Weekly Book Newsletter
9 April 2015

Kibble and Dobbie Awards 2015 longlists announced

The longlists for this year’s Kibble and Dobbie Literary Awards have been announced. The longlisted titles for the $30,000 Kibble Literary Award, which recognises the... Read more

Larke, Canavan win Ditmar for best novel

Glenda Larke’s The Lascar’s Dagger (Hachette) and Trudi Canavan’s Thief’s Magic (Hachette) have been named joint winners of the best novel award at this year’s... Read more

Former Labor MPs call for repeal of parallel importation restrictions

Two former Labor MPs are urging the government to remove parallel importation restrictions on books following the recommendations in the Competition Policy Review’s final report, reports... Read more

Oz, NZ writers shortlisted for 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

A number of Australian and New Zealand writers have been shortlisted for the 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Works by Australian and New Zealand writers... Read more

Winners of 2015 George Robertson Award announced

The winners of the 2015 George Robertson Award were announced by the Australian Publishers Association (APA) on 1 April. The winners of the award, which... Read more

New APA committee members elected; Adler returned as president

New members have been elected to the Australian Publishers Association’s (APA) sectional committees at the APA’s AGM on 1 April. Publisher Jane Curry has joined the... Read more

A&U wins Bologna Prize for children’s publishing

Allen & Unwin has won the Bologna Prize for Best Children’s Publisher of the Year in the Oceania category. The publisher was chosen from a... Read more

Australian author chosen for Target Book Club in the US x

Perth author Annabel Smith’s Whiskey & Charlie has been chosen as the April pick for the Target Book Club in the US, adding an extra 30,000... Read more

‘The Dressmaker’ adaptation prompts film tie-in, international interest x

Australian publisher Duffy & Snellgrove will release a film tie-in edition of local author Rosalie Ham’s The Dressmaker in August—the publisher’s first new book since 2005—ahead of... Read more

Australian anthology included in Tiptree Awards honour list

Australian YA anthology Kaleidoscope (ed by Alisa Krasnostein & Julia Rios, Twelfth Planet Press) has been included in the 2014 Tiptree Awards honour list, the... Read more

Bainbridge appointed Express Media CEO

Express Media has appointed Pippa Bainbridge as its new CEO and general manager. Bainbridge was previously the company manager and creative producer at La Mama... Read more

Noske appointed editor of ‘Westerly’ x

Kate Noske has been appointed editor of the biannual literary journal Westerly, based at the University of Western Australia. Noske, who has a PhD in... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘The PIRs should finally be abolished, buried and cremated so they don’t rise like zombies in a quite different future’—Peter Donoughue argues for the removal... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction—Black Inc. has sold Polish rights to Crimwife: An Insider’s Account of Love Behind Bars (Tanya Levin) to Hachette; and UK and US rights... Read more

Bestsellers this week

This week’s bestsellers chart mixes the old and new with Going Paleo (Pete Evans & Nora T Gedgaudas, Plum) in the top spot for a second... Read more

Arthur C Clarke Award 2015 shortlist announced

In the UK, the shortlist for the 2015 Arthur C Clarke Award for science-fiction has been announced. The six shortlisted titles are: The Girl with All... Read more

Oyster launches ebook store

In the US, ebook subscription service Oyster has launched an ebook retail store with over one million titles, reports Publishers Weekly. Ebooks can be purchased... Read more

Canadian book sales steady in 2014

In Canada, the volume of print book sales has remained steady in 2014 compared to the previous year, while the value of sales has dropped... Read more

VIDA 2014 count shows low numbers for women

In the US, VIDA has released its annual figures on how many women and men were reviewed in, or wrote for, various high-profile literary publications.... Read more

Penguin Random House UK creates Penguin Platform for teen readers x

In the UK, Penguin Random House (PRH) is targeting readers aged 16-19 with content across various social media platforms under the brand Penguin Platform, reports the Bookseller. The publisher... Read more

Cutter wins inaugural James Herbert Award for Horror Writing

In the UK, The Troop by Nick Cutter (Headline)—the pen name of Canadian author Craig Davidson—has won the inaugural James Herbert Award for Horror Writing,... Read more

Lish wins 2015 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

In the US, Atticus Lish has won the 2015 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for his debut novel Preparation for the Next Life (Oneworld), reports the... Read more

Hugo Awards 2015 nominees announced

In the US, the nominees for the 2015 Hugo Awards for science-fiction have been announced. The nominees for best novel are Ancillary Sword (Ann Leckie,... Read more

Nielsen reports slight growth in US ebook market share in 2014

In the US, a Nielsen Books & Consumers survey has found the ebooks market share of overall book sales increased slightly in 2014 over 2013,... Read more

Amazon, HarperCollins terms negotiation stalls

In the US, negotiations on new terms between Amazon and HarperCollins have stalled, reports Business Insider UK. The contract presented to HarperCollins was the same contract signed by Hachette in... Read more

Steve Toltz’s ‘Quicksand’

This long-awaited follow-up to A Fraction of the Whole, Steve Toltz’s 2008 Booker Prize-shortlisted debut, is similarly full of larrikin philosophers, artists and eccentrics hatching... Read more

Book Links, QWC to host annual lecture on children’s literature

Book Links—the Queensland branch of the Children’s Book Council of Australia—and the Queensland Writers Centre will host the first annual Book Links Lecture on Children’s... Read more

International library news x

Pennsylvania university to lend ipads via vending machine In the US, the Free Library of Philadelphia has partnered with Drexel University in Pennsylvania to install... Read more

On tour: Meet the author John Scalzi

John Scalzi, author of Lock In and Redshirts (both Hachette), is travelling to Supernova in Melbourne and Swancon in Perth in April. Read Scalzi’s response to our On Tour... Read more

Bainbridge appointed Express Media CEO x

Express Media has appointed Pippa Bainbridge as its new CEO and general manager, replacing Steve Lamattina. (See news.)

Noske appointed editor of ‘Westerly’ x

Kate Noske has been appointed editor of WA literary journal Westerly, replacing former editors Delys Bird and Tony Hughes-d’Aeth. (See news.)

CBCA shortlist announcement and new sticker design x

The shortlist for the 2015 CBCA Children’s Book of the Year Awards will be announced in Perth on 14 April at a breakfast event. This... Read more

Books at MIFF 2015: Call for submissions x

Australian and NZ publishers and literary agents who hold film rights to local books with cinematic potential to be the next book-to-screen adaptation are invited... Read more

May Gibbs Creative Time Fellowships 2016: Applications open x

Published authors and illustrators of at least one book for children or young people are invited to apply for a May Gibbs Creative Time Residential... Read more

Exisle Publishing to Distribute Familius x

Exisle, a leading publisher of health and self-development titles, will begin distributing Familius titles in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and South Africa from July 1.

Familius, whose mission is to help families be happy, offers a perfect complement to Exisle’s own commitment to publishing books for better living.

The deal will add to Exisle’s already strong list of distributed and locally produced books and will include marriage, parenting, family fun, health and wellness, education, cooking, and children’s titles.

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