Weekly Book Newsletter
24 June 2015

‘The Eye of the Sheep’ wins 2015 Miles Franklin Award

Sofie Laguna has won the 2015 Miles Franklin Literary Award for her novel The Eye of the Sheep (A&U). Laguna’s novel was chosen from a... Read more

NZ Book Trade Industry Awards 2015 winners announced

The winners of the 2015 New Zealand Book Trade Industry Awards were announced in Auckland on 21 June. The winners in each category are: Publisher... Read more

Senate to hold inquiry into Australia Council cuts

The federal senate will hold an inquiry into the impact of the funding cuts to the Australia Council in the 2015/16 federal budget. A motion... Read more

Site-blocking legislation passes senate

The federal senate has passed legislation that allows Australian publishers to apply to have sites hosting pirated content, including ebooks, films and TV series, blocked... Read more

Tuffield to leave Affirm Press x

Affirm Press has announced that publisher Aviva Tuffield has decided to leave the company. Affirm publisher and CEO Martin Hughes said in a statement: ‘We... Read more

Fairfax introduces direct links to Booktopia

Book reviews on Fairfax’s the Age and the Sydney Morning Herald websites now include links to buy books directly from online bookseller Booktopia. ‘While bricks-and-mortar bookshops are... Read more

Dymocks Hay Street to reopen

Dymocks’ flagship store in Perth will reopen in July. The Hay Street store, which closed on 14 June as its lease had come to an... Read more

New bookstore, writing workshop opens in Trentham x

A new bookstore has opened in the regional Victorian town of Trentham. Writer and teacher Brenda Glover opened Dr B’s Bookstore at the beginning of June.... Read more

Jones, Whittaker win 2015 black&write! fellowships

Jannali Jones and Alison Whittaker are the winners of the 2015 black&write! Indigenous Writing Fellowships. Each fellowship is worth $10,000 and includes publication by Magabala Books.... Read more

Uhlmann, Lewis adaptation to screen on Foxtel next year

A six-part miniseries based on the novels Marmalade Files and The Mandarin Code by Chris Uhlmann and Steve Lewis (HarperCollins) will screen next year on... Read more

Edmond wins Creative NZ Michael King Fellowship

New Zealand author Martin Edmond is the recipient of this year’s Creative New Zealand Michael King Writers’ Fellowship, worth NZ$100,000 (A$83,717). Edmond, who won the 2013 NZ... Read more

Bookstores shortlisted for online retail awards x

Several bookstores have been shortlisted for the 2015 Online Retail Industry Awards (ORIAS). Booktopia is a finalist in the Best Pure-Play Online Retailer and Best Online... Read more

Quote of the week

‘I’ve heard before that writers or artists, without being really conscious of it, we are really reflecting back to society the issues of the day’—Sofie... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—PRH Australia (Penguin) has sold Czech rights to The Country Practice (Meredith Appleyard). PRH Australia (Random House) has sold UK rights to The Infinite... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

A largely unchanged top 10 bestsellers chart this week is topped by The Mindfulness Colouring Book (Emma Farrarons, Boxtree), with Dork Diaries: Drama Queen (Rachel Renee... Read more

Harlequin launches reader rewards program

In the US and Canada, Harlequin has launched a new rewards program for its readers, reports the Bookseller. Readers who sign up to the Harlequin... Read more

PRH US selling books on Twitter

In the US, Penguin Random House (PRH) is a launch partner for a new direct purchasing initiative on Twitter, reports GoodEreader. The initiative allows readers... Read more

Sale of adult ebooks to be restricted until after 10pm in Germany

In Germany, a recent legal ruling has restricted the sale of ebooks with exclusively adult content to between 10pm and 6am local time, reports the... Read more

Landman, Grill win Carnegie, Greenaway medals

In the UK, Tanya Landman has won the Carnegie Medal for Buffalo Soldier (Walker Books) and debut author and illustrator Will Grill has won the... Read more

First-day UK sales of ‘Grey’ ‘record-breaking’

UK publisher Cornerstone has described first-day sales of E L James’ Grey as ‘record-breaking’ for an adult paperback in the UK, reports the Bookseller. The publisher... Read more

PRH, Amazon reach sales agreement

Penguin Random House (PRH) has signed new print and ebook sales agreements with in the US and the UK, reports the Bookseller. PRH was the... Read more

Oyster introduces feature to reduce ereading eyestrain

Ebook subscription service Oyster has introduced a new feature designed to reduce ereading eyestrain by adjusting a device’s screen to the light around it, reports... Read more

France named 2017 FBF guest of honour

France has been named as the guest of honour at the 2017 Frankfurt Book Fair (FBF), reports the Bookseller. This is the second time the... Read more

Jim Crace wins IMPAC Dublin award

British author Jim Crace has won the 2015 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for his novel Harvest (Picador). The €100,000 (A$205,140) award is presented annually... Read more

Sonja Dechian’s ‘An Astronaut’s Life’ x

An Astronaut’s Life is the debut short-story collection from ABC Radio producer and editor Sonja Dechian. Her book circles some big themes, namely our changing... Read more

Mudgee Readers’ Festival 2015 program announced

The Mudgee Readers’ Festival (MRF) in regional NSW has announced the program for its 2015 festival, to be held on 15 and 16 August. The line-up... Read more

NLA expanding obsolete computer, software collection

The National Library of Australia (NLA) is expanding its collection of obsolete computer equipment and software so it can access and preserve donations in outdated... Read more

World’s largest atlas on display at SLNSW

Earth Platinum, the world’s largest atlas, published by Australian publisher Millennium House in 2012, is on display at the State Library of NSW (SLNSW), reports... Read more

Condom vending machines installed in Melbourne library

Condom vending machines have been installed in the public toilets at Footscray Library in Melbourne, reports the Herald Sun. The library is the only council-owned... Read more

International library news

Canadian libraries protest high ebook prices Canadian library organisations have launched a joint protest against the high ebook prices being charged to libraries by major... Read more

Balancing at the precipice: Antonia Hayes on ‘Relativity’ x

Author Antonia Hayes has been a bookseller, book publicist and co-director of the National Young Writers’ Festival. Her debut novel Relativity (Viking) is a family drama... Read more

Tuffield to leave Affirm x

Affirm Press publisher Aviva Tuffield will leave the company ‘after current projects are finalised’. (See news.)

Society of Editors (NSW): Copy editing workshop x

The Society of Editors (NSW) Inc. will present a one-day copy editing workshop with Meryl Potter, on Tuesday, 21 July from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.... Read more

James Patterson bookseller grant: Applications close 30 June x

Applications for the James Patterson grant for Australian and New Zealand bookstores, totalling $100,000, will close 5pm Tuesday, 30 June. Applications should detail a project... Read more

Andrew Matthews’ ‘How Life Works’ Available from Seashell Publishers x

Andrew Matthews—author of Being Happy! and Follow Your Heart has a brand new bestseller: How Life Works:

 • already 44 weeks on the bestseller lists in Singapore and Malaysia, bestseller in the Philippines 
 • released in Australia this month with nationwide media

Seashell Publishers now handles the Australian distribution for all nine Andrew Matthews titles (formerly distributed by Capricorn Link and Woodslane).

To order, call Nicole on 0414 502 143 www.seashell.com.au


Expression of Interest Invited—Review of Aboriginal Studies Press’ Business Model x

Aboriginal Studies Press, the publishing arm of AIATSIS, the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, is inviting expressions of interest from people qualified and able to undertake a review of ASP’s operations. AIATSIS is currently reshaping its priorities and we want ASP to be well positioned to evolve with the rest of the organisation while maintaining its role as one of Australia’s leading Indigenous publishers. The review of ASP will feed into AIATSIS’s forward planning. An understanding of public sector and Indigenous publishing would be valuable.

Aboriginal Studies Press currently publishes a small list of academic and trade books (print and ebooks) in the multidisciplinary area of Australian Indigenous studies. Several books have won or been shortlisted for awards.

Work to be undertaken preferably at the beginning of the new financial year.

Please contact Rachel Ippoliti, Rachel.Ippoliti@aiatsis.gov.au, 02-6246-1131.


NewSouth Books to Distribute Berbay Publishing x

NewSouth Books are thrilled to announce they will represent Berbay Publishing from July 1. Berbay Publishing’s beautiful children’s picture books are unique and eclectic, cover topics that are poignant and imaginative and the artwork is simply stunning. Managing Director Alexandra Yatomi-Clarke says: ‘Berbay Publishing is delighted to join NewSouth Books as we see us as a great fit—alongside their wonderful boutique children’s list and fabulous team.’ Berbay Publishing’s new September titles are Bake Babushka rrp $24.95 (9780980671179) and It So Happens rrp $29.95 (9780994289506). To order, contact TLD Customer Service (E. orders@tldistribution.com.au, P. 02 87789999)


ETT Imprint Update for June x

To help celebrate 20 years of publishing Arthur Upfield, ETT Imprint has coproduced the first series of the BONEY TV series for live streaming on www.bonapartefilms.com and now has 33 books in print.

To help celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mary Gilmore, ETT Imprint will open the official Gilmore site for schools with audio, downloads and musical adaptions on www.marygilmore.org for the Estate, administered by the NSW Trustee and Guardian. 

After twenty years of publishing Judith Wright, ETT Imprint has withdrawn from publishing A Human Pattern and all rights to all poems in AHP move to HarperCollins management through their contract for Collected Poems. Publisher Tom Thompson thanks HCP staff for their help in promoting and protecting the copyright of our mutual author.


Lonely Planet Notice x

Lonely Planet will be implementing a new inventory management system in early July, while we anticipate a smooth transition some delays with dispatching of orders may occur. We ask for your patience during this testing period.


Simon & Schuster to Launch New Series by Bestselling ‘Dork Diaries’ Author Rachel Renée Russell x

The first book in Rachel Renée Russell’s new illustrated book series The Misadventures of Max Crumbly, will be published globally by Simon & Schuster in April 2016, and followed by a second book in 2017.

Russell is Australia’s 8th bestselling children’s author and her previous titles in the Dork Diaries series combined have sold almost 500,000 copies in Australia. The latest release Dork Diaries: Drama Queen is the 6th bestselling title in Australia this week.  




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