Weekly Book Newsletter
14 October 2015

Queensland Literary Awards 2015 winners announced

The winners of this year’s Queensland Literary Awards (QLA) were announced at a ceremony at the State Library of Queensland on 9 October. The winners... Read more

Tozer, Rowell win 2015 Inky Awards

The winners of the 2015 Inky Awards, presented by the Centre for Youth Literature, were announced at the State Library of Victoria on 13 October.... Read more

JCU Colin Roderick Award 2015 winner announced

The Foundation for Australian Literary Studies at James Cook University has awarded Michael Wilding the $10,000 Colin Roderick Award and H T Priestley Memorial Medal... Read more

ACT Book of the Year 2015 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2015 ACT Book of the Year has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: The Snow Kimono (Mark Henshaw, Text) Into the... Read more

Two thirds of Australian rights managers and literary agents report income growth, according to survey x

The rights market has taken a positive turn over the past year, according to Books+Publishing’s annual survey of Australian literary agents and rights managers, published... Read more

New survey offers insights into small publishers’ ebook businesses

London-based Australian ebook producer Simon Collinson has published the results of his survey of international small publishers on their ebook businesses. Collinson gathered data from... Read more

NZ$630,000 to PANZ for overseas promotion, internships

Creative New Zealand has awarded NZ$540,000 (A$493,637) to the Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) for a range of programs to increase international sales of... Read more

Momentum plans second #pitchmentum event after ‘several hundred’ responses x

Pan Macmillan’s digital-only imprint Momentum plans to run a second Twitter pitch event ‘sometime in 2016’ after its first event, which ran on 25 September, attracted... Read more

New website for Echo Publishing

Echo Publishing has launched its website. The mobile-friendly site, which was launched in early October, features dedicated author pages with links to authors’ social media... Read more

Queensland Writers on the International Stage program releases first multimedia project

Former Queensland Writers Centre CEO and crime and thriller writer Meg Vann’s short story ‘Provocation’ has been adapted into an online multimedia verse project, exploring... Read more

1700 Dymocks members vote for favourite children’s book of all time

More than 1700 Dymocks Booklovers members have voted for their favourite children’s book of all time, with 13 Australian titles making the top 51. The ‘Treehouse’... Read more

Debut self-published poetry collection sold to the UK x

Rights to self-published poet Koraly Dimitriadis’ debut collection of poetry have been sold to the UK. Dimitriadis’ collection Love & F**k Poems will be published by... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘I will never turn my back on my beloved traditional publishers. But if I write a book that doesn’t fit the mainstream, then I’ll go... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Poetry—Curtis Brown has sold UK rights to Love & F**k Poems (Koraly Dimitriadis) to Honest Publishing. (See news.) Acquisitions Fiction—Scribe has acquired ANZ rights... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Two cookbooks, I Quit Sugar: Simplicious (Sarah Wilson, Macmillan) and Fast Food for Busy Families (Pete Evans, Plum), have debuted in the top 10 bestsellers... Read more

Buckley wins £15,000 BBC National Short Story Award

In the UK, novelist Jonathan Buckley has won the £15,000 ($A31,890) BBC National Short Story Award for his story ‘Briar Road’. Mark Haddon was named... Read more

Canongate reports ‘extremely disappointing’ 2014 results

Scottish independent publisher Canongate has reported ‘extremely disappointing’ results for 2014, with turnover down 24% to £7.9m (A$16.8m), according to the Bookseller. CEO Jamie Byng... Read more

Svetlana Alexievich awarded 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature

Belarusian journalist and author Svetlana Alexievich has been awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature for ‘her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in... Read more

Bonnier developing new ebook subscription service

Publisher Bonnier is developing a new ebook and audiobook subscription service in its native Sweden, with plans to expand the service internationally, reports the Bookseller.... Read more

Iran to boycott FBF over Rushdie speech

Iran has announced it will boycott this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair (FBF) after organisers invited author Salman Rushdie to deliver a keynote speech, reports the... Read more

Samuel Johnson Prize 2015 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction has been announced. The six shortlisted titles, chosen from a longlist of 12, are: Ted Hughes:... Read more

UK booksellers predict Christmas bestsellers on ‘Super Thursday’

In the UK, booksellers have nominated books by Jonathan Bate, Jamie Oliver, David Walliams and Zoe Sugg as the most likely Christmas bestsellers, reports the Bookseller.... Read more

‘Fishnet’ wins 2015 Not the Booker Prize

Kirstin Innes’ debut novel Fishnet (Freight Books) has won this year’s Not the Booker Prize, which is run by the Guardian in the UK. Chairman... Read more

James wins 2015 Man Booker Prize

Jamaican novelist Marlon James has won the £50,000 (A$105,550) Man Booker Prize for his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings (Bloomsbury). Set across three... Read more

Overland Story Wine Prize 2015 winners announced

The winners of Overland’s Story Wine Prize 2015 have been announced. Melissa Manning received the $4000 first prize for her story ‘Woodsmoke’, which will be published... Read more

ABC’s ‘The Book Club’ launches 2015 best books poll

ABC’s The Book Club is conducting a poll to select the five best books of 2015.Readers are invited to select their favourite book published in... Read more

SLV 2014-15 annual report released x

The State Library of Victoria’s (SLV) annual report for 2014-15 has been released. Key figures for the period include: 1,781,690 onsite visits 3,441,756 online visits... Read more

Sydney Uni to install book vending machines for ‘high-rotation titles’ x

The University of Sydney has announced it will install book vending machines for high-rotation titles on its campus, describing them as ‘the first of their... Read more

Geelong libraries to expand digital collection due to growth in demand x

The Geelong Regional Library Corporation in Victoria will expand its ebook collection by 93% and its digital audiobook collection by 34% in response to a... Read more

NZ school libraries to participate in Softlink survey for the first time x

Softlink is calling for school libraries to participate in its sixth annual School Library Survey, which will include New Zealand schools for the first time.... Read more

International library news x

Wifi hotspot library loans a first for Canada In Canada, the central branch of the Kitchener Public Library in Ontario has launched a pilot program... Read more

Teen talk: Meet the 2015 Inky Awards judges

‘I believe YA needs more original ideas and less unrealistic love triangles and character stereotypes’—Genevieve, 15. ‘More diverse characters that are not there just for... Read more

Ben Sanders’ American Blood

‘From the opening lines of American Blood you know you’re in the hands of a master storyteller’ … read Deborah Crabtree’s full review here.

Rapee joins ILF x

Wendy Rapee has been appointed marketing coordinator at the Indigenous Literary Foundation (ILF). (See classified.)

Butler to leave ABA

Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) member services officer Sallie Butler is leaving the ABA to join Hardie Grant as a publicity assistant. (See jobs.)

Australia Council: VIP 2016 Call for Expressions of Interest x

Publishers are invited to nominate international publishers, agents and literary scouts working in established or emerging markets to be part of the Australia Council’s next... Read more

SPN: Canberra drinks x

Join your fellow Small Press Network (SPN) members, and other industry folks, for a casual get-together in Canberra. All SPN members and their guests are... Read more

Bloomsbury Congratulates Man Booker 2015 Winner Marlon James x

Bloomsbury Australia, on behalf of OneWorld Publications congratulates Jamaican novelist Marlon James on winning the 2015 Man Booker Prize for A Brief History of Seven Killings.

Michael Wood, chair of the judges, described A Brief History of Seven Killings as the ‘most exciting’ book on the shortlist.

Set across three decades, the novel uses the true story of the attempt on the life of reggae star Bob Marley to explore the turbulent world of Jamaican gangs and politics.

Wood said the judges had come to a unanimous decision in less than two hours.

Stock of A Brief History of Seven Killings (ISBN 9781780746357) will be back in stock at United Book Distributors on Friday 16 October.


Christmas Changes to Alliance Distribution x

Alliance Distribution Services wishes to advise the following changes which will assist customers in maximising opportunities in the period leading up to Christmas.

  1. ADS will reduce our normal minimum order value to $175 rrp from Monday 30 November until Monday 21st December. This will enable customers to have their orders despatched prior to Christmas without needing to reach the higher minimum.
  2. ADS will expand our customer service department hours to open from 7.30am AEDT to 5.30pm AEDT weekdays for the same period. Further extensions of service may be added should activity demand.
  3. ADS has already commenced an additional daily picking shift to ensure orders are despatched to enable us to maintain our usual high average daily turnaround throughout this busy period.


The ADS Customer Service and warehouse operations will be open on all days throughout the Christmas and New Year period other than public holidays.


RMIT Writing, Editing & Publishing Information Session x

An information session for those considering applying for admission into RMIT University’s new Master of Writing & Publishing – which launches in 2016 and incorporates the well-established and APA-accredited Graduate Diploma in Editing and Publishing – will be held on Tuesday 20 October at RMIT’s city campus: Building 80, 445 Swanston Street. Following a general welcome at 5.30 pm there will be a Master of Writing & Publishing presentation in room 80.9.01 at 6 pm and the opportunity to meet program manager Tracy O’Shaughnessy over drinks.

To RSVP for catering purposes, or request information about the program, email tracy.oshaughnessy@rmit.edu.au. Registration for the session is preferred but not essential, so feel free to turn up on the night.

Contact details:
Name: Tracy O’Shaughnessy 
Email: tracy.oshaughnessy@rmit.edu.au


Support ILF’s Trivia Night, Wednesday 4 November x

Do you love book and general trivia? Richard Glover will host the ILF Trivia night on Wednesday 4 November Paddington RSL Club (6.30-9.30pm) to help raise funds to support its programs.

There will be a fantastic range of goods for silent auction and raffle including: theatre tickets to Sydney Dance, Opera, Bell Shakespeare, Belvoir, Australian Ballet and cinemas; book plate signed by J K Rowling; Tyrrells wine; Adam Goodes signed shirt; stunning Indigenous art; $1000 worth of cosmetics and perfume; limited edition books; Dr Karl school visit; ATYP holiday voucher; DVDs and much more.

Visit the TryBooking website here to purchase 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.


Rapee Appointed Marketing Coordinator at ILF x

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) is very pleased to welcome Wendy Rapee, who joins ILF as the new Marketing Coordinator. Wendy brings considerable skills, expertise and many years’ experience in publishing to the position and we are delighted to have her on board. Wendy is looking forward to connecting with our key supporters and building new relationships. Any opportunities you or your organisations have for supporting our efforts through your sponsorship, events or exposure be sure to contact wendy@ilf.org.au or call on (02) 9280 0644.


Black Inc. congratulates Les Murray for ‘Waiting for the Past’, winner in the 2015 Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards x

Black Inc. congratulates Les Murray, whose poetry collection Waiting for the Past has been awarded the Judith Wright Calanthe Award for a Poetry Collection in the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards.

Orders for Waiting for the Past (9781863957137) can be placed with united Book Distributors on orders@unitedbookdistributors.com.au or 1800 33 88 36.



Lerner Publishing Group’s imprints Carolrhoda Books, Carolrhoda Lab and Graphic Universe to be distributed by Walker Books Australia and New Zealand x

Walker Books Australia and New Zealand are delighted to announce a new partnership with Lerner Publishing Group. The Lerner imprints Carolrhoda Books, Carolrhoda Lab™ and Graphic Universe™ will now be distributed by Walker Books in Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit the Walker Books website here.




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