Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
2 September 2015

Indigenous Literacy Day today

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) is staging its ninth Indigenous Literacy Day today (Wednesday 2 September) to raise money for Indigenous literacy. A number of booksellers... Read more

Dempster reports MWF 2015 the biggest yet; Griffiths, Lewis top the bestsellers x

Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) CEO and artistic director Lisa Dempster has reported this year’s festival had the highest attendance on record. Dempster told Books+Publishing final... Read more

Melbourne Prize for Literature finalists announced

The finalists for this year’s Melbourne Prize for Literature, the Best Writing Award and the Writers Prize have been announced. The finalists for the $60,000... Read more

Romance goes mainstream at RWA conference 2015 x

The Romance Writers of Australia (RWA) conference, which was held from 21-23 August at the Park Hyatt in Melbourne, attracted over 400 attendees, the largest... Read more

Robinsons to open seventh store, new warehouse x

Independent bookselling chain Robinsons Bookshop will open a new store at Eastland shopping centre in the Melbourne suburb of Ringwood in November. Co-owner Susanne Horman... Read more

Davitt Awards 2015 winners announced

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

2015 Sidney Myer Creative Fellows Announced

Writers Alexis Wright, Courtney Collins and Marieke Hardy are among 10 artists to be awarded 2015 Sidney Myer Creative Fellowships, each worth $160,000 over two... Read more

Higgins appointed Dymocks head of merchandise and marketing

Dymocks national buying and digital manager Sophie Higgins has been appointed to the newly created role of head of merchandise and marketing. The change comes... Read more

Australian publisher of ‘Fifty Shades’ ordered to set aside $14.9m in lawsuit over royalties

A Texas judge has ordered Australian Amanda Hayward set aside US$10.7m (A$14.9m) for American Jennifer Lynn Pedroza, her former partner in The Writer’s Coffee Shop (TWCS), the original publisher of the... Read more

‘Tomorrow, When the War Began’ TV adaptation cast announced

The cast has been announced for the TV adaption of John Marsden’s ‘Tomorrow, When the War Began’ series, with shooting to begin in and around... Read more

‘Jasper Jones’ filming to begin in October

The director and initial cast of the film adaptation of Jasper Jones (Craig Silvey, A&U) has been announced, with filming set to begin in the... Read more

Fremantle Press titles to feature in Southwest airlines, Kobo promotion x

Two Fremantle Press titles will feature in a US program run by Kobo and Southwest Airlines offering free in-flight reading to Southwest passengers. Children’s book... Read more

FNAWN, Australia Council to showcase Indigenous authors at US book festival

The First Nations Australia Writers’ Network (FNAWN) will next week take a delegation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers to showcase their work at... Read more

Brotherhood of St Laurence announces new $12,500 short story prize x

The Brotherhood of St Laurence has announced a new short story prize with a $12,500 prize pool, supported by Simon & Schuster and Readings. The... Read more

Collins to sponsor Melbourne literary readings x

Collins Booksellers has partnered with the bi-monthly SHORTS@45 literary readings at the fortyfivedownstairs arts venue in Melbourne. Collins marketing and communications officer Cosima McGrath told... Read more

Barnes wins 2015 Thomas Shapcott Prize

Poet and editor Stuart Barnes has won the 2015 Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize for his manuscript The Staysails. Barnes receives $3000 and a publication contract... Read more

Gleeson awarded CBCA Nan Chauncy Award

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has presented author Libby Gleeson the 2015 Nan Chauncy Award for her work in Australian children’s literature. The... Read more

Nonfiction festival Word for Word program announced

The program for the second annual Word for Word Festival, to be held at Deakin University’s Waterfront campus in Geelong from 11-13 September, has been... Read more

NYWF 2015 program announced

The program for the National Young Writers’ Festival (NYWF), which will run in Newcastle, NSW, from 1-4 October, has been announced.  The festival will include more than 100 speakers for more than... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Lyn Tranter at Australian Literary management has sold US rights to Claiming Noah (Amanda Ortlepp, S&S) to Center Press in the US. Text has... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

The 65-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths, illus by Terry Denton, Pan) spends a second week at the top of the overall bestsellers chart, with enthusiasm for... Read more

US publishers take part in staff diversity survey

In the US, more than 30 publishing houses, including Macmillan, Abrams, Lerner, Bloomsbury, and Chronicle have agreed to take part in the ‘Diversity Baseline’ survey,... Read more

Bertelsmann open to raising stake in PRH; releases half-year results for 2015

Bertelsmann CEO Thomas Rabe has said the German media company could consider raising its stake in Penguin Random House (PRH), reports Reuters. Speaking to reporters... Read more

German bookseller alliance launches ebook bestseller chart

The German bookseller alliance Tolino has introduced an ebook bestseller list, with data received from all alliance member stores, reports Publishing Perspectives. The list tracks... Read more

Amazon ebook deal with NYC schools postponed

In the US, New York City education officials have delayed a US$30m ($A41.7m) deal with Amazon for the company to provide students with ebooks after advocates... Read more

Amazon UK releases first consumer report; Hawkins tops 2015 ebooks chart

In the UK, Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on The Train (Transworld Digital) is the bestselling Kindle ebook of the year to date, with Amazon revealing... Read more

Quote of the week

‘Most of all, I witnessed a fierce determination to nurture and support their kids through reading and education, something often missing from the news coverage about indigenous communities we see in the media,’—Hachette Australia co-managing director Louise Sherwin-Stark reflects on her trip to the Tiwi Islands with the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.


RiP Oliver Sacks x

English-born author and neurologist Oliver Sacks has died, aged 82. Sacks was the acclaimed author of the best-selling The Man Who Mistook His Wife for... Read more

RiP Wayne Dyer x

US self-help author and speaker Wayne Dyer has died, aged 75. Dyer was a prolific author of self-help books, including the best-selling 1976 title Your Erroneous Zones... Read more

Recipients of CLNZ/NZSA Research Grants announced

Copyright Licensing New Zealand (CLNZ) and the New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) have announced the four recipients of the 2015 CLNZ/NZSA Research Grants, each... Read more

New online music archive at SLWA x

The State Library of Western Australia (SLWA) is planning to digitise its historical music collection including vinyl records, CDs and tapes, reports ABC News. The... Read more

Dandenong libraries receive almost $1m in funding boost x

In Victoria, the state government has allocated $927,267 to Greater Dandenong libraries as part of the Public Libraries Funding Program in 2015-16, reports the Herald... Read more

International library news x

All Scottish children to have a library card In Scotland, a new program to have every baby registered in the Glasgow area with a library card... Read more

Season’s Readings: Christmas 2015 titles x

While Christmas is still over three months away, many publishers have already released their key titles for the seasonal selling period. Jackie Tang unwraps the titles on... Read more

Higgins appointed Dymocks head of merchandise and marketing

Dymocks has appointed Sophie Higgins to the newly created position of head of merchandise and marketing. Paige Butchers has also been promoted to loyalty and marketing... Read more

By the end of the book, I was ready and anxious to read the sequel x

Isn’t that the response you want from your customers?

You can be stocking The House of Secrets, Julia’s Story by Australian writer J (Judith) Mary Masters in the run up to Christmas—a perfect gift for mothers, aunts and grandmothers. Target audience is women readers, 35+

The writing has been compared with Susan Howatch. Yet the setting is country Australia beginning in 1942. The story centres around the wealthy Belleville family.

Contact us to order—or request a link to a digital edition for review.


Melbourne Prize for Literature: Finalists Announced Today, Vote Now for the Civic Choice Award 2015 x

Finalists in the $60,000 Melbourne Prize for Literature 2015, $30,000 Best Writing Award 2015 (+ $2,500 international travel) and the new $20,000 Writers Prize 2015 have been announced today at www.melbourneprize.org. Voting for the $6,000 Civic Choice Award 2015 opens today on the website and closes at the end of the Federation Square finalists exhibition, which runs from 9 to 23 November.

Please visit www.melbourneprize.org for the 2015 finalists, voting form and further information.

Follow us on Twitter: @Melbourne_Prize and Facebook here.


New Season Catalogue Available for Berrett-Koehler Publishers x

Berrett-Koehler Publishers, based in San Francisco, are an independent trade publisher specialising in areas such as leadership and management, current events and work/life issues. The new Fall 2015 (US) list is available from the Eurospan Group. Key titles include books by David Ulrich, Ken Blanchard, Fritjof Capra and Ugo Mattei. Please contact emma.white@eurospangroup.com for information.


Nero Author Julia Watson Featured on ‘60 Minutes’ x

Nero author Julia Watson’s remarkable story was featured on Channel Nine’s 60 Minutes on Sunday night, viewed by over a million Australians. 

The book is currently featured in e-book bestsellers lists, and the print book was officially launched in Melbourne on 1 September by Catherine Deveny.  Julia will be touring with an extensive media and events schedule confirmed for Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne throughout September.  

Breakfast, School Run, Chemo is a candid, entertaining look at life with cancer and living each day with humour and hope. 

A proportion of the proceeds from each copy sold will be donated to the Jodi Lee Foundation. 

Orders for Breakfast, School Run, Chemo (9781863957830, RRP $29.99) can be placed with United Book Distributors on orders@unitedbookdistributors.com.au or 03 9811 2555.


HarperCollins Publishers Congratulates Davitt Winners x

HarperCollins congratulates Davitt award winners Caroline Overington, who won Best Non-Fiction Crime Book for Last Woman Hanged (9780732299729), about Louisa Collins, who was executed in New South Wales in 1889; Judith Rossell, whose multi-award-winning novel Withering-by-Sea (9780733333002, ABC Books) was named Best Children’s Crime Novel; and Pamela Rushby, who was highly commended in the YA category for The Ratcatcher’s Daughter (9780732297138, A&R).

Congratulations, Caroline, Judith and Pamela!

For orders: 1300-551-721; orders@harpercollins.com.au




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