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

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

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

$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

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

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... Read more

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... Read more

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... Read more

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... Read more

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... Read more

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)... Read more

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... Read more

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... Read more

‘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).... Read more

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