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1 March 2017

CBCA Notable Books for 2017 announced

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has released its list of Notable Books for 2017. Older Readers The Hounded (Simon Butters, Wakefield Press) Waer... Read more
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43,000 attend PWF: Lindy West, Deng Adut and first ‘Literary Death Match’ among the highlights x

More than 43,000 people attended the 2017 Perth Writers Festival, which ran from 23-26 February. Attendance was slightly down on the 2016 festival, which attracted... Read more

VIPs announced for 2017 SWF

The Australia Council for the Arts has announced the guests attending the 2017 Visiting International Publishers (VIPs) Program, to be held during the Sydney Writers’... Read more
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$4.1m in rights sales attributed to VIPs 2011-16 x

Over four million dollars in rights sales have been attributed to the Australia Council’s Visiting International Publishers (VIPs) program over the past five years, according... Read more

Readings Children’s Book Prize 2017 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the Readings Children’s Book Prize for 2017 has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Escape to Moon Islands (Mardi McConnochie, A&U) A... Read more
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Australian Romance Readers Awards 2016 winners announced

The winners of the 2016 Australian Romance Readers Awards, presented by the Australian Romance Readers Association (ARRA), have been announced, with Anne Gracie named Favourite... Read more


Around 90 indie publishers, booksellers attend APA, ABA Indies Forum x

Around 90 independent publishers, booksellers and other guests attended the Indies Forum, hosted by the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) and Australian Publishers Association (APA) in... Read more

Four Australian publishers in the running for Bologna Prize

Four Australian publishers have been nominated for the Bologna Prize for Best Children’s Publisher of the Year in the Oceania category. The shortlisted publishers are... Read more

Kelada wins UWAP’s Dorothy Hewett Award for an unpublished manuscript

Melbourne-based writer and academic Odette Kelada has won UWA Publishing’s (UWAP) Dorothy Hewett Award for an unpublished manuscript for her novel ‘Drawing Sybylla’. Kelada receives... Read more

Kent, Smith longlisted for Walter Scott Prize

Australian author Hannah Kent and Australian-born, US-based Dominic Smith have been longlisted for the 2017 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. Kent is longlisted for... Read more

Inky Awards 2017 longlists announced

The longlists for the 2017 Inky Awards have been announced. The awards are presented by the Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library of... Read more

Riwoe, Wright win Viva la Novella

Seizure has announced Mirandi Riwoe and Stephen Wright as the winners of its fifth Viva la Novella competition. Riwoe’s ‘The Fish Girl’ tells the story... Read more

Hoy appointed sales director at A&U x

Allen & Unwin has appointed Matt Hoy as its sales director. Hoy is currently sales and marketing director of Murdoch Books, which is owned by... Read more


Van Noorden to retire as OUP MD ‘towards the end of 2017’ x

Oxford University Press Australia and New Zealand managing director Peter van Noorden has announced his plans to retire ‘towards the end of 2017’. Van Noorden... Read more

Fair Work Commission announces cuts to Sunday, holiday rates for workers

Retail, hospitality and fast-food industry workers will have their Sunday and public holiday penalty rates reduced, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has ruled. Full and... Read more

Fictionally Yours author event sells out in five hours x

Fictionally Yours, a two-day author event to be held in Melbourne on 17-18 September, has sold over 400 tickets within five hours of going on... Read more

Nielsen survey finds 75% of Australian adults interested in Amazon Australia

A Nielsen survey has found 75% of Australians aged 18 years and older are interested in Amazon Australia, and 56% say they are likely to... Read more


Readings in the running for store design award

Independent bookselling chain Readings is a finalist for the Customer Experience Store Design Award, as part of Inside Retail’s 2017 Retailer Awards. Readings was selected... Read more

Fury awarded 2017 Kat Muscat Fellowship

Melbourne writer Fury has been awarded the 2017 Kat Muscat Fellowship to work on a play ‘investigating the relationship between lesbians and gay men during... Read more

Peter Porter Poetry Prize 2017 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the Australian Book Review (ABR) Peter Porter Poetry Prize has been announced. The shortlisted poems are: ‘Four Egrets’ by Ronald Dzerigian ‘Sentence... Read more

Pearson reports £2.6bn pre-tax loss

In the UK, Pearson has reported a pre-tax loss of £2.6bn (A$4.22bn) in 2016, attributed to challenges in the US education market, reports the Bookseller.... Read more

PEN America Literary Awards 2017 winners announced

In the US, Pen America has announced the winners of several categories in its 2017 Literary Awards. Among the award winners are: PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith... Read more

HarperCollins introduces Facebook Messenger recommendation ‘bots’

In the US, HarperCollins has introduced bot-powered book recommendation engines to the Messenger feature on two of its Facebook pages, reports Publishers Weekly. The BookGenie... Read more

Macmillan UK acquires YA novel penned by seven authors

In the UK, Macmillan Children’s Books has acquired a ‘unique collaborative novel’ written by seven YA authors, reports the Bookseller. Floored follows the lives of... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction—Black Inc. has sold German rights to Buddhism for Break-ups (Meshel Laurie) to Ullstein Germany; HarperCollins has sold Korean rights to The Secret of... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

This week’s charts contain some familiar titles, with Scott Pape’s The Barefoot Investor (Wrightbooks) continuing its run as the number-one bestseller in the country, and... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Independent booksellers are increasingly seeing their role as, necessarily, an active, educative, political one’Monash University Publishing director Nathan Hollier reflects on the role of booksellers following the controversy over Milo Yiannopoulos’ book deal


Australian public library stats report released x

The National and State Libraries Australasia (NSLA) has released its annual Australian Public Libraries Statistical Report for the period 2014-2015. The report found that total... Read more

UK extends PLR to ebooks, digital audiobooks x

The UK government is expanding the Public Lending Rights payment program to include ebooks and digital audiobooks from next year, reports the Bookseller. The overall... Read more

Small publisher spotlight: Zabriskie Books x

Sydney-based Zabriskie Books ‘began as a small bookshop nestled in the back streets of Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach’. ‘Our goal is to produce a beautiful,... Read more

Michael Sala’s ‘The Restorer’ x

‘Every relationship between the family members is frayed, and the tension is drawn out in small conflicts over the course of the year, with characters... Read more

Good Reading Magazine relocates office x

Good Reading Magazine is relocating its offices on 1 March 2017. The new contact details are: 1/7 Rosebery Place Balmain NSW 2041 All phone numbers... Read more

Spinifex Press relocates office x

Spinifex Press is relocating its offices on 14 March 2017. The new contact details are: Spinifex Orders: PO BOX 5270 North Geelong Vic 3215 women@spinifexpress.com.au... Read more

Michael Mosley to release ‘The Clever Gut Diet’ book in June x

Simon & Schuster Australia will publish Dr Michael Mosley’s new book The Clever Gut Diet in June.

His previous books, No. 1 bestseller The 8 Week Blood Sugar Diet and The 8 Week Blood Sugar Diet Recipe Book have sold over 138,000 copies in Australia and New Zealand since January last year.

Dr Mosley’s new book is a practical guide for anyone who wants to improve their mood, metabolism, weight and immune system. Including recipes and based on the latest scientific research, The Clever Gut Diet demonstrates why the gut is as important as our brain and heart, and why looking after it is so important to overall health and happiness.

Mosley will tour Australia and New Zealand on the book’s publication.

The Clever Gut Diet by Michael Mosley, ISBN 9781925596038, $29.99. Simon & Schuster Australia, trade orders to United Book Distributors.


Online magazine ‘The Peninsula Star’ seeks books for review x

Former Random House marketing director Alan Davidson is the editor of The Peninsula Star, a new online magazine and website with news and features as well as book reviews and interviews.

The Peninsula Star is seeking new release information and review copies of books for its reviews section. All books received go directly to the reviewer, and publicity in the magazine supports local Mornington Peninsula booksellers.

Please email Alan Davidson at thepeninsulastar@gmail.com or phone 0410 518 034.

To view The Peninsula Star online, please visit thepeninsulastar.com.au.



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