Weekly Book Newsletter
22 June 2016


‘Run, Pip, Run’ wins 2016 Readings Children’s Book Prize

J C Jones’ Run, Pip, Run (A&U) has won the 2016 Readings Children’s Book Prize. The book was chosen from a shortlist of six. Also... Read more

ALS Gold Medal 2016 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2016 Australian Literature Society (ALS) Gold Medal has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Six Bedrooms (Tegan Bennett Daylight, Vintage) Clade... Read more

New Frontier signs deal with Chinese publisher ZJJ&C x

Chinese publisher Zhejiang Junior & Children Publishing (ZJJ&C) has purchased a share in local children’s publisher New Frontier, in a deal that will see New... Read more

RWA awards 2016 finalists announced

The finalists for the 2016 Romance Writers of Australia (RWA) Romantic Book of the Year awards, known as the ‘RUBYs’, have been announced. The finalists... Read more

PRH acquires two new novels from Evie Wyld

Penguin Random House (PRH) has acquired two new novels from Miles Franklin Award-winning UK-Australian author Evie Wyld, reports the Bookseller. UK and Commonwealth rights were... Read more

App, pop-up bookstore win Dymocks Innovation Challenge x

Two projects created by undergraduate students from the University of Sydney have won the inaugural Dymocks Innovation Challenge Awards. Two business students won the Digital... Read more

Carey elected to American Academy of Arts and Letters

Peter Carey has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. Carey, who is based in the US... Read more

BWF releases 2016 schools program

The Brisbane Writers Festival (BWF) released its 2016 Word Play program, designed for students from prep to year 12, last month. The program, which runs... Read more

Warner wins 2016 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction

Lip magazine’s 2016 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction has been presented to Katy Warner for her story ‘One Hundred and Fifty Seconds’. The award, now... Read more

PANZ Book Design Awards 2016 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) Book Design Awards have been announced. The titles shortlisted in the best designed cover category... Read more

Booktopia shortlisted for 2016 online retail awards

Booktopia has been shortlisted for the 2016 Online Retail Industry Awards (ORIAS). Booktopia is in the running for Best Pure-Play Online Retailer, Best Mobile Commerce... Read more

Wright, Howcroft join Wheeler Centre board

Stella Prize-winning author and historian Clare Wright and Ten Network general manager Russel Howcroft have been appointed to the Wheeler Centre board. Wright and Howcroft... Read more

US ebook consumers reimbursed following end of Apple ebook price-fixing case

In the US, consumers are receiving reimbursement credits for previously purchased ebooks following the end of the Apple ebook price-fixing case in March, reports the... Read more

PRH to sell travel business Fodor’s

Penguin Random House (PRH) will sell its travel business Fodor’s to US online media and technology company Internet Brands for an undisclosed sum, reports Publishers... Read more

Crossan, Riddell win 2016 Carnegie, Greenaway medals

The UK Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) has announced the winners of the 2016 Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medals, with Sarah Crossan’s... Read more

Mawer wins Walter Scott Prize

British author Simon Mawer has won the £25,000 (A$49,170) Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction for his 10th novel Tightrope (Little, Brown). The judges described... Read more

Hachette UK acquires mobile games studio Neon Play

Hachette UK has bought mobile games development studio Neon Play in a ‘substantial acquisition’ that could be the ‘one of several’ purchases in the apps... Read more

Atwood wins 2016 PEN Pinter Prize

In the UK, the 2016 PEN Pinter Prize has been awarded to Canadian author Margaret Atwood, reports the Bookseller. Atwood will receive the award and... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction—Black Inc. has sold world audio rights to The Wrong ’Un (Brad Hogg & Greg Growden) to Wavesound; world audio rights to Playing to... Read more


Bestsellers this week

Jojo Moyes’ Me Before You film tie-in (Michael Joseph) has retained its top spot in this week’s overall bestsellers chart, with the B-format paperback edition... Read more

ALIA welcomes ALP pledge to restore Trove funding x

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has welcomed the Australian Labor Party’s (ALP) pledge to return funding to the National Library of Australia’s (NLA)... Read more

NSW Library Council honours announced x

The recipients of the 2016 Honours of the Library Council of NSW have been announced at an awards ceremony at the State Library of NSW.... Read more

Toronto Public Library to introduce lendable Wi-Fi hotspots in low-income neighbourhoods x

The Toronto Public Library in Canada will offer lendable Wi-Fi hotspots at six branches in low-income neighbourhoods, reports the Toronto Star. The library included C$100,000... Read more

Grant designs: Bookstores on their James Patterson grant projects x

Carody Culver looks at how five recipients of the Australian Booksellers Association James Patterson grants are faring with their proposals, and what they’ve learnt from... Read more

Small publisher spotlight: Scale Free Network x

Melbourne-based ‘art-science collaborative’ Scale Free Network released its first book The Squid, the Vibrio & the Moon in 2013. ‘We wanted to find a way... Read more

APA: Between the Covers, Behind the Counter—Children’s Bookselling and Publishing x

The Children’s Publishing Committee of the APA in conjunction with the ABA will hold a one-day seminar on children’s publishing and bookselling, on Wednesday 27... Read more



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