Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
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12 July 2017

Bain to present Australian titles for APA’s ‘Australia @ Frankfurt’ program

Former UQP CEO Greg Bain will present up to 50 titles from Australian publishers to international publishers and agents as part of the Australian Publishers... Read more
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Black Inc. to be distributed by Ingram in UK, North America x

Ingram Publisher Services will distribute Black Inc., La Trobe University Press and Nero Books titles in the UK from September 2017, and in North America... Read more


Scribble sells North American rights to ‘The Underwater Fancy-Dress Parade’

Scribe’s children’s imprint Scribble has sold North American rights to Davina Bell and Allison Colpoys’ picture book The Underwater Fancy-Dress Parade to Abrams Books. Abrams... Read more
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Davitt Awards 2017 shortlists announced

Sisters in Crime has announced the shortlists for the 2017 Davitt Awards for the best crime books by Australian women. The shortlisted works in each... Read more

Magabala announces $10,000 award for Indigenous illustrators

Magabala Books has announced a new biennial award for Indigenous illustrators, with the winner to receive $10,000, a mentorship and the opportunity to illustrate a... Read more
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Thompson steps down as PRH New Zealand MD

Penguin Random House (PRH) New Zealand managing director Margaret Thompson will leave the company on 28 July. Thompson was appointed to the role in 2014... Read more

Little Brown signs self-published New Zealand author

In the UK, Little Brown imprint Piatkus has acquired two novels by self-published New Zealand author Tammy Robinson in a five-figure deal, reports the Bookseller.... Read more


Morrison wins ALS Gold Medal

Zoe Morrison has won the 2017 Australian Literature Society (ALS) Gold Medal for her debut novel Music and Freedom (Vintage). Morrison’s novel was chosen from... Read more

Speech Pathology Australia book awards 2017 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2017 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Birth to... Read more


Rolfe wins 2017 Mary Gilmore Award

Aden Rolfe has won the 2017 Mary Gilmore Award for his poetry collection False Nostalgia (Giramondo). The award was presented by the Association for the Study... Read more

Walkley-Pascall, Arts Journalism awards finalists announced

The Walkley Foundation has announced the finalists for the Walkley-Pascall Award for arts criticism and the new Arts Journalism Award. Walkley-Pascall Award for arts criticism... Read more


‘Renniks Australian Pre-Decimal & Decimal Coin Errors’ shortlisted for the 2017 Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year

Ian McConnelly’s Renniks Australian Pre-Decimal & Decimal Coin Errors: The Premier Guide for Australian Pre-Decimal & Decimal Coin Errors (Renniks) is one of five books... Read more


MWF announces ‘digital storytellers’ for 2017 festival

Melbourne Writers Festival will engage six ‘digital storytellers’ for its 2017 festival, running from 25 August to 3 September. The six bloggers and writers will... Read more

Australian Christian Book of the Year 2017 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2017 Australian Christian Book of the Year been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Hermeneutics as Apprenticeship: How the Bible Shapes Our... Read more

Booktopia named finalist in Telstra Business Awards

Online bookseller Booktopia has been named a finalist in the Telstra Business Awards in the medium-sized category for New South Wales. The company has entered... Read more

Pearson to sell a 22% stake in PRH to Bertelsmann

Pearson will sell a 22% stake in Penguin Random House (PRH) to co-shareholder Bertelsmann, whose share of the company will increase to 75%, reports the... Read more


Indie bookshop criticises heavy discounting of new Pullman novel

An independent bookseller in the UK has written a blog post criticising the heavy discounting of Philip Pullman’s first ‘Book of Dust’ novel at other... Read more

New Maurice Sendak picture book discovered

A new picture book by the late Maurice Sendak and his frequent collaborator Arthur Yorinks has been discovered in Sendak’s archives, reports Publishers Weekly. Presto... Read more

Turnover up three percent at OUP

Oxford University Press (OUP) has recorded a 3.3% increase in turnover to £847.4m (A$1450m) for the year ending 31 March 2017, reports the Bookseller. The... Read more

Quarto Group issues profit warning; signals ‘disappointing’ first half results

In the UK, publisher the Quarto Group has issued a profit warning and admitted it had set its original guidance for 2017 and beyond too... Read more

Bloomsbury signs up to UK ‘Spotify for textbooks’ subscription service

In the UK, Bloomsbury has signed up more than 7000 titles for a new textbook subscription service Perlego, reports the Bookseller. Describing itself as ‘Spotify... Read more

Rights round-up

Sales Fiction—Sandy Wagner Creative Agents has sold world rights to Bohemia Beach (Justine Ettler) to Transit Lounge, to be published in August 2018. Jane Novak... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

Australian author Monica McInerney’s latest novel The Trip of a Lifetime (Michael Joseph) has debuted at sixth spot on this week’s bestseller chart. It’s one of... Read more

Jennifer Down’s ‘Pulse Points’ x

‘With precise and beautiful prose, the short stories in Jennifer Down’s Pulse Points carry an emotional clarity and intensity that is truly impressive’ … read... Read more

Quote of the week

‘I don’t think you could over-state the value that writers like Philip Pullman and J K Rowling add to our nation, so why are we de-valuing them by discounting their work so heavily at the time when it is most desired—at the point of its first publication?’UK indie bookseller Tamsin Rosewell on the heavy discounting of Pullman’s first ‘Book of Dust’ novel at UK chains


New ‘Books+Publishing Junior’ reviews out now

Books+Publishing’s latest Junior newsletter contains 12 reviews of books publishing in September. The ‘profoundly moving love poem’ Pea Pod Lullaby (Glenda Millard, illus by Stephen... Read more

Archivists criticise push to make WA State Records Office part of WA State Library

The Australian Society of Archivists (ASA) has warned the WA state government’s push to make the State Records Office part of the State Library of... Read more

ALA launches Book Club Central x

In the US, the American Library Association (ALA) has launched Book Club Central, a new online platform of reading resources for book clubs. Resources include... Read more

Brave new world: Sydney’s Beachside Bookshop x

Sydney’s Beachside Bookshop, which specialises in teen fiction, celebrated its one-year anniversary earlier this year. Read owner and second-generation bookseller Libby Armstrong’s bookseller’s diary here.


Book blogger spotlight: Lillytales

Kate Lloyd started reviewing books on Instagram as a way to connect with like-minded readers. Her blog Lillytales now spans YouTube, Twitter, Goodreads and Litsy,... Read more

Chronicle Books celebrates 50 years with competition

Chronicle Books is celebrating 50 years with an international competition to win $1000 AUD cash. The competition is open to all booksellers, simply create a display using at least 10 Chronicle books and send photographs through to Hannah_moushabeck@chroniclebooks.com by 1 September.

For further details contact your Hardie Grant sales rep or head to hardiegrantbooks.com.au.


Submissions now open for the 2017 Ampersand Prize

Hardie Grant Egmont is once again inviting unpublished writers to submit middle-grade or young adult manuscripts for the 2017 Ampersand Prize.

Before submitting a manuscript, it is recommended that writers please check the Ampersand website to familiarise themselves with all entry requirements including the submission guidelines, which have been updated for 2017.

Ampersand Prize submissions are being accepted now, until Friday 28 July 2017.


Titles sought for 'Australia @ Frankfurt' program

Titles in the Australian Publishers Association’s (APA) ‘Australia @ Frankfurt’ program will be presented to international publishers and agents through an intensive three days of meetings, to be conducted by former UQP CEO Greg Bain.

Greg will take up to 50 titles from Australian publishers who are seeking to increase their export opportunities. Titles from across all publishing categories are welcome, including children’s, young adult, fiction and non-fiction. Sample copies of the books will be displayed, and a special catalogue will be produced to further promote all participants’ books and be distributed widely to publishers and agents at the Fair.

All participating publishers will be provided with a post-fair report, including feedback on their books and initial follow up from all leads generated.

Interested publishers should contact Cat Smith or direct to Greg Bain.

Read more about the ‘Australia @ Frankfurt’ program here.


Digital Writers' Festival artist call out 2017

The Digital Writers’ Festival (DWF) is running an open artist call out for writers who would like to be involved in the 2017 program. Artists only need an internet connection to participate, and DWF is encouraging people from all over Australia to apply.

DWF is an online-first festival dedicated to exploring the challenges and possibilities of storytelling in the digital realm. This year, the festival will run from 26 October – 3 November.

Applications can be made here. Applications close 23 July.




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