Weekly Book Newsletter
16 November 2016

Attendance up at SPN conference; small presses remain strong in nonfiction, reports Nielsen x

The Small Press Network’s (SPN) fifth Independent Publishing Conference was held at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne on 9-12 November, with an extra half day... Read more

IPEd urges government to reconsider removal of student loans for writing, editing courses

The Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) has urged the federal government to reconsider its decision to remove tertiary writing and editing courses’ eligibility for students... Read more

McGuire appointed SWF artistic director

The Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF) has appointed Michaela McGuire as its artistic director, taking over the curation of the 2017 festival. McGuire will leave her... Read more

Govt releases draft bill imposing GST on low-value goods

The federal government has released the draft of a bill that will impose a GST on goods worth under $1000 that are purchased online from... Read more


‘Creating Cities’ wins 2016 Most Underrated Book Award

Marcus Westbury’s Creating Cities (Niche Press), a book about the transformation of the city of Newcastle, has won the 2016 Most Underrated Book Award (MUBA).... Read more

‘Lost & Found’, ‘Foal’s Bread’ among book-to-film projects to receive Screen NSW funding

Screen NSW has announced development funding for a number of book-to-film projects. Four Australian novels received adaptation funding. They are: Lost and Found by Brooke... Read more


Hay wins 2016 Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing

Ashley Hay has won the 2016 Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing for her piece ‘The forest at the edge of time’, first published... Read more

Macquarie Uni announces new poetry prize for young writers

Macquarie University has announced the inaugural Sophia Nugent-Siegal Poetry Prize for writers aged 30 and under. The prize is in honour of poet Sophia Nugent... Read more

Author wins $30,000 NSW Aboriginal Arts Fellowship

Author Cathy Craigie has been awarded the $30,000 NSW Aboriginal Arts Fellowship for 2016. Craigie will use the fellowship to research the northern NSW story of... Read more


Minford wins inaugural Medal for Excellence in Translation

John Minford has won the inaugural Medal for Excellence in Translation for his Chinese-to-English translation of I Ching (Yijing): The Book of Change (Viking). A... Read more

Australian Romance Readers Convention authors announced

Over 70 authors will participate in the 2017 Australian Romance Readers Convention (ARRC), which runs from 24-26 February in Melbourne. Headlining the festival are US authors... Read more


Wheeler Centre and Audiocraft launch Australian Audio Guide

The Wheeler Centre and radio-making and podcasting community Audiocraft have jointly launched the Australian Audio Guide, an ‘online companion to the best Australian podcasts and... Read more

Catton, Horrocks among NZ Art Awards winners

The 2016 New Zealand Art Awards winners have been announced, with a number of writers among those honoured. Writer Eleanor Catton and cartoonist and graphic... Read more

KROC Awards 2016 winners announced

The winners of this year’s Kids Reading Oz Choice (KROC) Awards, the children’s choice book awards for the Northern Territory, have been announced. The winning... Read more

Alice appointed MWF program manager

Editor Jessica Alice has joined the Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) as the festival’s program manager. Alice replaces former program manager Jo Case, who has moved... Read more

Redgum to publish winners of 2016 Young Writers’ Award

Children’s book imprint Redgum will publish the winners of its 2016 Young Writers’ Award this month. The two books are Heart of a Home, an... Read more

Hachette UK mentorships target diversity among senior management team

In the UK, Hachette is introducing a diverse leaders mentoring scheme to target diversity in its senior management team, reports the Bookseller. The scheme is... Read more

Single-sentence novel ‘Solar Bones’ wins 2016 Goldsmiths Prize

In the UK, Irish author Mike McCormack’s Solar Bones (Tramp Press) has won the 2016 Goldsmiths Prize for recognising fiction ‘at its most novel’, reports... Read more

Canadian licensing agency warns educational royalties could drop by 55% in 2017

In Canada, the national licensing agency Access Copyright has warned that royalties could fall from C$11m (A$10.75m) in 2016 to C$5m (A$4.88m) in 2017 due... Read more

PRH to help employees with student loan repayments

In the US, Penguin Random House (PRH) has launched a student loan repayment assistance program, which will contribute up to US$1200 (A$1588) annually towards student... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Children’s—Alex Adsett Publishing Services has sold world rights to Quark’s Academy of Questionable Science (Catherine Pelosi) to Hachette for publication in August 2017; and world rights... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

This week’s top 10 bestsellers has a new number one. Jeff Kinney’s Double Down: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Puffin) has debuted in first place,... Read more

Rebekah Clarkson’s ‘Barking Dogs’ x

‘Each story is a glimpse into the private struggles and quiet hopes of its residents, old and new. Strung together, they form a distinctly Australian... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘I am sad that not much has changed since the second-wave of feminism in the seventies argued that the personal is political. I watch young mothers in the publishing industry today and realise nothing has changed’Melbourne University Publishing CEO Louise Adler, quoted in The Return of Print?


RiP James McNeish x

New Zealand author and playwright James McNeish has died, aged 85. McNeish was the author of nine novels, 14 nonfiction works, four plays and a... Read more

RiP Patsy Rowe x

Queensland author and former marketing manager at New Holland Publishers Patsy Rowe has died. Rowe specialised in books on etiquette and engaged in several speaking... Read more

Campbelltown Council exploring library programs for children with autism

Campbelltown Council in Sydney will run a trial program for children with autism, reports the Daily Telegraph. A motion for the council to prepare a... Read more

EU ruling on e-lending concerns European publishers

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), the chief judicial authority of the EU, has ruled that lending of digital books in libraries... Read more

Is female leadership in publishing impeded by motherhood? x

In an edited extract from The Return of Print? Contemporary Australian Publishing (ed by Aaron Mannion & Emmett Stinson, Monash University Publishing), Sydney writer and... Read more

CBCA 2017 Children’s Book of the Year Awards: entries closing soon x

Applications for the 2017 CBCA Children’s Book of the Year Awards will close on Wednesday 30 November 2016. The CBCA urges publishers to submit their... Read more

2016 Express Media Fundraising Gala x

Express Media will host its 2016 Fundraising Gala from 6pm on Saturday 26 November at the Moat Bar and Restaurant in Melbourne. The Gala will... Read more

Indigenous Literacy Foundation Fundraiser: Annual Trivia Night Melbourne x

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation’s annual Trivia Night will be held on Wednesday 30 November 2016 from 6pm to 9pm at the Fitzroy Town Hall. The... Read more

Crichton Award 2017: entries closing soon x

Applications for the 2017 Crichton Award for New Illustrators will close on Wednesday 30 November 2016. Administered by the Victorian branch of the Children’s Book Council... Read more

Australian Book Design Awards 2017: entries open x

Entries for the 65th Australian Book Design Awards are now open. The competition is open to books designed and published for the first time in... Read more

Promote your Christmas marketing campaigns here x

Publishers, would you like to let the book trade know about your Christmas marketing campaigns, media mentions and reprints? Place a classified ad in the Weekly Book Newsletter for $1.43 per word and $44 per cover image (incl. GST). To submit a classified ad online, click here. For display advertising, contact Fi Tunnicliff at advertising@thorpe.com.au.


Herron Books Post Christmas Sale x

161109-herron-logoHerron are the specialists for all mall sale, temp sites and promotional areas for high stockturning quality titles. We have countless great remainders and promotional titles this year! Since we are coming into post Christmas, now is the time to contact us; simply let us know your budget and/or area and we will take care of the rest. It is certain to be a success with all stock priced, fully SOR and electronic invoicing available.

Herron wishes to thank all customers that have already submitted their post Christmas sale commitments; it is an honour to serve you all.

Please call 07 3399 8799 or email sales@herronbooks.com.


‘The Birdman’s Wife’ by Melissa Ashley x

birdmansTitle: The Birdman’s Wife
Author: Melissa Ashley
Publisher: Affirm Press
Price: 32.99
ISBN: 9781925344998
Distributor: UBD
‘Not only is The Birdman’s Wife fine fiction, but it is a thing of beauty as an object,’ one reviewer commented.
Widely regarded as one of the most beautiful books published this Christmas, Affirm Press is delighted to have sold through its significant initial print run of Melissa Ashley’s debut novel.
The book is now out of stock but a reprint is due at UBD on Monday 21 November. Orders to UBD or contact your Simon & Schuster sales representative.

Contact details

Name: Keiran Rogers
Company: Affirm Press
Phone: 86959639

UQP Celebrates a Double Win at Prime Minister’s Literary Awards x

UQP congratulates its two winners in the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards; Sarah Holland-Batt in the poetry category for her acclaimed volume The Hazards and Karen Lamb in the non-fiction category for Thea Astley: Inventing her own Weather.

To top up stock of The Hazards (ISBN 978-0-7022-5359-1) or Thea Astley: Inventing her own Weather (ISBN 978-0-7022-5356-0), contact United Book Distributors on 1800 33 88 36.


NewSouth Congratulates Lisa Gorton on the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards x

NewSouth is delighted to congratulate Lisa Gorton for The Life of Houses (Giramondo) which was the joint winner of the fiction award at the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. For orders, please contact TL Distribution on P: 02 8778 9900 or E: orders@tldistribution.com.au.


ProQuest Australia and New Zealand Data Cleanse Project x

In order for ProQuest to ensure that we effectively communicate with our customers, it’s vital that we have the correct details on file.

To achieve this we are undertaking a major project that will see us contact every customer within the Australia and New Zealand region asking you to take a minute to check and confirm your details or, where necessary, amend and return to us.

The project will be email-based to start with and will run for four weeks. The email will come from ProQuest’s Customer Experience Regional Support Manager Spencer Pixton and will be pre-populated with your contact details, so please keep your eye out for it.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to help us update our information thereby helping to improve our communications with you.




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