Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
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15 August 2018


‘And Fire Came Down’ wins best novel at 2018 Davitt Awards

Emma Viskic’s novel And Fire Came Down (Echo) has won the award for best adult novel at the 2018 Davitt Awards for crime books by Australian women, presented... Read more
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‘Aotearoa: The New Zealand Story’ named book of the year at 2018 NZ Book Awards for Children and YA

Christchurch writer and illustrator Gavin Bishop’s Aotearoa: The New Zealand Story (Penguin) has won the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year and the Elsie Locke... Read more

Finch Publishing to close; S&S acquires Biddulph

Finch Publishing has announced it will cease publishing in late December this year and owner Rex Finch will retire. The publisher, which is best known for... Read more
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Booktopia to offer distribution services

Australian retailer Booktopia has announced it will be the exclusive Australian distributor for German-based Thieme Medical Publishers, under a new distribution division. The Australian retailer... Read more


Shortlists for 2018 NSW Premier’s History Awards announced

The State Library of NSW (SLNSW) has announced the shortlists for the 2018 NSW Premier’s History Awards. The shortlisted works in each category are: Australian... Read more
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Inky Awards 2018 shortlist announced

The Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library of Victoria has announced the shortlists for the 2018 Inky Awards for young adult literature. For... Read more


Shortlist announced for inaugural Danger Prize

The shortlist has been announced for the inaugural Danger Prize, awarded for the best book, film or TV drama about Sydney and crime. Three true... Read more


Shortlist announced for inaugural Banjo Prize

The shortlist for the 2018 Banjo Prize has been announced. Launched by HarperCollins in March this year, the prize will be awarded for an unpublished work... Read more


McTiernan shortlisted for Not the Booker prize 2018

Perth-based author Dervla McTiernan has been shortlisted for the Guardian’s 2018 Not the Booker prize. McTiernan’s debut, The Rúin, was one of five shortlisted titles voted for... Read more


Townsend shortlisted for 2018 Sainsbury's Children’s Book Awards

Australian author Jessica Townsend’s multiple award-winning middle-grade novel Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Lothian) has been shortlisted for the Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Awards in the fiction... Read more


PRH sells UK rights to McIntosh novels in two-book deal x

Penguin Random House (PRH) has sold UK rights to Fiona McIntosh’s books The Pearl Thief and The Diamond Hunter to Ebury, a division of Penguin Random House UK.... Read more


Transit Lounge acquires new fiction by Salom, de Saint Phalle x

Transit Lounge has acquired world rights to new novels by Philip Salom and Catherine de Saint Phalle. Salom’s new novel, The Returns, is set in... Read more


Ubud releases 2018 festival program

The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF) has released the main program for its 2018 festival, which will run from 24-28 October in Ubud, Indonesia.... Read more


Bowers to participate in UK exchange program Intersect

Writer and multidisciplinary artist Candy Bowers has been announced as one of the 2018 participants in the British Council’s inaugural UK exchange program, Intersect. Bowers... Read more

HarperCollins revenue up 7% in 2018

In the US, HarperCollins has reported a 23% rise in earnings to US$244 million (A$335m) in the financial year ending 30 June, and a 7%... Read more

Bonnier sells Weldon Owen to Insight Editions

Bonnier Books has sold illustrated books imprint Weldon Owen to US-based illustrated publisher Insight Editions, reports the Bookseller. The business will operate as Weldon Owen International,... Read more

China: book copyright imports, exports up; millions of pirated books confiscated

A Chinese government report says the export and import of book copyrights in China has increased, and the country has cracked down on copyright infringement,... Read more

Turkish agency seeks support from international publishers during economic crisis

In Turkey, the Istanbul-based Kalem Agency is urging publishers and agents to support the country’s book trade in light of the current economic crisis, reports the... Read more


Frankfurt Book Fair launches human rights campaign

In Germany, Frankfurt Book Fair (FBF) and the German Publishers and Booksellers Association have launched the ‘On the Same Page’ campaign to mark the 70th anniversary... Read more


UK government refuses visas for Edinburgh book festival authors

In the UK, about a dozen authors who were planning to attend this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival (EIBF) have had their visas refused, reports the... Read more

Children’s publishing fair to run during Beijing International Book Fair

A new dedicated children’s publishing fair will run in conjunction with this year’s Beijing International Book Fair (BIBF), which runs from 22-26 August. Covering an... Read more


UK comedian launches Comedy Women in Print prize

UK comedian, actor and author Helen Lederer is launching the Comedy Women in Print (CWIP) prize, reports the Bookseller. The award will be presented in... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Black Inc. has sold UK/Commonwealth (ex ANZ) rights to The Weight of a Human Heart (Ryan O’Neill) to Eye Books. Echo Publishing (Bonnier... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

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

Elliot Perlman’s ‘The Adventures of Catvinkle’ x

‘There are gentle lessons in here about empathy, bravery and friendship, but it’s also simply a delightful and easy-to-read story with laugh-out-loud dialogue that doesn’t... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Authors … will continue producing their art, even as the odds of earning a living off of it grow longer. But thanks to the effects of price points set by Amazon, industry corner-cutting, and book piracy, those authors behind the stories that power the publishing industry are earning increasingly less for their efforts.’Forbes investigates why authors are earning less as book sales rise.



RiP V S Naipaul

Trinidad-born British writer V S Naipaul has died in London, aged 85. Naipaul was the author of over 30 books, beginning with the novel The Mystic... Read more

New inquiry into ACT public libraries

The ACT Legislative Assembly’s Standing Committee on Environment and Transport and City Services has announced a new committee inquiry into the future of the territory’s... Read more

Footpath library opens in Port Macquarie to provide books for the homeless

The Rotary Club of Port Macquarie and Orange Sky Laundry have set up a footpath library in Port Macquarie, reports the Port News. Initially founded... Read more

US libraries suspend 3D printer use amid gun concerns; ALA updates policy

In the US state of Florida, 38 library branches in Broward County have suspended the use of 3D printers this week over concerns that they... Read more


Podcast spotlight: Jacky Winter Gives You The Business

Launched in 2017, Jacky Winter Gives You The Business (JWGYTB) is a weekly podcast produced in-house by the Jacky Winter Group—the Melbourne-based studio—that ‘deep dives into... Read more

CLNZ Contestable Fund Grants 2018

Each year a portion of the revenue allocated to the Copyright Licensing New Zealand (CLNZ) Cultural Fund is made available in a contestable fund. This... Read more

APA: Publishers and the UN Sustainable Development Goals development survey

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) strongly encourages members to participate in a short survey coordinated by the International Publishers Association. Survey responses will guide the APA’s work... Read more

Berbay re-releases ‘Nobody Owns the Moon’

Berbay Publishing is delighted to announce it has acquired the publishing licence for the award winning Australian classic Nobody Owns the Moon by Tohby Riddle and will re-release a 10th anniversary edition in early 2019.

Nobody Owns the Moon, an award-winning Australian classic, is considered one of the most important children’s picture books to have been published in Australia in the last ten years, and the passing of time has confirmed its status as a modern classic picture book.

Berbay Publishing managing director Alexandra Yatomi-Clarke said ‘A story of friendship and belonging, this is created by a master story teller and it’s an absolute honour to have Nobody Owns the Moon as part of Berbay’s list’.


‘The Nowhere Child’ is the fastest-selling Australian fiction debut since BookScan records began

A huge thank you from Affirm Press to all Australian booksellers who’ve got behind Christian White and his brilliant debut novel The Nowhere Child.

Thanks to you all, after six weeks The Nowhere Child is the fastest selling Australian fiction debut since Bookscan began tracking sales in 2003. With 20,542 in its first six weeks of sales it’s surpassed the first six weeks of any other Australian debut novel including previous VPLA stars and other recent hits. It seems readers are embracing local debut authors like never before. What an exciting time for Australian fiction!


NewSouth Books congratulates authors on the 2018 NSW Premier’s History Awards Shortlist

Big congratulations from NewSouth Books to their authors and publishers included in the NSW Premier’s History Awards Shortlist. For the Australian History Prize is The Battle Within by Christina Twomey (NewSouth) and Slow Catastrophes by Rebecca Jones (Monash University Publishing). For the NSW Regional and Community History Prize is Hidden in Plain View by Paul Irish (NewSouth) and River Dreams by Ian Tyrrell (NewSouth). And for the Young People’s History Prize is Marvellous Miss May by Stephanie Owen Reeder (NLA Publishing). To order please contact TL Distribution (P: 02 8778 9999, E:orders@tldistribution.com.au).


Four Steve Biddulph titles sold to Simon & Schuster

Simon & Schuster Australia is proud to announce its acquisition from Finch Publishing of all rights in four of Steve Biddulph’s bestselling, category leading titles including the recently revised and updated Raising Boys in the 21st Century; Raising Girls; The New Manhood and Ten Things Girls Need Most. Ownership of the four titles will transfer from Monday, 1 October  2018.

S&S have also acquired the existing ISBNs so booksellers can easily continue to reorder the titles from HEDS where the stock is currently and will continue to be housed. All four titles will be available via S&S’ existing terms of trade, regardless of whether the stock was ordered via Finch Publishing/Harper Collins or from S&S.


Finch Publishing return of stock

HEDS advises the deadline for returns requests is 3 December. The deadline for return of stock is 17 December for all Finch stock except the Biddulph titles. For inquiries about purchasing the publishing rights of any Finch backlist title please contact Samantha@finch.com.au




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