Weekly Book Newsletter
23 September 2015

New ministers appointed for arts and small business; new Arts Minister Fifield set to keep NPEA

Mitch Fifield has replaced George Brandis as Arts Minister and Kelly O’Dwyer has replaced Bruce Billson as Small Business Minister under cabinet changes introduced by... Read more

Copyright, classification moved to Fifield’s communications portfolio

Responsibility for copyright and classification matters and legislation have been moved from George Brandis’ Attorney-General portfolio to the new Communications and Arts Minister Mitch Fifield.... Read more

Writers sign open letter opposing Book Council chair, call on Arts Minister to move Book Council to OzCo

A number of Australian writers and book industry professionals have ‘questioned the intentions’ of inaugural Book Council of Australia chair Louise Adler in an open... Read more

Loukakis to step down as ASA executive director x

Angelo Loukakis is stepping down as executive director of the Australian Society of Authors (ASA) after nearly six years in the position. Loukakis told Books+Publishing his... Read more

Fifield appointed Arts Minister; O’Dwyer to Small Business

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has appointed Mitch Fifield as federal Arts Minister and Kelly O’Dwyer as Small Business Minister. In a statement, Turnbull said that... Read more

Educational Publishing Awards 2015 winners announced

The winners of the Australian Publishers Association (APA) Educational Publishing Awards were announced at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne on 17 September. RIC Publications was named Publisher... Read more

Inaugural Australian Sports Book of the Year award longlist announced

The longlist for the inaugural Australian Sports Book of the Year award has been announced. The 12 longlisted titles are: Roy Higgins (Patrick Bartley, Penguin)... Read more

Richell Prize shortlist announced

Hachette Australia has announced the shortlist for its inaugural Richell Prize, run in partnership with the Emerging Writers’ Festival and the Guardian. The shortlisted entries... Read more

Pung, Lee awarded WrICE fellowships

Melbourne’s RMIT University has awarded fellowships to writers Alice Pung and Michele Lee for writing residencies in China. Pung was awarded the Writers Immersion and... Read more

Collins announces new award, marks 10 years as franchisee-owned company x

The Collins Booksellers franchisee awards were announced at a dinner at the bookseller’s national conference in Sydney on 16 September. Chloe Watson from Collins Echuca... Read more

‘Mummy & Mumma get Married’ crowdfunding campaign nears $5000 target x

Publishing industry veterans Roz Hopkins and Natalie Winter have raised more than $4000 for their $5000 Pozible crowdfunding campaign for Mummy & Mumma Get Married, the... Read more

Kenwood promoted to Readings’ marketing manager

Nina Kenwood has been promoted to Readings’ marketing manager, replacing former head of marketing and communications Emily Harms, who has joined the Wheeler Centre. Kenwood... Read more

German booksellers association claims Audible abusing market position

Germany’s booksellers association has lodged complaints against Amazon subsidiary Audible with the German competition authority and the European Commission, claiming the audiobook provider is abusing... Read more

Business Book of the Year 2015 shortlist announced

In the UK, the shortlist for this year’s £30,000 (A$65,080) Business Book of the Year Award has been announced, reports the Bookseller. The shortlisted titles... Read more

Samuel Johnson Prize 2015 longlist announced

The longlist for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction has been announced. The longlisted titles are: Ted Hughes: The Unauthorised Life (Jonathan Bate, Flamingo) This... Read more

Oyster ebook subscription service to close

US-based ebook subscription service Oyster is shutting down its operations, reports Publishers Weekly. The company said in a statement on its blog: ‘We will be... Read more

UK National Book Awards cancelled this year

The UK’s National Book Awards will not run in 2015, reports the Bookseller. The consumer-focused awards are the country’s ‘only national literary prize that covers... Read more

Children’s book growth analysed at Nielsen Summit

Insights into the growth in the children’s book market were presented at the Nielsen Children’s Book Summit in New York on 15 September, reports Publishers... Read more

BBC National Short Story Award 2015 shortlist announced

In the UK, the shortlist for the BBC National Short Story Award 2015 has been announced. The shortlisted writers and their stories are: Jonathan Buckley for ‘Briar... Read more

Amazon launches new low-cost tablet

In the UK and US, Amazon has introduced a low-cost tablet priced at £49.99 (A$108.26) and US$49.99 (A$69.52) in the two markets, reports the Bookseller... Read more

Cornelia Funke launches publishing company after editorial disagreements

German author and illustrator Cornelia Funke, best known for her children’s fantasy series ‘Inkheart’ and ‘Mirrorworld’, has started her own publishing company in response to... Read more

Seventeen percent of UK teens ‘often’ read for fun

In the UK, a survey conducted by Scholastic has found only 17% of 15- to 17-year-olds often read for fun, reports the Bookseller. The ‘Kids... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

The 65-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths, illus by Terry Denton, Pan) is back on top of the overall bestsellers chart, as Make Me (Lee Child, Bantam)... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘I’m not saying for a moment that money will return to the Australia Council. What I’m saying is that … the exact nature and design of the [National Program for Excellence in the Arts] outside the Australia Council is yet to be completely nailed down’—new Arts Minister Mitch Fifield indicates he will support the NPEA in an interview with Radio National


RiP Jackie Collins

British-American author Jackie Collins has died, aged 77. Collins was the author of more than 30 novels, including The Stud, Hollywood Wives and her debut The... Read more

RiP Dorothy Butler x

Dorothy Butler, New Zealand author and founder of the Dorothy Butler Children’s Bookshop in Ponsonby, has died, aged 90. Butler was the author of several... Read more

Momentum to take Twitter pitches from authors

Pan Macmillan’s digital-only imprint Momentum will run its first Twitter-pitch session on 25 September. Australian and international authors are invited to tweet a pitch for their... Read more

‘Australian-first’ mobile library service for Sunshine Coast x

In Queensland, Sunshine Coast Council’s new mobile library service is equipped with an Australian first—a self-service station that allows borrowers to checkout their own library... Read more

Broome library using Lego for literacy x

In Western Australia, Broome Public Library has introduced a ‘Build up Lego Club’ to boost literacy and numeracy skills among children, reports ABC News. Library... Read more

ALIA research grant awarded to preservation management project x

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has awarded its 2015 research grant to Heather Brown, assistant director of Paper and Books at South Australia’s... Read more

International library news x

National Library of Scotland to put eight million collection items online Described as one of the biggest programs of its kind in Europe, the National... Read more

Campus calling: Karen Russell on her bookselling career x

Karen Russell is a career Co-op bookseller who spent a long time managing the Co-op Sunshine Coast store. ‘As the student population has grown, so too... Read more

Drusilla Modjeska’s ‘Second Half First: A Memoir’ x

Wise, vital and relayed in Modjeska’s restrained, sophisticated prose, it’s a major contribution to a literary lineage traceable to Virginia Woolf … read Gerard Elson’s... Read more

Loukakis to leave ASA x

Australian Society of Authors executive director Angelo Loukakis has announced he will leave the organisation at the end of the year. (See news.)

New appointments at Readings x

Nina Kenwood has been promoted to marketing manager at Readings and Holly Harper has been appointed online content assistant, specialising in children’s books. (See news.)

Editors Victoria: ‘Redact 2015’ registrations closing x

Registrations for Editors Victoria’s Redact 2015 weekend intensive workshop will close 28 September. Redact 2015 is a professional development workshop held over 17-18 October at... Read more

‘Australian Leader Eats Raw Onion Whole’ to be released on Monday 12 October x

Australian Leader Eats Raw Onion Whole: Headlines from the Government That Broke Satire, a collection of real-life headlines that tell the story of Team Australia, has been brought forward and will be released on Monday 12 October.

‘Few Prime Ministers have made such a repeated balls-up of the news cycle as Abbott, and few books have highlighted it quite as succinctly as this one.’ —Chris Taylor, The Chaser

Orders for Australian Leader Eats Raw Onion Whole (ISBN 9781863957915, RRP $9.99) can be placed with United Book Distributors on orders@unitedbookdistributors.com.au or 1800 33 88 36.



‘Warriors: How the Abbott Government Imploded’ by Aaron Patrick x

Warriors, a riveting and comprehensive dissection of what went wrong with the Abbott government, will be published in early 2016.

Warriors reveals the disastrous consequences of power abused, and the broken people left in its wake.

From the moment the Abbott government took office, the prime minister and his staff ruthlessly controlled ministers, backbenchers, the public service and the media. But the centralised decision-making that had been so effective in opposition turned out to be a disaster in government. Warriors is the first draft of history—the inside story of the Abbott government, told in stunning, revelatory detail.

Aaron Patrick is the deputy editor of the Australian Financial Review. His previous book, Downfall: How the Labor Party Ripped Itself Apart, was a national bestseller.

Warriors (9781863958097, RRP $29.99) will be released on Monday 1 February 2016.  Orders can be placed with United Book Distributors on orders@unitedbookdistributors.com.au or 1800 33 88 36.



ILF Trivia Wednesday 4 November, 6.30-9.30pm x

Bookings open on Friday 25 September for Sydney’s annual ILF Trivia Night at Paddington RSL Club. Hosted by Richard Glover, the evening includes a silent auction of fabulous donated prizes including theatre tickets, Adam Goodes signed shirt, art and much more. Book on TryBooking for Tables of 8 or individual tickets at $45. For any queries please call Indigenous Literacy Foundation on (02) 9280 0644 or email at info@ilf.org.au.


Thesaurus Booksellers, Brighton, Victoria has been sold x

After almost 40 years Luke and Judy Macartney are selling Thesaurus Booksellers, 29 Church St, Brighton, Victoria. The purchaser is an employee of Luke and Judy’s of 9 years, Kate Becker. After 30 September 2015 Macartney Nominees Pty. Ltd trading as Thesaurus Booksellers will not be responsible for any deliveries dated in September or dated in October. All orders and deliveries after 30 September to Thesaurus Booksellers at 29 Church St. Brighton will be the responsibility of KLB Traders Pty. Ltd. trading as Thesaurus Booksellers. If there are any questions please contact Kate Becker or Luke Macartney on Ph 0395910811 or email info@thesaurusbooks.com.au.




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