Weekly Book Newsletter
9 September 2015

Literary sector pushes for Book Council consultation

More than 40 literary organisations including publishers, writers’ centres, literary journals and writers’ festivals are calling for the government to consult with the literary community... Read more

2015 PMLA judges revealed; Henderson, Murray out

The judging panels for the 2015 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards (PMLAs) have been revealed on the PMLA website, showing few changes to the 2014 panels. Sydney... Read more

ABC claims it declined PM’s Literary Awards broadcast because of ‘unworkable’ demands

ABC Television director Richard Finlayson has issued a statement outlining the network’s reasons for not broadcasting last year’s Prime Minister’s Literary Awards ceremony in December,... Read more

NZ Film and Literature Board puts interim ban on award-winning YA novel

New Zealand author Ted Dawe’s 2013 YA novel Into the River has been temporarily banned from sale or supply in his home country following complaints... Read more

Winners announced for 2015 NSW Premier’s History Awards

The winners of the NSW Premier’s History Awards have been announced as part of the official launch of NSW History Week. The awards, which total... Read more

Most Underrated Book Award 2015 shortlist announced

The Small Press Network (SPN) has announced the shortlist for this year’s Most Underrated Book Award (MUBA). The shortlisted titles are: Isabelle of the Moon... Read more

Courtenay, Zusak top Better Reading Top 100 survey

Book recommendation website Better Reading has announced the results of its inaugural Top 100 Books survey, which tallied the favourite books of around 5000 Australian... Read more

Harms appointed head of marketing and communications at the Wheeler Centre x

Readings head of marketing and communications Emily Harms has been appointed head of marketing and communications at the Wheeler Centre, beginning on 28 September. Harms... Read more

Richell Prize longlist announced

The longlist for Hachette Australia’s inaugural Richell Prize for Emerging Writers has been announced. The longlisted authors are: Sally Abbott Toni Bartlett Alice Bishop Lyndel... Read more

Magnuson Smith wins 2015 ‘ABR’ Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize

UK-US author Rob Magnuson Smith has won the 2015 Australian Book Review (ABR) Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize for his story ‘The Elector of Nossnearly’.... Read more

Angry Robot announces two-book deal with Foz Meadows

Australian author Foz Meadows has signed a two-book deal with UK publisher Angry Robot. Angry Robot acquired world English-language rights to Meadows’ An Accident of... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘This is an unprecedented and extreme action by the Film and Literature Board of Review. Banning books is not the New Zealand way’—Publishers Association of... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Two new titles, Lee Child’s 20th ‘Jack Reacher’ novel Make Me (Bantam) and David Lagercrantz’s The Girl in the Spider Web (Hachette), the fourth instalment... Read more

Scholastic and National Maritime Museum to co-produce ‘Horrible Histories’ exhibition

Scholastic Australia and the National Maritime Museum in Sydney will co-produce an interactive exhibition based on a book in the popular ‘Horrible Histories’ series by author... Read more

Co-op employee a finalist for Young Retailer of the Year

The Co-op’s University of Queensland St Lucia store trainee manager Thomas Riek has been named a finalist in the National Retail Association’s (NRA) Young Retailer... Read more

Tel wins 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

UK author Jonathan Tel has won the 2015 Commonwealth 2015 Short Story Prize for his story ‘The Human Phonograph’. The £5000 (A$10,987) prize is presented... Read more

Authors raise over £500,000 for Syrian refugees

A group of authors, led by Patrick Ness, have raised over £500,000 (A$1.1m) for Syrian refugees, reports the Bookseller. Ness launched the fundraising campaign on... Read more

Big publishers’ ebook revenue falls following Amazon pricing deals

In the US, sales of Hachette, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster ebooks through Amazon have fallen since the publishers signed new distribution deals, which included provisions for... Read more

PRH buys world rights to bestselling self-published children’s book

Penguin Random House (PRH) have acquired world English-language rights to the self-published picture book The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep (Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin) in... Read more

Book Depository co-founder to launch international online bookstore

Book Depository founder Emad Eldeen Elakehal will launch a new international online bookseller later this year, reports Internet Retailing. Elakehal founded the Book Depository in... Read more

USQ academic to study changing role of libraries x

University of Southern Queensland (USQ) academic Helen Partridge has been awarded an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage grant to study ‘the role of libraries as... Read more

ALIA Library Technician of the Year Award announced x

Judy Atkinson, coordinator of Coffs Harbour Children’s and Youth Services in NSW, has been named the Australian Library and Information Association’s (ALIA) Library Technician of... Read more

International library news x

National Library of Ireland hit by funding cuts The latest annual review of the National Library of Ireland (NLI) has found it is operating with... Read more

Taking cover: Should publishers use the same cover design for different territories? x

In Books+Publishing’s latest talkback column we ask four booksellers, should publishers use the same cover design for different territories where possible? Read their responses here.

Harms appointed head of marketing and communications at the Wheeler Centre x

Readings head of marketing and communications Emily Harms has been appointed head of marketing and communications at the Wheeler Centre. (See news.)

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