Weekly Book Newsletter
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1 August 2018


Vodka and Apple Juice

When Jay’s husband lands a diplomatic job in Warsaw, she jumps at the opportunity to escape her predictable life in Canberra for a three-year adventure... Read more
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Territory Read Book of the Year 2018 winners announced

The winners of this year’s Territory Read Awards have been announced. The winners in the Territory Read Awards are: Chief Minister’s Book of the Year... Read more


PANZ Book Design Awards 2018 winners announced

The winners of the 2018 Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) Book Design Awards have been announced. New China Eyewitness: Roger Duff, Rewi Alley and... Read more
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Viskic, Clark shortlisted for UK Dagger awards

Australian authors Emma Viskic and Sherryl Clark have been shortlisted for the UK Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) 2018 Dagger awards. Viskic’s Resurrection Bay (Echo) has... Read more

Ned Kelly Awards 2018 shortlists announced

The Australian Crime Writers Association (ACWA) has announced the shortlists for this year’s Ned Kelly Awards for Australian crime writing. The shortlisted works in each... Read more
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‘ABR’ announces Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize 2018 shortlist

The Australian Book Review (ABR) has announced the shortlist for the 2018 Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize. The shortlisted works and their authors are: ‘Vasco’... Read more


Kidman secures film, TV rights to Moriarty’s ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’

Nicole Kidman’s production company Blossom Films and Australian producer Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories have purchased film and television rights to Liane Moriarty’s Nine Perfect... Read more


Winton's 'Dirt Music' begins casting, announces locations

Sydney-based production company Aquarius Films has begun casting for the film adaptation of Tim Winton’s 2001 novel Dirt Music (Penguin), reports ABC News. Winton’s story of ‘fragile... Read more


HarperCollins to publish Thai cave rescue book in December

HarperCollins Australia has acquired world rights to a Thai cave rescue book by ABC Southeast Asia correspondent Liam Cochrane. Cochrane, who is based in Bangkok,... Read more


PRH NZ sells basketballer's memoir to US x

Penguin Random House New Zealand (PRH NZ) has sold North American rights to My Life, My Fight by New Zealand basketball player Steven Adams to... Read more


Lothian acquires two books in YA fantasy series by Kostakis

Lothian head of children’s publishing Jeanmarie Morosin has acquired ANZ/UK rights to two books in a fantasy series by Australian YA author Will Kostakis, via... Read more


Text acquires debuts from Bishop, McPhee-Browne x

Text Publishing has acquired two fiction debuts from Melbourne-based writers. Text acquired world rights to Alice Bishop’s debut short-story collection, A Constant Hum, which explores... Read more

Greer’s ‘On Rape’ sold to Bloomsbury UK

Melbourne University Publishing (MUP) has sold UK and Irish rights to Germaine Greer’s On Rape to Bloomsbury UK. Bloomsbury won the rights at auction after 12... Read more


Creative Vic launches inaugural Learning Partnerships program

Two Victorian schools have received government funding for projects that work in partnership with local writers as part of the inaugural Creative Learning Partnerships (CLP)... Read more


Booktopia wins ORIA for best online retailer

Online bookseller Booktopia was awarded a 2018 Online Retail Industry Award (ORIA) in the Best Pureplay Online Retailer category at an awards ceremony in Sydney... Read more


Winners of 2018 Affirm Press Mentorship Award announced

The winners of this year’s Affirm Press Mentorship Award have been announced. The winning authors and their works are: ‘The Things She Owned’ by Katherine... Read more

ABA announces 2019 conference dates

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) will hold its 2019 conference and trade show in Melbourne at Pullman Melbourne on the Park on 23-24 June. ABA... Read more


Mckenzie wins inaugural Affirm Press/Tablo crime writing competition

Dinuka Mckenzie, a Sydney-based writer and environmental planner, has won the inaugural Affirm Press/Tablo ‘The Perfect Crime’ competition for her manuscript ‘Flood Debris’. Mckenzie receives... Read more


India reduces GST on ebooks

In India, the GST Council has announced that GST on ebooks will be reduced from 18% to 5%, but the lack of clarity has left... Read more


Hosein wins Commonwealth Writers’ Short Story Prize 2018

Kevin Jared Hosein, from Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean, has won the 2018 Commonwealth Writers’ Short Story Prize for the short story ‘Passage’. Hosein’s short story... Read more

UK study finds 8% of YA books written by authors of colour in past decade

In the UK, a new study has shown that 8% of YA books published in the UK between 2006 and 2016 were by authors of colour.... Read more


UK literature events company to present 'immersive performances'

In the UK, a new literature events company called Story Machine Productions (SMP) has launched, with plans to create ‘immersive performances’ at festivals inspired solely... Read more


‘Alex Rider’ books to be adapted into YA drama series

In the UK, Anthony Horowitz’s ‘Alex Rider’ series will be adapted to an eight-part television drama series for teenagers, starting with the second book Point Blanc, to... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Fiona Inglis of Curtis Brown Australia has sold film and television rights to Nine Perfect Strangers (Liane Moriarty) to production companies Blossom Films... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

Last week’s top overall bestseller, Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton’s The 104-Storey Treehouse (Pan), continues its reign in the number one spot in the overall top 10 bestsellers.... Read more

Holly Throsby’s ‘Cedar Valley’

‘Throsby has a feel for small towns, as first evidenced in her debut novel, Goodwood, and once again in this second novel. There’s a fragility at... Read more

Meg Gatland-Veness’ ‘I Had Such Friends’

‘This YA novel may seem like the usual coming-of-age story set in small-town Australia, but it has a fresh voice that’s full of colloquialisms and... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Everyone is very comfortable with having women behind the counter at a book fair or on the sales floor, but it would be a healthier trade if more women were in charge of the buying.’—Heather O’Donnell, owner of New York antique bookstore Honey & Wax, pushes for gender equity in the rare book trade.



Child tops ALIA most-borrowed list in 2018; Pape tops nonfiction

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has partnered with library provider Civica to compile a list of most-borrowed books from Australian libraries from June 2017... Read more

Renew Our Libraries campaign seeks increased library funding in NSW

Public library users across New South Wales are being encouraged to sign a petition calling for a fairer funding model as part of the Renew... Read more

Ancient public library uncovered in Germany

Archaeologists in Cologne, Germany, have uncovered the remains of the oldest public library in the country, built almost 2000 years ago, which may have housed... Read more


Podcast spotlight: ABC Radio National's The Bookshelf

The Bookshelf (formerly known as BooksPlus) is both a podcast and radio program for ‘dedicated readers and those who wished they read more’. Broadcasting on... Read more


Reading the audience: the LoveOzYA readership survey x

In 2017, the LoveOzYA committee conducted a survey into the reading habits of the Australian YA community. Committee chair Stacey Malacari reports on the survey’s... Read more

Abignano leaves Walker Books Australia

Anna Abignano has left her position as publicity manager at Walker Books Australia. Abignano will be replaced by Maraya Bell.

Editors NSW: Thesis editing workshop

Editors NSW is running a workshop for people with little or no experience of thesis editing who wish to explore what is involved. It is... Read more

Stella Prize 2019 open for entries

Entries are now open for the 2019 Stella Prize, presented for the best work of literature—fiction or nonfiction—published in 2018 by an Australian woman. Discounted... Read more

Key dates for Lonely Planet’s distribution move to United Book Distributors

As previously announced Lonely Planet’s distribution centre, located in Bentleigh, Victoria, will close on Thursday, 30 August 2018 and all supply of Lonely Planet product will move to United Book Distributors (UBD) from Monday, 3 September 2018.

UBD will facilitate an end-to-end process for Lonely Planet including all order fulfillment, return authorisation and processing, debt reconciliation and customer service.

To assist in a smooth transition the tables below indicate the key Bentleigh cut-off and UBD commencement dates for orders and returns.


Last EDI or manual orders to Lonely Planet Receipt by COB EST 29 August 2018 Dispatch on Thursday, 30 August 2018
Final dispatch of all orders from Lonely Planet’s Bentleigh warehouse Thursday, 30 August 2018
First acceptance of manual and EDI orders for Lonely Planet product at UBD Commences Monday, 3 September First dispatch from Monday, 3 September


Customers that operate with PacStream ordering system will need to update their SAN number for all Lonely Planet product to UBD’s SAN on Friday, 31 August 2018.

For PacStream Customers Update Lonely Planet product with UBD SAN to 9000011 Stores to change on Friday, 31 August


Please note – UBD will not be able to accept return authorisations that contain a Lonely Planet authorisation number. By extension UBD cannot accept any stock sent to them containing a Lonely Planet returns authorisation number.

Therefore, to allow stores enough time to request urgent returns and send this stock back to Lonely Planet’s Bentleigh warehouse for processing, the last day for Lonely Planet granting authorisations will be Friday, 10 August 2018.

No need for concern though as UBD will commence authorisation of Lonely Planet returns from Monday, 3 September 2018.

All stock authorised for return by Lonely Planet and containing a Lonely Planet returns authorisation number must be returned to Lonely Planet’s Bentleigh warehouse by COB Thursday, 30 August 2018.

Last day for urgent return authorisations to be granted by Lonely Planet Friday, 10 August 2018
Last day for authorised return stock to be accepted directly by the Lonely Planet Bentleigh warehouse Thursday, 30 August 2018
First day for return authorisations to be granted by UBD for Lonely Planet product Monday, 3 September 2018

Corrections to ‘Griffith Review 61: Who We Are’

On page 158 of the latest edition of Griffith Review, David Hansen’s essay ‘Only Connect’ misattributes a quote from The Shovel to Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton.

Stuart Glover’s essay ‘Who Do They Think We Are’ misattributes a quote from Shadow Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Shayne Neumann to Shadow Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus on page 175.

On page 183, Glover quotes Linda Burney as saying ‘over one hundred Wiradjuri were dead’, which was reproduced from Hansard. Burney’s speech actually stated that ‘over one thousand Wiradjuri were dead’. Hansard has been notified of this error.


Tiny Owl moving to Thames & Hudson

As part of a global arrangement, Tiny Owl will be distributed by Thames & Hudson effective 1st August 2018. NewSouth will accept authorised returns until 30th October 2018.

Also, Book Island has moved to Thames & Hudson.


Book Island has moved to Thames & Hudson

As part of a global arrangement, Book Island will be distributed by Thames & Hudson effective immediately.

Also, Tiny Owl is moving to Thames & Hudson.




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