Weekly Book Newsletter
23 November 2016

Christmas closing list: submissions due this Monday 28 November x

Publishers and distributors are asked to advise Books+Publishing of their Christmas closing dates by 5pm this Monday 28 November. A full list will appear in the Weekly... Read more

Landers wins 2016 Waverley Library Award

Filmmaker and historian Rachel Landers has won the 2016 Waverley Library Award for Literature, known as the ‘Nib’, for her book Who Bombed the Hilton? (NewSouth).... Read more

Lester awarded 2016 Dromkeen Medal

Children’s book author Alison Lester has been awarded the 2016 Dromkeen Medal at a presentation at the State Library of Victoria (SLV). Lester is the... Read more

Copyright Agency announces shortlist for Author Fellowship

The Copyright Agency has announced the shortlist for its 2016 Author Fellowship, worth $80,000. The shortlisted authors and their proposed works are: Georgia Blain, for... Read more

Deakin academics to research teen reading habits x

A team of seven researchers at Melbourne’s Deakin University is working on a study of Australian adolescents’ recreational reading habits in the digital era. Researcher Leonie... Read more

UWAP to drop awards submissions in 2017 x

University of Western Australia Publishing (UWAP) will no longer enter its titles for Australian book awards from 2017. UWAP director Terri-ann White said in a... Read more

Former Pan Mac commissioning editor launches agency x

Former Pan Macmillan fiction commissioning editor Haylee Nash has launched The Nash Agency, offering editing services and representation to aspiring and established authors. Nash told... Read more

New owner for Mary Martin Southgate

Medical researcher Jaye Chin-Dusting has purchased Mary Martin Bookshop in Southgate, Melbourne, from the previous owners Graham and Margaret Brookes, who have decided to retire... Read more

Australian, NZ authors on 2017 International Dublin longlist

Ten books by Australian authors and six by New Zealand authors have been longlisted for the 2017 International DUBLIN Literary Award. Books by Australian authors... Read more

Australian romance readers’ survey released; erotica and rural romance decline in popularity

The Australian Romance Readers Association (ARRA) has released the results of its annual readers’ survey, based on 275 respondents. This year’s survey saw a drop... Read more

Carter to be adapted for BBC radio’s ‘Crime Down Under’ season

Fremantle Press has sold radio dramatisation rights to Alan Carter’s first book in the ‘Cato Kwong’ series, Prime Cut, to BBC radio drama in the... Read more

Scarlet Stiletto Short Story Award 2016 winners announced

True crime author Ruth Wykes has won the 2016 Scarlet Stiletto Short Story Award, presented at Sisters in Crime’s 25th anniversary convention in Melbourne on... Read more

ABC’s ‘The Book Club’ to host year-end special

ABC TV’s The Book Club will present an hour-long special program on Tuesday, 13 December to discuss 2016’s best books. The ‘Five of the Best... Read more

New Zealand Book Awards 2017 longlists announced

The longlists for the 2017 New Zealand Book Awards have been announced. The longlisted titles in each category are: Fiction The Wish Child (Catherine Chidgey,... Read more

Booktopia makes ‘BRW’ Fast 100 for the seventh time

Online bookseller Booktopia has made the Business Review Weekly’s (BRW) annual Fast 100 for the seventh time. Booktopia’s revenue grew from $12m in 2011 to... Read more

Drury, Hannam and Walsh awarded NSW Sales Rep of the Year awards

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has announced the winners of its 2016 NSW Sales Rep of the Year awards. Simon & Schuster’s Kay Drury and... Read more

Harry Hartog opens seventh store

Independent bookselling chain Harry Hartog has opened its seventh store at Warringah Mall in Brookvale in Sydney’s northern beaches. The bookstore, which opened on 17... Read more

Hall wins Charlotte Waring Barton Award for an unpublished children’s author

Danika Hall has won the 2016 Charlotte Waring Barton Award, presented annually by the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) NSW branch to an unpublished... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘To demonstrate a concern for the health of Australian cultural life, the government could either abolish parallel import restrictions and provide compensatory support … or... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction—Black Inc. has sold world audio rights to Woman of Substances (Jenny Valentish) to Wavesound. Exisle has sold Arabic-language rights Mindful Relationships  (Richard Chambers... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

This week’s two highest new entries, Lee Child’s Night School (Bantam) and David Walliams’ The Midnight Gang (HarperCollins), have debuted in second and third spots... Read more

National Book Award 2016 winners announced

In the US, the winners of the 2016 National Book Awards have been announced. Colson Whitehead won the fiction award for The Underground Railroad (Fleet),... Read more

Sands wins 2016 Baillie Gifford prize for nonfiction

Philippe Sands has won the 2016 Baillie Gifford Prize for nonfiction, formerly known as the Samuel Johnson Prize, for East West Street (Weidenfeld & Nicolson).... Read more

Wheatle wins ‘Guardian’ children’s fiction prize

Alex Wheatle has won the 2016 Guardian children’s fiction prize for his YA novel Crongton Knights (Atom Books), the second book in a planned trilogy... Read more

BAME prize chair labels publishers ‘pathetic’ after lack of submissions to inaugural award

In the UK, the chair of the inaugural £1000 (A$1695) Jhalak prize for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) writers has called publishers ‘pathetic’ after... Read more

‘How Machines Work’ wins Royal Society young people’s book prize

In the UK, David Macaulay’s How Machines Work (Dorling Kindersley) has won the Royal Society young people’s book prize for the best science books for... Read more

Bloomsbury launches literary crime and thriller imprint

Bloomsbury has launched a new imprint that specialises in literary crime, thrillers and suspense, called Raven Books. The imprint, led by UK-based editorial director Alison... Read more

Bad S-x in Fiction Award 2016 shortlist announced

In the UK, the Literary Review has announced the books shortlisted for the 2016 Bad S-x in Fiction Award. The six shortlisted titles are: A... Read more

Steed awarded 2016 Dromkeen Librarian’s Award x

The State Library of Victoria (SLV) has presented this year’s Dromkeen Librarian’s Award to Sarah Steed, senior manager of content and engagement for Libraries ACT.... Read more

Woman paid $1500 to read ‘Don Quixote’ at the NLA x

Canberra woman Moira Christie will be paid $1500 to read Don Quixote as part of the National Library of Australia’s (NLA) Money to Read program,... Read more

Sydney Uni library offers fine amnesty by donating to Koori Centre x

The University of Sydney is offering a reduction in fines on overdue library items, with the proceeds being donated to the Koori Centre to support... Read more

Melbourne CBD building to include ‘highly curated’ street-level public library

A 70-storey residential and commercial building approved for the Melbourne CBD will include a street-level public library run in collaboration with Victoria University, reports Architecture Australia.... Read more

Choose your own adventures: 2017 children’s and YA preview x

Each year we ask publishers to tell us about their most anticipated titles for 2017. Read about their top children’s and YA titles from the latest... Read more

Vikki Wakefield’s ‘Ballad for a Mad Girl’ x

‘Ballad for a Mad Girl is a departure of sorts for Vikki Wakefield, who is better known for writing gritty urban reality than supernatural thrillers.... Read more

Bonnier to distribute Big Picture Press, Templar, Studio Press and Blink Publishing x

Publishers: Big Picture Press, Templar, Studio Press, Blink Publishing New distributor: Bonnier Publishing Australia Changeover date: 1 January 2017 Please note that Bonnier Publishing Australia... Read more

New ad sizes and rates for ‘Books+Publishing’ in 2017 x

In 2017, the Books+Publishing website, Weekly Book Newsletter and other newsletters will be relaunched with new ad sizes and rates. Among the changes, the box... Read more

Peter Helliar’s 2017 debut children’s book cover revealed x

Hardie Grant Egmont is thrilled to reveal the cover for Peter Helliar’s first-ever children’s novel, Frankie Fish and the Sonic Suitcase, releasing 1st March 2017.

WBA’s Anne Walsh wins NSW City Sales Rep of the Year 2016 x

Walker Books Australia congratulates their Sydney rep, Anne Walsh, on her win for the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) NSW City Sales Rep of the Year... Read more

Walker Books Australia announces Walker Wednesday x

Walker Books Australia is excited to announce a new submission process open to all authors with unpublished manuscripts. Walker Wednesday will allow budding authors to... Read more

NewSouth Congratulates Rachel Landers on The Nib: Waverley Library Award for Literature 2016 x

NewSouth is thrilled to congratulate Rachel Landers for winning The Nib: Waverley Library Award for Literature 2016 for Who Bombed the Hilton? In this book Landers unpicks... Read more

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