Weekly Book Newsletter
18 May 2016


NSW Premier’s Literary Award winners announced; Pascoe wins Book of the Year

Bruce Pascoe has won the $10,000 Book of the Year prize for Dark Emu (Magabala) at the 2016 New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards, which... Read more


ABIA People’s Choice Awards winners announced

The winners of the 2016 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) reader’s choice awards have been announced. The winners in each category are: General fiction book... Read more


Australian Book Design Awards 2016 winners announced

The Australian Book Designers Association (ABDA) announced the winners of the 2016 Book Design Awards at an event in Melbourne on 13 May. The winning... Read more

Thirteen literary groups receive four-year OzCo funding; key orgs miss out

Thirteen literary organisations have received grants as part of the Australia Council’s Four-Year Funding program, worth $5.97m over the next four years. The recipients are:... Read more

ABA Booksellers of the Year 2016 finalists announced

The finalists for the 2016 Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) Booksellers of the Year awards have been announced. The finalists for the Bookseller of the Year... Read more

First authors announced for Byron Writers Festival

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist William Finnegan and novelist and memoirist Cheryl Strayed are among the first guests announced for the 20th Byron Writers Festival,... Read more

Ulman, Middleton named 2016 ‘SMH’ Best Young Australian Novelists

Two short story writers, Abigail Ulman and Murray Middleton, have been named Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelists for 2016. Ulman was recognised for... Read more

New Academy of NZ Literature to ‘promote homegrown writing’

The University of Auckland has launched the Academy of New Zealand Literature, a new body to promote NZ writing locally and overseas. Author and Master... Read more


NZ publisher Book Island moves headquarters to UK x

Children’s book publisher Book Island has announced it is moving its headquarters from Raumati South, New Zealand to Bristol, England in order to expand the... Read more

UK genre specialist PS Publishing introduces Australian imprint

UK genre press PS Publishing is introducing a new imprint, PS Australia, to publish Australian writers and artists. PS Publishing founders Pete and Nicky Crowther... Read more

Perth bookstore Bookcaffe to close in June

Independent Perth bookstore Bookcaffe is closing at the end of June. In a post on the store’s website, owners James and Rose Caffey said ‘it... Read more

Affirm signs an inaugural Varuna Mentorship Award winner

Affirm Press has acquired the rights to Paula Keogh’s memoir The Green Bell after Keogh was one of three winners of its inaugural Varuna Mentorship... Read more


‘I Got This Hat’ to be read for 2016 National Simultaneous Storytime

I Got This Hat (Jol and Kate Temple, illus by Jon Foye, ABC Books) will be read at this year’s National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS), to... Read more

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Text to publish new Simsion, Grenville books x

Text has acquired world rights to new books by Graeme Simsion and Kate Grenville, to be released in September 2016 and early 2017 respectively. Simsion’s... Read more


MUP sells film rights to ‘Modern Love’

Melbourne University Publishing (MUP) has sold the film rights to Modern Love: The Lives of John and Sunday Reed (Kendrah Morgan & Lesley Harding) to... Read more

Balkin wins Gold Medal for Business Ethics at US Business Book Awards

Author Jeremy K Balkin was awarded the Gold Medal for Business Ethics 2016 at the Axiom Business Book Awards in Chicago on 11 May for... Read more


‘The Vegetarian’ wins 2016 Man Booker International Prize

The Vegetarian by South Korean author Han Kang, translated into English by Deborah Smith (Portobello Books), has won the 2016 Man Booker International Prize. The... Read more

Goodreads introduces daily ebook deals tailored to members

Amazon’s reading and book recommendations platform Goodreads has introduced a daily email promotion program offering discounted ebooks tailored to individual users’ reading history, reports Publishers... Read more


Nebula Awards 2015 winners announced

In the US, the winners of the 2015 Nebula Awards, presented in 2016, have been announced. Uprooted (Naomi Novik, Tor) won in the novel category,... Read more

Porter wins £30,000 Dylan Thomas Prize

Debut author Max Porter has won the £30,000 (A$59,190) Dylan Thomas Prize for the best English-language fiction work by an author aged 39 or under... Read more

HarperCollins US launches New Bookstore Development Program

In the US, HarperCollins has announced its New Bookstore Development Program, which will provide extra discounts and grants to newly opened independent bookstores. The program,... Read more

‘Global Ebook Report’ suggests ‘end of the digital beginning’

The international book market is at the ‘end of the digital beginning’, according to the 2016 edition of the Global Ebook Report, compiled by Ruediger... Read more

Translated lit fiction selling better than English lit fiction in the UK, survey finds

A survey in the UK has found that translated fiction sales have almost doubled in the past 15 years, while the overall market for fiction... Read more

Bloomsbury partners with Arabic publishers Kalimat

Bloomsbury will partner with Arabic publisher the Kalimat Group in an exchange that will see the two publishers release a number of books in translation from... Read more

Third major book fair for Thailand

A third major Thai book fair will be held in the city of Chiang Mai from 25 June to 3 July, the Publishers and Booksellers... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—UQP has sold Turkish rights to The Midnight Dress (Karen Foxlee) to Gunisigi Publishing via UQP Turkish sub-agent The Kayi Agency; film rights to... Read more


Bestsellers this week

Two children’s and YA titles are among the three new books to enter the bestsellers chart this week, with book one in Rick Riordan’s new... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘The argument is regularly heard that the arts should pay for themselves. This misunderstands the reality of subsidy, because the fact is that there are very few areas of our society that are not subsidised’Theatre director and Brisbane Festival artistic director David Berthold responds to the announcement of the Australia Council’s four-year funding recipients.


Nineteen NSW ‘super councils’ created after amalgamations x

The New South Wales state government has sacked almost 400 councillors from 42 councils and placed 19 new councils under administrators and interim general managers... Read more

Funds set aside for planned Clayton South library x

Kingston City Council has set aside funds in its 2016-17 draft budget for the planned $9m Westall Hub, comprising a library, child and health services... Read more

Jobs lost at Mandurah libraries after self-service system adopted x

Three full-time positions at Mandurah City Council libraries in Western Australia will be lost following the adoption of a new book self-service check-out system, reports... Read more

NLA acquires inscribed copy of Patrick White’s first book x

The National Library of Australia (NLA) has acquired an inscribed copy of Nobel Laureate Patrick White’s first book, Thirteen Poems, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.... Read more

New London Mayor Sadiq Khan petitioned over library services x

Poet Chrissie Gittins is petitioning new London mayor Sadiq Khan to support four libraries in the borough of Lewisham, where five libraries closed in 2011, reports... Read more

Pricing our business: Terri-ann White on book prices x

UWA Publishing director Terri-ann White calls for industry-wide resistance to lower book prices and greater efficiency in distribution, including a ‘modified returns policy that kicks... Read more

Small publisher spotlight: Aboriginal Studies Press x

ACT-based Aboriginal Studies Press has been publishing titles since 1987, including The Little Red Yellow Black Book: An Introduction to Indigenous Australia, which has sold... Read more

Bruce Pascoe’s ‘Mrs Whitlam’ x

‘This new book by Bruce Pascoe (Fox a Dog, Sea Horse) has plenty to satisfy any horse lover, but also deftly handles issues of race... Read more

Society of Editors (NSW): A report on the Sydney Writers’ Festival x

The Society of Editors (NSW) will hold its June speaker meeting, ‘A report on the Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF)’ on 7 June at the Sydney Mechanics’... Read more

Tickets available for Forest for the Trees: Writers and Publishing in 2016 workshop x

Tickets are still available for the Forest for the Trees: Writers and Publishing in 2016 workshop at the Sydney Writers Festival, presented with the NSW... Read more

Correction to ‘Neighbourhood watch: Strengthening ties between Oz and NZ publishing’ x

The feature article ‘Neighbourhood watch: Strengthening ties between Oz and NZ publishing’, published in the Weekly Book Newsletter on 11 May and in Books+Publishing magazine Issue... Read more

TitlePage Changes x

160518 TitlePage_powered_by_TBA number of improvements were made to TitlePage this week including the introduction of a unified keyword search allowing users to search across ISBN, title, subtitle, author and series fields. You can find full details of the changes in the TitlePage ‘News’ item available after you log in to TitlePage. If you are attending the ABA/LEB conference trade show come and visit us on stand 36 and tell us what you think of the changes, or email customerservice@thorpe.com.au if you would like to book a time for a more detailed discussion on how TitlePage can help your business.


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 on the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards x

NewSouth Books congratulates its publishers on their success in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Dark Emu (Magabala Books) was awarded Book of the Year, as well as joint winner of the Indigenous Writer’s Prize, brush (Giramondo) was the winner of the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry, The Bleeding Tree (Currency Press) was the winner of the Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting and The Life of Houses (Giramondo) was the winner of the People’s Choice Award. Further, a big congratulations to Dr Rosie Scott AM, editor of The Intervention (NewSouth, forthcoming), who received the Special Award. All titles are available from TL Distribution (P: +61(2) 8778 9999, E: orders@tldistribution.com.au).


The Slattery Media Group Distribution Change x

The Slattery Media Group wishes to advise that its distribution agreement with The Five Mile Press ceases on 18 May 2016. Australian Fishing Network (AFN) will manage distribution of titles from 18 May 2016 onwards. AFN’s contact details are as follows:

Australian Fishing Network

20/52 Corporate Blvd Bayswater VIC 3153

Email: sales@afn.com.au

Tel: (03) 9729 8788 | Fax: (03) 9729 7833


‘Skills of Australian Football’ Updated RRP x

The Slattery Media Group wishes to advise that the RRP for its title Skills of Australian Football (ISBN: 9780987420503) has been adjusted from $24.95 to $14.95. Booksellers previously invoiced at $24.95 will receive a credit note and a re-invoice from Five Mile Press.


Black Inc. Congratulates Alice Pung x

Black Inc. congratulates Alice Pung, whose book Laurinda has won the Ethel Turner Prize for Young People’s Literature in the 2016 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. The judges commented: ‘several factors made Laurinda a standout book—perhaps most notably the degree of craft and deftness with which Pung has handled the issues of character. [Laurinda] is utterly engaging and believable, and builds an extraordinary sense of empathy with its readers.’ Order through your Penguin Random House sales rep or from United Book Distributors on 1800 33 88 36.


Black Inc. to Publish Bob Ellis Collection x

Black Inc. is pleased to announce that we will be publishing a collection of Bob Ellis’ best writing for Christmas 2016. Bob Ellis: In His Own Words (Oct 2016), compiled in collaboration with Ellis’ widow, Anne Brooksbank, will include extracts from many of his celebrated and much-loved essays, speeches, diaries and reviews, in addition to previously unpublished work, archival photos, and reflections from close friends and family. The book honours Ellis’ illustrious and prodigious writing legacy.


Angus & Robertson Bookworld Reunion x

A reunion is being organised for ex-Angus & Robertson Bookworld staff to reminisce about the ‘good old days’, and to honour David Conners who passed away recently. If you worked in National Office, or 107 Elizabeth Street or elsewhere please come along and share your memories over a drink and/or meal. Publishers’ connections welcome.

Where: Bells Hotel, 157 Moray St, South Melbourne
When: Thursday 16 June (Blooms Day)
Drinks from 6pm, meal from 8pm
Please RSVP for meal to Mark Zocchi: markzocchi@brolgapublishing.com.au




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