Weekly Book Newsletter
27 July 2016


Bookstores expect ‘Cursed Child’ to be bestselling title in almost a decade; concern about ‘extreme’ discounts x

The publication of the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play script on 31 July is expected to be the bestselling book since the last... Read more

Davitt Awards 2016 shortlists announced

Sisters in Crime has announced the shortlists for the 2016 Davitt Awards for the best crime books by Australian women. The shortlisted titles in each... Read more

MWF 2016 program announced

The Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) has announced the program for its 2016 festival, which runs from 26 August to 4 September. Author Maxine Beneba Clarke will... Read more

Brisbane Writers Festival 2016 program launched

The full program for the 2016 Brisbane Writers Festival (BWF) has launched. US author Lionel Shriver will deliver the opening address on communities and belonging,... Read more


Inaugural Canberra Writers Festival program launched

The program for the inaugural Canberra Writers Festival, running from 26 to 28 August, has been announced. Among the artists appearing at the festival are... Read more

SWF appoints Sawyer as head of children’s & YA programming x

Sydney Writers’ Festival has appointed Clare Sawyer as its new head of children’s and YA programming. Sawyer programmed the 2016 Sydney Film Festival program and... Read more

Booktopia wins ORIA for Best Mobile Commerce Site

Online bookseller Booktopia was awarded a 2016 Online Retail Award (ORIA) in the Best Mobile Commerce Site/Application category at an awards ceremony in Sydney on... Read more

Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers shortlist announced

Scribe and Express Media have announced the shortlist for this year’s Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers. The shortlisted writers and their works are: Michelle... Read more


NZ Society of Authors to host inaugural writers forum in September

The New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) will host the inaugural National Writers Forum at the University of Auckland from 17-18 September. NZSA CEO Jackie... Read more

‘J K Rowling’s Wizarding World' interactive series to Walker Books

Walker Books Australia has been awarded the sublicence for a program of interactive tie-in books for ‘J K Rowling’s Wizarding World’, ahead of the upcoming... Read more

Copyright Agency’s Author Fellowship doubles value to $80,000

The Copyright Agency has doubled its annual Author Fellowship for mid-to-late career authors from $40,000 to $80,000 this year. Copyright Agency CEO Adam Suckling said... Read more

UK government grants concessions for Amazon to step up drone tests

Amazon has been granted special permissions by the UK government to have strict flying restrictions around its drone tests lifted, reports the Bookseller. The UK’s... Read more

Hachette Children’s Group to launch two new imprints

In the UK, Hachette Children’s Group (HCG) has announced it will launch two new imprints from next year, reports the Bookseller. The first, Pat-a-Cake, will... Read more

Swedish bookstore chain expands to the UK

Swedish bookstore chain Pocket Shop has opened its first UK store in Birmingham airport, reports the Bookseller. Run by a group of UK booksellers, with... Read more

Scholastic reports gains in revenue

In the US, Scholastic has reported a 2.3% revenue growth to US$1.67bn (A$2.23bn), excluding the negative impact of foreign exchange, for the year ending 31... Read more


Big Bad Wolf book sale expands

Malaysia’s Big Bad Wolf (BBW) book sale, marketed as the ‘biggest book sale in the world’, will expand to Bangkok for the first time. Running... Read more

Random House Studio sold to Fremantle Media

Penguin Random House has sold the Random House film development unit known as Random House Studio to Bertelsmann-owned television production company Fremantle Media North America... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction—Monash University Publishing has sold Southeast-Asian rights to Witch-hunt and Conspiracy: The ‘Ninja Case’ in East Java (Nicholas Herriman) to National University of Singapore... Read more

Bestsellers this week

The paperback edition of Alain de Botton’s The Course of Love (Hamish Hamilton) has shot up the bestseller charts to become this week’s fastest mover,... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘My hope is that the whole book industry is allowed to enjoy not only a sales spike on release but strong sales of the book into the future’Booktopia head of book marketing and chief buyer John Purcell outlines his expectations ahead of the publication of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.


Authors announced for Brisbane council’s writer in residence program

The authors participating in the Brisbane city council’s $100,000 writers in residence program, designed to use bestselling authors to promote reading and writing, have been... Read more

Lithium-ion battery storage system to be installed at SA State Library x

A lithium-ion battery storage system will be installed at the State Library of South Australia as part of the South Australian government’s $1m renewable energy... Read more

US Library of Congress hit by cyberattack

In the US, the Library of Congress website and other associated sites it hosts were offline for three days following a cyber-attack, reports the Washington... Read more

From little things, big things grow: Behind the scenes of the Kids’ Reading Guide x

Sixteen children’s book specialists have been putting together the 16th annual ABA Kids’ Reading Guide over the past month, which is due out in November.... Read more

Small publisher spotlight: Wild Dingo Press x

Melbourne-based Wild Dingo Press was founded in 2010 and specialises in stories of ‘individuals doing extraordinary things’. ‘Wild Dingo Press’s biggest success has been our... Read more

Laura Elizabeth Woollett’s ‘The Love of a Bad Man’ x

‘The Love of a Bad Man offers what feels like a genuinely fresh reading experience: a short-fiction collection that marries true crime with literary fiction.... Read more

Sawyer appointed SWF head of children’s & YA programming

Clare Sawyer has been appointed head of children’s and YA programming for Sydney Writers’ Festival, replacing Jeanmarie Morosin in the role. (See news).

UWA Publishing Dorothy Hewett Award: Entries close Monday 1 August x

Submissions for UWA Publishing’s second Dorothy Hewett Award for an Unpublished manuscript will close on Monday 1 August at noon AWST. The winner of the award will receive a $10,000 cash prize and the offer of a publishing contract with UWA Publishing. A Highly Commended writer will receive $1,000 and an offer of publication. For more information on the award, visit the UWAP website here.




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