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28 March 2018

‘WBN’ published Thursday next week

Please note that, due to the Easter holidays, the next Weekly Book Newsletter will be published on Thursday 5 April. The deadline for classifieds and job advertisements... Read more
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Bonnier Publishing to restructure Australian publishing arm; 35 staff redundancies announced

Bonnier Publishing has announced it is restructuring its business in Australia, with the majority of staff at Bonnier Publishing Australia to enter into redundancy consultation.... Read more


‘Nevermoor’ wins Book of the Year at 2018 Indie Book Awards

Jessica Townsend’s Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Hachette) has been named Book of the Year at the 2018 Indie Book Awards, presented at the Leading... Read more
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PRH, Text, Fullers and Torquay Books awarded at Leading Edge Books Conference

A number of industry awards were presented at this year’s Leading Edge Books Conference in Hobart on 26 March. Penguin Random House was named Publisher... Read more


OzCo announces eight delegates for New York Publishers Program

Eight Australian publishers, rights managers and literary agents will travel to New York City from 4 to 8 June this year as part of the... Read more
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CBCA Awards 2018 shortlists announced

The shortlists for this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Older Readers... Read more


Australian Book Design Awards 2018 longlist announced

The 2018 Australian Book Design Awards longlist has been announced. Longlisted titles in some of the categories are: Best Designed Commercial Fiction Cover And the... Read more


Thomas wins Waterstones children’s prize, ‘Nevermoor’ wins younger readers category

Jessica Townsend’s middle-grade novel Nevermoor (Lothian) has won the younger readers category of the 2018 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. The UK retailer described the Queensland writer’s... Read more


Staff changes at Murdoch Books

Murdoch Books has appointed Carol Warwick, Kelly Doust and Kirsty Rizzo to new roles. Warwick has assumed leadership of the Sydney publisher’s newly integrated promotional... Read more


VanOver to join S&S

Simon & Schuster (S&S) has appointed Brandon VanOver to the newly created role of associate publisher, nonfiction. VanOver has worked across fiction, nonfiction and children’s... Read more


Queensland Writers Centre appoints new CEO

Lori-Jay Ellis has been appointed the new chief executive officer of Queensland Writers Centre (QWC), effective from 16 April. Ellis will replace outgoing CEO, Katie... Read more


Antigny and Prendergast join Giramondo

Giramondo Publishing has appointed Léa Antigny to the newly created position of publicity manager. Antigny previously worked as a publicist at Pan Macmillan and Text... Read more


PRH recalls Tucker’s ‘The Prisoner’

Penguin Random House (PRH) has recalled Kerry Tucker’s memoir The Prisoner from sale, after receiving a legal claim in relation to the book. The book,... Read more


Black Inc. to publish Ludlam book

Black Inc. has acquired world rights to a book by former deputy leader of the Australian Greens, Scott Ludlam. The as-yet-untitled book, scheduled for publication... Read more


PRH acquires ‘Star-Crossed’ x

Penguin Random House (PRH) Australia has acquired ANZ rights to Star-Crossed by Minnie Darke, the pen-name of Tasmanian literary author Danielle Wood. Rights were secured... Read more


Brow Books enters into co-publishing agreement with Tilted Axis Press

Brow Books has announced it will enter into a co-publishing agreement with UK-based Tilted Axis Press. Under the new agreement, Tilted Axis will hold world... Read more


‘Meanjin’ relaunches podcast after three-year hiatus x

Literary journal Meanjin has relaunched its podcast, after a three-year absence. The Meanjin podcast is pitched as ‘a spoken version of Australia’s favourite literary quarterly’,... Read more


Melbourne Jewish Book Week launches inaugural program

Melbourne Jewish Book Week has launched its inaugural 2018 program, which will be held from 3 to 9 May. The week-long program of Jewish writing,... Read more


FWF announces 2018 Victorian festival program x

The Feminist Writers Festival (FWF) has launched the program for its Victorian festival, which will be held in Melbourne and Geelong from 25-27 May. The... Read more


ANZ authors nominated for 2018 RITA Awards

Several Australian and New Zealand authors have been nominated for the Romance Writers of America (RWA) 2018 RITA Awards for excellence in published romance novels... Read more


Red Room Poetry fellowship 2018 shortlist announced

The shortlist has been announced for the 2018 Red Room Poetry fellowship, which recognises the achievements and artistic goals of contemporary Australian poets. The 11... Read more


US author Woodson wins Astrid Lindgren Award

In Sweden, US author Jacqueline Woodson has been announced as the winner of the five million krona (A$789,920) 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA). Woodson... Read more


Winners of the 2018 Hans Christian Andersen Awards announced x

The winners of the 2018 Hans Christian Andersen Awards have been announced at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, administered by the International Board on Books... Read more


Dylan Thomas Prize 2018 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2018 International Dylan Thomas Prize has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Kumukanda (Kayo Chingonyi, Chatto & Windus) Her Body &... Read more


Irish booksellers contribute €132 million to economy

A report commissioned by Bookselling Ireland has found the bookselling and supply chain sector contributes €132 million (A$211.7 million) to the Irish economy, reports the... Read more

More UK publishers report gender pay gaps

Hachette, HarperCollins and Springer Nature are among the latest UK publishers to report gender pay gaps as part of new government regulations that require companies... Read more

UK booksellers accused of selling far-right and anti-Semitic titles

British anti-racism group Hope Not Hate has accused UK bookselling chains Foyles, Waterstones, WH Smith and Amazon of lending ‘respectability’ to several Holocaust denial books... Read more

Rights round-up

Sales Fiction Hachette Australia has sold UK and Commonwealth (ex ANZ) and translation rights to The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village (Joanna Nell) to... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

Tim Winton’s The Shepherd’s Hut (Hamish Hamilton) has climbed to second spot in the top 10 bestsellers chart after debuting in 11th spot last week,... Read more

Jamie Marina Lau’s ‘Pink Mountain on Locust Island’ x

‘Vivid, inventive descriptions of yum cha, high-school friendships and claustrophobic apartment living evoke the experience of growing up in a diasporic community and the sensory... Read more

Quote of the Week x

‘The support this book has received from independent booksellers all over the country has been truly overwhelming. I am so grateful to every person who has ever hand-sold Nevermoor … [and] to every reader who has embraced Morrigan Crow.’—Author Jessica Townsend on Nevermoor being the first children’s title to win the Indie Book Awards Book of the Year.


Federal inquiry to look at Canberra's libraries, museums and galleries

A federal parliamentary inquiry into Canberra’s national institutions, such as the National Library of Australia and National Gallery of Australia, will look at their relevance,... Read more


UTAS appoints new university librarian

The University of Tasmania (UTAS) has appointed Janette Burke to the position of university librarian. Burke comes to the role from Monash University, where she... Read more

Wavesound updates RBdigital app to include streaming x

Wavesound has announced enhancements to its RBdigital app, which will give library patrons access to eight different types of content. The app, which was launched... Read more


Oneida County Library announces ‘Books for Babies’ initiative

In the US, Oneida County libraries located in the state of New York have received funding of US$25,000 (A$32,480) for a ‘Books for Babies’ program,... Read more


Out west: WestWords executive director Michael Campbell

WestWords is an independent company based in Parramatta that began its life as The Western Sydney Young People’s Literature Development Project in 2007. Established to... Read more


Podcast spotlight: The Readings Podcast

Established in 2016, the Readings Podcast is ‘a celebration of books, reading and pop culture’. Episodes range in format, from author interviews to event recordings... Read more

2018 Voss Literary Prize open for nominations

The Australian University Heads of English and the estate of Vivian Robert de Vaux Voss are pleased to call for nominations to the fifth annual Voss Literary Prize.

The prize, for the best novel published in Australia in 2017, carries a significant cash prize and will be presented at the AUHE AGM in November 2018.

A nomination form and details of entry can be found at vossliteraryprize.com. Entries must be received by COB, 30 April 2018.


Publishers—nominate your authors

Register your interest now in the Melbourne Prize for Literature 2018 & Awards at www.melbourneprize.org to receive the 2018 Entry Guidelines.

  • $100,000 plus prize pool, including new award
  • Individual application or publisher nomination
  • All genres eligible
  • Victorian residents only
  • For published authors



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