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

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

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

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 July 2015.

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.


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 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


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 in the fields of child and adolescent psychology. Rex Finch and Steve Biddulph have been working together for over 20 years, producing The New Manhood, Raising Boys and Raising Girls.


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 the FMP’s highly-skilled editorial and design teams to create a picture book for publication in 2017.

The inaugural winner, Lucinda Gifford, is having her book published in 2016.

Entries are open to unpublished Australian illustrators and close Monday 27 July. Details to come at www.fivemile.com.au or email illustratorprize@fivemile.com.au


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 by Toll IPEC instead of XL Express.

Customers wishing to utilise our returns freight solution via Toll IPEC should contact our Customer Service Team on 1800 331 015 or aftersales@unitedbookdistributors.com.au to be added to the list of authorised customers.


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 has been saddened by his death. It has been a privilege to work with Sir Peter on his brilliant memoir, The Dwarf Who Moved and other remarkable tales from a life in the law, and we know it meant a lot to the author that the book went on to become a best seller.

‘Peter had a great heart and a big soul,’ said HarperCollins NZ Publisher Finlay Macdonald. ‘It was what made him probably the greatest criminal lawyer of his generation, but also what connected him to people from every walk of life.’

Sir Peter’s last public appearance was at the Auckland Writers Festival in May, where the audience filled the main auditorium, and his sessions ended with a standing ovation. ‘That was a mark of the man he was,’ said Macdonald, ‘and we know our sorrow is shared by a great many other New Zealanders.’

The Dwarf Who Moved and other remarkable tales from a life in the law (ISBN: 9781775540472) is available from HarperCollins.


Hachette and Thames and Hudson Announce Ilex List Distribution Changes x

On behalf of:

  • Hachette Australia
  • Hachette New Zealand
  • Thames & Hudson Australia
  • Ilex


This is an important announcement regarding the transfer of Ilex titles to Hachette Australia (HA), and Hachette New Zealand (HNZ).

Following the acquisition of Ilex by Octopus Publishing Group, a division of Hachette UK, HA and HNZ will be taking on the sales, marketing and distribution of the Ilex list, with effect from 1 July 2015. The arrangements concerning the transfer are as follows:

  • There will be no physical transfer of stock as Thames & Hudson (TH), HA and HNZ all distribute from Alliance Distribution Services (ADS). As a result, stock will be available immediately during the first week of July 2015.
  • Outstanding back orders for customers, placed with TH, will be maintained by ADS, and supplied at Hachette terms, unless customers advise ADS that they wish backorders to be cancelled.
  • Returns of all Ilex titles invoiced by ADS prior to 1 July 2015 (i.e. on behalf of TH) will be authorised under the prevailing ADS/TH returns terms until 30 September and such authorised returns will be credited provided they are received at ADS in mint/resalable condition no later than 31 October. After this date, ADS cannot accept returns of books invoiced prior to 1 July 2015.
  • The Hachette teams in Australia and New Zealand will sell-in new titles from July publication onwards, and new titles invoiced from the July cycle onwards will be supplied at existing Hachette trading terms.


Ilex and Octopus UK would like to take this opportunity to thank the Thames & Hudson team for their commitment to the Ilex list.




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