Weekly Book Newsletter
21 September 2016

Symonds leaves Nielsen x

Shaun Symonds, general manager of Nielsen Book in Australia and New Zealand, has left the company. Symonds has been replaced in the role by Julie... Read more

Belle Gibson’s cancer story questioned prior to cookbook publication

Documents provided to the federal court suggest Penguin was warned about gaps in Belle Gibson’s cancer story prior to the publication of her cookbook The... Read more

ABA to hold 2017 conference in Melbourne

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) will host its 2017 conference and trade exhibition at the InterContinental Melbourne on 18-19 June. The trade exhibition will be... Read more

Waverley Library Award 2016 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2016 Waverley Library Award for Literature, known as ‘the Nib’, has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Talking to My Country... Read more

Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing 2016 shortlist announced

The shortlist for this year’s Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing has been announced. The shortlisted pieces are: ‘Slippery migrants’ by James Bradley (the... Read more

Settlement reached in ‘Fifty Shades’ royalty lawsuit

American Jennifer Lynn Pedroza has reached an out-of-court settlement with Australian Amanda Hayward, her former partner in the epublishing business The Writers Coffee Shop (TWCS),... Read more


Filming begins on NZ thriller ‘The Changeover’

Filming of the big-screen adaption of Margaret Mahy’s ‘coming-of-age’ YA thriller The Changeover: A Supernatural Romance (HarperCollins) will begin in Christchurch this week, reports the New... Read more


Affirm Press title raises $20,000 for Reach Foundation

Letter to My Teenage Self (ed by Grace Halphen, Affirm Press) has raised $20,000 for the Reach Foundation in its first two weeks of release.... Read more

‘SRB’, NSW State Library to present Australian women’s writing symposium

A one-day symposium on Australian women’s writing will be held at the State Library of NSW (SLNSW) on 3 November. The symposium is presented by... Read more

Māori Book Awards 2016 finalists announced

The finalists in Massey University’s Ngā Kupu Ora Awards celebrating Māori books and journalism have been announced. The finalists in each category are: Te Mahi... Read more

National Book Award 2016 longlists announced

In the US, the longlists for the 2016 National Book Awards have been announced in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young people’s literature.... Read more

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Royal Society Science Book Prize 2016 winner announced

In the UK, The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf (John Murray) has won the 2016 Royal Society Science Book Prize for ‘outstanding popular science... Read more

UK independent publishing reports growth and stability

The UK independent publishing sector is showing ‘many signs of growth’ according to the Independent Publishers Guild’s (IPG) second annual report, reports the Bookseller. Out... Read more

‘PW’ salary survey finds no improvement in gender pay gap, diversity in US publishing

In the US, men who worked in publishing in 2015 earned an average of US$96,000 (A$127,310), compared to women who earned an average of US$61,000... Read more

UK authors welcome EC proposals on copyright reform

The European Commission (EC) has released its draft proposals for copyright reform as part of its Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy, reports the Bookseller. Society... Read more

Sainsbury’s to stop selling ebooks

UK supermarket chain Sainsbury’s has announced it will close its digital entertainment business—including its ebook sales platform—later this year, reports the Bookseller. The supermarket’s customers... Read more

Disney announces Rick Riordan imprint

In the US, Disney has announced it will launch a new imprint called ‘Rick Riordan Presents’ that is ‘devoted to mythology-based books for middle grade... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Scribe has sold UK and Commonwealth audio rights to The Heart of Henry Quantum (Pepper Harding) to Bolinda. Nonfiction—Black Inc. (La Trobe University Press)... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

The 78-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton, Pan) and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play script (J K Rowling, Jack Thorne & John... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘When writing a review, my rule of thumb is always to benchmark a fellow writer’s novel against cluster munitions, rather than against the work of Marcel Proust’UK author Chris Cleave offers advice to writers in his keynote speech at the New Zealand National Writers’ Forum


RiP Michael Wyer x

Michael Wyer, founder and CEO of book and magazines book and magazines distributor Educational Concepts Pty Ltd has died, aged 71. Lake Press CEO David... Read more

SLV to be Melbourne Music Week hub

The State Library of Victoria (SLV) will host a number of music events in November as part of the 2016 Melbourne Music Week (MMW). Melbourne... Read more

Brisbane council opens new mobile library

Brisbane city council unveiled its new mobile library at King George Square on 20 September. Staffed and driven by librarians, the custom-built vehicle ‘transforms into... Read more

UK’s oldest public lending library faces closure

The oldest public lending library in Britain could be closed because of local council funding cuts, reports the Mirror. Warrington Central Library in Cheshire, which... Read more

The rights stuff 2016 x

Each year Books+Publishing surveys Australian rights managers and literary agents to gauge the health of Australian rights trading and book exports. To read the results... Read more

Small publisher spotlight: Spineless Wonders x

Launched in 2011, Sydney-based publisher Spineless Wonders specialises in short Australian stories in various formats. ‘In 2010, when I was writing, reading and teaching short... Read more

Hannah Kent’s ‘The Good People’ x

‘Hannah Kent’s much-anticipated second novel is a thoroughly atmospheric and involving read with beautifully turned descriptions that show off Kent’s craft’ … read Lindy Jones’... Read more

Symonds leaves Nielsen x

Shaun Symonds, general manager of Nielsen Book in Australia and New Zealand, has left the company. Julie Winters has been appointed as his replacement. (See... Read more

Walker Books Announces Acquisition of Sixth Book in the Bestselling ‘Timmy Failure’ Children’s Book Series x

160921-timmy-failureWalker Books has acquired the rights to the sixth book in the popular cartoonist and author Stephan Pastis’ bestselling ‘Timmy Failure’ series, aka Sherlock Hopeless, to be published in April 2017. Rights for the series have been sold in 32 countries to date, with a total of 1.4 million copies in print worldwide.


ILF Fundraiser: Stan Grant in Conversation with Richard Flanagan x

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) will hold an evening in conversation with award-winning journalist Stan Grant and Man Booker prize-winner Richard Flanagan at the Melbourne Athenaeum at 6.30pm on Tuesday, 27 September.

The event has been organised in conjunction with ILF, Readings, the University of Melbourne and the Melbourne Athanaeum. All proceeds will go to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

For more information and to book, visit the booking website here.


About Kids Books Publishes ‘All of Us Together’ x

This small Australian imprint has now released its first title, All of Us Together by CBCA multi-award-winning author, Bill Condon. For eight- to 12-year-olds, this is a gentle family story set in 1930 told with much warmth and good humour.

Information is available at http://www.aboutkidsbooks.com.


NewSouth Congratulates Rachel Landers on the 2016 Nib Award Shortlist x

We’re excited to announce that Rachel Landers’ Who Bombed the Hilton? has been shortlisted for the 2016 Nib Waverley Library Award, which celebrates excellence in research in the creation of a literary work. In Who Bombed the Hilton? Landers wrestles with the evidence of the unsolved Hilton Hotel bombing in 1978, and amongst the details finds a prime suspect.

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




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