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

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

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

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 weigh into the debate over copyright reform; for another perspective, read journalist Adele Ferguson’s piece here.


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

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

160824 WavesoundWavesound 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 Manager and Director of Wavesound Pty Ltd. Herbert Hillary, the former General Manager will be retiring, following six years with the business which has seen significant growth.

Nada previously held roles at James Bennett (General Manager, Library Services & Business Development) and most recently Footprint Books (National Sales and Marketing Manager).

Nada brings a wealth of experience in library supply and customer needs to the company to help facilitate the next phase of Wavesound growth. Her aim will be to build on the growing list of Australian content as well as global titles and packages on offer and seek to maximise usage in library, educational and retail markets.

Nada Stanojlovic commented: ‘I am delighted to be joining Wavesound during a period of growth opportunity for the company. I will be using all of my experience of the Australian library market to increase awareness of Wavesound’s market-leading range of physical and digital product offerings and above all, helping to meet our customers’ needs through relevant authors and content.’ Nada can be contacted by emailing nada@wavesound.com.au.

About Wavesound Pty Ltd: Wavesound Pty Ltd is Australia’s leading publisher of audiobooks, large print books and digital products such as eBooks and eAudiobooks on the OneClickdigital Platform, Zinio Magazines, Transparent Language, Indieflix, Universal Class, Atomic Training and ComicsPlus, for the library market. Audiobook titles are available in CD, Playaway, MP3 CD and Download formats. The company, founded in 2009, is a subsidiary of Recorded Books Inc. (USA) and the sister company of W F Howes (UK). Wavesound is the exclusive publisher and distributor of Clipper, Jammer, Lamplight, Avid and Nudged imprints in Australia. For more information, visit www.wavesound.com.au or email info@wavesound.com.au.

About Recorded Books Inc.: Recorded Books Inc. is the largest independent publisher of unabridged audiobooks and provider of digital media to consumer, retail, professional, school, library and infotainment markets. The company owns an exclusive catalogue of more than 22,000 audiobook titles narrated by professional, award-winning actors. Recorded Books provides digital audiobooks and eBooks as well as other compelling third-party content, including digital magazines and films, through its proprietary RBdigital Gateway platform. The company operates in the United Kingdom through its W F Howes subsidiary and in Australia through its Wavesound subsidiary. Recorded Books was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Prince Frederick, MD. For more information, visit www.recordedbooks.com.


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 Where to Find Them: Newt Scamander Deluxe Stationary Set (9781608879366), Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Newt Scamander Hardcover Ruled Journal (9781608879311), Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Stupefy Hardcover Ruled Journal (9781608879663), Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Macusa Hardcover Ruled Journal (9781608879304), Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: City Skyline Hardcover Ruled Notebook (9781608879489), Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Obliviate Hardcover Ruled Notebook (9781608879472), Incredibuilds: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Niffler Deluxe Book and Model Set (9781682980613) and Incredibuilds: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Swooping Evil Deluxe Book and Model Set (9781682980620).

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


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 Phasmid: Saving the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect (CSIRO Publishing) received honours in the same category. Our further congratulations to One Step at a Time (Midnight Sun Publishing) which received honours in The Picture Book of the Year.

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


Peribo Congratulates Windy Hollow Books x

Everyone at Peribo is thrilled to congratulate Windy Hollow Books on winning Picture Book of the Year with Flight (Nadia Wheatley, illust. Armin Greder) in this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards.

Congratulations to Nadia and Armin for your exquisite work and to Cristina, Filomena and the Windy Hollow team on this very special publication.

To order copies of Flight (ISBN 9781922081483) please contact Peribo Customer Service on email: info@peribo.com.au, tel: (02) 9457 0011, fax: (02) 9457 0022




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