Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
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31 January 2018


Copyright Agency introduces new nonfiction fellowship

The Copyright Agency has announced it has boosted the value of its annual fellowship program from $120,000 to $285,000, including a new $80,000 fellowship for... Read more
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PRH reveals shortlist for its inaugural literary prize

Penguin Random House (PRH) has announced the shortlist for its inaugural PRH Australia Literary Prize, worth $20,000. The prize aims to find and develop new... Read more


Scribble sells rights to ‘Rhyme Cordial’, ‘Grandma Z’

Scribe’s children’s imprint, Scribble, has sold rights to two forthcoming children’s books. World rights (ex ANZ) to Antonia Pesenti’s board book Rhyme Cordial were sold... Read more
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Echo acquires Morris, Evans and Jeffreys

Bonnier Publishing’s Echo imprint has acquired three new novels, set for release in 2018 and 2019. Echo had acquired world rights to the second novel... Read more

Berbay invited to Barcelona children’s literary and arts festival

Melbourne-based publisher Berbay Publishing has been invited by the Spanish cultural agency Acción Cultural Española to participate in FLIC Professional in March 2018. FLIC is... Read more
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Book industry figures among 2018 Australia Day honours recipients

A number of book industry figures have been recognised in the annual Australia Day honours. Janet McCalman was made Companion (AC) in the General Division... Read more

US producer acquires screen rights to ‘Shantaram’

Producers Anonymous Content and Paramount TV have acquired screen rights to Gregory David Roberts’ Shantaram and its sequel, The Mountain Shadow. Deadline Hollywood reports that... Read more


Lindgren joins BWF as guest artistic director

UPLIT has announced Carl Lindgren as the guest artistic director for the 2018 Brisbane Writers Festival. Lindgren will serve as guest artistic director until the... Read more


Fremantle Press to release three new editions of ‘A Fortunate Life’

Fremantle Press will release three new editions of A B Facey’s 1981 novel A Fortunate Life this year, after publication rights recently returned to the... Read more

UNE researcher awarded Fulbright scholarship to study US-based Australian authors

Anne Pender, professor of English and Theatre Studies at the University of New England, has received a Fulbright Senior Scholarship to study the ‘lives and output’... Read more


New prize launched for thrillers without violence against women

UK screenwriter Bridget Lawless has launched the Staunch Book Prize—an award for the best thriller novel in which no woman is beaten, stalked, sexually exploited,... Read more

Dunmore posthumously awarded Costa Book of the Year for ‘Inside the Wave’

In the UK, the late Helen Dunmore has been awarded the £30,000 (A$51,700) Costa Book of the Year award for her poetry collection Inside the... Read more

HarperCollins sales up 8.1% as Big Four’s market share shrinks

In the UK, HarperCollins’ consumer sales grew 8.1% in value in 2017, while the Big Four’s total market share dipped slightly, reports the Bookseller. The... Read more

WHSmith high street store Christmas sales down four percent

In the UK, sales at bookselling chain WHSmith’s high street stores fell four percent like-for-like over the Christmas period—a decline partly attributed to the fall... Read more


‘Sherlock Holmes’ tops 2017 Audible UK chart

In the UK, Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection was Audible’s highest-selling title for 2017, reports the Bookseller. The nine-story collection, which is... Read more

Rights round-up

Sales Fiction—Allen & Unwin has sold Turkish rights to the first two books in the ‘Phryne Fisher’s Murder Mysteries’ series, Cocaine Blues and Flying too... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

There are few changes in the overall bestseller charts this week, with the top three titles mirroring last week’s and only one new entry in... Read more

Michael Mohammed Ahmad’s ‘The Lebs’

‘Punchbowl Boys High, often dubbed “NSW’s most troubled school”, was the subject of a 2016 autobiographical essay by Michael Mohammed Ahmad. Now, that reminiscence of... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘We cannot compete with the likes of Amazon when it takes [so] long to replenish stock in key trading periods’Dymocks head of merchandise and marketing Sophie Higgins reflects the sentiment of other booksellers in her response to Books+Publishing’s annual post-Christmas survey.


Post-Christmas survey: Second flat year in a row but booksellers relieved after slow start x

For the second year in a row, Christmas sales were ‘about the same’ for a majority of booksellers (69%), according to the results of Books+Publishing’s... Read more

New ‘Books+Publishing’ reviews out now

Books+Publishing’s first Reviews newsletter for 2018 contains 13 reviews of books publishing in February and March. Tim Winton’s latest novel, The Shepherd’s Hut (Hamish Hamilton,... Read more

ALIA members receive Australia Day 2018 honours

A number of ALIA members have been recognised in the annual Australia Day honours. Former ALIA president Margaret Allen was awarded a Public Service Medal... Read more

OverDrive reports almost 60 libraries topped one million digital lends

In the US, library provider OverDrive has revealed 58 international library systems recorded over one million digital lends in 2017—up from 49 in 2016, reports... Read more


Will power: William Yeoman on curating PFWW 2018

William Yeoman is the West Australian literary editor and guest curator of the Perth Festival Writers Week (PFWW) 2018. Following the launch of the full... Read more

Coronel joins SPN x

Tim Coronel has been appointed communications manager at Small Press Network. Coronel commenced the role in January.

ABC Books congratulates Tracey Spicer

ABC Books and Harper Collins congratulate Tracey Spicer on being awarded an AM for her work in the media and as an ambassador for charitable and social welfare groups. ABC Books recently published Tracey Spicer’s memoir, The Good Girl Stripped Bare.




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