Weekly Book Newsletter
6 July 2016

WA Premier’s Book Awards 2016 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the biennial WA Premier’s Book Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Fiction Fever of Animals (Miles Allinson,... Read more

Independent bookstore chain Your Bookshop to close x

Sydney independent bookstore chain Your Bookshop will close at the end of the year. Owners Bonnie and Mark Serov closed their Bankstown store last week... Read more

NZ Book Trade Industry Awards: A&U named Publisher of the Year

The 2016 New Zealand Book Trade Industry Awards were announced at the Booksellers NZ Conference in Auckland on 2 July. Time Out Bookstore in Mt... Read more

National Biography Award 2016 shortlist announced

The State Library of NSW has announced the shortlist for the 2016 National Biography Award for biographical writing and memoir. The shortlisted titles are:  Battarbee and... Read more

WORD Christchurch 2016 program announced

The program for the 2016 WORD Christchurch Writers & Readers Festival, which runs from 24-28 August, has been announced. Among the international guests attending this... Read more

MWF international authors announced

The Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) has announced the first of its international authors who will appear at the 2016 festival, which runs from 26 August... Read more

Lonely Planet opens new headquarters

Lonely Planet’s new headquarters in the inner-city suburb of Carlton, Melbourne opened this week. The offices are across levels two and three of The Malt... Read more

Film rights to Australian YA debut sold to US producers

US film production company Awesomeness Films has acquired film rights to Townsville author Krystal Sutherland’s forthcoming debut YA novel Our Chemical Hearts (Penguin). The book,... Read more

Debut novel ‘Man in the Corner’ optioned for film

Film producers Simon Baker and Rebecca Rigg have optioned the film rights to Australian writer Nathan Besser’s debut novel Man in the Corner (Vintage), ahead... Read more

Australian Christian Book of the Year 2016 shortlist announced

The 2016 Australian Christian Book of the Year shortlist has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Post-God Nation: How Religion Fell Off the Radar in... Read more

Howard appointed DWF director

Writer and critic Jane Howard has been appointed as Digital Writers’ Festival director. Howard has worked with numerous Adelaide-based arts organisations, been commissioned for work... Read more

Nash named in top 10 influencers on Oz retail ecommerce sector

Booktopia CEO Tony Nash has been named at number nine on a list of Australia’s top 30 influencers on the retail ecommerce sector in Australia... Read more

Quote of the week

‘The richness of human possibility that is Ozlit’s stock in trade is an affront to the barren and denuded vocabulary both sides of politics employ’—incoming... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Text has sold French rights to The Best of Adam Sharp (Graeme Simsion) to Laffont; Turkish rights to The Rosie Effect (Graeme Simsion) to... Read more

Bestsellers this week

This week’s bestsellers includes a number of film tie-ins and film-related titles moving up the charts. Top of the overall bestsellers for the fourth straight... Read more

New Books+Publishing reviews out now

Books+Publishing’s latest Reviews newsletter contains 19 reviews of books publishing in July to September 2016. Two books scored the maximum five stars from reviewers: Melina... Read more

RiP Cory Taylor

Author Cory Taylor has died, aged 61. Taylor’s 2011 debut novel Me and Mr Booker won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for the Pacific region, and... Read more

RiP Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor, Nobel Peace Prize winner and author of the memoir Night (Penguin), has died, aged 87. Wiesel was the author of over... Read more

RiP Terry Kitson

Terry Kitson, former CEO of HarperCollins UK and Australia, has died following a short illness. The Bookseller writes: ‘Kitson started out as a sales rep... Read more

Lidudumalingani wins 2016 Caine Prize for African Writing

South African writer Lidudumalingani has won the 2016 Caine Prize for African Writing for his short story ‘Memories We Lost’. Chosen from a shortlist of... Read more

Harlequin launches literary fiction imprint

In the US, Harlequin has announced a new literary fiction imprint called Park Row Books, reports Publishers Weekly. Park Row Books will release its first... Read more

French book sales up in 2015 after five-year slump

French publishers have reported an increase in book sales in 2015—up 0.6% in value to €2.267bn (A$3.353bn) and 3.5% in volume to 436.7m—after five consecutive... Read more

Frankfurt report on global book trade: ‘transformation has only just begun’ x

The Frankfurt Book Fair Business Club’s ‘Business of Books 2016’ report, which examines publishing trends in the US, UK, Europe and developing nations, has found... Read more

Amazon’s new education platform facing copyright issues

In the US, Amazon has been forced to remove material from its new educational resources platform Amazon Inspire over copyright issues, reports the New York... Read more

PRH to launch ‘Penguin Living’ events

In the UK, Penguin Random House (PRH) is launching a series of lifestyle events under the brand Penguin Living, reports the Bookseller. The events will... Read more

B&N expands self-publishing platform to include print distribution, in-store events

US bookselling chain Barnes & Noble has expanded its self-publishing platform Nook Press to incorporate print publishing and distribution, as well as in-store events, reports... Read more

Two Australian libraries nominated for World’s Best Public Library x

The Geelong Library and Heritage Centre in Victoria and Success Public Library in Western Australia have been nominated for the Danish Agency for Culture’s 2016... Read more

Perth Library takes top Architecture Award x

The City of Perth library, which opened in March this year, has shared the top prize at the 2016 WA Architecture Awards, reports WAToday. The... Read more

WA inter-library loan program restored

Western Australia’s inter-library loan program has been restored to a twice-a-week service following the program’s suspension last week, reports the Australian. As previously reported by... Read more

Twenty-six UK libraries transferred to volunteer-run community groups x

In the UK, Leicestershire county council is transferring 26 libraries to community groups to save £800,000 (A$1.41m), reports the Bookseller. So far, 23 libraries are... Read more

Expounding and expanding: Wellington’s Unity Books x

‘Part of the Unity survival kit—it’ll be 49 Unity-years in September—is our determination that Unity continues as a viable forum for books, people and ideas.... Read more

Small publisher spotlight: Lacuna Publishing x

Launched in 2012, Sydney-based Lacuna Publishing publishes fiction, poetry and nonfiction that ‘challenges the status quo, introduces new ideas, shares untold stories, or presents a... Read more

Dan Disney and Kit Kelen’s ‘Writing to the Wire’ x

‘Dan Disney and Kit Kelen suggest poetry can “offer us new ways to understand mundane injustices [and] new ways to speak out”. Grand claims, perhaps,... Read more

Funeral service for Terry Kitson

The family of Terry Kitson, former CEO of HarperCollins Australia, regret to announce his passing on Sunday 3 July after a short illness. His funeral... Read more

NewSouth Books Congratulates Publishers Shortlisted for the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year x

NewSouth Books congratulates its publishers shortlisted for the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year. Numerical Street (NewSouth) is up for the Five to Eight... Read more

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