Weekly Book Newsletter
20 May 2015

More than 350 attendees, busiest trade exhibition in years at 2015 ABA conference

Over 350 booksellers, suppliers and other industry members attended this year’s Australian Bookseller Association (ABA) Conference, which was held at the State Library of Victoria from... Read more

Close to 60 indie bookstores attend 2015 Leading Edge Conference x

Representatives from close to 60 independent bookstores from across Australia attended this year’s Leading Edge Book conference, held in Melbourne from 15-16 May. Leading Edge... Read more

‘The 52-Storey Treehouse’ wins Booksellers Choice Award at 2015 ABA Conference; bookseller awards announced

Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton’s The 52-Storey Treehouse (Pan) has won the Nielsen BookData Booksellers Choice Award at the Australian Booksellers Association’s ‘Celebrating Bookselling’ dinner... Read more

Hachette named Publisher of the Year at 2015 Leading Edge Books Conference

A number of awards were presented at this year’s Leading Edge Books Conference in Melbourne on 16 May. Hachette was named Publisher of the Year,... Read more

‘The Bush’ wins Book of the Year at NSW Premier’s Literary Awards

Don Watson’s The Bush (Hamish Hamilton) has been named Book of the Year at the 2015 New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards, presented in Sydney... Read more

Miles Franklin Literary Award 2015 shortlist announced

The shortlist for this year’s Miles Franklin Literary Award has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Golden Boys (Sonya Hartnett, Hamish Hamilton) The Eye of... Read more

Melbourne City of Literature announces travel fund recipients

The recipients of the Melbourne City of Literature Travel Fund have been announced. The travel fund, which offers grants of up to $3000, was launched in 2014... Read more

Shortlist for 2015 Vic Prem’s unpublished manuscript award announced

The shortlist for this year’s Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: The Dry (Jane Harper) Nikolai the Perfect (Jim... Read more

Text Prize 2015 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2015 Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing has been announced. The shortlisted authors and their manuscripts are: Margot McGovern... Read more

‘Word nerds’ assemble at editing and indexing conference x

Write | Edit | Index was the first conference jointly hosted by the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) and the Australian and New Zealand Society... Read more

Monash University to stop offering publishing and editing courses

Monash University in Melbourne will no longer offer its postgraduate courses in publishing and editing, citing a fall in demand. The current semester was the last... Read more

MWF 2015 schools’ program released

The Melbourne Writers Festival has released its schools’ program for 2015. This year’s schools’ program, which runs from 24 to 27 August, features Australian authors... Read more

ILF donation to honour Matt Richell

A donation from the Norman Family Bequest in memory of Matt Richell has been presented to the Indigenous Literary Foundation (ILF). The donation will allow... Read more

Melbourne Prize for Literature opens; new $20,000 essay category announced

Entries have opened for the triennial Melbourne Prize for Literature, which includes a new $20,000 prize for an essay. The Writers Prize, which is supported... Read more

More than 60,000 attend Auckland Writers Festival

The Auckland Writers Festival has attracted a record crowd of more than 60,000 attendees, up 20% on last year, for the five-day festival that finished... Read more

Indie publisher Bareknuckle Books to release first book this month

New Brisbane-based independent publisher Bareknuckle Books will release its first book this month, one of six new titles planned for the next year. Bareknuckle Books... Read more

Author launches readathon for ILF

Australian author Jane Rawson has launched a readathon for June and July to raise money for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF). Rawson has set up... Read more

‘Tomorrow, When the War Began’ and ‘Breath’ adaptations among Screen Australia funding

A TV adaptation of John Marsden’s ‘Tomorrow, When the War Began’ series (Pan) is among the latest book-to-screen projects to receive funding from Screen Australia. The... Read more

Quote of the week

‘The transparent policies and programs of the old Australia Council—supported for 45 years by both sides of politics—look positively utopian’—two-time Miles Franklin Award-winning author Rodney... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Spinifex Press has sold Turkish rights to Haifa Fragments by Khulud Khamis to Güldünya Publishing. Nonfiction—Black Inc. has sold world audiobook rights to Interestingly... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

The bestsellers chart has a new number one this week, with David Baldacci’s Memory Man (Macmillan) claiming top spot in both the top 10 bestsellers... Read more

Report finds two thirds of Canadian publishers are selling ebooks direct to consumer x

A BookNet Canada report has found that two thirds of Canadian publishers are selling ebooks direct to consumers, reports Digital Book World. The Canadian Book... Read more

UK crime writers launch Killer Women collective

In the UK, 15 London-based female crime writers have teamed up to launch Killer Women, a collective project that will offer debates, talks, interviews and... Read more

PEN Literary Awards 2015 winners announced

PEN America has announced the winners of the 2015 PEN Literary Awards. Among the winners are: War of the Whales: A True Story (Joshua Horwitz,... Read more

S&S US targets travellers with ebooks via Foli

In the US, Simon & Schuster (S&S) is partnering with content delivery app Foli to target travellers by offering a selection of free ebooks available in hotels, airports... Read more

Marozzi’s ‘Baghdad’ wins 2015 Ondaatje Prize

In the UK, the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize has been awarded to Justin Marozzi for his history book Baghdad: City of Peace, City of... Read more

László Krasznahorkai wins 2015 Man Booker International Prize

Hungarian author László Krasznahorkai has won the 2015 Man Booker International Prize. The £60,000 (A$117,600) biennial prize is awarded to a living author, whose body... Read more

Folio Society ends prize sponsorship

The Folio Society will not renew its sponsorship of The Folio Prize, the annual £40,000 (A$78,360) award for best English-language fiction published in the UK,... Read more

Bill Neidjie and Mark Lang’s ‘Old Man's Story’

Old Man’s Story will appeal to many readers, particularly those interested in the environment and Indigenous culture. It gives the reader a wonderful sense of... Read more

Beveridge wins Peter Porter Poetry Prize

Judith Beveridge has won the Australian Book Review (ABR) Peter Porter Poetry Prize for her poem ‘As Wasps Fly Upwards’. Beveridge’s poem was chosen for... Read more

Swift ‘One Card’ system coming to Victorian libraries x

The Swift Library Consortium has announced that the ‘One Card’ system will be available in all 100 Victorian public libraries that are part of the... Read more

New Devonport Library draws record numbers in first three months x

In New Zealand, the new Devonport Library (Te Pātaka Kōrero o Te Hau Kapua) has recorded more than 93,369 visits since it opened in February,... Read more

International library news x

Chinese architect creates secluded beach library In China, a 5000 square foot library has been built on a secluded beach that can only be reached... Read more

Consumer conflict: Publishers’ direct-to-consumer sales x

While a growing number of Australian publishers are experimenting with direct-to-consumer sales, they remain wary of stepping on booksellers’ toes. Brad Jefferies spoke to both... Read more

Society of Editors (NSW): Editing in the world of ebook applications x

The Society of Editors (NSW) Inc. will hold its June meeting on the topic ‘Editing in the world of ebook applications’, on Tuesday, 2 June.... Read more

Society of Editors (NSW): Structural editing: fiction workshop x

The Society of Editors (NSW) Inc. will present a one-day workshop on ‘Structural editing: fiction’ with Nicola O’Shea, on Wednesday, 17 June from 9:30 am to... Read more

APA: Making the most of industry awards webinar x

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) will hold a ‘Making the most of industry awards’ webinar on Thursday, 28 May from 10:30-11:30 am. Presented by Brett... Read more

Melbourne Prize for Literature: Entries Now Open x

Entries in the Melbourne Prize for Literature 2015, Best Writing Award 2015 and the new Writers Prize 2015 are now open.

With a prize pool over $100,000, all writing genres are eligible. Open to Victorian residents only.

Please visit www.melbourneprize.org for the entry form.


Nominations Now Open for the 2015 Queensland Literary Awards x

Twelve award categories provide opportunities for both published and emerging writers, as well as three fellowships supporting new works by Queensland writers. Entries close 19 June.

Categories for the 2015 program are:

  • Queensland Premier’s Award for a work of State Significance
  • The University of Queensland Fiction Book Award
  • The University of Queensland Non-fiction Book Award
  • Griffith University Young Adult Book Award
  • Griffith University Children’s Book Award
  • University of Southern Queensland History Book Award
  • University of Southern Queensland Australian Short Story Collection – Steele Rudd Award
  • State Library of Queensland Poetry Collection – Judith Wright Calanthe Award
  • Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Awards
  • Unpublished Indigenous Writer – David Unaipon Award (supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund and University of Queensland Press)
  • Emerging Queensland Writer – Manuscript Award (supported by the University of Queensland Press)
  • The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book for the Year


Plus, three Queensland Writers Fellowships of $15,000.

For more information visit qldliteraryawards.org.au


Murdoch Books Four Pillars Gin Raffle—We Have a Winner! x

It was great to see so many people keen to enter our Four Pillars Gin raffle at the Leading Edge ABA Trade Show over the weekend, in support of GIN: The Art & Craft of the Artisan Revival in 300 Distillations by Aaron Knoll (Jacqui Small/Murdoch Books 9781910254097 Oct $49.99). The winner is Wendy Burridge from Humphrey’s in Manly in Sydney. Congratulations Wendy! Your Gin is on its way to you.


NewSouth Books No Longer Distributing Jane Curry Publishing x

From 30 June, NewSouth Books will no longer represent Jane Curry Publishing. We will accept returns of Jane Curry Publishing titles until 31 July.  

Returns received after 31 July will not be credited.

To request credit authorisation for Jane Curry Publishing titles please email orders@tldistribution.com.au




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