Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
31 March 2016

SWF 2016 program launched

The 2016 Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF) program has been launched and is now available online. Sixty international writers will attend this year’s festival, which runs from... Read more

Williamson appointed Picador publisher x

Editor, reviewer and author Geordie Williamson has been appointed publisher of Pan Macmillan’s Picador imprint following the departure of Alex Craig. Williamson’s previous roles include... Read more

The Natural Way of Things


‘The Natural Way of Things’ wins Indie Book of the Year for 2016

The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood (A&U) has been named Indie Book of the Year at the 2016 Indie Book Awards, presented by... Read more

Booktopia appoints advisers ahead of potential $150m IPO x

Booktopia has appointed investment banks Ord Minnett and Morgans as lead advisers as it targets an initial public offering (IPO) for the second half of... Read more

The Spring Bride


Australian Romance Readers Awards 2015 winners announced

The winners of the 2015 Australian Romance Readers Awards, presented by the Australian Romance Readers Association (ARRA), have been announced, with Anne Gracie named Favourite... Read more

Day Boy


Aurealis Award 2015 winners announced

The winners of the 2015 Aurealis Awards for the best science-fiction, fantasy and horror writing in Australia have been announced. The winning titles were: Best... Read more


Ditmar, Norma K Hemming winners announced

The winners of the 2016 Ditmar Awards for Australian science-fiction, fantasy and horror writing were announced at the Australian National Science Fiction Convention: Contact2016 in... Read more


Zusak tops Dymocks 101 reader poll for third year in a row

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (Picador) has topped the Dymocks Top 101 books of all time list for the third year in a row.... Read more

Readings to return as MWF festival bookseller

Melbourne independent bookseller Readings will return as the Melbourne Writers Festival’s (MWF) official bookseller in 2016, replacing Dymocks, which has run the festival bookstore for... Read more


‘The Water Diviner’ shortlisted for Audie Award

The audiobook edition of The Water Diviner (Andrew Anastasios & Meaghan Wilson-Anastasios, narrated by Jack Thompson, Bolinda) is a finalist in the Audiobook of the... Read more

Text acquires new novel from Simsion, Buist x

Text has acquired world rights to a new novel co-written by husband and wife authors Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist. The novel Left Right, which... Read more

Oz authors nominated for 2016 RITA Awards

Two Australian authors have been nominated for the 2016 RITA Awards, presented by Romance Writers of America (RWA) for ‘excellence in published romance novels and... Read more

Treloar shortlisted for Walter Scott Prize

Australian author Lucy Treloar has been shortlisted for the UK’s Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction for her novel Salt Creek (Picador). Salt Creek is... Read more

EWF 2016 ambassadors announced

The Emerging Writers Festival (EWF) has announced its festival ambassadors for 2016. The five ‘established writers’ are cookbook author and TV presenter Adam Liaw; cartoonist... Read more

Self-published titles made up 22% of UK ebook market in 2015

Self-published ebooks accounted for 22% of the digital book market in the UK in 2015, up from 16% in 2014, reports the Bookseller. Nielsen Book... Read more

Children’s category driving global print book sales

Growth in the children’s category is driving growth in the global print book market, Nielsen’s global managing director Jonathan Stolper told the Nielsen Book Insights... Read more

Bertelsmann interested in greater stake in PRH

Bertelsmann chief executive Thomas Rabe has said he would ‘feel comfortable’ increasing the company’s stake in Penguin Random House (PRH) to 70-75% in the future,... Read more

UK Booksellers Association targets piracy in new social media campaign x

In the UK, the Booksellers Association (BA) has launched a social media campaign to support the ‘Get it right from a genuine site’ anti-piracy initiative,... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales: Fiction—UQP has sold Turkish rights to The Midnight Dress (Karen Foxlee) to Günışığı Publishing via the Kayi Agency Nonfiction—Spinifex Press has sold German rights... Read more

The Road to Ruin


Bestsellers this week

Lady Midnight (Cassandra Clare, S&S) remains at the top of the overall bestsellers chart for a second week, with new release Property of a Noble... Read more

Em Bailey’s ‘The Special Ones’

‘Em Bailey’s second YA novel is an edge-of-your-seat thriller, and readers of Bailey’s debut Shift will recognise her tendency to use everyday anxieties as her... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘You are storehouses for the kernels not only of our literary culture but our history, our music, our food culture, our health and legal and technological culture, our visual arts, our politics’author Charlotte Wood likens Australia’s independent booksellers to seed vaults in her acceptance speech at this year’s Indie Awards


Parramatta councillors approve plans for new town square library x

Councillors for the City of Parramatta in Sydney have endorsed the design of a $50m glass building to house a new library, as well as... Read more

Clarence Valley receives $132,000 grant to keep mobile library running x

The NSW government will give Clarence Valley Council a $132,000 grant to fund a new van for its mobile library service, which councillors have criticised... Read more

BBC investigation shows 342 libraries, quarter of jobs lost in the UK x

Almost 8000 UK library jobs have been lost and 342 libraries have closed in the past six years, a BBC investigation has found. Using data... Read more

Terri-ann White: Is the book industry special? x

‘The difference in our industry, dominated by billion-dollar multinational conglomerates but where small independents contribute much of the innovation, is that our product has a... Read more

Small publisher spotlight: FableCroft Publishing

ACT-based speculative fiction publisher FableCroft was launched in 2010 by editor Tehani Wessely. Wessely said one of the things that makes her small press unique... Read more

Williamson appointed Picador publisher x

Editor, reviewer and author Geordie Williamson has been appointed to the role of Picador publisher following the departure of Alex Craig. (See news.)

CBCA Book of the Year announcements x

The announcement of the 2016 CBCA Notable Books list will be on Monday, 18 April. This follows the final meeting of the judges on the... Read more

CBCA: Night of the Notables—Melbourne x

The CBCA Victoria branch is hosting an event to celebrate the announcement of the 2016 CBCA Book of the Year Notables list with guest speaker... Read more

Society of Editors (NSW): An interview with Craig Munro x

The Society of Editors (NSW) will present an interview with Craig Munro following the release last year of his memoir Under Cover: Adventures in the... Read more

Society of Editors (NSW): Preparing for accreditation workshop x

The Society of Editors (NSW) will hold a one-day workshop on ‘Preparing for accreditation: Tips, strategies and exercises’, presented by editor Meryl Potter. The workshop... Read more

Oxford University Press Annual Stocktake x

Please note that Oxford University Press will be closed for stock take Monday 4 April and will re-open Wednesday 6 April.

For price and availability please visit www.oup.com.au and for all other enquiries please email cs.au@oup.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible.


Walker Books Australia Congratulates Meg McKinlay x

Walker Books Australia congratulates Meg McKinlay on A Single Stone winning the Aurealis Award for Best Children’s Fiction.

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


Important Announcement on behalf of Thames & Hudson Australia, Murdoch Books and Ivy Press x

This is an important announcement regarding the transfer of Ivy Press titles from Thames & Hudson and Alliance Distribution Services (ADS) to Murdoch Books and United Book Distributors (UBD).

Following the acquisition of Ivy by Quarto, Murdoch Books will be taking on the sales, marketing and distribution of the Ivy Press list, with effect from 1st April 2016. The arrangements concerning the transfer are as follows:

  • Outstanding back orders for customers, placed with TH, will be transferred to Murdoch Books, and supplied at Murdoch Books terms, unless customers advise ADS that they wish backorders to be cancelled.
  • Returns of all Ivy titles invoiced by ADS prior to 1st April 2016 (i.e. on behalf of TH) will be authorised under the prevailing ADS/TH returns terms until 31st May and such authorised returns will be credited provided they are received at ADS in mint/resalable condition no later than 30June. After this date, ADS cannot accept returns of books invoiced prior to 1 April 2016.
  • The Murdoch Books teams in Australia and New Zealand will sell-in new titles from April publication onwards, and new titles invoiced from the April cycle onwards will be supplied at existing Allen and Unwin trading terms.

Ivy Press would like to take this opportunity to thank Thames & Hudson and ADS for their commitment to the Ivy list.


Allen & Unwin Acquires Garth Nix Title ‘Frogkisser!’ x

Allen & Unwin are delighted to have obtained the ANZ rights for New York Times-bestselling author Garth Nix’s Frogkisser! (publishing February 2017).

Written in the spirit of The Princess Bride, Frogkisser! is the story of fierce and feisty Princess Anya who embarks on a perilous, but often hilarious quest to save her kingdom from her villainous step-step-father.

North American rights have gone to Scholastic and UK rights to Bonnier Zaffre.

Nix has been busy—Goldenhand, the fifth book in his internationally bestselling ‘Old Kingdom’ series, will be published by A&U this October.


NewSouth Books Congratulates Publishers in ABIA Book Longlist x

NewSouth Books congratulates its publishers included in the 2016 Australia Book Industry Awards longlist for the following titles: Numerical Street (Antonia Presenti & Hilary Bell, New South), Australia Remember When (Bob Byrne, New South), The Art of Free Travel (Patrick Jones and Meg Ullman, New South), Kookoo Kookaburra (Gregg Dreise, Magabala Books), Horace the Baker’s Horse (Jackie French, National Museum of Australia), One Step at a Time (Jane Jolly & Sally Heinrich, MidnightSun Publishing), Global Megatrends: Seven Patterns of Change Shaping Our Future (Stefan Hajkowicz, Csiro Publishing). All titles available from TL Distribution (P: +61(2) 8778 9999, E: orders@tldistribution.com.au).


Walker Books Australia Congratulates Frane Lessac, Gillian Mears and Dinalie Dabarera x

Walker Books Australia congratulates Frane Lessac for A is for Australia, and Gillian Mears and Dinalie Dabarera for The Cat With the Coloured Tail on their recent longlisting for the 2016 ABIA Awards.

To order copies call Harper Entertainment Distrubution Services on 1300 551 721.


Australian Society of Authors (ASA): Almost 900 members respond to ASA survey x

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) would like to thank all the members who responded to our survey about the ASA’s services, resources, communications and role within the industry. The information collected from nearly one third of the our total membership will prove invaluable as the ASA reviews its services and future direction over the coming months.

The ASA would also like to acknowledge the financial support of Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund in conducting this survey, and thank the Australian Booksellers’ Association for donating the $200 Australian Book Voucher offered in the survey respondents’ prize draw.




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