Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
31 August 2016


Patrić wins 2016 Miles Franklin Literary Award for ‘Black Rock White City’

A S Patrić has won the 2016 Miles Franklin Literary Award for his novel Black Rock White City (Transit Lounge). Patrić was announced as the... Read more


Davitt Awards 2016 winners announced

Sisters in Crime announced the winners of the 2016 Davitt Awards for the best crime books by Australian women at an event in Melbourne on... Read more


Warner, Viskic, Haigh win 2016 Ned Kelly Awards

The Australian Crime Writers Association (ACWA) announced the winners of this year’s Ned Kelly Awards for crime writing at the Melbourne Writers Festival on 28... Read more

Xoum announces romance writers’ prize to launch new imprint

Xoum Publishing has announced a $5000 romance prize for an unpublished manuscript to mark its new imprint, XO Romance. Xoum publisher director Rod Morrison told... Read more

Narellan Harry Hartog the third to open since July x

Independent bookselling chain Harry Hartog will open a new store at Narellan Town Centre in southwest Sydney on 15 September. The store will become the... Read more

The Co-op buys Australian Geographic stores

The Co-op has bought the Australian Geographic retail chain from its owner, Myer Family Investments. The Co-op will take over the chain’s 66 stores and its... Read more

Rogers to leave Hardie Grant Egmont x

Hardie Grant Egmont (HGE) publishing director Hilary Rogers is leaving the company to start her own ‘series creation business’. HGE said in a statement that... Read more

Keil and Bos appointed commissioning editors at Five Mile x

Bonnier Publishing Australia has appointed Melissa Keil and Samone Bos as commissioning editors at Five Mile Press. Keil has been promoted from senior children’s editor... Read more


Cleave wins third Ngaio Marsh Award; Berard wins Best New Novel

Paul Cleave’s Trust No One (Upstart Press) has won the 2016 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel. This is the third time Cleave has won... Read more

ACT Book of the Year shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2016 ACT Book of the Year Award has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Locust Girl (Merlinda Bobis, Spinifex) The Eighties... Read more

Australian Family Therapists’ Award for Children’s Literature 2016 winners announced

The winners of the 2016 Australian Family Therapists’ Awards for Children’s Literature have been announced. Risk by Fleur Ferries (Random House) has won the $1500 Older Readers... Read more

CHASS Australia Prize 2016 longlist announced

The Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) has announced the 2016 Australia Book Prize longlist. The prize, worth $3500, is part of... Read more

Colin Roderick Award 2016 shortlist announced; prize money doubles to $20,000

The finalists for the Colin Roderick Award and H T Priestley Memorial Medal, administered by the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies at James Cook University,... Read more


Ubud releases 2016 festival program

The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF) has released the full program for its 2016 festival, which will run from 26-30 October in Ubud, Indonesia.... Read more

Hares & Hyenas to mark 25th anniversary with events series

Melbourne’s sexuality and gender diverse bookshop Hares & Hyenas will run a season of events from November to December to mark its 25th anniversary. The store... Read more

‘Overland’ Victoria University Short Story Prize 2016 winners announced

The winners of the 2016 ‘Overland’ Victoria University Short Story Prize for New and Emerging Writers has been announced. The first prize, worth $8000, was... Read more

Newnham wins ‘The Lifted Brow’ & RMIT non/fictionLab Prize 2016

Writer W J P Newnham has won The Lifted Brow’s (TLB) Prize for Experimental Nonfiction for his piece ‘Trashman Loves Maree’. Newnham was selected from a... Read more


‘Child, Arise!’ wins Australian Christian Book of the Year Award

Child, Arise! The Courage to Stand by Jane N Dowling (David Lovell Publishing) has won the 2016 Australian Christian Book of the Year Award. Chosen from... Read more

Pearson the largest book publisher in 2015 despite ‘challenges’

Pearson has been ranked as the world’s largest book publisher in 2015, despite revenue falling from over US$7bn (A$9.31bn) in 2014 to US$6.6bn (A$8.8bn) last... Read more

Hachette US sues author Grahame-Smith

In the US, Hachette Book Group is suing Pride and Prejudice and Zombies author Seth Grahame-Smith for breach of contract, reports Locus Magazine. The publisher... Read more

Robinson wins 2016 Dayton Literary Peace Prize

US author Marilynne Robinson has been named the winner of the Richard C Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award as part of the 2016 Dayton Literary Peace... Read more


PRH opens Toronto bookstore

In Canada, Penguin Random House (PRH) has opened a ‘Penguin Shop’ on the ground floor of the tower housing its Toronto officers, reports Publishers Weekly.... Read more

Tchaikovsky wins 2016 Arthur C Clarke Award

UK author Adrian Tchaikovsky has won the 2016 Arthur C Clarke Award for science-fiction writing for his novel Children of Time (Pan). Tchaikovsky’s book was... Read more

Italian govt to give teens €500 on 18th birthday to spend on books and culture

Italian citizens will receive a €500 (A$740) ‘culture bonus’ on their 18th birthday as part of a new government initiative designed to promote the importance... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction—Black Inc. (Nero) has sold Vietnamese rights to Employee Enragement: Why People Hate Working for You (James Adonis) to Zenbooks. Rockpool has sold Japanese... Read more

Bestsellers this week

The 78-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton, Pan) has maintained its position at the top of the overall bestsellers chart this week, edging out... Read more

A S Patrić’s ‘Black Rock White City’

‘Told with haunting simplicity, the eminently readable Black Rock White City joins Nam Le’s The Boat and Maxine Beneba Clarke’s Foreign Soil as a welcome... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Independent publishers now publish a large percentage of Australia’s literary fiction and are supporting new Australian writers telling Australian stories. It is affirming to see this reality being reflected in awards’Transit Lounge publisher Barry Scott on winning the Miles Franklin Literary Award


New Books+Publishing reviews out now

Books+Publishing’s latest Reviews newsletter contains 14 reviews of books publishing in October and November 2016. Julia Baird’s ‘thoroughly contemporary biography’ Victoria the Queen (HarperCollins, November)... Read more

NetGalley simplifies access for ALIA members

A new initiative by digital proofs provider NetGalley will give Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) members faster access to new titles by validating members... Read more

Melbourne to relocate City Library by 2020 x

Melbourne City Council will relocate the City Library on Flinders Lane in the CBD by 2020, reports the Age. Melbourne Library Service manager Anne-Maree Pfabe... Read more

Keeping up with the kids: Adele Walsh on the 35th IBBY International Congress x

Centre of Youth Literature program manager Adele Walsh was one of five hundred literature and literary experts from over 60 countries who descended on Auckland’s... Read more

Small publisher spotlight: Harbour Publishing House x

Harbour Publishing House, based on the South Coast of NSW, began publishing in 2014 and specialises in children’s literature. ‘What initially started as a project... Read more

Rogers to leave Hardie Grant Egmont x

Hardie Grant Egmont (HGE) publishing director Hilary Rogers is leaving the company, with HGE publisher Marisa Pintado ‘[stepping] up to run the children’s and YA... Read more

Keil and Bos appointed commissioning editors at Five Mile x

Bonnier Publishing Australia has appointed Melissa Keil and Samone Bos as commissioning editors at Five Mile Press. Keil was promoted from senior children’s editor at... Read more

Caffoor joins Text x

Khadija Caffoor has been appointed rights and export coordinator at Text Publishing. Caffoor replaces Alice Cottrell, who has left the company.

Pearce leaves Black Inc. x

Black Inc. marketing and publicity coordinator Jessica Pearce is leaving the publisher. Her last day will be 2 September.

CBCA 2017 Children’s Book of the Year Awards x

The Children’s Book Council of Australia would like to remind publishers to send their entries for the 2017 CBCA Children’s Book of the Year Awards. Entries... Read more

Lonely Planet Returns Reminder x

160817 Lonely PlanetPlease be aware that from the end of August any returns that are mailed to our old Footscray Distribution Centre will be returned to sender.

All returns must be sent to our new DC for prompt processing.

Please ensure your records are updated to avoid delays.

Lonely Planet Distribution Centre
16-20 Clairmont Ave
Victoria, 3204


National TV audience for ‘Shine’ x

Shine: The Making of the Australian Netball Diamonds (1 October ISBN 9781925048742) will be promoted to a national television audience during the Aust v NZ major netball match on Sunday 4 September. Fans will be encouraged to pre-order. Stock will be shipped into stores by 19 September.


NewSouth Congratulates A.S. Patrić and Transit Lounge on the 2016 Miles Franklin Award x

A huge congratulations to A S Patrić, whose book Black Rock White City, published by Transit Lounge, won the 2016 Miles Franklin Literary Award!

Stock is available to order with reprints underway. Please contact TL Distribution (P: +61(2) 8778 9999, E: orders@tldistribution.com.au).


NewSouth Congratulates Stuart Macintyre on the CHASS Australia Book Prize Longlist x

We’re delighted to announce Stuart Macintyre’s Australia’s Boldest Experiment: War and Reconstruction in the 1940s has been longlisted for the CHASS Australia Book Prize, which is awarded to the author whose book, in the opinion of the judges, contributes most to cultural and intellectual life in Australia. Our congratulations to all the longlisted authors.

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




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