‘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 had an effect on retail’—Murdoch Books sales and marketing director Matt Hoy on why he thinks the Christmas rush has come later this year. Publishers and booksellers can respond to Books+Publishing’s annual pre-Christmas survey here.
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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 Hate Race (9780733632280, $32.99) and Songs of a War Boy (9780733636523, $32.99) in the Non-Fiction category; Carrying the World (9780733636400, $26.99) in the Poetry category; and The Bone Sparrow (9780734417138, $19.99) in the Young Adult category.
All of these books are currently in stock at Alliance Distribution Services and can be ordered by calling (02) 4390 1300 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The fellowship will support an established Australian writer to create new work within Australia’s leading interdisciplinary centre dedicated to easing the global burden of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and related conditions through innovative research and teaching.
The fellowship will be for one year (2017-2018), and will include:
a grant of AUD $100,000
an Honorary Appointment at the University of Sydney
a base in the Charles Perkins Centre Research and Education Hub
full library access, and
the opportunity to meet and work with a diverse range of researchers, educators and clinicians at the Charles Perkins Centre.
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 a long and illustrious career in children’s publishing as Head of Children’s Books at Random House Australia. Nancy was previously Executive Editor, Dial Books for Young Readers at Penguin New York, and Senior Editor, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers at Hachette New York. Maryann Ballantyne will continue in her role as Publisher of the award-winning Black Dog Books imprint.
Angela Van Den Belt, President of WBA, says ‘Our local lists are very much part of our growth plans and I am thrilled to have Linsay and Nancy join us.’
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 Curtis Brown. The Rúin is scheduled for publication in Australia in March 2018. Rights have also been sold in the UK, Ireland and Germany with more territories expected to follow.
The Rúin introduces DI Cormac Reilly, who has left a high-flying Dublin career to return to Galway where he is confronted with resentful colleagues and a haunting case from twenty years prior. This highly addictive novel is the first in a compelling new series from a fresh voice.
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