Weekly Book Newsletter
29 January 2015

Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 2015 winners announced; ‘The Europeans in Australia: Volume Three: Nation’ wins Victorian Prize for Literature

Writer and historian Alan Atkinson has won the Victorian Prize for Literature, worth $100,000, for his book The Europeans in Australia: Volume Three: Nation (NewSouth).... Read more

Indie Awards 2015 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2015 Indie Awards, presented by Leading Edge Books, have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Fiction When the... Read more

French named Senior Australian of the Year

Australian author Jackie French has been named the 2015 Senior Australian of the Year. French was presented with the honour at a ceremony in Canberra... Read more

Book industry figures among 2015 Australia Day honours recipients x

Social researcher and author Hugh Mackay is among the recipients of the 2015 Australia Day honours, presented by the Governor-General on 26 January for ‘service... Read more

Philanthropists donate $5m to found Chair of Australian literature

A philanthropist couple has donated $5m to the University of Melbourne to establish a new professorship to ‘advance the teaching, understanding and public appreciation of... Read more

‘Overland’ launches ‘Fair Australia Prize’

Overland has launched a new Fair Australia Prize to encourage writers and artists ‘to be part of setting a new agenda for Australia’. The winner of... Read more

Shortlist for ‘Seizure’ Viva La Novella competition announced

Literary journal Seizure has announced the shortlist for this year’s Viva La Novella competition. The six shortlisted authors are: Mark Brandi Christy Collins Nick Gadd Jane Rawson... Read more

John Flanagan voted ‘Australia’s Favourite Author’ in Booktopia poll

Children’s book author John Flanagan has been voted ‘Australia’s Favourite Author’ in Booktopia’s annual poll. Booktopia announced the top 10 finalists on its website on 23 January. They... Read more

Productivity Commission to review minimum wage and penalty rates

The effect of the minimum wage and penalty rates on businesses will be examined as part of the Productivity Commission’s wider review of the industrial... Read more

Monash University Publishing receives Vice Chancellor’s Award

Monash University Publishing has been presented with a Vice Chancellor’s Award for Exceptional Performance by Professional Staff. The award was one of four given to... Read more

Mills appointed children’s and YA publishing director at A&U x

Eva Mills has been appointed publishing director of children’s and YA books at Allen & Unwin (A&U). Mills has been a publisher of children’s and YA books... Read more

Fagan appointed head of marketing and publicity at Nero x

Kelly Fagan has been appointed to the newly created role of head of marketing and publicity for Black Inc. mass-market imprint Nero. Fagan, who was previously publicity manager... Read more

Horin appointed publisher of HGE imprint Chirpy Bird x

Hardie Grant Egmont (HGE) has appointed Niki Horin to the newly created role of publisher of Chirpy Bird, the company’s imprint for licensed and trend-driven publishing. HGE marketing communications... Read more

NZ guest of honour program announced for Taipei

The program for New Zealand’s guest of honour pavilion at the Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBE) has been announced. Eighty-five delegates will represent New Zealand... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—HarperCollins has sold Hungarian rights to Silver Wattle and Sapphire Skies (both Belinda Alexandra). Spinifex Press has sold UK rights to Haifa Fragments (Khulud... Read more

Quote of the week

‘New Zealand has the misfortune in not having a lot of confidence in the brains of its citizens. There is a lot of embarrassment, a... Read more

Bestsellers this week

Pete Evans’ Family Food (Plum) is this week’s fastest mover, having jumped from sixth to first spot on the top 10 bestsellers chart. The rest of the... Read more

Second annual Great Kiwi Classic poll launched

Nominations for the second annual Great Kiwi Classic poll have opened in New Zealand. First launched in 2014 by the New Zealand Book Council and Auckland... Read more

Chinese authors required to register real names online

In China, the government has introduced measures that require authors to provide their real names when they publish online, reports the New York Times. Under... Read more

‘H is for Hawk’ named Costa Book of the Year

In the UK, Helen Macdonald’s H is For Hawk (Vintage) has won the £30,000 (A$57,460) Costa Book of the Year award after previously winning the... Read more

Tesco to close blinkbox Books

UK supermarket chain Tesco will close its ebook platform blinkbox Books at the end of February after failing to reach an agreement to sell the platform... Read more

Lahiri wins 2015 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature

Indian-American author Jhumpa Lahiri has won the 2015 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature for her novel The Lowland (Bloomsbury). Lahiri’s novel was selected from... Read more

Junot Díaz novel voted best 21st-century novel so far

Junot Díaz’s 2007 novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Faber) has been voted in a poll of US critics as the best novel... Read more

Egmont closes US division

Egmont Publishing has closed its US division after failing to establish a market-leading position, reports Publishers Weekly. The Danish publisher had put the US division up... Read more

European booksellers asked to join #mynextread campaign

The European International Booksellers Federation (EIBF) is encouraging booksellers and readers to share their reading choices on social media along with the #mynextread hashtag, reports... Read more

Librarians among 2015 Australia Day honours recipients

Librarians and library advocates are among the recipients of the 2015 Australia Day honours, which were presented on 26 January. Thomas Cochrane was awarded an... Read more

Gallipoli diary transcribed by WA state library

The war diary of WA soldier Captain Beresford Everett Bardwell is being transcribed by the State Library of Western Australia with help from volunteers, reports... Read more

International library news

British Library opens National Newspaper Building In the UK, more than 60 million newspapers spanning three centuries will be housed in a new building in... Read more

Authors on income and acquisitions in a changing industry

‘As in the movie industry, the temptation will be for publishers to concentrate their resources on a very limited number of titles and let the... Read more

James Bradley’s ‘Clade’ x

In his first novel in 10 years, James Bradley writes about the members of an extended family in a soft-dystopian near-future, where violent climate events... Read more

OUP to distribute Nelson Thornes x

Agency: Nelson ThornesISBN Prefixes: VariousOld Distributor: Cengage Learning AustraliaNew distributor: Oxford University PressChangeover date: 01/02/2015

Mills appointed children’s and YA publishing director at A&U x

Allen & Unwin has appointed Eva Mills as publishing director of children’s and YA books. (See news.)

Fagan appointed head of marketing and publicity at Nero x

Black Inc. has appointed Kelly Fagan to the newly created role of head of marketing and publicity for the Nero imprint. Fagan was previously at... Read more

Horin appointed publisher of HGE imprint Chirpy Bird x

Hardie Grant Egmont has appointed Niki Horin to the newly created role of publisher of Chirpy Bird, the company’s imprint for licensed and trend-driven publishing.... Read more

Call for nominations: Inaugural John Simkin Medal 2015 x

The Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers (ANZSI) invites nominations for the inaugural John Simkin Medal—an award recognising an outstanding index to a book... Read more

ANZSI (VIC branch): Indexing course for editors x

The Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers (ANZSI), Victorian Branch is running ‘Is the Index Any Good’, a half-day professional development course on Saturday... Read more

Fagan Appointed Head of Marketing and Publicity, Nero x

Black Inc. has appointed Kelly Fagan to the newly created role of Head of Marketing and Publicity for Nero books. Fagan will leave her role at HarperCollins Publishers... Read more

Staff Changes at Hachette x

Kate Flood will be returning to Hachette Australia from maternity leave in early March to take up the position of Children’s National Account Manager, a... Read more

Oxford University Press to Distribute Nelson Thornes in Australia and New Zealand x

Oxford University Press is delighted to announce we will commence distribution of Nelson Thornes titles from 1 February 2015. This exciting list covers resources for... Read more

Faber Writing Academy ‘Writing a Novel’ Course Scholarships x

Faber Writing Academy at Allen & Unwin are offering two free places on their six-month flagship course ‘Writing a Novel’. One worthy person on the... Read more

Griffith Review Turns the Spotlight on WA x

Following the success of GR39: Tasmania – The Tipping Point?, Griffith Review turns the spotlight on WA in GR47: Looking West. Contributors include Carmen Lawrence,... Read more

Cengage Learning Australia Secondary Division: Nelson Thornes Titles Transferring to OUP x

Please note the distribution of Nelson Thornes titles will be transferred to Oxford University Press as at 1 February 2015. All enquiries in relation to existing... Read more

CBCA National Board Congratulates Jackie French x

The National Board of the Children’s Book Council of Australia congratulates Jackie French on being Senior Australian of the Year, recognising her passionate and tireless... Read more

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