Weekly Book Newsletter
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20 April 2017

‘WBN’ published Thursday next week x

Please note that, due to the Anzac Day holiday on Tuesday 25 April, the next Weekly Book Newsletter will be published on Thursday 27 April. The... Read more

Rose wins 2017 Stella Prize for ‘The Museum of Modern Love’

Heather Rose has won the 2017 Stella Prize, worth $50,000, for her novel The Museum of Modern Love (A&U). Judging panel chair Brenda Walker said the... Read more

REAL Awards 2017 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2017 Reading & Enjoying Australian Literature (REAL) Awards, which act as shortlists for children’s choice book awards in New South Wales... Read more
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Amazon, overseas retailers object to proposed GST-collection model for online goods x

Amazon is among a number of international retailers opposing the federal government’s proposed model for collecting GST on low-value overseas purchases, arguing that Australia Post... Read more

ABDA Book Design Awards 2017 shortlists announced

The Australian Book Designers Association (ABDA) has announced the shortlists for the 2017 Book Design Awards. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Best Designed... Read more

Book deals offered to four authors shortlisted for 2017 Text Prize

The shortlist has been announced for the 10th annual Text Prize for Young Adult & Children’s Writing. For the first time, all four authors shortlisted... Read more
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Aurealis Awards 2016 winners announced

The winners of the 2016 Aurealis Awards for the best science-fiction, fantasy and horror writing in Australia have been announced. The winning titles were: Best... Read more

UBD to change freight partner from Toll to TNT x

United Book Distributors (UBD) has announced it will change its freight service partner from Toll Group to TNT Australia from 17 May. The distributor said... Read more

Araluen wins ‘Overland’ Nakata Brophy short fiction prize

Evelyn Araluen has won this year’s Overland Nakata Brophy Prize for Young Indigenous Writers for her short story ‘Muyum: a transgression’. Judges Tara June Winch, Jennifer Mills... Read more
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Mary Gilmore Award 2017 shortlist announced

The shortlist for this year’s Mary Gilmore Award, presented by the Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL) for best first book of poetry... Read more

Affirm sells out first print run of ‘Letters of Love’

Affirm Press has sold out of its initial 6000-copy print run of Letters of Love, one of the publisher’s ‘profit-for-purpose’ titles, raising $20,000 for the... Read more

Wheeler Centre 2017 Hot Desk Fellowships announced

The Wheeler Centre has announced the successful applicants for its 2017 Hot Desk Fellowships. The recipients are: Ingrid Baring, Mandy Beaumont, Christopher Bryant, Alexandra Collier,... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Five years of strategic advocacy for women’s writing, five years of necessary adjustments to the unequal focus of our literary culture, and, most importantly, five... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

This week’s bestsellers charts features a largely unchanged top 10, with the top four overall bestsellers echoing the top four from last week. The eighth book in Anh... Read more

Puffin to publish Yousafzai’s first picture book

Puffin is releasing a picture book by Pakistani activist and the youngest ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, Malala Yousafzai, reports the Bookseller. Malala’s... Read more

PRH UK to pay work experience participants

Penguin Random House (PRH) UK will pay work experience participants the national living wage of £262.50 (A$446) per week in an effort to boost accessibility... Read more

Cottage Door tops fastest growing US indie publishers list

Children’s publisher Cottage Door Press has topped Publisher’s Weekly’s annual list of fastest growing US independent publishers, posting a 558% increase in revenue from 2015-2016.... Read more

Geelong Council recommends closing three library branches x

City of Greater Geelong council staff have recommended closing the Chilwell, Highton and Barwon Heads libraries by the end of June, reports the Geelong Advertiser.... Read more

UK govt considering public inquiry into library closures

The UK government is considering holding a public inquiry into Lancashire Council’s plan to shut 28 of its libraries, reports the Bookseller. The government is... Read more

Question time: Alexandra Payne on the role of the publisher x

‘To innovate and plan for the future, we need to truly understand what it is that we do, what services we offer—to authors, readers, booksellers... Read more

Book blogger spotlight: Genie in a Book

Eugenia Alabasinis’ blog Genie in a Book began in 2014 with a sole focus on YA novels, but has since expanded to include a range... Read more

Eva Hornung’s ‘The Last Garden’ x

‘Set in a world that’s not quite past, yet not quite future, The Last Garden is vivid, visceral and disconcerting’ … read Hilary Simmons’ full... Read more

37ºSouth’s Books at MIFF (BaM) 2017: Call for submissions x

Australian and NZ publishers and literary agents who hold film rights to local books with cinematic potential to be the next big book-to-screen adaptation are... Read more

Varuna: Affirm Press Mentorship Award applications open x

Applications for the Affirm Press Mentorship Award are now open. The award offers up to three writers developing exceptional new work the opportunity to work... Read more

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