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22 November 2017

‘Books+Publishing’ sexual harassment survey closing on Friday

Books+Publishing is inviting anyone working in the Australian book industry to complete a survey on sexual harassment in the industry. The decision to conduct a... Read more
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Christmas closing list: Submissions due this Monday

Publishers and distributors are asked to submit their Christmas closing dates by 5pm this Monday 27 November. A full list will appear in the Weekly Book Newsletter on... Read more

Amazon Australia to begin selling products on Thursday

Amazon has told its Australian suppliers that it will begin selling products to ‘a small number of customers’ on Thursday 23 November. Amazon said in... Read more
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Prime Minister’s Literary Awards 2017 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2017 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Fiction The Easy Way Out (Steven... Read more

Pandiella to join Pantera Press x

Anabel Pandiella, marketing and publicity director for Simon & Schuster Australia, will join Pantera Press as its marketing and publicity director. Pandiella will commence the role... Read more
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Copyright Agency files suit against NSW government x

The Copyright Agency has filed a suit against the NSW government before the federal Copyright Tribunal alleging the government owes its members for copying up... Read more


Tony Birch wins 2017 Patrick White Award

Author Tony Birch has been named the winner of the $20,000 Patrick White Literary Award for 2017. The annual award was established by Patrick White... Read more


Siberry wins HGE Ampersand Prize for middle-grade novel ‘Gloop’

Lisa Siberry has won Hardie Grant Egmont’s (HGE) Ampersand Prize for an unpublished manuscript for her middle-grade novel ‘Gloop’. ‘Gloop’ is a ‘funny and atmospheric... Read more

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‘The Invisible War’ wins the 2017 Most Underrated Book Award

The graphic novel The Invisible War by Ailsa Wild, Briony Barr, Gregory Crocetti, Ben Hutchings and Jeremy Barr (Scale Free Network) has won the Small... Read more


ACT Book of the Year 2017 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2017 ACT Book of the Year Award has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Fighting Fit (Laura Dawes, Orion) Maps of... Read more

ABA announces 2017 Vic, NSW reps of the year

Mandy Wildsmith from Hardie Grant Books has been named Victorian Rep of the Year by the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA), while Nicky Luckie from Hachette... Read more


SWF 2018 schools program announced

The Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF) has announced the line-up for the 2018 Primary and Secondary School Days programs, to be held from 2 to 7... Read more

Kroetsch to step down as AWW director

Adelaide Writers’ Week (AWW) director Laura Kroetsch will step down from the role after the 2018 festival, which runs from 3-8 March. Kroetsch was appointed... Read more

Staff changes at the Wheeler Centre

The Wheeler Centre has announced a number of staff changes. Head of programming Emily Sexton, general manager Jaclyn Booton and series producer Gemma Rayner are... Read more


Stella Prize launches Read Up resource

The Stella Prize has launched a series of reading lists for young people aged 15-24 ‘to help guide their thinking about sexuality, relationships, gender, minds... Read more


Hachette acquires ‘The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village’ in two-book deal

Hachette has acquired world rights to debut author Joanna Nell’s The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village in a two-book deal negotiated by Haylee Nash... Read more


‘The Town’ sold to US, European territories

Faber has sold the rights to Shaun Prescott’s novel The Town, published in Australia by Brow Books, into the US and several European territories. The... Read more


Laveau-Harvie wins 2018 Finch Memoir Prize for ‘Okotoks Erratic’

Vicki Laveau-Harvie has won the 2018 Finch Memoir Prize for her manuscript ‘Okotoks Erratic’, a ‘gripping, black humoured drama’ about the power play between Laveau-Harvie’s... Read more


Colpoys wins British Book Design Award

The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker, designed by Scribe associate art director Allison Colpoys, has won the Best Jacket/Cover Design category at the British Book... Read more


Sisters in Crime Scarlet Stiletto Awards 2017 winners announced

The winners of the 2017 Scarlet Stiletto Awards, presented by Sisters in Crime, have been announced. New South Wales writer Rowena Harding-Smith won the $1500... Read more

Horne Prize 2017 shortlist announced

The Saturday Paper and cosmetics company Aesop have announced the shortlist for the $15,000 Horne Prize for narrative nonfiction. The shortlisted writers are: Alice Bishop... Read more


‘Tincture’ literary journal to close

Australian online literary journal Tincture has announced that it will close at the end of the year. The quarterly journal was established in 2013 and... Read more


‘Boy’ wins 2017 Children’s Peace Literature Award

Phil Cummings and Shane Devries’ picture book Boy (Scholastic) has won the Australian Psychological Society’s (APS) 2017 Children’s Peace Literature Award. Boy, which tells the... Read more

‘Overland’ Fair Australia Prize 2017 shortlists announced

Literary journal Overland has announced the shortlists for this year’s Fair Australia Prize. Shortlists have been released for the Essay Prize, Fiction Prize, Poetry Prize,... Read more

Nielsen BookScan to merge trade, academic panels in 2018

Nielsen BookScan Australia has announced it will merge its trade and academic book sales panels in 2018 ‘in order to report on all print book... Read more


National Book Awards 2017 winners announced

The winners of the 2017 US National Book Awards have been announced. Jesmyn Ward has won the fiction award for the second time for her... Read more

Spain to be guest of honour at 2021 Frankfurt Book Fair

Spain will be the guest of honour at the 2021 Frankfurt Book Fair (FBF) 30 years after it first appeared as a guest of honour,... Read more

Costa Book Awards 2017 shortlists announced

In the UK, the shortlists for the 2017 Costa Book Awards have been announced. Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award are: Reservoir 13 (Jon McGregor,... Read more


Redhill wins Canada’s Giller Prize for ‘Bellevue Square’

Toronto author Michael Redhill has won Canada’s Scotiabank Giller Prize—the country’s richest literary award—for his novel Bellevue Square (Doubleday Canada). Bellevue Square tells the story of a... Read more


France wins 2017 Baillie Gifford Prize for ‘How to Survive a Plague’

David France has won the £30,000 (A$50,812) Baillie Gifford Prize for nonfiction writing for his account of the AIDS epidemic How to Survive a Plague (Picador), reports... Read more


‘The Story of a Brief Marriage’ wins DSC Prize for South Asian Literature

Anuk Arudpragasam has won the ​US$25,000 (A$33,110) DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2017 for his novel, ​The Story of a Brief Marriage (Granta), reports... Read more


Barker wins Goldsmiths Prize for ‘H(a)ppy’

In the UK, Nicola Barker has won the $10,000 2017 Goldsmiths Prize for H(a)ppy (William Heinemann), reports the Bookseller. The prize rewards British and Irish... Read more

Bonnier closes UK self-publishing platform Type & Tell

In the UK, Bonnier has closed its self-publishing platform Type & Tell eight months after it was launched, reports the Bookseller. According to the Bookseller,... Read more

Rights round-up

Sales Nonfiction—Black Inc. has sold ANZ audio rights to How to Stop Feeling Like Sh*t: 14 Habits that Are Holding You Back from Happiness (Andrea... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

The Getaway: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Jeff Kinney, Puffin) is leading the children’s book charge in this week’s bestsellers charts, with the latest instalment... Read more

Beau Donelly & Nick Toscano’s ‘The Woman Who Fooled the World: Belle Gibson’s Cancer Con’ x

‘Rather than simply recounting Gibson’s story, Donelly and Toscano contextualise her meteoric rise to fame by situating it at the nexus of several forces—a burgeoning,... Read more

Quote of the week

‘Where you shop is of course entirely your choice, but it’s important to really make that choice a conscious one’Readings managing director Mark Rubbo makes the case for supporting independent bookshops as Amazon prepares to launch its Australian operations


RiP Pat Hutchins x

UK children’s book creator Pat Hutchins has died, aged 75. Hutchins wrote and illustrated more than 40 books for young readers, including Rosie’s Walk and... Read more

RiP Shannon Michael Cane x

Shannon Michael Cane, curator of the New York Art Book Fair, has died, aged 43. The Melbourne expatriate moved to New York in 2008, and... Read more

Victorian library votes to remove print books

Port Phillip Council in Melbourne has voted to remove the books from its Middle Park Library to make space for more desks and laptops, reports... Read more

NYPL unveils US$317m ‘masterplan’

In the US, the New York Public Library (NYPL) has unveiled the US$317m (A$418m) ‘masterplan’ for its flagship Stephen A Schwarzman Building, reports Publishers Weekly.... Read more

Scotland trials national ‘One Card’ program

Scotland has launched a trial of a ‘One Card’ program in Scottish libraries, reports the Bookseller. Five councils are taking part in the six-month pilot... Read more


Christmas predictions: Perth booksellers Bill Liddelow from Boffins Books and Jane Seaton from Beaufort Street Books

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


Reading ahead: 2018 children’s and YA preview x

2018 sees the release of a new YA series from Jay Kristoff and a middle-grade series from Amie Kaufman; the re-release of a 10-year-old series... Read more

Di Biase-Dyson joins A&U x

Patrizia Di Biase-Dyson has joined Allen & Unwin in the role of publicity manager. Di Biase-Dyson was previously marketing and publicity manager at Black Inc.

Anabel Pandiella to join Pantera Press

Independent publisher Pantera Press is delighted to announce that Anabel Pandiella will be joining the rapidly growing team as Marketing and Publicity Director in January 2018.

Anabel has worked at Simon & Schuster for the last 10 years, and during that time has made an immense contribution to the industry.

Pantera Press CEO Alison Green says, ‘We are incredibly excited for Anabel to join our team—developing and leading our growing domestic and international initiatives. Over the years we’ve seen Anabel champion authors, develop market-leading campaigns and find new and innovative ways to connect and engage with readers.

‘As a social purpose business, we are focused on increasing our impact on Australian writing culture by nurturing talented new writers and committing a proportion of our funds to not-for-profit organisations that work to close the literacy gap and encourage a joy of reading.

‘With Anabel’s strategic approach, dedication and enthusiasm, we know that our authors and the next generation of both readers and writers are in the best hands.’


Harper Entertainment Distribution Services: Christmas Deliveries 2017

Harper Entertainment Distribution Services (HEDS) is pleased to advise the following changes to help our customers in the lead up to Christmas.

  1. The minimum order value will be reduced to $100 (excluding GST) from Monday 27th November to Thursday 21st December inclusive for all Australian and New Zealand customers.
  2. Orders received by HEDS prior to 3:00pm (AEDT) Monday to Friday will be despatched the next business day.
  3. Our Customer Service department will be open from 6:30am (AEDT) to 5:30pm (AEDT) from Monday 27th November to Thursday 21st December inclusive.
  4. Customer Service, Credit and Warehouse Operations will be open during the Christmas and New Year period except for Friday 22nd, Monday 25th, Tuesday 26th December 2017 and Monday 1st January 2018.

HEDS are running two picking shifts daily ensuring the highest level of service leading into Christmas.

HEDS would also like to advise this year’s cut-off dates for delivery to customers’ stores by no later than December 22nd is as per the table below.

Deliveries by Friday, 22 December
Orders received by 1pm AEDT for NZ and 3pm AEDT for Aust.
WA outer Tuesday, 12 December
NT Tuesday, 12 December
NZ North Outer Thursday, 14 December
NZ South Outer Thursday, 14 December
Perth Thursday, 14 December
SA outer Thursday, 14 December
QLD outer Friday, 15 December
TAS Friday, 15 December
NZ Auckland Monday, 18 December
NZ Christchurch Monday, 18 December
NSW Outer Monday, 18 December
Vic Outer Monday, 18 December
Adelaide Monday, 18 December
Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane Wednesday, 20 December

NewSouth Books: 2017 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards

NewSouth Books would like to congratulate the following publishers shortlisted for the 2017 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards:


  • Extinctions (Josephine Wilson, UWAP) 9781742588988


  • Fragments (Antigone Kefala, Giramondo) 9781925336191

Australian history

  • Valiant for Truth: The Life of Chester Wilmot, War Correspondent (Neil McDonald with Peter Brune, NewSouth) 9781742235172
  • Evatt: A Life (John Murphy, NewSouth) 9781742234465
  • Atomic Thunder: The Maralinga Story (Elizabeth Tynan, NewSouth) 9781742234281
  • A Handful of Sand: The Gurindji Struggle after the Walk-off (Charlie Ward, Monash University Publishing) 9781925377163


  • Mick: A Life of Randolph Stow (Suzanne Falkiner, UWAP) 9781742586601

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


Bonnier Publishing Australia congratulates authors in Readings’ ‘Best of 2017’

Bonnier Publishing Australia’s children’s imprint, Five Mile, is proud to have its first ever junior fiction series included in Readings’ Top 10 Junior Fiction Books of the year. Congratulations to Jo Stanley for her trailblazing ‘Play Like A Girl’ series and to Fiona Harris and Scott Edgar for their format-smashing, genre-bending ‘Super Moopers’ series with Sally Rippin. More titles are publishing throughout 2018 in both series.

‘We’re thrilled that the discerning folks at Readings chose our first two junior fiction series among their top books of the year,’ said Niki Horin, publishing director of Five Mile. ‘It’s fantastic for our amazing creators and team to have their efforts recognised by booksellers, and it puts an extra spring in our step as we put the final touches on our exciting 2018 fiction offer.’

And over on the adult imprint, Echo would also like to congratulate Iain Ryan’s debut crime fiction title The Student and Emma Viskic’s highly anticipated second book And Fire Came Down, both making Readings’ Top 10 Crime Fiction Books of the year. ‘These books are gripping, layered, and each with a great sense of place and such memorable characters. We’re so excited to be working with the supremely talented Emma Viskic and Iain Ryan,’ said Angela Meyer, commissioning editor of Echo.


‘The Invisible War’ authors to appear on Books+Arts, 3RRR radio and Fairfax papers

The Invisible War, winner of the 2017 Most Underrated Book Award, is a graphic novel set in World War I, and combines action with ‘an exciting style of science writing that is far from textbook’, according to the award’s judges Toni Jordan, Sarah L’Estrange and Megan O’Brien.

The book is a collaboration published by the Scale Free Network and created by a team of writers, illustrators and scientists.

Creators and publishers Briony Barr and Gregory Crocetti, and illustrator Ben Hutchings will be interviewed by Michael Cathcart on Radio National Books+Arts this Thursday, 23 November.

Author Ailsa Wild and illustrator Ben Hutchings will be interviewed on Melbourne radio 3RRR, on the ‘Multi-storied’ program next Wednesday, 29 November.

The title will also be covered in the Age this Saturday, 25 November.

For more information on the book visit www.theinvisiblewar.com.au.

Order copies through Dennis Jones & Associates:

Telephone: 61 3 9762 9100
Fax: 61 3 9762 9200
Email: theoffice@dennisjones.com.au
Title: The Invisible War: A Tale on Two Scales
Publisher: Scale Free Network
ISBN: 9780992587253
RRP: $29.95 P/B




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