Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
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6 December 2017

Please complete our pre-Christmas survey: Last chance

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
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Christmas closing list 2017: Updated

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

Amazon Australia officially launches

Amazon’s Australian store has officially launched, and is selling print books and 22 other product categories through its own store and marketplace. Online retailers selling... Read more
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Booksellers respond to Amazon’s Australian launch x

Australian booksellers have reacted cautiously to the launch of Amazon’s online store in Australia, with some noting that the online retailer ‘has given very little... Read more


Winners announced for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards 2017

The winners of the 2017 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards have been announced. The winning titles in each category are: Fiction Their Brilliant Careers (Ryan O’Neill,... Read more
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Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 2018 shortlists announced

The 2018 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards shortlists have been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Fiction A New England Affair (Steven Carroll, HarperCollins) Australia Day (Melanie... Read more


Indie Book Awards 2018 longlists announced

Leading Edge Books has announced the longlists for the 2018 Indie Book Awards for books published in 2017. The longlisted titles in each category are:... Read more


Wagner awarded 2017 Dromkeen Medal

The State Library Victoria (SLV) has awarded the 2017 Dromkeen Medal to Erica Wagner, publisher of books for children and young adults at Allen &... Read more

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O’Flynn wins 2017 Voss Literary Prize

Author Mark O’Flynn has won the 2017 Voss Literary Prize for The Last Days of Ava Langdon (UQP). The Voss Literary Prize is awarded to... Read more

Heyman wins 2017 Copyright Agency Fellowship

Kathryn Heyman has won the Copyright Agency’s 2017 fellowship for mid-to-late career authors, worth $80,000. Heyman received the fellowship for her forthcoming memoir Words to Live... Read more

Herrmann named UK FutureBook Leader of the Year

Founder and co-CEO of Bolinda Rebecca Herrmann has been named Leader of the Year at the FutureBook awards, run by the Bookseller in the UK.... Read more


Milligan wins 2017 Walkley Book Award for ‘Cardinal’

Investigative journalist Louise Milligan has won the 2017 Walkley Book Award for Cardinal: The Rise and Fall of George Pell (MUP). Milligan’s book was chosen... Read more


Online book club launches YA event

Online young adult book club the YA Room has programmed a one-day young adult (YA) event in Melbourne at the Wheeler Centre. ‘YA Day’, which... Read more


Filming starts on adaptation of Jensen’s ‘Acute Misfortune’

A film adaptation of Erik Jensen’s biography of painter Adam Cullen, Acute Misfortune (Black Inc.), has begun production in the Blue Mountains. The film will... Read more


Renamed Writers SA announces plans to expand program

The SA Writers Centre has changed its name to Writers SA, adopted a new logo and announced plans to expand its events program. Writers SA... Read more


‘Overland’ Fair Australia Prize 2017 winners announced

Literary journal Overland has announced the winners for this year’s Fair Australia Prize. The winners are: Poetry: Andrew Sutherland for ‘East Perth [imagined nation]’, a... Read more

Winners of Emerging Writers’ Mentorships 2018 announced

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has announced the winners of the 2018 Emerging Writers’ Mentorship program. The winners are: Adult fiction: Amanda Niehaus for... Read more


AusRomToday Reader’s Choice Awards 2017 winners announced

The winners for the 2017 AusRomToday Reader’s Choice Awards have been announced. The winners in each category are: Book of the year Nineteen Letters (Jodi... Read more


Grattan Institute releases PM summer reading list

Australian public policy think tank Grattan Institute has released its annual summer reading list for the Prime Minister. In a statement on its website announcing... Read more

RMIT professional writing staff awarded $20,000 teaching prize

The teaching team for the Associate Degree in Professional Writing and Editing at Victoria’s RMIT University has won the university’s Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award. The team, which... Read more

Judges for inaugural Michael Gifkins Prize announced

The New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaitahu O Aotearoa and Text Publishing (Text) have announced the judges for the inaugural Michael Gifkins Prize... Read more

Cengage launches unlimited subscription service

In the US, publisher and technology company Cengage is launching a ‘first-of its kind’ digital subscription service for students called Cengage Unlimited, reports the Bookseller.... Read more


‘La Belle Sauvage’ selected as Waterstones Book of the Year

UK bookselling chain Waterstones has selected Philip Pullman’s La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One (Penguin) as its Book of the Year for... Read more

Italy to offer tax breaks for bookstores

The Italian government will introduce tax breaks for bookstores to help stem the number of store closures, reports the Bookseller. The government will cut property... Read more

Pan Mac UK acquires Cassandra Clare adult fantasy titles in seven-figure deal

YA author Cassandra Clare has signed a two-book, seven-figure deal with Pan Macmillan UK for her first fantasy novels for adults, reports the Guardian. The... Read more


Bollen wins Bad S-x in Fiction Award

US author Christopher Bollen has received the 2017 Bad S-x in Fiction Award, the Literary Review’s annual prize for ‘poorly written, perfunctory or redundant passages... Read more

Hong Kong rolls out library vending machines at train stations

In Hong Kong, vending machines stocked with up to 300 library books each are being installed at train stations, reports the South China Morning Post.... Read more

Rights round-up

Sales Nonfiction—Allen & Unwin has sold world English-language (ex-ANZ) rights to Fight Like a Girl (Clementine Ford) to OneWorld Publications; Korean rights to The Mekong:... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Jamie Oliver’s 5 Ingredients: Quick & Easy Food (Michael Joseph) has toppled Jeff Kinney’s The Getaway: Diary of a Wimpy Kid to become the overall... Read more

Jack Heath’s ‘The Hangman’ x

‘Yes, the hero of Jack Heath’s debut adult novel is a cannibal detective. Readers able to abide this grisly affliction will easily lose themselves in... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘We had to go back to basics and ask again: What are books and stories for? Of course, they are for children. But where do they fit into the world of screens and endless chatter?’Erica Wagner reflects on her life in books after being named the recipient of this year’s Dromkeen Medal.


Government to table Bill extending safe harbour to libraries

Communications minister Mitch Fifield has told the Financial Review the federal government will introduce legislation extending safe harbour provisions to libraries, educational institutions and the... Read more

Library manager wins top gong at inaugural NT Digital Excellence Awards

Alice Springs Town Council library services manager Georgina Davison has won the Minister’s gold award and community benefit award at the inaugural Northern Territory Digital... Read more

Hong Kong rolls out library vending machines at train stations

In Hong Kong, vending machines stocked with up to 300 library books each are being installed at train stations, reports the South China Morning Post.... Read more


Christmas predictions: Gavin Williams from Matilda and Lindy Jones from Abbey’s

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

McDiarmid to represent Spinifex x

Spinifex Press has appointed Rachael McDiarmid of RM Marketing Services as promotions and marketing manager, commencing on 4 December. (See classified.)

Black Inc. congratulates Ryan O’Neill for 'Their Brilliant Careers', winner of the Fiction Prize in the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards 2017

Black Inc. congratulates Ryan O’Neill, whose novel Their Brilliant Careers has won the Fiction Prize in the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards 2017.

A reprint of Their Brilliant Careers is underway and stock will be available from United Book Distributors from Monday 18 December.

To order, contact United Book Distributors on 1800 338 836 or orders@unitedbookdistributors.com.au, or contact your Penguin Random House sales representative.

Their Brilliant Careers
Ryan O’Neill
RRP $27.99



Atomic Thunder wins 2017 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for History

NewSouth is thrilled to congratulate Elizabeth Tynan on winning the 2017 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for History. Atomic Thunder: The Maralinga Story was published exactly 60 years since the first British mushroom cloud rose above the plain at Maralinga in South Australia.

To order Atomic Thunder: The Maralinga Story 9781742234281, contact TL Distribution on (02) 8778 9999 or orders@tldistribution.com.au.


RM Marketing Services McDiarmid to represent Spinifex Press

Spinifex Press is pleased to announce that Rachael McDiarmid of RM Marketing Services has commenced representing Spinifex Press as Promotions and Marketing Manager. The position commenced on 4 December 2017 and Rachael can be contacted on promotions@spinifexpress.com.au or Tel: 0409 772 850.

Spinifex Press is one of Australia’s leading independent publishers with several hundred titles, a significant number of which have won awards or been translated into more than 20 languages. Spinifex has been a leader in digital publishing and export to international markets over 26 years.




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