Weekly Book Newsletter
20 April 2016

‘WBN’ published Thursday next week x

Please note that, due to the Anzac Day holiday on Monday, the next Weekly Book Newsletter will be published on Thursday 28 April. The deadline for classifieds... Read more

The Natural Way of Things


‘The Natural Way of Things’ wins 2016 Stella Prize

The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood (A&U) has won the 2016 Stella Prize for women’s writing. Wood was presented with the $50,000 prize... Read more

NSW Premier’s Literary Awards 2016 shortlists announced

The shortlists for this year’s New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards have been announced, including a new biennial prize for Indigenous writers. The shortlisted titles... Read more

CBCA Notable Books for 2016 announced

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has released its list of Notable Books for 2016. Book of the Year: Older Readers A Small Madness... Read more

‘Happy children’s publishers’ at LBF 2016 x

ALS Library Services director Patricia Genat reports from the London Book Fair: Sunshine, showers, dinosaurs, Shakespeare and happy children’s publishers—this could be a summary of... Read more

Middle-grade fiction popular at busy Bologna x

Australian publishers have reported another busy Bologna Children’s Book Fair, with ongoing demand for middle-grade fiction and a slight pick-up in YA. While there were... Read more

REAL Awards 2016 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2016 Reading & Enjoying Australian Literature (REAL) Awards, which act as shortlists for children’s choice book awards in the New South... Read more

Kibble and Dobbie Awards 2016 longlists announced

The 2016 Kibble and Dobbie Literary Awards longlists have been announced. The seven longlisted titles for the $30,000 Kibble Literary Award for an established Australian... Read more

Avenue Bookstore expands with new Richmond shop x

The Avenue Bookstore in Melbourne will open its third store in August with a new shop on Swan Street, Richmond. Owner Chris Redfern told Books+Publishing... Read more

Melbourne Jewish Writers’ Festival 2016 program announced

The program for the 2016 Melbourne Jewish Writers’ Festival, which will run at the Lamm Library in Caulfield South from 21-23 May, has been announced.... Read more

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Indigenous children’s comic wins 2016 Gold Ledger award

The winners of the 2016 Ledger Awards for excellence in Australian comics and graphic novels have been announced. The winner of the 2016 Gold Ledger... Read more


Charity’s ‘Chapter One’ book sells almost 53,000 in a month

A book that tells story of Australian charity Thankyou’s ‘start-up journey’ has sold almost 53,000 copies in six weeks, raising more than $1.4m for the... Read more

Nash joins Black Inc.

Former Pan Macmillan publicist Kate Nash has joined Black Inc. in the newly created role of head of marketing and publicity. Nash spent more than... Read more

Latest Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowships announced

The Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas in Melbourne has announced the successful applicants for its latest round of Hot Desk Fellowships. The successful... Read more


Stella Schools to hold ‘Girls Write Up’ festival

The Stella Schools Program will hold a one-day ‘wordfest’ for teenagers in Melbourne and Sydney in June that ‘teaches empowerment through writing and sharing stories’.... Read more

US Supreme Court refuses to re-open Authors Guild case against Google

In the US, the Supreme Court has refused a petition to re-open a case alleging Google breached copyright by digitising millions of books, reports the... Read more

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Pulitzer Prize 2016 winners announced

The 2016 Pulitzer Prizes were announced in New York on 18 April. The Fiction award was presented to The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Corsair)—a ‘layered immigrant tale told... Read more

Ereading dominated by women, over 45s, says report

New research from Kobo has found that women and readers aged over 45 are the most active consumers of ebooks, reports the Guardian. The report,... Read more

Booksellers Association urges authors to support North Carolina stores amid boycotts

In the US, the American Booksellers Association (ABA) has called on authors not to punish North Carolina booksellers after Sherman Alexie cancelled an author talk... Read more

Man Booker International Prize 2016 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2016 Man Booker International Prize has been announced. Chosen from a longlist of 13, the six shortlisted titles are: A General... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales: Nonfiction—Exisle has sold Indian English-language rights to Parenting for a Happier Home (Stuart Passmore). Children’s—Walker Books has sold Russian rights to Bogtrotter (Margaret Wild).

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Bestsellers this week

One with You (Penguin), Sylvia Day’s fifth and final book in her erotic romance series ‘Crossfire’,  has debuted as the overall bestseller and highest new entry... Read more

Georgia Blain’s ‘Between a Wolf and a Dog’ x

‘Georgia Blain’s Between a Wolf and a Dog explores the intricacies of modern family life with the emotional veracity you might expect of a book... Read more

Quote of the week

‘I want to stake a claim for literature as an essential social benefit, in and of itself’in her acceptance speech, Charlotte Wood explains why she will not be donating her Stella Prize-winnings to another social cause


ALIA board election results announced x

The results of the Australian Library and Information Association’s (ALIA) 2016 board election have been announced. Monika Szunejko and Jane Cowell have been elected as... Read more

Perth library moves to make way for Aldi supermarket x

Morley Library in Perth will close on 28 April and reopen on 16 May at a nearby community centre to make way for the construction... Read more

Pew report finds high community satisfaction with libraries but usage dropping x

In the US, a new report from the Pew Research Centre found 76% of adults believe libraries serve the learning and educational needs of their... Read more

Seven North American libraries take top Architecture prize x

In the US, seven libraries have been selected as recipients of the Library Building Award 2016 from the American Institute of Architects and the American Library... Read more

Shelf life: Profile of Booktopia’s Christopher Cahill x

‘Most people think I work in IT,’ writes Booktopia merchandiser Christopher Cahill. He reflects on his career in bricks-and-mortar and online book merchandising in the... Read more

Small publisher spotlight: Vine Leaves Press

Established in 2014, Melbourne-based Vine Leaves Press specialises in book-length vignette, poetry and short-story collections, among other things. ‘With every submission we receive we ask... Read more

Nash joins Black Inc. x

Former Pan Macmillan publicist Kate Nash has joined Black Inc. in the newly created role of head of marketing and publicity. (See news.)

PANZ: 2016 International conference registration open x

Registrations have opened for the 2016 Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) International Conference, to be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 128 Albert Street,... 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.


Omnibus Press Sales and Distribution Change x

Omnibus Press (Music Sales) is moving its sales and distribution for Australia and New Zealand from Pan Macmillan to Woodslane from July 1. Alliance Distribution Services will authorise returns for titles within trading terms until 30 June 2016. Authorised returns must be received by ADS no later than 19 August 2016 for credit. Woodslane will not accept returns for titles invoiced by ADS.

Please direct any enquires to nicole.roberts@musicsales.com.au.


Lonely Planet is Moving x

Lonely Planet has called Footscray home for over a decade but soon we’ll be moving to the edge of Melbourne’s CBD and taking up residence in Carlton.

As of Monday May 2, 2016 the new address for Lonely Planet’s Melbourne operation will be:

Lonely Planet

The Malt Store
Level 3, 551 Swanston St
Victoria, 3053

Phone, fax and email contacts will remain the same.

Please continue to send all damaged, overstock and old edition returns to:

Lonely Planet Warehouse

90 Maribyrnong St
Victoria, 3011


NewSouth Books Congratulates Publishers in the CBCA 2016 Notable Books List x

NewSouth Books congratulates its publishers included in the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Notable Books of 2016.

In the Picture Book of the Year category: Numerical Street (NewSouth Publishing), One Step at a Time (MidnightSun Publishing) and Where’s Jessie? (NLA Publishing). And in the Eve Pownall Award for Information Books: Australian Kids Through the Years (NLA Publishing), Lennie the Legend: Solo to Sydney by Pony (NLA Publishing), Phasmid: Saving the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect (CSIRO Publishing), and Prehistoric Marine Life in Australia’s Inland Sea (Museum Victoria).

All titles available from TL Distribution (P: +61(2) 8778 9999, E: orders@tldistribution.com.au).


Random House Australia to Distribute Parallax Press x

As a result of Parallax Press moving its Sales and Distribution to Random House in the US, Random House Australia will take over distribution in Australia from 1 May 2016. NewSouth Books, will accept authorised returns in accordance with their policy provided goods are returned before 30 September 2016. Please contact TL Distribution on (02) 8778 9999 or orders@tldistribution.com.au for any queries on such returns.

Please contact Random House customer service on 1800 33 88 36 or orders@unitedbookdistributors.com.au for any other queries on the Parallax Press list.

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