Hello and welcome to February 2018. It’s almost time for the Perth Writers Week. In addition to the fantastic program of events our authors are participating in, there are also two events for industry members which we are very proud to be a part of.

The first is our annual Writers Week breakfast. Taking place at 9.30 am on Saturday 24 February, this is an opportunity for event programmers, festival directors, librarians and teachers to meet Fremantle Press authors who have published a book in 2017 or who will publish a book in 2018. This is a fast and fun event as our authors get two minutes each to give you their spiel about what they’d bring to your festival or event program. This year we’re especially pleased to partner with Perth Writers Week official bookseller Boffins Bookshop. To book your place simply email admin@fremantlepress.com.au. (By the way, there will be extra croissants for any librarian who voted for Avan Judd Stallard’s novel Spinifex & Sunflowers in the Librarian’s Choice Top Ten last month – it was great to see this important debut novel up there as a favourite for February!)

We are also helping the Australian Publishers Association bring their successful children’s seminar to Western Australia on Tuesday 27 February. The seminar is not for the general public but is specifically aimed at booksellers who specialise in or want to develop skills in selling children’s books, and at junior to mid-level publishing professionals including editors, marketers and publicists with a particular interest in children’s publishing.  Keynote speaker Matt Stanton will talk about children’s book design and there will be a special presentation by Julie Winters of Nielsen Book Australia. Our own Meg McKinlay, James Foley, Cate Sutherland and Claire Miller will also present. The event is hosted by Paper Bird Children’s Books and Arts in Fremantle and costs $50. Bookings can be made here.

I just wanted to take a moment to congratulate author and illustrator Chris Owen and Chris Nixon for making grumpy pandas a hit with Americans.  Pandamonia just went into its third extra-large print run with Kane Miller Books.

Till next month,

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