Weekly Book Newsletter
18 November 2015

Wallace-Crabbe wins $60,000 Melbourne Prize for Literature; Goldsmith wins Best Writing Award

Poet Chris Wallace-Crabbe has won the 2015 Melbourne Prize for Literature, presented every three years to a Victorian author ‘whose body of published or produced... Read more

Thames & Hudson taking ‘decisive action’ against colouring book piracy x

Thames & Hudson Australia is taking ‘decisive action’ to combat the piracy of two of its adult colouring titles, Johanna Basford’s Secret Garden and Enchanted... Read more

NSW Rep of the Year 2015 shortlist announced

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has announced the shortlist for this year’s NSW Rep of the Year Award.  On the shortlist are: Dianne Dipietro, Penguin... Read more

Nero launches children’s book imprint x

Nero will launch its children’s book imprint Piccolo Nero next month with the imprint’s first title The Two Acrobats. The book is written by Nero... Read more

S&S to distribute Affirm Press x

Affirm Press has announced a new sales and distribution partnership with Simon & Schuster Australia, effective from 1 April 2016. The publisher is currently distributed... Read more

Kembrey wins NSW Rep of the Year for 2015

Jane Kembrey from NewSouth Books has won the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) NSW Rep of the Year Award, presented at the ABA NSW Booksellers Party in... Read more

Macquarie University study turns to publishers

Macquarie University researchers are surveying Australian trade and educational publishers for the second stage of their three-year research project into the impact of the changing publishing industry on... Read more

ABA, APA hold first roundtable discussion for independents

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) and Australian Publishers Association (APA) held a roundtable discussion with independent booksellers and publishers in Sydney in October, the first... Read more

Maramenides joins S&S UK as children’s publishing MD

Former Five Mile Press and Echo Publishing managing director Alexandra Maramenides has been appointed managing director of Simon & Schuster (S&S) UK’s children’s publishing division.... Read more

QBD opens new store at Westfield Miranda, Sydney x

QBD The Bookshop has opened a new store—the company’s 57th outlet—at Westfield Miranda shopping centre in southern Sydney. QBD director Mark Robinson said the store... Read more

The Book Bird opens in Geelong West

A new bookstore, The Book Bird, has opened in Geelong West in Victoria. Owner Anna Tweed opened the Pakington Street store in October after previously working... Read more

Bloomsbury acquires world rights to Melbourne duo’s picture book

Bloomsbury USA has acquired world rights to Melbourne-based author and illustrator team Jessica Walton and Dougal MacPherson’s Introducing Teddy, to be published globally in June... Read more

Second annual Australian Photobook Award expands categories to cover trade, self-published titles

The 2015 Australian Photobook of the Year Award has expanded to include categories for self-published and trade-published works. The awards ‘celebrate excellence and innovation in... Read more

New CEO, artistic director for Clunes Booktown Festival x

Creative Clunes has announced the appointment of a CEO and artistic director for the Victorian town’s 10th Booktown Festival, to be held from 30 April to... Read more

Quote of the week

‘We joke that people are putting their ereaders on the top shelf along with their fondue sets’—Booksellers NZ CEO Lincoln Gould on the strong recent... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Scribe has sold German rights to Please Don’t Leave Me Here (Tania Chandler) to Suhrkamp. Nonfiction—HarperCollins has sold Dutch rights to Delicious: Bake, Delicious:... Read more

Bestsellers this week

Both paperback and hardback editions of Old School (Jeff Kinney), the latest instalment in the blockbuster ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ series, have climbed into... Read more

Jackson wins Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship

New Zealand poet Anna Jackson has won the Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship for 2015.The fellowship provides the winner with a three-month residency in Menton, France,... Read more

Barry wins 2015 Goldsmiths Prize

In the UK, Kevin Barry’s Beatlebone (Canongate) has won the 2015 Goldsmiths Prize. Chosen from a shortlist of six titles, Barry’s fictionalised portrait of The... Read more

Alexis wins 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize

In Canada, André Alexis has won the C$100,000 (A$106,800) Scotiabank Giller Prize for his novel Fifteen Dogs (Serpent’s Tail). The judges described Alexis’ novel as... Read more

Faber to close its sales and distribution service for small publishers

In the UK, Faber will close its Faber Factory Plus sales service for small independent publishers, reports the Bookseller. Clients of the service, which launched... Read more

IPG releases report into UK indie publishing sector

In the UK, the Independent Publishers Guild (IPG) has found more than half of the surveyed companies believe their business is growing, reports the Bookseller.... Read more

‘Guardian’ First Book Award 2015 shortlist announced

Six titles have been shortlisted for the UK’s £10,000 (A$21,394) Guardian First Book Award, including a poetry collection, a nonfiction title, a short story collection and... Read more

Analysts warn of additional Pearson profit warning after share price slump

In the UK, finance analysts have warned Pearson investors are ‘increasingly concerned about the risk of an additional profit warning’ after the publisher’s share price fell 5.6%... Read more

BBC launches year-long ‘Get Reading’ campaign

In the UK, the BBC will run a year-long campaign in 2016 to celebrate great authors and encourage reading, reports the Bookseller. The campaign, run... Read more

Bad S-x in Fiction Award 2015 shortlist announced

In the UK, the Literary Review has announced the shortlist for the 2015 Bad S-x in Fiction Award. The eight shortlisted titles are: Before, During,... Read more

Australian libraries prepare for International Games Day x

On Saturday 21 November more than 1000 libraries around the world will celebrate the eighth annual ‘International Games Day @ Your Library’, a worldwide initiative... Read more

Plans for Wangaratta Library cause concern x

In Victoria, draft plans to relocate the Wangaratta visitor information centre to the library have been criticised by the Friends of the Wangaratta Library Action... Read more

International library news x

Ebook loans from Danish public libraries set to double in 2015 In Denmark, more than one million ebooks are expected to be borrowed from Danish... Read more

Lessons in leasing x

According to Australian Booksellers Association CEO Joel Becker, one of the leading causes of recent bookshop closures has been the cost of leasing. But it’s not... Read more

Armin Greder’s ‘Australia to Z’

‘Alphabet books have provided insight into our priorities for many years, and Armin Greder’s certainly captures an Australia that will strike a chord with many’... Read more

New appointments at Creative Clunes x

Richard Mackay-Scollay has been appointed to the newly created position of CEO of Creative Clunes, and Ailsa Brackley du Bois has been appointed artistic director,... Read more

Hingee joins Readings x

Lian Hingee has been appointed digital marketing manager at Readings, replacing Nina Kenwood, who has been promoted to marketing manager.

ABA VIC Book Industry Christmas Party and Rep of the Year Awards x

Join your bookselling and publishing friends and colleagues for drinks, nibbles, industry gossip and great conversation at the annual Victorian book industry Christmas Party.  The... Read more

Announcement—Footprint Office Staff Are Moving! x

From 23 November, Footprint office staff previously located in Prosperity Parade, will re-join the warehouse staff in larger and more modern premises at 4/8 Jubilee... Read more

Paperback edition of New Yorker copy editor Mary Norris’s ‘Between You & Me’ rushed out for author tour x

Text is rushing out a paperback edition of New Yorker copy editor Mary Norris’s hit book Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen to coincide with the... Read more

United Book Distributors Christmas Service Announcement x

In order to support our customers throughout the Christmas period, United Book Distributors will implement the following service change from the 16/11/15, ending the 01/01/16.... Read more

Apology x

Claims made by Justice Hakata about the journalist, Adam Shand, have been withdrawn. The authors and publishers of Chasing Shadows: The Life & Death of Peter... Read more

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