Weekly Book Newsletter
12 March 2015

Stella Prize 2015 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2015 Stella Prize has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Foreign Soil (Maxine Beneba Clarke, Hachette) The Strays (Emily Bitto, Affirm... Read more

Mouillot, Dessaix bestsellers at Adelaide Writers’ Week x

Book sales were up 17% at this year’s Adelaide Writers’ Week with memoirs from Miranda Richmond Mouillot and Robert Dessaix the top-sellers at the festival... Read more

Pan Macmillan delays Pete Evans Paleo diet baby cookbook

Pan Macmillan has delayed publication of a Paleo diet baby cookbook co-written by Pete Evans amid concerns that some of the recipes pose health risks... Read more

Penguin seeks explanation from ‘The Whole Pantry’ author over false medical history claims

Penguin Australia is considering its options regarding its commercial relationship with cookbook author Belle Gibson following questions raised in the media about the veracity of... Read more

ABA announces 2015 conference program, partnership with Miles Franklin Award

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has announced the program for this year’s conference, to be held at the State Library of Victoria (SLV) on 17-18... Read more

Australian Romance Readers Awards 2014 winners announced

Kylie Scott was named Favourite Australian Romance Author for the second year in a row at the 2014 Australian Romance Readers Awards in Canberra on 7... Read more

Burrell wins Ashurst Business Literature Prize

Andrew Burrell has won the 2014 Ashurst Business Literature Prize for his book Twiggy: The High Stakes Life of Andrew Forrest (Black Inc.). Burrell was presented... Read more

‘Beloved Land’ wins ACT Book of the Year

Gordon Peake’s Beloved Land: Stories, Struggles and Secrets from Timor-Leste (Scribe) has won the 2014 ACT Book of the Year Award. Peake’s book, which explores... Read more

Report projects 8.3% decline in bookstore sales over five years; ABA queries methodology

An IbisWorld report has projected that bricks-and-mortar bookstores will record an average annual revenue decline of 8.3% in the five years from 2009-10 to 2014-15, according to Inside Retail.... Read more

Inaugural Queenscliffe Literary Festival to celebrate ‘The Australian Landscape’

The inaugural Queenscliffe Literary Festival will be held across five weekends in May in the Victorian beachside towns of Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale. The not-for-profit festival is... Read more

Keneally wins OzCo Lifetime Achievement in Literature Award

Thomas Keneally is the recipient of the 2015 Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature. The award, formerly known as the Writers’ Emeritus Award,... Read more

Baum wins 2015 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship

Caroline Baum has won the 2015 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship. Baum, a freelance journalist, broadcaster and editorial director of Booktopia, was announced as the winner at the Adelaide... Read more

St Leger to leave the Copyright Agency

The Copyright Agency has announced that CEO Murray St Leger will leave the company in July. St Leger, a former managing director of McGraw-Hill Australia... Read more

Pan Macmillan to publish ‘Shantaram’ sequel

Pan Macmillan Australia will publish a sequel to Gregory David Roberts’ novel Shantaram in October under its Picador imprint. The Mountain Shadow is set two... Read more

writingWA releases tablet apps for illustrated Indigenous stories

writingWA has released two tablet apps based on illustrated stories by Indigenous writers, as part of its Project 360 initiative. Mamang is based on the... Read more

Featherston, NZ, launches bid to become a Booktown x

The town of Featherston on the North Island of New Zealand has launched a Booktown website and will hold a festival in October in the hope... Read more

Creative New Zealand releases final ‘Review of Literature’ report

New Zealand arts development agency Creative New Zealand (CNZ) has released its final ‘Review of Literature’ report into support for New Zealand literature, reports Booksellers NZ. In... Read more

Craig Potton Publishing changes name to Potton & Burton

New Zealand publishing house Craig Potton Publishing has changed its name to Potton & Burton to ‘reflect the increasingly diverse range of New Zealand books’... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘We have to reset our business to find how we reach bigger audiences to justify our investments in individual titles. We used to operate in... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—A&U has sold Korean rights to the first five books in the ‘Phryne Fisher’ series (Kerry Greenwood); Finnish rights to The Distant Hours (Kate... Read more

Bestsellers this week

Big international fiction releases are dominating the bestsellers chart, with three new titles making it into the top 10 in their first week. While American... Read more

Flanagan appointed ILF ambassador; PRH signs on as ‘major charity partner’

Richard Flanagan has been appointed as an ambassador for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF). ILF said in a statement that Flanagan ‘brings a wealth of... Read more

Wyld wins 2014 Barnes & Noble Discover Award

Evie Wyld’s All the Birds, Singing (Vintage) has won the 2014 Barnes & Noble (B&N) Discover Great New Writers Award in the category of fiction.... Read more

Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2015 longlist announced x

The longlist for the 2015 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, previously known as the Orange Prize for Fiction, has been announced. View the longlisted titles here.... Read more

Sales for US publishers rise in 2014

Publishers in the US have reported an increase in revenue in 2014, according to figures from the Association of American Publishers (AAP) Statshot program reported in Publishers... Read more

Penguin Random House relaunches Brightly website for parents

Penguin Random House (PRH) has relaunched its Brightly website to encourage parents to help their children to read, after launching in beta in October 2014.... Read more

PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction 2015 finalists announced

The finalists have been announced for the 2015 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, which recognises the best work of fiction published in the preceding year by... Read more

HarperCollins launches Spanish-language imprints

HarperCollins US is expanding its Spanish-language program by launching imprints HarperCollins Español and HarperCollins Iberica, reports Publishers Weekly. HarperCollins Español will publish around 50 titles each... Read more

Grant delivers keynote at UK independent publishing conference

Hardie Grant Books chief executive Sandy Grant has delivered the keynote address at this year’s Independent Publishers Guild spring conference in Oxfordshire, UK, reports the... Read more

Kinney to open bookstore in US

US children’s author Jeff Kinney is opening a bookstore in the town of Plainville, outside of Boston, Massachusetts, reports the Boston Globe. ‘The reason that we wanted... Read more

Small publisher sells via ‘pay what you want’ model

In the US, small publisher Brooklyn Arts Press (BAP) is pre-selling a title using a ‘pay what you want’ model, reports Flavorwire. Print copies of... Read more

Google Cultural Institute launches in Australia

The collections of 14 Australian cultural institutions are now available online via the Google Cultural Institute of Australia, reports ProBono News. The Google Cultural Institute... Read more

NSW library seeks dogs for reading program

Lake Macquarie City Library in regional NSW is calling on pet owners and their dogs to participate in its Building Reading Confidence for Kids (BaRK)... Read more

Little Free Library movement comes to Canberra

Two ‘Little Free Libraries’, also known as ‘community book exchanges’, have recently opened in Canberra, reports ABC News Canberra. John Lovering, a former employee of... Read more

International library news

New Humanities Open Book program to revive backlist titles In the US, the Andrew W Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)... Read more

Keeping up with the kids: Chris Kunz on the Kidscreen Miami conference

Chris Kunz attended the Kidscreen conference for children’s entertainment professionals in Miami in February, where she found lots of examples of partnerships between children’s publishers... Read more

Karen Lamb’s ‘Thea Astley: Inventing Her Own Weather’

Inventing Her Own Weather is the first full literary biography of one of Australia’s best writers of the second half of the 20th century. It... Read more

St Leger to leave the Copyright Agency x

Murray St Leger will leave the postition of CEO at The Copyright Agency in July. (See news.)

Dean joins UQP

UQP has appointed Jessica Dean as marketing coordinator following the departure of marketing and publicity manager Meredene Hill. Dean, who has worked in marketing and publicity... Read more

Ray Koppe Young Writers’ Residency applications open x

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) is accepting applications for the annual Ray Koppe Young Writers’ Residency in April 2015. The program is open to... Read more

Black Inc. Congratulates Andrew Burrell for ‘Twiggy’, Winner of the 2014 Ashurst Business Literature Prize x

Black Inc. congratulates Andrew Burrell for Twiggy: The High-Stakes Life of Andrew Forrest, winner of the 2014 Ashurst Business Literature Prize. The judging panel described... Read more

Scribe Congratulates Gordon Peake x

Scribe congratulates Gordon Peake on winning the ACT Book of the Year Award, as well as the inaugural People’s Choice Award, for Beloved Land: stories, struggles, and secrets from... Read more

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