Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
28 September 2016

‘The Dressmaker’, ‘I Quit Sugar’ top 2015-16 Australian adult bestsellers charts

Rosalie Ham’s The Dressmaker (Duffy & Snellgrove) and Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar: Simplicious (Macmillan) have topped the Australian adult fiction and nonfiction bestsellers charts... Read more

‘The 65-Storey Treehouse’ tops Australian children’s bestsellers charts

Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton’s The 65-Storey Treehouse (Pan) has topped the Australian children’s bestsellers chart for July 2015-June 2016, selling an astounding 347,000 titles... Read more


Printer turns down anti same-sex marriage title due to its ‘subject matter and content’

McPherson’s Printing Group, a division of parent company Opus Group, has declined the job of printing an anti same-sex marriage book from niche publisher Connor... Read more


‘Dummies’ to relaunch in October x

Wiley’s ‘For Dummies’ series will officially relaunch in October with new book covers, interiors and mascot, as well as an expanded online presence. Every new... Read more

Peat wins inaugural CLNZ Writer’s Award

Wildlife photographer and author Neville Peat has won the inaugural NZ$25,000 (A$24,195) Copyright Licensing New Zealand (CLNZ) Writers Award for nonfiction, to help support his... Read more

MacDonald wins 2016 Lady Cutler Award x

Bookseller Paul MacDonald has won this year’s Lady Cutler Award, presented by the New South Wales branch of the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA)... Read more

Inaugural Excellence in Translation medal shortlist announced

The shortlist for the inaugural Medal for Excellence in Translation, administered by the Australian Academy of the Humanities, has been announced. The shortlisted translators and... Read more

Carter to receive international sports autobiography prize

New Zealand rugby player Dan Carter will receive the best autobiography prize at the 2016 Sportel Awards, to be held in Monaco on 25 October,... Read more

Film Vic gives funding to Boori Monty Pryor web-series

A documentary web-series looking back on the life of Indigenous author and activist Boori Monty Pryor, to be screened on the ABC’s iview portal, is... Read more

Affirm mentorship award winners announced

Affirm Press has announced the winners of its second Affirm Mentorship Award, run in partnership with Varuna, the Writers’ House. The writers and their projects... Read more

New monthly Australian poetry podcast launched

The Poet’s Voice has launched a new podcast series, called ‘The necessary poet’, which presents Australian writers, thinkers and poets discussing the work of a... Read more

Giller Prize 2016 shortlist announced

In Canada, the shortlist for the C$100,000 (A$98,820) Scotiabank Giller Prize 2016 for the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English has... Read more

Texas bans 15,000 books from state prisons

In the US, the banning of Dan Carter’s Wolf Boys (A&U) in Texas prisons has highlighted the state’s aggressive stance on banning books, reports the... Read more

Video game developer Ubisoft launches in-house book line

Video game developer Ubisoft is launching an in-house publishing initiative that will release two books in November in the US based on its Assassin’s Creed... Read more

UK study finds parents spend less on books for boys

In the UK, a new study into the media consumption of pre-schoolers has found parents spend on average £6 (A$10.20) per month on books for... Read more

Baillie Gifford Prize for Nonfiction 2016 longlist announced

In the UK, the 2016 longlist for the Baillie Gifford Prize for Nonfiction, formerly the Samuel Johnson Prize, has been announced. The 10 longlisted titles... Read more

Kirkus Prize 2016 finalists announced

The finalists have been announced for the 2016 Kirkus Prize, sponsored by the US publication Kirkus Reviews. The awards are presented in three categories—fiction, nonfiction... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction—ABC Books has sold the TV and film option to The Amazing True Story of How Babies Are Made (Fiona Katauskas) to CJZ via... Read more


Bestsellers this week

Children’s books make up four of the top five bestsellers in this week’s charts, with the top three spots taken by The 78-Storey Treehouse (Andy... Read more

Maxine Beneba Clarke and Van T Rudd’s ‘The Patchwork Bike’ x

‘This deceptively simple story by author Maxine Beneba Clarke is beautifully written and incredibly powerful. It uses evocative language and onomatopoeia to flesh out a... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘We can never stay still because our consumers don’t just love books, they love YouTube, film, and so on … they’re not just readers, they’re consumers’— MD of Penguin Random House Children’s UK Francesca Dow in a speech about attracting young readers given at the Bookseller’s children’s conference in London.


SLV Google Expedition launches

The State Library of Victoria’s (SLV) Google Expedition, which uses virtual reality to create the experience of an immersive field trip, was launched in Mildura... Read more

Rural library introduces 24-7 access service

Tullamore Library in Central NSW has claimed to be the first Australian library to be open to the community 24 hours a day, seven days... Read more

Danish publishers withdraw ebooks from libraries

Danish publishers have withdrawn their ebooks from libraries in opposition to to the lack of restrictions around digital lending in the country, reports Digital Book... Read more

#LoveOzYA gathers momentum x

A grassroots campaign to promote Australian YA books in a market dominated by US titles has been gathering momentum, writes Sophie Teague. To read this... Read more

Small publisher spotlight: UWA Publishing x

UWA Publishing was launched in 1935 at the University of Western Australia in Perth to produce textbooks for its students, and has since expanded into... Read more

Julie Buckroyd joins Wavesound x

Wavesound has appointed Julie Buckroyd to the position of customer support and product specialist, commencing on 20 September.

Editors NSW: Viva Novella talk x

Editors NSW will host a talk, ‘Viva Novella—judge and editor’, on Tuesday, 4 October from 6.30pm. The talk will be presented by Alice Grundy, associate... Read more

Varuna: Applications Open for Publisher Introduction Program x

Applications are open for Varuna’s Publisher Introduction Program, which offers up to 12 writers the opportunity to develop their manuscripts for publication. Awardees of the... Read more

Simon & Schuster Congratulates Dr Michael Mosley x

160928-michael-mosleyCongratulations to Dr Michael Mosley. Over 100,000 copies of his book, The 8-Week Blood Sugar Diet, have now been sold across ANZ.

The new companion cookbook, The 8-Week Blood Sugar Diet Recipe Book, is available now.




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