Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
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8 March 2017

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Stella Prize 2017 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2017 Stella Prize has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Between a Wolf and a Dog (Georgia Blain, Scribe) The Hate... Read more
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Harlequin to launch new imprint HQ

Harlequin Australia has announced it will launch a new imprint called HQ in April. The publisher, a division of HarperCollins ANZ, said the imprint will ‘showcase quality... Read more

Affirm to start supplying titles to Book Depository, Amazon

Affirm Press has announced it will start selling its print books through the Book Depository and Amazon, after previously refusing to supply the online retailers... Read more
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Inaugural ‘ABR’ gender fellowship unawarded

Australian Book Review’s (ABR) inaugural gender fellowship has not been awarded, with the publication citing a lack of original proposals, reports ArtsHub. ABR announced the gender... Read more


Grenville wins OzCo Lifetime Achievement in Literature Award

Kate Grenville has won the 2017 Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature. The award, formerly known as the Writers’ Emeritus Award, recognises ‘the... Read more
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Eckermann wins $215k Windham-Campbell Prize

Poet Ali Cobby Eckermann is one of eight winners of the 2017 Windham-Campbell Prize, which recognises English-language writers who ‘have left their mark on the world of... Read more

ARRC 2017: Milan’s keynote on feminism and romance the highlight at ‘intimate’ convention x

Reading habits, feminism and the representation of women in romance fiction were among the topics raised at the fifth Australian Romance Readers Convention (ARRC), held... Read more

Australian Romance Readers Association to end conventions x

The Australian Romance Readers Association (ARRA) has announced that its 2017 convention, which was held in Melbourne from 24-26 February, was its last. A spokesperson for... Read more

New Zealand Book Awards 2017 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2017 New Zealand Book Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Fiction The Wish Child (Catherine Chidgey,... Read more

Report finds NZ writers earn $12,500 on average from their writing

New Zealand writers earn an average of NZ$13,500 (A$12,450) per year from their writing, according to a new report commissioned by Copyright Licensing NZ. The... Read more

Leading Edge Books announces conference program x

Leading Edge Books has released the program for its 2017 conference, to be held from 19-21 March at the Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa.... Read more


Arrowsmith-Young tops PWF bestseller list x

Barbara Arrowsmith-Young’s The Woman Who Changed Her Brain (HarperCollins) has topped the Perth Writers Festival’s bestseller list, supplied by festival bookseller Dymocks Claremont. Arrowsmith-Young’s nonfiction title... Read more

Tapper, Stewart join Giramondo

Giramondo Publishing has appointed two new staff to its editorial team. Nick Tapper has been appointed commissioning editor. Tapper previously worked as editor at Mossenson... Read more

Authors for second season of ‘The Garret’ podcast announced

The line-up for the second season of the Australian writers podcast ‘The Garret’, which runs weekly from 2 March to 13 April, has been announced.... Read more


Roberts-Orr appointed artistic director of EWF

Melbourne writer, editor and producer Izzy Roberts-Orr has been appointed artistic director and co-CEO of the Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF). Roberts-Orr is a former co-director... Read more

Greenwood, Pung to feature in ‘Women in the West’ exhibition

Authors Kerry Greenwood and Alice Pung are among the 10 featured subjects of the ‘Her Place: Women in the West’ exhibition at the MetroWest Gallery... Read more

All-white Carnegie Medal longlist prompts CILIP review x

The UK’s Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) will launch an independent review as a result of the controversy surrounding its 2017 Carnegie... Read more

Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2017 longlist announced

The longlist for the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, previously known as the Orange Prize for Fiction, has been announced. The longlisted titles are:... Read more

PRH to publish books by Obamas

Penguin Random House has acquired world rights to two books by former US President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama in a deal... Read more

Waterstones MD attacks ‘crushing consistency’ of chain bookstores

In the UK, Waterstones managing director James Daunt has spoken out against the ‘crushing consistency’ of chain bookstores such as former Waterstones owner WH Smith,... Read more

UK indie bookshop market shrinks for 11th straight year

The number of independent bookstores in the UK fell in 2016 for the 11th straight year, with indie bookshop numbers almost halving over the period,... Read more

A quarter of kids used World Book Day token to purchase their first book

In the UK, a survey of children aged eight to 11 has found that 25% used a book token distributed on World Book Day (WBD)... Read more

Hachette UK acquires ebook publisher Bookouture

In the UK, Hachette has acquired independent ebook publisher Bookouture in order to share expertise between the two companies, reports the Bookseller. Bookouture was founded... Read more

UK translated children’s fiction promotion releases shortlist

In the UK, BookTrust has released the shortlist for its inaugural children’s books in translation project, In Other Words. The promotion, which was launched last... Read more


British Cover Design Awards 2017 winners announced

The winners of the 2017 Academy of British Cover Design Awards have been announced, reports the Bookseller. Among the winners are: Mass-market Jack Smyth for... Read more

Rights round-up

Sales Nonfiction—Black Inc. imprint Nero has sold Slovak rights to Buddhism for Break-ups (Meshel Laurie) to Ikar, and Czech rights to Euromedia. HarperCollins has sold Greek rights to The Secret... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

The film tie-in edition of Craig Silvey’s Jasper Jones (A&U) has entered the top 10 bestsellers chart this week in eighth spot following the film’s... Read more

Gabrielle Tozer’s ‘Remind Me How This Ends’ x

‘Remind Me How This Ends is a complex and convincing novel that doesn’t pretend to have easy answers, but offers an authentic and sympathetic pair... Read more

Quote of the week

‘I wonder whether the current generation of female Australian novelists will have achieved canonical status in 20 or 50 years time, or whether the canon will still be dominated by dead white men as it always has been’author Emily Bitto reflects on the Australian women writers who’ve inspired her


Ipswich purchases land for new CBD library

Ipswich City Council in regional Queensland has taken ownership of a 1.3 hectare parcel of land in the Ipswich CBD in preparation for a new... Read more

Heiss among new appointees to Library Board of Queensland

Author Anita Heiss is one of nine new appointees to the Library Board of Queensland, announced by the Queensland government this week. The appointees will... Read more

Booksellers urged to ‘get uncomfortable’ at the 2017 Winter Institute x

Australian Booksellers Association CEO Joel Becker visited the American Booksellers Association’s 12th Winter Institute earlier this year and reports on a conference full of ‘hot-button... Read more

Small Australian presence at 2017 TIBE x

‘For many years, Australia has enjoyed a reasonably strong presence at TIBE but after recent cuts to Australia Council and Austrade funding, this year’s stand... Read more

The missing beat: Benjamin Ludwig on ‘Ginny Moon’

One of the first titles from Harlequin Australia’s new HQ imprint is US author Benjamin Ludwig’s debut novel Ginny Moon (May), ‘a unique and compelling... Read more

Noffke joins S&S x

Kirsty Noffke has joined Simon & Schuster Australia as marketing and publicity manager, replacing Carol Warwick. She was previously a senior publicist at Pan Macmillan... Read more

Vaarwerk appointed ‘KYD’ magazine editor x

Kill Your Darlings’ online editor Alan Vaarwerk has been promoted to editor of the magazine. As previously reported by Books+Publishing, Kill Your Darlings will move... Read more

Editors NSW: InDesign workshop x

Editors NSW will hold a one-day InDesign workshop from 9am-5pm on Friday, 24 March 2017 in Sydney. The workshop will be a beginner’s guide to... Read more

‘Smile Cry’ (EK Books) selected for Children’s Book Council of Australia Notables List x

Congratulations to Tania McCartney & Jess Racklyeft, whose picture book, Smile Cry, features on the 2017 CBCA Notables list. This beginner’s book of feelings, published by EK Books (an imprint of Exisle Publishing) is released this month for the first time in paperback.

Smile Cry

Paperback ISBN 9781925335378 $14.99

Hardcover ISBN 9781921966989 $19.99

EK Books. Trade orders to Harper Entertainment Distribution Services.


Peribo to distribute Images Publishing from 1 March 2017 x

Due to a global restructuring of business, Images Publishing will be distributed by Peribo from 1 March 2017.

NewSouth Books will accept returns until 1 June 2017.

Images Publishing wishes to thank NewSouth Books for their efforts over the past three years.


Seeking copies of out-of-print ‘The Salt of Broken Tears’ and ‘Mallee Sky’ x

Anyone with copies of the following books to sell, please contact Brigid Magner brigid.magner@rmit.edu.au.

Mallee Sky by Kerry McGinnis (4 copies sought)

The Salt of Broken Tears by Michael Meehan (12 copies sought)

The books are needed for the ‘Reading/Writing the Mallee’ project involving a group reading event and sessions at the Mildura Writers Festival.




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