Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
27 May 2015

‘The Brothers Quibble’ to be read for National Simultaneous Storytime tomorrow; SBS creates audiobooks in multiple languages

The Brothers Quibble (Aaron Blabey, Viking) will be read by an estimated 450,000 children in more than 3000 schools across Australia at 11am (EST) on... Read more

Australia Council suspends, cuts programs following funding cuts

The Australia Council has cancelled its June grant round and suspended its six-year funding for organisations program, among other changes following $110m in funding cuts announced... Read more

Industry groups respond to Australia Council cuts

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) and the Small Press Network (SPN) have responded to the Australia Council’s decision to suspend and cut some of its programs, following funding... Read more

Pan Mac wins publisher and book of the year at 2015 ABIAs

The winners of the 2015 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) were announced in Sydney on 21 May. Pan Macmillan was one of the big winners... Read more

Record box office and book sales at SWF 2015; nonfiction titles dominate

The Sydney Writers’ Festival’s 2015 theme ‘How to Live’ has been a resounding success for both the box office and book sales. This year’s festival,... Read more

Celebrity books and global markets discussed at VIP industry forum

This year’s Sydney Writers’ Festival included the annual Visiting International Publishers (VIP) program, which offers Australian publishers the opportunity to meet with international publishers and... Read more

Australian Book Design Awards 2015 winners announced

The Australian Book Designers Association (ABDA) announced the winners for the 2015 Book Design Awards at an event in Sydney on 22 May. The winning... Read more

Harper wins 2015 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Unpublished Manuscript

Jane Harper has won the 2015 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript for her novel The Dry. The $15,000 award was presented at... Read more

Hachette, EWF launch Richell Prize for emerging writers

Hachette Australia has launched a $10,000 prize for emerging writers in memory of former CEO Matt Richell, who died in a surfing accident in 2014.... Read more

‘SMH’ 2015 Best Young Novelists announced x

The winners of this year’s Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) Best Young Australian Novelists Awards have been announced. The winners are:  Michael Mohammed Ahmad (The Tribe,... Read more

Copyright Agency Fellowships announced

The Copyright Agency has announced the recipients of its inaugural Publisher Fellowships to ‘conduct study or research into digital publishing, emerging business models and technologies’.... Read more

McCorkell wins 2015 Affirm Press Creative Writing Prize

Tobias McCorkell has won the 2015 Affirm Press Creative Writing Prize for an excerpt from his novel Barely Anything. McCorkell’s novel, a component of his... Read more

National Young Writers’ Month 2015 program launched

Express Media has launched the 2015 program for National Young Writers’ Month, its annual June event for young writers across Australia. This years’ program includes... Read more

Sampson wins 2015 Finch Memoir Prize

Alan Sampson has won the 2015 Finch Memoir Prize for his entry Schools of Fish. Sampson, a Queensland high-school principal renowned for ‘transforming weak schools into centres... Read more

Quote of the week

‘The cancellation of the June round of funding will have an immediate effect on the publishers of Australian literary titles, requiring the cancellation or postponement... Read more

Rights round-up

Sales Fiction—Fremantle Press has sold UK, US and European rights to The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt (Tracy Farr) and The Weaver Fish (Robert... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

The Girl on the Train (Paula Hawkins, Doubleday) is the number one bestseller in the top 10 chart this week, followed by last week’s number... Read more

Frankfurt Book Fair and IPR License form partnership x

The Frankfurt Book Fair (FBF) has announced it will take a minority shareholding in global rights and licensing trading platform IPR License Ltd. The ‘significant... Read more

PRH UK and Amazon in terms dispute

Penguin Random House (PRH) UK and Amazon are in dispute over terms, with a new contract currently under negotiation, reports the Bookseller. While neither company... Read more

Meek wins 2015 Orwell Prize

In the UK, James Meek has won the £3000 (A$5945) Orwell Prize for his book Private Island (Verso), which explores the phenomenon of privatisation in the UK,... Read more

Amazon fines publishers for late deliveries

In the UK, Amazon has started fining publishers for late deliveries of books to its warehouses, reports the Bookseller. The retailer has sent a letter... Read more

Harlequin Audio launched in the US

In the US, Harlequin has announced the launch of an audiobook imprint Harlequin Audio, reports Publishers Weekly. The imprint plans to release 200 audio titles... Read more

UK report finds more children enjoy reading but gender gap remains x

In the UK, a literacy survey has found that reading for enjoyment among young people has increased, but the gap between girls and boys in... Read more

Bloomsbury profit, revenue up

In the UK, Bloomsbury has reported slight growth in profit and revenue in the 12 months to the end of February, reports the Bookseller. The... Read more

Aaron Blabey’s ‘The Bad Guys: Episode 1’

Award-winning picture-book author Aaron Blabey turns his hand to junior chapter books with hilarious effect. Mr Wolf, one of the original bad guys from fairy... Read more

Dovey and London share NSW Premier’s People’s Choice Award

The Golden Age by Joan London (Vintage) and Only the Animals by Ceridwen Dovey (Hamish Hamilton) are the joint winners of the 2015 NSW Premier’s People’s Choice Award. The... Read more

ALIA reveals most borrowed books

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has announced Australia’s most borrowed library books for the first quarter of 2015 to mark the start of... Read more

International library news

Open access coalition attacks Elsevier A new hosting and sharing policy introduced in April by publisher Elsevier has been widely criticised by a global coalition... Read more

‘We Need Diverse Books’ in Australia x

A US-led campaign to address the lack of diversity in children’s literature has sparked long-overdue conversations in Australia, writes Danielle Binks. She looks at what local... Read more

Educational Publishing Awards Australia: 2015 nominations open

Nominations are now open for the 22nd annual Educational Publishing Awards Australia (EPAAs), celebrating excellence in Australian educational publishing. The deadline for nominations is 5pm... Read more

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


Australiana Plans from CoInfo x

As Australia’s only locally-based supplier, CoInfo prides itself on identifying, sourcing, and supplying our customers with the largest variety of Australian academic titles.

Components can include:

  • Australian authors, content, and contributors, even if located overseas, from an extensive range of publishers. 
  • Specialised plans, such as literary award winners, are a special feature of this service. 
  • Plans may be provided on an approval or blanket basis.
  • Suzanne Wood, our in-house Australiana specialist, has over 10 years of experience working with academic libraries in selecting Australian titles.
  • Processing takes place locally, where shelf-ready is required, ensuring quicker delivery to your library.


For more information on Australiana plans, please contact czeilinger@coinfo.com.au


Hachette Australia Congratulates Brooke Davis and Maxine Beneba Clarke x

Hachette Australia is thrilled to congratulate 2015 ABIA award winners Brooke Davis and Maxine Beneba Clarke. Brooke won The Matt Richell New Writer award and the General Fiction award for Lost & Found.  Maxine won the Literary Fiction award for Foreign Soil.  Well done Brooke and Maxine!

We also congratulate Maxine on being chosen as one of The Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Young Novelists for 2015.

To order copies of Lost & Found (ISBN: 9780733632754) and Foreign Soil (ISBN: 9780733632426) please contact Alliance Distribution Services customer service on toll-free fax 1800-664-477 or tel (02) 4390 1300.


HarperCollins Congratulates Australian Book Industry Award and Australian Book Design Award Winners x

The team at HarperCollins is thrilled to congratulate our wonderful ABIA and ABDA winners.

At Thursday night’s ABIA ceremony, Judith Rossell’s much-loved Withering-by-Sea (ABC Books, 9780733333002) was named Book of the Year for Older Children, and Anthony Doerr’s Pulitzer Prize­–winning novel, All the Light We Cannot See (Fourth Estate, 9780007548675), was named International Book of the Year.

The ABDAs followed on Friday, and Tara Moss and Matt Stanton took out the Best Designed Non-fiction Book category for their work on The Fictional Woman (HarperCollins, 9780732297893) and Jon Foye won the Best Designed Children’s Illustrated Book category for his work on Mike I Don’t Like (ABC Books, 9780733333262).

Congratulations Judith, Anthony, Tara, Matt and Jon!

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




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