Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
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9 November 2017


‘Extinctions’ sold to UK, North America following Miles Franklin win

UWA Publishing has sold UK and North American rights to Josephine Wilson’s Miles Franklin Award-winning novel Extinctions. UK & Commonwealth rights (ex ANZ and Canada) were sold... Read more
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Speech Pathology Australia book awards 2017 winners announced

The winners of the 2017 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year awards have been announced. Chosen from shortlists announced in July, the winning titles... Read more


Australians nominated for 2018 Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medals

Several Australian authors and illustrators have been nominated for the 2018 Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medals. Zana Fraillon’s The Ones That Disappeared (Lothian) and Garth... Read more
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Australian, NZ authors on 2018 International Dublin longlist

Ten books by Australian authors and three by New Zealand authors have been nominated for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award. Longlisted books by Australian... Read more


Zusak, Fox top 2016-17 lending rights surveys

Books by Markus Zusak and Mem Fox have topped the lists of the highest scoring books in the most recent Public Lending Rights (PLR) and... Read more
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Production on ‘True History of the Kelly Gang’ to start in early 2018

Production on the film adaptation of Peter Carey’s Booker Prize-winning novel The True History of the Kelly Gang will begin in Victoria in March 2018, reports... Read more


Text acquires Flannery’s ecological history of Europe

Text has acquired world rights to Tim Flannery’s Land at the Crossroads: An Ecological History of Europe for publication in Australia in August 2018. Rights... Read more


Grey-Smith promoted to publisher at Fremantle Press

Fremantle Press has promoted senior editor Naama Grey-Smith to the role of publisher. Grey-Smith will commence in the role on 1 November, joining Fremantle Press’... Read more


SPN to offer free childcare at Independent Publishing Conference

The Small Press Network (SPN) is offering free childcare at its 2017 Independent Publishing Conference, which runs at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne from 16-18... Read more


Gorman wins 2017 Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing

Alice Gorman has won the 2017 Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing for her piece ‘Trace Fossils: The Silence of Ediacara, the Shadow of... Read more

KROC Awards 2017 winners announced

The winners of the 2017 Kids Reading Oz Choice (KROC) Awards, the children’s choice book awards for the Northern Territory, have been announced. The winning... Read more


Verso Books to open in regional Victoria

A new bookstore, Verso Books, is set to open in the Victorian regional town of Healesville. Owner Nina Sturgess said she is aiming to open... Read more

‘ABR’ announces $10,000 fellowship to mark its 40th anniversary

The Australian Book Review has announced a new $10,000 fellowship to mark its 40th birthday next year. The ABR Fortieth Birthday Fellowship is seeking proposals... Read more


Better Reading launches food spinoff, Cooking the Books

Book recommendation website Better Reading has launched a new food-focused Facebook page, called Cooking the Books. Better Reading director Cheryl Akle said Cooking the Books... Read more


‘Janesville’ wins 2017 Business Book of the Year

Amy Goldstein has become the first solo female winner of the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award for her book Janesville... Read more

Macmillan closes self-publishing platform Pronoun

In the US, Macmillan has announced it is closing its self-publishing platform Pronoun, after acquiring the company in May 2016, reports Publishers Weekly. Senior vice-president... Read more

US chain Book World to close its 45 stores

In the US, bookselling chain Book World has announced it will close its 45 outlets across the Midwest by mid-January next year, reports Publishers Weekly.... Read more

Canadian bookselling chain Indigo to open first US store

Canadian bookselling chain Indigo Books and Music will open its first store in the US next year, reports Publishers Weekly. Indigo will open its first... Read more

Rights round-up

Sales Fiction—UWA Publishing has sold rights to Extinctions (Josephine Wilson) in the following territories: UK and Commonwealth (ex Canada and ANZ) to Serpent’s Tail; and... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

Jimmy Barnes’ Working Class Man (HarperCollins) has shot to the top of the overall bestsellers chart in its first week of release. Anticipation for the... Read more

Fiona Wright’s ‘Domestic Interior’ x

‘Her writing is evocative, and while her gaze is focused inward, it remains attentive to the world at large’ … read Robert Wood’s full review... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘You try to make yourself into a good enough writer to avoid damaging people and you try to have some kind of honour in what you do’Helen Garner ‘telling it like it is’ to the ABC on her 75th birthday.


New ‘Books+Publishing Junior’ reviews out now x

Books+Publishing’s latest Junior newsletter contains 12 reviews of books publishing in February and March 2018, as well as a preview of Australian publishers’ most anticipated... Read more


NLA to relaunch CiP service as Prepublication Data Service

The National Library of Australia (NLA) will relaunch the Cataloguing-in-Publication (CiP) service as the Prepublication Data Service on 20 November. The renamed Prepublication Data Service... Read more

NLA unveils restored Blaeu map

The National Library of Australia (NLA) has unveiled the restored 1663 map of Australia by cartographer Joan Blaeu for the first time, after acquiring the... Read more


Christmas predictions: John Purcell from Booktopia

In a new series running in the lead-up to Christmas, Books+Publishing is asking booksellers across the country to predict their biggest sellers and ‘surprise sellers’.... Read more


Write on: 2018 nonfiction preview x

Andrea Hanke reports on Australian publishers’ local nonfiction highlights for 2018. Click here for the fiction highlights and here for the children’s and YA preview.... Read more


Finding your community: National Young Writers’ Festival celebrates 20 years

This year, the National Young Writers’ Festival celebrated its 20th anniversary with a four-day program in Newcastle from 28 September to 1 October. Festival manager... Read more

ABA bookseller Christmas parties

The Australian Booksellers Association will be holding Christmas parties in Victoria and New South Wales. See below for details. Victoria Join us for early holiday... Read more


Book your tickets for SPN’s Independent Publishing Conference

The Small Press Network’s Independent Publishing Conference is being held at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne from 16-18 November. The three-day conference, which caters to publishing professionals at any stage of their career, includes an industry research day, a trade day and a fundamentals of publishing day.

Tickets are available for purchase here and include a range of professional development packages for groups of publishing staff. View the full program here.


Micheline Jenner wins Australian Geographic Society’s 2017 Lifetime of Conservation Award

NewSouth Books would like to congratulate Micheline Jenner on winning the Australian Geographic Society’s 2017 Lifetime of Conservation Award. The award was announced at an official ceremony on 1 November in Sydney.

Mich and her husband, Curt, were honoured for their long careers in marine biology. They head up the Centre for Whale Research in WA and, between them, have studied everything about whales, from population biology and migratory pathways to ecology and behaviour.

Mich Jenner’s book, The Secret Life of Whales (9781742235547), is a November 2017 publication from NewSouth.

To order, contact TL Distribution on (02) 8778 9999 or orders@tldistribution.com.au.


A&U acquires ‘Four Fairytales for Feisty Girls’

Allen & Unwin is delighted to announce that they have acquired Susannah McFarlane’s Four Fairytales for Feisty Girls and will publish in September 2018.

Princesses can rescue themselves—just ask Cinderella, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood and Snow White! They may get themselves into some tricky situations but life is all about the recovery and these girls can use their talents and STEM skills to get themselves out again—prince or no prince!

Featuring a 128-page, hardcover design with glorious full-colour illustrations by Beth Norling, Lucinda Gifford, Claire Robertson and Sher Rill Ng, Four Fairytales for Feisty Girls will be the must-have bedtime book for Christmas 2018.

Publisher Eva Mills described the book as ‘a beautiful selection of favourite fairytales, retold by an author who believes passionately in inspiring young girls through the power of words and stories’. Susannah McFarlane’s ‘EJ Girl Hero’ series has sold over 1 million copies, and sparked the development of the Girl Hero project: www.girlheroproject.com.


Simon & Schuster to publish new Gayle Forman

Simon & Schuster Australia will publish I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman in April 2018. Her most recent YA novel, I Was Here, also published by Simon & Schuster Australia in 2015, has sold over 30,000 copies in Australia and New Zealand. Forman is also the author of the bestselling book If I Stay.

Told over the course of a single day from three different perspectives, I Have Lost My Way is a story about the power of friendship and being true to who you are.




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