Weekly Book Newsletter
22 July 2015

Randolph Stow’s ‘Tourmaline’ to be adapted for film

A film adaptation of Randolph Stow’s 1963 novel Tourmaline has received funding in the latest round of Screen Australia grants. Stow’s post-apocalyptic novel, which will... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Sandy Wagner Creative Agents has sold ANZ and foreign and translation rights to The Ties That Bind (Lexi Landsman) to Penguin Random House Australia. S&S... Read more

Quote of the week

‘The draft [National Program for Excellence in the Arts] guidelines—released earlier this month—do not seem to have been created with literature and publishing in mind. In... Read more

Maramenides leaves The Five Mile Press x

The Five Mile Press managing director Alexandra Maramenides has left the company, effective from 14 July. Maramenides was in the position since January 2010, having... Read more

More authors announced for Tasmanian Writers and Readers Festival

The Tasmanian Writers and Readers Festival has released a second line-up of authors to appear at its 2015 festival, which runs from 11-13 September in... Read more

Ubud Festival authors announced

The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF) has announced the first round of authors appearing in its 2015 program, which runs from 28 October to... Read more

Hockey to meet with states on GST threshold in August x

Federal treasurer Joe Hockey has told a small business summit that the government will look at making foreign retailers pay GST on imported goods worth... Read more

Educational Publishing Awards 2015 shortlists announced

The titles shortlisted for the Australian Publishers Association Educational Publishing Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Primary Education Student Resource:... Read more

#LoveOzYA campaign gathers momentum

A grassroots campaign to promote Australian YA books in a market dominated by US titles has been gathering momentum. Book blogger Danielle Binks told Books+Publishing... Read more

‘Go Set a Watchman’ one of the fastest-selling titles for Australian booksellers x

Australian booksellers have reported that early sales of Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman (William Heinemann) have made it one of their fastest-selling titles ever. Dymocks... Read more

Adelaide bookstore ‘raided’ over unwrapped ‘American Psycho’ copies

Police have ‘raided’ Imprints Booksellers in Adelaide for selling copies of the R18-classified American Psycho that were not plastic-wrapped, reports ABC News. Co-owner Jason Lake... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Colouring books continue to dominate the bestsellers charts for the week ending 11 July, although none of them enough to unseat Grey (E L James,... Read more

Lawrence wins Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal x

Anthony Lawrence has been awarded this year’s Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal at the Mildura Writers’ Festival in Victoria. The award, which is named after the... Read more

HarperCollins acquires rights to book by NZ ‘social media sensation’

HarperCollins has acquired world rights to Jamie’s World: They Let Me Write a Book! by New Zealand ‘social media sensation’ Jamie Curry. The publisher has... Read more

PANZ Book Design Awards 2015 winners announced

The winners of this year’s Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) Book Design Awards have been announced. Cardboard Cathedral (Andrew Barrie, Auckland University Press), designed... Read more

Black Inc. launches ‘online book club community’

Black Inc. has launched an ‘online book club community’ to promote Black Inc. and Nero titles to members of book clubs. ‘Read between the Wines’,... Read more

ABA launches upgraded bookshop events page

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has launched an upgraded bookshop events page on its website. ABA members can now add event information direct to the site,... Read more

HarperCollins launches agent portal in US

In the US, HarperCollins has launched an agent portal that will provide access to sales data, royalty statements and anti-piracy measures to agents representing HarperCollins... Read more

Survey highlights print book, ebook tax discrepancies

A report by the International Publishers Association (IPA) and the Federation of European Publishers has found only 22% of 79 surveyed nations—including Australia—apply the standard... Read more

Conakry, Guinea announced as World Book Capital City 2017

Conakry, the capital of Guinea, has been awarded the title of World Book Capital City 2017 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)... Read more

Publishing Scotland launches international fellowship program

Scotland’s publishing trade association Publishing Scotland has launched an international fellowship program to increase the exposure of Scottish books internationally and facilitate rights sales, reports... Read more

Impressive first-day sales for ‘Go Set a Watchman’ in UK and US

Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman (William Heinemann) has recorded impressive first-day sales in the UK and North America. In the UK, Penguin Random House... Read more

Stokes re-appointed chair of NLA Council x

Ryan Stokes has been re-appointed chair of the National Library of Australia Council for a second three-year term. Stokes, who was first appointed to the role in... Read more

International library news x

OverDrive expands into Japan OverDrive’s ebook lending service is now available in Japan’s public libraries, reports GoodEReader. Ryugasaki Public Library in Greater Tokyo was the... Read more

Queensland libraries launch ‘My first library card’ x

The Sunshine Coast Council in Queensland has launched a library card program for younger children, reports the Sunshine Coast Daily. ‘My first library card’, which... Read more

CAUL, ASA announce 2015 research fellowships x

The Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) and the Australian Society of Authors (ASA) have announced the recipients of this year’s CAUL-ASA Fellowship, which provides... Read more

David M Henley on the popularity of fantasy vs sci-fi x

Why is fantasy trumping science-fiction on the shelves? Sci-fi author David M Henley believes ‘technobabble, moralising and a high chance of crapness’ may be to... Read more

Gail Jones’ ‘A Guide to Berlin’ x

Gail Jones’ sixth novel, A Guide to Berlin, is named after a short story by Vladimir Nabokov and offers more than a nod to his... Read more

Peter Doherty’s ‘The Knowledge Wars’ x

‘How do we know anything?’ asks Peter Doherty at the start of his lucid and entertaining new book The Knowledge Wars. Doherty guides the reader... Read more

Peribo to distribute The History Press x

Publisher: The History PressISBN Prefix: 97807509, 978184165, 978184588Old Distributor: WoodslaneNew Distributor: PeriboChangeover Date:  22/07/2015

S&S marketing and publicity team changes x

Simon & Schuster key account manager Grainne Reidy has been promoted to deputy sales director, effective from 28 September. Senior marketing and publicity manager Carol Warwick... Read more

Maramenides leaves The Five Mile Press

The Five Mile Press managing director Alexandra Maramenides has left the company, effective from 14 July. Publisher Kay Scarlett has been appointed acting managing director.... Read more

Editors Victoria: Introduction to Structural Editing x

Editors Victoria is running the course ‘Introduction to Structural Editing’ with Susan Keogh on 29 August at CAE, 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne. Structural editing tends to... Read more

Editors Victoria: Introduction to Copyediting x

Editors Victoria is running the course ‘Introduction to Copyediting’ with Susan Keogh on 15 August at CAE, 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne. Finding and correcting spelling and... Read more

Society of Editors (NSW): Australian style: Directions 2015 x

The Society of Editors (NSW) Inc. will host an event on Australian style in the 21st century with professor emeritus Pam Peter on 4 August. The... Read more

Changes to Random House Distribution x

Effective Monday 3 August, all product distributed by Random House Distribution will be supplied under the banner of United Book Distributors (UBD). This means all... Read more

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