Weekly Book Newsletter
13 January 2016

Please complete our post-Christmas survey x

Books+Publishing is currently conducting its annual post-Christmas survey of booksellers and publishers. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey online. Booksellers If you... Read more

ASA calls for fairer contracts in open letter to publishers

Australian Society of Authors (ASA) chair David Day and its new executive director Juliet Rogers have published an open letter to members of the Australian... Read more


Griffiths and Denton top 2015 bestsellers chart

Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton’s The 65-Storey Treehouse (Pan) was the highest selling title in Australia in 2015 with 312,000 copies sold, reports the Age.... Read more

Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature 2016 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2016 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Fiction The Anchoress (Robyn Cadwallader,... Read more


Henshaw wins 2015 ACT Book of the Year

Mark Henshaw’s The Snow Kimono (Text) was announced as the winner of the $10,000 ACT Book of the Year Award for 2015 at a ceremony... Read more

PM’s Literary Awards 2015 winners announced x

The winners of 2015 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards were announced on 14 December at Carriageworks in Sydney. The winners in each category are: Fiction The... Read more

Government defunds Book Council of Australia, encourages industry-led council x

The federal government has announced the cessation and defunding of the Book Council of Australia in its 2015-16 Mid Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO).... Read more

Government proposes amendment to Copyright Act x

The government has released a draft bill amending the Copyright Act 1968 in order to simplify the use of copyright materials by libraries, educational institutions,... Read more

PC report recommends cutting Sunday penalty rates

The Productivity Commission has recommended reducing Sunday penalty rates for entertainment, hospitality and retail workers in its review of the industrial relations system. In its... Read more


Sydney bookstore specialising in YA to open this month x

Beachside Bookshop, a new bookstore specialising in Australian YA titles, will open at Avalon Beach, Sydney, later this month ahead of its official opening in... Read more


SLQ partners with Hachette for black&write! Indigenous Writing Fellowships

The State Library of Queensland (SLQ) is partnering with Hachette Australia for its annual black&write! Indigenous Writing Fellowships. The fellowships for writers of Aboriginal and... Read more

Inaugural UWAP Dorothy Hewett Award shortlist announced

The shortlist for UWA Publishing’s inaugural Dorothy Hewett Award for an unpublished manuscript was announced in December. The shortlisted works, chosen from 136 entries, are:... Read more

Inaugural Deborah Cass Prize shortlist announced

The shortlist for Writers Victoria’s inaugural Deborah Cass Prize for emerging writers from migrant backgrounds has been announced. The shortlisted works are: ‘Scent of Sousan... Read more

Starford, Kent to edit ‘KYD’ in 2016

Kill Your Darlings founders Rebecca Starford and Hannah Kent will jointly edit the literary journal in 2016, with current editor Brigid Mullane stepping down from... Read more

Cahill moves from Target to WHSmith x

Sarah Cahill been appointed buyer of books and magazines at WHSmith, based in Sydney. Cahill was previously the books and magazines buyer at Target. Target... Read more


Milne to leave HarperCollins x

HarperCollins Australia’s marketing, digital and communications director Simon Milne will leave the company at the end of 2015. Milne’s departure follows the integration of the... Read more

Australia Council September grants announced x

Fifteen literary organisations and 31 writers have received Australia Council grants as part of its $10.4m September funding round. In total, the 15 literary organisations... Read more

Indie Awards 2016 longlists announced

Leading Edge Books has announced the longlists for the 2016 Indie Awards. The longlisted titles in each category are: Fiction A Guide to Berlin (Gail... Read more


Wilson wins 2015 Johnno Award

Riverbend Books owner and Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) founder Suzy Wilson has won the 2015 Johnno Award for outstanding contribution to writing in Queensland. The award, which... Read more

Shaw sells first book as literary agent x

Former Readings books division manager Martin Shaw has sold his first book as a literary agent for Alex Adsett Publishing Services. Shaw, who now lives... Read more

IBBY NZ selects 2016 Honour Books

IBBY NZ has selected four titles for the 2016 International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Honour Book List. They are: Writing: Singing Home... Read more

European Commission releases Digital Single Market Strategy

The European Commission (EC) has released a Digital Single Market Strategy as part of its competition inquiry into the ecommerce sector in the European Union,... Read more

PEN Literary Awards 2016 longlists announced

The longlists for the 2016 PEN Literary Awards have been announced. The awards are presented in a number of categories, including the US$25,000 (A$34,380) PEN/Robert W Bingham... Read more

Costa Book Award 2015 category winners announced

In the UK, the Costa Book Award 2015 category winners have been announced. The winners are: A God in Ruins (Kate Atkinson, Doubleday) in the... Read more

PRH sells Author Solutions

Penguin Random House (PRH) has sold its self-publishing division Author Solutions to an affiliate of Najafi Companies, an US-based private investment firm, for an undisclosed... Read more

‘Grey’, ‘Go Set a Watchman’ top UK, US charts

E L James’ Grey (Arrow) and Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman (HarperCollins) were the bestselling books in the UK and US respectively in 2015.... Read more

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ALA Youth Media Awards 2016: Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, Stonewall

In the US, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has announced the winners of its... Read more

Nguyen, Mann win 2016 ALA Andrew Carnegie Medals

The American Library Association (ALA) has announced the winners of the 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medals. Viet Thanh Nguyen was awarded the Andrew Carnegie Medal for... Read more

Five Hong Kong publishers missing; bookshops remove politically sensitive titles

Five employees from Hong Kong’s Mighty Current publishing house and its affiliated Causeway Bay Bookshop have gone missing, with fears the staff have been detained... Read more

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Howe wins 2015 T S Eliot Prize

In the UK, Sarah Howe has won the 2015 T S Eliot Prize for her debut poetry collection Loop of Jade (Chatto & Windus), the... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Children’s—Fremantle Press has sold digital recording rights to The Last Viking (Norman Jorgensen, illus by James Foley) and My Superhero (Chris Owen, illus by... Read more



Bestsellers this week

Old School: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Jeff Kinney, Puffin) has extended its run as Australia’s number one bestseller for a seventh consecutive week, taking... Read more

Jon Steiner’s ‘The Last Wilkie’s’ x

‘The Last Wilkie’s is a quirky collection of short stories that are by turns funny, dark and troubling. Some are only a few sentences long;... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘There are many reasons for the decline in authors’ income, but unfair terms in publishing agreements contribute significantly to the plight of authors’Australian Society of Authors chair David Day and executive director Juliet Rogers in an open letter calling for fairer contract terms for authors


RiP Brian Johns

Brian Johns, former Penguin Books director and managing director of the ABC, has died, aged 79. Johns joined Penguin Books as publishing director in 1979,... Read more

RiP Peter Milne

Peter Milne, a long-time bookseller at Abbey’s Bookshop in Sydney, has died, aged 75. Eve Abbey from Abbey’s Bookshop writes: ‘Our indispensable, seemingly everlasting Peter... Read more

Digital loans on the rise in NSW public libraries x

Many NSW public libraries are expanding their digital collections and recording an increase in loans, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. The City of Sydney now... Read more

Schwirtlich reappointed NLA director-general

Anne-Marie Schwirtlich has been reappointed as the National Library of Australia (NLA) director-general until March 2017. Schwirtlich has served in the role since 2011. She... Read more

Australian Academy of Science library closes x

The Australian Academy of Science has confirmed that its Basser Library and Fenner Archives in Canberra has closed, reports the Age. The library, located in... Read more

International library news x

Report recommends ‘unified digital platform’ for English libraries The UK’s Chief Society of Librarians has released a report recommending a £20m (A$41m) investment in a... Read more

Making the grade x

‘The absence of a streamlined approach to the selection of texts in Australian schools may be a point of frustration for many publishers, especially when... Read more

Cahill moves from Target to WHSmith x

Sarah Cahill been appointed buyer of books and magazines at WHSmith. Cahill was previously the books and magazines buyer at Target.

Quick leaves UNSW Press x

UNSW Press design manager Di Quick has left the company. (See classified.)

Milne leaves HarperCollins x

HarperCollins Australia’s marketing, digital and communications director Simon Milne has left the company. (See news.)

APA Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship 2015/16 call for applications x

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) is calling for applications for the 14th Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship in 2015/16. The 10- to 12-week biennial fellowship provides... Read more

Society of Editors (NSW): InDesign for editors x

The Society of Editors (NSW) Inc. begins its 2016 workshop calendar with the one-day professional course ‘InDesign for editors’, presented by software trainer Antony Browne on... Read more

Di Quick Leaves UNSW Press x

At the end of 2015, design manager Di Quick left UNSW Press Ltd after 32 years in the role.

She witnessed major changes in the industry during this time, designing a range of distinctive academic and trade books in the UNSW Press and NewSouth imprints.

Her exceptional designs of illustrated history books are widely recognised in the trade, especially by authors whose work has been enhanced by her attention to detail and understanding of book production.

Di Quick said: ‘I have enjoyed working with the people at the Press and will miss the close working relationships with many staff, suppliers and authors I have worked with over the years.’

She is looking forward to new creative opportunities in 2016 and all at NewSouth and UNSW wish Di well for her future.

Kathy Bail, Chief Executive, UNSW Press


UQP Congratulates Claire Zorn x

UQP sends heartfelt congratulations to Claire Zorn, whose novel The Protected won the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction. #LoveOzYA

For reorders please contact UBD on orders@unitedbookdistributors.com.au.


Exisle Distribution Change x

After over 10 years Exisle will be running its own sales operation from early 2016. Exisle would like to thank Macmillan for their partnership and announce that Exisle books from 1 March will be distributed by Harper Entertainment Distribution Services (HEDS) with Exisle running its own sales operation.

Alliance Distribution Services will process return authorisations for Exisle titles until 5/2/16, and will accept returns for credit until 22/2/16. Exisle would like to thank ADS and the team at Macmillan for our 10 year association as we look forward to working with the HEDS team as we develop our own sales force in Australia.

Please contact the following for enquiries:

Customer Service at Exisle: Samantha Loadsman on (02) 4998-3327
HEDS Orders: email orders@harpercollins.com.au or fax 1800-645-547


Hardie Grant Publishing Price Changes x

As of 1 January 2016, the RRP of all Hardie Grant Publishing titles has changed from .95 cents to .99 cents. A full onix file is currently being distributed via sales reps. From now on all Hardie Grant Publishing titles, including agency titles, Hardie Grant Books, Hardie Grant Egmont and Hardie Grant Explore will end in a .99 cent price point. For further details please contact sales manager Simone Roberts at simoneroberts@hardiegrant.com.au.


Save the Date: Australian Book Industry Awards 2016 x

A new venue and new host in Kitty Flanagan marks the next chapter for the Australian Book Industry Awards.

The Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) will be held on Thursday, 19 May 2016 at the stunning surrounds of the Art Gallery of NSW.

Get ready to giggle, as popular comedian Kitty Flanagan will host the night that showcases the best books of the year, as selected by the industry Academy of more than 100 experts.

The ABIAs celebrate the connection between Australian readers and the ‘book makers’—authors, editors, publishing professionals and retailers, who unite to create the must-read books of the year.

Join the eclectic A-list of Australian and international guests from the worlds of literature, entertainment, business, government, the arts, media and more.

Keep up with all your ABIA news at: abiawards.com.au
Twitter: @ABIA_Awards
Facebook: Australian Book Industry Awards




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