Weekly Book Newsletter
15 April 2015

CBCA Awards 2015 shortlists announced x

As reported in a Books+Publishing special bulletin, the shortlists for this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards have been... Read more

ABIA 2015 shortlists announced

The shortlists for this year’s Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) have been announced. The shortlisted titles are: General fiction book of the year  Laurinda (Alice Pung, Black... Read more

Australian Book Design Awards 2015 shortlists announced

The Australian Book Designers Association (ABDA) has announced the shortlists for the 2015 Book Design Awards. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Best Designed... Read more

Busy Bologna with no standout trends x

Australians who attended this year’s Bologna Children’s Book Fair have reported a busy and successful fair, with no particular standout trends after last year’s demand... Read more

Thames & Hudson Australia appoints new MD

Thames & Hudson Australia has appointed Daniel Watts as its new managing director, succeeding Jodie Spiteri-James, who announced her resignation in October last year. Watts... Read more

Aurealis Award winners announced

The 2014 Aurealis Award winners were announced at a ceremony in Canberra on Saturday 11 April. The winning titles were: Fantasy novel Dreamer’s Pool (Juliet... Read more

Hockey flags changes to GST on downloads

Federal treasurer Joe Hockey has flagged that the GST could be applied to intangible downloads such as ebooks as part of ‘tax integrity’ measures to... Read more

Byron Bay Writers Festival announces headline writers

The Byron Bay Writers Festival has announced that Julia Gillard, Joan London, Helen Garner, Kate Grenville and Jackie French will be the headline writers at... Read more

Clunes Booktown Festival 2015 program announced

The program for the 2015 Clunes Booktown Festival has been released. Among the authors at this year’s festival, which will be held from 2-3 May... Read more

MWF launches ‘30 Under 30’ crowdfunding project

The Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) has launched a crowdfunding project to help send young Melbourne writers to international and domestic literary festivals. The ‘30 Under 30’ project, which coincides with... Read more

QWC launches crowdfunding campaign to support writers from diverse backgrounds

The Queensland Writers Centre (QWC) has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise $25,000 for an inaugural Scholarships and Access Fund for writers from diverse backgrounds, to... Read more

Campaign lobbies for lower GST threshold in NZ

A campaign calling for the New Zealand government to lower the GST-free threshold on online purchases from NZ$400 (A$393) to NZ$25 (A$24.52) has been launched by Retail... Read more

Te Papa Press under review by museum

Te Papa Press, run out of the Te Papa museum in Wellington, New Zealand, is under review by management and could be shut for up... Read more

Hachette Australia to bring Gollancz SF festival to Australia x

Hachette Australia will bring the second Gollancz science-fiction and fantasy festival to Australia and New Zealand from 16-17 October. The inaugural festival, which was run in the... Read more

Quote of the week

‘To discover a book on display in a well-staffed, lovingly maintained shop, to hold it in your hand then to sneak off and buy the... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Fremantle Press has sold Armenian rights to The Edge of the World (Marcella Polain) to Apollon Publishing. Children’s—Walker Books has sold German rights to... Read more

Bestsellers this week

The bestsellers chart has a new number one this week, with Paula Hawkins’ debut thriller The Girl on the Train (Doubleday) claiming the top spot for... Read more

RiP Günter Grass x

German author and Nobel Prize laureate Günter Grass has died, aged 87. Grass was best known for his 1959 debut novel The Tin Drum (Vintage).... Read more

Leading Edge Books relaunches website x

Leading Edge Books has relaunched its website www.indies.com.au. Among the features of the new website is a store location service to help customers find their... Read more

HarperCollins signs new terms deal with Amazon

HarperCollins has a signed a new terms deal with Amazon for the sale of its books, reports the New York Times. HarperCollins said in a... Read more

HarperCollins expands global publishing program

HarperCollins has announced it will expand its international publishing program with the formation of four new international offices and the acquisition of thriller author Karin... Read more

Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2015 shortlist announced

In the UK, the shortlist for the 2015 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, previously known as the Orange Prize for Fiction, has been announced. The... Read more

‘Do You Love Your Publisher?’ survey results released

The ‘Do You Love Your Publisher?’ survey, which asked writers about their experiences with publishers, has highlighted a need for increased communication, reports the Bookseller. The survey... Read more

Faber and Perseus enter partnership

UK publisher Faber has entered a partnership with US publishing company Perseus Books Group, and will use Perseus’ digital technology to publish its books globally,... Read more

Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2015 shortlist announced

In the UK, the shortlist been announced for the 2015 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, run by literary charity Booktrust. The shortlisted titles are: By Night... Read more

3M Cloud Library launches in Australia and UK

3M Library Systems has announced that it will expand its Cloud Library Digital Lending System to libraries in Australia and the UK. Libraries will be... Read more

NLA to host major Chinese exhibition in 2016

The National Library of Australia (NLA) in Canberra will host a major new exhibition on Chinese life, culture and tradition in the first half of... Read more

International library news

ALA reveals ‘most frequently challenged books’ in 2014 The American Library Association (ALA) has released the list of most frequently challenged books in 2014. Topping... Read more

Why small is good: Keiran Rogers on sales by small publishers x

‘Forget the year of the horse; 2014 was the year of the small publisher. While the internationalisation of book sales and content has caused headaches... Read more

Monica Dux’s ‘Mothermorphosis’

Australian women writers, including Kathy Lette, Kate Holden, Jo Case and Catherine Deveny, have contributed essays on their experiences of motherhood and birth to this... Read more

New Holland Publishers to distribute Taschen x

Publisher: TASCHENISBN prefix: 978382280, 978382281, 978382282, 978382283, 978382284, 978382285, 978382286, 978382288, 978383650, 978383651, 978383652, 978383653, 978383654, 978383655Old distributor: Fuse GroupNew distributor: New Holland

Watts appointed Thames & Hudson Australia MD x

Thames & Hudson Australia has appointed Daniel Watts as its new managing director, replacing Jodie Spiteri-James. (See news.)

CAUL/ASA 2015 fellowship: Call for applications x

Applications are open for the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) and Australian Society of Authors (ASA) 2015 research fellowship. The fellowship supports creative projects that... Read more

Melbourne Prize for Literature 2015: Register Your Interest Now x

Please visit www.melbourneprize.org to register your interest to receive entry information on the Melbourne Prize for Literature 2015 and Awards. With a prize pool over... Read more

Thames & Hudson Australia—Announcement to the Book Trade x

Thames & Hudson has appointed Daniel Watts as Managing Director of Thames & Hudson Australia, succeeding Jodie Spiteri-James who is leaving Thames & Hudson to... Read more

TASCHEN Announces New Holland Publishers as Distributor for Australia x

TASCHEN are pleased to announce the appointment of New Holland Publishers as our new exclusive distributor in Australia. Having worked with New Holland Publishers in... Read more

Favel Parrett Longlisted for 2015 Kibble Literary Award / Maxine Beneba Clarke Longlisted for 2015 Dobbie Literary Award x

Hachette Australia is very proud to publish Favel Parrett and Maxine Beneba Clarke and are thrilled to see their work recognised in this year’s longlists... Read more

Lonely Planet May New Releases Notice x

Lonely Planet will be testing a new inventory management system in early May which may unavoidably impact the delivery window of our May New Releases... Read more

Hachette Australia Is Thrilled To Congratulate Our Shortlisted Authors in the 2015 ABIA Awards x

Hachette Australia is very proud to see the following Hachette authors shortlisted for the 2015 ABIA Awards: Brooke Davis for Lost & Found (General Fiction... Read more

Leading Edge Book Conference Announcement x

The Leading Edge Books Conference 2015, Melbourne 15-17 May, is shaping up as an exciting time for its member booksellers and publishers. The agenda is... Read more

Walker Books Australia and Black Dog Books Congratulate CBCA Book of the Year Award Shortlisted Authors and Illustrators x

It is with great pleasure that Walker Books and Black Dog Books congratulate Claire Saxby and Graham Byrne for Emu and Pamela Freeman for Our... Read more

‘The Buried Giant’ Window Competition x

Kazuo Ishiguro’s long-awaited and highly anticipated novel The Buried Giant was celebrated nationwide (and internationally) with beautiful blue and gold window displays. We thank all... Read more

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