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29 November 2017


Hot Pursuit

Escape on a European adventure with this hilarious and feisty feel-good debut. A missing rockstar, a suspected murderer on the run, and a chase through... Read more
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Please complete our pre-Christmas survey

Books+Publishing is currently conducting its annual pre-Christmas survey of booksellers and publishers. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey online. Booksellers If you... Read more

Christmas closing list 2017 x

Company Last day of business in 2017 First day of business in 2018 Allen & Unwin Friday, 22 December (closing 1pm) Tuesday, 2 January Alliance... Read more
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Christmas closing list: Final chance to submit dates

Publishers and distributors have one more chance to advise the Weekly Book Newsletter of their Christmas closing dates by 5pm this Friday 1 December. If your business doesn’t... Read more


Tasmanian Premier’s Literary Prizes 2017 winners announced

The winners of the 2017 Tasmanian Premier’s Literary Prizes have been announced. The winning titles in each category are: Tasmania Book Prize for best book... Read more
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Australia Council publishing delegation to travel to US

The Australia Council will select a delegation of up to six Australian rights sellers, literary agents and publishers to visit the US in 2018. The... Read more

Attendance up at SPN conference; children’s books a growth area for small publishers x

The Small Press Network’s (SPN) sixth Independent Publishing Conference was held at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne on 16-18 November. With attendance up on last... Read more

Readings Foundation announces 2018 grant recipients

The Readings Foundation has chosen 15 Victorian organisations to share in $184,692 worth of grants in 2018. The grant recipients are: Ardoch Youth Foundation: $10,000... Read more

Dark Mofo festival announces new ‘literature, film and ideas’ program

Tasmania’s midwinter festival Dark Mofo will incorporate a new ‘literature, film and ideas’ program into its June 2018 festival. The Dark and Dangerous Thoughts (DDT)... Read more


Wright named Melbourne Uni’s Boisbouvier Chair in Australian Literature

Author Alexis Wright has been appointed as the second Boisbouvier Chair in Australian Literature at the University of Melbourne, following Richard Flanagan’s inaugural appointment in... Read more


‘Anaesthesia’ wins 2017 Waverley Library Award

Anaesthesia: The Gift of Oblivion and the Mystery of Consciousness by Melbourne journalist Kate Cole-Adams (Text) has won the Waverley Council’s Mark and Evette Moran... Read more


Alghurabi wins 2017 Scribe Nonfiction Prize

Lur Alghurabi has won the 2017 Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers for her entry ‘Letters from the Grave’ . Alghurabi was selected from a shortlist... Read more

Hachette Australia announces promotions in publishing division x

Hachette Australia has promoted several of its publishers to newly created roles within the publishing division. Vanessa Radnidge has been promoted to head of nonfiction,... Read more


Fielding to direct Australian Academy of the Humanities arts advocacy program

The Australian Academy of the Humanities (AAH) has appointed Kate Fielding as program director of its $1.65m arts advocacy initiative ‘A New Approach’, which aims... Read more

Welch promoted to group head of PRH NZ x

Penguin Random House (PRH) New Zealand sales director Carrie Welch has been promoted to the newly created role of group head of PRH New Zealand.... Read more


QWC’s #8WordStory campaign attracts over 10,000 entries

The Queensland Writers Centre’s (QWC) #8WordStory campaign has ‘surpassed all expectations with over 10,000 entries submitted’, the organisation has announced. QWC invited members of the... Read more


Coleman’s ‘Terra Nullius’ sold to North America

Hachette Australia has sold US and Canadian rights to Claire G Coleman’s debut speculative-fiction novel Terra Nullius to US independent publisher Small Beer Press. Small... Read more


‘Their Brilliant Careers’ to publish in the UK in 2018

UK independent publisher Eye Books will publish Ryan O’Neill’s novel Their Brilliant Careers (Black Inc.) in the UK in April 2018. Editor-at-large Scott Pack‏ said... Read more

HQ to publish actress McGowan’s memoir in ANZ

HarperCollins Australia imprint HQ will publish US actress Rose McGowan’s memoir Brave in Australia and New Zealand in January 2018. McGowan’s ‘memoir/manifesto’ will be a ‘pull-no-punches’ account... Read more


BILBY Awards 2017 winners announced

The winners for this year’s Books I Love Best Yearly (BILBY) Awards, the children’s choice book awards for Queensland, have been announced. The winning titles... Read more


Deborah Cass Prize 2017 shortlist announced

Writers Victoria has announced the shortlist for the 2017 Deborah Cass Prize for emerging writers from migrant backgrounds. The shortlisted writers and their works are:... Read more


Carter’s ‘Prime Cut’ shortlisted for BBC Audio Drama Award

A radio adaptation of Australian author Alan Carter’s Prime Cut (Fremantle Press) has been shortlisted for a BBC Audio Drama Award. The adaptation was announced... Read more

New Zealand Book Awards 2018 longlists announced

The longlists for the 2018 New Zealand Book Awards have been announced. The longlisted titles are: Fiction The New Animals (Pip Adam, Victoria University Press)... Read more

Splatt selected for Australia Council’s Kolkata publishing residency

Melbourne-based author and editor Sophie Splatt has been selected for the Australia Council’s inaugural Seagull School of Publishing residency in Kolkata, India. Splatt will travel... Read more


Laniyuk named ‘Overland’ writer-in-residence

Melbourne-based writer Laniyuk Garcon-Mills has been selected for the 2017 Overland Writers Residency, which was open to Indigenous writers this year. As part of the three-month... Read more

NZ Book Council enlists celebrities for reading campaign

The New Zealand Book Council has selected nine New Zealand celebrities to participate in its new reading campaign. The #ReadToSucceed campaign will run in the... Read more

Waterstones to open five stores before Christmas

UK bookselling chain Waterstones will open five new bookstores before Christmas, including three that are named after their local area in the style of an... Read more

Bad S-x in Fiction Award 2017 shortlist announced

In the UK, the Literary Review has announced the Bad S-x in Fiction Award shortlist for 2017. The seven shortlisted books are: The Seventh Function... Read more


Junior doctor’s memoir wins BAMB Readers’ Choice Award

Junior-doctor-turned-comedian Adam Kay’s memoir This is Going to Hurt (Picador) has won the Books are My Bag (BAMB) Readers’ Choice Award in the UK. Kay’s... Read more

Atlantic’s revenue drops in 2016 due to ebook sales ‘squeeze’

UK publisher Atlantic’s revenue has dropped in 2016 with ebook sales down 20%, reports the Bookseller. Atlantic’s revenue in 2016 was £5.5m (A$9.7m), down £0.5m... Read more

Sales up 79% across UK small presses

UK indie book distributor Inpress has reported a 79% increase in sales across 60 of its smallest publishing clients in the past year, reports the... Read more

Rights round-up

Sales: Fiction—Black Inc. has sold UK rights to Their Brilliant Careers (Ryan O’Neill) to Eye Books. (See news.) Hachette has sold US and Canadian rights to Terra Nullius... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

Jeff Kinney’s latest ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ title, The Getaway (Puffin), is at number one in the top 10 chart for a second consecutive... Read more

Jan O’Connell’s ‘A Timeline of Australian Food’ x

‘A Timeline of Australian Food expertly fills a gap in our understanding of Australian food history. If there is a quibble, it is only that the... Read more

Quote of the week

‘By steering boys away from books by and about women, we are teaching them that women’s stories are not interesting or important, and that women cannot be empathised with’Author Lili Wilkinson argues that catering to stereotypical ‘boy’ interests creates an infantilising reading environment for boys and enforces harmful messaging about masculinity.



RiP Amelia Edwards x

Walker Books’ founding art director Amelia Edwards has died, aged 77. Sebastian Walker employed Edwards to establish the Walker Books London office in 1978. She... Read more

RiP Jill Barklem x

Children’s author and illustrator Jill Barklem has died, aged 66. Barklem’s ‘Brambly Hedge’ stories sold more than seven million copies, and were adapted for television in... Read more

Sydney libraries fitted out with robotic kits

The City of Sydney will supply more than 180 new robotic and electronic kits to its libraries’ ‘makerspaces’, giving students and library patrons the opportunity... Read more

Middle Park residents fight council over library plans

A group of Middle Park residents are opposing the City of Port Phillip’s plan to remove hundreds of books from their local library, reports the... Read more

Pullman, Gaiman back UK school library campaign

In the UK, authors Philip Pullman, Neil Gaiman and Malorie Blackman are among more than 150 book industry figures who are supporting a campaign to... Read more


Christmas predictions: Kym Bagley and Rivis Donnelly from Dymocks Melbourne

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


Where popular meets the professional: Genre Con 2017 x

GenreCon 2017 was the conference’s biggest yet. The biennially-staged writers conference aimed at genre writers sold out its registrations with 240 attendees, up from 190... Read more

Donate to the ILF

This holiday season, spare a thought for children living in remote Australia who do not have the choices and opportunities you may have. Reading opens doors to better jobs, health and general wellbeing. Donate to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation this holiday season and you will help:

  • Buy new, culturally relevant books for children who have none
  • Grow the ILF early literacy program Book Buzz, so children can start school feeling confident
  • Undertake writing workshops and publish stories written by community, many in first languages.

Donate at www.ilf.org.au.




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