begin publishing ‘Red Kangaroo’ books in 2019.
The London Book Fair introduces a fair illustrator and a fair poet in April, for special recognition and appearances. And tranlsation press Tilted Axis forms a partnership for rights in Australia, New Zealand.
Two previously longlisted authors and one twice-shortlisted writer, Kamila Shamsie, are on this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist of 16 novels. The winner takes home £30,000 and a bronze figurine, the ‘Bessie.’
The next two-year post as Children’s Literature Laureate in Australia is taken up by Morris Gleitzman, as the American Literary Translators Association announces deadlines for its competitions’ entries.
Having named a shortlist in June, the Miles Franklin prize goes to Perth’s Josephine Wilson, who publishes with University of Western Australia Publishing.
Co-written by Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist, ‘Two Steps Forward’ is proving a rights-sales hit for Melbourne-based Text Publishing.
Created in memory of the late New Zealand literary community figure Michael Gifkins, the new award provides a publishing contract and advance.