Weekly Book Newsletter
7 October 2015

Jojo Publishing files for voluntary liquidation x

Melbourne-based Jojo Publishing, which charges writers a fee to publish their books, has filed for voluntary liquidation. In September the company was the subject of... Read more
 

No ‘B+P Daily’ on Friday

Please note that, due to the public holiday on Friday 2 October in Victoria, tomorrow’s Books+Publishing Daily newsletter will not be published.
 

New ‘Books+Publishing’ reviews out now x

Books+Publishing’s latest Reviews newsletter contains 10 reviews of books publishing in November 2015 to February 2016. Three books received four stars from our reviewers: New... Read more
 

Macquarie University author survey finds authors earn on average $12,900

Macquarie University has revealed key findings from a February 2015 survey of more than 1000 Australian authors of trade and educational titles. The report is... Read more
 

Waverley Library Award 2015 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2015 Waverley Library Award for Literature, known as ‘the Nib’, has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: The Director is the... Read more
 

Ex-S&S MD Lou Johnson launches ‘The Author People’ x

Former Simon & Schuster (S&S) Australia managing director Lou Johnson has launched a new publishing venture, The Author People. Johnson, who stepped down as S&S managing... Read more
 

Smith Street Books to launch in 2016 x

New publisher Smith Street Books will launch in 2016, specialising in quirky, illustrated titles. The Melbourne-based press will be run by founder and publisher Paul... Read more
 

Mullane and Twyford-Moore to launch The Melbourne Agency in 2016 x

Kill Your Darlings editor Brigid Mullane and former Emerging Writers’ Festival CEO Sam Twyford-Moore have formed The Melbourne Agency, a literary and creative talent agency... Read more
 

Angus & Robertson and Bookworld online stores to merge x

Angus & Robertson and Bookworld online bookstores will merge to create a new site on 6 October. Booktopia CEO Tony Nash told Books+Publishing the creation... Read more
 

Authors announced for Adelaide Writers’ Week

Adelaide Writers’ Week has announced the line-up for its 2016 festival. Among the international guests are US neuroscientist and author of Still Alice (S&S) Lisa Genova,... Read more
 

OzCo report finds networking most common overseas activity for writers, publishers

A new Australia Council for the Arts report has found that network development is the most common overseas activity for Australian writers and publishers, while access... Read more
 

IBBY Australia announces 2016 Honour Books

IBBY Australia has selected three titles for the 2016 International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Honour Book List, including, for the first time,... Read more
 

Cleave wins second Ngaio Marsh Award

Paul Cleave has won the 2015 Ngaio Marsh Award for his novel Five Minutes Alone (Penguin NZ). This is the second time Cleave has won... Read more
 

New NZ bookstore to stock only small press titles

A new bookstore in Upper Hutt, New Zealand, will exclusively stock small press titles, including print-on-demand and some self-published books, to showcase local authors, reports... Read more
 

Margaret River Press directors launch Perth’s Centre for Stories

Margaret River Press directors John and Caroline Wood have launched a new literary events organisation in Perth. The Centre for Stories, located in the inner-city... Read more
 

Hachette releases new ‘Twilight’ book with characters’ genders swapped x

Hachette Australia has announced the release of a new ‘Twilight’ novel by author Stephanie Meyer, in which the genders of the two main characters are... Read more
 

Overland Story Wine Prize 2015 shortlist announced

The shortlist for Overland’s Story Wine Prize 2015 has been announced. The shortlisted stories are: ‘I am Ali’ by Clint Caward ‘417—BVB—820’ by Lauren Foley ‘Woodsmoke’... Read more
 

Quote of the week x

‘I suspect this is the heyday of [writers’] festivals, and they will, in fact, evolve into something else’—Bendigo Writers Festival director Rosemary Sorensen responds to... Read more
 

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Fremantle has sold German rights to Getting Warmer (Alan Carter) to Edition Nautilus. Jacinta di Mase Literary Management has sold North American rights to... Read more
 

Bestsellers this week x

New release title Golden Lion (Wilbur Smith & Giles Kristian, HarperCollins) has debuted third on this week’s top 10 bestsellers chart, sitting behind The 65-Storey... Read more
 

Women in Literary Arts Australia announces steering committee

The newly formed organisation Women in Literary Arts Australia (WILAA) has announced its steering committee. Joining the organisation’s founder, writer and producer Lefa Singleton Norton,... Read more
 

Apple launches iBooks in China

Apple has launched iBooks, iTunes Movies and Apple Music in China, reports Reuters. Paid iBooks start at 0.5 yuan (A$0.11), although free iBooks are also... Read more
 

Forward Prize for Poetry 2015 winners announced

In the UK, the winners of the 2015 Forward Prize for Poetry have been announced at a ceremony in London. Jamaican-born writer Claudia Rankine won... Read more
 

UK Folio Prize will not run in 2016

In the UK, the Folio Prize has announced it will not run in 2016, following The Folio Society’s decision to end its sponsorship of the... Read more
 

Goldsmiths Prize 2015 shortlist announced

In the UK, the shortlist for the 2015 Goldsmiths Prize has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Beatlebone (Kevin Barry, Canongate), Acts of the Assassins... Read more
 

LBF moves to March in 2017 to avoid book fair ‘bottleneck’

The London Book Fair (LBF) will take place on 14-16 March in 2017 to avoid a ‘bottleneck’ of book fairs, reports Publishers Weekly. The move... Read more
 

Nobel Prize for Literature announced on Thursday

The winner of this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature will be announced this Thursday 8 October (7pm AEDT), reports the Guardian. Among the favourites at... Read more
 

Kinokuniya to compete with online retailers through direct purchases from publishers

Japanese bookstore chain Kinokuniya has revealed plans to increase direct purchases of books from publishers—as opposed to the conventional practice of buying them through wholesale... Read more
 

Waterstones pulls Kindles from stores after ‘pitiful’ sales

UK bookselling chain Waterstones is removing Amazon’s Kindle devices from many of its stores due to ‘pitiful’ sales, reports the Bookseller. Waterstones MD James Daunt... Read more
 

SLNSW announces Australia’s first dedicated digital fellowship x

The State Library of New South Wales (SLNSW) is calling for applications for its new $30,000 Digital Fellowship. The DX Lab Fellowship is the first... Read more
 

NLA announces 2016 fellows x

The National Library of Australia (NLA) has announced the nine recipients of its 2016 fellowships. The fellowships, which are open to both emerging and established... Read more
 

HSC study nights a success for NSW libraries x

Due to popular demand, Grafton and Maclean libraries in regional NSW will be holding more study nights in the lead-up to the HSC, reports the... Read more
 

International library news x

Argentina proposes 100-year extension on copyright for photography Copyright for photographic works may be extended from 20 years after publication to 70 years after the... Read more
 

Fresh blood: Ben Sanders on ‘American Blood’ x

‘I’d actually never intended to write a novel set in the US but in 2013 St Martin’s Press in New York offered me a two-book... Read more
 

Debra Adelaide’s ‘The Women’s Pages’ x

‘This fourth novel from well-known Australian writer Debra Adelaide pays homage to Wuthering Heights and combines a creative metatextual structure with contemplation about mothers’ …... Read more
 

Pan Macmillan appoints new directors x

Pan Macmillan Australia has appointed Victoria Nash as its digital business director, and Praveen Naidoo as its operations director. (See classified.)
 

Knowles joins NewSouth x

Phillip Knowles has been appointed NSW and ACT Territory Manager at NewSouth Publishing. (See classified.)
 

CBCA: Reading Time online bookselling opportunity x

The Children’s Book Council of Australia’s (CBCA) reviewing journal Reading Time has undergone a transformation. It is now online and issues a weekly newsletter. Subscription to the... Read more

SPN: Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth drinks x

Join your fellow Small Press Network members, and other industry folks, for a casual get-together in Brisbane, Melbourne or Perth. All SPN members and their... Read more

Knowles Appointed NSW and ACT Territory Manager at NewSouth x

NewSouth Books is delighted to announce the appointment of Phillip Knowles as their new NSW and ACT Territory Manager. Phillip can be contacted for an... Read more

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