Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
3 June 2015

Kibble and Dobbie Awards 2015 shortlists announced

The shortlists for this year’s Kibble and Dobbie Literary Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles for the $30,000 Kibble Literary Award, which recognises the... Read more

New Book Council to ‘promote books’, says Brandis x

The purpose of the proposed Book Council of Australia is to ‘promote books’ and is ‘about more than writers’, federal arts minister George Brandis has told... Read more

Diversity and teen engagement discussed at 2015 Reading Matters conference

International authors Laurie Halse Anderson, Sally Gardner, Priya Kuriyan and Sara Farizan were among the guests at this year’s Reading Matters conference, which ran from... Read more

Horton Books to close

Melbourne independent bookstore Horton Books will close at the end of July. The store, which is owned by John and Judy Horton, has been located on... Read more

VicArts grant recipients announced

Arts Victoria has announced its latest round of VicArts grant recipients. The program will provide $1.5 million in funding for 106 new creative projects by... Read more

Books for Cooks to relocate to Queen Vic Market

Melbourne culinary bookstore Books for Cooks has announced it will relocate to the Queen Victoria Market in mid-June. Books for Cooks owner Tim White said... Read more

Starr wins 2015 Text Prize

Author and teacher Kimberley Starr has won the 2015 Text Prize for YA and Children’s Writing for her manuscript The Book of Whispers. The winning... Read more

Wavesound to launch Australian audiobook imprint x

Audiobook publisher and distributor Wavesound will launch a new audiobook imprint for Australian titles on 1 July. Wavesound spokesperson James Woodman told Books+Publishing that the company is... Read more

Shortlist announced for 2015 Chief Minister’s Northern Territory History Book Award

The shortlist for the 2015 Chief Minister’s Northern Territory History Book Award has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Warning: The Story of Cyclone Tracy... Read more

Australian authors shortlisted for Dundee International Book Prize

Australian authors Melanie Napthine and Rashida Murphy have been shortlisted for the £10,000 (A$19,700) Dundee International Book Prize for an unpublished manuscript. Napthine was shortlisted for... Read more

New spec-fic imprint Fantastica launches, announces short novel prize x

A new speculative fiction imprint has been launched by the small press Xoum, publisher of Seizure and the Viva la Novella project. Publisher Thomas Wilson told... Read more

Snowprint to open second bookshop at Perisher Ski Resort

Snowprint Bookshop in NSW’s Snowy Mountains will open a second bookshop at the nearby Perisher Ski Resort over the winter. The bookshop, which opens on... Read more

Australian Children’s Laureate program calls for industry support to ‘secure future’

The Australian Children’s Laureate Alliance (ACLA) has launched a fundraising campaign to ‘secure the future of the program’. ‘We need the industry to support the... Read more

Wilderness Society announces 2015 children’s book award shortlists

The shortlists for the 2015 Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children’s Literature have been announced, including a new category for nonfiction titles. The shortlisted books... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘China is itself largely a self-contained, self-serving market, one that doesn’t need interaction with foreign or overseas publishers to survive’—Publishing Perspectives editor-in-chief Edward Nawotka reflects... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Black Inc. has sold US rights to Laurinda (Alice Pung) to Alfred A. Knopf. Children’s— Alex Adsett Publishing Services has sold Ruby Wishfingers (Deborah... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Johanna Basford’s Enchanted Forest (Laurence King Publishing) has re-entered the top 10 bestsellers chart to become this week’s number one bestseller, ahead of Basford’s other colouring... Read more

Lambda literary awards 2015 winners announced

The winners of the 2015 Lambda literary awards, also known as the ‘lammys’, have been announced. The awards celebrate achievement in lesbian, gay, bisexual and... Read more

New ‘Fifty Shades’ book due this month

E L James has announced that she will release a new version of her bestselling book Fifty Shades of Grey this month. Grey will retell... Read more

IMPAC Dublin Award seeks new sponsor

The €100,000 (A$143,452) International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award is looking for a new sponsor, reports the Irish Times. The prize was previously backed by a trust fund... Read more

US Indie bookstore numbers up for the sixth year in a row

In the US, the American Booksellers Association (ABA) has recorded an increase in independent bookstore members for the sixth year in a row, reports Publishers Weekly. Speaking... Read more

Hachette US, James Patterson launch children’s imprint

Hachette US and author James Patterson have launched a new children’s imprint called Jimmy Patterson, reports the Bookseller. The imprint, which was announced at Book... Read more

Kobo, American Booksellers Association announce new ‘incentive program’

In the US, Kobo and the American Booksellers Association (ABA) have partnered on a new ‘eRead Local’ program to run for 100 days this summer,... Read more

Amazon to pay tax on UK sales

Amazon has started booking its UK retail sales through the UK, which means its profits will be taxed by HM Revenue and Customs, reports the... Read more

Erpenbeck wins 2015 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize

German author Jenny Erpenback has won the 2015 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for The End of Days (translated by Susan Bernofsky, Portobello Books), reports the... Read more

Catherine De Saint Phalle’s ‘On Brunswick Ground’

Catherine De Saint Phalle’s novel takes Jill Meagher’s rape and murder in 2012 as the basis for a meditation on grief. The story follows five... Read more

Louis de Bernières to give MWF 2015 opening address

Louis de Bernières, author of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (Vintage) and Red Dog (Vintage), will deliver the opening night address at the 2015 Melbourne Writers Festival... Read more

SA State Library partners with China’s Shandong Library

The State Library of South Australia (SLSA) and Shandong Province Library in China have signed an agreement to ‘strengthen exchanges and cooperation, through sharing cultural... Read more

Public Libraries of New Zealand receives NZ$160,000 funding for coding workshops x

Public Libraries of New Zealand (PLNZ) has received NZ$160,000 (A$147,000) from the Unlocking Curious Minds (UCM) fund to deliver coding workshops in libraries, the organisation announced... Read more

International library news

Vinyl record library opens in Seoul In the South Korean capital Seoul, credit card company Hyundai Card has opened a library with more than 10,000... Read more

On the virtual road: The pros and cons of blog tours x

Blog tours offer authors the opportunity to promote their books from the comfort of their homes, gaining greater exposure, if not necessarily sales. Andrea Hanke spoke... Read more

Staff changes at the Stella Prize x

Stella Prize assistant manager Veronica Sullivan will take on the role of prize manager for a year to cover Megan Quinlan’s maternity leave. (See classified.)

Voss Literary Prize: Call for Nominations x

The Australian University Heads of English and the estate of Vivian Robert de Vaux Voss are pleased to call for nominations to the second annual Voss Literary Prize. The prize, for the best novel published in Australia in 2014, carries a significant cash prize and will be presented at the AUHE AGM in November 2015. A nomination form and details of entry can be found at vossliteraryprize.com. Entries must be received by COB, 3 July 2015.


Staff changes at the Stella Prize x

At the Stella Prize, Veronica Sullivan has stepped up from Assistant Manager into the role of Stella Prize Manager for a year from 1 June 2015 to cover Megan Quinlan’s maternity leave. The Stella Prize wishes Megan all the best with her new baby and congratulates Veronica on her promotion. A new Assistant Manager will be announced shortly.




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