Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
5 November 2015

No ‘Daily’ tomorrow x

The Books+Publishing Daily newsletter will not be published tomorrow, 3 November, due to the Melbourne Cup public holiday in Victoria. The next Daily will be published Wednesday 4 November.

Krznaric, Genova to headline 2016 Perth Writers Festival

The Perth Writers Festival has announced a number of authors on its 2016 line-up. International guests appearing at the festival, which runs from 18-21 February,... Read more

Political intervention intensifies discussion at Ubud x

Books+Publishing’s Andrew Wrathall reports from Ubud: The 12th Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, which ran from 28 October to 1 November in Bali, Indonesia, was... Read more

Fourth GenreCon attracts nearly 200 writers, publishers x

Almost 200 writers, editors, agents and publishers attended the fourth annual GenreCon, which ran from 30 October to 1 November. The conference for Australian genre... Read more

Awards archives, designers’ portfolios feature on new ABDA website x

The Australian Book Design Association (ABDA) has launched its new website, which includes a work-in-progress archive of Australian Book Design Award-winning covers going back to the... Read more

‘The Strays’ selected for Canberra Uni Books Project x

Emily Bitto’s Stella Prize-winning novel The Strays (Affirm Press) has been chosen for the 2016 University of Canberra (UC) Books Project. As part of the... Read more

NLA Legal Deposit scheme to extend to digital publications in February

New legislation requiring publishers to deposit certain online publications with the National Library of Australia (NLA) will come into effect from February 2016. Earlier this year,... Read more

London wins 2015 Patrick White Literary Award

Joan London has won the 2015 Patrick White Literary Award. The annual award was established by Patrick White using the proceeds of his 1973 Nobel... Read more

Griffiths awarded 2015 Dromkeen Medal

Children’s book author Andy Griffiths was awarded the 2015 Dromkeen Medal at the State Library of Victoria (SLV) on 29 October. Acting CEO and state librarian... Read more

Abbott wins inaugural Richell Prize

Sally Abbott has won the inaugural Richell Prize for Emerging Writers for her entry ‘Closing Down’, which imagines a future Australia ‘negotiating a tidal wave of... Read more

CBCA NSW announces winner of Aspiring Writers’ Mentorship Program

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) NSW branch has awarded its 2015 Aspiring Writers’ Mentorship Program Charlotte Waring Barton Award to Derina McLaughlin for her story... Read more

Tuffield acquires Valentish’s ‘addiction memoir’ for Black Inc. x

Publisher Aviva Tuffield has acquired her first nonfiction title for Black Inc., an ‘addiction memoir’ from journalist and Cherry Bomb author Jenny Valentish. A Girl’s... Read more

A&U to distribute select Bonnier imprints from 2016 x

Allen & Unwin will distribute a number of UK-based Bonnier Publishing Fiction imprints in Australia and New Zealand from 1 January 2016. The imprints include... Read more

‘Overland’ Victoria University Short Story Prize 2015 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2015 Overland Victoria University Short Story Prize for New and Emerging Writers has been announced.  The shortlisted stories are: ‘The Conservation... Read more

Scribe nonfiction prize 2015 shortlist announced

Scribe has announced the shortlist for its third annual nonfiction prize for young writers.  The shortlisted entries are: ‘A Liberal View’ by Patrick Mullins ‘Eating... Read more

Brooking wins Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award

Dunedin academic Trish Brooking has won the 2015 Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award in New Zealand. Brooking has worked at the University of Otago for more... Read more

Book adaptations among AACTA nominees

A number of book adaptations are among the nominees for this year’s Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards. The film The Dressmaker,... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Andy [Griffiths] is truly a titan of Australian children’s literature. He has devoted his career to making kids laugh and encouraging even reluctant readers to... Read more

Foyles launches same-day delivery, free 2nd class postage

UK independent bookselling chain Foyles has launched a same-day delivery service to all addresses in central London, reports the Bookseller. The service is priced at... Read more

Vanderhaeghe wins third Governor General’s Literary Award in Canada

In Canada, Guy Vanderhaeghe has won his third Governor General’s Literary Award for English-language fiction for his book Daddy Lenin and Other Stories (McClelland &... Read more

Apple files petition to overturn Supreme Court ebook price-fixing decision

In the US, Apple has submitted a 35-page petition to the Supreme Court seeking to overturn a July decision to uphold Judge Denise Cote’s 2013... Read more

Amazon opens bricks-and-mortar bookstore in Seattle

Amazon has opened its first bricks-and-mortar bookstore in Seattle, reports Publishers Weekly. Amazon Books, which opened with 15 employees, will stock a selection of titles chosen... Read more

‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ wins Baileys’ ‘best of the best’

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun (Fourth Estate) has been named the ‘best of the best’ of the second decade of winners of... Read more

Silberman wins 2015 Samuel Johnson Prize

Steve Silberman has won the £20,000 ($42,906) Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction for Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and How to Think Smarter about People Who... Read more

‘His Dark Materials’ to be adapted for TV

The BBC has commissioned a TV adaptation of Philip Pullman’s fantasy trilogy ‘His Dark Materials’, reports the Bookseller. The series will be made in Wales... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

The film tie-in edition of The Dressmaker (Rosalie Ham, Duffy & Snellgrove) has climbed to 10th spot in this week’s bestseller charts after the adaptation... Read more

Alison Goodman’s ‘Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club: Book One’ x

‘Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club is an elegant novel that blends well-researched historical elements with engaging prose. While readers familiar with gas-lamp fantasy... Read more

Lu Rees Archives renamed the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature

The Lu Rees Archives, housed at the University of Canberra, has been renamed the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature. The centre said in a statement that... Read more

National Film and Sound Archive calls for national framework to digitise outdated audio-visual material x

The National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) has published a discussion paper warning that thousands of hours of historical material on magnetic tape could be... Read more

International library news x

Scottish Poetry Library reopens after £500,000 revamp The Scottish Poetry Library, which holds the largest open-access collection of Scottish poetry in the world, has re-opened... Read more

Innovation and competition: a first-timer’s experience of Frankfurt x

‘Apart from selling rights, Frankfurt is also the place to make new contacts, raise your company’s profile, increase your product awareness and observe macro trends... Read more

Blackwood joins the Wheeler Centre x

Scribe marketing manager and publicist Kate Blackwood has been appointed publicist at the Wheeler Centre. Blackwood, who begins in the role on 10 November, replaces Tamara... Read more

Affirm Press pleased to reprint The Last Will & Testament of Henry Hoffman x

Affirm Press’ golden run in Australian fiction publishing continues as The Last Will and Testament of Henry Hoffman goes into reprint. This follows on from the success of Stella Award-winning The Strays, which has now been reprinted four times. Affirm has two brilliant new Australian debuts to look out for in early 2016, Sing Fox to Me by Sarah Kanake (March 2016) and Treading Air by Ariella van Luyn (May 2016).

To re-order The Last Will and Testament of Henry Hoffman (ISBN 9781922213884 RRP: $24.99) contact United Book Distributors at: orders@unitedbookdistributors.com.au or 1800 338 836


Harper Entertainment Distribution Services Christmas changes x

Harper Entertainment Distribution Services (HEDS) is pleased to advise the following changes to help our customers maximise their sales in the weeks leading up to Christmas 2015.

1. The minimum order value will be reduced to $100.00 from Tuesday, 1 December to Wednesday, 23 December inclusive.

2. Orders received by HEDS prior to 3:00pm (AEDT) Monday to Friday will be despatched the next business day.

3. Our Customer Service department will be open from 6:30am (AEDT) to 5:30pm (AEDT) from Tuesday, 1 December to Wednesday 23, December inclusive.

4. Our Customer Service, Credit and Warehouse Operations will be open Monday to Friday throughout the Christmas and New Year period except for Friday, 25 December, Monday, 28 December and Friday, 1 January 2016.

HEDS would also like to advise this year’s cut-off dates for delivery by December 24.

Cut-off dates for delivery by 24 December 2015
Destination Last orders in by 2pm (AEDT) for NZ and 4pm (AEDT) Australia
NZ Auckland Friday, 18 December 2015
NZ North Outer Wednesday, 16 December 2015
NZ Christchurch Friday, 18 December 2015
NZ South Outer Wednesday, 16 December 2015
Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane Tuesday, 22 December 2015
NSW Outer Friday, 18 December 2015
Vic Outer Friday, 18 December 2015
QLD outer Thursday, 17 December 2015
Adelaide Friday, 18 December 2015
Perth Wednesday, 16 December 2015
SA outer Wednesday, 16 December 2015
WA outer Monday, 14 December 2015
NT Monday, 14 December 2015
TAS Thursday, 17 December 2015

Allen & Unwin congratulates Steve Silberman, winner of 2015 Samuel Johnson Prize for ‘NeuroTribes’ x

This extraordinary and moving history of autism has won the most prestigious non-fiction award in the UK, the Samuel Johnson Prize.

Oliver Sacks writes in the foreword, ‘NeuroTribes is a sweeping and penetrating history, presented with a rare sympathy and sensitivity. It will change how you think of autism.’

NeuroTribes is also a New York Times bestseller.

NeuroTribes is in stock. Orders to UBD Customer Service ph 1800 338 836


ISBN 9781760113629 $35.00 rrp




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