Weekly Book Newsletter
21 October 2015

New hall a success for Australian publishers at Frankfurt x

With reports of a steady level of professional attendance and no standout books or themes at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair, the biggest talking point... Read more

Book Council of Australia takes shape but invitees await further details x

Each of the individuals and organisations invited to sit on the new Book Council of Australia have confirmed their acceptance, although several have told Books+Publishing they have not heard... Read more

ABA, Leading Edge conferences to be held in Canberra in 2016

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) and Leading Edge Books will hold their 2016 conferences at the QT Hotel in Canberra. This is the fourth year... Read more

SPN announces 2015 Independent Publishing Conference program; Indyk, Chapman to deliver keynotes

The Small Press Network (SPN) has announced the program for its 2015 Independent Publishing Conference, which will run in Melbourne from 19-21 November. The conference... Read more

McFarlane and Park form children’s publishing consultancy service x

Children’s book authors and publishers Susannah McFarlane and Louise Park have launched Stories Inc., a children’s publishing consultancy service for Australian publishers. Stories Inc. will... Read more

ClubsNSW seeking legal advice over Peter Garrett’s memoir ‘Big Blue Sky’ x

ClubsNSW is ‘continuing to seek legal advice’ in relation to Peter Garrett’s memoir Big Blue Sky, which was published by Allen & Unwin on 14... Read more

Flanagan named Melbourne University’s inaugural Boisbouvier Chair in Australian Literature

The University of Melbourne has appointed author Richard Flanagan as the Boisbouvier Founding Chair in Australian Literature at the University of Melbourne, a new professorship... Read more

Atkinson wins 2015 CHASS Australia Book Prize

Alan Atkinson’s The Europeans in Australia: Volume Three: Nation (NewSouth) has won the 2015 Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) Australia Book... Read more

Fletcher wins $5000 top prize at Victorian Community History Awards

Meredith Fletcher has won the top prize at the Victorian Community History Awards (VCHA) for her book Jean Galbraith: Writer in a Valley (Monash University... Read more

NZ Prime Minister’s Awards for literary achievement 2015 announced

The winners of the 2015 New Zealand Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement have been announced. Joan Metge, a social anthropologist who has written several books... Read more

Australians nominated for 2016 Carnegie, Greenaway medals

Several Australian authors and illustrators have been nominated for the 2016 Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medals, presented by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information... Read more

Six Oz, two NZ authors and illustrators nominated for 2016 Astrid Lindgren Award

Six Australians and two New Zealanders have been nominated for the 2016 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. Australians Ursula Dubosarsky, Libby Gleeson, Morris Gleitzman, Alison Lester,... Read more

Inaugural Australian Sports Book of the Year award shortlist announced

The shortlist for the inaugural Australian Sports Book of the Year award has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Roy Higgins (Patrick Bartley, Penguin) The Short Long... Read more

UK indie publisher signs two Australian authors x

UK independent publisher Legend Press has acquired the rights to titles from two Australian authors, reports the Bookseller. The publisher has purchased the rights to... Read more

Christmas Press awarded $10,000 grant to set up new imprint

Children’s book publisher Christmas Press has received $10,000 from Australia Post’s ‘Our Neighbourhood’ grant program to set up a new imprint. The publisher, which is based... Read more

Ban lifted on NZ YA novel ‘Into the River’

The New Zealand Film and Literature Board has lifted a ban on the sale and supply of New Zealand author Ted Dawe’s YA novel Into... Read more

CLNZ Educational Publishing Awards 2015 finalists announced

The finalists for this year’s Copyright Licensing New Zealand (CLNZ) Educational Publishing Awards have been announced. The finalists in each of the categories are: Best... Read more

Melbourne writers, literary organisations receive council arts grants

Several writers and literary organisations have received a share of more than $1m in funding from the City of Melbourne as part of its annual... Read more

Publishers, authors invited to submit books for translation via new AmazonCrossing portal x

Amazon Publishing’s translation imprint AmazonCrossing has launched a portal that allows publishers, authors and agents to suggest books for translation, reports VentureBeat. ‘Our new website for submissions... Read more

National Book Award 2015 shortlists announced

In the US, the shortlists for the 2015 National Book Awards have been announced in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young people’s literature.... Read more

Lagercrantz to write two more ‘Millenium’ series novels

Swedish author David Lagercrantz has been contracted to write two more novels in the ‘Millenium’ series (Quercus), reports the Bookseller. The fifth novel in the... Read more

Amazon files lawsuit against ‘fake reviewers’

In the US, Amazon has filed a lawsuit against more than 1000 people it claims are writing fake reviews on its website, reports the Guardian.... Read more

Shortlists for the 2015 ‘Bookseller’ Futurebook Innovation Awards announced

In the UK, the shortlists for the Bookseller’s Futurebook Innovation Awards have been announced. Award categories include Best Adult Digital Book, Best Children’s Digital Book,... Read more

Paul Kelly to headline inaugural Kampot Writers & Readers Festival in Cambodia

The inaugural Kampot Writers & Readers Festival in Cambodia, running 5-8 November, has announced its program. Australian musician and author Paul Kelly and Cambodian human... Read more

Attendance up at Frankfurt Book Fair 2015; ‘strong’ interest in translation rights

Professional attendance at the 2015 Frankfurt Book Fair was approximately level with 2014, with 140,474 attendees this year compared to 140,291 last year, reports Publishers... Read more

Pew survey finds slightly fewer Americans reading print books

A new survey from the Pew Research Centre has found the number of print book readers in the US has dropped slightly from the previous... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Millie Marotta has the top two titles in this week’s bestseller charts, with her adult colouring books Tropical Wonderland and Animal Kingdom (both Batsford) in first... Read more

Quote of the week

‘The recent debates around the Book Council funding and membership belie the work already undertaken on behalf of creators by ALAA and by many of the industry partners involved’Australian Literary Agents Association president Jacinta di Mase on accepting the invitation to join the new Book Council of Australia


Heather Fisher wins 2015 Lady Cutler Award

Librarian and teacher Heather Fisher has won this year’s Lady Cutler Award, presented by the New South Wales branch of the Children’s Book Council of... Read more

NLA launches Digital Classroom x

The National Library of Australia (NLA) has launched a Digital Classroom designed to bring the library’s collection into Australian schools. The new sub-site of the... Read more

FAIR and ALIA launch ‘Great School Libraries’ campaign x

Freedom of Access to Information and Resources (FAIR), the advocacy arm of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), is calling for nominations for outstanding... Read more

New seed library for NSW Northern Rivers region x

The Tweed Shire Council in NSW’s Northern Rivers region has launched the region’s first seed library at Murwillumbah Library, reports Echo Netdaily. The seed library... Read more

International library news x

Court rules in favour of Google book-scanning after decade-long dispute In the US, a federal appeals court has ruled that Google has not violated copyright... Read more

Selling strong: Australian publishers’ rights highlights x

Books+Publishing asked a range of Australian publishers to share their recent rights successes ahead of this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair. Read their responses here.

Christopher Currie’s ‘Clancy of the Undertow’ x

‘Clancy of the Undertow is a beautiful story. It’s about the pressure that depression can have on a family, how it can slowly push everyone... Read more

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