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

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

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

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

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

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 $100,000, including a new award, all writing genres are eligible. Open to Victorian residents only.


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 pursue a career in consultancy.

Daniel was previously the Regional Director for Pan Macmillan India and Asia based in New Delhi and has extensive sales and marketing experience on an international level as well as sound knowledge of the Australian and New Zealand trade.

Watts said: ‘After a two-year study break from publishing in Asia, I’m thrilled and privileged to be joining such a prestigious company as Thames and Hudson back in Australia. THA is the dominant publisher and distributor of illustrated books in ANZ. It has developed a mature trade market, balanced with a growing number of promising new business opportunities. I see this country as a centre of innovative editorial excellence, and I look forward to utilising my Asia experience to further T&H’s emergent strategy in the region. And I especially look forward to collaborating with the impressive ANZ team and working within the warm, creative culture that’s so well supported by the management in London.’

Christian Frederking, Group Sales director at Thames & Hudson in London said: ‘Very many thanks are due to Jodie Spiteri-James for her commitment to Thames & Hudson Australia and her successful management of the company for over the last 3 years. Daniel’s appointment is wonderful news—he brings to THA a wealth of practical experience from his career in both the Australian book trade and internationally, and unbound enthusiasm for his new role. Going forward, I am really hopeful that we can build on the important and very positive development made in recent years at THA, where through the emergence of a diverse and high quality publishing programme coming out of our Melbourne office and through the highly visible and growing success of many of the lists distributed by THA, we are playing an increasingly significant and creative role in the Australian publishing scene.’

Rolf Grisebach, CEO of Thames & Hudson said: ‘I believe that in Daniel we have found a thorough professional who can further develop THA’s publishing and who can continue to work effectively and gain the full potential for the T&H London list and for the lists of all THA’s distributed publishers. He is just the right person to work closely with us in London to grow THA’s sense of identity and involvement with T&H as an international publishing group.’


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 New Zealand for a number of years it seemed like the natural decision for them to also look after Australia. New Holland Publishers is now preparing to have their rep teams across the Australian market to start showcasing new and existing TASCHEN product. Product will enter into the United Book Distribution centre in May.

Should you have any questions please let us know and we shall help as best as we can to make this transition as smooth as possible for everyone.New Holland Publishers is excited to be working with such a prestige brand such as TASCHEN and to service the Australian market.

For any enquiries please contact New Holland Publishers on 02 8986 4700 for more information on availability and terms or your local sales representative.


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 for the Nita B. Kibble Literary Awards for Women Writers.

Congratulations to Favel (longlisted in the Kibble Literary Award) and Maxine (longlisted in the Dobbie Literary Awards)!

To order copies of Foreign Soil (ISBN: 9780733632426) and When the Night Comes (ISBN: 9780733626586) please contact Alliance Distribution Services customer service on toll-free fax 1800-664-477 or tel (02) 4390 1300.


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 as communicated on our order form(s) and supplier submissions. To overcome any potential delay of supply we will be dispatching all May New Releases from Monday April 27. As a courtesy we’ll be extending all stores which receive an earlier than expected delivery of May frontlist an extra 30 day payment period on this specific invoice. Thanks for your understanding during this transition.


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 Book of the Year and The Matt Richell Award for New Writer); Michael Robotham for Life or Death (General Fiction Book of the Year); Maxine Beneba Clarke for Foreign Soil (Literary Fiction Book of the Year and The Matt Richell Award for New Writer); Favel Parrett for When the Night Comes (Literary Fiction Book of the Year); Connie and Samuel Johnson for Love Your Sister (Biography of the Year) and the Northern Territory News for What A Croc! (Illustrated Book of the Year).

To order copies of Lost & Found (ISBN: 9780733632754), Life or Death (9780751552898), Foreign Soil (ISBN: 9780733632426), When the Night Comes (ISBN: 9780733626586), Love Your Sister (ISBN: 9780733633249) and What A Croc! (ISBN: 9780733633522) please contact Alliance Distribution Services customer service on toll-free fax 1800-664-477 or tel (02) 4390 1300.


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 packed with author presentations and sessions that cover marketing, branding, industry reviews and trends along with member forums and our conference classics, Best Business Ideas and the much anticipated surprise guest!

Some opportunities for sponsorship are still available.  For bookings and satchel insert enquires please contact Ruth: hipwellr@leadingedgegroup.com.au Ph.02 8732 9521

Click HERE to register and view agenda. Early Bird bookings close 17 April.


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 Stories: Mary’s Australia being short-listed for the Eve Pownall Award for Information Books, as well as Robin Cowcher for Little Dog and the Christmas Wish (text by Corinne Fenton) and Leanne Tobin for The Lost Girl (text by Ambelin Kwaymullina) being short-listed for the Crichton Award for New Illustrators. Walker Books Australia and Black Dog Books also congratulate their authors and illustrators with Notable books.

To order copies of these titles, please contact Harper Entertainment Distribution Services: 1800 645 547


‘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 booksellers who participated in our window display competition. Judging proved difficult, but we would like to congratulate Books Plus Bathurst on their extra special display. We hope you enjoy your cash prize of $1000!




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