Weekly Book Newsletter
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4 July 2018


Regency Media acquires Five Mile

Former Bonnier Publishing Australia children’s imprint Five Mile has been acquired by local electronic media and distribution business Regency Media. Under Regency Media ownership, the... Read more
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Pengelly buys ‘Books+Publishing’; Tang steps down as EIC

Thorpe-Bowker general manager Gary Pengelly has started a new company, Books and Publishing Pty Ltd, and has purchased the Books+Publishing business from a local subsidiary... Read more


Tucker announced as new Stella executive director

The Stella Prize has announced it has appointed Michelle Scott Tucker as its new executive director. Tucker is the author of Elizabeth Macarthur: A Life... Read more
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Higgins appointed GM of Dymocks Books

Dymocks has announced that Sophie Higgins, current head of marketing and merchandise, has been promoted to the role of Dymocks Books general manager, effective from... Read more

WA Prem’s Book Awards returns to annual cycle in 2019

The Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards will return to an annual format, beginning in 2019. The decision was announced by the Minister for Culture and... Read more
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Deo wins 2018 ALS Gold Medal

Shastra Deo’s debut poetry collection The Agonist (UQP) has won the 2018 Australian Literature Society (ALS) Gold Medal. Deo’s collection was chosen from a shortlist of... Read more


Wright awarded 2018 Magarey Medal

Alexis Wright has won the biennial Magarey Medal for Biography for Tracker (Giramondo). Wright’s biography of Aboriginal leader, thinker and entrepreneur Tracker Tilmouth was chosen... Read more


Eades wins 2018 Mary Gilmore Award

Quinn Eades has won the 2018 Mary Gilmore Award for his poetry collection Rallying (UWA Publishing). The award was presented by the Association for the Study of... Read more


‘Luminescent Threads’ wins 2018 Locus Award

An anthology by Australian speculative-fiction publisher Twelfth Planet Press has won a 2018 Locus Award for science-fiction and fantasy, announced at a ceremony in Seattle,... Read more

S&S, Gibbs partner with Fairfax on ‘Good Food Guide’ x

Simon & Schuster Australia (S&S) and former Lantern publishing director Julie Gibbs will partner with Fairfax Media to publish the 2019 edition of the Good... Read more


Five delegates receive OzCo funding to attend Shanghai book fair x

The Australia Council has announced the five Australian publishing recipients it is sponsoring to attend the China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair (CCBF) in November.... Read more


‘Boy Swallows Universe’ to be published globally through HarperCollins

HarperCollins Australia has announced a global deal for Trent Dalton’s debut Boy Swallows Universe that will see the book published through HarperCollins companies across major... Read more


Text sells US, UK rights to Collette debut; Hillman picked up by Faber

Text Publishing has sold North American rights to Katherine Collette’s forthcoming debut The Helpline to Tara Parsons, editor-in-chief of Simon & Schuster’s (S&S) Touchstone division... Read more


‘Mr Bambuckle’s Remarkables’ sold to US in three-book deal x

Penguin Random House Australia (PRH) has sold North American rights to Tim Harris’ children’s book series ‘Mr Bambuckle’s Remarkables’ (illus by James Hart, Random House)... Read more


UQP sells ‘The Geography of Friendship’ to UK

The University of Queensland Press (UQP) has sold UK and Irish rights to Sally Piper’s The Geography of Friendship and 2014 debut novel Grace’s Table to... Read more


Hachette signs FitzSimons for six-book deal x

Hachette Australia has signed a six-book deal with author Peter FitzSimons. Negotiated directly with FitzSimons, the six-book deal will begin with Mutiny on the Bounty,... Read more


UQP acquires Birch’s new novel ‘The White Girl’

University of Queensland Press (UQP) has acquired author Tony Birch’s third novel, The White Girl. World (including translation) rights were acquired by UQP publishing director... Read more


ABC Books signs gardening book by Costa Georgiadis x

ABC Books has acquired the first book by landscape architect and Gardening Australia host Costa Georgiadis. The as-yet-untitled gardening book will possess Georgiadis’ ‘unique, inimitable... Read more

Hinkler and Bookoli launch mass-market UK publisher

Melbourne-based children’s publisher Hinkler Books and UK children’s publisher Bookoli are launching a new mass-market publisher based in the UK. Curious Universe UK, which is... Read more

Govt to offer $48 million ‘innovation fund’ for regional and small publishers

The federal government has established a new fund for regional publishers, small publishers and content providers that produce ‘public-interest journalism with an Australian perspective’. The... Read more


Inaugural Shoalhaven Readers’ & Writers’ Festival announces program x

A new readers’ and writers’ festival will be held in Nowra, in the Shoalhaven region of the NSW south coast, on Saturday, 4 August 2018.... Read more


Slam poets to represent Australia in the US

Four Melbourne-based slam poets will compete in the US National Poetry Slam in August this year. Poet Tenda McFly, the winner of a slam event... Read more


Environment Award for Children’s Literature 2018 shortlist announced

The Wilderness Society has announced the shortlist for the 2018 Environment Award for Children’s Literature. The shortlisted books in each category are: Picture fiction Can... Read more


Australian Christian Book of the Year 2018 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2018 Australian Christian Book of the Year been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Mr Eternity: The Story of Arthur Stace (Roy... Read more


Alternative Nobel Prize in Literature planned

A group of Swedish cultural figures have joined together to bestow an alternate literature award to replace this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature, reports the... Read more


Barnes & Noble fires CEO

US chain bookseller Barnes & Noble (B&N) has fired CEO Demos Parneros after 14 months in the role, reports Publishers Weekly. In a brief statement,... Read more


Kenyan writer Onjerika wins 2018 Caine Prize for African Writing

Kenyan writer Makena Onjerika has won the 2018 Caine Prize for African Writing for her short story ‘Fanta Blackcurrant’, first published in the spring 2017... Read more


PRH India buys Hindi-language publisher Hind Pocket Books

Penguin Random House India has acquired Hind Pocket Books, one of the oldest and best-known Hindi-language publishers in India, reports the Bookseller. Established in 1958,... Read more


Royal Society of Literature admits 40 fellows under the age of 40

In the UK, the Royal Society of Literature (RSL) has appointed 40 new fellows as part of its 40 Under 40 initiative, which aims to ‘welcome... Read more


UK survey reveals 15% drop in average author earnings since 2013

In the UK, the latest income survey from the Authors Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) has found that writers’ average earnings have fallen by 15%... Read more

Rights round-up

Sales Fiction Alex Adsett at Alex Adsett Publishing Services has sold world rights to The Subjugate (Amanda Bridgeman) to Angry Robot. Allen & Unwin has... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

Last week’s highest new entry, footballer Alex Rance’s picture book Tiger’s Roar (A&U), climbs to sixth spot in this week’s overall bestsellers, while 2017 diet book... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘I’m here to tell you it is possible to change the world. And it really is in your power as children’s booksellers. We don’t just need diverse books. We need gatekeepers like yourself to get books in kids’ hands’YA author Angie Thomas addresses how booksellers can combat discrimination in her closing keynote at the American Booksellers Association’s 2018 Children’s Institute.


New ‘Books+Publishing’ reviews out now x

Books+Publishing’s latest Reviews newsletter contains five reviews of books publishing in September. Reviewer Simon McDonald gave 4.5 stars to Stephanie Bishop’s third novel, Man Out of Time... Read more

Safe harbour scheme extended to libraries, cultural institutions

Australian libraries and cultural institutions will now be covered by the copyright safe harbour scheme, which protects them from being held liable when their online... Read more


Stokes donates $1m to NLA for fellowships

Outgoing council chair of the National Library of Australia (NLA) Ryan Stokes has donated $1 million to support research fellowships at the library. The $1... Read more


‘Alpacas with Maracas’ to be read for 2019 National Simultaneous Storytime

Matt Cosgrove’s picture book Alpacas with Maracas (Koala Books) has been chosen for the Australian Library and Information Association’s (ALIA) National Simultaneous Storytime next year.... Read more


Join the club: What makes a good book club program work? x

Rising numbers of book clubs at bookstores and libraries show there is still ‘a voracious appetite for concentrated group discussion’. Elizabeth Flux investigates what makes... Read more

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Finding your centre: Megan Daley on her career journey x

‘A school library is at the very centre of creative school communities,’ writes teacher-librarian and book blogger Megan Daley. She shares her career journey. I... Read more


Podcast spotlight: Coffee Pod|cast

Coffee Pod|cast was established this year by Australian indie press Spineless Wonders, which publishes quality short stories, microliterature and novellas in print, digital and audio.... Read more

Stephanie Bishop's ‘Man Out of Time’ x

‘Man Out of Time gracefully unpacks the emotional territory that accompanies mental illness and the capacity for trauma to travel through generations. Potent in its subtlety,... Read more

Books for Cooks change of address

Books for Cooks has changed its address. The new shop is located at: Books for Cooks 115-121 Victoria St Queen Victoria Market Melbourne VIC 3000... Read more

WritingWA: WA Premier’s Book Awards forum

WritingWA is hosting a two-day forum to provide Western Australian sector practitioners with an opportunity to discuss current trends, issues and opportunities. Included in the... Read more

ABA booksellers’ training

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) is holding a one-day training event for booksellers. Sessions will include: Nielsen Bookscan for book industry staff A day in... Read more

ASA masterclasses

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) is running a number of writing masterclasses. The Next Draft, on drafting fiction manuscripts with Melanie Ostell (Four classes from 12pm-2pm... Read more

Walker Books Australia appoints associate art director

Walker Books Australia is delighted to announce the appointment of award-winning illustrator and designer, Sarah Davis, as Associate Art Director. Leading the in-house design team, her mission is to help craft the look of Walker books, vital for a creatively lead company known for outstanding picture books and illustration-rich fiction. ‘Sarah’s new role reaffirms our commitment to truly great publishing,” says Linsay Knight, Walker’s Head of Australian Publishing, “and our collaboration has already borne fruit.’


Melbourne Prize Trust entries close next week: Monday 9 July, 5pm

Publishers and authors don’t miss out.



Visit www.melbourneprize.org to enter the Melbourne Prize for Literature 2018 & Awards.

Melbourne Prize for Literature: $60,000
Best Writing Award: $30,000
NEW Readings Residency Award: $7,500
Civic Choice Award: $4,000

  • $100,000 prize pool plus a new award
  • All writing genres eligible
  • Publishers can nominate
  • Published authors only
  • Victorian residents only

Townsville bookshop for sale

Busy, independent city based bookshop is for sale in sunny Townsville. Has solid trading figures, an established reputation and a loyal customer base. There is a long lease and lots of room for expansion and new ideas.

For inquiries please contact Sue or Kerry at Mary Who? Bookshop 07 4771 3824 or email marywhobooks@iinet.net.au


‘Claris: The Chicest Mouse in Paris’ is also the bestselling mouse in Australia!

HGE congratulate Claris and Megan Hess! What a gigantic launch for a teeny tiny mouse.

Urgent reprints are on the way, 2 drops to come: 25 July and 20 August.

Get your orders in now to secure your stock.


Submissions open for the Ampersand Prize 2018

The team at Hardie Grant Egmont are once again throwing open the doors for the Ampersand Prize, and putting out the call for middle-grade and young adult manuscripts by unpublished writers.

Established in 2012, The Ampersand Prize has launched the careers of award-winning writers such as Melissa Keil, Erin Gough and Cally Black.

Submissions for the Ampersand Prize are open now. If you are an unpublished writer with a middle-grade or YA manuscript be sure to enter before submissions close on Friday 20th July 2018.

See the Ampersand Prize website for details before entering.


New acquisitions by Scribe Publications

Scribe Publications has acquired rights in New Yorker magazine staff writer Paige Williams’ The Dinosaur Artist: obsession, betrayal, and the quest for Earth’s ultimate trophy. This remarkable narrative nonfiction delves into the riveting and perilous world of fossil collectors and is the true tale of one man’s attempt to sell a dinosaur skeleton from Mongolia (October). Other recent acquisitions include Corey Pein’s Live Work Work Work Die—a searing examination of the Silicon Valley tech culture (September)—and David E. Sanger’s The Perfect Weapon: war, sabotage, and fear in the cyber age (July). Scribe has exclusive ANZ—as well as UK & Commonwealth (excluding Canada)—territory rights to all three titles.


Gisborne bookshop for sale

After 11 years, Book Bonding Bookstore Gisborne, Victoria for sale. Solid loyalty base & emphasis on children’s books, adult fiction and smaller array of non-fiction, PLUS very strong commercial school customer base. Current bookstores keen to purchase just the school side of business also welcome.

For more info ring Mark 04 270 137 99 or email info@bookbonding.com.au




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