Weekly Book Newsletter
12 October 2016

Dendy Direct gift-card giveaway x

Each month, movie and TV on-demand service Dendy Direct invites an Australian personality to choose their favourite movies as part of a ‘unique cinematic curation’. For October, Tim... Read more

Johnson appointed Murdoch publishing director x

Former Simon & Schuster Australia managing director Lou Johnson has been appointed publishing director of Murdoch Books. In a statement, Johnson said she was ‘extremely... Read more

Yates appointed Nero publisher x

Caitlin Yates has been appointed to the newly created position of publishing director and publisher at Black Inc.’s Nero imprint, following Jeanne Ryckmans’ resignation from... Read more

Educational Publishing Awards 2016 winners announced

The winners of the Australian Publishers Association’s (APA) Educational Publishing Awards for 2016 were announced at a ceremony in Melbourne on 6 October. RIC Publications... Read more

Queensland Literary Awards 2016 winners announced

The winners of the 2016 Queensland Literary Awards have been announced. The winning titles in each category are: Fiction ($10,000) Between a Wolf and a... Read more

Booktopia shares priced at $2 each ahead of ASX listing

Shares in online book retailer Booktopia have been priced at $2 each ahead of the company’s planned listing on the ASX, with management and sponsor brokers... Read more

Readings Matters 2017 authors announced

US authors A S King and Rick Yancey and Canadian author Mariko Tamaki are among the guests attending next year’s Reading Matters conference. The 2017... Read more

ASA announces 2016 Barbara Jefferis Award shortlist

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has announced the shortlist for the 2016 Barbara Jefferis Award. The shortlisted titles are: This Picture of You (Sarah... Read more

CHASS Australia Prize 2016 shortlist announced

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


Bookshop-whiskey bar to open in Melbourne

A bar and bookshop specialising in Irish whiskey and Irish literature will open in the Melbourne suburb of Northcote in early November. Owner Eamonn Hennessy... Read more

Leading Edge to hold 2017 conference in Surfers Paradise

Leading Edge Books will host its 2017 annual conference at the Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa on 19-21 March. The conference program features an... Read more

Organisers cancel 2016 Book Expo Australia x

Book Expo Australia organisers have cancelled this year’s event, which was scheduled to run at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse in Sydney on 8-9 October, due to... Read more

NZ PM’s Awards for Literary Achievement 2016 announced

Atholl Anderson, Marilyn Duckworth and David Eggleton are the recipients of 2016 New Zealand Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement, in recognition of their ‘outstanding... Read more

Overseas ebooks taxed in NZ as digital imports GST comes into effect

A 15% GST is being charged on ebooks purchased in New Zealand from international vendors since the country’s digital imports tax came into effect on... Read more

‘Griffith Review’, Queensland Literary Awards announce fellowship program

Up to six Queensland writers’ fellowships will be awarded each year over the next two years under a new program launched by the Griffith Review... Read more

A&R marks 130th anniversary; holds first book poll since 2011

Bookseller Angus & Robertson will celebrate its 130th anniversary by holding its first national book poll since its bricks-and-mortar stores closed in 2011. The poll... Read more


Dymocks Kids’ Top 51 list announced

Dymocks has revealed its Kids’ Top 51 list for 2016, with more than 26,500 votes received from Booklovers members. The top 10 books on the... Read more


New logo for Five Mile x

Bonnier Publishing Australia’s children’s imprint Five Mile has unveiled a new logo as part of its rebranding. In a statement, the publisher said the logo’s... Read more

Fifield reportedly in talks to return Catalyst money to OzCo x

Federal Arts Minister Mitch Fifield is working with other agencies and arts bodies to return some or all of the $104m taken from the Australia... Read more

Publisher draws criticism from Publishing Ireland for charging submission fees

In Ireland, a publisher’s decision to charge writers €100 (A$147) per manuscript submission, except those received from a recognised literary agent, has drawn criticism from... Read more


Sarah Jessica Parker imprint to begin publishing in 2018

US actress Sarah Jessica Parker will head up a new imprint at Penguin Random House’s Hogarth Press, called SJP for Hogarth. PRH said in a... Read more

Book sales up 20% in Ireland

Books sales in Ireland are up approximately 20% this year compared to the previous year, with the largest growths coming from nonfiction and children’s books,... Read more

Canada to be guest of honour at 2020 Frankfurt Book Fair

Canada has been chosen at the guest of honour at the 2020 Frankfurt Book Fair, reports Publishing Perspectives. ‘The Canadian publishing industry has worked together... Read more

National Book Award 2016 shortlists announced

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

Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction—Black Inc. has sold world audio rights to Blood Year: Islamic State and the Failures of the War on Terror (David Kilcullen) to Tantor Media.... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

Hannah Kent’s second novel The Good People (Picador) has debuted in the top 10 bestsellers chart at number eight—making it this week’s highest new entry.... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘For me it is a real problem when we don’t reflect the society we live in. It’s not good for books, or culture, or commercially. We are going to become irrelevant’Penguin Random House UK CEO Tom Weldon at the launch of a new scheme to discover and mentor authors from the UK’s under-represented communities  



Books+Publishing magazine Issue 4 2016 x

26 reviews of adult and children’s books (December 2016 to March 2017) 2017 title preview for adult fiction, adult nonfiction, children’s and YA books ... Read more

List of mood-boosting books announced for World Mental Health Day

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) released its list of 252 books chosen by members as the best ‘mood-boosting titles’ on World Mental Health Day on 10... Read more

British Library partners with 21 major libraries for national knowledge network

In the UK, the British Library has launched a knowledge network with 21 major libraries across the UK to combine local expertise and organising power. The... Read more

Reflections from differently angled mirrors: Terri-ann White on diversity in publishing x

The publishing industry needs to take a closer look at the diversity of its workforce and its books, argues UWA Publishing director Terri-ann White in... Read more

Small publisher spotlight: Melbourne Books x

Founded in 2001, Melbourne Books publishes a ‘unique range of Melbourne themed books covering subjects from food, music and culture to architecture and sport’, including... Read more

Avan Judd Stallard’s ‘Antipodes: In Search of the Southern Continent’ x

‘This remarkable book is about an imaginary place: Terra Australis Incognita, the Unknown Southern Land. Avan Judd Stallard tells the story of a geographical obsession... Read more

Johnson appointed Murdoch publishing director x

Former Simon & Schuster Australia managing director Lou Johnson has been appointed publishing director of Murdoch Books. (See news.)

Staff changes at Black Inc./Nero x

Black Inc./Nero has announced the following promotions: Caitlin Yates has been appointed publishing director and publisher at Nero; Jo Rosenberg has been appointed associate publisher... Read more

APA 2017 Residential Editorial Program: applications now open x

Applications are now open for the APA Residential Editorial Program 2017. (See previous notice.) The closing date for applications is Monday, 16 January 2017. For more... Read more

Crichton Awards 2017: entries open x

The CBCA (Victorian branch) is accepting entries for the Crichton Award for New Illustrators until 30 November 2016. For more information, including eligibility and entry forms,... Read more

Distribution change for Monsoon Books Ltd x

Pan Macmillan Australia will no longer be representing Monsoon Books Ltd in Australia and New Zealand. Alliance Distribution Services will cease distribution on October 20th 2016, and will authorise returns for titles within trading terms until 20th November. Authorised returns must be received by ADS no later than 30th December 2016 for credit. Please direct any enquiries to phil@monsoonbooks.com.sg should you have any questions.




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