Weekly Book Newsletter
20 July 2016

Dymocks Glenelg wins top award at Dymocks conference for second year in a row

For the second year in a row Dymocks Glenelg in Adelaide has won the Chairman’s Award for Retail Excellence at the Dymocks national conference, which... Read more


Kibble and Dobbie Awards 2016 winners announced

The winners of the 2016 Kibble and Dobbie Literary Awards were announced at a ceremony at the State Library of New South Wales on 14... Read more


Connors awarded Magarey Medal 2016

Libby Connors was awarded the biennial Magarey Medal for Biography for Warrior: A Legendary Leader’s Dramatic Life and Violent Death on the Colonial Frontier (A&U) at... Read more

McCormack appointed small business minister; COSBOA, ARA concerned portfolio omitted from cabinet

Nationals MP Michael McCormack was sworn in as the federal small business minister on 19 July, replacing Liberal MP Kelly O’Dwyer in the position. O’Dwyer... Read more

First Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 2016 authors announced

The Ubud Writers and Readers Festival has announced the first line-up of authors to appear at its 2016 festival, which will run from 26-30 October... Read more

Te Papa Press, Massey University Press announce partnership

New Zealand publisher Te Papa Press has formed a partnership with Massey University Press, which will see the publishers work together to produce books under... Read more


Wagner’s Billy Goat Books launches book club for young ‘reluctant readers’

Michael Wagner, children’s book author and founder of boutique publisher Billy Goat Books, has launched an online book club and website to accompany a new... Read more

McKnight named inaugural ‘Overland’ writer-in-residence

Writer and teacher Karen McKnight has been awarded the inaugural Overland Writers Residency, which this year focussed on women writers who are the sole primary... Read more

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Oz, NZ writers among 2016 World Fantasy Award finalists

A number of Australian and New Zealand writers are finalists for the 2016 World Fantasy Awards, including New Zealand author Anna Smaill, whose novel The... Read more

Luthy wins 2016 RWA Golden Heart award

Melbourne-based author Gabrielle Luthy has won a 2016 Romance Writers of America (RWA) Golden Heart award for her unpublished manuscript ‘Shelter Me’ in the contemporary... Read more

Booktopia named Telstra Business Awards finalist

Online bookstore Booktopia has been named a finalist in the Telstra Business Awards in the medium sized category for New South Wales. Booktopia was ineligible... Read more

‘The Lifted Brow’ & RMIT non/fictionLab Prize for Experimental Nonfiction longlist announced

Melbourne-based publisher and literary magazine the Lifted Brow has announced the longlist for its Prize for Experimental Nonfiction. The longlisted works are: ‘When Flakes of Ash Fall... Read more

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Scribble signs fashion designers Kee and Jackson

Scribe children’s book imprint Scribble has acquired rights to two board books by Australian fashion designers and artists Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson, to be... Read more

US publishing industry generated estimated $36.4 billion in revenue in 2015

The Association of American Publishers’ (AAP) annual StatShot survey estimated book sales in the US fell slightly in 2015 from the previous year, with revenue... Read more

UK start-up aims to give London bookshops one-hour delivery service

In the UK, retail tech start-up  NearSt is aiming to connect readers in London with their local high street bookstores by offering customers one-hour delivery... Read more


New Stephenie Meyer thriller in November

Publishers Little Brown and Hachette Australia have announced the forthcoming release of The Chemist, a new thriller by Twilight author Stephenie Meyer, to be published... Read more

Amazon US launches ‘Kindle Singles Classics’

In the US, Amazon has announced the launch of its new nonfiction series ‘Kindle Singles Classics’, which will include ‘hard-to-find’ essays and stories by established... Read more

Subscription service eMusic relaunches audiobook program, eStories

In the US, online music subscription service eMusic is relaunching and rebranding its audiobook service under the name eStories, reports Publishers Weekly. The service includes... Read more

Crowdfunded memoir wins 2016 PEN/Ackerley Prize

Alice Jolly’s crowdfunded book Dead Babies and Seaside Towns (Unbound) has been awarded the 2016 PEN/Ackerley Prize for a work of memoir or autobiography, reports the Bookseller. Jolly received... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction—UQP has sold world audio rights to Finding a Way (Graeme Innes) to Wavesound. Children’s—Scholastic has sold US and Canadian rights to I Wanna... Read more

Liz Byrski The Woman Next Door


Bestsellers this week

After its debut in 20th spot last week, Liz Byrski’s latest novel The Woman Next Door (Macmillan) has risen quickly up the charts in its... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Our culture is skewed towards celebrating and supporting the young and I am not sure what can be done about it’author Krissy Kneen asks where the support is for older writers, in a blog post on her website.


ALIA warns of ‘potentially critical’ shortage of health librarians

A new report from ALIA Group Health Libraries Australia (HLA) has found a potentially critical shortage of health librarians. The census report found that for... Read more

Public libraries engage Pokemon Go fans

The release of smartphone app game Pokemon Go has resulted in several Australian public libraries becoming ‘sought after’ locations for players, with some libraries actively... Read more

New US Librarian of Congress confirmed

In the US, Carla Hayden has been confirmed as the 14th Librarian of Congress, the first woman and the first African-American to serve in the... Read more

A tale from two cities: Bookshop inspiration from London and Paris x

Earlier this year, Readings events manager Christine Gordon embarked on a research trip to observe how the bookstores of Paris and London run their events,... Read more

Small publisher spotlight: em PRESS x

em PRESS, based in central Victoria, released its first book The People of Gariwerd—about the Grampians’ Aboriginal heritage—in 1999. ‘The primary focus of em PRESS... Read more

Melina Marchetta’s ‘Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil’ x

‘Marchetta doesn’t shy away from the authentic emotions of her characters, her writing capturing their joy and pain as they navigate this crime through the... Read more

Writers Victoria: Diverse Women Writers x

Writers Victoria will host a low-cost professional development and networking day for diverse women writers, allies and industry, to be held on 17 September from... Read more

Sleepers’ Backlist Steven Amsterdam Titles x

Sleepers are no longer publishing the following Steven Amsterdam titles:

  • 9781742702117 What the Family Needed
  • 9781740667012 Things We Didn’t See Coming.

These books will be published by Hachette from 1 July 2016.

Sleepers/Hardie Grant Publishing will continue to honour returns via UBD until 30 September 2016.


Additional Print Runs for New Minecraft x

Minecraft fans are pouring into stores to pick up Minecraft: The Survivors Book of Secrets, the latest official publishing for the world’s most popular sandbox game. New print runs will be arriving over the next 6 weeks but stores are encouraged to place orders early to avoid missing out.




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