Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
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14 November 2018



Sometimes destiny needs a nudge in the right direction… When Justine Carmichael (Sagittarius, aspiring journalist and sceptic) bumps into her old friend Nick Jordan (Aquarius,... Read more
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Copyright Agency launches legal action against universities

The Copyright Agency has lodged action in the Copyright Tribunal against Universities Australia, the peak body representing universities, over the terms of the licensing agreement... Read more
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Voss Literary Prize 2018 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2018 Voss Literary Prize has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: No More Boats (Felicity Castagna, Giramondo) The Last Garden (Eva Hornung, Text)... Read more


Leading Edge to hold 2019 conference in Adelaide

Leading Edge Books (LEB) will hold its annual conference on 17-19 March at the Hilton Adelaide in South Australia. With the theme ‘making connections’, the... Read more
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Scribe sells Giggs’ ‘Fathoms’ to US in record deal x

Scribe has sold North American rights at auction to Rebecca Giggs’ forthcoming Fathoms: The World in the Whale to Simon & Schuster (S&S), in what... Read more


A&U sells ‘The Mummy Bloggers’ to UK, Europe, India in two-book deal x

Allen & Unwin (A&U) has sold English-language rights in the UK, Europe and India to The Mummy Bloggers (Holly Wainwright) to Legend Press in a... Read more


Ventura sells ‘A Superior Spectre’ to the UK x

Ventura Press has sold UK rights to Angela Meyer’s debut novel A Superior Spectre to Scottish publisher Saraband. Publisher Sara Hunt acquired rights at this year’s Frankfurt Book... Read more


Walkley Book Award 2018 shortlist announced

The Walkley Book Award 2018 shortlist has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: The First Casualty (Peter Greste, Viking) No Front Line: Australia’s Special Forces... Read more


Deborah Cass 2018 prize shortlist announced

The shortlist for Writers Victoria’s Deborah Cass Prize for emerging writers from migrant backgrounds has been announced. The shortlisted works are: ‘Bread of the dead’... Read more


A&U acquires second Kitty Flanagan book x

Allen & Unwin (A&U) has acquired ANZ and Oceania rights (including audio) to 488 Rules for Life by comedian Kitty Flanagan. A spoof of Jordan... Read more


Hunt awarded inaugural Boundless Indigenous Writer’s Mentorship

Barkindji writer Allanah Hunt has been awarded the inaugural Boundless Indigenous Writer’s Mentorship. Her winning manuscript, ‘Forever and Ever’, tells the story of a young... Read more


Speech Pathology Australia book awards 2018 winners announced

The winners of the 2018 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year awards have been announced. Chosen from shortlists announced in July, the winning titles... Read more


Australian Family Therapists’ Award for children’s literature 2018 winners announced

The winners of the 2018 Australian Family Therapists’ Award for children’s literature have been announced. The winners are The Build-up Season by Megan Jacobson (Penguin)... Read more


Environment Award for Children’s Literature 2018 winners announced

The Wilderness Society has announced the winners of the 2018 Environment Award for Children’s Literature. The winners are: Picture fiction Florette (Anna Walker, Viking) Fiction... Read more

KROC Awards 2018 winners announced

The winners of the 2018 Kids Reading Oz Choice (KROC) Awards, the children’s choice book awards for the Northern Territory, have been announced. The winning... Read more

KOALAs 2018 winners announced

The winners of the 2018 Kids Own Australian Literature Awards (KOALAs), the children’s choice book awards for New South Wales, have been announced. The winners... Read more


‘Florette’ named on 2018 NYT/NYPL Best Illustrated Children’s Books list

Melbourne-based writer and illustrator Anna Walker’s picture book Florette (Viking) has been named as one of the New York Times (NYT)/New York Public Library’s (NYPL) best... Read more


Miami Book Fair/de Groot Prize winner announced; Australian writer among runners-up

The recipients of the inaugural Miami Book Fair/de Groot Prize for an unpublished novella have been announced. Californian writer, translator and poet Marci Vogel has... Read more


‘Bad Blood’ wins 2018 Business Book of the Year

In the UK, Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup (Picador) by investigative journalist John Carreyou has won the 2018 Financial Times (FT) and McKinsey... Read more

Brazilian publishers seek to intervene to save leading retailers from closure

Brazilian publishers are meeting this week to discuss how they might prevent the country’s two largest retailers from closure, reports Publishing Perspectives. The National Syndicate... Read more

UAE grants companies accreditation to self-monitor book content

In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), regulatory body the National Media Council (NMC) has granted Content Self-Monitoring Program (CSMP) accreditation to five book industry companies so... Read more


Winners of 2018 Chen Bochui International Children’s Literature Awards announced

The winners of the 2018 Chen Bochui International Children’s Literature Award (CICLA) have been announced. Zhang Mingzhou, president of the International Board on Books for Young People... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Allen & Unwin has sold UK rights to The Museum of Modern Love (Heather Rose) to Weidenfeld & Nicolson (see news); and English-language... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

This week’s bestseller chart sees the fifth book in Matthew Reilly’s Jack West Jr series The Three Secret Cities (Macmillan) in the top spot, debuting at... Read more

Gerald Murnane’s ‘A Season on Earth’

‘Murnane’s early writing, as shown here, is accessible and often humorous in his own dry way. As he becomes more recognised, both locally and internationally, A... Read more

Quote of the week

‘Once you move from thinking in terms of retrofitting to an inclusive publishing model, which embeds accessibility requirements into the publishing workflow, much of the cost actually falls away’—Sarah Runcie from the Australian Publishers Association on making publishing more inclusive and accessible for those with print disabilities.



RiP Stan Lee

American comic book writer, editor and publisher Stan Lee has died, aged 95. Born Stanley Martin Lieber in New York City in 1922, Lee started... Read more

New Oran Park library wins 2018 Outstanding Community Project of the Year award

A new $14 million library and community resource centre at Oran Park Town, NSW, has received the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue (the Dialogue) Outstanding Community... Read more


Southeast Queensland libraries launch annual Christmas amnesty

Brisbane City Council has launched its ninth annual Christmas amnesty to encourage the return of over 75,000 missing items, including 12,000 missing books, across Brisbane’s... Read more

Book Aid International to donate £500k worth of books to Ghana libraries

UK charity Book Aid International has signed a partnership with the Ghana Library Authority (GhLA) to supply the country’s public, school and special libraries with... Read more


Accessible print for all: Sarah Runcie on the Australian Inclusive Publishing Initiative

In October Sarah Runcie from the Australian Publishers Association (APA) travelled to Tokyo to address the Advanced Publishing Lab at Keio University about the APA’s Australian... Read more


Written in the stars: Minnie Darke on ‘Star-crossed’ x

Minnie Darke’s Star-crossed (Michael Joseph, March) follows an aspiring journalist who begins to tinker with her paper’s astrology section after learning that her crush consults his horoscope... Read more


Podcast spotlight: So You Want to Be a Writer

Established in 2014, So You Want to Be a Writer is made by the Australian Writers’ Centre (AWC) and co-hosted by author Allison Tait and AWC... Read more

Cuthbert appointed program manager at Writers Victoria

Kate Cuthbert has joined Writers Victoria as program manager. Cuthbert was previously managing editor of Escape Publishing, and director of member services at ALIA.

IPEd National Editors Conference: Call for papers

The Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) conference committee is asking for expressions of interest from editors, indexers and other publishing professionals, researchers, students and associates... Read more

ALIA: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship; Lyndall Ley Grant

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) is offering two scholarships to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. The scholarship awards the successful applicant with... Read more

IPEd: Entries now open for 2018 IPEd Prize

The Institute of Professional Editors IPEd is now calling for entries for the 2018 IPEd Prize. Entires must be submitted no later than 14 January 2019.... Read more

Walker Books to distribute Gecko Press

Walker Books is delighted to announce that they will be the distributor for award-winning Wellington-based publishing house Gecko Press, from 1 March 2019 in Australia.

For all product and order enquiries please contact your local Walker Sales Manager or our Head Office on 02 8666 8311. Alternatively email any orders to orders@harpercollins.com.au or phone 1300 551 721.


Returns for Finch Publishing

HEDS advises that as Finch Publishing is ceasing sales in late December, the deadline for sending a returns request for Finch titles is 3 December. The deadline for the return of Finch stock is 17 December for all titles. Please note that Finch stock does NOT include the Simon & Schuster editions of Manhood, Raising Boys, Steve Biddulph’s Raising Girls and 10 Things Girls Need Most.


Changes in Gecko Press distribution

From 1 March 2019, Scholastic Australia will no longer have the distribution rights for the following publisher:

  • Gecko Press.

Scholastic will cease accepting books into our warehouse on 31 March 2019. Books invoiced less than 4 months ago will be accepted, books invoiced over 9 months ago will be rejected. Please make sure any return authorisation requests are emailed to us no later than 15 March 2019 to ensure you can get returns back to Scholastic by 31 March 2019.


‘Hunter Wine’ wins 2018 WCA Best Wine Book

NewSouth is thrilled to share the news that Hunter Wine: A History was awarded Best Wine Book at the 2018 WCA Wine Communicator of the Year Awards. Congratulations to authors Julie McIntyre and John Germov.

To order please contact TL Distribution.
Phone: (02) 8778 9999. Email: orders@tldistribution.com.au.


Sandy Weir joins Echo

Echo Publishing is delighted to announce Sandy Weir has joined the marketing team on a part-time basis. Sandy’s vast experience and publishing knowledge will ensure that Echo’s reach will be far and wide. You can contact Sandy at marketing@echopublishing.com.au


Change of distribution for Pirgos Press

Following the liquidation of Dennis Jones book distributors, Pirgos Press announce their titles Blue Ribbons, Bitter Bread, Australian Heroines of World War One, Royal Marriages: Diana, Camilla, Kate & Meghan and Royal Mistresses of the House of Hanover-Windsor by Susanna de Vries are now distributed by Boolarong Press of Brisbane, this author’s original publishers. Returns placed by Dennis Jones are not accepted.




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