Weekly Book Newsletter
15 July 2015

Kibble and Dobbie Awards 2015 winners announced

The winners of the 2015 Kibble and Dobbie Literary Awards have been announced at a ceremony at the State Library of New South Wales. The... Read more

‘Drones and Phantoms’ wins ALS Gold Medal

Jennifer Maiden’s poetry collection Drones and Phantoms (Giramondo) has won the 2015 Australian Literature Society (ALS) Gold Medal.  Maiden’s book was chosen from a shortlist of... Read more

Marinov promoted to books manager at Leading Edge x

Leading Edge Books buyer and marketing manager Galina Marinov has been promoted to national group manager of the books division. Leading Edge Group general manager... Read more

Shaw joins Alex Adsett Publishing Services, announces sub-agenting services

Outgoing Readings books division manager Martin Shaw will join Alex Adsett Publishing Services this month. Shaw, who is moving to Germany, has joined the company... Read more

Fairfax to pre-publish ‘Go Set a Watchman’ first chapter in Australia

The first chapter of Harper Lee’s forthcoming novel Go Set a Watchman (William Heinemann) will be published by Fairfax websites this afternoon, reports the Sydney... Read more

Michaela McGuire appointed EWF festival director

The Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) has appointed author and Women of Letters founder Michaela McGuire as its new festival director and co-CEO, beginning on 20... Read more

Bray to head up Better Reading Kids

Book recommendation site Better Reading is launching a children’s offshoot, headed up by former Allen & Unwin (A&U) children’s book director Liz Bray. Better Reading Kids... Read more

Festival of Dangerous Ideas program launched

The annual Festival of Dangerous Ideas (FODI) has announced its 2015 program. Presented by the Sydney Opera House and the Ethics Centre, the festival invites... Read more

Hachette Australia cancels ‘Millennium’ tattoo promotion

Hachette Australia has cancelled a tattoo promotional campaign around the new ‘Millennium’ title, The Girl in the Spider’s Web (MacLehose Press), due to complaints that the stunt was... Read more

Your Bookshop closes two stores x

Sydney independent bookselling chain Your Bookshop has closed two of its stores. The Blacktown store, which was located at the Westpoint Shopping Centre, and the Top... Read more

Massey University Press appoints first publisher

Former Random House New Zealand publisher Nicola Legat has been appointed as the first publisher of Massey University Press, following the press’ launch in February... Read more

Joint winners announced for 2015 Ernest Scott Prize

Alan Atkinson’s The Europeans in Australia: Volume 3: Nation (UNSW Press) and Tom Brooking’s Richard Seddon, King of God’s Own: The Life and Times of... Read more

‘Radar Gunner’ wins Chief Minister’s NT History Book Award

Dick Dakeyne’s self-published book Radar Gunner has won the 2015 Chief Minister’s Northern Territory History Book Award. Radar Gunner tells of Dakeyne’s experience as a... Read more

NT Literary Awards 2015 finalists announced

The Northern Territory Library has announced the finalists for the Northern Territory (NT) Literary Awards. The 2015 finalists are: Short stories ‘Stranger in Paradise’ (Barbara... Read more

Australians among 2015 World Fantasy Awards finalists

Australian authors and publishers are among those nominated for the 2015 World Fantasy Awards, for works published in 2014. Kaaron Warren is a finalist in... Read more

Success for Australian self-published colouring books x

Australian small publisher Colourtation’s anti-stress colouring books have found success as one of the few locally authored and published adult colouring titles in the growing... Read more

Affirm signs 10-book deal with Oz press photographer x

Affirm Press has signed a 10-book deal with Australia press photographer Bruce Postle to publish a photography series reflecting on the past 50 years of... Read more

Eggleton wins Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal

Literacy consultant, teacher and author Jill Eggleton has won the Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal for ‘outstanding contribution to New Zealand children’s literature and literacy’. As... Read more

‘ABR’, Burdekin writers’ festival receive Arts Queensland funding

The Australian Book Review (ABR) and the Burdekin Readers and Writers Festival are among the recipients of Arts Queensland’s latest round of Projects and Programs... Read more

Creative Clunes awarded grant to travel to Paju Book City, South Korea x

Creative Victoria has awarded a $12,000 grant to Creative Clunes for a delegation to travel from Clunes in Victoria to Paju Book City in South... Read more

Melbourne’s ‘Readers’ Walk’ launches art installation featuring local authors

Readers Feast Bookstore, Kay Craddock Antiquarian Bookseller and the Melbourne Athenaeum Library, who form the ‘Readers’ Walk’ alliance, will launch the new art installation Hands... Read more

Quote of the week

‘Although there are some regular successes in terms of rights sales of Oz titles into various territories around the world, it’s haphazard, and there are... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—The Drummond Agency has sold German rights to The Trivia Man (Deborah O’Brien) in a pre-empt to Goldmann, via Annelie Geissler at Mohrbooks. Nonfiction—Black... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

E L James’ Grey (Arrow) is at the top of the Australian bestsellers chart for the third consecutive week, while the rest of the top... Read more

US authors call for antitrust investigation into Amazon

In the US, Authors United, a loose coalition who protested Amazon during its 2014 dispute with Hachette US, has asked members to sign a letter... Read more

Thriller Awards 2015 winners announced

International Thriller Writers (ITW) has announced the winners of the 2015 Thriller Awards. Winning titles include: The Fever (Megan Abbott, Picador) for Best Hardcover Novel; The... Read more

Authors Guild demands increased royalties from ebooks

In the US, the Authors Guild is asking publishers to pay authors a net royalty rate of up to 50% for ebooks as part of its... Read more

The Quarto Group creates direct-to-consumer website

London- and New York-based publisher the Quarto Group has launched a consumer-facing website called QuartoKnows, which will sell direct-to-consumer titles from August, reports the Bookseller.... Read more

Malala Yousafzai launches #BooksNotBullets campaign

Nobel laureate and activist Malala Yousafzai, author of I Am Malala (Weidenfeld & Nicolson), has launched the #BooksNotBullets campaign on social media to pressure world... Read more

Davies wins Frank O’Connor Short Story Award

Welsh author Carys Davies has won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award—the world’s richest prize for a short-story collection, reports the Guardian. Davies won... Read more

NZ to hold its first national bookshop day

Booksellers New Zealand will hold its first national bookshop day on Saturday 31 October 2015. NZ Bookshop Day, which aims to celebrate and publicise local... Read more

NLA and ANU to share digital access x

The National Library of Australia (NLA) and the Australian National University (ANU) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding enabling them to share digital access to... Read more

ALIA lobby group launches ‘cooking for copyright’ protest x

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) lobby group FAIR is holding a Cooking for Copyright Day on Friday 31 July to protest current copyright... Read more

NZ library to hold self-publishing workshops x

In New Zealand, Paraparaumu Library is running a series of self-publishing workshops for aspiring authors, reports Voxy. Beginning in July, the workshops cover a range... Read more

Return to Deltora: Emily Rodda on ‘Shadows of the Master’ x

Emily Rodda returns to the world of Deltora with a new heroine in Shadows of the Master (Scholastic, August), the first book of her new... Read more

Marinov promoted to books manager at Leading Edge x

Leading Edge Books buyer and marketing manager Galina Marinov has been promoted to national group manager of the books division. (See news.)

Shaw joins Alex Adsett Publishing Services x

Outgoing Readings books division manager Martin Shaw has been appointed literary agent at Alex Adsett Publishing Services. (See news.)

Staff changes at EWF x

The Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) has appointed Michaela McGuire as its new festival director and co-CEO, replacing outgoing festival director Sam Twyford-Moore. General manager Kate Callingham has... Read more

Bray joins Better Reading x

Former Allen & Unwin children’s book director Liz Bray has been appointed Better Reading’s children’s specialist, and will head up its new children’s offshoot Better Reading... Read more

Legat joins Massey University Press x

Former Random House New Zealand publisher Nicola Legat has been appointed as the first publisher of Massey University Press. (See news.)

Allan appointed assistant prize manager of Stella Prize x

Sophie Allan has been appointed assistant prize manager for the Stella Prize. Allan is a writer and the founding editor-in-chief of publisher Chart Collective.

Society of Editors (NSW): Ebook 201 for editors: Intermediate x

The Society of Editors (NSW) Inc. will present a one-day intermediate-level ebook workshop with Sarah J H Fletcher, on Friday, 7 August from 9:30 am to... Read more

Australian Society of Authors: Asher Literary Award 2015 x

Entries for the 2015 Asher Literary Award will close 30 July. The $12,000 biennial award is open to works by female authors that carry an... Read more

Society of Editors (NSW): Copy editing workshop x

Places are still available for the one-day copy editing workshop with Meryl Potter, presented by the Society of Editors (NSW). The workshop, which will run... Read more

Melbourne Prize for Literature 2015: Entries Close Next Week x

Entries close: Monday, July 20 at 5pm.

For an entry form please visit www.melbourneprize.org.

Prize pool over $100,000, open to Victorian residents only, all writing genres eligible.


Martin Shaw sub-agenting services

Martin Shaw is representing various Australian publishers at the Frankfurt Book Fair this year. Please get in touch with martin@thebooksdesk.com for further information.


Raintree Australia to Distribute Hungry Tomato Range x

Raintree Australia have been elected as the sole distributor for the new UK Publisher Hungry Tomato in Australia.

The Hungry Tomato range brings non-fiction to children through high interest, engaging, colourful and creative books. www.raintreeaust.com.au.




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