Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
28 April 2016


Brabon wins 2016 Vogel Award

Katherine Brabon has won this year’s Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award for her novel The Memory Artist. The winner was chosen by Australian literary editor Stephen Romei,... Read more

George Robertson Award 2016 winners announced

The winners of the 2016 George Robertson Award, which recognises long and distinguished service to the publishing industry, were announced by the Australian Publishers Association... Read more

Distributor Capricorn Link ceases trading x

NSW-based distributor Capricorn Link has ceased trading after the company filed for creditor’s voluntary liquidation on 1 April. Capricorn Link distributed publishers including Storey, Lake... Read more


Artists announced for inaugural Canberra Writers Festival

The Canberra Writers Festival has announced a number of authors attending its inaugural event from 26-28 August. Among the guests are British philosopher A C... Read more

Entries open for 2016 PMLAs; judges revealed

Entries have opened and the judging panels have been revealed for the ninth annual Prime Minister’s Literary Awards (PMLAs). Awards will again be presented in... Read more

Victorian government announces $115m in creative industries funding x

The Victorian government will spend $115m over four years to ‘grow the state’s cultural capital’ as part of its first ‘Creative State’ creative industries strategy.... Read more

ILF launches Great Book Swap online platform

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) has launched an online platform for the Great Book Swap, which is designed to make it easier for schools, businesses... Read more


PRH to publish new Tim Winton book in October

Penguin Random House will publish a new nonfiction book by Tim Winton in October. The Boy behind the Curtain, a collection of true stories and... Read more


MUP to publish Bill Shorten’s first book

Melbourne University Publishing will publish Australian Labor Party leader Bill Shorten’s first book, The Common Good, on 2 May. The book is Shorten’s ‘reflections on... Read more

Audible Australia lodges ‘triple-figure’ revenue growth x

Audible Australia has lodged ‘triple-figure’ revenue growth each year since it opened its local audiobook store in January 2014. While the company declined to say... Read more

Director appointed for Dunedin City of Literature

The Dunedin City Council has appointed Nicky Page as its City of Literature director, reports Booksellers New Zealand. Page has 20 years of experience in... Read more

ALA reveals ‘most frequently challenged books’ in 2015

The American Library Association (ALA) has released a list of most frequently challenged books in 2015. Topping the list was Looking for Alaska (John Green,... Read more

Rowling’s ‘Fantastic Beasts’ screenplay to be published in November

The screenplay of the forthcoming film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, set in the world of ‘Harry Potter’ and written by J K... Read more

US publisher revenue down 2.6% in 2015

US publishers’ revenues fell 2.6% in 2015, dropping from US$15.82bn (A$20.81bn) in 2014 to US$15.41bn (A$20.27bn) in 2015, according to results released by the Association... Read more

Hugo 2016 shortlists announced, dominated by ‘Puppies’-backed titles

In the US, the shortlists for the 2016 Hugo Awards have been announced, amid controversy over the final ballot being dominated by titles promoted by... Read more

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O’Sullivan wins 2016 Wellcome Book Prize

In the UK, neurologist Suzanne O’Sullivan has won the 2016 Wellcome Book Prize for her study of psychosomatic illness, It’s All in Your Head (Vintage),... Read more

Coates, Ferrante, Robinson on ‘Time’ magazine’s 100 most influential list

Authors Elena Ferrante, Marilynne Robinson and Ta-Nehisi Coates are on Time magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, reports Shelf... Read more

Orwell Prize 2016 shortlists announced

In the UK, the shortlists for the 2016 Orwell Prize for political writing have been announced. In the running for the £3000 (A$5547) book prize... Read more

Follett acquires Baker & Taylor

In the US, educational content provider Follett Corp has acquired library distributor Baker & Taylor (B&T), reports Publishers Weekly. Follett Corp provides technology, services and... Read more

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Bestsellers this week

Two new releases have entered this week’s top 10 bestsellers: Nora Roberts’ The Obsession (Hachette) is this week’s overall bestseller, while Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Michelle... Read more

Julie Koh’s ‘Portable Curiosities’ x

‘Armed with an uncanny ability to capture the zeitgeist of the time, … Julie Koh’s darkly satirical and convulsively funny short-story collection Portable Curiosities is... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘The battle to get children’s literature taken seriously will never be concluded, because so many adults are invested in not doing so’author and academic Catherine Butler in the Conversation


SLV receives $23m for new storage facility, annual funding boost x

The Victorian government has announced $23m in funding in the 2016/17 budget for a second State Library of Victoria (SLV) offsite storage facility in Ballarat.... Read more

New Brisbane library to open on 24 May x

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has announced the new Wynnum Library will open on 24 May, reports the Courier Mail. The library, which was first... Read more

Western Sydney libraries to roll out multilingual library app

Fairfield City Council libraries in Western Sydney will roll out a new multilingual library app in May, reports iTWire. Library customers will be able to... Read more

ALA reveals ‘most frequently challenged books’ in 2015

The American Library Association (ALA) has released a list of most frequently challenged books in 2015. Topping the list was Looking for Alaska (John Green,... Read more

Library opens at Abu Dhabi airport

A library has opened at Abu Dhabi International Airport as part of a nationwide reading campaign, reports the UAE National. The library, located in the... Read more

Pearce and co: a history of the Hobart Bookshop x

‘I started at the Hobart Bookshop almost 10 years ago—a trifling anniversary considering this year sees 70 years since the shop’s patriarch, Cedric Pearce, began... Read more

Small publisher spotlight: Ford Street Publishing x

Melbourne-based Ford Street Publishing specialises in children’s and YA books, and released its first titles in 2007. ‘I don’t apply for grants from the Australia... Read more

Books at MIFF 2016: Call for Submissions x

Australian and NZ publishers and literary agents who hold film rights to local books with cinematic potential for screen adaptation are invited to make submissions... Read more

Simon & Schuster Australia to Distribute Fox Chapel Publishing International x

Simon & Schuster logoSimon & Schuster Australia is pleased to announce a new sales and distribution partnership with Fox Chapel Publishing International.

A leading publisher in the illustrated non-fiction space, Fox Chapel also distributes IMM Lifestyle Books, Creative Homeowner and Design Originals, publishing an extensive list of titles in the areas of art and colouring, craft, food and drink, reference and history, home and garden, lifestyle, and woodworking.

The partnership will take effect immediately in Australia and all titles will be made available over the coming months. Fox Chapel titles previously distributed by John Reed Books will not be accepted by United Book Distributors for return. All orders to United Book Distributors at orders@unitedbookdistributors.com.au.


New 13-part Series of ‘Surfing the Menu’ to Air on the ABC 22 May x

Surfing the Menu coverFormer MasterChef contestants Dan Churchill and Hayden Quinn will star in a new series of Surfing the Menu, the 2003 cooking and travel show that launched the careers of chefs Ben O’Donohue and Curtis Stone.

Surfing the Menu: The Next Generation will air on the ABC as a 13-part series starting on Sunday 22 May at 6pm. The companion book to the series contains 80 recipes inspired by local growers and food producers in Australia and is available now from Simon & Schuster Australia.

Surfing the Menu is one of the ABC’s most successful cooking formats, having been sold in over 70 countries.


Story Box Library Celebrates 100th Story Milestone x

Story Box Library logoThe Story Box Library team are proud to be celebrating the release of our 100th story this week with the addition of Tales from the Gum Tree to our growing library.

Fittingly, the publication of this charming story also marks 100 years since the introduction of May Gibbs’ iconic creatures into Australian bush mythology.

In recognition of these two milestones, Tales from the Gum Tree read by the delightful Kate Ritchie, is our free preview story for the month of May.

Lastly, we would like to take this opportunity to wholeheartedly thank all of our collaborators, partners, contributors, supporters and subscribers who have made our journey over the past 3 years possible.


MUP to Publish Bill Shorten’s ‘For the Common Good’ x

If you want to understand the next Prime Minister of Australia, For the Common Good is essential reading.

MUP is publishing Bill Shorten’s For the Common Good on 2 May 2016. Rush released; stock available from UBD warehouse from 28 April.

All orders should be placed with United Book Distributors (1800 33 88 36 or orders@unitedbookdistributors.com.au).

Publication date: 2 May, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-522-86941-5
RRP: $27.99
Format: B-format paperback


NewSouth Books to Run Print and Distribution Service for ANU Press x

NewSouth Books are thrilled to announce that from 1 May they will distributing printed books for ANU Press in Australia and New Zealand.

All titles will be available as Print on Demand with a discount of 35% off RRP and will be Firm Sale.

To order please contact NewSouth Books / TLD Customer Service on: E. orders@tldistribution.com.au, P. 02 8778 9999.


Top That Publishing Sales and Distribution Change x

Top That Publishing has appointed Woodslane, effective immediately, for its sales and distribution in Australia and New Zealand (previously distributed by Five Mile Press). Top That is one of the world’s leading publishers, catering for pre-school to primary-school age children with books designed to promote child development, enrich relationships, and foster creativity and imagination. The addition of Top That is very much in line with Woodslane’s focus and growth in the children’s book category.

Please note that Woodslane will not accept returns for titles invoiced by Five Mile Press.

Please direct any enquires to info@woodslane.com.au or speak to the Woodslane customer service team, ph: 1800 803 443.




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