Weekly Book Newsletter
13 July 2016


Bain to step down as UQP CEO in November x

University of Queensland Press (UQP) CEO Greg Bain will step down in November after 14 years in the role. The publisher said Bain had ‘successfully... Read more

Jolly to retire as Scholastic chairman

Scholastic International and Scholastic Australia chairman Ken Jolly has announced his retirement after 46 years with the publisher. Jolly joined the then H J Ashton... Read more

Bloomsbury to bring key account sales, distribution in-house x

Bloomsbury Australia will assume full management of its head office for sales and distribution in Australia and New Zealand from 1 January 2017. Bloomsbury’s current distributor... Read more

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‘Mannix’ wins ALS Gold Medal 2016

Brenda Niall’s Mannix (Text), a biography of the former Archbishop of Melbourne Daniel Mannix, has won the 2016 Australian Literature Society (ALS) Gold Medal. Niall’s... Read more


Black Inc. and La Trobe University launch joint imprint

Black Inc. has partnered with La Trobe University to form a joint publishing imprint, La Trobe University Press (LTUP). The new imprint, which aims to... Read more


UWA Publishing establishes poetry imprint

UWA Publishing has established a new poetry imprint, UWAP Poetry, in response to ‘a threefold increase in submissions from highly established and new voices alike’.... Read more


Naoum launches consulting business, Critical Mass

Former Momentum publisher Joel Naoum has launched Critical Mass, a consulting business for authors, publishers and content producers. Naoum, who left Momentum in February after... Read more

2016 Chief Minister’s Book of the Year shortlist announced

The Northern Territory Writers’ Centre has announced the shortlist for the Chief Minister’s Book of the Year, as part of this year’s Territory Read Awards.... Read more

Eight literary organisations receive multi-year funding from Creative Victoria

A number of literary organisations are among the 90 recipients of the 2017-2020 funding round of Creative Victoria’s Organisations Investment Program, worth a total of... Read more

Over 100 guests attend PANZ international conference x

Over 100 delegates attended the Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) International Conference 2016, which ran in Auckland from 30 June to 1 July. The... Read more

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Fraillon longlisted for 2016 ‘Guardian’ children’s fiction prize

Australian author Zana Fraillon’s The Bone Sparrow (Lothian) has been longlisted for the 2016 Guardian children’s fiction prize. One of eight longlisted titles, Fraillon’s novel... Read more

NYWF announces first author line-up for 2016 program

The National Young Writers’ Festival (NYWF) has announced its first line-up of artists for its 2016 program, which runs in Newcastle from 29 September to 2 October.... Read more

Henson joins SLV

Rebecca Henson has been appointed reading and literacy development manager at the State Library of Victoria, responsible for the library’s children’s and family programs and... Read more

Frankfurt Book Fair launches new illustrators’ prize with $43,000 prize pool

The Frankfurt Book Fair (FBF) has announced a new international prize for illustrators with a €10,000 (A$14,530) first prize, reports the Bookseller. The prize is... Read more

BBC’s must-read children’s book list too focussed on the classics, warns BookTrust

In the UK, literacy charity BookTrust has warned the BBC’s list of ‘must-read’ books for children places too much emphasis on ‘timeless classics’, reports the... Read more

Audible unveils unlimited short-form streaming service

In the US, Amazon-owned audiobook portal Audible has unveiled an unlimited, short-form audio listening service called Channels, reports Publishers Weekly. The ad-free service is free... Read more

US judge approves $5.47m settlement between Harlequin and authors over ebook royalties

In the US, a judge has granted final approval to a US$4.1m (A$5.47) class action settlement between Harlequin and authors alleging the publisher made improper... Read more

Amazon UK reveals 2016 bestsellers

In the UK, Amazon has released the print and ebook bestsellers for the first half of 2016 and disclosed its customer’s book buying habits in... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Exisle has sold Italian and Czech rights to Heartfulness (Stephen McKenzie). Text has sold US rights to The Best of Adam Sharp (Graeme Simsion)... Read more

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Bestsellers this week

Jojo Moyes has three books in this week’s charts, with two of them taking out the first and second spot on overall bestsellers chart. After... Read more

Maxine Beneba Clarke’s ‘The Hate Race’ x

‘Maxine Beneba Clarke’s storytelling in The Hate Race has a heft to it that is at once steeped in history, and also exquisitely and playfully... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘It’s been hard for a decade or more to find much Australian poetry in bookshops, and a folk wisdom circulated that average sales for poetry volumes was miniscule’—UWA Publishing director Terri-ann White gives background to the publisher’s new poetry imprint.


New ‘Books+Publishing Junior’ reviews out now

Books+Publishing’s latest Junior newsletter contains 11 reviews of books publishing in September 2016. Cath Crowley’s YA novel Words in Deep Blue received the highest star... Read more

NT government to consult community on libraries to inform library funding, service decisions x

The Northern Territory Government and the Northern Territory Library will undertake a consultation in the second half of 2016 to determine what the community wants... Read more

NLA launches new online bookshop

The National Library of Australia (NLA) has launched a new online bookshop. The redesign features an improved layout and mobile friendly browsing, with new Australian... Read more

UK council scraps plan to outsource libraries x

In the UK, Northern Wales’ Wrexham council will reverse its decision to transfer its 11 libraries to a trust, after a financial review showed it... Read more

Irish Booksellers Association warns government about centralised library supply

The Booksellers Association of Ireland has called on the Irish government to reconsider its planned centralised national library tender scheme, due to commence in September,... Read more

Behind the Mike: Mike Shuttleworth on his career in children’s literature x

Mike Shuttleworth is the campaign manager for the Australian Children’s Literature Alliance, which administers the Australian Children’s Laureateship. He has also worked as an events... Read more

Small publisher spotlight: Christmas Press x

NSW-based children’s publisher Christmas Press released its first titles in 2013. ‘We wanted to bring back the kinds of books we’d always loved as children—beautiful... Read more

Jolly to retire as Scholastic chairman x

Scholastic International and Scholastic Australia chairman Ken Jolly has announced his retirement after 46 years with the publisher. Jolly will continue to advise Scholastic International,... Read more

Bain to leave UQP

Greg Bain will step down as University of Queensland Press CEO in November. (See news.)

Henson appointed SLV reading and literacy development manager x

Rebecca Henson has been appointed reading and literacy development manager at the State Library of Victoria, replacing Anna Burkey in the role. Henson was previously... Read more

Halpin appointed Dymocks Retail head of strategy and growth x

Dymocks has appointed its head of operations, Shona Halpin, to a newly created role, head of strategy and growth, Dymocks retail, effective 25 July. Dymocks is currently... Read more

Society of Editors (NSW): Understanding insurance and risk management for editors x

The Society of Editors (NSW) will host a session on insurance and risk management, presented by Rhonda Daniels, at Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts on... Read more

Ann Turner to Adapt Her Bestselling Novel into Suspense Thriller for the Big Screen x

160713 Ann TurnerSimon & Schuster Australia and Film Art Media are delighted to announce that Ann Turner will write the screen adaptation of The Lost Swimmer. Work will commence shortly following the recent development funding decision by Screen Australia. Sue Maslin, the producer of last year’s box office smash hit Australian film, The Dressmaker, will produce the film.

‘Ann Turner’s debut novel has all the hallmarks for a brilliant suspense thriller and we are delighted to be working with her to adapt it into a film with international audience appeal,’ said Maslin.

The Dressmaker was also an adaptation and there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that audiences embrace films based on highly visual and emotionally engaging novels begging to be told on the big screen. The Lost Swimmer is exactly this kind of story’, said Maslin.

Simon & Schuster Australia have also signed two new books from Ann Turner which will be published in 2018 and 2019.

‘We are very excited to be signing another two books from Ann Turner,’ said Larissa Edwards, head of publishing at Simon & Schuster Australia.

‘Ann is a an astonishing writer whose prose has entranced and engaged readers since her highly successful debut novel was published in 2015, which she has followed up this year with the equally wonderful Out of the Ice.’

Her new book Out of the Ice was published last month and has already received rave reviews. The Australian recently said: ‘Turner is a steely and confident writer, concerned in the main part with reeling her reader in and out of suspense with a sense of concentrated exhilaration… Out of the Ice is a cinematic page-turner that’s well worth the price of admission to the movie house of fiction.’


NewSouth Books Congratulates Publishers on the WA Premier’s Book Awards 2016 x

NewSouth Books would like to congratulate the following publishers on being shortlisted for the WA Premier’s Book Awards 2016.

For fiction: Crow’s Breath (Transit Lounge), Feet to the Stars and Other Stories (UWA Publishing), Claustrophobia (Transit Lounge).

For nonfiction: The Europeans in Australia: Volume 3: Nation (NewSouth).

For poetry: The Guardians (Giramondo) and The Fox Petition (Giramondo).

And for WA history: Paul Hasluck (UWA Publishing), Inspired by Light & Land (Western Australian Museum), Running Out? Water in Western Australia (UWA Publishing), The Dealer is the Devil (Brandl & Schlesinger) and Between Duty and Design (UWA Publishing).

To order please contact TL Distribution (P: +61(2) 8778 9999, E: orders@tldistribution.com.au).




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