Weekly Book Newsletter
7 December 2016

Please complete our pre-Christmas survey: Last chance

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: Updated

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
 

Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 2017 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards for 2017 have been announced. The shortlisted books in each category are: Fiction Between a Wolf and... Read more
 

Novak launches literary agency x

Former Text publicity manager Jane Novak has launched a literary agency following the retirement of literary agent Barbara Mobbs. Novak told Books+Publishing that ‘almost all... Read more
 

 

Kaminsky wins 2016 Voss Literary Prize

Author and doctor Leah Kaminsky has won the 2016 Voss Literary Prize for her debut novel The Waiting Room (Vintage). The Voss Literary Prize is... Read more
 

talking to my country

 

Grant wins 2016 Walkley Book Award

Journalist and author Stan Grant has won the 2016 Walkley Book Award for his memoir Talking to My Country (HarperCollins). Grant was chosen from a... Read more
 

 

Moriarty tops fiction category in 2016 Goodreads Awards

Liane Moriarty’s Truly Madly Guilty (Pan Macmillan) has won the fiction category in the Goodreads Choice Awards Best Books of 2016. Moriarty won the category with... Read more
 

 

Lefevre named Adelaide Uni’s Coetzee Centre Writer in Residence

South Australian author Carol Lefevre has been chosen as the second Copyright Agency J M Coetzee Writing Fellow at the University of Adelaide. The $30,000... Read more
 

writingWA launches campaign in support of literature funding, awareness x

writingWA has launched a campaign to raise awareness of the writing and publishing sector and the inequity of its funding compared to other art forms,... Read more
 

HGE announces 2016 Ampersand Prize shortlist

Hardie Grant Egmont has announced the shortlist for its 2016 Ampersand Prize for unpublished YA and middle-grade authors. The five shortlisted authors and their works... Read more
 

 

Binks sells first book as literary agent

Danielle Binks has sold her first manuscript as ‘agent-at-large’ with Jacinta Dimase Management. Binks sold world rights to Aboriginal writer and academic Graham Akhurst’s debut... Read more
 

Copyright Agency launches celebrity copyright campaign

The Copyright Agency and APRA AMCOS, which supports Australian music creators, have launched a celebrity social media campaign ‘aimed at encouraging Australian audiences to respect... Read more
 

 

Knight appointed Walker Books publisher x

Linsay Knight has been appointed to the newly created position of publisher at Walker Books Australia and New Zealand. Knight previously held the role of... Read more
 

Xoum announces inaugural XO Romance Prize shortlist

Xoum Publishing has announced the shortlist for its inaugural XO Romance Prize for an unpublished manuscript. The shortlisted works and their authors are: Wendy Lee... Read more
 

 

Inaugural Horne Prize shortlist announced

The Saturday Paper and cosmetics company Aesop have announced the shortlist for the inaugural $15,000 Horne Prize for essay writing. The shortlisted writers are: Chelsea... Read more
 

ASA emerging writers, illustrators mentorship recipients announced

The 13 participants selected for the Australian Society of Authors (ASA) Emerging Writers and Illustrators Mentorship program have been announced. The recipients of the 12... Read more
 

‘ABR’ Books of the Year issue surveys publishers, writers

The Australian Book Review (ABR) has asked a dozen publishers to nominate their favourite books of 2016 published by other houses for a feature in... Read more
 

Readings Foundation grant recipients 2017

The Readings Foundation has chosen 10 Victorian organisations to share $128,349 worth of grants in 2017. The grant recipients are: African Communities Foundation Australia: $15,000... Read more
 

Philanthropic organisations to fund arts advocacy program x

Australian philanthropic organisations the Myer Foundation, the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation and the Keir Foundation are offering $1.65 million for the establishment of an Australian... Read more
 

Steve Jones leaves ABA

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has announced that marketing and conference manager Steve Jones has left the ABA to pursue other interests. ABA CEO Joel... Read more
 

Deborah Cass Prize 2016 shortlist announced

Writers Victoria has announced the shortlist for the second Deborah Cass Prize for emerging writers from migrant backgrounds. The shortlisted writers and their works are:... Read more
 

‘Books+Publishing’ reviews: 242 reviews published in 2016; 66% of titles written by women x

Books+Publishing has conducted an overview of its book reviews from 2016 to analyse the representation of female and male authors. In total, 242 pre-publication reviews... Read more
 

Quote of the week x

‘I think the world has been quite focussed on politics at home and abroad this past six months. With so much uncertainly about, it’s certainly... Read more
 

Rights round-up x

Nonfiction—Black Inc. has sold US and UK rights to Thinking Machines: The Future of Artificial Intelligence (Toby Walsh) to Prometheus Books and Hurst, respectively; world... Read more
 

 

Bestsellers this week x

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (J K Rowling, Hachette) holds on to the top spot in this week’s top 10 bestsellers, followed by... Read more
 

Abrams pulls ‘intentionally offensive’ book after social media response

In the UK and US, publisher Abrams is discontinuing publication of Bad Little Children’s Books after criticism on social media over the book’s ‘unabashedly un-PC, rude,... Read more
 

FutureBook Award 2016 winners announced

In the UK, the Bookseller has announced the winners of this year’s FutureBook Innovation Awards. Pan Macmillan digital communications director Sara Lloyd was named Digital... Read more
 

Tax likely to come down on ebooks in the EU

Ebooks sold in the European Union are likely to face a lower VAT (value-added tax) next year following the European Commission’s (EC) proposal to ‘enable... Read more
 

 

De Luca wins 2016 Bad S-x in Fiction Award

Italian author Erri De Luca has recieved the 2016 Bad S-x in Fiction award, the Literary Review’s annual prize for ‘poorly written, perfunctory or redundant... Read more
 

 

New Hawkins novel publishing in April

In the UK, Doubleday has announced details of a new novel by Paula Hawkins, the bestselling author of The Girl on the Train, to be... Read more
 

TAFE promises consultation over changes to Ultimo library x

TAFE NSW has said it will consult with staff and students over changes to Sydney’s Ultimo TAFE library, after the Australian Library and Information Association... Read more
 

‘The Cow Tripped Over the Moon’ to be read for National Simultaneous Storytime 2017

Tony Wilson and Laura Wood’s The Cow Tripped over the Moon (Scholastic) will be read for National Simultaneous Storytime 2017, the Australian Library and Information... Read more
 

British Library acquires Wodehouse archive x

The British Library has acquired the PG Wodehouse archive, a collection of papers formerly held by the PG Wodehouse estate, reports the Guardian. The archive... Read more
 

Chicago Public Library offers free content to commuters x

In the USA, travellers using Chicago’s railways can browse a variety of free digital content using a smartphone or other digital device, reports Time Out... Read more
 

Drawing from experience: An interview with Quarto director Marcus Leaver x

International publisher Quarto—which partners with Murdoch Books in Australia—celebrated its 40th birthday this year. Portia Lindsay spoke to director Marcus Leaver about artistry and innovation... Read more
 

Small publisher spotlight: Rag and Bone Man Press x

Founded in 2011, Rag and Bone Man Press is a Melbourne-based not-for-profit publisher whose aim is to ‘track down, gather and publish unique collections of... Read more
 

Jeff Sparrow’s ‘In Search of Paul Robeson’ x

‘Fascinating, instructive and full of astute observations on race and politics, In Search of Paul Robeson will appeal to readers passionate about social justice and the... Read more
 

Hachette Australia Congratulates VPLA Shortlisted Authors x

Our congratulations to Maxine Beneba Clarke, Zana Fraillon, Deng Adut and Ben Mckelvey for their shortlistings in the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, for The... Read more

The Charles Perkins Centre: Writer in Residence Fellowship 2017 x

The Charles Perkins Centre Writer in Residence Fellowship 2017 has been made possible thanks to the generosity of its inaugural Patron, Judy Harris. The fellowship... Read more

Key Publishing Appointments at Walker Books Australia x

Walker Books Australia and New Zealand (WBA) has made two key publishing appointments—Linsay Knight as Publisher, and Nancy Conescu as Executive Commissioning Editor. Linsay has... Read more

Christmas comes early for HarperCollins x

HarperCollins Publishers Australia is celebrating the acquisition of The Rúin by debut Australian author Dervla McTiernan in an exciting two-book deal with Tara Wynne at... Read more

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