Weekly Book Newsletter
18 March 2015

ABA Nielsen BookData Booksellers Choice Award 2015 shortlist announced

The shortlist for this year’s Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) Nielsen BookData Booksellers Choice Award has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Pig the Pug (Aaron... Read more

Penguin to stop supply of ‘The Whole Pantry’ in Australia x

Penguin Australia will stop supplying the cookbook The Whole Pantry in Australia after the publisher failed to receive ‘sufficient explanation’ from author Belle Gibson over the... Read more

Pan Macmillan won’t publish Evans’ Paleo diet baby cookbook; authors to self-publish ebook

Pan Macmillan has announced it will not publish a Paleo diet baby cookbook co-written by Pete Evans, with the authors to self-publish a digital version in coming... Read more

OzCo VIP Program guests announced for SWF 2015

The Australia Council for the Arts has announced the guests attending the 2015 Visiting International Publishers (VIP) Program, to be held during the Sydney Writers’... Read more

Robinsons Bookshop to open new store in May x

Independent bookselling chain Robinsons Bookshop will open a new store at Northland Shopping Centre in Melbourne in mid-May. Co-owner Susanne Horman told Books+Publishing that the... Read more

Leading Edge announces 2015 conference guest speakers, draft program

The 2015 Leading Edge Books Conference, to be held at the Rydges on Swanston in Melbourne from 15-16 May, will feature a keynote address by... Read more

Booksellers NZ conference program released

The theme of this year’s Booksellers NZ Conference is ‘Changing Hearts and Minds: Future Proofing Your Business’, to be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in... Read more

Murakami to headline 2015 Auckland Writers Festival

Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami will headline the 2015 Auckland Writers Festival, featuring in just one session on 16 May at the Aotea Centre. Joining Murakami will... Read more

Oz, NZ festival of literature and arts program announced

The full line-up and program for the 2015 Australian and New Zealand Festival of Literature and Arts in London has been announced. As previously reported... Read more

WHSmith to open travel-retail stores at Sydney Airport x

UK-based retail chain WHSmith is increasing its presence at Sydney Airport with up to six ‘travel essentials’ retail stores in the T1 international terminal. The... Read more

Tan shortlisted for 2015 Kate Greenaway medal

Shaun Tan’s Rules of Summer (Lothian) is one of eight titles shortlisted for this year’s Kate Greenaway Medal for distinguished illustration in children’s books. The... Read more

TLC Books Manly for sale

TLC Books in the Brisbane bayside suburb of Manly is up for sale. Bookstore owner Tanya Caunce has listed the store for sale on Gumtree with... Read more

Madelaine Dickie wins 2014 T.A.G. Hungerford Award

Broome resident Madelaine Dickie has won the 2014 City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award for her unpublished manuscript Troppo. Dickie received a $12,000 cash prize... Read more

Australian publishers nominated for Bologna Prize

Allen & Unwin, Text Publishing and Wilkins Farago have been nominated in the Oceania region for the third annual Bologna Prize for Best Children’s Publishers... Read more

‘The Lifted Brow’ announces nonfiction prize winner; relaunches print magazine

Melbourne writer Oscar Schwartz has won the inaugural The Lifted Brow (TLB) Prize for Experimental Nonfiction for his piece ‘Humans Pretending to be Computers Pretending to be... Read more

Quote of the week

‘With interest rates low, a weak Australian dollar and a waning interest in e-reading, conditions are perfect for bookstores to reclaim the ground lost since... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—HarperCollins has sold North American volume rights to The Fallen, By Any Means and Only the Dead (all Ben Sanders). Lacuna Publishing has sold... Read more

Bestsellers this week

James Patterson’s 14th Deadly Sin (Century) has climbed to the number one spot in the top 10 bestsellers chart this week, with American Sniper (film... Read more

RiP Terry Pratchett

British fantasy fiction author Sir Terry Pratchett has died, aged 66. Pratchett was the author of over 70 books, with total sales of 75 million internationally,... Read more

RiP Ian Bedford

Australian author Ian Bedford has died, aged 76. Bedford had a long career as an anthropologist and writer. His works include the novels The Shell... Read more

‘Owls Do Cry’ voted Great Kiwi Classic

Janet Frame’s 1957 debut novel Owls Do Cry has topped the second annual Great Kiwi Classic poll run by the New Zealand Book Council and... Read more

Paloma wins 2014 ‘Overland’ poetry prize

Melody Paloma has won the 2014 Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets, worth $6000, for her poem ‘Hyper-reactive’. The first runner-up was Chris Armstrong for... Read more

Little, Brown teams up with Lego for new kids titles

In the US, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (LBBYR) has signed a deal with the Lego Group to develop titles based on a number... Read more

‘Struck’ first YA novel to win UK Romantic Novel of the Year

In the UK, Struck by Joss Stirling (Oxford University Press) has become the first YA novel to be awarded Romantic Novel of the Year by... Read more

New Faber membership program launches in the UK

In the UK, Faber is launching a two-tiered membership program, which will offer discounts, access to members-only events and special collector’s editions of the publisher’s... Read more

New children’s digital book award announced in the UK

In the UK, the UK Literacy Association (UKLA) and Booktrust are launching an award for digital ebooks and apps, reports The Bookseller. The Digital Book... Read more

Independent Foreign Prize 2015 longlist announced

In the UK, the longlist been announced for the 2015 Independent Foreign Prize, run by literary charity Booktrust. The prize honours the best work of fiction... Read more

Library elending could cause ‘serious damage’ to booksellers, warns Booksellers Association CEO

In the UK, Booksellers Association CEO Tim Godfray has warned that free elending in libraries could cause ‘serious damage’ to the bookselling industry, reports the... Read more

Roberts to retire as SLV CEO and state librarian

The State Library of Victoria (SLV) has announced that Sue Roberts will retire from her role as CEO and state librarian. Roberts will step down... Read more

SLQ teams up with Creative Partnerships Australia x

The Queensland Library Foundation has teamed up with Creative Partnerships Australia to raise funding for the State Library of Queensland (SLQ). Until 29 May 2015,... Read more

International library news x

Library elending could cause ‘serious damage’ to booksellers, warns Booksellers Association CEO In the UK, Booksellers Association CEO Tim Godfray has warned that free elending... Read more

Sister Act: L-J Lacey on her children’s book and toy shop Three Four Knock on the Door x

Melbourne sisters L-J and Danielle Lacey relocated several times before settling their independent children’s book and toy shop Three Four Knock on the Door in ‘the hub of... Read more

Peter Singer’s ‘The Most Good You Can Do’

Forty years on from Animal Liberation, Peter Singer is still challenging our complacency with his advocacy for new ideas and movements. ‘Effective altruism’—doing the most... Read more

Roberts to retire as SLV CEO and state librarian x

The State Library of Victoria (SLV) has announced that Sue Roberts will retire from her role as CEO and state librarian. (See library news.)

Society of Editors (NSW): Ebooks 101 for Editors—Foundation x

The Society of Editors (NSW) will run a one-day workshop on the topic ‘Ebooks 101 for editors: Foundation’, presented by Sarah JH Fletcher. The workshop... Read more

2015 ABIA Business Awards: nominations open x

Nominations for the ABIA Business Awards open Wednesday, 18 March 2015 and close on Friday, 10 April 2015. The categories for the 2015 ABIA Business... Read more

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