Weekly Book Newsletter
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7 June 2017

‘WBN’ published Thursday next week x

Please note that, due to the Queen’s Birthday holiday on Monday in all states except Queensland and Western Australia, the next Weekly Book Newsletter will be published... Read more


Over 110,000 attend SWF 2017; poetry tops festival bestsellers list x

This year’s Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF) has recorded over 110,000 attendances and 59,322 ticketed sales worth over $1.5m—the second-highest box office in the organisation’s history. Attendances... Read more

New Zealand Book Awards for Children and YA 2017 finalists announced

The finalists for the 2017 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults have been announced. The shortlisted books in each category are: Picture... Read more
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ABA Booksellers of the Year 2017 finalists announced

The finalists for the 2017 Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) Booksellers of the Year awards have been announced. The finalists for the Bookseller of the Year... Read more

Environment Award for Children’s Literature 2017 shortlist announced

The Wilderness Society has announced the shortlist for the 2017 Environment Award for Children’s Literature. The shortlisted books in each category are: Picture fiction Circle... Read more


Ventura introduces new imprint for emerging writers

Ventura Press has launched a new imprint for emerging writers, to be curated by former creative director of Varuna, the Writers’ House, Peter Bishop. Peter... Read more
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Scribe to publish former ABC journalist’s account of fatal police-shooting of mentally ill man

Scribe has acquired world rights to former ABC journalist Kate Wild’s narrative nonfiction account of the fatal police-shooting of a mentally ill man, 24-year-old Elijah... Read more

Affirm acquires debut novel by Tony Martin

Affirm Press has acquired the debut novel by comedian and broadcaster Tony Martin. The publisher said Deadly Kerfuffle is ‘inspired by letters to the local... Read more

Penalty rate changes to be phased in over four years

The Fair Work Commission has ruled that planned cuts to weekend penalty rates for retail workers will be phased in over four years. As previously... Read more
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Minimum wage to rise 3.3% following Fair Work Commission’s annual wage review

The Fair Work Commission has announced a 3.3% increase to minimum wages effective from 1 July 2017, lifting the minimum wage from $17.70 per hour... Read more

Slater, McCulloch and Maling receive Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarships

Writers Rebecca Slater and Scott McCulloch and poet Caitlin Maling are among the 12 recipients of the 2017 Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarships, worth $50,000 each.... Read more

Fox, Spicer nominated for Walkley’s Women’s Leadership in Media Award

Catherine Fox and Tracey Spicer have been selected as finalists for the Walkley Foundation’s Women’s Leadership in Media Award. Fox was cited for her nonfiction... Read more

Gaming app wins $5000 Dymocks Innovation challenge

An app that ‘gamifies’ reading and encourages literacy development has won the University of Sydney’s second Dymocks Innovation challenge. Stephanie Ryan and Swetha Das won the... Read more

Shortlist for ‘Lip’ magazine’s Rachel Funari prize announced

The shortlist for Lip magazine’s annual Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction has been announced. The shortlisted authors and their works are: ‘Aftermath’ by Alice Bishop... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘In these hurried, hustling times, where it seems impossible to find a place simply to sit without someone trying to sell you a $1 coffee... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

There are three brand new titles in this week’s top 10 bestsellers chart. Cassandra Clare’s Lord of Shadows (S&S)—the second book in the ‘Dark Artifices’... Read more

New ‘Books+Publishing Junior’ reviews out now x

Books+Publishing’s latest Junior newsletter contains 22 reviews of books publishing in July and August. The two highest-scoring titles, with five stars each, were the YA... Read more


‘Orangeboy’ wins 2017 ‘Bookseller’ YA Book Prize

In the UK, Patrice Lawrence has won the Bookseller’s 2017 YA Book Prize, worth £2000 (A$3491), for her debut novel Orangeboy (Hodder). Orangeboy tells the... Read more

Audies 2017 winners announced

In the US, the winners of the 2017 Audies, presented by the Audio Publishers Association, have been announced. The Audiobook of the Year award went... Read more

Canada’s Indigo Books & Music reports highest ever revenue

Canada’s largest bookselling chain Indigo Books & Music has recorded its highest ever total revenue of C$1.02bn (A$1.02bn), reports Publishers Weekly. The figure is up... Read more

Cengage introduces certification seal to fight piracy

In the US, Cengage has introduced a certification seal on its course materials in a bid to combat piracy, reports Publishers Weekly. The certification seal... Read more

SLV to develop centre for early-stage entrepreneurs after $2m donation

Businesswoman Christine Christian has donated $2m to the State Library of Victoria to fund a new centre supporting early stage entrepreneurs. The Start Space centre... Read more

Winners of State Library of Queensland’s 2017 Memory Awards announced

The winners of the State Library of Queensland’s (SLQ) 2017 Memory Awards, which celebrate excellence in research and new knowledge about the state’s history, were announced... Read more

Nashville Public Library named US Library of the Year

In the US, Library Journal magazine and library provider Gale have named Nashville Public Library its 2017 Library of the Year. The annual award highlights... Read more

Back to backlist: extending the sales period beyond new release x

How do you extend the sales period of a book past its new-release window? Brad Jefferies asks two local publishers and online bookseller Booktopia for... Read more

Book blogger spotlight: Tea and Titles

Book bloggers Ely and Michelle, of Tea and Titles, are staunch advocates for greater representation of disability in books. ‘The call for diversity in YA... Read more

Brigid Delaney’s ‘Wellmania: Misadventures in the Search for Wellness’ x

‘Delaney is a relatable and fearless tour guide on this journey, game enough to go to the very edge while you watch from a safe... Read more

NewSouth congratulates Catherine Fox for her Walkley’s Women’s Leadership in Media Award shortlisting

We’re thrilled to congratulate Catherine Fox for her shortlisting for the Walkley’s Women’s Leadership in Media Award. The award, based on a body of work,... Read more

Pascal Press price increase

As of Saturday 1st July 2017, Pascal Press will enact a price increase across a selection of titles. Accordingly, orders received after 1st July 2017... Read more

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