Weekly Book Newsletter
5 August 2015

Bookstores prepare for National Bookshop Day x

Preparations are underway for the fifth annual National Bookshop Day this Saturday 8 August, with stores around the country hosting events and promotions. Details about... Read more

The Stella Count: 2014 gender ratios in books pages revealed x

Books by male authors received on average 58% of coverage in Australia’s major newspapers and literary journals compared to 42% for books by female authors,... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Black Inc. has sold ANZ audio rights to Dietland (Sarai Walker) to Bolinda. Spinifex Press has sold Indian Tamil-language rights to My Sister Chaos... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Now in Australia there really is someone online who can take it to Amazon and the other international players’—Booktopia CEO Tony Nash on his company’s... Read more

Eye of the Storm festival details announced

The dates and some of the participating writers for the biennial Eye of the Storm festival in Alice Springs have been announced. The festival, which... Read more

RiP Kat Muscat

Kat Muscat, a Melbourne writer and former editor of the magazine Voiceworks, has died, aged 25. Adolfo Aranjuez, who was deputy editor of Voiceworks during... Read more

Property developer to sponsor NZ Book Awards

Auckland-based property developer Ockham Residential has taken over sponsorship of the New Zealand Book Awards. The announcement follows the withdrawal of previous sponsor the New Zealand... Read more

NT Literary Awards 2015 winners announced

The Northern Territory Library has announced the winners of the Northern Territory Literary Awards. The 2015 winners are: Short story ($1000) ‘It’s a Privilege to Live... Read more

Tasmanian Writers and Readers Festival announces full line-up

The Tasmanian Writers and Readers Festival has released the full program for its 2015 festival, which runs from 11-13 September in Hobart. Joining Don Watson,... Read more

Booktopia acquires Bookworld x

Booktopia has acquired online book retailer Bookworld, which operates bookworld.com.au and angusrobertson.com.au, from Penguin Random House (PRH). The acquisition brings together Australia’s two largest online... Read more

‘An Unsentimental Bloke’ wins National Biography Award

An Unsentimental Bloke: The Life and Work of C J Dennis by Philip Butterss (Wakefield Press) has won this year’s National Biography Award, presented by... Read more

The Stella Count: 2014 gender ratios in books pages revealed

Books by male authors received on average 58% of coverage in Australia’s major newspapers and literary journals compared to 42% for books by female authors,... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Colouring books have taken over this week’s charts, with seven of the top 10 spots occupied by colouring titles, the largest number so far this year. The three... Read more

‘The Big Issue’ announces 2015 fiction edition line-up

The Big Issue has announced the writers who will feature in its 11th annual fiction edition. The edition will feature stories from four commissioned writers:... Read more

‘SRB’ announces new editor

The Sydney Review of Books (SRB) has appointed Catriona Menzies-Pike as its new editor. Menzies-Pike is a former arts editor for the Conversation and managing... Read more

Book-to-screen adaptations pitched at Books at MIFF x

The ninth annual Books at MIFF (BaM) event, run by 37º South Market as part of the Melbourne International Film Festival, was held at the... Read more

Higgins wins 2015 Ray Koppe Young Writers’ Residency

Wollongong writer Chloe Higgins has won the Australian Society of Authors (ASA)’s 2015 Ray Koppe Young Writers’ Residency for her novella ‘Infomercials for Mixing Bowls... Read more

Musa allowed to re-enter 2015 ACT Book of the Year Award

Queanbeyan author Omar Musa will be allowed to re-enter his novel Here Come the Dogs (Hamish Hamilton) in the 2015 ACT Book of the Year... Read more

Big W closes ebookstore x

Discount department store Big W has closed its ebookstore. The ebookstore closed on 15 June. A Big W spokesperson told Books+Publishing the company ‘will look to... Read more

NZ author Smaill on Booker Prize longlist

New Zealand author Anna Smaill’s debut dystopian novel The Chimes (Sceptre) is one of 13 titles longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. The full longlist... Read more

Davitt Awards 2015 shortlists announced

Sisters in Crime has announced the shortlists for the 2015 Davitt Awards for the best crime books by Australian women. The shortlisted titles in each... Read more

James Patterson NZ bookshop grants announced

Four New Zealand bookshops have received grants of up to $5000 as part of James Patterson’s Australian and New Zealand bookshop grants. The recipients are:... Read more

RiP Hugh Stretton x

Australian author and social theorist Hugh Stretton has died, aged 91. Stretton was the author of several works on social theory and economics, including Australia... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction—Spinifex Press has sold Brazilian-Portuguese rights to Bibliodiversity: A Manifesto for Independent Publishing (Susan Hawthorne) to Libre Book Publisher and online magazines Opera Mundi... Read more

ABC Shops to close; bookstores, ABC in discussion over ABC Centres x

The ABC has announced it will close its ABC Shops to focus on its online store and ABC branded outlets in other retailers. The ABC has... Read more

Industry responds to Lantern cuts x

The Australian book industry has rejected reports that the Australian cookbook market is in decline following Penguin Random House’s announcement last week that its Lantern... Read more

Wilderness Society announces 2015 children’s book award winners

The winners of the 2015 Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children’s Literature have been announced. The winning books in each category are: Fiction Rescue on... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘It seems strange that, given our geographical nearness and many cultural similarities, there aren’t stronger links between Australian and New Zealand writers and readers’—New Zealand... Read more

SPN appoints new conference manager, announces 2015 conference dates x

The Small Press Network (SPN) has appointed Lefa Singleton Norton as its conference manager for the 2015 Independent Publishing Conference, to be held at the Wheeler Centre... Read more

James Patterson Oz bookshop grants announced

The Australian recipients of James Patterson’s Australian and New Zealand bookshop grants have been announced. In total, 70 bookstores received grants of up to $5000... Read more

Debut novel ‘The Lost Swimmer’ optioned for film

Film rights to Australian author Ann Turner’s debut thriller The Lost Swimmer (S&S) have been optioned by producer Sue Maslin from the production company Film... Read more

RiP Kat Muscat

Kat Muscat, a Melbourne writer and former editor of the magazine Voiceworks, has died, aged 25. Adolfo Aranjuez, who was deputy editor of Voiceworks during... Read more

RiP Hugh Stretton x

Australian author and social theorist Hugh Stretton has died, aged 91. Stretton was the author of several works on social theory and economics, including Australia... Read more

Japanese readers spend the most on ebooks

Japanese ebook users are spending the highest average amount of money on ebooks, according to a report released by online statistics portal Statista. Japanese ebook users will spend an estimated average of US$104.55(A$141.77)... Read more

US bookshop offering refunds for ‘Go Set a Watchman’

US independent bookstore Brilliant Books is offering refunds to customers who purchased Go Set a Watchman expecting a ‘nice summer novel’ rather than a ‘first... Read more

Harlequin UK to move to HarperCollins office, redundancies announced

In the UK, Harlequin will move into the HarperCollins office this month, with around 25 roles to go from the shared services team, reports the... Read more

HarperCollins Brasil launched

HarperCollins and its Brazilian partner Ediouro Group have launched HarperCollins Brasil, a subsidiary that will publish around 350 titles a year, reports Publishers Weekly. The... Read more

Penguin offers free extracts for London Underground passengers

Penguin is offering London Underground passengers free extracts of new books and author interviews during August as part of the publisher’s 80th birthday celebrations, reports... Read more

Report finds new media a key threat to the UK book market

A new report warns it is ‘extremely dangerous’ to see ebooks as the key disruptive force in the UK publishing industry, describing the growth of mobile... Read more

Amazon to create ebook marketplace for NYC schools x

In the US, the New York City department of education (DOE) is likely to approve a US$30m contract with Amazon to create an ebook marketplace... Read more

US fantasy writer launches publishing company

In the US, fantasy writer and game designer Ed Greenwood is launching a publishing company focussing on fantasy titles called The Ed Greenwood Group (TEGG),... Read more

UK survey finds only 1% illegally download ebooks

A survey by the UK government has found only 1% of internet users aged 12 and over illegally downloaded at least one ebook between March and... Read more

Curtis Brown twitter pitch day attracts more than 2000 pitches

In the UK, more than 2000 book projects were pitched online to literary agents Curtis Brown and Conville & Walsh as part of the first... Read more

International library news x

UK report finds decrease in children’s library attendance; librarians dispute findings In the UK, an annual survey of children’s cultural and sporting activities has found that... Read more

NSW library to loan out science resource kits x

Wagga Wagga City Library in NSW has partnered with the Riverina Science Hub to loan out science resource kits, reports the Daily Advertiser. The kits,... Read more

SLQ launches ‘Ideas Box’ for remote community x

The State Library of Queensland (SLQ) has created a portable ‘Ideas Box’ for the residents of Mapoon in Far North Queensland, reports the Brisbane Times.... Read more

Noosa library costs have more than doubled in eight years, says mayor x

According to Queensland’s Noosa Shire mayor Noel Playford, library service costs have more than doubled in eight years, from 7% of general rates ($1.8 million... Read more

NZ’s tiny libraries captured in BBC documentary x

A new BBC radio documentary tells the stories of New Zealand’s tiniest libraries, reports the New Zealand Herald. The Search for Tiny Libraries in New... Read more

International library news x

Google partnership to increase Birmingham Library’s opening hours In the UK, Google is moving its ‘Digital Garage’ training program into the Library of Birmingham, resulting... Read more

NZ library installs self-service facilities with Maori language option x

Palmerston North City Library in New Zealand has installed ‘smart serve desks’ that can operate in a variety of languages, including te reo Maori, reports... Read more

Mackay City Library to move to new premises x

Mackay City Library in North Queensland will be relocated to the top floor of the iconic ‘Dome’ building in the CBD after building owner David... Read more

Video created the publishing star x

A number of high-profile vloggers have recently announced book deals. Danielle Binks finds out whether the trend is taking off in Australia. Read her article... Read more

Publishing job ads in decline x

The publishing industry has seen a steady drop in job ads advertising in the Weekly Book Newsletter over the past few years, with publishers attributing... Read more

Shirley Barrett’s ‘Rush Oh!’ x

Screenwriter and director Shirley Barrett has mixed fact and fiction to tell the story of the whaling community of Eden in New South Wales in... Read more

Charlotte Wood’s ‘The Natural Way of Things’ x

The latest novel from the author of Animal People and Love and Hunger is a powerful story of misogyny and corporate control taken to disturbing... Read more

Footprint no longer distributing Monash University Publishing x

Publisher: Monash University Publishing ISBN prefixes: 978-1-922235, 978-1-921867Old Distributor: Footprint BooksNew Distributor: NewSouth Books (TL Distribution) Changeover date: 31/08/2015Returns cut-off: 30/11/2015

‘SRB’ announces new editor x

The Sydney Review of Books (SRB) has appointed Catriona Menzies-Pike as its new editor. (See news.)

Torney appointed SLV CEO x

The State Library of Victoria has appointed ABC news director Kate Torney as its new CEO. (See news.)

SPN appoints new staff x

The Small Press Network has appointed  Lefa Singleton Norton as its conference manager for the 2015 Independent Publishing Conference, and Hannah Cartmel as its membership manager. (See news.)

Society of Editors (NSW): Social media strategies for editors x

The Society of Editors (NSW) Inc. will run a one-day professional development workshop on social media campaigns with author and The Community Crew CEO Laurel... Read more

Hardie Grant Publishing to Publish Andrew McConnell ‘Supernormal’ Book x

Hardie Grant Publishing is pleased to announce it will publish Andrew McConnell’s next cookbook Supernormal, with recipes from the renown Melbourne restaurant alongside photographs from... Read more

Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Awards 2015 x

Writers, poets, graphic novelists: the Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Awards are open for submissions in five categories. This is your chance to win up to... Read more

Scribe Congratulates Chigozie Obioma x

Scribe is delighted to congratulate Chigozie Obioma, whose brilliant debut, The Fishermen (ISBN: 9781925106442; RRP: $29.99), has been longlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize.  Chigozie will... Read more

All Your Adult Colouring Needs at Hardie Grant Publishing x

Hardie Grant Publishing is Australia’s largest publisher of adult colouring books with the best-selling Decorative Designs (9781782433439) and Fabulous Flowers (9781782433422) overall numbers 4 and... Read more

Product Recall: Lonely Planet Israel & Palestinian Territories 8 (9781742208046) x

Due to printing issues Lonely Planet’s Israel & Palestinian Territories 8th edition (9781742208046), released for sale in July 2015, is recalled from sale effective immediately.... Read more

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