Weekly Book Newsletter
23 March 2016

‘WBN’ published Thursday next week x

Please note that, due to the Easter holidays, the next Weekly Book Newsletter will be published on Thursday 31 March. The deadline for classifieds and job advertisements is... Read more

ABIA 2016 longlists announced

The longlists for this year’s Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) have been announced. They are: General fiction book of the year The Lake House (Kate... Read more

ABA Nielsen BookData Booksellers Choice Award 2016 shortlist announced

The shortlist for this year’s Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) Nielsen BookData Booksellers Choice Award has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Flesh Wounds (Richard Glover,... Read more

T&H Australia to expand local publishing; Abbott appointed associate publisher

Thames & Hudson Australia has announced plans to expand its local publishing and has appointed Kirsten Abbott as associate publisher, among other staff changes. Abbott... Read more

Wichtendahl replaces Knock as Co-op CEO

The Co-op has appointed COO Thorsten Wichtendahl as its new CEO, replacing Peter Knock, who has stepped down for family reasons. Wichtendahl joined the Co-op... Read more

Ernest Scott Prize 2016 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2016 Ernest Scott Prize for history, presented by the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Arts, has been announced. The shortlisted titles... Read more

Clunes Booktown Festival 2016 program announced

The program for the 2016 Clunes Booktown Festival, to be held from 30 April to 1 May in Clunes, Victoria, has been announced. This year... Read more

NGV releases program for second Art Book Fair

The National Gallery of Victoria will host the second annual Melbourne Art Book Fair from 29 April to 1 May. The program has expanded to... Read more

PANZ challenges government on the extent of increased royalties under the TPP x

The Publishers’ Association of New Zealand (PANZ) has written to the NZ government claiming it has vastly overestimated the projected increase to royalties under the... Read more

PRH to publish Treasure’s nonfiction book ‘Down the Dirt Roads’

Penguin Random House (PRH) will publish Rachael Treasure’s first nonfiction book Down the Dirt Roads in November. The publisher described Down the Dirt Roads as... Read more

Michelle Payne autobiography to become a film

Actor Rachel Griffiths has acquired the film rights for Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Michelle Payne’s forthcoming autobiography. Griffiths will produce and direct the film, which will... Read more

Harlequin to host Rural Fiction Festival at Royal Easter Show

Harlequin will host a Rural Fiction Festival at Sydney’s Royal Easter Show from 25-26 March. Two of Harlequin’s bestselling rural fiction authors, Rachael Johns and... Read more

Inaugural ‘Overland’ Neilma Sidney Prize winners announced

The winner and runners-up for Overland’s inaugural Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize for travel-themed short fiction have been announced. Lauren Foley’s ‘K-K-K’, a ‘story about... Read more

Profit and revenue up at PRH in 2015

Penguin Random House (PRH) has recorded an 11.8% rise in global revenue in 2015, up from €3.3bn (A$4.86bn) in 2014 to €3.7bn (A$5.5bn) in 2015, with... Read more

James Patterson to release short novels for non-readers

James Patterson is working with his US publisher Little, Brown to release a new line of short novels aimed at non-readers and readers who don’t... Read more

‘Too Naked for the Nazis’ wins Diagram Prize

Too Naked for the Nazis (Alan Stafford, Fantom Films) has won the Diagram Prize for the Oddest Book Title of the Year, presented by the... Read more

Solomons wins 2016 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize

In the UK, David Solomons’ My Brother is a Superhero (Nosy Crow) has won the 2016 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, reports the Bookseller. Waterstones children’s... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction—UQP has sold North American rights to The Hard Light of Day (Rod Moss) to Skyhorse Publishing. Children’s—Walker Books has sold Turkish rights to... Read more


Bestsellers this week

Two new releases have topped the charts this week, with YA title Lady Midnight (S&S), the first book in Cassandra Clare’s new ‘Dark Artifices’ series,... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘The increasing reliance on freelancers means that there’s less on-the-job training’freelance editor Pamela Hewitt, interviewed in Portia Lindsay’s article on professional development in the book industry in Books+Publishing magazine


ALIA releases ‘Great School Libraries’ honours list x

The Australian Library and Information Association’s (ALIA) advocacy arm Freedom of Access to Information and Resources (FAIR) has released the honours list from its ‘Great... Read more

SLNSW to commemorate Shakespeare anniversary

The State Library of NSW will commemorate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death on 23 April with a celebration to be headlined by singer-songwriter... Read more

ALIA renames ‘Australian Library Journal’, ceases publication of ‘AARL’ x

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has renamed the Australian Library Journal as the Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association (JALIA), and... Read more

‘Library Journal’ publishes 2016 ‘Movers and Shakers’ list

In the US, Library Journal has released this year’s ‘Movers and Shakers’ list of influential library professionals. The 2016 list, which is available online here, recognises individuals who... Read more

Smarten up: Professional development in publishing x

Professional development opportunities are a ‘mixed bag’ in the publishing industry, but there are opportunities if you know where to look, writes Portia Lindsay. Read... Read more

Small publisher spotlight: MidnightSun Publishing

Books+Publishing is launching a new series of small publisher profiles. Each week we will interview the publisher of a small press to find out what... Read more

Toni Jordan’s ‘Our Tiny, Useless Hearts’

‘Following the romantic capering of Fall Girl and the historically set Nine Days, Toni Jordan’s Our Tiny, Useless Hearts is a highly entertaining romp through... Read more

Staff changes at Thames & Hudson

Thames & Hudson has appointed former Penguin Random House associate publisher Kirsten Abbott as associate publisher. Publishing manager Paulina de Laveaux has been promoted to associate... Read more

Wichtendahl replaces Knock as Co-op CEO x

The Co-op has appointed COO Thorsten Wichtendahl as its new CEO, replacing Peter Knock, who has stepped down for family reasons. (See news.)

Stuart Macintyre Shortlisted for the 2016 Ernest Scott Prize x

We’re excited to announce that Stuart Macintyre’s ‘Australia’s Boldest Experiment: War and Reconstruction in the 1940s’ has been shortlisted for this year’s Ernest Scott Prize. ‘Australia’s Boldest Experiment’ investigates the 1940s as a pivotal decade in Australia, and the judges have described it as “masterful in coverage and narrative”. The Ernest Scott Prize is awarded annually for a book that is judged the most distinguished contribution to the history of Australia or New Zealand. Our congratulations to Stuart and all the shortlisted authors.


Nero to Publish Peter Moody Book x

Nero Books is pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of MOODS: The Peter Moody Story. The book will be released in November 2016, with the manuscript under strict embargo until this time. If you have any enquires please contact: kelly@blackincbooks.com or phone 0488 684 392.


Twelve Panels Press Congratulates Jan Bauer, Shortlisted for Ledger Awards x

The Salty River by Jan Bauer (www.twelvepanelspress.com) has been shortlisted for the Ledger Awards. For trade sales enquiries, contact INT Books: sales@intbooks.com.au or 03 9354 9926.




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