Weekly Book Newsletter
17 June 2015

Australia Council March grants announced; 38 literature projects funded

The Australia Council has announced the recipients of its March grants round, including funding for 38 literature projects, worth a total of $1,350,991. The funding... Read more
 

‘Rivertime’ wins 2015 Readings Children’s Book Prize

Rivertime by Trace Balla (A&U) has won the 2015 Readings Children’s Book Prize. The book was chosen from a shortlist of six. Also on the... Read more
 

Byron Bay Writers’ Festival launches 2015 program

The Byron Bay Writers’ Festival has launched its 2015 program. International guests include English Pakistaki author Tariq Ali, US author David Vann and debut Nigerian... Read more
 

LIANZA Children’s Book Awards 2015 winners announced

The winners of the 2015 Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) Children’s Book Awards have been announced. The winning titles are: Russell Clark Illustration... Read more
 

PwC report predicts drop in consumer print books; overall market growth by 2019 x

A new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) predicts the consumer and educational books market in Australia will grow from $1.95bn in 2014 to $2.16bn in 2019,... Read more
 

New organisation to support women in the literary industry

A new organisation to support women working in the literary industry has been launched. Women in Literary Arts Australia (WILAA) was founded by writer and... Read more
 

Jonathan Green appointed ‘Meanjin’ editor

Broadcaster and journalist Jonathan Green has been appointed editor of the literary journal Meanjin from 1 July. In February former Monthly editor John van Tiggelen was appointed... Read more
 

 

Muse bookstore, café and wine bar to open in Canberra x

A new bookstore, café and wine bar will open in Canberra in August. Muse, which is co-owned by Daniel Sanderson and his husband Paul Eldon, will... Read more
 

Te Papa Press to continue publishing during museum’s redevelopment

Te Papa Museum in Wellington, New Zealand, has announced Te Papa Press will continue publishing books during the museum’s redevelopment. As previously reported by Books+Publishing,... Read more
 

PANZ Book Design Awards 2015 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) Book Design Awards, including the PANZ Young Designer of the Year Award, have been announced.... Read more
 

ASA Writers’ Congress speakers announced

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has announced some of the speakers for its National Writers’ Congress, to be held on 11-12 September at Luna... Read more
 

Robotham longlisted for CWA Gold Dagger

Life or Death by Australian author Michael Robotham (Sphere) has been longlisted for the 2015 Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Gold Dagger award for best crime... Read more
 

Quote of the week x

‘It is vital to have a seat at the big table—grass roots organic growth is not possible in a world driven by head office accounts’—publisher... Read more
 

Rights round-up x

Sales Children’s—Scholastic has sold Canadian English- and French-language rights to Our Love Grows (Anna Pignataro) and Thelma the Unicorn (Aaron Blabey); and Australian English-language audio... Read more
 

Bestsellers this week x

This week’s bestsellers charts sees The Mindfulness Colouring Book (Emma Farrarons, Boxtree) climb to number one in the top 10, followed by The Girl on the Train... Read more
 

Inaugural Mildura Indigenous Writers Award announced

The Mildura Writers Festival and PEN Melbourne have launched the inaugural Mildura Indigenous Writers Award, with support from the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund. The Mildura Indigenous... Read more
 

Amazon to pay self-published authors ‘per-page-read’

Amazon will pay self-published authors in its Kindle Unlimited and Kindle Owners Lending Library on a new pay-per-page-read model from 1 July, reports Publishers Weekly.... Read more
 

Fenton wins PEN/Pinter Prize

British poet James Fenton has won the 2015 PEN/Pinter Prize, reports the Bookseller. The award, established by English PEN in memory of Nobel-Laureate playwright Harold... Read more
 

Spurling wins Walter Scott Prize

British author John Spurling has won the £25,000 (A$50,217) Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction for The Ten Thousand Things (Duckworth), reports the Bookseller. The... Read more
 

UK indie press to publish only women writers in 2018

UK independent publisher And Other Stories will only publish books by women writers in 2018 following author Kamila Shamsie’s call for publishers to help redress the gender... Read more
 

US publishers report 4.6% sales growth in 2014

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) has reported that US book sales increased by 4.6% in 2014 compared to the previous year, reports Publishers Weekly. The... Read more
 

European Commission to investigate Amazon ebook practices

The European Commission (EC) has opened a formal investigation into Amazon’s ebook practices, reports the Bookseller. The EC said it will focus on clauses ‘which... Read more
 

Free WiFi, non-traditional services boost NSW public library usage

NSW public library usage is at an all-time high thanks to free WiFi and ‘non-traditional library services’, according to statistics provided by local councils for... Read more
 

NSW State Library awards announced

The recipients of the Honours of the Library Council of NSW have been announced at an awards ceremony at the State Library of NSW. Established... Read more
 

SLV wins top international design award

The State Library of Victoria (SLV) has taken out the award for ‘overall service design in public sector services’ in the international Good Design Awards,... Read more
 

Boer War records stolen from State Library of South Australia

Security is being upgraded at the State Library of South Australia after the disappearance of more than 150 Boer War papers, diaries and artefacts, reports... Read more
 

International library news

Ferguson wins US ‘Library of the Year’ In the US, the Ferguson Municipal Public Library (FMPL) in Missouri has been voted the Gale/Library Journal ‘Library of... Read more
 

David and Goliath: Jane Curry on distribution challenges for small publishers

Jane Curry Publishing recently rebranded as Ventura Press and partnered with Simon & Schuster Australia for sales and distribution. Managing director Jane Curry explains how small... Read more
 

Stephanie Bishop’s ‘The Other Side of the World’ x

Set in the 1960s, The Other Side of the World centres on couple Charlotte and Henry as they struggle with their new identities as a... Read more
 

Dean to leave UQP

UQP marketing coordinator Jessica Dean is relocating back to the UK at the start of August for family reasons.
 

Green appointed ‘Meanjin’ editor

Broadcaster and journalist Jonathan Green has been appointed editor of literary journal Meanjin, from 1 July. (See news.)   
 

CBCA Book of the Year Awards 2016: Entries open x

Publishers are advised that entries are open for the 2016 CBCA Book of the Year Awards. Publishers are urged to send their new children’s books... Read more

Walkley Book Award 2015: First round entries close 3 July x

Entries are open for the 2015 Walkley Book Award, which acknowledges the work produced by an Australian journalist or writer, published from 1 September 2014 to 31... Read more

Pascal Press Price Increase x

Beginning Wednesday 1 July 2015, Pascal Press will enact a price increase across a selection of titles. Accordingly, orders received after 1st July will be... Read more

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