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18 April 2018


The Shanghai Wife

The fiction debut of 2018 Leaving behind her past in country Australia, Annie Brand and her new husband, a ship’s captain, arrive to the political... Read more
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‘WBN’ published Thursday next week

Please note that, due to the Anzac Day holiday on Wednesday 25 April, the next Weekly Book Newsletter will be published on Thursday 26 April. The... Read more


Wright wins 2018 Stella Prize for ‘Tracker’

Alexis Wright has won the 2018 Stella Prize, worth $50,000, for her ‘collective memoir’ Tracker (Giramondo). Judging panel chair Fiona Stager said the winning book—a... Read more
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Australian publishers report ‘optimistic’ Bologna; feminism and diversity remain points of interest

Australian publishers have reported a busy and ‘positive’ Bologna Children’s Book Fair (26-29 March), with ongoing demand for middle-grade fiction, books with a focus on... Read more


Quirky Kid wins LBF International Excellence Award for Basecamp

Quirky Kid Publishing—the publishing arm of Sydney- and Wollongong-based child psychology clinic The Quirky Kid Clinic—has won the Educational Initiatives Award at the 2018 London... Read more
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ABDA Book Design Awards 2018 shortlists announced

The Australian Book Designers Association (ABDA) has announced the shortlists for the 2018 Book Design Awards. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Best Designed... Read more


Text Prize 2018 shortlist announced

The shortlist has been announced for the 2018 Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing. The five shortlisted manuscripts are: ‘The End of the... Read more


Varuna announces 2018 Publisher Introduction Program recipients

The recipients of Varuna’s 2018 Publisher Introduction Program have been announced. The program offers writers a one-week residency at Varuna and the opportunity to have... Read more


George Robertson Award 2018 winners announced

The winners of the 2018 George Robertson Award, which recognises long and distinguished service to the publishing industry, were announced by the Australian Publishers Association... Read more


Wheeler Centre 2018 Hot Desk Fellowships announced

The Wheeler Centre has announced the successful applicants for its 2018 Hot Desk Fellowships. The recipients are: Asiel Adan Sanchez Amanda Anastasi Rachel Ang Alistair... Read more


Giles' adult debut optioned by Hollywood production company

US production company New Regency has acquired film rights to Australian author Stephen Giles’ debut adult novel, The Boy at the Keyhole. Penguin Australia pre-empted... Read more


‘The Book Ninja’ sells in Europe x

Simon & Schuster (S&S) has sold German rights to The Book Ninja in a six-way auction to Blanvalet. The debut novel, by Books on the... Read more


Bain to present APA’s ‘Australia @ Frankfurt’ program for second year x

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) will run its ‘Australia @ Frankfurt’ program for the second year, again run by former UQP CEO Greg Bain. Bain... Read more

Tablo launches paperback publishing; expands distribution to 40,000 retailers x

Australian online publishing platform Tablo has announced the launch of a paperback publishing service, alongside an expansion of its distribution network to 40,000 online and... Read more


Sun Bookshop celebrates 20 years x

The Sun Bookshop in the Melbourne suburb of Yarraville is celebrating its 20th anniversary this May with a party, book launch and giveaway. The shop,... Read more


‘Second Sight’ wins inaugural Perimeter Small Book Prize

Melbourne-based photographer and artist Sarah Walker has won the inaugural Perimeter Small Book Prize for her submission ‘Second Sight’. Walker will work alongside Perimeter’s editors... Read more


Lancaster wins ‘Overland’ Nakata Brophy Prize

Raelee Lancaster has won this year’s Nakata Brophy Short Fiction and Poetry Prize for Young Indigenous Writers for her poem ‘haunted house’. Lancaster wins $5000,... Read more


‘The Dry’ longlisted for Theakston Crime Novel of the Year

Jane Harper has been longlisted for the UK’s Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award for her debut The Dry (Pan). Also longlisted... Read more


Clarke to headline inaugural Melbourne Spoken Word & Poetry Festival

Melbourne Spoken Word & Poetry Festival has launched its inaugural 2018 program, which will be held from 17 May to 3 June. The 18-day festival... Read more


Increase in prize money for 2018 Queensland Literary Awards

Prize money for the Queensland Literary Awards (QLA) and Queensland Writers Fellowships will be boosted this year, with total prize money increasing from $205,000 to... Read more


Schlosberg appointed new editor of ‘Voiceworks’

Express Media has announced it has appointed Mira Schlosberg as editor of its Voiceworks journal for a two-year period. Schlosberg—a writer, editor and comics artist—will... Read more

TitlePage affected by DDoS attack

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) announced yesterday that the industry’s pricing and availability service TitlePage was affected by a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack,... Read more


Greer wins 2018 Pulitzer Prize for fiction

In the US, Andrew Sean Greer has won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his novel, Less (Lee Boudreaux Books). Less is the comic... Read more

Educational publishers win multimillion-dollar counterfeit textbook lawsuit

In the US, Book Dog Books—an importer and reseller of counterfeit textbooks—has been found guilty of multiple counts of copyright and trademark infringement, and in... Read more

New York Rights Fair partners with BookExpo

BookExpo and the inaugural New York Rights Fair (NYRF) have formed a partnership that will make NYRF the official rights fair of BookExpo. BookExpo will... Read more


Man Booker International Prize 2018 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2018 Man Booker International Prize has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Vernon Subutex 1 (Virginie Despentes, trans by Frank Wynne, MacLehose... Read more


Water Scott Prize 2018 shortlist announced

In the UK, the Water Scott Prize 2018 shortlist has been announced. The titles shortlisted for the £25,000 (A$46,000) prize for historical fiction are: Manhattan Beach (Jennifer... Read more


New nonfiction prize launched for books on contemporary India

The New India Foundation has announced the establishment of the New India Foundation Book Prize for nonfiction books. The annual prize, worth Rs 15 lakhs... Read more

Rights round-up

Sales Fiction Allen & Unwin has sold German rights to The Dark Lake sequel Into the Night (Sarah Bailey); and Romanian rights to The Lightkeeper’s... Read more


Australian bestsellers in March: Winton tops fiction, Hamilton number two in nonfiction

Tim Winton’s first novel in five years, The Shepherd’s Hut, was the bestselling fiction title in March, after debuting in 11th spot in early March... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

Last week’s third-highest new entry, CSIRO Low-Carb Every Day (Grant Brinkworth & Dr Pennie Taylor, Macmillan) has claimed the number two spot in this week’s top... Read more

Bri Lee’s ‘Eggshell Skull’ x

‘Blending memoir with social commentary, Bri Lee’s Eggshell Skull is a book about trauma, culpability and retribution. Unlike recently published personal narratives that are used... Read more

Quote of the week

‘Six years on, what has amazed us is how fast and far-reaching the effects have been … I encourage leaders in other areasespecially cultural onesto consider bold interventions, as we did. The best time for action is always now.’—Outgoing executive director of the Stella Prize Aviva Tuffield reflects on the award’s effect on the Australian literary landscape, and asks how to speed up the pace of progress towards gender equality.



NLA launches ambassador program for 50th anniversary

The National Library of Australia (NLA) has launched an ambassador program to help celebrate the library’s 50th anniversary, reports the Canberra Times. Authors Kaz Cooke,... Read more

Library closures at NZ university prompt fears of book burnings

Staff members at the University of Auckland fear the institution will burn thousands of books if it goes ahead with plans to close down specialist... Read more


SLV awarded for events industry excellence

State Library Victoria (SLV) has won awards in three categories at the Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) 2017 Victoria Industry Awards, which recognise excellence in... Read more

Online library launches to digitally preserve at-risk heritage sites

A new online library has launched to digitally preserve major cultural heritage sites to prevent them from being lost in the future, reports Smithsonian.com. Named... Read more


Come together: Jemma Birrell’s career journey x

Tablo creative director Jemma Birrell has spent her career connecting audiences with books, whether it be in bookshops, at festivals or online. She shares her... Read more


Podcast spotlight: Better Reading Podcast

Established in 2017, Better Reading Podcast is a weekly bookish podcast where Better Reading founder and director Cheryl Akle holds in-depth conversations with both Australian... Read more

2018 IPEd accreditation exam registration closing this week

Australian editors have just under a week left to register for the 2018 Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) accreditation exam. This year, the accreditation exam... Read more

Newsouth Books congratulates Alexis Wright on the 2018 Stella Prize

We’re thrilled to congratulate Alexis Wright and Giramondo Publishing on winning the 2018 Stella Prize for Tracker.

Tracker (9781925336337) is a collective memoir of one of Aboriginal Australia’s most charismatic leaders and an epic portrait of a period in the life of a country.

To order please contact TL Distribution (P: +61(2) 8778 9999, E: orders@tldistribution.com.au).


Barnaby Joyce’s autobiography to be published by New Holland Publishers

Barnaby’s highly anticipated autobiography is due for release come August, and he’s guaranteed not to disappoint.

The book will be a ‘warts and all’ account of his personal story and commitment to people in the bush … as well as his public stoush with actor Johnny Depp, his citizenship crises, his resignation as the leader of the National Party (and as Deputy Prime Minister) and the inside story of the media frenzy concerning his personal life.


Radio Blue Mountains promotes children’s literature with new hour-long radio program

Radio Blue Mountains has launched a new children’s book radio program hosted by former children’s book publisher and national board member of the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Margaret Hamilton.

Children and Books, A Lifetime of Friendship is an hour-long program devoted entirely to children’s books and is available to stream on the Blue Mountains 89.1FM website (rbm.org.au) on Mondays at 6pm.

As a voluntary organisation, Radio Blue Mountains welcomes sponsors for programs, starting at $60 per month (which is only $15 per program).

As a voluntary organisation, Radio Blue Mountains welcomes sponsors for programs, starting at $60 per month (which is only $15 per program). Publishers interested in featuring their children’s books (especially picture books), arranging interviews and supporting the program should contact Margaret Hamilton via the Pinerolo website, by phone: 02 47878492 or emailing: margaret@pinerolo.com.au.





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