Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
5 October 2016

Hines to retire as A&U group publishing director x

Allen & Unwin has announced that group publishing director Sue Hines will retire from the position at the end of 2016. Hines joined A&U in... Read more


WA Premier’s Book Awards 2016 winners announced

The winners of the biennial WA Premier’s Book Awards have been announced. The winning titles in each category are: Fiction ($15,000) The Golden Age (Joan London,... Read more


Kaufman & Kristoff, Nelson win 2016 Inky Awards

The winners of the 2016 Inky Awards, presented by the Centre for Youth Literature, were announced at the State Library of Victoria on 4 October.... Read more

Harlequin to fully integrate into HarperCollins ANZ

Harlequin Australia is to fully integrate into HarperCollins ANZ, with the Harlequin publishing division sharing HarperCollins’ sales network and in-house services, including contracts, rights, pre-press,... Read more

Greenhill wins Richell Prize

Tasmanian author Susie Greenhill has won the 2016 Richell Prize for Emerging Writers for her entry ‘The Clinking’, described as an ‘ecological love story’. In... Read more

T.A.G. Hungerford 2016 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2016 City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award for an unpublished manuscript has been announced. The shortlisted writers and their works are:... Read more


#LoveOzYA to introduce e-newsletter with new release titles

Grassroots advocacy group #LoveOzYA is introducing a monthly e-newsletter with information on new-release Australian YA titles. The newsletter aims to be a resource for booksellers,... Read more

Nix’s forthcoming ‘Frogkisser!’ to be adapted for musical film

Garth Nix’s forthcoming middle-grade novel Frogkisser! (A&U, February 2017) is being adapted into a live-action/animation musical film by US-based Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios.... Read more


‘Chasing Shadows’ longlisted for UK sports book award

Tim Lane and Elliot Cartledge’s Chasing Shadows: The Life & Death of Peter Roebuck (Hardie Grant Books) has been longlisted for the UK-based William Hill... Read more


Green recognised on ‘Women of Influence’ list

Pantera Press CEO and co-founder Alison Green has been recognised in the Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence 2016 list. Green was recognised in... Read more

Varuna announces recipients of 2017 Residency Fellowships

Varuna, the Writers House has announced the recipients of the 2017 Varuna Residency Fellowships. The writers and their projects are: The Mick Dark flagship fellowship... Read more

National Book Foundation names ‘five under 35’ new writers to watch

In the US, the National Book Foundation has named five debut fiction writers under the age of 35 ‘whose work promises to leave a lasting... Read more

Orr wins £15,000 BBC National Short Story Award

Debut British author K J Orr has won the £15,000 (A$25,070) BBC National Short Story Award for her story ‘Disappearances’, featured in her collection Light... Read more

Eleven new writers on ‘Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Authors’ list

In the US, 11 new writers have made the Hollywood Reporter’s ‘Most Powerful Authors’ 2016 list. Among the first-time listees are Ernest Cline (12th), whose... Read more

Apple releases exclusive enhanced ebook of ‘Game of Thrones’

Apple has released an exclusive enhanced ebook edition of George R R Martin’s A Game of Thrones to mark the 20th anniversary of the novel’s... Read more

Kurniawan wins $52k Emerging Voices award for ‘Man Tiger’

Indonesian writer Eka Kurniawan has won the US$40,000 (A$52,010) prize for best novel at the Emerging Voices awards in New York for his novel Man... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction—Nero has sold the film and television option to Wardrobe Crisis: How We Went From Sunday Best to Fast Fashion (Clare Press) to Essential... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

Working Class Boy, the first instalment of Jimmy Barnes’ two-book autobiography (HarperCollins), has debuted at number one on the bestsellers chart this week. This ends... Read more

Susan McCreery’s ‘Loopholes’ x

‘To succeed, microfiction must combine efficiency of text with immediacy of imagery and neat narrative twists, all in a space small enough for a single... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Here’s a scale I use to measure the quality of a writer’s diet: Fifty Shades of Grey is KFC and The Swan Book is the vegetables you grow in your backyard’author and creative-writing teacher Michael Mohammed Ahmad in a feature on bad writing for the Sydney Review of Books


RiP Narelle Oliver x

Australian children’s book author and illustrator Narelle Oliver has died. Oliver was the creator of a number of picture books, including The Best Beak in... Read more

RiP John Mulvaney x

Archaeologist and author John Mulvaney has died, aged 90. NewSouth Publishing writes: ‘All of us at UNSW Press/NewSouth Publishing were saddened to learn of the... Read more

NLA announces 2017 Fellows

The National Library of Australia (NLA) has announced the recipients of its 2017 Fellowships, awarded to local and international scholars to ‘make extensive use of... Read more

Hospital libraries project wins ALIA Research Grant Award

Ann Ritchie and Michele Gaca have won the 2016 ALIA Research Grant Award for their project, ‘The contribution of Australian hospital libraries towards their organisations’... Read more

Kansas City library officials ‘outraged’ over arrests made during library discussion

In the US, the executive director of the Kansas City Public Library Crosby Kemper III said he is ‘outraged’ that state prosecutors are pursuing charges... Read more

Screen stories: Australian books adapted for film and TV x

The past five years has seen a significant rise in Australian books adapted for the screen, with adaptations currently making up nearly 50% of Australian... Read more

Small publisher spotlight: Niche Press x

Founded in 2014, Melbourne-based Niche Press specialises in ‘quirky smaller-scale publications’ that might get overlooked by the mass market. ‘We use a different model that... Read more

Small Press Network: Independent Publishing Conference program launch x

The Small Press Network will launch its Independent Publishing Conference program in Melbourne on Thursday 13 October from 6pm. The event will include readings from... Read more

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

NewSouth Congratulates the 2016 WA Premier’s Book Award Winners x

Our warmest congratulations to all the winners in the 2016 WA Premier’s Book Awards. We are thrilled that Lucy Dougan’s The Guardians (Giramondo) took out the poetry category and Ruth A. Morgan’s Running Out? Water in WA (UWA Publishing) won the Western Australian history category.

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