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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
 

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
 

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
 
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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
 
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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
 

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... 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
 

 

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
 

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
 

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
 

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
 

Distribution change for Royal Academy of Arts x

Publisher: Royal Academy of Arts ISBN prefix: 978-1-91035; 978-1-90753; 978-1-90571 Old distributor: Thames & Hudson New distributor: Peribo Changeover date: 1 January 2017
 

Distribution change for Odyssey Books x

Publisher: Odyssey Books ISBN prefix: 978-1-922200747;  978-1-922200723;   978-1-922200709 Old distributor: Odyssey Books New distributor: Novella Distribution Changeover date: 1 January 2017 Contact URL: novelladistribution.com.au
 

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... Read more

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... Read more

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... Read more

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... Read more

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... Read more

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