Weekly Book Newsletter
22 April 2015

ALS Gold Medal longlist announced

The longlist for the 2015 Australian Literature Society (ALS) Gold Medal has been announced. The longlisted titles are: Amnesia (Peter Carey, Hamish Hamilton) Golden Boys (Sonya... Read more

Inaugural History Writers’ Festival to be held this weekend

The inaugural History Writers’ Festival will be held at Readers’ Feast Bookstore in Melbourne this weekend, the 18-19 April. Interviews with authors and panel discussions will... Read more


‘The Strays’ wins 2015 Stella Prize

The Strays by Emily Bitto (Affirm Press) has won the 2015 Stella Prize for women’s writing. Bitto was presented with the $50,000 prize at an... Read more

Middleton wins 2015 Vogel

Murray Middleton has won this year’s Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award for his short-story collection When There’s Nowhere Else to Run. The book was chosen by author Rohan... Read more

Mood upbeat at LBF 2015 x

This year’s London Book Fair ran from 14-16 April, returning to the Olympia centre in West London for the first time since 2005. The mood... Read more

REAL Awards 2015 shortlists announced

The shortlists for this year’s Reading & Enjoying Australian Literature (REAL) Awards, which acts as a shortlist for children’s choice book awards in the Australian... Read more

Shaw to leave Readings

Readings’ books division manager Martin Shaw is leaving the Melbourne bookseller in early July. Shaw, who has worked at Readings for 21 years, told Books+Publishing... Read more

Family memoir ‘Cracking the Code’ optioned for film

Film rights to Stephen and Sally Damiani’s family memoir Cracking the Code (Random House) have been optioned by M4 Entertainment (formerly Mushroom Pictures), with script... Read more

EWF 2015 program launched

The program for this year’s Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF), to be held in Melbourne from 26 May to 5 June, has been launched. The festival... Read more

Wheeler Centre announces new ‘hot desk’ fellowships

The Wheeler Centre has announced its latest round of ‘hot desk’ fellowships. Twenty writers will participate in the fellowship this year, including seven in the... Read more

Flanagan, Kent shortlisted for 2015 IMPAC Dublin Award

Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Vintage) and Hannah Kent’s Burial Rites (Picador) have been shortlisted for the 2015 International IMPAC Dublin... Read more

Penguin announces final book in ‘Obernewtyn’ series

Penguin has announced that the final book in Isobelle Carmody’s long-running ‘Obernewtyn’ series will be published later this year. The seventh and final book in... Read more

Google prioritises ‘mobile-friendly’ websites in new search algorithm x

A change to Google’s search algorithm has come into effect which ranks ‘mobile-friendly’ websites higher in searches on smartphones and tablets. The change occurred on 21 April following an announcement by Google... Read more

Quote of the week

‘When I was growing up as an editor in trade publishing, a house was perceived to have done exceptionally well if it made double-digit profitability... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Penguin has sold UK, US and German rights to Hot Little Hands (Abigail Ulman) to Viking, Spiegel & Grau and Kein & Aber respectively.... Read more

Bestsellers this week

True stories are in demand this week, as two memoirs top the highest new entries and fastest movers charts. Somebody That I Used to Know... Read more

US Indies Choice Book Awards 2015 winners announced

The American Booksellers Association has announced the winners of the 2015 Indies Choice Book Awards and the E B White Read-Aloud Awards, as voted for... Read more

New US bookstore to specialise in self-published books

In the US, a new bookstore has opened in Florida that is dedicated to books by self-published authors, reports Publishers Weekly. Gulf Coast Bookstore, run... Read more

Finalists withdraw from Hugo Awards

Two authors and a fanzine shortlisted for the Hugo Awards have withdrawn their work, claiming that alleged right-wing activists are skewing the voting process, reports... Read more

Pulitzer Prize 2015 winners announced

The 2015 Pulitzer Prizes were announced in New York on 20 April. The Fiction award was presented to All the Light We Cannot See by... Read more

Adichie, Murakami on ‘Time’ magazine’s 100 most influential list

Authors Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Haruki Murakami are on Time magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. In Time, Radhika... Read more

Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu collaboration among LBF ‘buzz books’

A book about joy by the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu was one of the ‘buzz books’ at this year’s London Book Fair, reports... Read more

New report finds lack of cultural diversity in UK publishing

A new report investigating the progress towards greater cultural diversity in UK publishing has been critical of the lack of representation of black and Asian... Read more

Matt Nable’s ‘Guilt’

Switching between 1989 and 2009, Matt Nable’s book follows a group of teenagers in a beachside town and a single event that fractures their lives.... Read more

International publishers to visit Auckland in May

The Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) has announced the guests participating in this year’s PANZ International Summit. The summit will take place in Auckland... Read more

Hachette launches mentorship program with SAWC

Hachette Australia has launched a new professional mentorship program in partnership with the South Australian Writers Centre (SAWC). The South Australian Hachette Mentoring Program offers an... Read more

$5m worth of rare books, $1.3m endowment donated to SLV

The State Library of Victoria (SLV) has received a donation of over $5m worth of rare books and an endowment of more than $1.3m to help... Read more

Queensland’s first train-station library opens

A book exchange has recently opened at a train station in Queensland, reports ABC News. The library, located at the ticket counter of Wacol train station in Brisbane’s... Read more

ALIA board election results announced

The results of the Australian Library and Information (ALIA) 2015 board election have been announced. Fiona Emberton and Ghylene Palmer have been elected as directors... Read more

Going their own way: Publishers turn entrepreneur x

After a successful career at the top of a large publishing house, where do you go? A few publishers have recently turned entrepreneur, utilising their... Read more

Shaw to leave Readings x

Readings’ books division manager Martin Shaw is leaving the Melbourne bookseller in early July. (See news.)

HarperCollins Congratulates Anthony Doerr x

HarperCollins congratulates Anthony Doerr on winning the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, with his novel, All the Light We Cannot See.

The judges have called All the Light we Cannot See: ‘an imaginative and intricate novel inspired by the horrors of World War II and written in short, elegant chapters that explore human nature and the contradictory power of technology.’ 

HarperCollins ANZ CEO, James Kellow says: ‘We are thrilled to see Anthony Doerr’s illuminating and elegant novel recognised with a Pulitzer Prize. We only hope this encourages more readers to discover a book we believe will become a modern classic.’

To order copies of All the Light We Cannot See (ISBN 9780007548675) please contact HarperCollins customer service on 1300 551 721.


Black Inc. Congratulates Clare Atkins for the Shortlisting of ‘Nona & Me’ in the 2015 Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards x

Black Inc. congratulates Clare Atkins for the shortlisting of her debut novel Nona & Me in the Older Readers category of the 2015 Children’s Book Council Awards.

Laurinda by Alice Pung is also a Notable Book of the Year for Older Readers in the 2015 Children’s Book Council Awards.

Congratulations, Clare and Alice!

Orders for Nona & Me (ISBN 9781863956895) and Laurinda (ISBN 9781863956925) can be placed with United Book Distributors on 03 9811 2555 or email orders@unitedbookdistributors.com.au



Reprint of Quarterly Essay 57, ‘Dear Life: On Caring for the Elderly’ by Karen Hitchcock Available x

A reprint of the bestselling Quarterly Essay 57, Dear Life: On Caring for the Elderly by doctor and writer Karen Hitchcock is now available. Orders for Quarterly Essay 57, Dear Life (ISBN 9781863957168) can be placed with United Book Distributors on 03 9811 2555 or email orders@unitedbookdistributors.com.au



Black Inc. Congratulates Designer Peter Long for the Shortlisting of ‘Laurinda’ and ‘Gazing at the Stars’ in the 2015 Australian Book Design Awards x

Black Inc. congratulates our talented in-house designer Peter Long for the shortlisting of Laurinda by Alice Pung and Gazing at the Stars: Memories of a Child Survivor by Eva Slonim in the 2015 Australian Book Design Awards.

Orders for Laurinda (ISBN 9781863956925) and Gazing at the Stars (ISBN 9781863956543) can be placed with United Book Distributors on 03 9811 2555 or email orders@unitedbookdistributors.com.au



Availability of Allen & Unwin CBCA Shortlisted Titles x

Congratulations to the Allen & Unwin authors and illustrators whose books have been shortlisted in the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards.

Our shortlisted titles are currently closed for invoicing while we ensure that we have adequate stock levels to supply ALL customers. All of our shortlisted titles are being reprinted. We expect to begin supplying stock as follows.

David Metzenthen & Michael Camilleri, One Minute’s Silence (9781743316245 $29.99 hc)—part supply of orders will be supplied on 20 April for ANZAC day. Reprint due and all outstanding orders to be supplied from 12 June

Bill Condon & Beth Norling, The Simple Things (9781743317242 $12.99 pb)—reprint due and all orders to be supplied from 24 April

Demet Divaroren & Amra Pajalic, Coming of Age (9781743312926 $18.99 pb)—reprint due and all orders to be supplied from 24 April

Glenda Millard & Stephen Michael King, The Duck and the Darklings (9781743312612 $24.99 hc)—reprint due and all orders to be supplied from 12 June

Alison Lester, Noni the Pony Goes to the Beach (9781743311141 $24.99 hc)—reprint due and all orders to be supplied from 12 June

Libby Gleeson & Freya Blackwood, The Cleo Stories: The Necklace and the Present (9781743315279 $16.99 hc)—reprint due and all orders to be supplied from 12 June

Trace Balla, Rivertime (9781743316337 $24.99 hc)—reprint due and all orders to be supplied from 19 June

(Crichton shortlisted) Paul Seden & Karen Briggs, Kick with My Left Foot (9781743313442 $19.99 hc)—reprint due and all orders to be supplied from 12 June

Orders and enquiries to UBD: tel 1800 33 88 36, email: orders@unitedbookdistributors.com.au


2015 NSW Premier’s History Awards: Call for Entries x

Entries are sought for the following categories:

  • Australian History Prize ($15,000)
  • Australian First World War History Prize (commemorative medallion)
  • General History Prize ($15,000)
  • New South Wales Community and Regional History Prize ($15,000)
  • Young People’s History Prize ($15,000)
  • Multimedia History Prize ($15,000)


The winner of the Australian First World War History Prize will be chosen from a major published work submitted for the Australian History Prize, and no additional entry fee is required for this award.

All works nominated for the NSW Premier’s History Awards 2015 must be first published, screened, broadcast or made publicly available between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2015. Authors/creators must be Australian citizens or permanent residents.

For guidelines and online nomination forms:

Contact details:
Telephone (02) 9273 1582


HarperCollins Children’s Books Congratulates … x

Our congratulations to Judith Rossell on her most recent shortlistings—in both the CBCA Awards and the ABIAs—for the magnificent Withering-by-Sea (9780733333002, ABC Books). This exciting news comes on the back of Judith’s Indie Award win and her Aurealis shortlisting.

Stock of Withering-by-Sea is currently frozen while we ensure we have sufficient stock to supply all customers. Orders will be filled in early June. 

Congratulations also to our authors and illustrators whose books were named CBCA Notables: Rod Clement for Top Dog (9780732298760, A&R); Jen Storer and Claire Robertson for Truly Tan: Freaked! (9780733333187, ABC Books); Pamela Rushby for The Ratcatcher’s Daughter (9780732297138, A&R); Jackie French for I Am Juliet (9780732297985, A&R).

For orders: 1300-551-721; orders@harpercollins.com.au


Huge Adult Colouring Book Range from Hardie Grant Books x

Don’t miss out on the latest book trend—adult colouring books are best-sellers all over the world. Hardie Grant Books has a huge range including the international best-sellers Creative Colour Therapy (9781782433002) and Colour Yourself Calm (9781849495141). Contact your Hardie Grant Books sales rep for the full range and ordering or call Random House customer service for more details.
Ph: 1800 222 444 or orders@randomhouse.com.au


‘Kim Kardashian Selfish’—Global Embargo Date x

This May, Hardie Grant is bringing you the first ever book of selfies from one of the world’s biggest celebrities—Kim Kardashian Selfish (Rizzoli, $29.95, 9780789329202). The global On Sale Date for this title is 5 May 2015. The book is EMBARGOED and must not be put on shelves before this date.
Ph: 1800 222 444 or orders@randomhouse.com.au


Taylor and Francis to Acquire Selected List of Pearson USA Higher Education Titles x

From the 1st May, 2015 Taylor & Francis will become the distributor of a select list of titles from Pearson USA Higher Education. This list represents a small set of titles within the following subject areas: Anthropology, Communications, Music, Religion, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology. The full list of affected titles is available to view from the Pearson Australia Bookseller Website. Pearson will accept returns only for books purchased prior to April 30, 2015, subject to Pearson’s standard returns policy.


‘The Impossible Knife of Memory’ by Laurie Halse-Anderson—Change in Distributor x

Please note Scholastic Australia no longer hold the distribution rights to The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse-Anderson ISBN 9781407147666

All future purchases for this title are now to be directed to Text Publishing.




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