Weekly Book Newsletter
24 February 2016

Attendance up at PWF; Szubanski tops bestsellers x

Attendance was up again at this year’s Perth Writers Festival, with 47,000 attending the four-day event compared to 44,000 last year. Magda Szubanski’s two sold-out... Read more

Speakers announced for ABA, LEB conferences

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) and Leading Edge Books (LEB) have announced the keynote speakers for their 2016 conferences, which will be held in Canberra... Read more

Pan Mac scales down Momentum publishing program; Naoum steps down x

Momentum publisher Joel Naoum has left Pan Macmillan after the company decided to scale down the publishing program of its digital-only imprint. Macmillan managing director... Read more

Wilson wins inaugural UWAP Dorothy Hewett award

Josephine Wilson has won UWA Publishing’s inaugural Dorothy Hewett award for an unpublished manuscript for her novel ‘Extinctions’. Wilson wins $10,000 and a publishing contract... Read more

Australian debut acquired by Hachette; rights sold overseas

Hachette Australia has purchased ANZ rights at auction to Australian author Sarah Schmidt’s debut novel in a two-book deal facilitated by Pippa Masson at Curtis... Read more

PRH acquires supernatural YA series ‘Valentine’ from AAPS

Penguin Random House Australia has acquired the rights to debut author Jodi McAlister’s supernatural YA series ‘Valentine’ in a multi-book deal from Alex Adsett Publishing... Read more

Established authors to sell their ebooks on new Wuthering Ink portal x

Wuthering Ink, an online store for established authors to sell their ebooks to consumers, has been launched. Created by authors Sue Woolfe and Bem Le... Read more

PwC report on copyright changes submitted to PC review

A PwC report looking at the costs and benefits of changing Australian copyright law from ‘fair dealing’ to the US-style ‘fair use’ model has been... Read more


Fremantle Press creates anniversary shelving for local bookstores

Fremantle Press has kicked off its 40th anniversary celebrations by fitting out a number of local bookstores with branded shelving. Marketing and communications manager Claire... Read more

Lee awarded inaugural Kat Muscat Fellowship

Brisbane-based writer Bri Lee has been awarded the inaugural Kat Muscat Fellowship, which was set up by Express Media in honour of former Voiceworks editor... Read more

Peter Porter Poetry Prize 2016 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the Australian Book Review (ABR) Peter Porter Poetry Prize has been announced. The shortlisted poems are: ‘…a passing shower?’ (Dan Disney) ‘Prelude... Read more

Norma K Hemming Award 2016 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2016 Norma K Hemming Award has been announced. The award is presented by the Australian Science Fiction Foundation for a work... Read more

Asialink 2016 arts residencies announced

The recipients of the University of Melbourne’s Asialink Arts Residencies Program for 2016 have been announced. Writers receiving residencies in Asian countries are: Zhiling Gao,... Read more


Penguin to introduce ‘Pocket Penguins’ series in May

In the UK, Penguin is releasing a new classics series called Pocket Penguins in May, reports the Bookseller. The series, which the publisher is calling... Read more

Nebula Awards 2015 nominees announced

In the US, the 2015 Nebula Awards nominees have been announced. Seven books are nominated in the fiction category: Raising Caine (Charles E Gannon, Baen... Read more

IRS reportedly seeking $2.1b from Amazon

In the US, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is seeking to recover more than US$1.5b (A$2.1b) in back taxes, reports the Guardian. The report reveals... Read more

Scribd drops unlimited ebooks model

In the US, ebook subscription service Scribd has refined its subscription model by moving from an unlimited model to a two-tiered service, reports Publishers Weekly.... Read more

PEN Pinter Prize opens to Commonwealth writers

The PEN Pinter Prize, awarded annually to a writer of ‘outstanding literary merit’, has extended its eligibility to include Commonwealth and Irish writers, after previously... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Pippa Masson at Curtis Brown Australia has sold rights to See What I Have Done (Sarah Schmidt) in the following territories: ANZ to Hachette... Read more

brotherhood in death


Bestsellers this week

Brotherhood in Death (J D Robb & Angharad Kowal, Piatkus) is the new number one in this week’s overall bestsellers chart, debuting in the top... Read more

Josephine Rowe’s ‘A Loving, Faithful Animal’ x

‘Like [Rowe’s] stories, A Loving, Faithful Animal distils the small incidents of ordinary life into moments of resonance and grace, but assuredly weaves them together... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘[I’m] grateful to Pan Macmillan for the foresight to set up the imprint in the first place’Momentum publisher Joel Naoum on Pan Macmillan’s decision to scale down the publishing program of its digital-only imprint


RiP Kim Gamble x

Illustrator Kim Gamble has died, aged 63. Gamble was the illustrator of the ‘Tashi’ series, written by Barbara and Anna Fienberg, and helped to create... Read more

RiP Harper Lee x

American author Harper Lee has died, aged 89. Lee was the author of two novels: Pulitzer Prize-winning To Kill a Mockingbird (Arrow), which has sold... Read more

RiP Umberto Eco x

Italian author Umberto Eco has died, aged 84. Eco was the author of the bestselling The Name of the Rose (Vintage), a murder mystery set... Read more

NLA cuts programs as part of major review of services x

The National Library of Australia (NLA) is looking to cut or cancel key programs as it launches a major review of its services in response... Read more

Keneally novel first ebook in NLA’s new digital collection x

Author Thomas Keneally has delivered the first ebook to the National Library of Australia’s (NLA)  digital collection after new provisions in the Copyright Act 1968... Read more

Birmingham Library visitors drop by 600,000 in 2015 x

In the UK, visitors to the Library of Birmingham fell by 600,000 in 2015 compared to the previous year, reports the Bookseller. The library, which... Read more

Bright spark: Alison Whittaker on ‘Lemons in the Chicken Wire’ x

Alison Whittaker received a black&write! Indigenous Writing Fellowship for her debut poetry collection Lemons in the Chicken Wire. Reviewer Hilary Simmons says it ‘introduces her... Read more

Naoum leaves Pan Macmillan x

Momentum publisher Joel Naoum has left Pan Macmillan after the company decided to scale down the publishing program of its digital-only imprint. (See news.)

Lacuna Congratulates Louise Katz x

The orchid nurseryLacuna Publishing congratulates Louise Katz on The Orchid Nursery being shortlisted for the 2016 Norma K Hemming Award.

To order copies (ISBN 9781922198204) contact Chris at Golden Orb Creative, phone 0417 410 610 or email general@goldenorbcreative.com.


Murdoch Books Distribution Changes x

Murdoch Books will cease distribution of the following agencies from 31 March 2016: And Other Stories, Black & White Publishing, SALT, Sandstone, Saraband.

ISBN prefixes:
And Other Stories: 978190827
Black & White: 978191023, 978184502, 9781785300, 97818493
Saraband: 97819101
Sandstone: 978191012
Salt: 978178463

Returns will be accepted into UBD until 30 April 2016.


Walker Books Australia Congratulates Bob Graham x

Walker Books Australia congratulates Bob Graham on the recent longllisting of How the Sun Got to Coco’s House for the Kate Greenaway Medal for distinguished illustration in children’s books.

To order copies (ISBN 9781406359008), call Harper Entertainment Distribution Services on 1300 551 721.


Walker Books Australia Congratulates Meg McKinlay x

Walker Books Australia congratulates Meg McKinlay on A Single Stone’s most recent shortlisting in the Aurealis Awards for Best Children’s Fiction.

A Single Stone has been shortlisted for five awards and won the Children’s Book Award at the Queensland Literary Awards.

To order copies (ISBN 9781925126471), call Harper Entertainment Distribution Services on 1300 551 721.


Vale Kim Gamble, Loved Children’s Book Illustrator x

Allen & Unwin staff mourn the loss of Kim Gamble, an inspired and enormously talented artist whose Tashi character is loved by children and adults around the world. We are proud and grateful to have published his magnificent illustrations in our picture books. He will be missed by us all.




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