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

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

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

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

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

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 to take up this new position on 16 February 2015.

Black Inc. CEO Sophy Williams is thrilled to have Kelly on board. ‘Nero’s highly successful first year has enabled expansion of our team and with Kelly’s expertise we will continue to build what has become a major new imprint in Australian publishing.’

Nero publisher Jeanne Ryckmans says: ‘Nero publishes exciting and entertaining commercial mass market titles. Our authors include the iconic Diane Keaton, Oscar-winner Diablo Cody, sporting legends John Sattler and Ray “Rabs” Warren. Kelly’s media and marketing savvy is a perfect fit for our dynamic, fast-growing list.’ 


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 part time role. We are delighted to welcome Kate back to Hachette, and delighted too that Chris Sims will be joining Hachette Australia on a permanent basis as National Account Manager – Hodder, Headline and Quercus.


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 the Australian and New Zealand markets.

From 1 February 2015, all orders and any queries relating to Nelson Thornes resources, including backorders, should be placed with the Oxford University Press Customer Service team on P: 1300 650 616; F: 1800 813 602; E: cs.au@oup.com

All enquiries in relation to existing returns should be directed to Cengage Learning Australia Customer Service PH: 1300 790 853 or email: anz.customerservice@cengage.com

For more information, please visit www.oup.com.au/nelson-thornes 


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 Sydney course and one on the Melbourne course will have their entire course fee waived.

Entries close 6 February.

For more information, visit the Faber Writing Academy website here.

Chat to our award winning novelists who teach this course at our Info Nights in Sydney on 2 February 6.30pm and Melbourne on 4 February 6.30pm


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, Shaun Tan, Brooke Davis, Nick Allbrook, David Whish-Wilson, Kim Scott, Ashley Hay, John Kinsella, Steve Kinnane, Terri-ann White and Helen Trinca. With an exclusive interview with Tim Winton.

Confirmed media includes interviews on ABC TV News, ABC RN and local stations, Radio 6PR, and extracts in The Guardian, The Conversation and The West Australian. Events include a launch at Perth Town Hall by the Governor of WA, writers festivals, and public events in Sydney and Canberra.

Griffith Review will award the bookseller who sells the most copies of Looking West with a Relish hamper valued at $150.

Looking West (9781922182678, $27.99) is published 28 January. Booksellers, order through UBD.


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 backorders orders should be directed to Cengage Learning Australia Customer Service.

Phone: 1300 790 853
Fax:     1300 790 852
Email:  anz.customerservice@cengage.com
Hours: Monday to Friday 7.00am to 6.00pm AEDT

Returns will only be accepted if the stock has been invoiced by Cengage Learning Australia as at 31 January 2015.

All returns must be in accordance with our existing returns policy.  Authorised returns must be finalised with Cengage Learning by 1 March 2015.

Return requests for stock purchased after this date should be directed to Oxford University Press.


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 work promoting children’s reading. Jackie is also a regular recipient of CBCA awards and is Australia’s Children’s Laureate for 2014-15. She richly deserves this recognition and the CBCA board acknowledges and thanks her for all that she does.


HarperCollins Publishers Congratulates Rosie Batty and Jackie French x

HarperCollins congratulates Rosie Batty on being named Australian of the Year 2015 at the Australian of the Year Awards, held in Canberra on Sunday, 25 January. Previously honoured with being named Victorian Australian of the Year, Rosie has been recognised for her extraordinary efforts to fight domestic violence.

In an incident that shocked not only the nation but the world, Rosie Batty’s eleven year old son was killed by his father in a violent incident in February 2014.  Rosie had suffered years of family violence, and had intervention and custody orders in place in an ­effort to protect herself and her son. She believes the killing was his final act of control over her. The National Australia Day Council said Ms Batty ‘gave voice to many thousands of victims of domestic violence who had until then remained unheard’ and said her ‘incredible strength and selfless efforts’ were an inspiration to many other victims of family violence.

On Sunday, she dedicated the award to her son, saying, ‘I would like to dedicate this award to my beautiful son, Luke. He is the reason I have found my voice and I’m able to be heard.’

She also added, ‘Family violence may happen behind closed doors but it needs to be brought out from these shadows and into broad daylight.’

HarperCollins will publish Rosie’s Story in October 2015.

HarperCollins Children’s Books congratulates the truly remarkable author Jackie French, who has been named Senior Australian of the Year 2015. Chosen from an impressive group of nominations, this well-deserved award recognises the tireless hard work and dedication Jackie has invested in over many years, from her wide-ranging writing to her advocacy for children with learning difficulties. Well known for her love and knowledge of wombats, Jackie is also passionate about the conservation of wildlife and the planet and is a director of the Wombat Foundation that raises funds for wombat research. Jackie has published over 140 books in 32 languages and received more than 60 literary prizes. She is also one of the few writers to win both literary and children’s choice awards. Jackie is also the Australian Children’s Laureate and in that role ‘Share a Story’ is the primary philosophy behind Jackie’s two-year term.

In talking about the Australian of the Year awards, Jackie said, ‘The young finalists in particular were inspiring, and that is perhaps why children’s authors write for young people – to help them create the dreams and challenges and the future.’




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