Weekly Book Newsletter
18 February 2015

New website to sell books on Tasmania direct from authors

A new online bookshop selling print books about Tasmania directly from the authors has been launched. Tasmanian Books, which was launched in January by local author Andrew... Read more

Stella Prize 2015 longlist announced

The longlist for the third Stella Prize has been announced. This year’s longlisted titles are: Foreign Soil (Maxine Beneba Clarke, Hachette) The Strays (Emily Bitto,... Read more

APA reaches out-of-court settlement with Sydney print shop over alleged copyright breaches x

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) has reached an out-of-court settlement with a Sydney print shop following allegations the store was selling photocopied textbooks to students. Sirius... Read more

Penguin increases price of Black Classics range x

The recommended retail price (RRP) of Penguin’s Black Classics series, as well as some titles in its Drop Cap and Classics Deluxe series, are set to increase. The... Read more

Reading Matters program announced x

The Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library of Victoria has announced the program for its biennial youth literature conference Reading Matters, which runs from 29-31 May. International... Read more

WA Premier’s Book Awards move to biennial format x

The State Library of WA (SLWA) has announced the Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards are moving to a biennial format, with the next awards to... Read more

Van Tiggelen appointed editor of ‘Meanjin’ in 2016, ‘influential Australians’ to guest edit in 2015

Journalist John van Tiggelen has been appointed editor of Melbourne-based literary journal Meanjin from February 2016. Van Tiggelen, who has previously worked as a staff... Read more

Exisle appoints US publicist as it expands into North American market x

Exisle Publishing has appointed Jennifer Prost to the new position of US publicist. Prost, who is based in New Jersey, will promote Exisle’s list of... Read more

Asialink 2015 arts residencies announced

The University of Melbourne’s Asialink program has announced the recipients of its 2015 Arts Residencies, supported by the Australia Council for the Arts. Writers and... Read more

ILF appoints Bryce as new patron

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) has appointed former Australian governor-general Quentin Bryce as its 2015 patron. Bryce, who was governor-general from 2008-2014, said in a statement... Read more

Inaugural Historical Novel Society conference to be held in March

The inaugural Historical Novel Society of Australasia (HNSA) conference will be held in Sydney from 20-22 March. The conference opens with a reception and a... Read more

Ditmar Awards ballot announced

The shortlisted works for the Ditmar Awards ballot have been announced and voting has commenced. The shortlisted works include: Best Novel The Lascar’s Dagger (Glenda... Read more

HarperCollins acquires rights to Tim Cahill autobiography

HarperCollins has acquired the rights to the autobiography of Australian soccer player Tim Cahill. Cahill has played over 80 games for Australia and is the country’s top goal... Read more

Quote of the week

‘The downgrading of the Premier’s Book Awards from an annual to a biennial event could be seen as Western Australia losing its literary AAA rating in... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction—HarperCollins has sold radio broadcast rights to This Way of Life (Sumner Burstyn); and German rights to Instant Entertaining (Donnay Hay). Children’s—The Frances Plumpton... Read more

Bestsellers this week

The titles in the top 10 bestsellers chart remain largely unchanged this week, with the film tie-in to American Sniper (Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen & Jim DeFelice,... Read more

Varuna announces shortlisted manuscripts for Publisher Introduction Program

Varuna, the Writers’ House, has announced the shortlisted manuscripts for its Publisher Introduction Program (PIP). Thirty-four manuscripts by emerging Australian writers have been sent to... Read more

Faber ends affiliation with Farrar, Straus and Giroux

US-based Farrar, Straus and Giroux (FSG) and UK’s Faber and Faber have ended their 17-year affiliation, reports Publishers Weekly. FSG will no longer publish titles under the... Read more

Bertelsmann to increase investments in Brazil, China and India

Multinational media company Bertelsmann, the majority owner of Penguin Random House, has announced it will increase investments in its operations in Brazil, China and India. The company... Read more

Foyles reports rise in sales, drop in profits

UK independent bookseller Foyles has reported a £600,000 (A$1.18m) loss in the 2013/14 financial year despite a 2.2% rise in sales, reports the Bookseller. The bookseller,... Read more

Waterstones relaunches website with individual shop pages

UK bookselling chain Waterstones has relaunched its website offering a ‘simpler and more pleasurable experience’ for customers, reports the Bookseller. The new website, which is... Read more

Chicken House partners with Altitude to develop book and film projects

In the UK, children’s publisher Chicken House and film production company Altitude have partnered to develop book and film projects simultaneously, reports the Bookseller. Chicken... Read more

S&S reports losses in revenue, operating income

In the US, Simon & Schuster’s (S&S) parent company CBS Corporation has released its full-year results, which reveal a fall in revenue and operating profits for the publisher in... Read more

Hachette UK net sales drop 4.6% in 2014

Hachette UK net sales in 2014 dropped 4.6% compared to the previous year, reports the Bookseller. Parent company Lagardere attributed the drop to the ‘exceptional success’ of... Read more

Joint Australia-New Zealand library conference announced

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) and Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) have announced they will hold a joint library conference in Australia... Read more

NSW library to host international picture book exhibition x

Gosford City Library’s Erina branch in NSW will exhibit an international collection of 300 favourite picture books from 36 countries, as voted by librarians. The... Read more

ALIA launches poll for Australia’s most borrowed books

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) is asking its members to participate in a survey to identify Australia’s most borrowed books. The voting categories... Read more

International library news

Patterson the most borrowed author as lending drops in UK libraries James Patterson was the most borrowed author in UK libraries in 2014 according to data from the... Read more

What to expect when you’re expecting in publishing

Why is such a female-dominated industry as publishing not leading the way when it comes to parental leave? Matthia Dempsey spoke to several publishers about paid... Read more

Ramona Koval’s ‘Bloodhound: Searching for My Father’

Journalist Ramona Koval has carved a reputation as a consummate book critic and interviewer. Her passion for storytelling and sharp analysis is turned inwards in... Read more

Van Tiggelen appointed editor of ‘Meanjin’ x

Journalist John van Tiggelen has been appointed editor of Melbourne-based literary journal Meanjin from February 2016. Each issue in 2015 will be edited by an ‘influential Australian’... Read more

ILF appoints Bryce as new patron x

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation has appointed former Australian governor-general Quentin Bryce as its 2015 patron. (See news.)

ABIA nominations open 23 February x

The nominations for the Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) opens on Monday 23 February and closes on Monday 9 March. Nominations are sought for ten categories including two... Read more

Registration for 2015 Leading Edge Conference to open this week x

Registration for the 15th annual Leading Edge Books (LEB) Conference will open this week. The 2015 conference will be held at the Rydges Hotel in... Read more

Registration opens for 2015 ABA Conference x

Registration is now open for the 91st Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) Conference, to be held on 17-18 May at the State Library of Victoria in... Read more

Readings Children’s Book Prize shortlist to be announced at Children’s Book Festival x

The Readings Children’s Book Prize will announce its shortlist on Sunday 22 March at the Children’s Book Festival in Melbourne. The prize celebrates books that... Read more

Affirm Press Congratulates Emily Bitto on ‘The Strays’ Nomination for the 2015 Stella Prize and the 2015 Indie Book Awards x

A brilliant 2014 for Affirm Press has been capped off with the nomination of Emily Bitto’s engaging debut novel The Strays, for both the 2015... Read more

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