Weekly Book Newsletter
17 March 2016

Inky Awards 2016 longlists announced

The longlists for the 2016 Inky Awards have been announced. The awards are presented by the Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library of... Read more

ABA 2016 conference program announced

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has announced the program for this year’s conference, to be held at the QT hotel in Canberra from 29-30 May.... Read more

ABA welcomes government’s decision to introduce effects test x

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has welcomed the government’s decision to introduce legislation to protect small businesses against the misuse of market power by larger... Read more

Marlon James, Hanya Yanagihara to appear at 2016 Auckland Writers Festival

Booker Prize-winning Jamaican-US novelist Marlon James, US novelist Hanya Yanagihara and US writer and activist Gloria Steinem are among the international authors appearing the 2016... Read more

Stella Prize 2016 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2016 Stella Prize has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Six Bedrooms (Tegan Bennett Daylight, Vintage) Hope Farm (Peggy Frew, Scribe)... Read more

Readings Children’s Book Prize 2016 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the Readings Children’s Book Prize for 2016 has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: 88 Lime Street (Denise Kirby, Omnibus) The Bad... Read more

International authors dominate book sales at Adelaide Writers’ Week x

Attendance and book sales were up again at this year’s Adelaide Writers’ Week (27 February to 3 March), with international authors dominating book sales at... Read more

Lamb wins 2016 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship

Matthew Lamb has won the 2016 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship for his proposed cultural biography of the Australian writer Frank Moorhouse. Lamb, the founder and... Read more

Spinifex Press celebrates 25th anniversary

Melbourne-based independent feminist publisher Spinifex Press is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Founded by Susan Hawthorne and Renate Klein in 1991, Spinifex has published... Read more

Storylines National Writers’ Awards 2016 shortlists announced

The Storylines Children’s Literature Trust of New Zealand has announced the shortlists for its three national writers’ awards. The shortlists are: Joy Cowley Award for... Read more

Storylines NZ awards Else Margaret Mahy Medal, releases 2016 Notable Books List

The Storylines Children’s Literature Charitable Trust of New Zealand has awarded Barbara Else the 2016 Margaret Mahy Medal, presented annually for ‘lifetime achievement and an... Read more

Knopf US acquires Kristoff YA trilogy

Melbourne-based author Jay Kristoff has sold North American rights to his YA novel LIFEL1K3 to Knopf in a three-book deal. The first book in a... Read more

Michelle Anderson Publishing up for sale

Melbourne publishing company Michelle Anderson Publishing is up for sale. Publisher Michelle Anderson said she has decided to retire and is looking to sell the... Read more

LoveOzYA launches website

The grassroots Australian youth literature advocacy movement LoveOzYA has launched its official website. The new site features news about Australian YA authors, book deals, awards,... Read more

Dymocks, Sydney Uni to host ‘Innovation Challenge’

Undergraduate students from the University of Sydney will be challenged to create a ‘future concept’ for the Dymocks business as part of the university’s student... Read more

Inaugural ‘Overland’ Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize shortlist announced

The shortlist for Overland’s inaugural Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize for travel-themed short fiction has been announced. The eight shortlisted entries are: ‘Budapest’ (Kieran Cash)... Read more

2016 Grimshaw Sargeson Fellows announced

New Zealand writers Diana Wichtel and Breton Dukes are the recipients of the 2016 Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship. Wichtel and Dukes will each receive NZ$20,000 (A$17,711)... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘The advantage is almost always on the side of the cunning social arts satellite than the demented scribbler’—Sydney writer Luke Carman delivers an attack on... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Black Inc. has sold UK rights to Skylarking (Kate Mildenhall) to Legend Press; and Polish rights to Rose’s Vintage (Kayte Nunn) to Burda Publishing.... Read more

Bestsellers this week

British broadcaster Michael Mosley’s latest book The 8-Week Blood Sugar Diet (S&S) has topped this week’s top 10 and fastest movers charts. The Australian and... Read more

RiP Anita Brookner x

British author and art historian Anita Brookner has died, aged 87. Brookner was the author of 24 novels, including the 1984 Booker Prize-winning Hotel du... Read more

Irish children’s and YA book 2015 sales up 16%

Sales for children’s books rose 16% in Ireland in 2015 on the back of strong local publishing as well as releases from bestselling authors David... Read more

Carnegie, Greenaway medals 2016 shortlists announced

In the UK, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) has announced the shortlists for the 2016 Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medals. The... Read more

Harper Lee’s estate bans cheap US paperback edition of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

In the US, Hachette has told booksellers that Harper Lee’s estate will no longer allow publication of the mass-market paperback of To Kill a Mockingbird,... Read more

Shortlist for 2016 UK YA Book Prize announced

In the UK, the shortlist for the Bookseller’s second annual YA Book Prize has been announced. The 10 books on the shortlist are: Concentr8 (William... Read more

Man Booker International Prize 2016 longlist announced

The longlist for the 2016 Man Booker International Prize has been announced. The longlisted titles are: A General Theory of Oblivion (José Eduardo Agualusa, trans... Read more

BBC to screen Zadie Smith, Evelyn Waugh adaptations

In the UK, the BBC has announced it will screen adaptations of Zadie Smith’s NW (Penguin) and Evelyn Waugh’s Decline and Fall (various imprints) later... Read more

New library for Sydney’s Darling Harbour

The City of Sydney will open a new two-storey, 2225sqm library as part of the $3.4bn redevelopment of Darling Harbour, reports Business Insider. The library... Read more

Brisbane libraries invite tender for radio frequency identification systems x

Brisbane City Council libraries are inviting suppliers of radio frequency identification (RFID) systems to fit out their libraries to track books, magazines and electronic media,... Read more

Clarence Valley councillors claim mobile library ‘not providing value for money’ x

Councillors for the Clarence Valley in regional NSW have argued that the council’s $148,000 mobile library service is not providing value for money, reports the... Read more

Shakespeare’s handwritten play script digitised for British Library x

The only surviving play script handwritten by William Shakespeare has been digitised by the British Library ahead of an exhibition, reports the Guardian. While Shakespeare... Read more

‘Four horsemen’ the focus of Digital Book World 2016

‘Digital Book World organiser and The Idea Logical Company CEO Mike Shatzkin set the tone for the conference in an opening speech. Shatzkin said: “As... Read more

Dominic Smith’s ‘The Last Painting of Sara de Vos’

‘It will appeal to a wide range of readers, accessible yet complex in the manner of Geraldine Brooks or Anthony Doerr. I predict it will... Read more

2016 ABIA Innovation Award nominations open x

The 2016 ABIA Innovation Award recognises achievement in business innovation in the Australian publishing and bookselling industry. Rewarding originality and progressive thinking, the Innovation Award... Read more

ABA: 2016 Bookseller Awards nominations open x

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) is calling for nominations for Bookseller of the Year, Young Bookseller of the Year, and the Elizabeth Riley Children’s Bookseller... Read more

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