Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
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16 January 2019


We Must Be Brave

Spanning the sweep of the twentieth century, We Must Be Brave is a luminous and profoundly moving novel about the people we rescue and the ways in... Read more
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Please complete our post-Christmas survey

Books+Publishing is currently conducting its annual post-Christmas survey of booksellers and publishers. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey online. Booksellers If you... Read more


Indie Book Awards 2019 shortlists announced

Leading Edge Books has announced the 2019 Indie Book Awards shortlists, for the best Australian books published in 2018. The shortlisted titles in each category... Read more
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Writers, literary festivals among OzCo funding recipients x

Eighteen writers and literary festival organisations were among the recipients of the Australia Council’s latest grants round, which awarded $6.6 million to almost 200 projects,... Read more

Copyright Agency announces recipients of $1.049m funding grants

Thirty-seven arts organisations have received a total of $1.049 million in the latest round of funding from the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund. Literary organisations and... Read more
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Full program announced for 2019 Perth Writers Week

The full program has been announced for the 2019 Perth Festival Writers Week, which runs from 18-24 February. International guests attending the festival include Man... Read more

Updated format revealed for WA Prem’s awards

The Western Australian state government has revealed the new format for the WA Premier’s Book Awards, which has been reinstated as an annual event. The... Read more


Presser wins at US National Jewish Book Awards

In the US, Melbourne-based author Bram Presser has won the debut fiction award at the 2018 National Jewish Book Awards for his novel The Book of Dirt (Text).... Read more


Self-published Aussie novel longlisted for Republic of Consciousness Prize

Brisbane author Nicholas John Turner’s debut self-published novel Hang Him When He Is Not There has been longlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize, reports the Bookseller.... Read more


Liminal magazine establishes short fiction prize, partners with Brow Books

Liminal magazine has established a short fiction prize for Australian writers of colour. The Liminal Fiction Prize seeks to ‘promote fiction by writers whose voices are... Read more


Echo sells Meg Keneally’s solo debut to US

Echo Publishing has sold North American rights to Meg Keneally’s debut historical novel Fled to Arcade Publishing. The novel, which is based on the life... Read more


Alex Adsett agency lands multi-territory book deal for debut picture book

Alex Adsett Literary Agency has sold rights in multiple territories to the debut picture book by Brisbane-based graphic designer Robert Hendersen. I See, I See is... Read more


Berbay sells three Canty picture books in China

Berbay Publishing has sold simplified Chinese rights to three picture books in John Canty’s ‘Heads and Tails’ series to Dook. The series—comprising Heads and Tails,... Read more

More guests boycott Dubai lit fest, protest human rights abuses in UAE

Former Irish president and former UN human rights commissioner Mary Robinson is the latest guest to pull out of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature,... Read more


Sullivan wins 2018 T S Eliot Prize

In the UK, London-based poet Hannah Sullivan has won the 2018 T S Eliot Prize for poetry. Sullivan won the prize for her debut collection Three Poems (Faber),... Read more

Costa Book Awards 2018 category winners announced

In the UK, the five category winners for the 2018 Costa Book Awards have been announced. The five winners were chosen from shortlists announced in... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Allen & Unwin has sold North American rights to The Spotted Dog (Kerry Greenwood) to Poisoned Pen Press. Echo Publishing has sold North American... Read more


Publicity round-up x

Starting this year, Books+Publishing will publish a weekly publicity round-up, covering forthcoming publicity for Australian and internationally authored books due to appear in Australian media... Read more


Bestsellers: ‘The Barefoot Investor’ back on top x

Scott Pape’s The Barefoot Investor (Wiley) is back at number one on the bestseller chart, having last appeared in the top spot in September last year,... Read more

Quote of the week

‘Too many editors and publishers “curate” collections such as this. They see writers fitting a particular niche—or even as a f–king brick in the creative wall. They instruct you too much, with a narrow brief as to how they see you, and what their readers expect from both the writer and publication.’—Tony Birch speaks with LitHub about Blak Brow, the edition of The Lifted Brow created wholly by First Nations writers, editors and designers.



RiP Melinda Beaumont

Simon & Schuster Australia national account manager Melinda Beaumont has died, aged 46. The team at Simon & Schuster writes: ‘It is with great sadness... Read more

ALIA declares 2019 ‘Year of the Public Domain’; millions of unpublished items released

Changes to Australian legislation that began on 1 January have given unpublished materials the same copyright term as published items, bringing millions of items into... Read more

Lake Macquarie council proposes five-year plan to refurbish all library branches

Lake Macquarie City Council, in the Hunter Region of NSW, has announced plans to overhaul the city’s entire library service, reports the Newcastle Herald. According to Lake... Read more

Penny Evershed joins Simon & Schuster

Penny Evershed has joined Simon & Schuster Australia in the newly created position of Inventory Manager. Evershed began the position on 14 January 2019.

ABIA nominations are open

Nominations are open for the 2019 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA). Categories include: Biography Book of the Year Picture Book of the Year (ages 0-6)... Read more

Editors NSW: manuscript assessment workshop

Editors NSW is running a workshop titled ‘The art of manuscript assessment’, presented by Kaaren Sutcliffe. The workshop is aimed at editors who conduct reviews... Read more

Editors NSW: Literary agents and what editors need to know

The Editors NSW February meeting features a presentation by Jane Novak, a literary professional with more than 20 years experience. Her talk will focus on... Read more

Changes in New Frontier Distribution

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

  • New Frontier

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 April 2019 to ensure you can get returns back to Scholastic by 30 April 2019.


NewSouth Books distributing New Frontier Publishing

NewSouth Books are thrilled to announce they will be taking over distribution for New Frontier Publishing from 1 April 2019. Distribution of their Catch A Star imprint will begin from 1 January 2019. New Frontier publish children’s books ranging from gorgeous, high quality picture books to fun and adventurous middle grade novels, as well as educational and non-fiction titles. To order please contact: orders@tldistribution.com.au.




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