Weekly Book Newsletter
9 March 2016

‘WBN’ published Thursday next week x

Please note that, due to the public holiday on Monday 14 March (in Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, ACT), the next Weekly Book Newsletter will be published... Read more

Two reprints ordered for ‘The Road to Ruin’ x

Scribe has announced two reprints of Niki Savva’s The Road to Ruin after heavy demand for the title led to stock running out on the... Read more

Brooks, Barrett longlisted for Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction

Australian authors Geraldine Brooks and Shirley Barrett have been longlisted for the 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. Brooks is longlisted for her novel The... Read more

Steinem to headline SWF

Writer, activist and feminist Gloria Steinem will be one of the headline guests at this year’s Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF). Appearing at an event at... Read more

‘The Book Club’ moves to weekly timeslot

ABC TV’s The Book Club will return in May as a weekly show screening over 13 weeks at 10pm on Tuesday evenings. The show, now... Read more

Stella Prize partners with Vic govt, Australian Writers’ Week in China

The Stella Prize has announced two partnerships, one with the Victorian government to run literature workshops for secondary schools and the other with the Australian... Read more

Australia, NZ businesses shortlisted for LBF International Excellence Awards x

A number of Australian and New Zealand businesses have been shortlisted for the London Book Fair International Excellence Awards. Independent Melbourne bookseller Readings is in... Read more

Birchalls bookshop up for sale x

Australia’s oldest bookshop Birchalls in Launceston is up for sale. Managing director Graeme Tilley said in a statement that the Tilley family has decided to... Read more

Mulready, Haddad win 2016 ‘Seizure’ Viva La Novella competition

The winners in the 2016 Seizure Viva La Novella competition have been announced. The Bonobo’s Dream by Rose Mulready and Populate and Perish by George Haddad were... Read more

Giovannoni wins inaugural Deborah Cass Prize

Moreno Giovannoni has won Writers Victoria’s inaugural Deborah Cass Prize for emerging writers from migrant backgrounds for his manuscript extract ‘Tales from San Ginese’. Giovannoni’s... Read more

New Zealand Book Awards 2016 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the New Zealand Book Awards have been announced. The shortlists in each category are: Fiction The Back of His Head (Patrick Evans,... Read more

A&U launches cover design competition for Clementine Ford book x

Allen & Unwin is running a competition to the design the cover of feminist writer Clementine Ford’s forthcoming book Fight Like a Girl. The publisher... Read more

Catholic school tells Kostakis his book is ‘not appropriate’ for promotion

A Sydney Catholic school has told YA author Will Kostakis ‘it might not be appropriate’ for him to promote his new book The Sidekicks (Penguin)... Read more

Staff changes at Pages & Pages

Sydney independent bookseller Pages & Pages has announced a number of staff changes. Co-owner Kate Page has returned to the business as co-general manager and... Read more

HarperCollins acquires Jimmy Barnes autobiography

HarperCollins has acquired world rights to Cold Chisel frontman Jimmy Barnes’ autobiography in a two-book deal. The two volumes of Barnes’ autobiography will span the... Read more

‘SRB’ to offer Emerging Critics Fellowships

The Sydney Review of Books (SRB) is offering three fellowships to emerging Australian critics. The inaugural CA-SRB Emerging Critics Fellowships, which are supported by the... Read more

‘Overland’ Poetry Prize 2015 winners announced

Ella O’Keefe has won the 2015 Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for new and emerging poets, worth $6000, for her poem ‘alkaway’. The first runner-up was... Read more

Black Inc. announces 2016 ‘Best Australian’ editors

Black Inc. has announced the editors for this year’s ‘Best Australian’ anthologies. Geordie Williamson will return as editor of The Best Australian Essays 2016. He... Read more

Quote of the week

‘This hasn’t happened by accident—this is a very special book, of extraordinary power, skill, and frankness, published to the accompaniment of an immaculate and highly... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—HarperCollins has sold Greek rights to White Gardenia (Belinda Alexandra) to Dioptra Publishing S A; and world Polish rights to The Innocent Mage and... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

There is a large overlap between the highest new entries and top 10 bestsellers chart this week, with Cometh the Hour (Jeffrey Archer, Macmillan) and... Read more

New ‘Books+Publishing Junior’ reviews out now

Books+Publishing’s latest Junior newsletter contains 13 reviews of children’s and YA books publishing in April and May 2016. David Metzenthen’s YA novel Dreaming the Enemy... Read more

Amazon to open second bookstore in San Diego

In the US, Amazon will open its second bricks-and-mortar bookstore in San Diego, California in mid-2016, reports Publisher’s Weekly. The San Diego store will be... Read more

US Supreme Court rejects Apple ebook price-fixing appeal

The US Supreme Court has rejected Apple’s appeal in its ebook price-fixing case, reports Publisher’s Weekly. The denial effectively ends the case and upholds Judge... Read more

Ingram acquires Perseus’ distribution business

In the US, Ingram has acquired the distribution arm of Perseus Book Group for an undisclosed sum, reports Publishers Weekly. The deal, which is expected... Read more

Nook closes UK operations x

From 15 March, Barnes & Noble’s (B&N) Nook ereading platform will no longer sell ebooks in the UK. In a notice to readers, Nook said... Read more

Guinness launches pop-culture annual

Guinness World Records is launching a new pop-culture annual in March. Blockbusters!, aimed at children aged eight to 12, will focus on ‘the year’s biggest... Read more

WH Smith to launch book club with Zoella

In the UK, WH Smith is launching an ‘exclusive book club’ with YouTube star and Girl Online author Zoella, reports the Bookseller. The club, which... Read more

WA libraries to lose 62k books x

Western Australia’s 232 public libraries will receive 62,000 fewer books over the next two years due to state government funding cuts, reports Perth’s Community News.... Read more

NSW council proposes downsizing mobile library x

The Clarence Valley Council in regional NSW has prepared a report recommending its mobile library service be downsized and eventually transformed into a digital-only service,... Read more

Nonfiction dominates at Taipei International Book Exhibition

‘The Taiwanese publishing market continues to face a downturn with noted declines in book sales over the past few years, particularly in fiction. Book space... Read more

Emily Maguire’s ‘An Isolated Incident’

‘There has been a proliferation of pretty-dead-girl thrillers in the past few years and it shows no sign of letting up. But don’t let the... Read more

Adams appointed ‘Voiceworks’ editor x

Express Media has announced the appointment of Lucy Adams as editor of  its Voiceworks journal. Adams begins in mid-March and replaces previous editor Elizabeth Flux.

ASA: Barbara Jefferis Award applications open x

Entries are open for the 2016 Barbara Jefferis Award, which is awarded to ‘the best novel written by an Australian author that depicts women and... Read more

APA: Working with Indigenous authors webinar x

The APA will run a webinar on working with Indigenous authors, to be held on Thursday, 10 March. Aboriginal Studies Press acting director of publishing... Read more

SLV: Creative, specialist fellowship applications open x

Applications have opened for the State Library of Victoria’s (SLV) Creative Fellowships for 2016-17. Recipients are invited ‘to be inspired by, repurpose, transform or imaginatively... Read more

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