Weekly Book Newsletter
20 January 2016


Indie Awards 2016 shortlists announced

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

‘Watershed’ moment for WA writing sector after literary groups defunded

The WA Department of Culture and the Arts (DCA) has defunded WritingWA, the state’s peak body for the writing sector, as part of its restructured... Read more

Perth Writers Festival 2016 program released

The full program for the 2016 Perth Writers Festival, which runs from 18-21 February, has been released. As previously reported by Books+Publishing, UK pop-philosopher Roman... Read more


Australian Romance Readers Awards 2015 finalists announced

The finalists for the 2015 Australian Romance Readers Awards have been announced. Ten writers have been shortlisted for the Favourite Australian Romance Author award, including... Read more

Starford leaves Text Publishing; Cowell appointed senior editor x

Rebecca Starford has resigned from her role as editor at Text Publishing to write full-time. Starford, whose memoir Bad Behaviour (A&U) was published in 2015,... Read more

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Blak & Bright Indigenous Literary festival program announced

The program for the inaugural Indigenous Literary Festival Blak & Bright has been announced. The festival, to be held in Melbourne from 18-21 February, features... Read more

Stella Prize launches ‘Stella Sparks’ fundraising campaign

The Stella Prize is running a new fundraising campaign to ‘ensure the sustainability of the Stella Prize as an organisation’ and ‘celebrate and recognise the... Read more

Online literary magazine ‘Antic’ to launch in mid-2016 x

Antic, a self-funded online literary magazine founded by Sabita Naheswaran and Julian Novitz, will launch its first edition in mid-2016. Naheswaran, an editorial coordinator at... Read more

Hachette signs Richell Prize winner, shortlisted writer x

Hachette has acquired titles from the winner of the inaugural Richell Prize for Emerging Writers, Sally Abbott, and shortlisted writer Brodie Lancaster. Hachette publisher Robert... Read more

ASA announces 2015-16 mentorship recipients

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has announced the recipients of its 2015-16 mentorships for emerging writers and illustrators. Elizabeth Bryer (nonfiction) Steve Fraser (fiction)... Read more

Inaugural Rock & Roll Writers Festival to be held in Brisbane in April

The inaugural Rock & Roll Writers Festival will be held at The Brightside in Brisbane on 2-3 April. The festival was founded by former band... Read more

Featherston to hold second Booktown event in May

Featherston, New Zealand, will hold its second major Booktown event from 20-22 May this year. The town held its first Booktown event in October last... Read more

MUP to publish Payne autobiography

Melbourne University Publishing has acquired the rights to My Story, the autobiography of Michelle Payne, who in 2015 became the first female jockey to win... Read more

IPEd to open membership to individual editors

The Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) will open its membership to individual editors from July 2016. The organisation’s current membership comprises seven editors’ societies in... Read more

Annotated edition of ‘Mein Kampf’ debuts on German bestseller list

In Germany, a new annotated edition of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf will debut on the bestseller charts, reports the Guardian. The new critical version published... Read more

Pullman resigns as Oxford Literary Festival patron over refusal to pay authors

In the UK, author Philip Pullman has announced his resignation as Oxford Literary Festival patron over its refusal to pay speakers, reports the Bookseller. Pullman... Read more

Writers call for boycott of literary festivals that don’t pay speakers

In the UK, a numbers of writers have called for publishers and fellow authors to boycott festivals that don’t pay speakers’ fees, reports the Bookseller.... Read more

Roy wins 2016 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature

Indian novelist Anuradha Roy has won the 2016 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature for her novel Sleeping on Jupiter (Quercus). Roy’s novel was selected... Read more

National Book Critics Circle Awards 2015 finalists announced

In the US, the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Awards finalists have been announced. The finalists in the fiction category are: The Sellout (Paul Beatty,... Read more

Sales up for travel guides after seven-year slump

In the UK, the travel guide market has recorded an increase in sales in 2015 for the first time in seven years, reports the Bookseller.... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—HarperCollins has sold world Turkish Rights to Assassin, Covet, Fetish, Hit, Siren and Split (all Tara Moss) to Kabalci Yayinlari; and Italian and world... Read more

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Bestsellers this week

James Patterson and Marshall Karp’s NYPD Red 4 (Century) has claimed top spot in the overall bestsellers and highest new entries charts in its first... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘What is it about Australia that we can take out a bunch of writing organisations and expect there not to be serious damage caused to our culture?’Australian Writers Guild WA manager Melissa Callanan on the recent funding cuts to the WA writing sector


Fiction most-loaned in Victorian public libraries x

A survey of more than 40 public library branches in Victoria has found that fiction was the most popular category among borrowers in 2015, reports... Read more

Perth Writers Festival to feature human libraries x

The 2016 Perth Writers Festival is giving festival-goers the opportunity to borrow a ‘human book’, reports the ABC. The Human Library will run twice over... Read more

Fourteen million fewer books in British public libraries since Tories took office x

In the UK, funding cuts and closures among public libraries has led to a reduction of 14 million print books over the past six years,... Read more

Librarians delete user data to protect privacy x

In the US, librarians at the City University of New York’s Graduate Centre have begun deleting interlibrary loan records in order to protect user privacy,... Read more

The trouble with YA in translation x

Why is there so little translated YA fiction published in Australia? Danielle Binks spoke to Scribe publisher Henry Rosenbloom and publicist Cora Roberts about their... Read more

Lucinda Gifford’s ‘Arthur and the Curiosity’ x

‘Written and illustrated by the winner of the inaugural Five Mile Press Illustrator Prize Lucinda Gifford, Arthur and the Curiosity … is a delightful book... Read more

Starford leaves Text; Cowell appointed senior editor x

Rebecca Starford has resigned from her role as editor at Text Publishing. Former Random House and A&U senior editor Elizabeth Cowell has been appointed senior editor... Read more

SPN: Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth drinks x

Join the Small Press Network for a casual get-together in Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne or Perth. All booklovers, SPN members and their guests are welcome, and... Read more

Australian Book Design Hall of Fame: Call for nominations x

The Australian Book Designers Association is inviting nominations for the Australian Book Design Hall of Fame. Established in 1994, the Hall of Fame Award is... Read more

Walker Books Group Reveals Final Book in Jon Klassen’s Bestselling Picture Book Trilogy x

The bestselling picture book trilogy written and illustrated by Caldecott Medallist Jon Klassen concludes with We Found a Hat, and will be published worldwide in October 2016 by the Walker Books Group. Jon Klassen will be visiting Australia in May 2016. For more information see: http://www.walkerbooks.com.au/News/News-Item-258


Hot Key Books Transfers from Five Mile Press to Allen & Unwin x

As previously announced, Hot Key Books, now part of UK-based Bonnier Publishing Fiction, transfers to Allen & Unwin on January 1 2016 as part of a new group sales and distribution arrangement covering a number of UK children’s and adult fiction titles. The Five Mile Press will accept returns of Hot Key Books titles until March 31 2016.  Please contact Laurance on 03 8756 5559 with any enquiries.


NewSouth Congratulates Tess Lea x

NewSouth is excited to announce that Tess Lea’s Darwin (ISBN: 9781742233864) has been shortlisted for the Non-Fiction Award in the 2016 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature. Now in its 30 year, this is one of Australia’s richest and most competitive literary prizes. In Darwin, the final book in NewSouth’s acclaimed ‘City’ series, Tess Lea writes about her home town, delving into both memory and history. Congratulations to Tess and all the shortlisted authors. For orders, contact TL Distribution (P: +61(2) 8778 9999, E: orders@tldistribution.com.au).


Literary Magazine Antic to Launch in 2016 x

Online literary magazine, Antic, will be launched in mid-2016. Featuring the works of new and established Australian writers, Antic will publish fiction, nonfiction, poetry and criticism. Some of the pieces published will be accompanied by commentary that offers a deeper exploration of that work in terms of its craft and technique.The Antic team – Sabita Naheswaran (publisher and managing editor), Aaron Mannion (fiction), Katerina Bryant (nonfiction), Julian Novitz (reviews) and Kirstin Corcoran (poetry and publicity) – are seeking contributors and pitches, and will pay for any writing we publish. Keep an eye out for our first issue and launch event!

For more information, visit Antic’s holding page: www.anticmagazine.com.au.


Cengage Learning Fast Track Order Service for Primary and Secondary School Booksellers x

Cengage Learning Australia will be offering a Fast Track order service for back-to-school top up orders. The service is available from Wednesday 20th January 2016 to Friday 26th February 2016 for Primary and Secondary School Booksellers. Orders received by Cengage Learning Customer Service prior to midday ADST will be despatched the same day (subject to stock availability) Orders must be marked as‘Fast Track’

Contact details for our Customer Service team:
Phone: 1300 790 853 Fax: 1300 790 852
Email: anz.customerservice@cengage.com


Hachette Australia Congratulates Geraldine Brooks and Stephanie Bishop x

Everyone at Hachette Australia is thrilled to congratulate Geraldine Brooks on The Secret Chord and Stephanie Bishop on The Other Side of the World being shortlisted for the 2016 Indie Book Awards. Congratulations Geraldine and Stephanie!

To order copies of The Secret Chord (ISBN: 9780733632174) and The Other Side of the World (ISBN: 9780733633782) please contact Alliance Distribution Services customer service on toll-free fax 1800-664-477 or tel (02) 4390 1300.




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