Weekly Book Newsletter
11 November 2015

Coyne leaves PRH; Burland appointed CEO

Penguin Random House (PRH) Asia Pacific CEO Gabrielle Coyne has left the company, with Random House Australia (RHA) children’s division director Julie Burland appointed CEO of... Read more

Besliev appointed CEO of Bonnier Australia

Natasha Besliev has been appointed to the newly created role of CEO of Bonnier Australia, a ‘consolidation’ of the company’s Australian businesses, which includes The... Read more

More than 180 bookstores participate in first NZ Bookshop Day

More than 180 bookstores have taken part in the inaugural New Zealand Bookshop Day on 31 October, an initiative launched by Booksellers NZ to ‘celebrate... Read more

Australian, Cambodian writers feature at inaugural Kampot Writers and Readers Festival x

Books+Publishing’s Andrew Wrathall reports from Kampot: The inaugural Kampot Writers and Readers Festival (KWRF), featuring Cambodian, Australian and other international writers, artists and musicians, was... Read more

Australian, NZ authors on 2016 IMPAC Dublin longlist x

Ten books by Australian and three by New Zealand authors have been longlisted for the 2016 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Books by Australian authors... Read more

Walkley Book Award 2015 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2015 Walkley Book Award, which ‘celebrates the value and importance of long form journalism’, has been announced. The shortlisted titles are:... Read more

KOALAs 2015 winners announced

The winners of the 2015 Kids Own Australian Literature Awards (KOALAs), New South Wales’ annual children’s choice awards, have been announced. The winning titles and... Read more

Slatter wins World Fantasy Award

Australian fantasy and horror author Angela Slatter has won a World Fantasy Award for best collection for The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings (Tartarus Press).... Read more

Houghton wins 2015 Five Mile Press Illustrator Prize

Suzanne Houghton has won the second annual Five Mile Press Illustrator Prize and a $4000 contract with the publisher. Acting managing director Kay Scarlett said in... Read more

LIANZA, NZ Children’s Book Awards to merge

The New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults and the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) Children’s Book Awards will merge from... Read more

Sports Writers Festival to launch with ‘mini-fest’ in Melbourne

A new writers’ festival specialising in sports writing will hold a ‘mini-fest’ on 21 November in Melbourne ahead of its first full program in 2016. The Sports... Read more

Creative Victoria announces new VicArts recipients

Creative Victoria, formerly known as Arts Victoria, has announced the latest round of VicArts Grants recipients. The program will provide $1.3 million in funding for... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘The arts scene can sometimes operate like a member’s only club where you need a blazer with a crest and a special key to get... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—A&U has sold the following rights to The Lovers’ Guide to Rome (Mark Lamprell): US and Canadian rights to Flatiron; German rights to Blanvalet;... Read more

Bestsellers this week

Kate Morton’s new novel The Lake House (A&U) has unseated two adult colouring books by Millie Marotta (Tropical Wonderland and Animal Kingdom, both Batsford) at... Read more

‘Overland’ Victoria University Short Story Prize 2015 winners announced

The winners of the 2015 Overland Victoria University Short Story Prize for New and Emerging Writers have been announced. Barry Lee Thompson won the $6000 first prize... Read more

Gay wins 2015 PEN USA’s Freedom to Write Award

US author Roxane Gay has won the PEN Center USA’s 2015 Freedom to Write Award, reports the Guardian. The annual award is presented to individuals... Read more

Editors quit Elsevier journal over open-access dispute

Six editors and all 31 board members of Elsevier’s linguistics journal Lingua have resigned in protest of the company’s high pricing and refusal to offer... Read more

Scholastic partners with We Need Diverse Books to promote 75 titles

In the US, Scholastic and youth literature advocacy organisation We Need Diverse Books have released a special edition Scholastic Reading Club flyer for grades four-to-eight,... Read more

HMH unveils line dedicated to science-fiction and fantasy publishing

In the US, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) will introduce a dedicated science-fiction and fantasy line from February 2016, reports Publishers Weekly. John Joseph Adams, who... Read more

ALIA to offer ‘international peer-mentoring’ for librarians x

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has partnered with the International Librarians Network (ILN) to offer ‘international peer mentoring’ for ALIA members. The ILN... Read more

Libraries awarded Community Heritage Grants x

The National Library of Australia (NLA) has announced the recipients of the 2015 Community Heritage Grants (CHG) program, including a number of libraries. In NSW,... Read more

International library news x

Report confirms importance of school libraries and librarians In the US, Scholastic has released a research report at the American Association of School Librarians’ National... Read more

Caitlin Neville on her adventures in publicity x

Caitlin Neville recently launched her freelance publicity business Tiny Fox Communications after working as a publicist for Hardie Grant Books, Pan Macmillan and HarperCollins. Read... Read more

Kirsty Eager’s ‘Summer Skin’

‘Summer Skin is YA at its most grown up. It is brutally honest and … doesn’t shy away from the messy bits of romance and... Read more

Coyne leaves PRH; Burland appointed CEO x

Penguin Random House (PRH) Asia Pacific CEO Gabrielle Coyne has left the company, with Random House Australia (RHA) children’s division director Julie Burland appointed CEO of... Read more

Besliev appointed CEO of Bonnier Australia x

Natasha Besliev has been appointed to the newly created role of CEO of Bonnier Australia. (See news.)

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