Weekly Book Newsletter
28 October 2015

‘The Other Side of the World’ wins 2015 Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction

Stephanie Bishop’s The Other Side of the World (Hachette) has won the 2015 Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction. Bishop’s novel was chosen from a shortlist of six for... Read more

Ubud cancels sessions following government scrutiny

The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival has cancelled a number of events in its 2015 program, which runs from 28 October to 1 November in... Read more

YABBAs 2015 winners announced

The winners of the Young Australian’s Best Book Awards (YABBAs), Victoria’s children’s choice awards, have been announced for 2015. The winning titles are: Picture storybooks... Read more

Melbourne City of Literature announces new travel fund recipients

The latest recipients of the Melbourne City of Literature Travel Fund have been announced. First launched in 2014, the travel fund provides grants of up... Read more

Hachette Australia to publish new Steven Amsterdam novel in 2016 x

Hachette Australia will publish a new novel by Steven Amsterdam in Australia and New Zealand in late 2016. Hachette Australia publisher Robert Watkins acquired ANZ... Read more

‘Kill Your Darlings’ partners with ‘Guardian’ Books Network x

Australian literary journal Kill Your Darling (KYD) has joined the Guardian’s new Books Network, a ‘curated selection of literary content’ from partner sites around the world.... Read more

Kenneally wins 2015 Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing

Christine Kenneally has won this year’s Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing for her piece ‘The past may not make you feel better’, published in... Read more

Five Mile Press Illustrator Prize 2016 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the second annual Five Mile Press Illustrator Prize has been announced. The shortlisted illustrators are: Aṥka (WA) Suzanne Houghton (NSW) Adam Celeban... Read more

Whitley Awards 2015 winner announced

Royal Zoological Society of NSW has announced the winner of the 2015 Whitley Awards and its commended titles. The Whitley Medal was awarded to Biology... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘The shift to a more inclusive editorial approach to gender is straightforward. There are many significant books by women published in Australia each year and... Read more

RiP Roger Williamson x

Roger Williamson, a former sales rep at James Bennett, has died. Peter Blake writes: ‘Roger’s many friends in the Sydney and Melbourne book trade will be... Read more

Bestsellers this week

Two Millie Marotta colouring books are at the top of the bestsellers chart for the second week in a row, with Tropical Wonderland and Animal... Read more

Harry Potter play conceived as ‘eighth story in the series’

The forthcoming Harry Potter play, to open on West End in London next year, has been conceived as ‘the eighth story in the Harry Potter... Read more

YA novel wins British Fantasy Award

Frances Hardinge’s Cuckoo Song (Pan Macmillan) has become the first YA novel to win the award for best fantasy novel at the British Fantasy Awards,... Read more

Scottish pop singer wins Edinburgh first book prize

Scottish pop singer and author Colin MacIntyre has won this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival (EIBF) Book Award for his debut novel The Letters of... Read more

New library to open in Geelong x

The $45.5m Geelong Library and Heritage Centre in Victoria will open on Saturday 21 November with a weekend of celebrations. The five-floor library includes a... Read more

Sydney Uni joins international open-access library partnership x

The University of Sydney has become the first university in the southern hemisphere to join the Open Library of Humanities (OLH) Library Partnership. The OLH... Read more

SLV releases literacy report for Victorian public libraries x

The State Library of Victoria (SLV) has released a report to help Victorian public libraries improve literacy in the community. Reading and Literacy for All:... Read more

International library news x

Birmingham library to undergo £2.1m refurbishment Two years after opening, the £188m (A$403m) Library of Birmingham in the UK will renovate its first floor at... Read more

Simon Collinson on ‘The dark art of digital production’ x

While many Australian publishers have outsourced their ebook production, there is a strong case for building those skills in-house, writes Simon Collinson. Read his article... Read more

Sue Gunningham’s ‘All the Days After’ x

‘This emotionally draining book is a personal account of the myriad effects of being one of the many affected by a major natural disaster. Sue... Read more

Footprint no longer distributing Dalkey Archive Press x

Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press ISBN prefixes: 978-1-56478, 978-0-91658 Old Distributor: Footprint New Distributor: Ingram Changeover date: 31/08/2015 Returns cut-off: 18/12/2015

Book for ILF Trivia Night Sydney: Wednesday, 4 November x

Richard Glover hosts the annual fun ILF Book Trivia night this coming Wednesday, 4 November at Paddington RSL Club (6.30-9.30pm). Your attendance supports the Foundation’s... Read more

Black Inc. to distribute ‘The Chaser Quarterly’ x

Black Inc. is delighted to distribute The Chaser Quarterly, with the first issue hitting shelves on Monday 2 November 2015. From the team behind The... Read more

 

 

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