Weekly Book Newsletter
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8 August 2018


‘The Enigmatic Mr Deakin’ wins National Biography Award

The State Library of New South Wales (SLNSW) has announced The Enigmatic Mr Deakin by Judith Brett (Text) as the winner of this year’s $25,000 National... Read more
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NT Literary Awards 2018 winners announced

The winners of this year’s Northern Territory Literary Awards have been announced. The winners in each category are: Zip Print Short Story Award ($1000) ‘The... Read more


Rubbo awarded ‘Emerging Philanthropy Leadership Award’

Managing director of Readings Mark Rubbo has been jointly awarded the Emerging Philanthropy Leadership Award at the 2018 Creative Partnerships Awards. Rubbo shared the award... Read more
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Booksellers prepare for Love Your Bookshop Day

Preparations are underway for the Australian Booksellers Association’s (ABA) Love Your Bookshop Day (LYBD) on Saturday 11 August, with stores around the country hosting events... Read more


‘Griffith Review’ 2018 Novella Project winners announced

The winners of the Griffith Review’s Novella Project competition have been announced. The winning authors and their works are: ‘All the things I should have given’... Read more
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‘The Lifted Brow’ & RMIT non/fictionLab Prize for Experimental Nonfiction shortlist announced

Melbourne-based publisher and literary magazine the Lifted Brow has announced the shortlist for its Prize for Experimental Nonfiction. The shortlisted works are: ‘Occupy’ by Ashley Lee... Read more


‘The Choke’ sold to UK, Europe, Commonwealth

Allen & Unwin (A&U) has sold UK, Europe and Commonwealth (excluding ANZ) rights to Sofie Laguna’s The Choke to London-based Gallic Books, reports the Bookseller.... Read more


Book-to-film adaptations receive development funding from Screen Australia

Three book-to-film adaptations feature among the projects receiving story development funding from Screen Australia. The projects, and their producers, are: A feature film adaptation of... Read more


Thorne’s ‘The Hating Game’ to be adapted for film; ‘The Simpsons’ producer attached

The Simpsons producer David Mirkin will direct a film adaptation of Sally Thorne’s The Hating Game (Piatkus), reports Deadline. Mirkin’s directing credits include Romy and Michele’s... Read more


‘A Ghost in My Suitcase’ adapted for stage

Gabrielle Wang’s novel for younger readers, A Ghost in My Suitcase (Puffin), has been adapted to a theatre production and will premiere at the Playhouse Arts... Read more


‘The Big Issue’ announces 2018 fiction edition

The Big Issue has announced the writers who will feature in its 2018 fiction edition, which will be distributed by vendors on 10 August. Traversing... Read more


Australian Short Story Festival 2018 program announced

The program for the 2018 Australian Short Story Festival has been announced. The festival, which is co-founded by Margaret River Press and MidnightSun Publishing, will... Read more


Dymocks’ Books For Kids week launched

Dymocks booksellers has launched its week-long charity campaign, Books For Kids. During Books For Kids week, which runs from 4-12 August, the retailer will donate... Read more

Edify to promote OUP’s global catalogue in NZ x

Auckland-based educational publishing and distribution company Edify has signed a marketing agreement with Oxford University Press (OUP) whereby Edify will promote OUP’s global catalogue to... Read more


Royal Society 2018 Science Book Prize shortlist announced

In the UK, the Royal Society has announced the shortlist for the 2018 Science Book Prize for ‘outstanding popular science books’ written for a non-specialist... Read more

Socialist London bookshop attacked; three UKIP members suspended

Bookmarks bookshop in central London was attacked by a group of far-right protesters as the store was closing on Saturday, 4 August. While no arrests... Read more

US book-industry survey finds one in five women report sexual harassment

US book-industry journal Publishers Weekly has released the results of its survey on sexual harassment in the industry, with almost one fifth of the 664... Read more

Oceanofpdf piracy website taken down

US-hosted ebook piracy website Oceanofpdf, which was giving away ebooks for free, has been shut down, reports the Bookseller. The site, which was active for... Read more

Hachette adds LibraryThing reviews to US website

Tens of thousands of book and audiobook reviews written by members of social book cataloging app LibraryThing have been added to Hachette’s US website. Hachette... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Allen & Unwin has sold UK, Europe and Commonwealth (excluding ANZ) rights to The Choke (Sofie Laguna) to Gallic Books. (See news.) Echo... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

The 104-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths, illus by Terry Denton, Pan) spends its third week at the top of the overall top 10 bestseller charts. Another... Read more

Gillian Triggs’ ‘Speaking Up’ x

‘In her memoir, Speaking Up, Triggs doesn’t settle scores or involve herself in ideological battles. Rather, she uses her skills and experience to discuss a range... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Bookshops should be safe spaces, and are very often the refuge of the oppressed, the fearful and those looking for guidance at difficult times; they are special places for so many reasons, and should never find themselves on the receiving end of hate-filled, violent outpouring.’—Meryl Halls, managing director of the Bookseller’s Association of the UK and Ireland, in support of  London bookshop Bookmarks after an attack by a group of far-right protesters.


Vandalised street library rebuilt

A Canberra street library that was destroyed by vandals in late July has been rebuilt by the local community, reports the Age. The Lyneham and O’Connor... Read more

Amateur historian seeks donations to digitise historic WA footage

An amateur historian who bought 74 reels of historic WA films that were found by the roadside in Perth is seeking funds from the public... Read more

‘The Girl on the Train’ named UK libraries’ most-borrowed book; titles borrowed drops 6.3%

In the UK, Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train (Doubleday) has topped the list of the most-borrowed library books for 2016/17, according to the latest Public... Read more


Cover new ground: Rejacketing a children’s book series x

Nathania Gilson asks publishers and booksellers about the art of rejacketing a children’s book series. When Tristan Bancks, co-creator and author of the Tom Weekly... Read more


Book-to-screen adaptations pitched at 2018 Books at MIFF

The 12th annual Books at MIFF (BaM) event, run by Melbourne International Film Festival’s 37º South Market, was held at Melbourne’s Forum Theatre on 2... Read more


Podcast spotlight: Final Draft – Great Conversations

Launched in June 2018, Final Draft – Great Conversations (FDGC) is a podcast that looks back at some of the authors and writers that were previously... Read more

2018 First Nations Australia Writers Network (FNAWN) National Workshop

The FNAWN National Workshop for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writers is a peer-to-peer professional development event. The workshop theme is ‘Sovereign People: Sovereign Stories’. Presenters include... Read more

APA announcements

Applications for industry internship program now open Publishers can now apply to host an intern as part of the Publishing Industry Internship Program. Applications are considered for... Read more

NewSouth congratulates Sandy Cull on Design Award

Esteemed designer Sandy Cull has received an Award of Merit at the 2018 Association of University Presses Book, Jacket, and Journal Show for the cover design of NewSouth’s Woolloomooloo: A Biography. The awards were presented at the annual meeting of the Association of University Presses in San Francisco. Woolloomooloo was selected from 375 jacket and covers by the panel of judges as one of the very best examples of university press design.


Lonely Planet warehouse transition to UBD—important date reminder

The last day for Lonely Planet granting SOR returns authorisations is this Friday 10 August. All stock authorised for return by Lonely Planet and containing a Lonely Planet returns authorisation number must then be returned to Lonely Planet’s Bentleigh warehouse by COB Thursday 30 August.

Please note that Lonely Planet will continue to authorise no fault returns (eg damages, misbound and short supply) until COB Thursday 30 August.




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