Weekly Book Newsletter
16 June 2016

PwC report predicts 1.5% growth in print/audio consumer publishing to 2020 x

A new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) predicts the print and audiobook consumer books market in Australia will grow from $970m in 2015 to $1.043bn in... Read more

Parties outline arts, copyright commitments at election debate

Federal Arts Minister Mitch Fifield was joined by shadow Arts Minister Mark Dreyfus and Australian Greens Party arts spokesperson Adam Bandt for an arts election... Read more

Cheng wins 2016 Vic Prem’s Literary Award for Unpublished Manuscript

Melanie Cheng has won the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript for her book of short fiction ‘Australia Day’. The $15,000 award... Read more

NT History Book Awards 2016 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2016 Chief Minister’s Northern Territory History Book Awards has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Silent Pearls: Old Japanese Graves in... Read more

Laforest steps down from Harlequin x

Harlequin Asia Pacific regional vice-president Michelle Laforest will step down from the position, effective from 17 June, after 15 years with the publisher. Laforest has... Read more

White appointed head of design at HarperCollins

Allen & Unwin senior designer Lisa White has been appointed head of design at HarperCollins Australia. White replaces Matt Stanton, who has left the publisher... Read more

Byron Writers Festival 2016 program announced

The full program for the 2016 Byron Writers Festival, to be held 5-7 August, has been announced. Among the international guests are US satirist and... Read more

Davitt Awards 2016 longlists announced

Sisters in Crime has announced the longlists for the 2016 Davitt Awards for the best crime books by Australian women. There are 77 titles longlisted,... Read more

Ngaio Marsh Award 2016 longlist announced

The longlist for this year’s Ngaio Marsh Award for New Zealand crime fiction has been announced. The longlisted titles are: Inside the Black Horse (Ray... Read more

Australian Historical Association 2016 awards shortlists announced

The Australian Historical Association (AHA) has announced the shortlists for the 2016 Magarey Medal for Biography, the Kay Daniels Award and the W K Hancock... Read more

Couldwell wins 2016 Ray Koppe Young Writers’ Residency

Nick Couldwell has won the Australian Society of Authors (ASA)’s 2016 Ray Koppe Young Writers’ Residency for his novel ‘Calluses’. Couldwell’s novel is set in... Read more

Ginninderra Press celebrates 20th birthday

Adelaide-based independent publisher Ginninderra Press is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Founded in Canberra in 1996, Ginninderra Press moved its operation to Port Adelaide... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Many of the places where author and audience now interact has little to do with retail. It’s via online platforms, social media and writers’ festivals,... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Lyn Tranter at Australian Literary Management has sold German rights to Line of Sight and Zero at the Bone (both David Whish-Wilson) to Suhrkamp... Read more

Bestsellers this week

Jane Harper’s debut crime novel The Dry (Macmillan) has topped this week’s highest new entries and entered the top 10 bestsellers chart in seventh spot.... Read more

Wiley revenue down as it continues investment in digital

In the US, John Wiley & Sons has reported a total revenue fall of 5% as part of its annual results for the fiscal year... Read more

German online retailers gain market share in 2015; marginal drop in overall sales

In Germany, book trade association Börsenverein has released figures on the German book market’s 2015 performance, reporting a marginal drop in overall sales by 1.4%... Read more

Zoella book club titles surge on Amazon UK charts

In the UK, YouTube personality and author of Girl Online Zoella has announced the eight books to be featured in her book club, propelling the... Read more

Sharma wins 2016 International Dublin Literary Award

US author Akhil Sharma has won the 2016 International Dublin Literary Award for his novel Family Life (Faber). The award, worth €100,000 (A$152,270), is presented... Read more

Rakuten closes UK online store

Japanese eretailer Rakuten is closing its UK online store following a review of its European operations, reports the Bookseller. Rakuten will also exit the Spanish... Read more

Lambda literary awards 2016 winners announced

The winners of the 2016 Lambda literary awards, known as the ‘Lammys’, have been announced. The awards celebrate excellence in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender... Read more

Irish debut novelist McInerney wins 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize

Irish novelist Lisa McInerney has won the 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction for her debut novel The Glorious Heresies (John Murray). Chosen from a... Read more

SLQ appoints new state librarian and CEO

Vicki McDonald has been appointed state librarian and CEO of the State Library of Queensland (SLQ). McDonald has been executive director of library and information... Read more

Librarians recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours x

Several members of the library sector were recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, announced on 6 June, reports ALIA. Incoming president of the Library Council... Read more

WA State Library, Curtin University launch ‘Historical Panoramas’ site x

The State Library of Western Australia (SLWA) and Curtin University have launched a ‘Historical Panoramas—Perth and Fremantle’ website using old photos from the library’s collection,... Read more

Chicago libraries aim to giveaway one million books to children x

In the US, all 80 branches of the Chicago Public Library system will give 12 free books to each child who registers for the library’s... Read more

Fertile ground: Jane Harper on ‘The Dry’ x

Jane Harper’s crime novel The Dry (Picador) debuted in the top 10 bestsellers chart in its first week of publication. Harper, who previously won the... Read more

Small publisher spotlight: Acorn Press x

Founded in 1979, Melbourne-based Acorn Press is the ‘longest existing Christian publisher in Australia’. ‘Our first book People Caring for People by Ray Smith sold... Read more

Briohny Doyle’s ‘The Island Will Sink’ x

‘The Island Will Sink follows other recent Australian literary novels exploring the “cinematic uncertainty” of climate change, such as James Bradley’s Clade and Mireille Juchau’s... Read more

Bonnier to distribute Weldon Owen US x

Publisher: Weldon Owen US ISBN prefix: 978-1-61628, 978-1-68188, 978-1-892374 Old distributor: N/A New distributor: Bonnier Publishing Australia Changeover date: 1 September 2016 (See classified.)

Distribution change for F&W Media x

Publisher: F&W Media ISBN prefix: 978-0-89134, 978-0-89879, 978-0-932620, 978-1-4402, 978-1-4403, 978-1-55870, 978-1-58180, 978-1-58297, 978-1-59963, 978-1-60061, 978-1-884910, 978-1-892127, 978-1-940038 Old distributor: Capricorn Link New distributor: Peribo... Read more

Laforest to leave Harlequin x

Harlequin Asia Pacific regional vice-president Michelle Laforest is leaving the company to pursue other career opportunities. (See news.)

White appointed head of design at HarperCollins x

Allen & Unwin senior designer Lisa White has been appointed head of design at HarperCollins Australia, replacing Matt Stanton in the role. (See news.)

SLQ appoints new state librarian and CEO x

Vicki McDonald has been appointed state librarian and CEO of the State Library of Queensland (SLQ). (See library news.)

Editors Victoria: Ebooks for beginners x

Editors Victoria presents Ebooks for Beginners with Lan Wang, to be held on Saturday, 25 June 2016, 1-5pm, at CAE, 253 Flinders Lane Melbourne. With... Read more

CBCA congratulates John Cohen OAM x

The Children’s Book Council of Australia heartily congratulates the Rev Dr John Cohen on his recent Order of Australia Award and thanks him for his... Read more

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