Weekly Book Newsletter
25 March 2015

Inky Awards 2015 longlists announced

The longlists for the 2015 Inky Awards have been announced. The awards are presented by the Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library of... Read more
 

Readings Children’s Book Prize 2015 shortlist announced

Independent Melbourne bookseller Readings has announced the shortlist for its 2015 Readings Children’s Book Prize. The shortlisted titles are: Rivertime (Trace Balla, A&U) The Mapmakers... Read more
 

LIANZA Children’s Book Awards 2015 finalists announced

The finalists in the 2015 Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) Children’s Book Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Russell Clark Illustration... Read more
 

Second My Bookshop to open in Melbourne x

Bookseller Corrie Perkin will open a second My Bookshop store in the Melbourne suburb of Toorak in April. Perkin opened the first store in the... Read more
 

Electric Shadows bookstore to close

Canberra independent bookstore Electric Shadows will close before June as the store’s building has been sold for redevelopment and will be demolished. The store first opened in 1987 under owner... Read more
 

SA retail workers union makes deal to cut penalty rates

In South Australia, the Shop Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association (SDA) union and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Business SA have struck a deal... Read more
 

New NZ publisher to focus on debut minority authors x

A new publisher specialising in titles by debut minority authors has launched in New Zealand. Connect the Dots Press founder and managing editor Catarina Gutierrez told... Read more
 

New award, rebranding for Tasmanian Literary Prizes

The biennial Tasmanian Literary Prizes have been rebranded as the Premier’s Literary Prizes and expanded to include an award for young Tasmanian writers. The Young... Read more
 

‘The Hoopla’ closes citing competitive online market

Online women’s magazine the Hoopla has announced it is to close, citing an increasingly competitive online market as the cause. The Hoopla was launched in 2011 by... Read more
 

Canongate acquires rights to Nick Cave title

Canongate has acquired the rights to a new book by musician Nick Cave The Sick Bag Song will be published on 8 April and will... Read more
 

Quote of the week

‘It seems that in cities like Sydney and Melbourne, wherever a bookshop closes, another opens. However, could it be that in the ACT bookshops will... Read more
 

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Jenny Darling & Associates has sold the following rights to The Dressmaker (Rosalie Ham): US rights to Penguin; UK rights to Serpent’s Tail; world... Read more
 

Bestsellers this week

Easter-themed children’s books have taken over this week’s fastest movers chart, with Peppa Pig: Peppa’s Easter Egg Hunt (Ladybird Books) sitting in top spot. Also... Read more
 

Black Inc. announces ‘Best Australian’ editors

Black Inc. has announced the editors for this year’s ‘Best Australian’ series of anthologies. Amanda Lohrey and Geoff Page return as editors of The Best Australian Stories 2015 and... Read more
 

Lenton wins Thiel Grant for Online Writing

Patrick Lenton has won the inaugural $5000 Thiel Grant for Online Writing. Lenton’s project, a proposal to ‘document the experience of visiting the homes and... Read more
 

Man Booker International 2015 finalists announced

The finalists for the 2015 Man Booker International Prize have been announced. In the running for this year’s prize, worth £60,000 (approximately A$113,076) are César... Read more
 

Sharma wins 2015 Folio Prize

Indian-American author Akhil Sharma has won the 2015 Folio Prize for his novel Family Life (Faber), reports the Guardian. The Folio Prize, worth £40,000 (A$75,865),... Read more
 

HarperCollins US selling ‘Insurgent’ tie-in via Twitter

In the US, HarperCollins is working with Twitter to offer users a hardcover, film tie-in edition of Insurgent (Veronica Roth) direct from the publisher at a... Read more
 

YA Book Prize winner announced

In the UK, Irish author Louise O’Neill has won the inaugural YA Book Prize for her debut novel Only Ever Yours (Quercus), reports the Bookseller. Judge... Read more
 

Penguin-branded consumer site to launch in the UK

In the UK, Penguin Random House (PRH) will launch a ‘multi-million pound’ Penguin-branded consumer website in the second half of this year, reports the Bookseller.... Read more
 

Rakuten to acquire OverDrive

Japanese internet services company Rakuten, owner of Kobo, has agreed to acquire library digital content supplier OverDrive for US$410m (A$536m). OverDrive said in a statement... Read more
 

PEN Literary Awards 2015 longlists announced

The longlists for the 2015 PEN Literary Awards have been announced. Among the awards is the PEN/Robert W Bingham Prize, worth US$25,000 (A$32,277), which is presented to... Read more
 

PRH uses Tumblr in marketing recruitment drive

In the UK, Penguin Random House (PRH) has launched a new recruitment drive on Tumblr to attract the ‘marketers of tomorrow’, reports the Bookseller. Four... Read more
 

Amazon Publishing expands to France; UK announces new tax on profit-shifting

Amazon Publishing has expanded into France, hiring a senior editor to work on original manuscripts, reports the Bookseller. Clément Monjou, former editor of the eBouguin.fre... Read more
 

NLA announces new fellowships x

The National Library of Australia (NLA) has announced a new program of fellowships funded by more than $500,000 in private donations, reports PSnewsonline. The program... Read more
 

Evans Head Library to receive $34,615 upgrade x

The NSW Government has committed $34,615 for the refurbishment of the Evans Head Library in regional NSW as part of the Public Library Infrastructure Grants... Read more
 

International library news x

Second Lemony Snicket ‘noble librarians’ prize announced In the US, Scott Bonner, director of the Ferguson Public Library in Missouri, has won the second annual... Read more
 

All about ‘Eve’: Rochelle Siemienowicz on her memoir ‘Fallen’ x

Rochelle Siemienowicz’s Fallen (Affirm Press, May) is a ‘thought-provoking memoir about religion, marriage and sexuality’ that juxtaposes Siemienowicz’s ‘burgeoning sexuality with her strict Seventh Day... Read more
 

Rod Jones’ ‘The Mothers’

With depth and insight, Jones explores maternal-filial love, whether biological or not, and the inner worlds of women faced with a surprise pregnancy: the hardships... Read more
 

Editors Victoria: Dance Steps for the Self-Employed Editor—Basic x

Editors Victoria is running the course ‘Dance Steps for the Self-Employed Editor—Basic’ with Jackey Coyle on Saturday, 11 April 2015 from 10am to 4pm at CAE, 253... Read more

ABIA awards night: Tickets now on sale x

Tickets are now on sale for The Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA), to be held at Doltone House, Jones Bay Wharf in Sydney on Thursday, 21 May 2015. The evening... Read more

 

 

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