Weekly Book Newsletter
11 February 2015

Bonnier Group launches Echo Publishing

UK-based, Swedish-owned media company the Bonnier Group, owner of The Five Mile Press, has launched a new publishing house, Echo Publishing, specialising in narrative nonfiction, photography and fiction... Read more

Bateman appointed digital, marketing and publicity director at PRH x

Sally Bateman has been appointed to the new role of digital, marketing and publicity director at Penguin Random House (PRH) Asia Pacific. Bateman was appointed... Read more

Akle to host book segment on Channel 9 ‘Mornings’ x

Better Reading director Cheryl Akle will host a book review segment on Channel 9 TV program ‘Mornings’. The segment will run every second week, beginning on 12... Read more

Government releases industry submissions to Competition Policy Review x

The government has released all the official public submissions to the Competition Policy Review draft report, released in September last year. The draft report recommended... Read more

HarperVoyager acquires trilogy in six-figure deal x

Australian fantasy author Mitchell Hogan has sold world English-language rights to two previously self-published novels and a third unreleased title in a six-figure deal with... Read more

Ashurst Business Literature Prize shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2014 Ashurst Business Literature Prize has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Twiggy: The High Stakes Life of Andrew Forrest (Andrew Burrell,... Read more

WAYRBA 2015 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2015 West Australian Young Readers’ Book Awards (WAYRBA) have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Older readers Dancing... Read more

HarperCollins and Pages & Pages complete bundling trial x

Pages & Pages owner Jon Page says he’s ‘very happy’ with the results of the print and ebook bundling pilot program, run with HarperCollins from... Read more

Vann steps down as Queensland Writers Centre CEO x

Queensland Writers Centre (QWC) CEO Meg Vann is stepping down from the position to focus on writing opportunities. Vann has been at QWC since 2008... Read more

‘Island’ magazine will be print-only in 2015

Tasmania-based literary journal Island will be print-only from 2015. The quarterly magazine will increase its print run by 200% and add more stockists, while also... Read more

‘The Lifted Brow’ Prize for Experimental Nonfiction longlist announced

Melbourne-based publisher and literary magazine the Lifted Brow has announced the longlist for its Prize for Experimental Nonfiction. The longlisted works are: Sophia O’Rourke for ‘Flaming... Read more

Editorial changes at ‘Overland’ x

Literary journal Overland has announced changes to its editorial staff. Journalist and 3CR radio presenter Bec Zajac—who has also managed Overland’s publicity for the past... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction—Exisle Publishing has sold Korean and Polish rights to The Digestive Health Solutions (Benjamin Brown). Children’s—Hardie Grant Egmont and Little Hare have sold US and German rights... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Any proposal to dismantle territorial copyright is in fact a radical instrument of cultural engineering,’ Text publisher Michael Heyward in his submission to the government’s... Read more

Bestsellers this week

The film tie-in of American Sniper (Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen & Jim DeFelice, HarperCollins) has stayed at the top of the bestsellers chart this week, with... Read more

Toronto International Book Fair cancelled in 2015

The Toronto International Book Fair, a three-day consumer event that attracted 20,000 to 25,000 attendees at its inaugural event last year, will not go ahead... Read more

New website ‘Literary Hub’ to aggregate bookish content

In the US, publisher Grove Atlantic and publication Electric Literature have partnered to create Literary Hub, a website styled as ‘a Huffington Post for the literary world’... Read more

The Folio Prize 2015 shortlist announced

In the UK, the shortlist for the 2015 Folio Prize has been announced. The eight shortlisted titles are: 10:04 (Ben Lerner, Granta), All My Puny... Read more

UK study finds regular reading increases self-esteem

Research in the UK has found that people who read regularly have greater self-esteem, are more empathetic and have a greater ability to cope with... Read more

Diamond Dagger awarded to Catherine Aird

In the UK, Crime Writer’s Association (CWA) has awarded the Diamond Dagger award to Catherine Aird, reports the Bookseller. The CWA presents the award to... Read more

Penguin and Random House merge UK social media

In the UK, Penguin Random House has announced it will use the Penguin brand for its consumer activity across all social media, reports the Bookseller.... Read more

Inaugural Ubud Food Festival announced x

The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF) will run the inaugural Ubud Food Festival from 5-7 June in Bali, Indonesia. The food festival will include a line-up of... Read more

Agent defends ‘Go Set a Watchman’ as it climbs bestseller charts

Harper Lee’s international rights agent Andrew Nurnberg said the author is ‘increasingly excited at the prospect of her second novel finally seeing the light of... Read more

Josephine Moon’s ‘The Chocolate Promise’ x

The Chocolate Promise offers a Tasmanian twist on the movie Chocolat; its heroine Christmas Livingston—who is more fairy godmother than seductress—runs a boutique chocolate shop... Read more

Carnegie, Greenaway 2015 medal longlists announced

The longlists for the 2015 Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medals, presented by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) in the UK, have... Read more

ALIA Information Online 2015 innovates ‘at the edge’ x

More than 830 library professionals attended this year’s Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) ‘Information Online’ 2015 conference, held in Sydney from 2-6 February. The... Read more

Woodberry and Allen awarded ALIA fellowships x

Eve Woodberry and Margaret Allen were awarded fellowships by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) at the 2015 Information Online Conference last week. The... Read more

2014 Softlink survey finds strong link between school library funding and literacy levels x

Results of the fifth annual survey on budgets, qualified staffing and literacy levels in Australian school libraries have been published. The 2014 Australian School Library... Read more

International library news x

National digital library network gets government funding In the UK, a project to create a unified digital platform for library resources for all British public... Read more

On tour: Meet the author Roxane Gay x

Roxane Gay is the writer of the novel An Untamed State (Corsair) and the collection of essays Bad Feminist (Corsair). She will be a guest... Read more

Changes at Penguin Random House x

Sally Bateman has been appointed to the new role of digital, marketing and publicity director at Penguin Random House Asia Pacific. Brett Osmond, Random House... Read more

Vann leaves Queensland Writers Centre x

Queensland Writers Centre CEO Meg Vann is stepping down from the position to focus on writing opportunities. (See news.)

Editorial changes at ‘Overland’ x

Literary journal Overland has announced changes to its editorial staff. Bec Zajac has been appointed associate editor. Robert Wood has been appointed as editorial intern.... Read more

Society of Editors (NSW): Microsoft Word for editors x

The Society of Editors (NSW) will run two one-day workshops on Microsoft Word in early March, presented by Kevin O’Brien. The first workshop, ‘Microsoft Word... Read more

New anthology to raise money for Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia x

Busybird Publishing and Hire a Hubby Australia are jointly releasing a new anthology to raise money for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA). Below... Read more

Peribo Congratulates Kwame Alexander on the Perfect Newbery Slam Dunk x

Congratulations to Kwame Alexander, who has won the 2015 Newbery Medal, the highest honour for children’s literature in the US. 

Alexander’s powerful novel-in-verse The Crossover (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, HB, $24.99) paints an authentic portrait of twelve-year-old narrator Josh Bell who uses the rhythms of poetry to emulate the ‘moving & grooving/popping and rocking’ of life on the basketball court with his twin brother, J.B.

Alexander, who has written 18 books, told the Washington Post that he ‘tried to write the book to show boys—and girls—that poetry could be cool’.

To order The Crossover (ISBN: 9780544107717) contact Peribo P: +61 (2) 9457 0011, E: info@peribo.com.au


Hardie Grant to Publish Tribute to Prince Phillip x

Hardie Grant Books is pleased to announce a new publication in honour of one of Australia’s most important public figures, Prince Phillip.

The Wisdom of Prince Phillip is a carefully selected collection of His Royal Highness Prince Phillip’s most impressive public statements and a fitting tribute to Australia’s favourite Knight. Edited by Sir Antony A. Butt, Australia’s foremost Monarchist, and illustrated by Oslo Davis, it will be available in March 2015 as a timely celebration of the momentous occasion of Phillip receiving his Knight of the Order of Australia, no doubt his most illustrious honour to date.

Published by Hardie Grant Books.

ISBN 9781743790755, publishing 15 March 2015, RRP $12.95. Order through Random House Distribution 1800 222 444




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