Weekly Book Newsletter
16 September 2015

Government releases Book Council terms of reference; Adler to chair

The federal government has announced the terms of reference for the Book Council of Australia and that Australian Publishers Association (APA) president and Melbourne University... Read more

ASA National Writers’ Congress: Australian content, author income and digital opportunities discussed x

The Australian Society of Authors’ (ASA) second biennial National Writers Congress was held at Luna Park in Sydney from 11-12 September. Dwindling author incomes and... Read more

More than 30,000 attend BWF x

More than 30,000 visitors attended the Brisbane Writers’ Festival, which ran from 2 to 6 September, the first under new creative director and CEO Julie... Read more

Queensland Literary Awards 2015 shortlists announced

The shortlists for this year’s Queensland Literary Awards (QLA) have been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Fiction A Short History of Richard Kline (Amanda Lohrey,... Read more

Tasmanian Premier’s Literary Prizes 2015 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the Tasmanian Premier’s Literary Prizes were announced at the opening of the Tasmanian Writers and Readers Festival on 11 September. The shortlisted... Read more

Pan Macmillan acquires Vic Prem’s Unpublished Manuscript winner

Pan Macmillan has acquired The Dry by Jane Harper, the winner of the 2015 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, in a three-book deal... Read more

Copyright Agency announces inaugural writing fellow for SA’s J M Coetzee Centre

South Australian author Cath Kenneally has been chosen as the inaugural Copyright Agency J M Coetzee Writing Fellow at the University of Adelaide. The $30,000... Read more

Henshaw awarded inaugural Copyright Agency Author Fellowship

The Copyright Agency has awarded its inaugural $40,000 Author Fellowship to Mark Henshaw. The fellowship, aimed at mid-to-late career authors, is one of several fellowships established... Read more

Self-published ‘Creating Cities’ tops Amazon ebook category; 1200 print copies sold in its first week

Marcus Westbury’s Creating Cities, a crowdfunded, self-published book about the transformation of the city of Newcastle, has topped its Amazon ebook sales category several days... Read more

Visiting International Publishers program to run alongside SWF in 2016

The Australia Council has announced its Visiting International Publishers (VIP) program will run alongside the Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF) in May next year. Australia Council... Read more

New Indigenous Writers Prize category in NSW Premier’s Literary Awards

The State Library of NSW has announced a new biennial Indigenous Writers Prize, to be part of the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.  The $30,000 prize... Read more

Australian Family Therapists’ Awards 2015 winners announced

The winners of the 2015 Australian Family Therapists’ Awards for Children’s Literature have been announced. Crashing Down by Kate McCaffrey (Fremantle Press) has won the $1500 Older... Read more

CHASS Australia Book Prize 2015 shortlist announced

The Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) has announced the 2015 Australia Book Prize shortlist. The prize, worth $3500, is part of... Read more

Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing 2015 shortlist announced

The shortlist for this year’s Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing has been announced. The shortlisted pieces are:  ‘Why Aren’t We Dead Yet’ by... Read more

Inaugural Affirm Mentorship Award winners announced

Affirm Press has announced the winners of the inaugural Affirm Mentorship Award, run in partnership with Varuna, the Writers’ House. Three writers were chosen from... Read more

Scribe 2015 nonfiction prize longlist announced

Scribe has announced the longlisted titles for its third annual nonfiction prize for young writers. The prize, run in conjunction with Express Media, offers the... Read more

Emerging writers feature in SBS ‘True Series’ podcasts

SBS has programmed a new seven-part podcast series featuring stories written and read by early-career Australian writers. The ‘True Stories’ series is based on the... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Fremantle Press has sold French rights to Prime Cut (Alan Carter) to Editions Bragelonne. UQP has sold Polish rights to The Anatomy of Wings... Read more

Booker Prize 2015 shortlist announced

The shortlist for this year’s Man Booker Prize has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: A Brief History of Seven Killings (Marlon James, Oneworld Publications),... Read more

Pearson plans to keep stake in PRH x

Pearson is likely to maintain its stake in Penguin Random House (PRH) until at least 2017, according to statements from Pearson CEO John Fallon, reports Bloomberg... Read more

Authors Guild survey reveals 24% drop in income

In the US, a new Authors Guild survey has found the median writing-related income of its members has declined 24% in the past five years,... Read more

Perseus exploring sale of business

In the US, Perseus Books Group (PBG) has hired investment banking firm Greenhill & Co to initiate ‘a formal process to explore a potential sale... Read more

Amazon appoints director of social responsibility

Amazon has appointed a director of social responsibility amid recent criticism of its business practices, reports the Bookseller. Christine Bader, the author of The Evolution... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Lee Child’s latest ‘Jack Reacher’ novel Make Me (Bantam) has unseated The 65-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths, illus by Terry Denton, Pan) to claim top spot... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘It is a remarkably staid collection of voices, one that does not represent Australian letters in their diverse and exciting entirety’—Australian writer Jessica Freidman on the make-up of the Book Council of Australia


RiP Janis Brown

Janis Brown, bookseller at Abbey’s Bookshop in Sydney, Pulp Fiction in Brisbane and Reader’s Companion Bookshop in Armidale, has died, aged 55. Brown’s colleagues at... Read more

‘The Women in Black’ to be adapted into a musical

Madeline St John’s 1993 novel The Women in Black has been adapted into a stage musical Ladies in Black. The musical will premiere with the... Read more

University of Otago announces 2016 arts fellows

The University of Otago in New Zealand has announced the recipients of its 2016 fellowships for literature and children’s writing. The Robert Burns Fellowship, which is... Read more

SLV receives $10m from Ian Potter foundation for Queens Hall revamp x

The State Library of Victoria has received $10m from the Ian Potter Foundation as a contribution to the refurbishment and reopening of Queen’s Hall, which... Read more

Whyalla Public Library providing free English-language conversation classes x

Whyalla Public Library has launched a free English Conversation program for people learning English as a second language, reports Whyalla News. City librarian Catherine McIntyre... Read more

International library news x

Vodafone Romania expands digital books initiative to schools In Romania, Vodafone is delivering its Digital Public Library to 300 schools via wallpaper resembling bookshelves, reports... Read more

Meet the Seizure Viva La Novella winners x

The three winning novellas in the 2015 Seizure Viva La Novella competition were published last month. Books+Publishing spoke to the winners about their novellas and... Read more

CBCA Book of the Year 2016: Entries open x

Publishers are urged to send entries for the CBCA Book of the Year Awards 2016 as soon as possible.  Entry forms can be downloaded from... Read more

Society of Editors (NSW): Editing within and for markup languages x

The Society of Editors (NSW) Inc. will host a meeting on markup languages presented by Linda Nix on Tuesday, 6 October. A good working knowledge... Read more

Exisle to Release Definitive Australian Beekeeping Manual x

The Australian Beekeeping Manual
Robert Owen

The most comprehensive reference for both novice and experienced beekeepers in Australia
344 pages includes over 350 detailed instructional photographs and illustrations

Published Nov 2015 Exisle Publishing $49.99 (Tel 02 4998 3327)9871921966-88-0


Faber Writing Academy’s ‘Writing a Novel’ Course Changes x

Australia’s only creative writing school inside a publishing house, Faber Writing Academy at Allen & Unwin, will offers its flagship course in two phases in 2016.

Writing a Novel: First Draft starting in February (3 months) will be followed by Writing a Novel: Second Draft starting in June (3 months) in both Sydney and Melbourne. For those who already have a draft novel, the Second Draft course will also be available in Sydney in February. The Second Draft course can also be completed the following year, allowing more time to complete a first draft, and spread out the financial investment if required.

The Writing a Novel course is renowned for the careful selection of tutors (experienced, acclaimed authors who are also excellent teachers) and the direct input of Allen & Unwin’s publishers.

2016’s directors are Kathryn Heyman (following her sell-out writing workshops at the Sydney Writers’ Festival) and James Bradley in Sydney; and Toni Jordan, Paddy O’Reilly and Carrie Tiffany in Melbourne. These multi-award winning novelists consistently receive outstanding student feedback and students will also benefit from the structure of regular workshops and one-on-one consultations.

2016 will be a golden year for the Academy with three novels by alumni hitting bookstores.

Faber Writing Academy is offering one scholarship in both Sydney and Melbourne for the Writing a Novel: First Draft courses. Visit www.faberwritingacademy.com.au for details.


Scribe Congratulates Chigozie Obioma x

Scribe congratulates Chigozie Obioma on being shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize for his outstanding debut novel The Fishermen (ISBN: 9781925106442; RRP: $29.99). A reprint will be available by the end of the month from United Book Distributors: orders@unitedbookdistributors.com.au or 1800 338 836.




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