Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
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14 February 2018


Inaugural ‘Rising Star’ award added to ABIAs 2018

The Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) has introduced a new award to recognise emerging talent in the publishing industry. The inaugural Rising Star of the... Read more
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Stella Prize 2018 longlist announced

The longlist for the 2018 Stella Prize has been announced. This year’s longlisted titles are: The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree (Shokoofeh Azar, Wild Dingo... Read more


Gleitzman announced as Australian Children’s Laureate for 2018-19

Children’s author Morris Gleitzman has been chosen as the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2018-19. The author of nearly 40 books for young people, including Two... Read more
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PRH Literary Prize winner announced

Penguin Random House (PRH) Australia has announced that the winner of its inaugural literary prize is Kathryn Hind for her novel Hitch. ACT-based Hind wins... Read more


PRH and Books on the Rail launch ‘blind date with a book’ initiative

Penguin Random House Australia has partnered with Books on the Rail and the Street Library to launch a ‘blind date with a book’ campaign to... Read more
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Seizure announces 2018 Viva la Novella shortlist

Volunteer-run publishing initiative Seizure has announced the shortlist for the 2018 Viva la Novella competition. This year’s shortlisted authors and their works are: Hasti Abbasi... Read more


Inaugural children’s literature festival to be held in WA

A new festival celebrating children’s literature and arts will be held in Claremont, Western Australia from 9-13 May. The inaugural Scribblers Festival is conceived by... Read more


Xoum changes name to Brio Books; moves distribution to Hardie Grant

Xoum Publishing is changing its name to Brio Books, effective immediately. Brio Books—originally the name of the publisher’s literary imprint founded in 2016—will continue to... Read more


'Mascara', Sweatshop launch mentorship program for editors of colour

Mascara Literary Review and Western Sydney literary collective Sweatshop are launching two editing mentorships as part of a new two-year project to upskill emerging writers... Read more


Hardie Grant moves distribution to HEDS

Hardie Grant Publishing is moving to Harper Entertainment Distribution Services (HEDS) for it distribution in Australia and New Zealand. The new deal will commence on... Read more


ASA launches virtual ‘literary speed dating’ for regional members

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) will launch its first virtual ‘literary speed dating’ session for regional members as part of Red Dirt Writers’ Week.... Read more


‘Nevermoor’ makes shortlist for Waterstones children’s prize

Jessica Townsend’s middle-grade novel Nevermoor (Lothian) has been shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize in the younger readers category. Australian-born US-based author Emily Suvada... Read more


Hardie Grant acquires Karen Martini cookbook

Hardie Grant Books has acquired world rights to Karen Martini’s next cookbook for publication in 2019. The Melbourne chef, restaurateur, food writer and food editor... Read more


Blythe to direct Homecooked Comics Festival

Publicity and marketing manager at Black Inc. Marian Blythe has been announced as festival director for the 2018 Homecooked Comics Festival. Blythe, who was formerly... Read more


New podcast on Australian kids’ books launches

A new fortnightly podcast about Australian children’s books has launched. One More Page focuses on Australian picture books through to middle-grade titles, and includes interviews,... Read more


Aussie, NZ writers make shortlists for UK Romantic Novel Awards

Australian author Janet Glover and New Zealand author Soraya M Lane have both been included in the 2018 Romantic Novel Awards (RONA) shortlists, administered by... Read more


ALA Youth Media Awards 2018: Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, Stonewall

In the US, the American Library Association (ALA), has announced the winners of its Youth Media Awards, including the Newbery and Caldecott medals. Erin Entrada... Read more

Controversy over sexual harassment in US children’s publishing; accused writer responds

Jay Asher, author of the young adult novel Thirteen Reasons Why, has responded to reports he was ‘expelled’ from the US Society of Children’s Book... Read more

Penguin US announces imprint for diverse kids books

In the US, Penguin Young Readers will launch a new imprint focusing on diverse books for children and young adults, reports Publishers Weekly. Called Kokila,... Read more

Adult sales up, kids sales down in US

In the US, estimates from the AAP’s StatShot program show that sales of adult trade books increased slightly (0.4%) in the first nine months of... Read more

Waterstones partners with UK podcast

In the UK, bookselling chain Waterstones has announced a year-long partnership with the podcast Mostly Lit to produce a series of in-store events and online... Read more

Scribd returns to unlimited access model

In the US, online reading service Scribd is returning to its original ‘unlimited’ access reading model, although some controls will remain in place to limit... Read more

Rights round-up

Sales Fiction: Penguin Random House Australia has licensed French-language rights to All Day at the Movies (Fiona Kidman); and German-language rights to The Chocolate Tin... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

Three new releases have shaken up the top 10 bestseller charts this week, with J D Robb’s Dark in Death (Hachette) debuting in fourth spot,... Read more

Lucy and Rebekah Mannering’s ‘Surviving Your Split’ x

‘Written in a friendly, conversational style and lightened with occasional bouts of humour, Surviving Your Split feels like a sage friend who is holding your... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘I want to be an ambassador for the fears and hopes and dreams and dreads that young people have as they contemplate and navigate today’s world, and also as they think about the possibilities of their future adult worlds’—Morris Gleitzman on what he aims to promote during his two-year term as the Australian Children’s Laureate.


New NLA Indigenous curator highlights library’s oral history collection

Newly appointed National Library of Australia (NLA) Indigenous curator Rebecca Bateman has highlighted the library’s ‘Bringing Them Home’ oral history collection, which holds more than... Read more


WA libraries launch film-streaming service Kanopy statewide

Western Australian public libraries have rolled out movie-streaming service Kanopy to all its members across the state, reports the West Australian. WA library members will... Read more

Trump’s budget proposal calls for elimination of library funding

In the US, the Trump administration has argued for the elimination of the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities (NEA and NEH) and the... Read more


The reinvention of lit mags x

In recent years, Australian literary journals have expanded into public events, unpublished manuscript prizes and even traditional book publishing, and are increasingly being seen as... Read more


What next for school libraries? x

Jackie Tang explores the changing nature of school libraries in Australia. In September 2017, Australian children’s laureate Leigh Hobbs voiced his concern that Australian school... Read more

State Library Victoria: 2018 Fellowships Program x

The State Library of Victoria fellowship program is open for applications and is seeking creative projects or ideas that could use the Library’s collection in... Read more

A&U to publish picture book by AFL player Alex Rance

Allen & Unwin is delighted to announce that they will be publishing AFL star Alex Rance’s first picture book Tiger’s Roar in June 2018. The book is inspired by Alex’s experiences as a key player in Richmond’s drought-breaking 2017 AFL Premiership win.

Publisher Jodie Webster says, ‘Not only is Alex a champion football player, he is also a champion storyteller who cares passionately about teaching children to believe in themselves. Kids will love this story of a tiger whose friends help him find his way back to the top of the tree.’

Tiger’s Roar will be illustrated by Shane McG.


Lonely Planet annual stocktake

Lonely Planet will be conducting its annual stocktake on Friday 23 February.

Orders placed by 12 noon on Thursday 22nd will be dispatched prior to the warehouse closing. Regular warehouse operations will resume on Monday 26 February.


Pantera Press reprinting 'Graevale' by Lynette Noni

Pantera Press is currently reprinting Graevale by Australian YA author Lynette Noni. Graevale, the fourth book in the Medoran Chronicle series, sold 1333 copies through Bookscan in just nine days, making it the third bestselling YA book this week after Simon Vs. the Homosapiens and Turtles all the Way Down. The current reprint will take total copies in the market to 8000. To order copies, contact UBD on orders@unitedbookdistributors.com.au or 1800 338 836.


A&U acquires new Scott Westerfeld series set in same world as 'Uglies'

Allen & Unwin is delighted to announce that it will publish a new series by New York Times bestselling author Scott Westerfeld in September 2018.

‘The Impostors’ quartet is set in the same world as Scott’s internationally bestselling ‘Uglies’ novels and is about how we fight to create our own identities, to invent selves that really belongs to us, and continues the high-stakes action and vivid dystopian world that fans loved so much in the ‘Uglies’ series.

Publisher Jodie Webster says, ‘I loved being back in the Uglies world. Impostors maintains the spirit of rebelliousness—and the courage to fight against oppression—that underpins the Uglies series. I adore the new characters, the new tech, the new cities, the new rivalries, the new kinds of surveillance and the ever-present intrigue and threat of treachery. Everything about it is super compelling.’

The first book, Impostors, will be published on 12 September, simultaneously with the US and UK.


NewSouth congratulates publishers on the Stella Prize longlist

A big congratulations from NewSouth Books to the following publishers on their inclusion in the 2018 Stella Prize Longlist: Wild Dingo Press for The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree, Giramondo for Tracker and This Water: Five Tales and Seizure for The Fish Girl. To order, please contact TL Distribution on +61(2) 8778 9999 or orders@tldistribution.com.au.




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