Weekly Book Newsletter
30 September 2015

Robotham wins CWA Gold Dagger

Australian author Michael Robotham has won the 2015 UK Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Gold Dagger for his novel Life or Death (Sphere). Life or Death... Read more

Kinney, Griffiths headline SWF Children’s Festival of Moving Stories

‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ author Jeff Kinney will join local author Andy Griffiths for a two-hour event at the Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF) Children’s Festival... Read more

Banned NZ YA novel ‘Into the River’ sold to the US

US publisher Polis Books has bought the North American rights to New Zealand author Ted Dawe’s 2013 YA novel Into the River, which was placed... Read more

JB Hi-Fi closes ebookstore; customers directed to Kobo

Electronics retailer JB Hi-Fi will close its ebookstore on 30 September, with customers given the option to move their accounts, including their digital libraries, to... Read more

International book deals for Australian YA author’s debut novel; PRH to publish locally x

Penguin Random House (PRH) has acquired ANZ rights to Australian YA author Krystal Sutherland’s debut novel We Were Never Here. The rights were acquired in... Read more

Terry Pratchett bequeaths $1m to the University of South Australia

The University of South Australia has announced the formation of the biennial $100,000 Sir Terry Pratchett Memorial Scholarship, funded by a $1m endowment to the... Read more

Three WA authors recognised as ‘living treasures’

The Western Australian state government will present Robert Drewe, Joan London and Dave Warner with State Living Treasures Awards at a ceremony on 16 October.... Read more

Co-op launches book podcast

The Co-op has launched a book podcast featuring conversations with authors and publishers. The Co-Op Book Podcast, which is hosted by interviewer Rob Kaldor, has... Read more

Wheeler Centre ‘Interrobang’ festival to run in November

The Wheeler Centre has announced a two-day festival ‘Interrobang’ to run on 27-28 November, which will include events both online and at various Melbourne locations.... Read more

Quote of the week

‘A really cool author would tell you that literary prizes don’t mean very much—they’re like baby pageants where everybody thinks their little darling should win—but... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Text has sold ANZ audio rights to The Trap (Melanie Raabe) to Audible; Turkish and world English audio rights to Wake in Fright (Kenneth... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

This week’s top 10 bestsellers chart shows little change at the top, with The 65-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths, illus by Terry Denton, Pan) in first... Read more

UK Publishers Association chief executive to step down

UK Publishers Association chief executive Richard Mollet has announced he will step down from his position in 2016, reports the Bookseller. Mollet, who has been... Read more

UK YTD print book sales up after eight years of decline

In the UK, year-to-date print book sales are up for the first time in eight years, reports the Bookseller. According to Nielsen BookScan, print book... Read more

Egyptian bookshop chain expands to the UK

Egyptian bookshop chain Alef Bookstores will open its first international branch in London next month, reports the Bookseller. The store, which will be located next... Read more

UK book industry launches Buy Books for Syria campaign

Waterstones and the UK book industry are launching the Buy Books for Syria campaign, with the aim of raising £1 million (A$2.2 million) for Oxfam’s... Read more

UK children’s book sales up 3.2% YTD

In the UK, children’s book sales are up 3.2% this year thanks to strong sales in picture books, fiction and colouring-in titles, reports the Bookseller.... Read more

Australian public library stats report released x

The National and State Libraries Australasia (NSLA) has released its annual Australian Public Libraries Statistical Report for the period 2013-2014. The report found that total... Read more

International library news x

Mobile access to US libraries on the rise In the US, a new survey from the Pew Research Centre has found that while physical library... Read more

Light and shadow: Vikki Wakefield on ‘Inbetween Days’ x

Vikki Wakefield’s latest YA novel Inbetween Days (Text) is about a high-school dropout who finds herself stagnating in a small town. ‘My stories usually take a... Read more

Michael Robotham’s ‘Life or Death’

‘Robotham piles on the tension without ever going over the top—and legions of readers should enjoy this superior example of the crime writer’s art’… read... Read more

Society of Editors (NSW): Markup languages: A practical guide for editors x

The Society of Editors (NSW) Inc. will run its November workshop, a one-day professional development course on markup languages presented by editor Linda Nix, on... Read more

HGE Announces Books from YouTube Sensation Stampy Cat—22 October x

Hardie Grant Egmont are proud to announce that they will be bringing the adventures of world-wide YouTube sensation Joseph Garrett, better known as Stampy Cat,... Read more

Little Hare Congratulates CBCA Winners x

The team from Hardie Grant Egmont and Little Hare are pleased to congratulate all their author and illustrator teams who received accolades at this year’s... Read more

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