Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
29 June 2016

Productivity Commission submissions: overwhelming author response; booksellers, lawyers and other groups weigh-in x

Authors opposing the repeal of parallel import restrictions (PIRs) and a ‘fair use’ copyright arrangement make up the vast majority of submissions to the Productivity... Read more

Xenophon calls on government to keep PIRs

South Australian senator Nick Xenophon outlined his objections to the Productivity Commission’s draft recommendation to repeal parallel importation restrictions (PIRs) at a press conference at... Read more

Speech Pathology Australia book awards 2016 shortlists announced

The titles shortlisted for this year’s Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Birth... Read more


Binks joins Jacinta Dimase Management as ‘agent-at-large’ x

Writer and reviewer Danielle Binks has joined Jacinta Dimase Management as an ‘agent-at-large’, and will work to source and sign new authors for the agency,... Read more

Publishers selected for SPN mentorship program

Eight small publishers based in Victoria have been selected for the Small Press Network’s (SPN) mentorship program. The publishers are: Celapene Press, Empowering Resources, Monash... Read more

Ticket sales up 25% at EWF 2016 x

Ticket sales were up 25% at this year’s Emerging Writers Festival (EWF), which ran in Melbourne from 14-24 June and was the first under festival... Read more

Ex MUP and Black Inc. publicists form PR agency

A new PR agency has been launched by former Melbourne University Publishing publicists Terri King and Dina Kluska and former Black Inc. publicist Anna Lensky.... Read more


‘Alice Miranda’ series to be adapted for TV

Jacqueline Harvey’s ‘Alice Miranda’ children’s book series (Random House) will be adapted into an animated TV show to screen on Channel Nine. The 26 half-hour... Read more

New ‘online mall’ The BentoNet to connect small publishers and indie bookshops x

A new online retail aggregator The BentoNet aims to connect consumers with small publishers and independent bookshops. Small publishers who make their titles available on... Read more

Affirm Press to represent US publisher The Experiment x

Affirm Press will represent New York publisher The Experiment’s titles in Australia and New Zealand starting from 1 July. The partnership will see the Melbourne-based... Read more

Letters to Tiptree


‘Letters to Tiptree’ wins Locus Award

An anthology by Australian speculative-fiction publisher Twelfth Planet Press has won a 2016 Locus Award for science-fiction and fantasy, announced at a ceremony in Seattle,... Read more


‘The Pearl Frontier’ wins NT History Book Award

Julia Martinez and Adrian Vickers have won the 2016 Chief Minister’s Northern Territory History Book Award for their book The Pearl Frontier: Indonesian Labor and... Read more


‘Take Me to the River’ wins 2016 Margaret Medcalf Award

Julian Bolleter has won the 2016 Margaret Medcalf Award for his book Take Me to the River: The Story of Perth’s Foreshore (UWA Publishing). The... Read more

ASAL conference to focus on Indigenous writing

This year’s Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL) conference will be held in Canberra from 6-9 July, and will include a focus on... Read more

Bilingual Chinese Writers Festival to be held in Melbourne

A ‘completely bilingual’ Chinese Writers Festival will be held at Richmond Library in Melbourne on Sunday 28 August. The festival, presented by Writers Victoria, the... Read more


Feminist Writers Festival line-up announced

The line-up for the inaugural Feminist Writers Festival’s (FWF) networking day, to be held on Friday 26 August at the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre in... Read more

Byron Writers Festival announces new children’s writing bus

The Byron Writers Festival has announced a new children’s writing bus to support its regional creative writing program StoryBoard. The bus, which has been funded by... Read more

UK children’s laureates to promote the arts in schools

In the UK, children’s laureate Chris Riddell has joined forces with eight former children’s laureates to promote the importance of the arts and creativity in... Read more

Diminishing UK book review pages concern publicists

In the UK, book publicists have spoken to the Bookseller of their ‘shock’ and ‘concern’ over the lack of books coverage in the country’s national newspapers.... Read more

UK book trade responds to Brexit

In the UK, the Bookseller has spoken to a number of publishers and booksellers in the wake of the country’s vote to leave the UK.... Read more

Glorious Heresies


McInerney wins 2016 Desmond Elliott Prize

In the UK, Irish author Lisa McInerney has won the 2016 Desmond Elliott Prize for new fiction for The Glorious Heresies (John Murray). McInerney’s black... Read more

HarperCollins UK to offer BAME training contracts

In the UK, HarperCollins has opened applications for two training contracts targeting black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) graduates, reports the Bookseller. The 12-month rotational... Read more

B&N sales drop 3.1% in fiscal 2016

US bookselling chain Barnes & Noble’s financial statements for the fiscal year ending 30 April show a 3.1% drop in sales and a negative net... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—HarperCollins has sold world French, Spanish and Italian rights to Hotel du Barry (Lesley Truffle) to HarperCollins France, HarperCollins Iberica and HarperCollins Italia, respectively;... Read more

The BFG cover


Bestsellers this week

The top 10 bestsellers remains largely unchanged this week with the film tie-in edition of Me Before You (Jojo Moyes, Michael Joseph) remaining at the... Read more

Ryan O’Neill’s ‘Their Brilliant Careers’ x

‘We don’t see much formally innovative, experimental writing in Australian fiction—realist narratives tend to rule the roost. Also rare is genuinely fine comic writing. Enter... Read more

Quote of the Week x

‘A large part of our fiction list is translated, and if the pound stays at this low level it will have obviously further increase the costs involved in publishing fiction in translation, just at the time when it is having something of a revival here as well as in the US and Australia’Oneworld MD Juliet Mabey reflects on the impact of Brexit on UK publishing


Librarians, members angered after Perth inter-library loan service suspended x

Council libraries in Western Australia are urging their members to complain about cuts to funding for inter-library loans to Culture and Arts Minister John Day,... Read more

Libraries the best-performing council service according to Victorian survey x

The Victorian state government’s ‘2016 Community Satisfaction Survey’ report shows that libraries are the best-performing council services according to ratepayers. ‘Art centres and libraries’ scored... Read more

New POD braille printer opens at SA school library x

A new braille printer installed at the South Australian School for Vision Impaired in Adelaide will be used to print textbooks, fiction titles and other... Read more

Changes to NZ National Library school loans system causing delays x

A change to the way the National Library of New Zealand (NLNZ) loans books to schools has led to delivery delays of up to eight... Read more

ProQuest acquires Alexander Street x

In the US, information-content and technology company ProQuest has acquired Alexander Street, a provider of streaming videos, music and other primary-source collections to libraries. In... Read more

Chicago library to stay open past midnight for new ‘Harry Potter’ book x

In the US, a Chicago public library will stay open until 1am on 31 July so readers can get their hands on a copy of... Read more

Book-to-film adaptations coming in 2016

From the BFG to the story of a Ugandan chess prodigy, several book-to-film adaptations are due to be released in Australian cinemas in the second... Read more

Small publisher spotlight: Transportation Press x

Established in 2013, Tasmania-based Transportation Press publishes Tasmanian literature alongside work from around the world. ‘It began with the idea to publish a collection of... Read more

Book Indexing Prize x

160629 indexingDo you know a book with a fabulous index? Now’s your chance to help it, and its indexer, gain the recognition it deserves.

The Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers announces that nominations are open for their John Simkin Award for best book index. Entries close 29 July.

For more information, visit www.anzsi.org/about-us/awards/the-john-simkin-medal/.


NewSouth Books to Distribute Sterling Publishing Co. x

NewSouth Books are excited to announce that they will be taking on exclusive sales and distribution for Sterling Publishing Co. in Australia effective immediately.

Sterling books include notable series such as the Barnes and Noble Collectible Editions and the No Fear Shakespeare guides from Spark Notes.

To order, please contact TL Distribution P: 02 8778 9999, E: orders@tldistribution.com.au.




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