Weekly Book Newsletter
13 April 2016

ABDA Book Design Awards 2016 shortlists announced

The Australian Book Designers Association (ABDA) has announced the shortlists for the 2016 Book Design Awards. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Best Designed... Read more

Readings wins Bookstore of the Year award at LBF

Readings has won the inaugural Bookstore of the Year Award at the 2016 London Book Fair International Excellence Awards. Readings was cited for ‘its community... Read more

Auckland Uni Press wins LBF publishing award

New Zealand publisher Auckland University Press (AUP) has won the Academic and Professional Publisher Award at this year’s London Book Fair (LBF) International Excellence Awards,... Read more

Book Island wins Bologna Prize for children’s publishing

New Zealand publisher Book Island has won the Bologna Prize for Best Children’s Publisher of the Year in the Oceania category. Book Island was chosen... Read more

Co-op opens six SA stores

The Co-op has opened four stores at the University of South Australia and will open two more at Flinders and Adelaide universities by the end... Read more

Wordstorm 2016 program released

The 2016 Northern Territory writers’ festival Wordstorm program has been launched. Indonesian writer Eka Kurniawan, author of Beauty is a Wound (Text), will be the... Read more


‘Enthusiastic’ response to inaugural Rock & Roll Writers Festival x

The inaugural Rock & Roll Writers Festival, which was held at The Brightside in Brisbane from 2-3 April, received ‘enthusiastic coverage and feedback’ from media... Read more

Byron Bay Writers Festival, Captain Honey partner for self-publishing marquee x

The Byron Writers Festival has partnered with publisher Captain Honey for the festival’s Self-Published Marquee, which will run from 5-7 August. The marquee gives self-published... Read more

New Copyright Agency fund to support mid-to-late career authors

The Copyright Agency has announced a new fund to support mid-to-late career authors and visual artists. The Create Career Fund will offer two $50,000 rounds... Read more

Woodley appointed MD of ALS Library Services

ALS Library Services general manager Simon Woodley has been promoted to the role of managing director. Woodley replaces ALS owner Patricia Genat in the role.... Read more


International Dublin Literary Award 2016 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2016 International Dublin Literary Award has been announced. The 10 shortlisted titles are: Outlaws (Javier Cercas, trans by Anne McLean, Bloomsbury)... Read more

PEN Literary Awards 2016 winners announced

In the US, the winners of the 2016 PEN Literary awards have been announced, reports Publishers Weekly. Among the winners announced at the annual awards... Read more

Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2016 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction has been announced. The six shortlisted titles (which include three debuts) are: Ruby (Cynthia Bond,... Read more

UK book exports fall on the back of weak sales in the US, Australasia

UK book exports fell three percent in 2015 due in part to a weak market in the US, reports the Bookseller. Total exports were worth... Read more

Guardian First Book Award to close

In the UK, the Guardian First Book Award is closing, citing a crowded awards landscape as the reason, reports the Bookseller. The £10,000 (A$18,704) prize... Read more

Random House US to launch Dunham imprint

In the US, Random House is launching a new imprint based around Lena Dunham and her producing partner Jenni Konner’s feminist newsletter Lenny Letter, reports... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales: Fiction—Lyn Tranter at Australian Literary Management has sold world rights to The Voyage of Truth (Fiona Palmer) in a two-book deal to Hachette. Nonfiction—Black... Read more


Bestsellers this week

The Treehouse Fun Book by Jill Griffiths, Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton (Pan) has climbed from fifth to first place in this week’s top 10... Read more

Julia Leigh’s ‘Avalanche: A Love Story’ x

‘Author and director Julia Leigh began IVF treatment at 38, knowing that the odds were stacked against her yet still hoping that she would be... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Most contemporary literature effectively circulates within a hothouse of literary culture, mediated by smaller publishers whose audience would appear to be increasingly specialised and insular’Emmett Stinson examines Australian literary production and consumption in an article in Australian Humanities Review


State Library of NSW invites proposals to help digitise collection x

The State Library of NSW is offering the private sector access to its records and artefacts, in exchange for help digitising the collection, reports ITnews.... Read more

Victoria Park council launches Little Free Libraries scheme

The Town of Victoria Park council in Perth is rolling out a Little Free Libraries scheme to boost community literacy levels, reports Community News. The... Read more

London library occupation ends after 10 days x

In the UK, the occupation of London’s Carnegie Library to protest the council’s plans to convert it into a ‘healthy living centre’ has ended, reports... Read more

Barbershop owner leaves $1.8m to local library x

A barbershop owner in Athol, Massachusetts, has left US$1.4 million (A$1.8m)—over 90% of his estate—to his local public library, reports the Independent. Anthony J Ralys’... Read more

Working the crowd: The ins and outs of crowdfunding campaigns

Crowdfunding can be a smart way for small and self-publishers to raise cash and kickstart their marketing campaign, but the odds of success are slim,... Read more

Small publisher spotlight: Rockpool Publishing

Sydney-based Rockpool Publishing was established in 2006 and specialises in health, recreation and family titles. ‘We publish what we know and love, concentrate on Australian... Read more

Woodley appointed MD of ALS Library Services x

ALS Library Services general manager Simon Woodley has been promoted to the role of managing director. (See news.)

Society of Editors (NSW): Successful proofreading workshop x

The Society of Editors (NSW) Inc. will hold a one-day workshop on successful proofreading, to be presented by Meryl Potter on Wednesday, 4 May from... Read more

CBCA Book of the Year Awards: announcement dates x

CBCA Notable Books will be released on the CBCA website on Monday 18 April. This is the longlist for the CBCA Book of the Year... Read more

May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust 2017 Fellowships x

May Gibbs classified imageApplications for 2017 fellowships close soon.

Published authors or illustrators of at least one book for children or young people are invited to apply for a May Gibbs Trust creative time residential fellowship.

Visit maygibbs.org.au and click on all the information provided under creative time fellowships.

Applications close on April 30 2016.


Order ‘My Life on the Road’ Now—Gloria Steinem Touring Australia and NZ in May x

My Life on the Road author Gloria Steinem will tour Australia from 13-21 May, PLUS a major national media campaign will launch on Saturday, 7 May! Place your orders for My Life on the Road (9781863957922) NOW to ensure you have stock in time for the most exciting author tour of 2016. Order through your Penguin Random House sales rep or from United Book Distributors on 1800 33 88 36 today to avoid missing out.


Michael Grant Returns to Australia and New Zealand in May x

Hardie Grant Egmont is excited to be bringing bestselling YA author of the ‘Gone’ series, Michael Grant, back Down Under to promote Front Lines, the first book in his blockbuster new YA series, ‘Soldier Girl’.

Michael will be participating in the Auckland and Sydney Writers Festivals’ school programs, and touring off-season with Brisbane Writers Festival.


Pascal Press Price Increase x

Beginning Monday 2nd May 2016, Pascal Press will enact a price increase across a selection of titles.

Accordingly, orders received after 2nd May will be invoiced at the new price.

Should you have any questions or require an updated price list, please do not hesitate to contact your Trade Representative or email contact@pascalpress.com.au.




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