Weekly Book Newsletter
25 November 2015

Christmas closing list: submissions due this Monday 30 November x

Publishers and distributors are asked to advise the Weekly Book Newsletter of their Christmas closing dates by 5pm this Monday 30 November. A full list will appear... Read more
 

Government set to drop parallel importation restrictions on books; industry responds

The federal government is set to repeal existing parallel importation restrictions (PIRs) on books after accepting the Competition Policy Review’s recommendations to drop PIRs. The government published a full... Read more
 

Catalyst arts program replaces NPEA; $32m returned to the Australia Council

The federal government’s controversial National Program for Excellence in the Arts (NPEA) has been scrapped, with $32m in funding returned to the Australia Council—just under... Read more
 

SPN conference returns to Melbourne; indie publishers strong in nonfiction, reports BookScan x

The Small Press Network’s (SPN) fourth Independent Publishing Conference returned to the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne on 19-21 November after being held in Sydney last... Read more
 

PM’s Literary Awards 2015 shortlists announced

The shortlists for this year’s Prime Minister’s Literary Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each of the categories are: Fiction Amnesia (Peter Carey,... Read more
 

Jensen wins 2015 Waverley Library Award

Erik Jensen has won the 2015 Waverley Library Award for Literature, known as the ‘Nib’, for his book Acute Misfortune (Black Inc.). Wright was presented... Read more
 

‘The Grapple Annual’ wins 2015 Most Underrated Book Award

The Grapple Annual No. 1 (ed by Duncan Felton), an anthology of prose, poetry, comics and art published by Canberra independent press Grapple Publishing, has... Read more
 

‘Illuminae’ film rights sold to US producers

The film rights to Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman’s YA novel Illuminae (A&U) have been sold to Plan B Entertainment—a US production company owned by Brad... Read more
 

CBCA announces 2016 conference program

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has announced the program for next year’s national conference, to be held at the Menzies Hotel in Sydney from 20-21... Read more
 

‘The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka’ optioned for film/TV x

The film and television rights to Clare Wright’s The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka have been optioned by Ruby Entertainment via Jacinta di Mase Management. Ruby... Read more
 

New ABDA category to recognise best designed education, reference books

The 2016 Australian Book Design Awards will include a new award for Best Designed Scholarly and Reference Book, bringing the total categories to 16. Eligible titles... Read more
 

Affirm acquires ‘The Birdman’s Wife’ at auction

Affirm Press publisher Fiona Henderson has acquired local and Commonwealth rights at auction to Melissa Ashley’s debut novel The Birdman’s Wife from Lyn Tranter at Australian... Read more
 

Creative Victoria announces changes to organisation funding

Creative Victoria has announced changes to its funding for organisations ahead of its 2017 funding cycle. Funding for the Organisations Investment Program has changed to four... Read more
 

Victorian Rep of the Year 2015 winners announced

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has announced the winners of this year’s Victorian Rep of the Year Award. The joint winners were Micheal Earp from... Read more
 

Inaugural Victorian Indigenous Literary Festival to launch in Melbourne

A new writers’ festival dedicated to Indigenous writing will be held at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne from 19-21 February. Blak & Bright, the inaugural... Read more
 

CLNZ Educational Publishing Awards 2015 winners announced

The winners of this year’s Copyright Licensing New Zealand (CLNZ) Educational Publishing Awards have been announced. The winners in each category are: Best Resource in... Read more
 

WAYRBA 2015 winners announced

The winners of the 2015 West Australian Young Readers’ Book Awards (WAYRBA) have been announced. The winning titles in each category are: Older readers The... Read more
 

Express Media Outstanding Achievement by a Young Person in the Literary Arts shortlist announced

Express Media has announced the shortlist for the Outstanding Achievement by a Young Person in the Literary Arts Award. The shortlisted writers are: Chloe Higgins Eliza... Read more
 

NZ to tax ebooks from overseas retailers from October 2016

The New Zealand government will collect a GST on ebooks and other digital products purchased online from overseas retailers from October next year. Revenue minister Todd McClay... Read more
 

Speech Pathology Book of the Year Awards 2015 winners announced

The winners of the Speech Pathology Australia 2015 Book of the Year Awards have been announced. The winners in the five categories are: Birth to... Read more
 

Quote of the week

‘There is a wide range of views within the book industry, and even amongst booksellers, about the impact that this will have on the sector’—ABA... Read more
 

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—HarperCollins has sold German rights to Band of Gold (Deb Challinor) to Weltbild. Spinifex Press has sold German rights to Figments of a Murder... Read more
 

Bestsellers this week

The top two entries in the overall bestsellers chart remain unchanged from last week, with Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School (Jeff Kinney, Puffin)... Read more
 

ABC Books acquires rights to Mitchell Johnson autobiography

ABC Books has acquired the rights to Australian cricketer Mitchell Johnson’s as-yet-untitled autobiography, to be published in the second half of 2016. ABC Books, an... Read more
 

Adelaide Writers’ Week named Best Community Event

Adelaide Writers’ Week (AWW) was named Best Community Event at the 2015 Australian Event Awards in Sydney on 17 November. The annual award is presented to... Read more
 

Costa Book Awards 2015 shortlists announced

In the UK, the shortlists for the 2015 Costa Book Awards have been announced. The four titles shortlisted for the 2015 Costa Novel Award are:... Read more
 

FT Business Book of the Year Award winner announced

In the UK, Martin Ford’s The Rise of the Robots (Oneworld) has won the 2015 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award... Read more
 

National Book Award 2015 winners announced

In the US, the winners of the 2015 National Book Awards have been announced. The fiction award was presented to Adam Johnson for Fortune Smiles: Stories... Read more
 

Children’s book sales up 20% in China last year x

Children’s book sales in China rose 20% in 2014 and are up 13% in 2015 to date, according to figures from China’s book sales data... Read more
 

Almond wins ‘Guardian’ children’s fiction prize

David Almond has won this year’s Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize for A Song for Ella Grey (Hodder Children’s), a retelling of the myth of Orpheus and... Read more
 

UK PA launches social media campaign to highlight publishing careers x

In the UK, the Publishers Association (PA) is launching a campaign across its social media platforms to raise awareness about the industry among school leavers,... Read more
 

World Book Night 2016 titles announced

The books selected for next year’s World Book Night in the UK and Ireland have been announced. Fifteen titles will be handed out by volunteers... Read more
 

Geelong Library becomes first regional public library to connect to AARNet x

The new Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, which opened on 21 November, is the first regional public library to connect to the Australian Academic and... Read more
 

State Library of South Australia launches archival art installation x

The State Library of South Australia has launched an art installation that projects images from its archival collections onto the external walls of the Institute... Read more
 

International library news x

Workers strike over plans to convert libraries to gyms In the UK, workers at Lambeth Library went on strike last week to protest the proposed... Read more
 

PIR debate: historical perspectives

In 2008 the Australian Productivity Commission announced a review into parallel importation restrictions (PIRs) on books, drawing some passionate responses from the book industry. Revisit the responses... Read more
 

Rebecca Sparrow’s ‘Ask Me Anything’ x

‘What differentiates this book from other teen self-help books is that it speaks unequivocally to young girls’ … read Sherri Kalow’s full review here.
 

Bookings open for CBCA 2016 National Conference x

Bookings for the 12th National CBCA Conference 2016 are now open. The 2016 conference, entitled ‘Read: Myriad Possibilities’, will be held at the Menzies Hotel... Read more

Australian Book Design Awards 2016: entries now open

Entries for the 64th Australian Book Design Awards are now open. The competition is open to books designed and published for the first time in... Read more

HEDS Closed 4 December Afternoon x

Harper Entertainment Distribution Services [HEDS] will be closed on the afternoon of Friday 4 December. All orders received up to and including Thursday 3 December... Read more

Story Box Library Announcement x

This December, Story Box Library are partnering with the Australian Children’s Literature Alliance (ACLA) and their ‘Share a Story’ Calendar project. In keeping with the... Read more

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