Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
11 May 2016

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Penguin to pay Consumer Affairs $30,000 over ‘The Whole Pantry’ publication x

Penguin Australia will pay Consumer Affairs Victoria $30,000 and include a prominent warning notice on any future books making statements about natural therapies, as part... Read more

S&S expands sales team to service independents, NZ x

Simon & Schuster has expanded its local sales team to service independent booksellers, and has appointed Karen Ferns, former joint-MD of Random House Australia and... Read more


Daisley wins New Zealand Book Award for fiction

Novelist Stephen Daisley has won the NZ$50,000 (A$46,135) fiction prize at the New Zealand Book Awards for his novel Coming Rain (Text), announced at a... Read more

Wood awarded $100,000 Charles Perkins Centre fellowship

Author Charlotte Wood has been awarded the University of Sydney’s $100,000 Charles Perkins Centre Writer in Residence fellowship. As previously reported by Books+Publishing, the university... Read more

Christian wins 2016 Text Prize

Playwright and former teacher Claire Christian has won the 2016 Text Prize for YA and Children’s Writing for her manuscript Beautiful Mess. The winning manuscript,... Read more

Australia Council February grants announced

Seventeen literary organisations and almost 40 writers and writing groups have received Australia Council grants as part of its $11.2m February grants round. The 17... Read more

SWF receives $460k grant in second Catalyst funding round

The Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF) has received a $461,350 Catalyst grant for its Western Sydney and regional NSW touring program to ‘boost accessibility to reading... Read more

Scholastic publishes first Kids & Family Reading Report on children’s reading habits

Scholastic has released the findings from its first Kids & Family Reading Report Australia, a survey of 1748 children aged six to 17 and parents... Read more

Roy Morgan survey: fewer adults reading books than five years ago; kids more likely to enjoy reading x

A lower proportion of Australian adults are reading books than they were five years ago, but kids aged six to 13 are now slightly more... Read more

Former Lantern designers open studio OetomoNew

Former Lantern designers Daniel New and Evi Oetomo have opened a Sydney-based studio ‘devoted to designing beautiful books’, called OetomoNew. New was previously art director... Read more


EWF 2016 program launched

The program for the 2016 Emerging Writers’ Festival, to be held in Melbourne from 14-24 June, has been announced. The 2016 festival will open with... Read more


Feminist Writers Festival announced for Melbourne

A new Feminist Writers Festival (FWF) has been established and will partner with the Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) in its inaugural year. The festival, co-founded... Read more


New Zealand YA review site launches

A group of New Zealand writers and editors associated with the journal New Zealand Books Pukapuka Aotearoa have launched a website for reviewing and discussing... Read more

ILF raises $285k in first quarter, announces new sponsorship

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) has raised $285,000 in the first quarter of 2016, and has secured a new $10,000 sponsorship from 1010 Printing, which... Read more

NZ Makereti named Commonwealth Short Story Prize regional winner

New Zealand writer Tina Makereti has been announced as one of five regional winners of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize for her short story ‘Black... Read more

British Book Industry Awards 2016 winners announced

In the UK, the annual British Book Industry Awards have been announced, including the inaugural Books of the Year Awards, reports the Bookseller. Andrew Michael... Read more

Little Rebels Children’s Book Award 2016 winner announced x

In the UK, I am Henry Finch by Viviane Schwarz and Alexis Deacon (Walker Books) has won this year’s Little Rebels award for radical children’s... Read more

Bonnier acquires nonfiction publisher John Blake

Swedish-owned Bonnier Publishing has bought UK nonfiction publisher John Blake for an undisclosed sum, reports the Bookseller. John Blake, which specialises in commercial nonfiction, including... Read more

UK diversity in publishing network established

A network for people working in the UK publishing industry who are from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds has been established, reports the... Read more

Herrera, Dillman win Best Translated Book Award 2016

Mexican author Yuri Herrera and translator Lisa Dillman have won the US$10,000 (A$13,380) Best Translated Book Award for Signs Preceding the End of the World... Read more

Mills & Boon UK partners with Gransnet online community

In the UK, Mills & Boon has announced it will partner with the online network for grandparents Gransnet to ‘provide readers with quizzes, competitions, seasonal... Read more

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Bestsellers this week

This week’s highest new entry and overall bestseller is David Baldacci’s latest book in the ‘Amos Decker’ series, The Last Mile (Macmillan), which enters a... Read more

Melanie Joosten’s ‘A Long Time Coming: Essays on Ageing’ x

‘Combining memoir, research and interviews, Joosten sheds light on the crises facing the elderly, and interrogates the “invisible turning point where we begin to punish... Read more

Quote of the week

‘Removing PIRs will result in the swamping of the Australian market with overseas products where the economies of scale are vastly different’—Spinifex Press publisher Susan Hawthorne argues against the repeal of PIRs. Also contributing to the debate this week are Text publisher Michael Heyward, academic Emmett Stinson and Digital Reader editor Nate Hoffelder.


New ‘Books+Publishing’ reviews out now x

Books+Publishing’s latest Reviews newsletter contains nine reviews of books publishing in June, July and August 2016. The top-scoring title is Rajith Savanadasa’s debut Ruins (Hachette,... Read more

New ‘Books+Publishing Junior’ reviews out now x

Books+Publishing’s latest Junior newsletter contains 10 reviews of books publishing in June and July 2016, including three five-star reviews. Reviewer Margaret Hamilton awarded top marks... Read more

ALIA announces federal election agenda x

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has released its federal election agenda, which includes calls for action on literacy, unlocking historic documents and government-funded... Read more

Restructure threatens jobs at Mornington Peninsula libraries

Jobs at Mornington Peninsula shire libraries in Victoria are under threat due to a proposed restructure, reports the Mornington Peninsula News. Australian Services Union organiser... Read more

Knox Council sets aside $800,000 for temporary library as Westfield looks to expand x

Knox Council in Melbourne has proposed spending $800,000 on a temporary library to replace the current library, which will close to make way for an... Read more

Notre Dame and Vatican Library to partner x

The University of Notre Dame has become the first US academic institution to partner with the Vatican Library after signing a memorandum of understanding for... Read more

Neighbourhood watch: Strengthening ties between Oz and NZ publishing x

Melbourne Writers Festival program manager Jo Case travelled to New Zealand earlier this year to explore the opportunities and challenges for closer ties between our... Read more

Small publisher spotlight: Click-Cloud Publishing x

Established in 2014, Sydney-based Click-Cloud Publishing specialises in children’s fiction, adult nonfiction and Macedonian translations. ‘All of our books have a cultural theme, whether it’s... Read more

Lonely Planet relocates office x

Lonely Planet has relocated its offices, as of 2 May. The new contact details are: Lonely Planet The Malt Store Level 3, 551 Swanston St... Read more

2016 Whitley Awards Nominations Open x

160511 royalzoologicalEach year the RZS NSW hosts the Whitley Awards for outstanding publications (print or electronic) relating to the documentation and conservation of Australasia’s fauna. Entries range from the academic to general readership, including children’s books. The Awards include the prestigious Whitley Medal and Special Commendation Certificate as well as a number of Certificates of Commendation.

One copy of the publication together with a cover sheet (see web site) should be sent to:

Executive Officer, Royal Zoological Society NSW
PO Box 20 MOSMAN 2088

Closing date 31 May 2016

For more information:

See our website at www.rzsnsw.org.au or contact Noel Tait Chairman Whitley Awards Committee 02 94276747 or noelrobyn@bigpond.com.


Simon & Schuster Australia Restructures and Expands Sales Force x

160511 simon schusterSimon & Schuster Australia has restructured its sale force, adding three additional positions to increase its reach into the independent sector and service more accounts face-to-face.

The addition of two field account managers, one in NSW and one in Victoria will enable an additional 150 accounts previously serviced via digital catalogue and telesales, to be managed regularly, and in person.

Liz Murphy, previously with Penguin Random House will join Simon & Schuster as Victorian Key Account Manager servicing parts of Melbourne metro and regional Victoria as well as Tasmania.

Kay Drury, previously at Allen & Unwin, will take on the position of NSW Key Account Manager, servicing parts of Sydney metro and regional NSW.

Melinda Beaumont, previously NSW Key Account Manager has been promoted to the newly created and additional position of National Account Manager and will service a number of head office accounts including QBD, WHSmith, NewsLink, Costco, Coles, Australia Post, David Jones and Aldi.

Anna Stelter, currently working at head office in the role of Product Coordinator has been promoted to NSW Key Account Manager and will service parts of Sydney metro and regional NSW as well as the ACT.

Simon & Schuster Australia has also appointed Karen Ferns to the newly created position of New Zealand Sales Agent. Based in Auckland, Karen will service the head offices of Whitcoulls, Paper Plus, The Warehouse, and progressively over the next few weeks other accounts . Karen brings a tremendous amount of publishing experience in both New Zealand and Australia having previously worked at Penguin Random House, most recently as joint Managing Director of Random House in Australia and New Zealand.

The sales restructure has been designed to expand servicing to the independent market and to maximise the sales of new distribution clients including Affirm Press, Viz Media, Ventura Press, Smith Street Books, Gallup Press, Regan Arts, Fox Chapel Publishing, The Entourage and Paleo Café.

‘The addition of these distribution clients has given our list a depth which offers a great range of quality books for all channels,’ said Dan Ruffino, Managing Director of Simon & Schuster Australia.

‘The recent relaunch of the Scribner imprint by our sister company in the UK has put some amazing literary gems in our hands including The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende, Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift and North Water by Ian McGuire. The growth of our sales force will mean we can put more of our books into the hands of influential booksellers and work with them to generate word of mouth and increased sales.’


Ian McCarthy: Putting it Out There x

After twenty five plus years in Penguin (Random House) management, latterly as National Field Sales Manager, the recently ‘retired’ Ian McCarthy has had enough of daytime television. Based in Melbourne and/or Gippsland, he can pick them, pack them, sell them, distribute them, deliver them; and, on a good day, write them and illustrate them. Cost efficient and affordable, computer savvy, able and willing to slot in at any level in the industry and unafraid of hard work, he is looking, ideally, for a three day a week role but is willing to consider all, or any, offers—short or long term.

In need of a bit of quality experience at very reasonable rates? Why not give Ian a call on 0417540958?


NewSouth Books Congratulates Publishers in the ABIA Book Shortlist x

NewSouth Books congratulates its publishers included in the 2016 Australian Book Industry Awards shortlist. The Art of Free Travel (NewSouth) is up for Small Publishers’ Adult Book of the Year, and Kookoo Kookaburra (Magabala Books) and Numerical Street (NewSouth) are in the running for Small Publishers’ Children’s Book of the Year. These titles are available from TL Distribution (P: +61(2) 8778 9999, E: orders@tldistribution.com.au).


‘The Killing Season’ by Sarah Ferguson Wins Logie for Most Outstanding Public Affairs Report x

MUP congratulates Sarah Ferguson on winning her fifth Logie award at the 58th TV Week Logie Awards. Ferguson and the team at ABC won in the category of Most Outstanding Public Affairs Report for ‘The Killing Season’ (ABC).

Sarah’s book, The Killing Season Uncut, written with Patricia Drum, has been reprinted and is available now. To order (ISBN 9780522869958) please contact United Book distributors on 1800 33 88 36 or orders@unitedbookdistributors.com.au.




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