Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
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11 April 2018


ABA announces 2018 conference program; Currie, Batistich to give keynotes

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has announced the program for its 2018 conference, to be held at QT Hotel in Canberra from 17-18 June. The... Read more
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OUP’s Walker appointed APA president

School publishing director of Oxford University Press Australia & New Zealand (OUP ANZ) Lee Walker has been appointed president of the Australian Publishers Association (APA).... Read more


EWF announces 2018 festival ambassadors

The Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) has announced the five writers appointed ambassadors for the festival’s National Writers’ Conference, which runs from 23-24 June at the... Read more
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Writers Victoria announces Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund round-two recipients

Writers Victoria has announced the second round of recipients for the Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund. Thirteen successful writers, translators and publishers were selected from... Read more


Magabala to launch Daisy Utemorrah Award

Broome publisher Magabala Books will launch a new unpublished manuscript award in the second half of 2018 to find the best children’s or YA novel... Read more
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Fine longlisted for Orwell Prize 2018

University of Melbourne academic and author Cordelia Fine has been longlisted for the 2018 Orwell Prize for Books, for her book Testosterone Rex: Unmaking the Myths... Read more

Ashurst Business Literature Prize 2017 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2017 Ashurst Business Literature Prize has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Losing Streak: How Tasmania Was Gamed by the Gambling... Read more


Robinsons to open Hobart store in May x

Independent bookselling chain Robinsons Bookshop is opening a new store in Hobart in May. The store is Robinsons’ 12th and its second outside of Melbourne,... Read more

Avon Books acquires debut thriller from Ingrid Alexandra

HarperCollins imprint Avon Books has acquired world rights to a psychological thriller from debut Australian author Ingrid Alexander, reports the Bookseller. The book, titled The... Read more


‘Animalia’ author develops educational app for iconic picture book x

Graeme Base, author and illustrator of the iconic Australian picture book Animalia, has launched an educational app called Animalia Education, based on the 1986 bestseller.... Read more


Aussie book industry figures listed in ‘Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Asia list x

Three Australians in the book industry have been listed in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list. Founder and CEO of Australian online self-publishing platform... Read more


Davitt Awards open to self-publishers x

Sisters in Crime has decided to open its annual Davitt Awards for the best crime books by Australian women writers to self-published authors for the... Read more


Consumer group calls for gift card expiry dates to be scrapped nationwide

National consumer group Choice is lobbying for nationwide changes to gift card expiry dates, with an aim to remove expiry dates completely, reports SmartCompany. The growing... Read more


The Little Bookroom launches in-store parent-teacher events x

Melbourne children’s bookstore The Little Bookroom has launched its first in-store information event for parents and teachers. The first event in what the store hopes... Read more

Three Nobel Prize judges resign over mishandling of sexual misconduct allegations

Three members of the Nobel Prize committee, which selects the winner of the Nobel Prize for literature, have resigned from their positions in protest over... Read more


'Exit West' wins inaugural Aspen Words Literary Prize

In the US, Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West (Hamish Hamilton), about the turbulent lives of refugees, has won the inaugural US$35,000 (A$45,100) Aspen Words Literary Prize,... Read more


International Dublin Literary Award 2018 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the International Dublin Literary Award 2018 has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Baba Dunja’s Last Love (Alina Bronsky, Europa Editions) The... Read more

UK audiobook sales double over past five years; men drive growth

Audiobook sales in the UK have doubled over the last five years, reports the Bookseller. While book purchases across all formats in the UK last... Read more

Egmont UK sales down in 2017; Australian market performed ‘according to plan’

Egmont UK has reported a 1.4% drop in sales to £50 million (A$91.3 million) in 2017, reports the Bookseller. The UK arm of Danish media... Read more


Nemens appointed editor of ‘The Paris Review’

Writer and illustrator Emily Nemens has been appointed as the editor of the Paris Review, following the resignation of Lorin Stein last year amid allegations... Read more

Rights round-up

Sales Fiction Allen & Unwin has sold Bulgarian rights to The Passage of Love (Alex Miller). Fremantle Press has sold the film option to the... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

Last week’s highest new entry, Anh Do’s Messy Weird! (Scholastic) has claimed the number two spot in this week’s top 10 bestseller chart, as well... Read more

Kate Wild’s ‘Waiting for Elijah’ x

‘Wild is an investigative journalist whose narrative nonfiction will appeal to readers of Helen Garner and Chloe Hooper. She explores her subject with great depth,... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘There are lots of listeners that don’t read books, and there are a dizzying range of demographics listening. In five years’ timeI put money on itaudio will not be this nice little outlier that is growing a lot, but an absolutely central bit of business.’—Hachette UK CEO David Shelley discusses the growth of audio, gender pay gaps and consumer data at the London Book Fair Quantum conference.


Baum announced as inaugural SLNSW Reader in Residence

Author, journalist and broadcaster Caroline Baum has been announced the inaugural Reader in Residence at the State Library of New South Wales. As part of... Read more

SLWA calls on community to help honour prominent WA women

The State Library of Western Australia (SLWA) is working with the WA Women’s Hall of Fame to collect and preserve the documentary history of 169... Read more


Asher, Alexie top ALA 'most challenged books’ list in wake of allegations

In the US, two books by authors who have previously been accused of sexual harassment have topped the American Library Association’s (ALA) annual list of... Read more


Publishing, fast and slow: Martin Hughes on 'slow' media

Martin Hughes is the co-founder and publisher of Affirm Press, the former editor of the Big Issue and, in 2018, a regular columnist for Books+Publishing.... Read more


Podcast spotlight: From the Lighthouse

Established in 2017, From the Lighthouse is a fortnightly literary podcast produced by the English department at Macquarie University. Each episode is hosted by academics... Read more

Editors NSW: InDesign workshop

The one-day course aimed at beginners will cover: the InDesign interface; working with text; working with graphics; Layout controls; understanding colour; multi-page documents; working with tables;... Read more

Editors NSW: Editing digital text workshop

This workshop is aimed at editors from a print background wishing to expand their skills. It covers editing for onscreen delivery rather than technical aspects... Read more

Editors NSW: The author-editor relationship

Marketing and Communications Manager of the Australian Society of Authors, Emily Banyard, will will discuss the role of the ASA and what the organisation does... Read more

Publicity department changes at Text

Text Publishing is delighted to announce the promotion of Senior Publicist Alice Lewinsky to the role of Acting Publicity Manager. Former manager Jane Finemore has resigned from the company. Thanks Jane for all your hard work. Alice can be contacted on 03 8610 4511 or alice.lewinsky@textpublishing.com.au. Congratulations from the Text team, Alice!


Newsouth Books congratulates Transit Lounge on 2018 Aurealis Award winners

We’re delighted to congratulate Transit Lounge on the 2018 Aurealis Awards. Soon by Lois Murphy won the Best Horror Novel and From the Wreck by Jane Rawson won Best Science-Fiction Novel. To order please contact TL Distribution P: +61(2) 8778 9999, E: orders@tldistribution.com.au.




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