Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
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16 May 2018


Ball departs PRH

Penguin Random House Australia (PRH) announced yesterday that PRH Literary publishing director Ben Ball has departed the company, as of Tuesday, 15 May. PRH said... Read more
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SWF 2018: ticket sales down but box office third-highest in festival history; Lee tops bestsellers x

This year’s Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF) recorded 51,362 ticketed sales worth over $1.28 million—down on last year’s earnings but still the third-highest box office earnings... Read more


2018 VIPs program explores crime genre, alternative formats x

The Australia Council for the Arts ran the 2018 Visiting International Publishers (VIPs) program from 2-4 May, alongside the Sydney Writers’ Festival. Twelve international publishers... Read more
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EWF 2018 program launched

The Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) has announced its 2018 program, which runs from 19-29 June in venues across Melbourne’s CBD and surrounding suburbs. Timmah Ball,... Read more


Walsh announced as OzCo chair

Minister for communications and the arts Mitch Fifield has appointed Sam Walsh as the next chair of the Australia Council for the Arts, following current... Read more
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ABA Booksellers Choice Award 2018 shortlist announced

The shortlist for this year’s Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) Booksellers Choice Award has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Force of Nature (Jane Harper, Macmillan)... Read more

REAL Awards 2018 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2018 Reading & Enjoying Australian Literature (REAL) Awards—which act as shortlists for children’s choice book awards in New South Wales (KOALAs),... Read more

The Dry


‘The Dry’ wins crime book of the year at British Book Awards

Jane Harper’s The Dry (Pan) has won the crime and thriller book of the year award at the British Book Awards. Harper said, ‘I’m absolutely... Read more


Adam wins 2018 New Zealand Book Award for fiction

Wellington writer Pip Adam has won the NZ$50,000 (A$45,930) Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize at the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards for her novel The New... Read more


Perlman to release first book for children

Elliot Perlman has written a debut children’s book, The Adventures of Catvinkle, which will be published by Random House Children’s Books in Australia in October... Read more


‘The Ruin’ optioned for film

Dervla McTiernan’s debut crime novel The Ruin (HarperCollins) has been optioned for film by Australian film production company Hopscotch Features. Curtis Brown agent Tara Wynne... Read more


PRH acquires Sydney teenager’s debut novel

Penguin Random House (PRH) has acquired Sydney teenager Vivian Pham’s debut adult novel, The Coconut Children. Negotiated by Benython Oldfield from Zeitgeist Agency, the deal... Read more


Two Hardie Grant cookbooks awarded in inaugural NYRF visual books competition

Two Hardie Grant Publishing cookbooks have been honoured at the New York Rights Fair’s (NYRF) inaugural Talking Pictures: Selected Books competition, which awards excellence in... Read more


‘The Dry’ nominated for 2018 Anthony Award

Jane Harper has been nominated for the 2018 Anthony Awards for her debut The Dry (Pan). The Dry was nominated in the category for best... Read more


Sisters in Crime launches two new awards in 2018

Sisters in Crime is launching two new prizes in 2018: the Crime and Punishment Award, and the Award for Best Forensic Linguistics Story. The Crime and... Read more

Wyld receives Hardcopy scholarship for First Nations writers

Writer and former bookseller Karen Wyld is the recipient of the inaugural Hardcopy scholarship for an emerging First Nations writer. Launched this year by the... Read more

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PRH acquires new Gordon picture book for 2019, world rights sold to Dial x

Penguin Random House (PRH) has acquired Australian and New Zealand rights to a new picture book by Gus Gordon titled I Am Alice. The book... Read more


Text acquires Savage’s debut essay collection x

Text Publishing has acquired world rights (ex UK) to Ellena Savage’s debut essay collection, Blueberries, via Daisy Parente at Lutyens & Rubinstein. Blueberries is a... Read more

A&U to publish Winx book

Allen & Unwin will publish a book about world number one racehorse Winx in late October 2018. Gold Walkley winner Andrew Rule will author the... Read more


Melbourne local council announces inaugural writer-in-residence program

Moreland City Council, in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, will offer a new $3000 writer-in-residence program this year. Offered to three writers, the three-month residency program aims... Read more


'Voiceworks' to expand with online component in late-2018

Voiceworks has announced it will begin commissioning and publishing original online content later this year. Voiceworks editor Mira Schlosberg said the new digital publishing arm will... Read more

HarperCollins, Blackwell's among the winners at British Book Awards

HarperCollins has been named Publisher of the Year and bookshop chain Blackwell’s won Book Retailer of the Year at the 2018 British Book Awards. HarperCollins... Read more


Petit wins 2018 Ondaatje Prize

In the UK, Paris-born Pascale Petit has won the Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje Prize for her poetry collection Mama Amazonica (Bloodaxe Books). The annual £10,000 (A$18,070) prize... Read more


Chingonyi wins Dylan Thomas Prize 2018

In the UK, Zambian-British writer Kayo Chingonyi’s debut poetry collection Kumukanda (Chatto & Windus) has won the 2018 International Dylan Thomas Prize, worth the £30,000... Read more


US adult book and university press sales up; audio sales grow significantly

The Association of American Publishers’ (AAP) annual StatShot survey estimated that US publishers’ revenue for trade books increased by US$96 million (A$128.7 million) to US$7.6... Read more

Waterstones accused of breaking pledge to not compete with indie bookshops

British bookshop chain Waterstones has announced it plans to expand in Edinburgh, causing local independent booksellers to accuse the chain retailer of backtracking on previous... Read more

Rights round-up

Sales Fiction Curtis Brown Australia has sold the film option to The Ruin (Dervla McTiernan) to Hopscotch Features. (See news.) Fremantle Press has sold Slovenian... Read more


Australian bestsellers in April: Winton, Pape hold on to top spots x

Tim Winton’s new novel The Shepherd’s Hut was the bestselling Australian fiction book in April, claiming top spot in the Australian fiction bestseller chart for the second... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

Debuting in the number two spot in the top 10 bestsellers chart is this week’s highest new entry, A Court of Frost and Starlight (Sarah... Read more

Rhiannon Williams' 'Ottilie Colter and the Narroway Hunt' x

‘Ottilie Colter and the Narroway Hunt is the first middle-grade novel to win Hardie Grant Egmont’s Ampersand Prize, and it seems destined to be one of... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Trends (currently audiobooks) are one thing, but it isn’t just a matter of putting our books into different formats—we need to be able to do this with solid strategies for optimum value.’—UWA Publishing director Terri-ann White said she appreciated the focus on audio formats at the recent Visiting International Publishers (VIPs) program.


New ‘Books+Publishing’ reviews out now x

Books+Publishing’s latest Reviews newsletter contains six reviews of books publishing in July. Christian White’s debut novel, the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Literary Prize-winning The Nowhere Child (Affirm, July), received... Read more


SLV launches public appeal for Cass collection

State Library Victoria (SLV) has launched a public appeal to raise $100,000 to preserve and make publicly available the Walter and Helena Cass Collection. The... Read more


Two Canberra streets to be named after librarians

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has announced that two new roads in the ACT will be named after prominent Australian librarians Ena Noël... Read more

Eight winners announced for ALA’s public relations award

The American Library Association (ALA) has announced eight winners of the John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award, which recognises marketing and public relations excellence... Read more


Fire in the belly: Laura Kroetsch on Dark Mofo's Dark and Dangerous Thoughts program

Former Adelaide Writers’ Week director Laura Kroetsch’s move into a new role as the curator of Dark Mofo’s Dark and Dangerous Thoughts symposium has seen... Read more


Podcast spotlight: Future Perfect (the EWF podcast)

Future Perfect is a podcast produced by the Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) that asks storytellers about ‘what they do, how they do it, and why’.... Read more

2018 Educational Publishing Awards Australia entries open

The Educational Publishing Awards Australia (EPAAs) call for entries is now open. This year’s event is on Thursday, 20 September 2018 at The Pavilion, Arts... Read more

Ken Linnett’s Tulloch wins 2018 Bill Whittaker Book Award

The award, commemorating respected former racing writer Bill Whittaker, is presented every two years for the best book on horse racing published in Australia/New Zealand in that period.

Tulloch is published by The Slattery Media Group.

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