Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
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13 December 2017

Final ‘Weekly Book Newsletter’ for 2017, ‘Special Bulletin’ coming

Today’s Weekly Book Newsletter will be the last for 2017. The first Weekly Book Newsletter for 2018 will be published on Wednesday 10 January. The last Daily... Read more
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Over half of book-industry survey respondents report sexual harassment

Just over half (54%) of all respondents to Books+Publishing’s survey on sexual harassment in the Australian book industry have reported being sexually harassed. Books+Publishing received... Read more

Radio National revamps arts programming for 2018

ABC Radio National has announced its program for 2018, with its daily Books and Arts program to be replaced by a new arts program, The... Read more
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Griffiths wins 2017 ACT Book of the Year

Tom Griffiths has won the 2017 ACT Book of the Year for his nonfiction book The Art of Time Travel (Black Inc.). Griffiths was chosen... Read more


Oz middle-grade novel ‘The Shark Caller’ optioned for film

Dianne Wolfer’s middle-grade novel The Shark Caller (Random House) has been optioned for film by New Zealand producers Kerry Warkia and Kiel McNaughton at Brown... Read more
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Natasha Lester signs four-book UK deal

Hachette Australia has sold UK and Commonwealth (ex ANZ) rights to four historical fiction novels by Natasha Lester to UK publisher Sphere. Rights were acquired... Read more


Echo acquires world rights to d’Alpuget’s fiction backlist

Bonnier Publishing Australia’s Echo imprint has acquired world rights to bestselling novelist Blanche D’Alpuget’s backlist. Echo will publish the last two titles in D’Alpuget’s ‘Birth... Read more


New Australian fiction podcast ‘Six Cold Feet’ debuts

Brisbane-based author J M Donellan has written a fiction anthology podcast called Six Cold Feet, which tells the story of River, who is looking for... Read more


ANU Press titles reach two million downloads for the first time

Australian National University’s (ANU) online publisher, ANU Press, has reached more than 2.3 million downloads of its titles in 2017. This is the first time... Read more


Brio acquires O’Neill’s ‘The Drover’s Wife’ reinterpretations; acquires new debut novel by Vincent Silk

Xoum imprint Brio has acquired Ryan O’Neill’s The Drovers Wives, a collection of 99 remixes and reinterprations of Henry Lawson’s The Drover’s Wife. In the... Read more


Dymocks stores undergo extensive upgrades in 2017

Dymocks has announced it is making ‘significant upgrades’ to its network, with the bookseller refurbishing 15% of its stores in 2017. Upgrades have included introducing... Read more


Haywood wins UQ library’s Creative Writing Fellowship

Poet and academic Ashley Haywood is the recipient of the University of Queensland library’s Creative Writing Fellowship. Haywood will draw on the Fryer Library’s Dorothy... Read more


Pham awarded NSW Writer’s Fellowship

Cabramatta-based writer Stephen Pham has been awarded the NSW Writer’s Fellowship, worth $30,000. The fellowship, presented by NSW Minister for the Arts Don Harwin, includes... Read more


Adaptations win at AACTA Awards 2017

The 2017 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards have been announced, with many of the awards going to book-to-screen adaptations. The feature... Read more

Dymocks poll finds over half of all adults planning to give a book this Christmas

A Dymocks-commissioned OmniPoll survey of more than 1200 adults has found more than half of all Australians say they’re likely to give someone a book... Read more


Rooney wins Young Writer of the Year award

In the UK, Irish writer Sally Rooney has won the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award for her ‘fearless, sensual’ debut novel Conversations... Read more

'Paris Review' editor resigns amid questions over his conduct with women x

Lorin Stein, the editor of the Paris Review, has resigned amid an internal investigation into his behaviour towards female employees and writers, reports the New... Read more

Rights round-up

Sales Fiction—Allen & Unwin has sold German rights to The Fighting Season (Bram Connolly) to Festa Verlag. Brio has acquired world rights to The Drovers Wives... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

Penguin Random House have claimed a hat-trick at the top of this week’s overall bestseller charts, with Jamie Oliver’s 5 Ingredients: Quick and Easy Food... Read more

Tracy Sorensen’s ‘The Lucky Galah’ x

‘It is testament to debut author Tracy Sorensen’s talent that, against all odds, choosing to have a galah narrate her novel never becomes gimmicky. Somehow... Read more

Quote of the week

‘This is an industry with older, established men in the corner offices and young women working themselves to the ground in the cubicles, trying to earn themselves a break; that is, an industry where sexual harassment based on power differentials is bound to flourish.’—A respondent in Books+Publishing’s survey on sexual harassment comments on the widespread nature of harassment in the book industry.


Australian public library stats report for 2015-16 released

National and State Libraries Australasia (NSLA) has released its annual Australian Public Libraries Statistical Report for the period 2015-2016. The report found that total expenditure... Read more

WA state government to overhaul public library system

The Western Australian state government has announced an overhaul of the state’s 231 public libraries, including replacing a 1950s-era funding model, and introducing a single-library-card... Read more

Report shows 105 UK libraries closed last year

In the UK, a report by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has found 105 libraries closed in the UK last year,... Read more


Christmas predictions: Cat Schulz from Fullers Bookshop in Hobart

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


Book blogger spotlight: Book Bloggers Australia

Established in 2010 by blogger Margaret Bates, Book Bloggers Australia is an online directory and forum where Australian bloggers can discuss books and blogging, and... Read more

McPhee leaves MUP Board x

Peter McPhee has left his position as Chair of the Board of Melbourne University Publishing. McPhee is an Emeritus Professor and former Provost of the... Read more

Sullivan joins Pantera Press x

Margaret Sullivan has joined Pantera Press in the newly created position of nonfiction publisher. Sullivan begins the position on 19 February 2018.

Call for nominations: 2018 Pixie O’Harris Award x

The Australian Publishers Association is calling for nominations for the 2018 Pixie O’Harris Award. The Award recognises publishers, editors, creators, booksellers, publicists and other industry... Read more

Melbourne Prize for Literature: registrations of interest now open

To register your interest to receive the Entry Guidelines for the Melbourne Prize for Literature 2018 & Awards, please visit www.melbourneprize.org.

With a prize pool over $100,000 plus a new category, all writing genres are eligible. Open to Victorian residents only.


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Margaret Sullivan joins Pantera Press as nonfiction publisher

Pantera Press is delighted to announce that Margie Sullivan will be commencing her role as Non-Fiction Publisher of Pantera Press and Lost the Plot in February 2018.

Margie began her impressive career in publishing as publisher’s assistant and later School Publisher at McGraw Hill. She went on to work at Random House Australia, initially as Commissioning Editor and then as Non-Fiction Publisher, establishing and running the Melbourne Editorial office. While living overseas, Margie worked as a literary scout for Hardie Grant and also with Michael McLoughlin book publicity in Ireland. Margie has continued to be a prominent figure in the publishing industry, maintaining close connections with agents and editors, as well as being an avid supporter of the Sydney Writer’s Festival and The Sydney Story Factory.

Pantera Press CEO Alison Green says, ‘We are incredibly excited for Margie to join our team. At the SPN conference in November, Nielson identified Pantera Press as one of the 2017 ‘heatseekers’, a small publisher with significant growth year on year and long-term growth over the past five years. This new non-fiction publisher role speaks to our continued strategic growth plans for Pantera Press. With Margie’s expertise, we look forward to shaping and having a greater impact on Australian writing culture.’





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