Daily Newsletter
7 December 2015

Christmas closing list: Final chance to submit dates x

Publishers and distributors have one more chance to advise the Weekly Book Newsletter of their Christmas closing dates by 5pm on Friday 4 December. If your business doesn’t appear on this week’s... Read more

Christmas closing list 2015

Company Last day of business in 2015 First day of business in 2016 Allen & Unwin Thursday 24 December (Closing 1pm) Monday 4 January Alliance Distribution Services (ADS) Closed public... Read more

Please complete our pre-Christmas survey x

Books+Publishing is currently conducting its annual pre-Christmas survey of booksellers and publishers. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey online. Booksellers If you are a bookseller, please complete... Read more

Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 2016 shortlists announced

The 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards shortlists have been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Fiction Fever of Animals (Miles Allinson, Scribe) The Other Side of the World (Stephanie Bishop, Hachette)... Read more

Senate committee recommends government restore full funding to Australia Council x

A senate committee has recommended the federal government restore the full amount of funding stripped from the Australia Council in the 2015-16 budget in its report on the impact of... Read more


Australian, NZ art books awarded

The Art Association of Australia and New Zealand (AAANZ)—the professional body for Australian and New Zealand art historians—has announced the winners of its annual prizes. The AAANZ Prizes ‘honour the... Read more

Express Media Awards 2015 winners announced, Kat Muscat fellowship launched

The winners of the 2015 Express Media Awards have been announced. Ellen van Neerven and Chloe Higgins jointly won the inaugural Outstanding Achievement by a Young Person in the Literary... Read more


Mullins wins 2015 Scribe Nonfiction Prize

Canberra-based writer Patrick Mullins has won the 2015 Scribe Nonfiction Prize. Mullins was selected from a shortlist of six for his entry ‘A Liberal View’, a political history that examines the... Read more

Book Depository begins dispatching from Australia x

Amazon-owned online retailer the Book Depository has begun dispatching books from Australia, with delivery to metropolitan Victoria estimated at one-to-two business days and metropolitan NSW and South Australia at two-to-three... Read more


‘The Straight Dope’, ‘Quarterly Essay: Blood Year’ win Walkley Awards

Chip Le Grand’s The Straight Dope (MUP) has won the 2015 Walkley Book Award and David Kilcullen’s ‘Quarterly Essay 58: Blood Year: Terror and the Islamic State’ (Black Inc.) has... Read more

New CFO, internal promotions at PRH ANZ x

Penguin Random House (PRH) Australia and New Zealand has announced a number of internal promotions and the appointment of a new chief financial officer. Incoming CFO Richard Alweyn will begin... Read more

Amazon signs lease for new Sydney HQ

Amazon has signed a seven-year lease for its new Australian headquarters, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. The lease is for more than 9260sqm of office space—estimated to be over four... Read more

Bates launches children’s book publisher ‘About Kids Books’ x

Children’s book author Di Bates has launched a new children’s book publisher, About Kids Books. Bates told Books+Publishing the company will publish fiction for readers aged up to 12 years,... Read more

HarperCollins announces #LoveOzYA anthology

HarperCollins has announced it will publish a young adult anthology in May 2017 inspired by the #LoveOzYA campaign, featuring 10 short stories by a selection of Australian YA authors. Writer... Read more

Grattan Institute releases PM summer reading list

Australian public policy think tank Grattan Institute has released its annual summer reading list for the Prime Minister. The list contains ‘books and articles that the Prime Minister, or any... Read more

University of Sydney obesity, diabetes centre to award writer $100,000 fellowship

The University of Sydney’s Charles Perkin Centre has announced a $100,000 fellowship for a writer in residence to ‘join the fight against obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease’. Starting in mid-2016,... Read more

Black wins 2015 Ampersand Prize

Melbourne writer Calanthe Black has won Hardie Grant Egmont’s (HGE) 2015 Ampersand Prize for unpublished writers for her untitled YA sci-fi novel. Black’s entry was chosen from more than 250... Read more

Radcliffe awarded inaugural Yale Publishing Course scholarship

Potton & Burton managing director Emma Radcliffe has been awarded the inaugural W E and M L Forde Publishing Scholarship to the Yale Publishing Course, administered by the Publishers Association... Read more

Readings Foundation awards $93,000 in grants for 2016

The Readings Foundation has chosen seven Victorian organisations to share $93,000 worth of grants in 2016. The grant recipients are: 3081 Angels: $10,000 to support a volunteer team to work... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

Clive Cussler and Graham Brown’s latest thriller in the ‘Numa Files’ series, The Pharaoh’s Secret (Michael Joseph), is the fastest mover in this week’s bestsellers chart. Also in this week’s... Read more

Pan Mac to launch Oprah Winfrey imprint, publish memoir

Pan Macmillan’s Flatiron Books will launch a nonfiction imprint in 2017 with books chosen by Oprah Winfrey, beginning with Winfrey’s memoir The Life You Want, reports Publishers Weekly. Flatiron president... Read more

UK creative industries launch campaign to tackle copyright infringement

In the UK, content creators from books, film, TV, music and games have launched a ‘government-backed, multi-million pound education and TV advertising campaign’ to tackle copyright infringement, reports the Bookseller.... Read more

Morrissey wins 2015 Bad S-x in Fiction Award

English singer and writer Morrissey has won the 2015 Bad Sex in Fiction Award for his debut novel List of the Lost (Penguin). Morrissey’s novel was selected from a shortlist... Read more

Goodreads Choice Awards 2015 winners announced

The winners of the Goodreads Choice Awards Best Books of 2015 have been announced. The winners include: Go Set a Watchman (Harper Lee, William Heinemann) for Best Fiction and Modern... Read more

UK publisher insolvencies on the rise

UK publisher insolvencies have risen 58% over the past year, according to research from accountancy firm Moore Stephens reported in the Independent. In the 2014-15 financial year, 128 UK publishers... Read more



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