Weekly Book Newsletter
12 August 2015

‘Highest ever participation’ for National Bookshop Day x

The fifth annual National Bookshop Day on Saturday 8 August had the highest ever participation among stores, Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) CEO Joel Becker told... Read more
 

Record crowds, book sales at Byron Bay Writers Festival; Gillard memoir the bestseller x

The 19th Byron Bay Writers festival (BBWF), which ran from 7-9 August, has reported a record crowd and a ‘roaring trade’ at its bookstore. Festival director... Read more
 

Ned Kelly 2015 shortlists announced

The Australian Crime Writers Association (ACWA) has announced the shortlists for this year’s Ned Kelly Awards for crime writing. The shortlisted works in each category... Read more
 

Tasmanian Premier’s Literary Prizes 2015 longlists announced

The longlists for the Tasmanian Premier’s Literary Prizes have been announced. The biennial awards, previously known as the Tasmanian Literary Prizes, were rebranded in March.... Read more
 

Graphic novel publisher Twelve Panels Press to launch this month

Twelve Panels Press, a new graphic novel publisher based in Melbourne, will publish its first title in late August. The press was founded by Allen... Read more
 

Redgum launches Young Writers’ Award for children

Redgum Book Club has launched a Young Writers’ Award for children aged nine to 13, with the winning books to be published and distributed to bookstores... Read more
 

Walker Books announces partnership with Old Barn Books

Walker Books has announced a partnership with new UK publisher Old Barn Books, which will include Australian and New Zealand distribution of Old Barn Books’ children’s... Read more
 

Stead named NZ Poet Laureate

The National Library of New Zealand has named C K Stead as the 2015-17 New Zealand Poet Laureate. Stead, the author of numerous collections of poetry, short... Read more
 

LearningField re-signs OUP, CUP, Pearson

The Copyright Agency has re-signed Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press and Pearson to its etextbook subscription service LearningField for a further three years. The three publishers join a... Read more
 

Hachette, SA Writers Centre mentorships announced

The first South Australian Hachette Mentoring Program, offered in partnership with the SA Writers Centre, has been jointly awarded to Rose Hartley and Liana Skrzypczak.... Read more
 

Writers Victoria announces winners of its emerging writers prizes, fellowships

Writers Victoria has announced the 2015 winners of its Glenfern Fellowships and Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers Competition. Glenfern Fellowships were awarded to Audrey El-Osta... Read more
 

Quote of the week x

‘The rare newspaper articles are often scaremongering or derisory, accusing YA of being too dark for teenagers or mocking of adults who read YA’—Linda Morris... Read more
 

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Giramondo has sold US rights to A Million Windows (Gerald Murnane) to Black Sparrow Books. Acquisitions Fiction—Bolinda has acquired ANZ audio rights to Relativity... Read more
 

Bestsellers this week x

The Mindfulness Colouring Book (Emma Farrarons, Boxtree) has unseated Go Set a Watchman (Harper Lee, William Heinemann) to reclaim top spot on the bestsellers chart,... Read more
 

Elizabeth Jolley Prize 2015 shortlist announced

Australian Book Review has announced the shortlist for this year’s Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize, worth $8000. The shortlisted stories are: ‘Borges and I’ by... Read more
 

Russian publishing house misattributing Western journalists as book authors

A Russian publishing house has printed a number of books about Vladimir Putin listing prominent Western journalists as the authors, reports the Guardian. Authors Luke... Read more
 

Anger at Holocaust romance novel’s award listings

In the US, an influential romance blogger has criticised the Romance Writers of America (RWA) for shortlisting a novel at its annual awards about the relationship... Read more
 

New magazine to focus on international children’s literature

A new magazine focussing on international children’s literature will launch in 2016, reports Publishers Weekly. The Read Quarterly is co-founded by UK-based children’s book specialists,... Read more
 

Ereader ownership increases to 28% in the UK x

In the UK, the number of people who own an ereader has increased by four percentage points in the past year to reach 28% of the population,... Read more
 

Not the Booker Prize 2015 shortlist announced

The shortlist has been announced for this year’s Not the Booker Prize, which is run by the Guardian in the UK and voted on by... Read more
 

Amazon UK releases ebook bestseller charts over past five years

Amazon UK has announced its top-selling Kindle books over the past five years to mark five years since the Kindle store opened in the UK, reports... Read more
 

Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books 2015 shortlist announced

In the UK, the shortlist for the 2015 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books—the only major international prize that celebrates science-writing for a non-specialist... Read more
 

Over $100,000 in library fines to be written off due to data transfer error x

Four Adelaide councils plan to write off more than $100,000 in library debts due to an error in the data transfer to the state-wide One... Read more
 

Victoria’s Living Libraries Grants Program now open x

In Victoria, a new round of the Living Libraries Grants Program has been launched at the newly refurbished Mansfield Library, reports PSnews. Under the program,... Read more
 

International library news x

Harlequin audiobooks now available in US libraries Harlequin audiobooks are now available in US libraries via a new Harlequin Audio imprint, in conjunction with HarperAudio,... Read more
 

Gift ideas for Father’s Day x

With Father’s Day less than a month away, Tim Coronel rounds up some bookish gift ideas for dads. Read his feature online here.
 

Richards leaves Dymocks x

Dymocks marketing and loyalty program manager Elain Richards has left the company. Buying and digital manager Sophie Higgins, with support from assistant loyalty manager Paige Butchers, will... Read more
 

Editors Victoria: ‘Redact 2015’ registrations open x

Registrations are open for Redact 2015, a weekend intensive workshop for freelance and in-house editors with some experience run by Editors Victoria. Redact 2015 is... Read more

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