Weekly Book Newsletter
30 November 2016

Please complete our pre-Christmas survey x

Books+Publishing is currently conducting its annual pre-Christmas survey of booksellers and publishers. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey online. Booksellers If you... Read more

Christmas closing list 2016 x

Company Last day of business in 2016 First day of business in 2017 Allen & Unwin Friday 23 December (Closing 1pm) Tuesday 3 January Alliance... Read more

Christmas closing list: Final chance to submit dates x

Publishers and distributors have one more chance to advise the Weekly Book Newsletter of their Christmas closing dates by 5pm this Friday 2 December. If your business doesn’t... Read more

Pollock appointed CEO of BWF organisation UPLIT

Zoe Pollock has been appointed CEO of UPLIT, the new name of the Brisbane Writers Festival (BWF) organisation. Pollock, who was previously head of development... Read more

Lucashenko wins Copyright Agency fellowship; $115m distributed to members in 2015-16

Melissa Lucashenko has been named the 2016 Copyright Agency Cultural Fund Author Fellow, worth $80,000 after the prize money doubled from its inaugural year in... Read more

UWAP announces Dorothy Hewett Award 2016 shortlist

UWA Publishing has announced the shortlist for the 2016 Dorothy Hewett Award for an unpublished manuscript. The shortlisted authors and their works are: Anne-Marie Priest... Read more


German thriller ‘Fear’ generates international interest for Text x

Text Publishing has sold UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding ANZ and Canada) to Dirk Kurbjuweit’s Fear to Orion in an eight-publisher auction, brokered by Sarah... Read more

Holland-Batt awarded Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship

Poet Sarah Holland-Batt has been awarded a Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship, worth $160,000 tax-free over two years. Holland-Batt is the author of two poetry collections,... Read more

Pizzinga wins 2016 ABA Vic Rep of the Year

Anthony Pizzinga from Penguin Random House was named as this year’s Victorian Rep of the Year at the Australian Booksellers Association’s (ABA) Victorian booksellers and... Read more


Authors with ‘common themes’ form writers collective Subterranean Ink x

Four Australian authors whose work shares ‘common themes’ have created a writers collective to improve their chances of reaching bookstores. Brendan Murphy, who is contracted... Read more

Bloomsbury hosts character performances for ‘Harry Potter’ book events x

Bloomsbury Australia will mark the 20th anniversary of ‘Harry Potter’ in 2017 with a series of book events and festival performances by theatre artist Nadia... Read more

Publishing software company Typefi wins Australian Export Award

Queensland-based publishing software company Typefi has won the Small Business category at the Australian Export Awards, which were hosted by Austrade and the Australian Chamber... Read more

Inaugural Writing NSW grants announced

The NSW Writers’ Centre has announced the recipients of its inaugural Writing NSW Grants for early career writers, an emerging writing organisation, and a writer... Read more

‘Overland’ Story Wine Prize winners announced

The winners of the 2016 Overland Story Wine Prize have been announced. Melbourne-based writer Cameron Watson won the $4000 first prize for his piece ‘Sweeping’,... Read more

Campus Bookselling Award winners announced

The Australian Campus Booksellers Association (ACBA) has announced the recipients of its annual booksellers awards. Supplier Customer Service Person of the Year Awards (joint winners)... Read more


‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ tops A&R readers poll

Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird finished on top of Angus & Robertson Bookworld’s ‘Top 130 Books Ever’ readers’ poll, run for the first time... Read more

New Zealand Education Awards winners 2016 announced

The winners of the New Zealand Content Counts Education Awards 2016 have been announced. The winners in each category are: Primary Toitoi: A Journal for... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘I think there is a need for generational change in several big and medium-size Australian publishers, and a program such as this—which bridges the gap... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Text has sold Czech and Brazilian rights to The Best of Adam Sharp (Graeme Simsion) to Mlada Fronta and Record, respectively; Italian and Taiwanese... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

The original screenplay of J K Rowling’s latest ‘Harry Potter’ outing, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Little Brown) has debuted at the top... Read more

Oxford Literary Festival commits to paying authors after backlash

In the UK, the Oxford Literary Festival has ‘rebalanced its budgets’ and will pay authors £150 to speak at its 2017 festival and for all... Read more

Children’s book sales up 15% in China; publishers warn of overcrowded market

In China, sales of children’s books are up 15% year-on-year in value terms in 2016 to date, on the back of double-digit surges in recent... Read more

Finnegan wins Sports Book of the Year Award for ‘Barbarian Days’

In the UK, US journalist and author William Finnegan has won the £28,000 (A$46,900) William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award for his surfing... Read more


Essay collection by BAME writers voted Britain’s favourite book of 2016

The Good Immigrant (ed by Nikesh Shukla), an essay collection written by emerging black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) writers, has been voted Britain’s favourite... Read more

Lonely Planet increases turnover in 2015

Lonely Planet has released its full-year results for the 2015, revealing a 6.7% growth in turnover from £16.1m (A$27.1m) in 2014 to £17.2m (A$28.9m) in... Read more


‘Financial Times’ Business Book of the Year winner announced

In the UK, Sebastian Mallaby’s The Man Who Knew (Bloomsbury) has won the 2016 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year award. Chosen... Read more

Costa Book Awards 2016 shortlists announced

In the UK, the shortlists for the 2016 Costa Book Awards have been announced. The four titles shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award are: This... Read more

Ayres appointed NLA director-general

Marie-Louise Ayres has been appointed as director-general of the National Library of Australia for a five-year term. Ayres has served in senior management roles at... Read more

SLQ wins Gallery and Museum Achievement Award for ‘Peace and Quiet’ exhibition x

The State Library of Queensland’s signature program team have won the engagement category at the 2016 Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards (GAMAA) for the exhibition... Read more

ALIA joins Professions Australia

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has joined Professions Australia, the peak body for professional associations. ALIA CEO Sue McKerracher said it joined as... Read more

Ireland to roll out 23 more ‘staffless’ libraries

Ireland will expand its ‘staffless’ library scheme to a further 23 libraries in 2017, reports the Irish Times. Under the ‘My Open Library’ initiative, libraries... Read more

Sharing knowledge: Keiran Rogers and Greg Browne on the Small Press Network mentorship program x

Earlier this year, the Small Press Network (SPN) launched a mentorship program that matched eight Victoria-based SPN members with established publishing professionals. One of the... Read more

Small publisher spotlight: Subterranean Ink x

Melbourne-based writers’ collective Subterranean Ink is made up of four Australian authors whose work shares ‘common themes’. ‘By coming together, we create not only a... Read more

Trace Balla’s ‘Thank You Dish’ x

‘Thank You Dish is a whimsical picture book from Trace Balla, author and illustrator of Rivertime and Rockhopping. The book centres on Grace and Mama,... Read more

ILF Annual Trivia Night Melbourne tonight x

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

ABDA End of Year Drinks x

The Australian Book Designers Association (ABDA) is holding two End of Year Drinks events to celebrate the organisation’s third year. The Sydney event will be... Read more

United Book Distributors service changes for Christmas/New Year period x

United Book Distributors wishes to advise the following service changes for the Christmas/New year period. From 14 November 2016 to 1 January 2017, the minimum... Read more

Recall Notice: ‘An Almond for a Parrot’, HarperCollins Australia x

Pages 246 and 247 of Wray Delaney’s An Almond for a Parrot, ISBN 9780008182564, are blank. HarperCollins Publishers Australia are issuing a recall notice for... Read more

Lonely Planet Christmas Delivery Cut Off Dates x

The last days for guaranteed delivery before Christmas are: 16 December for WA & Perth 19 December for QLD, SA, NT, VIC, NSW, Brisbane &... Read more

Madonna Duffy has been appointed Acting CEO of The University of Queensland Press x

Madonna Duffy has over 25 years’ experience in publishing in Australia and the UK. She has previously worked for publishers such as Pan Macmillan and... Read more

Thames & Hudson to distribute Tara Books x

Thames & Hudson Australia are pleased to announce that they are now distributing Tara Books for the first time in Australia. Tara Books, an independent... Read more

Dennis Lillee Reprint in Stock 6 December x

Affirm Press is delighted to announce that a reprint of Dennis Lillee: The Illustrated Autobiography will be arriving at UBD on Tuesday, 6 December. There... Read more

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