Weekly Book Newsletter
19 August 2015

‘Guardian’ Ubud Masterclass giveaway

The Guardian is taking its writing Masterclasses to the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival. The course is designed for aspiring authors who want to spend structured time... Read more

‘65-Storey Treehouse’ sets records for local bookstores x

The 65-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton (Pan), published on Wednesday 12 August, has broken sales records at Dymocks and Booktopia. Dymocks reported that The 65-Storey Treehouse is... Read more

Dymocks Glenelg wins top award at Dymocks national conference

Dymocks Glenelg in Adelaide has won the Chairman’s Award for Retail Excellence at this year’s Dymocks national conference, which was held in Surfers Paradise from... Read more

NSW Premier’s History Awards 2015 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2015 New South Wales Premier’s History Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Australian History Prize ($15,000)... Read more

People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year 2015 shortlist announced

The State Library of Queensland has announced the shortlist for the Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year award, as part of the 2015 Queensland... Read more

NZ Children’s Book Awards 2015 winners announced

The winners of the 2015 New Zealand Children’s Book Awards have been announced. The winning titles in each category are: Margaret Mahy Book of the... Read more

Inkerman & Blunt acquires five Nick Earls novellas

Melbourne-based small publisher Inkerman & Blunt has acquired five novellas by Nick Earls, to be published over five months beginning in June 2016. Publisher Donna... Read more

New writers’ and readers’ centre opens on the Gold Coast

A new writers’ and readers’ centre, Writers Activation, has opened on the Gold Coast. The centre is run by writer Helen Stubbs, who was awarded... Read more

Steed joins Margaret River Press x

Perth-based writer Laurie Steed has been appointed project manager at Margaret River Press. Steed will ‘set up a Margaret River Residency program, identify potential partners... Read more

Sadokierski replaces Ross as ABDA president

Designer and university lecturer Zoë Sadokierski has been appointed president of the Australian Book Designers Association (ABDA). Sadokierski replaces outgoing president Alex Ross in the role.... Read more

Bible Society acquires Koorong

Bible Society Australia has acquired Christian bookstore chain Koorong. The organisation, which translates, publishes, distributes and promotes the bible in Australia and internationally, takes over... Read more

‘Captains of the Soul’ named Australian Christian Book of the Year

Captains of the Soul: A History of Australian Army Chaplains by Michael Gladwin (Big Sky Publishing) has won this year’s Australian Christian Book of the... Read more

Colin Roderick Award 2015 shortlist announced

The finalists for the $10,000 Colin Roderick Award and H T Priestley Memorial Medal, administered by the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies at James Cook... Read more

Stella to launch schools program in NSW

The Stella Prize is launching its School Program in NSW on 9 September, with a free event in Sydney for teachers, librarians and students. The event,... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘I think the phenomenal success lies in the wow factor of Andy’s writing, he taps into a new generation of readers with each new book... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—PRH Australia (Random House) has sold North American rights to The Golden Age (Joan London) to Europa Editions; audio rights to The Waiting Room... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Colouring books show no sign of waning in popularity, taking up four of the top five spots in the top 10 chart this week. Millie... Read more

Random House Germany to replace hard DRM with digital watermarks

Random House Germany (Verlagsgruppe Random House) has announced it will switch from ‘hard’ DRM to ‘soft’ DRM, also known as digital watermarking, as of 1... Read more

Borghino appointed IPA secretary general

International Publishers Association (IPA) policy director José Borghino has been promoted to secretary general, replacing Jens Bammel in the position. Borghino was appointed policy director... Read more

Rahman, Benson win 2015 James Tait Black Prizes

In the UK, the winners of the James Tait Black Prizes for fiction and biography have been announced, with debut novelist Zia Haider Rahman winning... Read more

Small press titles dominate ‘Guardian’ First Book Award longlist

The longlist for this year’s £10,000 ($21,238) Guardian First Book Award has been announced. The longlist for the award, which is presented to the year’s... Read more

Harlequin boosts HarperCollins’ full-year sales results x

HarperCollins’ parent company News Corp has reported the publisher’s revenue and earnings rose in the fiscal year ending 30 June, reports Publishers Weekly. HarperCollins’ total global sales increased... Read more

Pearson sells the ‘Economist’

Pearson has sold its 50% stake in the Economist Group for £469m (A$992m) to focus on its ‘global education strategy’, reports the Bookseller. The sale,... Read more

New website for Fremantle Press

Fremantle Press has launched a new website, which includes dedicated sections for schools and book clubs. The site, which is customised for mobile phones, emphasises reader... Read more

SLV acquires ‘Alice in Wonderland’ first edition through crowdfunding x

The State Library of Victoria (SLV) has acquired a first edition of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland via a crowdfunding campaign that raised more... Read more

ALIA announces 2015 Excellence Awards x

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has announced the recipients of its 2015 Excellence Awards, which honour contributions to the library and information sector.... Read more

Architecture awards for Bankstown Library x

The Bankstown Library and Knowledge Centre in Sydney has won several awards at the 2015 NSW Architecture Awards, reports Architecture & Design. The library won... Read more

International library news x

Author denounces public library cuts at Edinburgh Festival Scottish author Ali Smith has criticised cuts to UK public libraries during her appearance at the Edinburgh... Read more

Identity crisis? Andrew Nette on the state of Australian crime fiction x

‘British crime has a strong tradition of the mystery. American crime also has a strong noir tradition that still exists today and is constantly being... Read more

Steed joins Margaret River Press x

Perth-based writer Laurie Steed has been appointed project manager at Margaret River Press. (See news.)

Sadokierski replaces Ross as ABDA president x

Designer and university lecturer Zoë Sadokierski has been appointed president of the Australian Book Designers Association (ABDA), replacing outgoing president Alex Ross. (See news.)

Borghino appointed IPA secretary general x

International Publishers Association (IPA) policy director José Borghino has been promoted to secretary general, replacing Jens Bammel. (See news.)

Room to Read World Change Challenge for Nepal: Call for donations x

Global non-profit Room to Read and children’s and YA author Tristan Bancks have created the 2015 World Change Challenge fundraising campaign to support literacy efforts... Read more

Affirm Press is heading to the Hills! x

To plant 800 trees. Does anyone from Melbourne publishing fancy joining us on Friday, 11 September? All welcome. Transport from South Melbourne, BBQ, beers and trees are on us. Contact stephanie@affirmpress.com.au if you’re interested.


‘Guardian’ Masterclass at Ubud Writers & Readers Festival

The Guardian is thrilled to be taking its masterclasses to Ubud Writers & Readers Festival. This festival attracts renowned international and Australian authors as well as enthusiastic audiences. The full program is launched soon, but the first release of writers and thinkers reveals names such as Nam Le, Moshin Hamid, Emily Bitto and Sofie Laguna.

The masterclass consists of structured time and lessons in the morning with Brigid Delaney, (Guardian features editor and author) with the afternoons and evenings free to enjoy the festival. The participants will be invited to exclusive VIP events such as the gala opening at Ubud Palace and a special dinner with festival guests hosted by Janet de Neefe, the director of the festival. Janet is well known for not only establishing this festival but for her cooking school and a special cooking class is included for our course participants.

The package includes accommodation in a large Balinese house shared with other like-minded souls, each having their own room to retreat to after a day of learning and festival activities. The lovely pool, garden and verandah will offer lots of nooks to write but also to sleep and read. It is a holiday after all!

This course will fill up fast so spread the word, tell your friends or book now for yourself! For more information and to book, click here.


Simon and Schuster Australia to commence Angry Robot sales and distribution September 1 2015 x

Simon and Schuster Australia Pty Ltd will commence distribution for Angry Robot titles (a division of Watkins Publishing UK) from 1 September 2015. Capricorn Link will continue to be responsible for sales until 31 August 2015.

Authorised returns for Capricorn Link titles need to be receipted into their warehouse by 30 November 2015. Returns to Simon and Schuster for stock sold by Capricorn Link will not be processed for credit and the stock will be returned at the customer’s expense.

Any backorders for active Angry Robot titles (aside from OP titles) accrued to 31 August 2015 will be transferred to Simon and Schuster Australia to supply.

All orders from September 1 2015 are to be directed to United Book Distributors.

Phone: 1800 338836
Fax: 03 8537 4497
Email: orders@unitedbookdistributors.com.au

If you have any questions please get in touch with your Simon and Schuster rep or contact Samuel Park on 02 9983 6623 or Samuel.park@simonandschuster.com.au.


ABC Books acquires debut picture book from Indie Award–winner David Hunt in two-book deal x

ABC Books is delighted to announce that it will publish the debut picture book from David Hunt, author of the award-winning and bestselling Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia. Publisher Chren Byng says, ‘The Nose Pixies is a charming and hilarious cautionary tale and we are overjoyed to be welcoming David to the ABC Children’s Books family.’

Award-winning illustrator Lucia Masciullo will lend her talents to the project, with publication slated for spring 2016. A second picture book will be published in 2017.




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