Weekly Book Newsletter
3 November 2016

First authors announced for Perth Writers Festival 2017

The first guests have been announced for the 2017 Perth Writers Festival, which runs from 23-26 February. UK author Ben Rawlence will give the opening... Read more

Memoir ‘Learning Polish’ wins T.A.G. Hungerford Award

Jay Martin has won the 2016 T.A.G. Hungerford Award for an unpublished manuscript for Learning Polish, a memoir about living as a diplomat’s wife in Poland.... Read more


Small Press Network’s MUBA 2016 shortlist announced

The Small Press Network (SPN) had announced the shortlist for this year’s Most Underrated Book Award (MUBA), sponsored by Booktopia. The shortlisted titles are: The... Read more

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‘The Chimes’ wins best novel at World Fantasy Awards 2016

New Zealand author Anna Smaill’s debut novel The Chimes (Sceptre) has won the 2016 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel, announced on 30 October at... Read more


Over 1000 attend first Australian Short Story Festival; 2017 event planned for Adelaide x

Around 1100 people attended the first Australian Short Story Festival, which was held in Perth from 21-23 October. The festival, which was announced in February,... Read more

First authors announced for Adelaide Writers’ Week

The first line-up of authors has been announced for Adelaide Writers’ Week, which runs from 4-9 March 2017. Among the international guests are UK true-crime... Read more


Beneba Clarke to deliver Word for Word Festival keynote

The program has been announced for the third annual Word for Word nonfiction festival, running in Geelong from 18-20 November. Author Maxine Beneba Clarke will... Read more

170 stores take part in second NZ Bookshop Day x

Around 170 stores ‘from Whangarei to Invercargill’ participated in the second New Zealand Bookshop Day on 29 October, which ran under the theme ‘Your Place,... Read more


Chan’s ‘Dark Heavens’ series optioned for film

Alex Adsett Publishing Services (AAPS) has optioned the film rights to Kylie Chan’s nine-book ‘Dark Heavens’ fantasy series to Hollywood production company Keller Entertainment. Chan’s agent... Read more

Arts NSW announces funding recipients for 2017

Several literary organisations are among the recipients in the latest funding round of the NSW government’s Arts and Cultural Development Program, administered by Arts NSW.... Read more


Inaugural ‘Hope Prize’ winners announced; S&S to publish collection

The winners of the inaugural Hope Prize for short stories, administered by the Brotherhood of St Laurence, has been announced. Catherine Moffat won the $5000... Read more

New literary podcast to launch in November x

A new literary podcast featuring Australian writers talking about the craft of writing will be launched in November. The Garret podcast is hosted by Nicolas... Read more


‘Frankie’ magazine to publish collection of stories x

frankie magazine will publish a book-length collection of stories from the publication’s 12-year history on 7 November. Something to Say is the magazine’s first ‘text-based... Read more

NZ publishing projects awarded CLNZ funds

A number of New Zealand publishers and authors have received funding in the latest round of Copyright Licensing New Zealand’s (CLNZ) Contestable Fund. Established in... Read more

New Zealand Education Awards finalists announced

The finalists for the New Zealand Content Counts Education Awards have been announced. The finalists in each category are: Primary NZ Curriculum Mathematics: Connecting All... Read more

US children’s book sales up on back of ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Pokemon Go’

US children’s book sales have risen across both fiction and nonfiction, boosted by the release of ‘Harry Potter’ and Pokemon Go titles, reports the Bookseller.... Read more

Scribd adds magazines to subscription service

In the US, reading subscription service Scribd has expanded its content to include magazines, with subscribers to have full access to Time, New York, Fortune... Read more

Germany’s Papego named ‘startup of the year’ at Frankfurt

Papego, a ‘mobile reading app designed to bridge the gap between mobile and print books’, has been named ‘startup of the year’ at this year’s... Read more


‘More of Me’ the first YA book to win Edinburgh First Book Award

UK author Kathryn Evans has won the 2016 Edinburgh International Book Festival First Book Award for her YA novel More of Me (Usborne), reports the... Read more


Oneworld orders 120k UK reprint of ‘The Sellout’; 40k for Australia

In the UK, Oneworld has ordered a 120,000 reprint of Paul Beatty’s novel The Sellout following its Man Booker Prize win, reports the Bookseller. A... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Alex Adsett Publishing Services has sold the film rights to the nine-book ‘Dark Heavens’ series (Kylie Chan) to Keller Entertainment; and ANZ rights to... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

Matthew Reilly’s The Four Legendary Kingdoms (Macmillan) has debuted in top spot and as the highest new entry on the Australian bestsellers chart this week. The... Read more

Lucy Durneen’s ‘Wild Gestures’ x

‘This is an intriguing collection of short stories where things are seldom what they seem and characters are preoccupied by their past actions. Shaped less... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Our success showed there was an appetite for female writers. Of course, this meant that the big publishing houses soon realised there was a market in feminism; we gave muscle to women in mainstream houses’Virago publisher Lennie Goodings reflects on the UK publishers’ 43-year history.


Report finds library of the future is a 24/7 ‘community support centre’ x

A new report by Civica Library & Education Solutions and the University of Technology Sydney has found the library sector has a strong belief libraries... Read more

Roth donates personal book collection to Newark library x

US author Philip Roth has bequeathed his personal book collection to Newark Library in New Jersey, reports the New York Times. The collection comprises close... Read more

Jane’s addiction: Jane Covernton’s career journey x

‘I had accidentally stumbled upon the job of my life,’ writes Jane Covernton about her entry into children’s publishing. The co-founder of Omnibus Books and... Read more

Small publisher spotlight: Busybird Publishing x

Launched in Melbourne in 2009, Busybird Publishing is a ‘boutique micropublisher’ that combines traditional and fee-for-service publishing. ‘But we also do lots of other things,’... Read more

Staff changes at James Bennett x

James Bennett managing director Chris von Hinckeldey has announced he will retire at the end of December 2016. He will be succeeded by Kim Jardine.... Read more

ASA: 2017 Emerging Writers’ and Illustrators’ Mentorship Program x

Applications for the 2017 Australian Society of Authors (ASA) Emerging Writers’ and Illustrators’ Mentorship Program will close 5pm AEST on 11 November 2016. Supported by... Read more

ABA: 2016 Vic and NSW Booksellers and Publishers Christmas Parties x

The ABA has released details for this year’s Victorian and New South Wales Booksellers and Publishers Christmas Parties. The Victorian Christmas party will be held... Read more

Hardie Grant Publishing Recalls ‘Sharks Never Sleep’ x

Due to an unintentional misrepresentation in the book, Hardie Grant Publishing is recalling copies of Sharks Never Sleep (ISBN 9781743792445, due in-store on 09/11/2016).

Please withdraw this edition from sale and send the title page including the ISBN (within 30 days of the invoice date) via Australia Post to:

United Book Distributors, 30 Centre Road, Scoresby, Victoria, 3179.

The claim should advise invoice number and reason (withdrawn from sale by publisher). A credit will be issued for the stock and the cost of postage.

The new edition (ISBN 9781743793350) is available to order and will be delivered from November 21.

(Small order surcharges will be waived to accommodate reorders of this title.)

Please contact your Hardie Grant sales representative should you have further queries.


Harper Entertainment Distribution Services Christmas schedule x

Harper Entertainment Distribution Services (HEDS) is pleased to advise the following changes to help our customers in the lead up to Christmas.

  1. The minimum order value will be reduced to $100 (excluding GST) from Monday 28 November to Friday 30 December inclusive for all Australian and New Zealand customers.
  2. Orders received by HEDS prior to 3pm (AEDT) Monday to Friday will be despatched the next business day.
  3. Our Customer Service department will be open from 6.30am (AEDT) to 5.30pm (AEDT) from Monday 28 November to Thursday 22 December inclusive.
  4. Customer Service, Credit and Warehouse Operations will be open from Monday to Friday throughout the Christmas and New Year period except for Friday 23, Monday 26, Tuesday 27 December 2016 and Monday 2 January 2017.

HEDS implemented a second picking shift on 3 October and will continue with this arrangement through to 22 December. This shift will ensure we maintain the highest level of service leading into Christmas.

HEDS would also like to advise this year’s cut off dates for delivery to customers’ stores by no later than 23 December.

Deliveries by Friday, 23 December
Orders received by 1pm AEDT for NZ and 3pm AEDT for Aust.
WA outer Tuesday, 13 December
NT Tuesday, 13 December
NZ North Outer Thursday, 15 December
NZ South Outer Thursday, 15 December
Perth Thursday, 15 December
SA outer Thursday, 15 December
QLD outer Friday, 16 December
TAS Friday, 16 December
NZ Auckland Monday, 19 December
NZ Christchurch Monday, 19 December
NSW Outer Monday, 19 December
VIC Outer Monday, 19 December
Adelaide Monday, 19 December
Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane Wednesday, 21 December



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