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8 February 2017

Changes to ‘Books+Publishing’ logins

Books+Publishing has recently made changes to its login system to limit subscribers from sharing usernames and passwords. Under the new system, subscribers (using their personal... Read more
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Stella Prize 2017 longlist announced

The longlist for the 2017 Stella Prize has been announced. This year’s longlisted titles are: Victoria: The Queen (Julia Baird, HarperCollins) Between a Wolf and... Read more

Tonner wins Finch Memoir Prize for ‘Cold Vein’

Anne Tonner has won the 2017 Finch Memoir Prize for her manuscript ‘Cold Vein’, an account of her daughter’s battle with anorexia. Judge Maggie Mackellar... Read more
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Magabala to release teaching resources for Indigenous stories x

Indigenous publisher Magabala Books has used a $33,550 grant from the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund to create teaching resources for Indigenous stories, to be delivered... Read more


WAYRBA 2017 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2017 West Australian Young Readers’ Book Awards (WAYRBA) have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Picture books Thelma... Read more
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ABA, APA to host forum for indie authors, booksellers and publishers

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) and Australian Publishers Association (APA) are hosting a forum for independent booksellers, publishers and authors in Melbourne on 20 February.... Read more

Buck Mulligan’s to host ‘Writers Under the Influence’ author series x

Melbourne bar and bookshop Buck Mulligan’s will host a monthly author reading called ‘Writers Under the Influence’, with local writers reading from their favourite authors... Read more

Wheelers receive Lifetime Achievement Award from UN tourism agency

The United Nations Tourism Organisation has awarded Lonely Planet founders Tony and Maureen Wheeler its annual Lifetime Achievement Award. The Wheelers are the 13th recipient... Read more

NZ online children’s books magazine ‘Sapling’ reaches crowdfunding goal

A New Zealand online magazine about children’s books has reached its NZ$10,000 (A$9546) crowdfunding goal just over a week into its month-long campaign. The Sapling... Read more


Previously banned NZ YA novel ‘Into the River’ optioned for film

New Zealand author Ted Dawe’s YA novel Into the River (Penguin), which the Film and Literature Board of Review temporarily banned in 2015, has been... Read more

Whittaker, Isemonger win ‘Overland’ Judith Wright Poetry Prize

Alison Whittaker and Holly Isemonger have been jointly awarded the 2016 Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets. Whittaker won the prize... Read more

National Literacy Trust finds widespread literacy ‘crisis’ across England

New analysis by the UK’s National Literacy Trust (NLT) has found ‘serious literacy issues’ in the vast majority of England’s constituencies, reports the Bookseller. The... Read more

Shortlist announced for UK’s inaugural BAME prize

The shortlist for the UK’s inaugural Jhalak Prize for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) writers has been announced, reports the Guardian. The shortlisted titles... Read more

Waterstones plans 10-store expansion in 2017

Waterstones MD James Daunt has told the Bookseller that the UK bookselling chain will open ‘at least’ 10 new shops in 2017. As previously reported... Read more

Print book volume down 6.4% in Canada in 2016

Print book sales have declined in Canada in 2016, with print book volume down 6.4% and value down 3.5% on the previous year, reports Publishers... Read more

‘Better standards of bookselling’ helps Waterstones post first profit in five years

UK bookselling chain Waterstones has posted its first profit in five years, reports the Bookseller. Reporting for 270 stores, Waterstones posted a profit of £17.6m... Read more

PRH, Hachette and ‘PW’ to fund PEN membership fees under Trump

In the US, Penguin Random House (PRH), Hachette Book Group (Hachette) and Publishers Weekly will pay half of each of their employees’ membership fees to PEN... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Lyn Tranter at Australian Literary Management has sold the film option to The Legacy (Kirsten Tranter) to producer Karen Radzyner and director Kate Riedl... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

The film tie-in edition of Lion: A Long Way Home (Saroo Brierley, Penguin) has entered the top 10 bestsellers chart in third place this week... Read more

Krissy Kneen’s ‘An Uncertain Grace’ x

‘An Uncertain Grace is a powerful story told in five parts through the eyes of five characters from the present day to a post-climate-change world... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘All of the books are topical and many of them address urgent national issues with particular relevance to women, at a time when women are fighting to be politically seen and heard, and to secure their positions in the public sphere’judge chair Brenda Walker on the Stella Prize longlist



New ‘Books+Publishing’ reviews out now

Books+Publishing’s latest Reviews newsletter contains 12 reviews of books publishing in February and March 2017. Two books scored 4.5 stars—Jane Rawson’s From the Wreck (Transit... Read more

Lyndall appointed ALIA VP-elect

Lyndall Osborn has been voted vice president-elect of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) board. Lyndall will assume the role following the ALIA general... Read more

Volunteer-run library ‘agencies’ replace mobile service around Bendigo

The Goldfields Library Corporation in regional Victoria has opened the first of seven new volunteer-run library agencies, which will replace its mobile library service, reports... Read more

US librarians critical of changes to internet policy, fear funding cuts x

In the US, librarians have criticised the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) decision to revoke an Obama-led initiative to provide discounted broadband services to low-income consumers,... Read more

UK library usage down 30% since 2005 x

In the UK, new government figures show adult public library usage is down by almost 30% since 2005, reports the Bookseller. The culture, media and... Read more

A life re-examined: Jeff Sparrow on ‘No Way But This: In Search of Paul Robeson’ x

Jeff Sparrow’s book on African-American singer, actor and political activist Paul Robeson combines ‘essay, journalism, history and biography to produce something engaging, original and insightful’.... Read more

Small publisher spotlight: Griffith Review x

Launched in 2003 and based at Brisbane’s Griffith University, the Griffith Review publishes quarterly books around a topical theme, combining essays, memoir, reportage, short fiction,... Read more

APA: Between the Covers, Behind the Counter—Children’s Bookselling and Publishing x

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) in conjunction with the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) will hold a one-day seminar on children’s publishing and bookselling, on Wednesday... Read more

Now available: an updated edition of the definitive biography of the 45th president of the United States x

The latest print run of Trump Revealed features a new cover and includes an additional 7,000-word section written post-election. Written by a team of award-winning Washington Post journalists and co-authored by investigative political reporter Michael Kranish and senior editor Marc Fisher, this is an authoritative and essential insight into the man and global brand.

ISBN 9781471159718, RRP $35.00. Simon & Schuster Australia, trade orders to United Book Distributors.


The Walker Books Group acquires new picture book from award-winning team Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen x

The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse to be published October 2017.

Bestselling picture book creators Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen will debut a standalone picture book in spring of 2017, the Walker Books Group announced today. The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse will be released in Australia in October 2017. With multiple New York Times bestsellers and multiple awards between them, Barnett and Klassen have become one of the most dynamic duos in children’s literature.

In this unparalleled new comedy, a woeful mouse is swallowed by a wolf and quickly learns he is not alone. A duck has already set up a lovely little home, rife with delicious food and elegant table settings, courtesy of the wolf’s unchecked gluttony. This charming story offers the signature wit and whimsy that readers of all ages have come to expect from Barnett and Klassen.

Mac Barnett is the author of many award-winning books for children, including Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, illustrated by Jon Klassen. Jon Klassen is the creator of the much-acclaimed hat trilogy, which includes the #1 New York Times bestseller I Want My Hat Back, This Is Not My Hat, and the best-selling conclusion We Found a Hat.

The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse
40 pages
Ages 4–8
ISBN: 9781406377798
On sale October 2017


Congratulations to Leah Purcell and Madeline Gleeson on the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards x

We’re thrilled that Leah Purcell’s The Drover’s Wife (Currency Press) was awarded the overall Victorian Prize for Literature, and Madeline Gleeson’s Offshore: Behind the wire on Manus and Nauru (NewSouth) won the Non-Fiction Award at the VPLAs for her challenging and very timely work. To order please contact TL Distribution (P: +61(2) 8778 9999, E: orders@tldistribution.com.au).


Orwell’s 1984 back in the bestseller lists—$12.99 edition available from Text x

In Trump’s America and the era of ‘alternative facts’, George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel 1984 is once again in the bestseller charts.

Text Publishing’s new $12.99 edition is the best-priced edition on the Australian market, and features an introduction by Stella Prize winner Charlotte Wood and a striking cover design by Chong Weng-Ho.

Booksellers, please order from UBD: ISBN 9781925355765.


Congratulations to Madeline Gleeson, Catherine de Saint Phalle and Sonya Voumard on the Stella Prize Longlist x

We’re delighted to be able to offer congratulations to Madeline Gleeson (again!) for Offshore: Behind the wire on Manus and Nauru (NewSouth), Catherine de Saint Phalle for Poum and Alexandre: A Paris memoir (Transit Lounge), and Sonya Voumard for The Media and the Massacre (Transit Lounge) for their longlisting for the 2017 Stella Prize. Our congrats to all longlisted authors.

To order please contact TL Distribution (P: +61(2) 8778 9999, E: orders@tldistribution.com.au).




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