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31 October 2018

‘WBN’ published Thursday next week

Please note that due to the Melbourne Cup holiday in Victoria on Tuesday, 6 November, the next Weekly Book Newsletter will be published on Thursday, 8... Read more
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Books+Publishing: Change of email addresses

Books+Publishing staff members are using new email addresses on the booksandpublishing.com.au domain. Please see the updated email addresses in the ‘contact us’ section at the... Read more

First authors announced for 2019 Adelaide Writers’ Week

A number of authors have been announced for the 2019 Adelaide Writers’ Week, which runs from 2-7 March 2019. Among the international authors attending the... Read more
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Samuel Wagan Watson wins 2018 Patrick White Literary Award

Poet, essayist, scriptwriter and performer Samuel Wagan Watson has been named the winner of the $20,000 Patrick White Literary Award for 2018. The annual award... Read more


Brennan wins CHASS Australia Book Prize 2018 for ‘A Writing Life’

Bernadette Brennan has won the Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences’ (CHASS) 2018 Australia Book Prize, for her book A Writing Life: Helen... Read more
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‘On the Java Ridge’ wins 2018 Colin Roderick Award

Jock Serong’s On the Java Ridge (Text) has won the 2018 Colin Roderick Award and the HT Priestley Medal, administered by the Foundation for Australian... Read more

Creative Victoria announces VicArts recipients

Several literary projects and writers have been included among the recipients in the latest round of Creative Victoria’s VicArts Grants. The program will provide over... Read more


Creative Vic announces Creators Fund grant recipients

Creative Victoria has announced the second-round recipients of the Creators Fund program, who will share in $900,000 worth of funding. Among the 24 recipients are:... Read more


Foundry658 announces successful applicants for Bootcamp

Business development program Foundry658, an initiative from State Library Victoria (SLV) and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), has announced the successful applicants... Read more


YABBAs 2018 winners announced

The winners of the 2018 Young Australians Best Book Awards (YABBAs), Victoria’s children’s choice awards, have been announced. The winning titles are: Picture storybooks Do... Read more


Melbourne City of Lit announces 10th anniversary event program

The Melbourne City of Literature, in partnership with the Wheeler Centre, has announced the program for its 10th anniversary event, based on the idea of... Read more


Writers Victoria announces Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund recipients

Writers Victoria has announced the third round of recipients for the Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund. Nine successful writers, illustrators and translators were selected from... Read more


‘Real Pigeons’ series sold to US in three-book deal x

Hardie Grant Egmont (HGE) has sold North American rights to three books in the ‘Real Pigeons’ series (Andrew McDonald, illus by Ben Wood) to Random... Read more


Fremantle sells world English rights to Sally Morgan board book ‘I Love Me’

Fremantle Press has sold world English-language rights to Sally Morgan’s board book I Love Me (illus by Ambelin Kwaymullina) to Andrews McMeel Publishing, part of... Read more


PRH acquires Smethurst’s ‘The Freedom Circus’ x

Penguin Random House Australia (PRH) has acquired world rights at auction to The Freedom Circus by Sue Smethurst. The Freedom Circus is a nonfiction account... Read more

Parliament fast-tracks 5% tax cut for small to medium-sized enterprises

The federal government has passed updated legislation to reduce taxes for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from 30% to 25% over a three-year period, reports... Read more


McTiernan shortlisted for 2018 Irish Book Awards

Perth-based author Dervla McTiernan has been shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards. McTiernan’s debut, The Ruin (HarperCollins), was one of six shortlisted titles in the category... Read more


Subbed In announces six winners of 2018 Chapbook Prize

Subbed In has announced six winners of its 2018 Chapbook Prize. The winning entries, chosen from a shortlist of 14, will be published by Subbed... Read more


Bookshops prepare for NZ Bookshop Day

Booksellers NZ’s fourth annual NZ Bookshop Day will be held on Saturday, 27 October, with bookshops around the country hosting events and promotions. To mark... Read more

PRH acquires majority stake in Brazilian publisher Companhia das Letras

Penguin Random House (PRH) has acquired a majority stake of 70% in Brazilian publisher Companhia das Letras. PRH previously acquired a 45% stake in the... Read more


UK Dagger awards 2018 winners announced

The UK Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) has announced the winners of the 2018 Dagger awards. The winners in each category are: Diamond Dagger (for an... Read more


Kassabova's ‘Border’ wins UK Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize

Scotland-based Bulgarian writer Kapka Kassabova has won the 2018 Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Global Cultural Understanding for her book Border: A Journey to the Edge of... Read more


Benyamin wins inaugural JCB Prize for Literature

Novelist and short story writer Benyamin has won the inaugural JCB prize for Literature in India. Benyamin won Rs 25 lakhs (A$48,220) for his book Jasmine... Read more


Kirkus Prize 2018 winners announced

US publication Kirkus Reviews has announced the winners of its fifth annual literary prize. Each of the Kirkus Prize winners receives US$50,000 (A$70,830). Ling Ma won the... Read more

Shortlist announced for 2018 Diagram Prize for oddest book title

The shortlist for the 2018 Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year, presented by the Bookseller, has been announced. The six shortlisted titles... Read more

Book sales in Iceland dropped 43% from 2010 to 2017

Book sales in Iceland dropped 43% between 2010 and 2017, with sales from the first four months of 2018 dropping a further 5% from the... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Amanda Urban at ICM Partners sold North American and Canadian rights to The Book of Science and Antiquities (Thomas Keneally) to Atria Books.... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

Liane Moriarty’s Nine Perfect Strangers (Macmillan) retains the number one spot on this week’s bestseller chart, followed by The Barefoot Investor (Scott Pape, Wiley), sitting three spots above... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Currently, many decisions are made on instinct and impulse … It’s [hard] to get good data on the most basic question: Who is buying the book? Imagine if the publishing industry used data at the same level of sophistication as, say, Netflix.—Author and academic Rachel Botsman on how the publishing industry is slow to trust new innovations from other fields.



RiP Rose Zwi

Writer Rose Zwi has died in Sydney, aged 90. Zwi was born in Mexico in 1928 to Jewish-Lithuanian parents but grew up in South Africa,... Read more


State Library NSW announces partnership to make oral histories publicly accessible

The State Library of NSW (SLNSW) has announced it will partner with four NSW public libraries to make local oral histories from their archives available to the... Read more


SLQ wins 2018 VALA award for innovation

The State Library of Queensland (SLQ) has won an industry innovation award, presented by Victorian organisation VALA—Libraries, Technology and the Future, for its Tunley Braille... Read more


State Library of WA showcases newly restored heritage films

The State Library of Western Australia (SLWA) has begun a project to restore and digitise its collection of 14,500 films, reports the West Australian. In late... Read more

US libraries to be supplied with opioid overdose-reversing drug

In an effort to reduce drug-related deaths in the United States opioid epidemic, biopharmaceutical company Emergent BioSolutions has announced that it will supply the opioid... Read more


Frankfurt 2018: crime, ‘uplit’ and ‘big ideas’ books in demand

Australian publishers who attended this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair (10-14 October) reported emerging trends around crime fiction and thrillers, ‘uplit’ and popular science books. Black... Read more


Gift of the Blab: An interview with Aaron Blabey x

Aaron Blabey is the creator of the ‘Pig the Pug’ and ‘The Bad Guys’ series. Kelsey Oldham asks the author about his success. You’re known... Read more


Podcast spotlight: Seeking Tumnus

Established in 2015, Seeking Tumnus is a podcast in which its hosts ‘revisit the books of [their] youth and … explore the uncanny wilds of... Read more

ABA Christmas parties and Rep of the Year Awards

Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) is holding Christmas parties in both Victoria and New South Wales, and will be announcing the Rep of the Year Awards for... Read more

Get the books nominated for the Best Writing Award 2018

For the 10 finalists’ titles in the $30,000 Best Writing Award 2018, visit the Readings website.

Winner to be announced at www.melbourneprize.org on November 14, along with the winners of the Melbourne Prize for Literature 2018 & Readings Residency Award 2018.


Selected Barron’s Educational Titles moved to Simon & Schuster

Effective Immediately, NewSouth Books will no longer be distributing Barron’s Test Prep and Language titles as they have been sold to Kaplan in the US. Distribution of these titles has moved to Simon & Schuster.

NewSouth Books will continue to sell Barron’s Pets and Children’s titles. As all titles have the same isbn prefix a file of discontinued titles can be found at this link.

Authorised returns will be accepted up until 31 January 2019.




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