Weekly Book Newsletter
10 August 2016

Bookstores prepare for National Bookshop Day x

Preparations are underway for the sixth annual National Bookshop Day this Saturday 13 August, with stores around the country hosting events and promotions. The theme... Read more

More than 70,000 attend Byron Writers Festival; Szubanski the bestseller

Box-office takings were up 14% and more than 70,000 guests attended the 20th Byron Writers Festival, which was held from 5-7 August. The record crowd... Read more

Ryan, Kumschick promoted at Hardie Grant

Hardie Grant Publishing Group managing director Julie Pinkham has announced two appointments that ‘conclude a restructure and set the agenda for the era ahead’. Roxy... Read more

Leading Edge to hold standalone conference in 2017

Leading Edge Books will hold its 2017 annual conference as a standalone event in late March, after four years of running the event in tandem... Read more

Birrell steps down as SWF artistic director

Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF) artistic director Jemma Birrell is stepping down from the position at the end of this year after overseeing the past four... Read more

‘Mannix’ wins 2016 National Biography Award

Mannix by Brenda Niall (Text) has won this year’s $25,000 National Biography Award, presented by the State Library of New South Wales (SLNSW). Niall’s biography... Read more

‘ANZAC Heroes’ wins 2016 Margaret Mahy Book of the Year

Maria Gill’s ANZAC Heroes (illus by Marco Invancic, Scholastic) has won the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year Award at the 2016 New Zealand Book... Read more

Voss Literary Prize 2016 longlist announced

The longlist for the 2016 Voss Literary Prize has been announced. The longlisted titles are: The Blessing (Adrian Caesar, Australian Scholarly Publishing) Coming Rain (Stephen... Read more

NZ YA novel ‘Spark’ optioned for film

New Zealand production company Miss Conception Films has optioned the film rights to NZ author Rachael Craw’s YA novel Spark (Walker Books). Producer Ainsley Gardiner said... Read more

Booktopia set to list on ASX in October

Online bookstore Booktopia is planning to list on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) at the end of October, with a proposed initial public offering of... Read more

Wright wins Alice Literary Award

The Society of Women Writers have awarded historian and author Clare Wright the biennial Alice Literary Award for ‘distinguished and long-term contribution to literature by... Read more

Hill wins Women’s Leadership in Media award

Freelance journalist Jess Hill, whose book Power & Control will be published by Black Inc. in 2017, has been awarded the inaugural Women’s Leadership in... Read more

Children’s publishing and bookselling seminar ‘hailed as a success’

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) and Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) say they hope to run more joint events centring on the children’s sector, after the... Read more

Quote of the week

‘I think the difference between us and J K Rowling is she’s J R R Tolkien and we’re Enid Blyton. You can decide who would... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction—Black Inc. (Nero) has sold ANZ audio rights to Our Turn (Kristine Stewart) to Bolinda. Children’s—Scholastic has sold US and Canadian rights to Mummies... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Local author Liane Moriarty’s latest novel Truly Madly Guilty (Pan) is at the top of the overall bestsellers chart for the second week in a... Read more

New ‘Books+Publishing Junior’ reviews out now

Books+Publishing’s latest Junior newsletter contains 15 reviews of books publishing in September and October 2016. Art critic Jennifer Higgie’s debut picture book There’s Not One... Read more

RiP Jeffrey Grey x

Australian military historian and author Jeffrey Grey has died, aged 57. Grey was the author of the books A Military History of Australia (CUP) and A Soldier’s... Read more

RiP Peter Gossage x

New Zealand children’s author Peter Gossage has died, aged 69. Gossage was the author of more than 20 books, and was best known for his... Read more

Bonnier Publishing launches US division

Swedish-owned, UK-based Bonnier Publishing is launching a US division as part of an ‘ambitious programme for growth’, reports the Bookseller. Bonnier Publishing USA will bring... Read more

Report finds majority of US-based SF magazines not publishing black authors

In the US, a report has revealed that the majority of US speculative-fiction magazines and fiction sites in 2015 did not publish a story by... Read more

New Bridget Jones book due in October

Bridget Jones’s Baby: The Diaries, a new novel by Helen Fielding based on her columns in the UK’s Independent newspaper, will be published by Jonathan... Read more

Northern England indie publishers form alliance

Four indie publishers based in northern England have launched an alliance to showcase their work to an international market, reports the Bookseller. Established by Manchester-based... Read more

Royal Society 2016 Science Book Prize shortlist announced

In the UK, the Royal Society has announced the shortlist for the 2016 Science Book Prize for ‘outstanding popular science books’ written for a non-specialist... Read more

‘Forbes’ releases list of top-earning authors; Patterson remains on top

Forbes has released its annual list of the world’s top earning authors. For a third year James Patterson remains at the top of the list,... Read more

‘Harry Potter’ bestselling book in the UK in a decade; two million copies sold in the US

In the UK, publisher Little, Brown has said the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child playscript has sold 680,000 print copies in the first three... Read more

ALIA calls for more teacher-librarians after flat NAPLAN results x

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has called for greater emphasis on attracting, training and employing qualified teacher-librarians, after the 2016 NAPLAN national test... Read more

Melbourne library could be shut for being ‘too small’: council x

Hampton library in Melbourne’s south-east suburbs could be closed by Bayside council following a review into the municipality’s library services which found the library to... Read more

Rowling to lend Harry Potter archive to British Library for exhibition x

In the UK, J K Rowling will lend the British Library items from her personal Harry Potter archive for an exhibition marking the 20th anniversary... Read more

Israeli high court rules in library’s favour over Kafka manuscripts x

Israel’s Supreme Court has ruled that Franz Kafka’s manuscripts are the property of the National Library of Israel and not the heirs of Kafka’s friend... Read more

Reaching the readers: Terri-ann White on book promotion x

Is the book industry doing enough to promote books in a crowded marketplace, asks UWA Publishing director, author and former bookseller Terri-ann White in her... Read more

Small publisher spotlight: Serenity Press x

Serenity Press was founded in Perth in 2012 to create publishing opportunities for emerging Australian authors. ‘Our next project is really exciting and I feel... Read more

Paul Mitchell’s ‘We. Are. Family.’ x

‘Paul Mitchell’s debut novel is the rare book that seems to both invite every clichéd description of new Australian writing—visceral, lyrical, “Wintonesque”—and somehow read as... Read more

Staff changes at Hardie Grant x

Hardie Grant has promoted Roxy Ryan to the position of Hardie Grant Books Melbourne managing director and Julia Kumschick to the position of Hardie Grant... Read more

Birrell to leave SWF x

Jemma Birrell will step down as Sydney Writers’ Festival artistic director at the end of 2016. (See news.)

Cunningham joins RMIT x

Writer and editor Sophie Cunningham has been appointed adjunct professor at RMIT University and will be working in the university’s non/fictionLab in the School Media... Read more

Swatman joins UQP x

Harriet Swatman has been appointed head of marketing at the University of Queensland Press. (See classified.)

Editors NSW: Editing for exhibitions workshop x

Editors NSW will host a one-day workshop, Editing for exhibitions: Reworking specialised knowledge for public audiences, on Tuesday, 20 September from 9.30am to 4.30pm. Presented... Read more

Varuna: 2016 Residential Focus Weeks applications open x

Varuna: The Writers House is now accepting applications for its 2016 Residential Focus Weeks. Each Focus Week offers a residential masterclass to five writers with... Read more

Varuna: New Residential Fellowship for NT Writers x

Applications are open for Varuna’s new residential fellowships for NT writers, supported by the Northern Territory Government through Arts NT. This new opportunity for NT... Read more

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