Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
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9 August 2017


Steady attendance and capacity crowds at Byron Writers Festival; Jimmy Barnes the bestseller

Ticket sales were steady at the 2017 Bryon Writers Festival, which ran from 4-6 August in Byron Bay, NSW, with overall attendance set to repeat... Read more
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Amazon appoints Oz manager, leases warehouse

Amazon has appointed Rocco Braeuniger as its country manager for Australia and has confirmed it will open its first Australian fulfilment centre in Dandenong South... Read more

Book Council survey: 88% of New Zealanders read at least one book in the past year

A new survey into New Zealanders’ reading habits has found that 88% of the adult population read, or started to read, at least one book... Read more
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Robinsons to open Canberra store in October

Independent bookselling chain Robinsons Bookshop is opening a store in Canberra on 31 October. The store is Robinsons’ 10th and its first outside of Melbourne.... Read more


Multilingual children’s bookstore opens in Fairfield

A multilingual children’s bookstore, Lost in Books, has opened in Fairfield, South Western Sydney. Open from Monday to Friday, the bookstore also serves as a... Read more
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First guests announced for 2017 Tasmanian Writers and Readers Festival

The Tasmanian Writers and Readers Festival has announced the first guests for its 2017 program, which runs from 14-17 September in Hobart. UK author A... Read more


Black Inc. announces ‘Australian Foreign Affairs’ journal

Black Inc. has announced it will publish a new triannual journal, Australian Foreign Affairs, which will include essays, interviews, reportage, book reviews and correspondence. Australian... Read more


New children’s picture book publisher Little Pink Dog Books releases first title x

New children’s picture book publisher Little Pink Dog Books has released its first title, The World’s Worst Pirate by Michelle Worthington and illustrated by Katrin... Read more


New publisher Dirt Lane Press launches first book

New children’s publisher Dirt Lane Press has launched its first book The Sorry Tale of Fox and Bear, written by Margrete Lamond and illustrated by Heather... Read more


LoveOzYA conducts survey into YA reading habits

Young-adult literature advocacy group LoveOzYA is conducting a survey into the reading habits of YA readers, with the results to be released later this year.... Read more


State Library of Queensland to run inaugural Young Writers Conference

The State Library of Queensland (SLQ) is running its inaugural Young Writers Conference—a day of industry seminars and writing workshops for young writers aged 15... Read more


Readings wins Store Fit-out award at Australian Retail Awards

Readings has won the Store Fit-Out of the Year award at the 2017 Australian Retail Awards for the design of its Readings Doncaster and Readings... Read more

NZ Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement 2017 announced

Creative New Zealand has announced the winners of the 2017 Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement, worth NZ$60,000 (A$55,900) each. Novelist Witi Ihimaera has been... Read more


Winners of 2017 Affirm Press Mentorship Award announced

The winners of this year’s Affirm Press Mentorship Award have been announced. The winning authors and their work are: ‘Inheritance’ by Kathryn O’Connor, a novel... Read more


Writers Victoria Write-ability and Glenfern fellowships announced

Writers Victoria has announced the recipients of its 2017 Write-ability and Glenfern fellowships. Five emerging writers with disability were awarded Write-ability fellowships. They are: Mary... Read more


Writers Victoria announces winners of its emerging writers prizes

Writers Victoria has announced the 2017 winners of the Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers Competition. The Grace Marion Wilson Prize in the fiction category was... Read more


Shortlist announced for 2017 ‘SRB’ Emerging Critics fellowships

The Sydney Review of Books has announced the shortlist for its 2017 Copyright Agency-SRB Emerging Critics fellowships. The shortlisted writers are: Shu-Ling Chua (ACT) Daniel... Read more


PRH to publish Luke Hodge autobiography

Penguin Random House will publish the autobiography of retiring AFL player Luke Hodge on 30 October. Luke Hodge: The General will ‘explain his own transformation’... Read more


Fine shortlisted for Royal Society Science Book Prize

Australia-based British author Cordelia Fine has been shortlisted for the 2017 Science Book Prize for her book Testosterone Rex: Unmaking the Myths of our Gendered Minds (Icon... Read more

Pearson to cut 3000 jobs

Pearson will cut 3000 jobs by 2020 in an effort to save £300m (A$493m) a year, reports the Bookseller. CEO John Fallon announced the job... Read more

S&S UK signs up to plan to protect authors in ‘special sales deals’

Simon & Schuster UK has signed up to the Society of Authors’ (SoA) seven-point plan to ensure ‘special sales deals’ don’t affect writers’ earnings, reports... Read more

Quarto approached for sale

The Quarto Group has received an unsolicited approach for sale from a third-party buyer, reports the Bookseller. Quarto said the board considers the price ‘attractive... Read more

Not the Booker Prize 2017 shortlist announced

The shortlist has been announced for this year’s Not the Booker Prize, which is run by the Guardian in the UK and voted on by... Read more


J K Rowling leads ‘Forbes’ list of top-earning authors

J K Rowling has taken out the top spot in Forbes’ annual list of the world’s top-earning authors, reports the Guardian. Rowling is estimated to... Read more

Rights round-up

Sales Fiction—Allen & Unwin has sold simplified Chinese rights to The Museum of Modern Love (Heather Rose) to Lijiang Publishing Limited; and world Spanish rights... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

Crime is the dominant genre in this week’s bestsellers charts, with mystery, thriller and true crime books taking up five spots in the overall top... Read more

Sheridan Jobbins’ ‘Wish You Were Here’ x

‘There is much to appreciate in this brave adventure and warts-and-all romantic tale, not least Jobbins’ candour and gutsy self-analysis. The issues that arise are... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘The teens who make up the community’s core audience are getting fed up with the constant, largely adult-driven dramas that currently dominate YA’US writer Kat Rosenfield on the ‘toxic drama’ of ‘social-media callouts, draggings, and pile-ons’ on YA Twitter.


New ‘Books+Publishing Junior’ reviews out now x

Books+Publishing’s latest Junior newsletter contains 13 reviews of books publishing in October. Four books scored 4.5 stars from our reviewers, including three picture books: Danny Blue’s Really... Read more

Vallance appointed NSW State Library CEO and state librarian

John Vallance has been appointed NSW State Library CEO and state librarian. Vallance has been headmaster of Sydney Grammar School for the past 17 years.... Read more

WA government cuts regional library services

Library patrons in regional Western Australia will be limited to two inter-library loan requests per month, while new-release titles will no longer be available under... Read more

Council announces plan to develop Footscray Library into community, cultural hub

Maribyrnong Council in Melbourne is calling for early concept designs and a feasibility study on plans to develop the Footscray Library into a community and... Read more

In the picture: Exploring the illustrated books market x

The illustrated books market is thriving thanks to a growth in aspirational lifestyle titles and a reappreciation of books as beautiful objects, reports Andrea Hanke.... Read more


Book blogger spotlight: Babbling Books

Multi-platform blogger Tamsien West shares her eclectic reading tastes across her blog, Instagram, YouTube and book club under the name Babbling Books. She has found... Read more

Entries open for Crichton Award x

Entries are now open for The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) 2018 Crichton Award, closing date 30 November 2017. This award recognises and encourages... Read more



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