Weekly Book Newsletter
19 October 2016


‘Music and Freedom’ wins 2016 Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction

Zoë Morrison’s Music and Freedom (Vintage) has won the 2016 Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction. Morrison’s novel was chosen from a shortlist of six for... Read more

Prime Minister’s Literary Awards 2016 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2016 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Fiction Forever Young (Steven Carroll, HarperCollins) The... Read more


Carmel Bird wins 2016 Patrick White Literary Award

Author Carmel Bird has been named the winner of the $20,000 Patrick White Literary Award for 2016. The annual award was established by Patrick White using... Read more


New Pantera imprint Lost the Plot targets millennial readers

Pantera Press is launching a new imprint aimed at millennials at the Frankfurt Book Fair. The Lost the Plot imprint, which is created by Pantera... Read more

SPN Independent Publishing Conference 2016 program announced

The Small Press Network (SPN) has launched the program for its 2016 Independent Publishing Conference, which will run at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne from... Read more

Speech Pathology Australia book awards 2016 winners announced

The winning titles for this year’s Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards have been announced. The winning titles in each category are: Birth... Read more

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Fraillon shortlisted for 2016 ‘Guardian’ children’s fiction prize

Australian author Zana Fraillon’s The Bone Sparrow (Lothian) has been shortlisted for the 2016 Guardian children’s fiction prize. Fraillon’s novel for middle-grade readers is a... Read more


Black Inc. to publish kids’ guide to inaugural AFL Women’s season

Black Inc. has acquired the rights to A Footy Girl’s Guide to the Stars of 2017, a children’s book by ‘Outer Sanctum’ podcast hosts Alicia... Read more


Victorian Community History Awards 2016 winners announced

Pam Baragwanath and Ken James have won the top prize at the 2016 Victorian Community History Awards (VCHA) for their self-published book These Walls Speak... Read more

NZ publisher Eunoia signs with Chinese house

New Zealand publisher Eunoia Publishing has signed an agreement with Chinese Universe & Publishing Media Company that will see each publish books from the other... Read more

CWA Dagger awards announced; Australian author wins Debut Dagger for an unpublished writer

Australian writer Mark Brandi has won the Debut Dagger for an unpublished writer at this year’s Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Dagger awards in the UK.... Read more

Digital Writers Festival 2016 program announced

The program for the Emerging Writers’ Festival’s Digital Writers’ Festival, which runs from 1-11 November, has been announced. More than 20 events will take place... Read more

Second Rock & Roll Writers Festival to be held in Brisbane next year

The second Rock & Roll Writers Festival will be held in Brisbane from 1-2 April 2017. The first festival, which was held in April this... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘I found it a very curious and problematic choice … It’s a prize for literature, not for literature and songwriting’—Readings managing director Mark Rubbo responds... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

The top three titles in the bestsellers chart remain unchanged this week, with Jimmy Barnes’ Working Class Boy (HarperCollins) in first place for the third... Read more

Dylan wins 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature

US singer-songwriter Bob Dylan has won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature ‘for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition’. Dylan... Read more

Hachette UK to introduce more transparent royalty statement

In the UK, Hachette has used its annual end-of-year letter to authors to announce a new more regular, clearer and detailed royalty system following consultation... Read more

Book sales up, losses reduced at Atlantic x

UK publisher Atlantic Books has recorded a 21% increase in sales last year, from £5m (A$8m) in 2014 to £6m (A$9.6m) in 2015, while overall... Read more

Baillie Gifford Prize for Nonfiction 2016 shortlist announced

In the UK, the shortlist for the 2016 Baillie Gifford Prize for Nonfiction, formerly the Samuel Johnson Prize, has been announced. The shortlisted titles, chosen... Read more

HarperCollins UK launches ‘publisher agnostic’ events website

In the UK, HarperCollins has launched an online events platform that is open to all publishers and events organisers, reports the Bookseller. Events featured on the... Read more

SA state library workers ramp up industrial action to protect jobs

The Public Service Association (PSA) is preparing to escalate industrial action to try to save 20 full-time jobs at the State Library of South Australia,... Read more

Proposed rooftop bar, restaurant for redeveloped NSW state library

A rooftop bar and restaurant at the State Library of New South Wales (SLNSW) have been proposed as part a rejuvenation of some of Macquarie... Read more

Library, creative sectors among respondents to NZ National Library strategy document

The National Library of New Zealand has published the feedback to its proposed strategic direction. In total, the library received 164 submissions, including from peak... Read more

House of Lords questions UK government on library closures

The UK government has had to defend widespread closure of libraries in England during a debate in the House of Lords, reports the Bookseller. Founder... Read more

Booking ahead: 2017 fiction preview x

Each year we ask publishers to tell us about their most anticipated titles for 2017. Read about their top adult fiction titles from the latest issue... Read more

Small publisher spotlight: Connor Court Publishing x

Founded in 2005 in Ballarat, Victoria, and now based in Redland Bay, Queensland, Connor Court Publishing specialises in titles that ‘challenge the status quo’. Founder... Read more

Tony Wilson’s ‘Battle Royale: The Selwood Boys Book One’ x

‘Footy fans will love “The Selwood Boys”. The series kicks off with great characters and fast-paced game-play, making it the perfect suggestion for readers of... Read more

Distribution change for Brolga Publishing x

Publisher: Brolga Publishing Old distributor: Pan Macmillan Australia New distributor: Dennis Jones & Associates Changeover date: 1 January 2017 Returns cut-off: 10 March 2017

Distribution change for Frances Lincoln Children’s x

Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s ISBN prefix: 978-1-845, 978-1-847 Old distributor: Walker Books Australia New distributor: Murdoch Books Changeover date: 31 January 2017 Returns cut-off: 23... Read more

Distribution change for Jones & Bartlett Learning x

Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning ISBN prefix: 978-0-7637, 978-0-86720, 978-1-284, 978-1-4496 Old distributor: Elsevier Australia New distributor: Cengage Changeover date: 1 January 2017 Contact: anz.customerservice@cengage.com

Distribution change for Murdoch Books x

Publisher: Murdoch Books ISBN prefix: 978-1-84780 Old distributor: Walker Books / HEDS New distributor: Murdoch Books / UBD Changeover date: 1 February 2017

Scheepers joins Booktopia x

Ilse Scheepers has been appointed online retail book merchandiser at Booktopia, replacing Christopher Cahill. Scheepers was previously product manager at Hachette Australia.

Pantera Press Launches Quirky International Imprint at Frankfurt Book Fair: Lost the Plot x

Pantera Press is thrilled to announce the launch of its new imprint, ‘Lost the Plot’, at the Frankfurt Book Fair this week. ‘Lost the Plot’... Read more

Ian Wilson Memorial Fellowship—Applications Closing Soon x

Are you an emerging children’s author or illustrator? The Ian Wilson Memorial Fellowship will give one emerging practitioner creative time in the Trust’s Adelaide studio... Read more

Cengage Higher Education & Vocational division to distribute Jones & Bartlett Learning list x

Please note that as of the 1st January 2017 Cengage will become the new distributor for Jones & Bartlett Learning. Orders can be placed with... Read more

Michelle Payne wins ‘The Don’ award x

MUP congratulates Michelle Payne on winning ‘The Don’ award, announced at the Sport Australia Hall Of Fame’s 32nd Induction and Awards Gala Dinner on October... Read more

Murdoch Books to distribute Frances Lincoln Children’s x

Frances Lincoln Children’s distribution is moving to Murdoch Books (United Book Distributors – UBD) from Walker Books (Harper Entertainment Distribution Services – HEDS). Murdoch Books... Read more

A&U excited to announce D-Bot Squad series x

Allen & Unwin is delighted to announce that we have joined forces with Mac Park, creators of Boy vs Beast, to launch D-Bot Squad, a... Read more

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