Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
7 September 2016

Patrić the top-selling author at MWF x

Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) CEO and artistic director Lisa Dempster has reported this year’s festival’s box office and attendance ‘exceeded expectations’. Final figures are still... Read more


Readings launches Young Adult Book Prize

Independent Melbourne bookseller Readings has announced the formation of the Readings Young Adult Book Prize, open to first and second works of young adult fiction... Read more

NSW Premier’s History Awards 2016 winners announced

The winners of the 2016 New South Wales Premier’s History Awards have been announced. The winners in each category are: Australian History Prize ($15,000) Australia’s... Read more

Robinsons to open Werribee store in November

Melbourne independent bookselling chain Robinsons Bookshop will open its ninth store at Pacific Werribee shopping centre in Melbourne’s south-west in November. Co-owner Susanne Horman said... Read more

Close to 5000 attend inaugural Canberra Writers Festival x

Just under 5000 visitors attended the inaugural Canberra Writers Festival, which ran from 26-28 August at various locations across the city. Festival director Vickii Cotter... Read more

Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing 2016 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Ghost River (Tony Birch, UQP) Inside... Read more


Text celebrates its 100th ‘Text Classic’ with promotions, events x

Text Publishing has released the 100th title in its ‘Text Classics’ series, Mena Calthorpe’s out-of-print 1961 novel The Dyehouse, and is marking the occasion with... Read more

Wilderness Society announces 2016 children’s book award winners

The winners of the 2016 Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children’s Literature have been announced. The winning books in each category are: Fiction The River... Read more

Rowe wins 2016 ‘ABR’ Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize

Josephine Rowe has won the 2016 Australian Book Review (ABR) Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize for her story ‘Glisk’. Rowe was awarded the $7000 prize at... Read more

Hachette, EWF announce 2016 Richell Prize shortlist

Hachette Australia and the Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) have announced the shortlist for the 2016 Richell Prize for emerging writers. The five shortlisted writers and... Read more

City of Literature announces Known Bookshops grant recipients

The Melbourne City of Literature office has announced the first recipients of its Known Bookshops grants. The stores and their projects are: Blarney Books in... Read more


Moriarty, Catton to be adapted for screen

Australian author Liane Moriarty and New Zealand author Eleanor Catton have had their books picked up for screen adaptations. Film rights to Moriarty’s latest novel... Read more


Foxtel to screen ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ adaptation in 2017

Foxtel will screen a TV adaptation of Joan Lindsay’s 1967 novel Picnic at Hanging Rock in 2017, reports Fairfax. The ‘re-imagined’ adaptation is being produced... Read more


Hachette launches online SFF community

Hachette Australia and New Zealand has launched an online community for its science-fiction, fantasy and horror readers. ‘The Realm’ launched on 2 September on Facebook... Read more

Inaugural Australian Short Story Festival program launched

The program has been launched for the inaugural Australian Short Story Festival, which runs from 21-23 October in Perth. Cate Kennedy will deliver the opening... Read more

Spinifex to host 25th-anniversary celebration

Melbourne-based feminist publisher Spinifex Press will host a two-day event this week to celebrate its 25th anniversary. ‘That’s Radical Feminism’ runs from 9-10 September at... Read more

Waverley Council partners with St Albans Writers’ Festival for Nib announcement

Waverley Council in Sydney will present the 2016 Nib Waverley Library Award for Literature shortlist at a special session at the St Albans Writers’ Festival,... Read more

UK publishers lobby government on trade, copyright post-Brexit

In the UK, the Publishers Association (PA) is lobbying the government to focus on keeping European Union (EU) trade barriers to a minimum and to... Read more

Danish ebook lending app tracks children’s reading progress

A new ebook lending platform has launched in Denmark with the ability to track reading progress, reports Publishing Perspectives. Launched with the aim of supporting... Read more

Pew Report: US ebook sales flat, overall book readership steady

In the US, a new report by the Pew Research Center has found overall book readership and ebook readership rates are steady, among other findings.... Read more

UK charity BookTrust launches translated children’s fiction promotion

In the UK, children’s literacy charity BookTrust is launching an initiative to encourage the publication of more translated works for children, reports the Bookseller. The... Read more

PRH half-year revenues down due to falling ebook sales

Penguin Random House’s (PRH) global revenues fell more than 10% in the first half of 2016 due to a drop in ebook sales, reports the... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Children’s—EK Books has sold simplified Chinese character rights to Tottie & Dot and Peas in a Pod (both Tania McCartney & Tina Snerling); and... Read more


Bestsellers this week

Two dad-themed picture books are among the fastest movers this week, with Father’s Day propelling Why I Love My Daddy (illus by Daniel Howarth, HarperCollins)... Read more

Tim Winton’s ‘The Boy behind the Curtain’ x

‘Taken as a whole, this collection comes across as a fragmentary memoir, a patchwork of memories and recollections. Winton narrates the audiobook himself, a recommendation... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘I don’t believe in national literature per se. I do believe in Australian writing, conceived mostly in obscurity, frequently in poverty, almost always in adversity’Richard Flanagan delivers his first public lecture, ‘Does writing matter?’, as the inaugural Boisbouvier professor of Australian literature at the University of Melbourne, held as part of the Melbourne Writers Festival.


New ‘Books+Publishing Junior’ reviews out now

Books+Publishing’s latest Junior newsletter contains 14 reviews of books publishing in October and November 2016. Three books received the highest rating of 4.5 stars in... Read more

University of Adelaide library to downsize collection by up to 70% x

The University of Adelaide’s Barr Smith library will downsize its collection by up to 70% over the next two to three years as part of... Read more

City of Literature office offering free SPN conference tickets for librarians

The Melbourne City of Literature Office is offering ten free one-day tickets for workers in the library sector to the Small Press Network’s (SPN) Independent... Read more

‘Gruffalo’ author protests cuts to Scottish school librarians x

Children’s book author Julia Donaldson has written to the Scottish First Minister demanding a Scottish council reverse its plan to axe school librarians, reports the... Read more

All I want for Christmas: A preview x

With Father’s Day behind us, it’s time to turn our attention to the books on offer this Christmas. Read our round-up of the adult highlights—from... Read more

Small publisher spotlight: Miscellaneous Press x

Melbourne author and blogger Karen Andrews started Miscellaneous Press in 2008 to self-publish her first children’s picture book. ‘My blog was doing very well at... Read more

APA: 2017 Residential Editorial Program x

The Australian Publishers Association has announced that the ninth biennial Residential Editorial Program (REP) will be held at the Melbourne Business School Conference Centre, Mt... Read more

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

For Sale: Open Leaves Books x

Open Leaves BrisbaneRodney and Helen Harris, co-owners of Open Leaves Books are retiring at the end of the year and putting their bookshop up for sale. Established in 1979, the bookshop is now an online business specializing in mental health and counselling. It also displays books at many conferences in the eastern states. Interested persons can contact Rodney by telephone or email. A Section 52 statement is available and a prospectus outlining the details of the business.

Mobile: 0418 506 374

Email: open.leaves@bigpond.com


Calling Emerging Creators of Books for Young Readers x

160907 May gibbsThe May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust has launched the Ian Wilson Memorial Fellowship. This new Fellowship will give one emerging author or illustrator creative time in the Trust’s Adelaide studio in March 2017.

Applications must be received by midnight on Monday October 31 2016.

Visit maygibbs.org.au and check all information provided under Creative Time Fellowships, The Ian Wilson Memorial Fellowship.

When you’re ready to apply, contact Sally Chance, Fellowships Coordinator, for details of what to do next: contact@maygibbs.org.au.


NewSouth Congratulates Authors on NSW Premier’s History Awards 2016 x

NewSouth is thrilled that Stuart Macintyre’s Australia’s Boldest Experiment has won the Australian History Prize and Tanya Evans’ Fractured Families took home the NSW Community and Regional History Prize.

The judges described Australia’s Boldest Experiment as a ‘truly magnificent contribution to political history’, and praised Fractured Families as an outstanding and ambitious work. To order contact TL Distribution (P: +61(2) 8778 9999, E: orders@tldistribution.com.au).


NewSouth Congratulates Eckermann and Giramondo on Victorian Premier’s Award for Indigenous Writing Shortlisting x

NewSouth congratulates Ali Cobby Eckermann and Giramondo Publishing for the shortlisting of Inside My Mother in the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing 2016. To order contact TL Distribution (P: +61(2) 8778 9999, E: orders@tldistribution.com.au).




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