Weekly Book Newsletter
11 June 2015

Authors, publishers recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Australian authors and members of the publishing industry were among those recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours. Peter Coleman has been made an Officer... Read more
 

New Zealand Children’s Book Awards 2015 finalists announced

The finalists for the 2015 New Zealand Children’s Book Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Picture books Construction (Sally Sutton... Read more
 

Davitt Awards 2015 longlists announced

Sisters in Crime has announced the longlists for the 2015 Davitt Awards for the best crime books by Australian women. There are 96 titles longlisted,... Read more
 

Suckling appointed Copyright Agency CEO

The Copyright Agency has appointed Adam Suckling as its new CEO. Suckling replaces outgoing CEO Murray St Leger, who announced in March he would be... Read more
 

BWF releases 2015 schools program

Brisbane Writers Festival (BWF) has released its 2015 Word Play program, designed for students from prep to year 12. The program, which runs from 2-4... Read more
 

HarperCollins launches daily ebook deal newsletter x

HarperCollins Australia has launched a new daily ebook deal newsletter, offering up to 80% off selected ebook titles. BookBliss subscribers will receive a daily notification... Read more
 

Huber appointed head book buyer at Readings Carlton x

Readings has appointed Alison Huber as the new head buyer of the books division at Readings Carlton. Huber, the current academic buyer at Readings Carlton,... Read more
 

Dymocks’ flagship Perth store to close

Dymocks’ flagship store in Perth will close its doors on Sunday 14 June. ‘It is with deep sorrow that after almost 25 years we have to... Read more
 

Aboriginal Studies Press releases resource for Indigenous publishing

Aboriginal Studies Press (ASP) has released a free resource to assist publishers working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander authors or material about their histories... Read more
 

NGV to host children’s book illustrations exhibition

The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) will host an exhibition of more than 80 large-scale works by Australian book illustrators at the Ian Potter Centre at... Read more
 

Ernest Scott Prize 2015 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2015 Ernest Scott Prize for history, presented by the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Arts, has been announced. The shortlisted titles... Read more
 

Krien wins British Sports Book New Writer Award

Anna Krien has won the Cross British Sports Book ‘New Writer of the Year’ Award for her book Night Games: Sex, Power and a Journey... Read more
 

The Co-op named Multichannel Retailer of the Year x

The Co-op has been named Multichannel Retailer of the year at the 2015 National Retail Association (NRA) Rewards for Excellence awards. The awards, which ‘recognise... Read more
 

Quote of the week x

‘Any publisher willing to print a book that isn’t easy to market, or to keep books that sell modestly but steadily in print, is bucking... Read more
 

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Black Inc. has sold US rights to Laurinda (Alice Pung) to Alfred A. Knopf. Fremantle Press has sold Spanish rights to Prime Cut (Alan... Read more
 

Bestsellers this week x

Four new releases have entered the top 10 bestsellers in their first week, with Matthew Reilly’s Troll Mountain (Macmillan) taking top spot in both the... Read more
 

2015 PEN awards for debut fiction, emerging nonfiction announced

In the US, PEN America has announced the second round of winners for the 2015 PEN Literary Awards. Following the announcement of the majority of... Read more
 

German bricks-and-mortar booksellers gain market share in 2014; 2.2% drop in overall sales

The German book trade association Börsenverein has released figures on the performance of the German book market in 2014, reporting a 2.2% fall in overall... Read more
 

Herrera named US Poet Laureate

In the US, the Library of Congress has named Juan Felipe Herrera as the country’s next Poet Laureate, reports the New York Times. Herrera, who was Poet... Read more
 

Chris Riddell named UK Children’s Laureate

In the UK, children’s author and illustrator Chris Riddell has been appointed the ninth Waterstones Children’s Laureate, taking over from outgoing Laureate Malorie Blackman, who... Read more
 

‘The Bookseller’ announces 2015 ‘rising stars’ list

UK book trade publication the Bookseller has announced its fifth annual list of ‘up-and-comers and leaders of the future in the book trade’. The list... Read more
 

UK ebook market share drops slightly in 2015

In the UK, ebook market share has decreased slightly in the first quarter of 2015, reports the Bookseller. A report from Nielsen Book Research found... Read more
 

Nebula Awards 2014 winners announced

In the US, the winners of the 2014 Nebula Awards have been announced. Best Novel was awarded to Annihilation (Jeff VanderMeer, Fourth Estate); Best Novella... Read more
 

Jacqueline Woodson named US Young People’s Poet Laureate

In the US, Jacqueline Woodson has been selected as the new Young People’s Poet Laureate and will succeed current laureate Kenn Nesbitt., reports Publishers Weekly.... Read more
 

UK High Court blocks ebook pirate sites; report on Australian site-blocking legislation due next week

In the UK, the High Court has ordered internet service providers (ISPs) to block seven websites that hold a combined 10 million ebook titles in... Read more
 

Nielsen to track festival book sales

In the UK, Nielsen is developing a ‘festival sales measurement’ to record book sales from the Hay and Edinburgh literary festivals in its bestseller charts,... Read more
 

Smith wins 2015 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction

Scottish author Ali Smith has won the 2015 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction for her novel How to be Both (Penguin). Smith’s book was chosen... Read more
 

Library professionals recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Several Australian library professionals were among those recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours. Valmai Hankel was made Member (AM) in the General Division of... Read more
 

International library news x

UK elending pilot finds ebooks account for less than 5% of library loans In the UK, a 12-month pilot program into remote elending from urban... Read more
 

She sells by the seashore: Meet Annie Grossman from Annie’s Books on Peregian x

‘I have lasted six-and-a-half years after opening in the thick of the GFC, and not just lasted, but grown. I have been accepted enthusiastically by... Read more
 

Honey Brown’s ‘Six Degrees’ x

Critically acclaimed author Honey Brown takes an unexpected turn from crime fiction with Six Degrees, an anthology that perfectly captures the essence of rural romance.... Read more
 

Huber appointed Readings Carlton head books buyer

Readings Carlton academic buyer Alison Huber has been appointed head buyer of the books division at Readings Carlton. Huber replaces Martin Shaw in the role.... Read more
 

Copyright Agency appoints Suckling as CEO

News Corp director of policy, corporate affairs and community relations Adam Suckling has replaced Murray St Leger as CEO of the Copyright Agency. (See news.)
 

2015 Eminent Writer-in-Residence program: Open for applications x

Applications for the 2015 Eminent Writer-in-Residence program are now open to Australian writers working in any form or genre. The program provides a $5000 stipend,... Read more

Entries Now Open for Melbourne Prize for Literature x

Entries in the Melbourne Prize for Literature 2015, Best Writing Award 2015 and the new Writers Prize 2015 are now open – to close 20... Read more

Final Call for Queensland Literary Awards Nominations x

Nominations for the 2015 Queensland Literary Awards close 19 June. Award categories: Queensland Premier’s Award for a work of State Significance The University of Queensland... Read more

Finch Publishing Congratulates Steve Biddulph x

Finch Publishing congratulates author Steve Biddulph, AM on his much deserved recognition in the Queen’s birthday Honours List for his service to community health, particularly... Read more

Entries Open for The Five Mile Press Illustrator Prize x

Applications for The Five Mile Press Illustrator Prize are now open with the winner receiving a $4000 publishing contract and the chance to work with... Read more

UBD Returns to be Handled by Toll IPEC from 1 July 2015 x

Following last year’s review of the core parcel transport services for Penguin Random House, from Wednesday 1 July 2015, UBD returns will also be handled... Read more

HarperCollins Farewells Sir Peter Williams QC x

HarperCollins Publishers New Zealand extends its sympathy to family of Sir Peter Williams QC, and particularly to his wife Lady Heeni. Everyone at the company... Read more

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