Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
6 April 2016

Miles Franklin Literary Award 2016 longlist announced x

The longlist for this year’s Miles Franklin Literary Award has been announced. The longlisted titles are: Ghost River (Tony Birch, UQP) Coming Rain (Stephen Daisley,... Read more

Horin appointed Five Mile Press publishing director

Hardie Grant Egmont publisher Niki Horin has joined Bonnier Publishing Australia as Five Mile Press publishing director. Horin began her publishing career at Five Mile... Read more


‘Writing Clementine’ wins Ena Noël Award

Kate Gordon’s YA novel Writing Clementine (A&U) has won the 2016 Ena Noël Award, a biennial prize administered by the Australian branch of the International... Read more

S&S to manage sales, distribution of VIZ Media manga catalogue

Simon & Schuster has announced an Australian and New Zealand sales and distribution agreement to manage VIZ Media’s manga catalogue, which includes more than 1600... Read more

Dempsey joins SPN as general manager

Former Books+Publishing editor-in-chief Matthia Dempsey has joined the Small Press Network as general manager. Dempsey takes over from Hannah Cartmel, who is returning to freelance... Read more


Better Reading to host live-streamed book club x

Cheryl Akle’s Better Reading website will host a new monthly book club via Facebook’s video-streaming feature. Akle will be joined by ‘special guests’ each month,... Read more

Oz, NZ writers shortlisted for 2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

A number of Australian and New Zealand writers have been shortlisted for the 2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. They are: ‘Black Milk’ (Tina Makereti, New... Read more

Australian titles featured on USBBY outstanding international books list

Two Australian titles have been selected for the 2016 United States Board of Books for Young People (USBBY) list of Outstanding International Books for children... Read more

Storylines National Writers’ Awards 2016 winners announced

The Storylines Children’s Literature Trust of New Zealand has announced the 2016 winners of its three national writers’ awards . The winning entries in each... Read more

CYL launches Inky Awards Ambassador Program

The Centre of Youth Literature (CYL) at the State Library of Victoria has launched its new Inky Awards Ambassador Program, with four schools from across... Read more

Rosoff wins 2016 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

US-born author Meg Rosoff has won the  2016 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the world’s richest prize for children’s and young adult literature. Rosoff, who is... Read more


Hans Christian Andersen Awards 2016 winners announced

The 2016 Hans Christian Andersen awards, presented by the International Board of Books for Young People (IBBY), have been awarded to Chinese author Cao Wenxuan... Read more

HarperCollins France established

HarperCollins’ international expansion continues with the establishment of HarperCollins France, reports Publishers Weekly. The French office was created after the publisher bought out Hachette Livre... Read more

Perseus sale to Hachette, Ingram completed

In the US, the sale of Perseus Book Group’s publishing and distribution arms to Hachette Book Group (HBG) and Ingram, respectively, has been completed, reports... Read more

VIDA 2015 count released; expands to include intersectional data

In the US, VIDA has released the results of its 2015 count tallying how many women and men were reviewed in, reviewed for or wrote for... Read more


Bestsellers this week

The Road to Ruin (Niki Savva, Scribe) has claimed the top spot in this week’s top 10 bestsellers chart. Savva’s account of former Prime Minister... Read more

Inga Simpson’s ‘Where the Trees Were’ x

‘Queensland writer Inga Simpson’s third novel is a moving meditation on the bonds of childhood friendship and the moral complications of atonement’ … read Carody... Read more

Quote of the week

‘Scribe, Text, Transit Lounge, UQP and Wakefield Press all have titles longlisted for this year’s Miles Franklin. That means titles by SPN members make up more than half the list!’the Small Press Network congratulates its members following this year’s Miles Franklin longlist announcement


New ‘Books+Publishing’ reviews out now x

Books+Publishing’s latest Reviews newsletter contains 11 reviews of books publishing in May and June 2016. Novelist and filmmaker Julia Leigh’s memoir of IVF treatment Avalanche:... Read more

RiP George Dale

Australian book designer George Dale has died, aged 74. Dale was Penguin’s first in-house designer, and went on to design over 2000 covers during his... Read more

RiP Bob Ellis x

Author, journalist and screenwriter Bob Ellis has died, aged 73. Ellis was the author of more than 20 books, including Goodbye Babylon, So It Goes,... Read more

NSW state library backs Broken Hill library relocation x

The State Library of New South Wales (SLNSW) has sent a letter to the Broken Hill City Council in support of a proposal to move... Read more

Sunshine Coast library named one of the world’s ‘coolest’ x

Australian trade publication the Urban Developer has named Noosa Shire Council’s Cooroy Library on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast as one of the ‘six coolest libraries’ in... Read more

Perth library cancels kids’ Harry Potter event after ‘overwhelming’ response from adults x

The City of Perth Library has cancelled a Harry Potter-themed event for children after ‘thousands’ of adult fans registered their interest in attending, reports WAtoday.... Read more

London libraries to reopen as part private gym, part bookshelf space x

Two libraries in Lambeth in south London will reopen as hybrid ‘part private gym, part host to shelves of books with no dedicated staff’ due... Read more

Teens to the front: Danielle Binks on targeting teen readers x

Finding a way to include teens in the conversations about YA books is a challenge for publishers, authors and event organisers, writes Danielle Binks. Read... Read more

Small publisher spotlight: Berbay Publishing x

Melbourne-based children’s publisher Berbay was established in 2009 by Alexandra Yatomi-Clarke. ‘Berbay fills an important niche in storytelling,’ says Yatomi-Clarke. ‘It shuns condescension by bringing... Read more

Horin appointed Five Mile Press publishing director x

Hardie Grant Egmont publisher Niki Horin has joined Bonnier Publishing Australia as Five Mile Press publishing director. (See news.)

Dempsey joins SPN as general manager x

Former Books+Publishing editor-in-chief Matthia Dempsey has joined the Small Press Network as general manager. (See news.)

ABIA Longlist Submissions Closing 11 April x

Submissions for the ABIA longlist will close Monday, 11 April. Publishers can complete submissions on the ABIA website here. For further details, please contact montse.aumatell@publishers.asn.au.

ILF Kick On! A Brisbane Fundraiser: Book and Save the Date—27 May x

ILF kick on event logoKick On for Literacy, the Inaugural Reconciliation Week/Sir Doug Nicholls Round Celebration, is a fundraising event hosted by the Epic Good Foundation to support the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. It includes live music with internationally renowned didj performer William Barton and local singer / songwriter Georgia Corowa. There’ll be drinks, canapés and the auction of unique and valuable footy and arts items.

Tickets: $60. Includes free drinks from 7.30-9.30pm

Venue:  Dandy’s Rooftop, The Fox Hotel, 71-73 Melbourne Street, South Brisbane

Bookings: Try Booking: http://bit.ly/1VdRvym


Staff Changes at Bolinda x

160406 Bolinda logoNicola Furness has recently joined Bolinda in the role of Publishing Executive. She will be leading all acquisitions for the Bolinda audio and ABC audio publishing programs across all categories as well as be responsible for all audiobook publishing partnerships in association with Bolinda’s co-CEO/ Publisher, Rebecca Herrmann.

Nicola can be contacted at Nicola@bolinda.com.


NewSouth Books Congratulates A S Patrić x

NewSouth Books congratulates Transit Lounge author A S Patrić, whose debut novel Black Rock White City has been longlisted for the 2016 Miles Franklin Literary Award. Patrić’s novel is one about the damages of war, the limits of choice, and the hope of love. Congratulations to all authors longlisted for this prestigious literary prize. Order from TL Distribution (P: +61(2) 8778 9999, E: orders@tldistribution.com.au).




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