Weekly Book Newsletter
17 February 2016

Aurealis Awards 2015 finalists announced

The finalists for the 2015 Aurealis Awards, presented for science-fiction, fantasy and horror writing in Australia, have been announced. Among the categories are: Fantasy novel... Read more


New Canberra Writers Festival announced x

A new Canberra Writers Festival, to be held from 26-28 August 2016, has been announced. Organisers said in a statement that the festival has the... Read more

New literary agency Hindsight begins pitching to publishers x

Melbourne-based Hindsight Literary Agency has begun pitching its clients’ manuscripts to publishers after opening in September last year. The agency is run by editorial director... Read more


New children’s bookshop opens in Fremantle

A new bookshop specialising in children’s books and art supplies has opened in Fremantle. The Paper Bird is located in the Moores Art Building on... Read more

Inaugural Short Story Festival to be held in Perth in October

The first Australian Short Story Festival will be held at the Centre for Stories and other inner-city venues in Perth from 21-23 October. The festival... Read more


Graham longlisted for 2016 Greenaway Medal

Bob Graham’s How the Sun Got to Coco’s House (Walker Books) is one of 20 books longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal for distinguished illustration... Read more

Letters to Tiptree


Australian anthology shortlisted for UK sci-fi award

Australian anthology Letters to Tiptree (ed by Alexandra Pierce & Alisa Kranostein, Twelfth Planet) has been shortlisted for the 2016 British Science Fiction Association (BSFA)... Read more

writingWA Awards 2015 winners announced

The winners of the 2015 writingWA Awards, which support emerging writers based in regional Western Australia, have been announced. Marc Simojoki was awarded the Curtin... Read more

Dawkins cancels Australian tour

UK author Richard Dawkins has cancelled his upcoming Australian and New Zealand tour after suffering a ‘minor stroke’ in the UK. Dawkins was scheduled to... Read more

QWC announces new fellowship for women writers

The Queensland Writers Centre (QWC) has announced a new fellowship for women writers. The Maher Fellowship for Women Writers will be awarded to three recipients,... Read more

International guests announced for PANZ conference

The Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) has announced a number of international guests appearing at its 2016 conference. They are: Diana Broccardo, sales and... Read more

Noted Festival 2016 program announced

The program for Canberra’s second Noted ‘experimental’ writing festival, running from 16-20 March, has been announced. The festival program includes a literary bar hop, multi-art... Read more

Ditmar Awards 2016 ballot announced

The ballot for the 2016 Ditmar Awards has been announced. The shortlisted works include: Best Novel The Dagger’s Path (Glenda Larke, Orbit) Day Boy (Trent... Read more

‘Overland’ poetry prize 2015 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2015 Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets has been announced. The eight shortlisted poems are: ‘In civilization... Read more

Express Media to host Canberra, Western Sydney events

Melbourne-based Express Media will host ‘pop-up events’ outside of Victoria as part of its first annual Tracks program. The program will host workshops, masterclasses and... Read more

SWF 2016 schools program announced

The Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF) has announced the authors and illustrators participating in its 2016 Primary and Secondary School Days programs, to be held from... Read more

Rakuten writes off $96m from Kobo

Kobo parent company Rakuten has revealed a ¥7.8bn (A$96m) write-down on Kobo in its 2015 financial report, reports the Digital Reader. The A$96m ‘goodwill impairment’... Read more

US bookstore sales rise in 2015 after eight-year decline

In the US, annual bookstore sales have risen for the first time since 2007, with sales up 2.5% in 2015, reports Publishers Weekly. Based on... Read more

S&S sales up slightly in 2015

Simon & Schuster has recorded global sales of US$780m (A$1,098m) in 2015, up 0.25% from US$778m (A$1,095m) the previous year, report Publishers Weekly and the... Read more

Hachette US and UK sales drop in 2015

Hachette parent company Lagardere Publishing has reported a rise in sales for 2015, despite a drop in sales at Hachette US and UK that was attributed... Read more

Cassandra Clare sued for copyright infringement

US fantasy author Sherrilyn Kenyon is suing Cassandra Clare, author of the ‘Mortal Instruments’ and ‘Shadowhunters’ series (Walker Books), for alleged copyright infringement, reports the... Read more

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child


Harry Potter play to be published in July

The script of J K Rowling’s forthcoming play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be published on 31 July following the play’s opening in... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Jenny Darling & Associates has sold US rights to The Natural Way of Things (Charlotte Wood) to Europa Editions New York in association with... Read more

Blue Danielle Steel


Bestsellers this week

This week’s bestsellers chart has a new number one with Danielle Steel’s Blue (Bantam) debuting in top spot on both the top 10 chart and... Read more

Sarah Kanake’s ‘Sing Fox to Me’

‘Kanake deals in so many Gothic tropes—ghosts, implied incest, a stark natural landscape and the legacy of an earlier generation’s follies—that an alternative title for... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘It’s our belief that if a writer has gone to all the effort to put together a publishing proposal or manuscript, and that we have spent time actually reading it, then the least we can do is to provide some sort of constructive feedback’Hindsight Literary Agency editorial director Sarah McKenzie on the agency’s focus on new and emerging writers


NLA considering staff, programming cuts

National Library of Australia (NLA) is considering cuts to staff numbers and programming in response to budget cuts imposed by the federal government, reports the... Read more

New mobile library for regional NSW x

The Richmond Upper Clarence Library in regional NSW has a new ‘state-of-the-art’ mobile library, reports the Northern Star. The $479,665 van was jointly funded by... Read more

Seattle’s first independent library opens x

Seattle’s first independent library has opened its doors, reports local radio station KPLU News. The Folio library occupies 1800 square metres in the city’s YMCA... Read more

Alice Grundy on OzCo’s exploratory trip to India

The Australia Council for the Arts supported a delegation of publishers and writers’ festival programmers to travel to India from 13-25 January to ‘investigate artistic... Read more

ABIAs 2016: Publishing nominations close 22 February x

Publishers who have not yet entered the 2016 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) are encouraged to do so before nominations close on Monday, 22 February.... Read more

APA Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship: Applications open x

Applications for the APA’s Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship for 2015/16 are now open, and will close 18 March. The fellowship is awarded to a mid/late-career... Read more

Junior Fiction Series ‘Squishy Taylor’ Urgently Reprinting x

Squishy TaylorDue to unprecedented (but completely understandable) demand for Hardie Grant Egmont’s new blockbuster series Squishy Taylor, an urgent reprint is underway for the first two books. We apologise for the delay, but promise Squishy is worth the wait.


Hachette Australia Congratulates Stephanie Bishop x

160203 Hachette Production ControllerEveryone at Hachette Australia is thrilled to congratulate Stephanie Bishop on The Other Side of the World being longlisted for the 2016 Stella Prize. Congratulations Stephanie!

To order copies of 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.


Penguin Random House: Sale or Return Backlist x

From 1 March, 2016, backlist terms for Penguin and its sales agencies are changing to Sale or Return, 0-12 months from invoice date. The change moves Penguin backlist terms into line with existing Random House returns terms on backlist and will apply to stock purchased during the 12 months prior.




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