Weekly Book Newsletter
24 August 2016


CBCA Awards 2016 winners announced

The winners of this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards have been announced. The winning titles in each of... Read more


Readings announces 2016 New Australian Writing Award shortlist

Readings has announced the shortlist for its New Australian Writing Award. The shortlisted titles are: Portable Curiosities (Julie Koh, UQP) The High Places (Fiona McFarlane,... Read more

Lonely Planet announces food imprint

Lonely Planet has announced a new imprint for food-themed titles, called Lonely Planet Food. The imprint follows the launch of Lonely Planet’s recipe book series... Read more

A&U acquires debut crime novel ‘The Dark Lake’

Allen & Unwin has acquired Melbourne author Sarah Bailey’s debut novel The Dark Lake via Lyn Tranter at Australian Literary Management. The Dark Lake is... Read more

RWA awards 2016 winners announced

The winners of the 2016 Romance Writers of Australia (RWA) Romantic Book of the Year awards, known as the ‘RUBYs’, were announced on 20 August... Read more


Horswood wins 2016 Scribe Nonfiction Prize

Deserae Horswood has won the 2016 Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers for her entry, ‘My Parents’ Ashes are in the Boot of My Car’.... Read more

Williams calls for government to reject PC report recommendations

Copyright Agency chair Kim Williams has called on the government to reject the Productivity Commission’s recommendations on intellectual property reform in a speech at the... Read more

Oz academics receive funding to study popular fiction; Melb Uni to hold popular fiction symposium x

A group of Australian academics have received an Australian Research Council grant to study contemporary Australian popular fiction and its methods of publishing. The project,... Read more

NYWF 2016 program announced

The full program for the 2016 National Young Writers’ Festival (NYWF) has been announced. The festival, which runs from 29 September to 2 October in... Read more

Inaugural Chinese Writers Festival releases full program

Writers Victoria has released the full program for the inaugural Chinese Writers Festival, to be held in Melbourne on 28 August. The program features a... Read more

NSW govt funding targets emerging Western Sydney writers

The NSW state government has announced it will provide $75,000 in funding to the Western Sydney University’s (WSU) Writing and Society Research Centre to support... Read more

Adsett partners with US agency Wolf Literary

Alex Adsett Publishing Services (AAPS) has announced a partnership with former UQP marketing coordinator Rachel Crawford at Wolf Literary Services in New York. The deal... Read more

PANZ calls on members to share revenue data for industry report

The Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) has called on its members to share revenue data to reinforce to the New Zealand government ‘the importance... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Right now, the focus should be on moving forward with legislation to fix copyright’s most egregious and indefensible failures’—legal academics Kimberlee Weatherall and Rebecca Giblin... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Lyn Tranter at Australian Literary Management has sold world rights to The Dark Lake (Sarah Bailey) to A&U. (See news.) Penguin Random House Australia... Read more


Bestsellers this week

The 78-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton, Pan) has debuted at the top of this week’s highest new entries and overall bestsellers charts, unseating... Read more

RiP Kevin Burgemeestre x

Children’s book author and illustrator Kevin Burgemeestre has died, aged 59. Burgemeestre’s 30-year career included illustrating Hazel Edwards’ Antarctic Dad (Lothian), Val Marshall and Bronwyn... Read more

Wiley acquires publishing software company Atypon

In the US, publisher John Wiley & Sons has acquired publishing software company Atypon for US$120m (A$157m), reports the Bookseller. The Silicon Valley-based company develops... Read more

Hugo Awards 2016 winners announced

The winners of the 2016 Hugo Awards for the best science-fiction and fantasy titles of the previous year have been announced, with N K Jemisin’s... Read more

Kickstarter reaches milestone of US$100m for publishing

Crowdfunding website Kickstarter has reached a milestone of US$100m (A$132m) in pledges for general-publishing projects since launching in 2009, reports Publishers Weekly. On Kickstarter, the... Read more

Sisters in Crime releases diversity report

In the US, a recent survey of 1,100 Sisters in Crime members found that white, non-Hispanic people make up 93% of the total membership, reports... Read more

Rowling to release new Harry Potter ebooks in September

J K Rowling will release new digital short-form content set in the Harry Potter world in September, reports the Bookseller. A Pottermore spokesperson told the... Read more

ALIA launches ‘uplifting books’ campaign

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) is running a campaign to find Australia’s ‘favourite mood-boosting titles’. ALIA is currently inviting the public to nominate... Read more


Summer Reading Club announces ‘Heroes and villains’ theme x

The Summer Reading Club (SRC) has announced a ‘Heroes and villains’ theme for its 2016-17 library program, which will run from 1 December 2016 to... Read more

Missouri library launches ‘1000 Books before Kindergarten’ initiative

In the US, St Louis County Library in Missouri has launched a new program called ‘1000 Books Before Kindergarten’ to encourage parents to start reading... Read more

Right place, right time: Melbourne’s The Younger Sun x

Starting out as a summer pop-up shop, Melbourne’s The Younger Sun has stepped out of the shadows of the ‘Big Sun’ to become ‘a bit... Read more

Small publisher spotlight: Brandl & Schlesinger x

Established in 1994, NSW-based Brandl & Schlesinger publishes literary fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translation and academic journals. ‘My husband had worked as the publisher in Hungary’s... Read more

Holly Throsby’s ‘Goodwood’ x

‘It’s fitting that a reviewer once described Australian musician Holly Throsby as “a songstress with [the] literary depth of a novelist”, because Throsby is now... Read more

Editors NSW: Contracting and evaluating an index workshop x

Editors NSW will host an event on contracting and evaluating an index, to be presented by freelance indexer and editor Michael Wyatt on Tuesday, 6... Read more

Nada Stanojlovic appointed Wavesound General Manager x

Wavesound Pty Ltd., Australia’s leading publisher of unabridged audiobooks, and a subsidiary of Recorded Books Inc., has announced that Nada Stanojlovic has been appointed General... Read more

Celebrate the Release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them x

NewSouth Books has secured rights from Insight Editions to sell a great range of Fantastic Beasts product in the lead up to Christmas—Fantastic Beasts and... Read more

NewSouth Congratulates Its Publishers on the CBCA Book of the Year Winners List x

NewSouth is excited to announce that Lennie The Legend: Solo to Sydney by Pony (NLA Publishing) won The Eve Pownall Award for Information Books, and... Read more

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