Weekly Book Newsletter
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

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... 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

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

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

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

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

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

Each 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... Read more

Simon & Schuster Australia Restructures and Expands Sales Force x

Simon & Schuster Australia has restructured its sale force, adding three additional positions to increase its reach into the independent sector and service more accounts... Read more

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... Read more

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