Weekly Book Newsletter
10 February 2016


Stella Prize 2016 longlist announced

The longlist for the fourth Stella Prize has been announced. This year’s longlisted titles are: The Women’s Pages (Debra Adelaide, Picador) The Other Side of... Read more

Macquarie Uni report reveals innovations, challenges in publishing

Macquarie University has released a report examining Australian publishers’ responses to industry changes, including 25 case studies of trade and educational publishers. The report, ‘Disruption... Read more


Hobbs chosen as Australian Children’s Laureate for 2016-17

Children’s author and illustrator Leigh Hobbs has been chosen at the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2016-17. The creator of more than 20 books, including Old... Read more

Two WA Dymocks stores close x

Dymocks stores in two Perth shopping centres—Carousel in Cannington and Midland Gate in Midland—closed on 3 February. Both stores were owned by the same franchise... Read more

The Natural Way of Things


‘The Natural Way of Things’ optioned for film

The film rights to Charlotte Wood’s 2015 novel The Natural Way of Things (A&U) have been optioned by producers Katia Nizic and Emma Dockery. Nizic and Dockery... Read more

NSW govt announces fellowship for early career writers

The NSW State Government has announced a new NSW Writer’s Fellowship for early career writers. The fellowship, worth $30,000, will be offered to a professional... Read more

Licensed café and bookshop opens on the Gold Coast

A new licensed café and bookshop has opened at the Paradise Island Resort on the Gold Coast. REaD, which stands for Read, Eat and Drink,... Read more

New location for Reader’s Feast x

Reader’s Feast Bookstore is moving from its current location in the Georges building in Melbourne’s CBD. General manager Mary Dalmau told Books+Publishing the store will... Read more

‘Seizure’ novella editor announced

Seizure has announced that Tom Langshaw will edit its 2016 Viva La Novella project. Langshaw, who works as an editorial and publishing assistant at Penguin... Read more

Edwards to self-publish children’s book ‘Hijabi Girl’ x

Children’s book author Hazel Edwards is self-publishing a junior chapter book co-written with librarian Ozge Alkan called Hijabi Girl, after being turned down by publishers.... Read more

Melbourne alternative bookstore Polyester Books to close

Melbourne alternative bookstore Polyester Books is closing its doors in May, reports the Age. The store, located on Brunswick St in Fitzroy, was founded in... Read more

Gadd awarded Mildura Writers Festival residency

Writer Nick Gadd has been named the writer in residence at this year’s Mildura Writers Festival, which runs from 14-17 July. Gadd, a blogger, essayist... Read more


Ferrante’s ‘Neapolitan Novels’ to be adapted for TV

Elena Ferrante’s bestselling ‘Neapolitan Novels’ are being adapted for television, reports the Hollywood Reporter. Italian TV production company Wildside and US-based Fandango Productions will co-develop... Read more

Authors ask Supreme Court to hear appeal against Google ruling

In the US, the Authors Guild is petitioning the Supreme Court to hear its case alleging Google breached copyright by digitising millions of books, reports... Read more

Google opens experimental ebookstore

Google has opened a new ebookstore for ‘mobile-first’ titles, reports the Bookseller. Editions at Play, created by London-based publisher Visual Editions and Google’s Creative Lab... Read more

Waterstones sales increase in 2014-15

UK chain bookseller Waterstones has recorded a rise in sales for the year to 25 April 2015, leading MD James Daunt to comment that the... Read more

US mall operator comments on Amazon’s plans for physical bookstores x

In the US, the CEO of a mall operator has said Amazon plans to open up to 400 physical bookstores, but has since clarified his... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—HarperCollins has sold world Polish rights to Secrets of a Lazy French Cook (Marie-Morgane Le Moel) to Illuminatio Lukasz Kierus; and world Turkish rights... Read more


Bestsellers this week

The Dressmaker (Rosalie Ham, Duffy & Snellgrove) maintains its position as the overall bestseller for a second consecutive week, ahead of All the Light We... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘It’s a lovely thing for me because my books are on the subversive side, and also I think humorous books have been underestimated’Leigh Hobbs on his appointment as the new Australian Children’s Laureate


New ‘Books+Publishing Junior’ reviews out now x

Books+Publishing’s first Junior newsletter for 2016 contains 10 reviews of children’s and YA books publishing in February and March 2016. Lee Battersby’s first book for... Read more

RiP John Hirst x

Author and historian John Hirst has died, aged 73. Hirst was an Emeritus Scholar at LaTrobe University and wrote a number of books on Australian... Read more

Contract signed for new $5.6m library for Mackay x

Mackay Regional Council has signed off on a $5.6m contract with construction firm Fergus Builders to build the new ‘hi-tech’ Mackay City Library, reports the... Read more

Library Lovers’ Day celebrations planned x

Libraries around Australia will be participating in Library Lovers’ Day celebrations on Sunday 14 February. The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), which runs the initiative, offers... Read more

Authors gather to protest UK library cuts x

In the UK, bestselling authors have gathered at parliament, calling on MPs to sign a motion that ensures local authorities provide a ‘comprehensive and efficient... Read more

S&S’s Larissa Edwards on the disruption in the publishing industry x

‘The strength of the Australian market lies with the independent booksellers and chain booksellers, if they weather the storm. They are very strong and they... Read more

Stan Grant’s ‘Talking to My Country’ x

‘The politics of Aboriginal identity cut to the bone of veteran journalist Stan Grant’s hybrid memoir/social commentary Talking to My Country’ … read Veronica Sullivan’s... Read more

2016 ABIAs: Publishing nominations open x

Publishers are invited to nominate their titles for the 2016 Australian Book Industry Awards, which acknowledge the best books and finest talent in the industry.... Read more

Black Inc. Remembers John Hirst x

Black Inc. mourns the passing of John Hirst.

John Hirst was a wonderful man and a superb historian. He was truly public-spirited in his life and work.

Over many years of working with him, we found him to be deeply generous.

He was a mentor to young historians—a teacher, advocate and adviser. He placed great store on writing for a general readership.

His book The Shortest History of Europe achieved international success. Just recently, its sales in China alone passed 100,000 copies.

But his major achievement was in changing our view of many aspects of Australian history, including the early days of British settlement, the advent of democracy and the forging of federation.

He had a sociological imagination of great originality, and the historian’s gift of synthesizing vast amounts of material and seeing new patterns and meanings.

His work will surely endure, for its originality, scholarship and deep intelligence.

We have been honoured to publish it.

John’s books include:

Australian History in 7 Questions, 9781863958226
The Shortest History of Europe, 9781863955652
Looking for Australia, 9781863954860
The Australians, 9781863955133
Sense & Nonsense in Australian History, 9780977594931
Freedom on the Fatal Shore, 9781863952071


2016 Voss Literary Prize Nominations Open x

The Australian University Heads of English and the estate of Vivian Robert de Vaux Voss are pleased to call for nominations to the second annual Voss Literary Prize. The prize, for the best novel published in Australia in 2015, carries a significant cash prize and will be presented at the AUHE AGM in November 2016. A nomination form and details of entry can be found at vossliteraryprize.org. Entries must be received by COB, 4 March 2016.


Allen & Unwin Congratulates Leigh Hobbs x

Allen & Unwin congratulates Leigh Hobbs on being named the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2016/17. His unique and hilarious books have delighted generations of children and he is a powerful advocate for the vital role the arts play in our lives. We proudly salute Leigh for this outstanding achievement.




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