Victoria Carless is launching her debut young adult novel The Dream Walker at Avid Reader from 6:00pm on Thursday 29 June, 2017.

Anni Webster has been accepted into the HARDCOPY 2017 professional development program to develop her nonfiction manuscript Imagining Isabella. HARDCOPY is a special initiative of the ACT Writers Centre and funded by the Australia Council for the Arts.

The shortlist for the inaugural Readings Young Adult Prize has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Boone Shepard (Gabriel Bergmoser, Bell Frog Books) Freedom Swimmer (Wai Chim, A&U) The Bone Sparrow (Zana Fraillon, Lothian) Becoming Aurora (Elizabeth Kasmer, UQP) The Road to Winter (Mark Smith, Text) Our Chemical Hearts (Krystal Sutherland, Penguin). The winner will be announced in late June and…

The Brisbane Writers Festival (BWF) has released its 2017 Word Play program, designed for students from prep to year 12. The Word Play program, which runs from 6-8 September, features Australian authors and illustrators Anna Fienberg, Garth Nix, Jackie French, James Foley, James Moloney, Leigh Hobbs, Mark Smith, Peter Carnavas, Randa Abdel-Fattah, Steven Herrick, Wai…

To the stranger on the street, songwriting might seem like a powerful, mysterious art. What else could explain the song that makes you cry, exposing your soul and speaking to you at your deepest level? Yet the songwriter often vaguely describes the songwriting process as though they “woke up with it in their head” or,…

Jennifer Down, Rajith Savanadasa, Julie Koh and Josephine Rowe have been named Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelists for 2017. The awards, which recognise emerging writing talent, are open to writers aged 35 years or younger when their books are first published. This year’s awards were judged by SMH arts and books writer Linda Morris,…

Macquarie University has published a report examining Australian book readers, the third and final stage of its three-year research project on Australia’s changing book industry. The book readership stage of the research project surveyed just under 3000 Australians, and was conducted in partnership with the Australia Council for the Arts, which provided additional funding and collaboration. As…

Mehran Rafiei‘s memoir A Persian Odyssey has been published by CreateSpace (Amazon).

Retailer David Jones has launched a fundraising campaign with former AFL footballer Adam Goodes to increase awareness of the Indigenous literacy gap and raise money for the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation (ALNF). David Jones is donating 10% of each book purchased from 22-29 May to ALNF, with the money to fund an Indigenous literacy…

Luise Manning has released her new children’s picture book Turtle Needs Help on World Turtle Day, 23 May 2017. This is available through her website www.luisemanning.com

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