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23 January 2019


The Sparkle Pages

‘Is marriage just a series of texts about where the children are and whether we need milk until one of you dies?’ Susannah Parks—wife, mother,... Read more
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Last chance: Please complete our post-Christmas survey

Books+Publishing is currently conducting its annual post-Christmas survey of booksellers and publishers. The survey deadline has been extended to Thursday, 24 January. This is your last... Read more

‘WBN’ published Thursday next week

Please note that, due to the Australia Day public holiday in lieu on Monday, the next Weekly Book Newsletter will be published on Thursday 31 January.... Read more
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ASA ‘outraged’ by unauthorised lending of scanned books

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has joined with international authors’ associations in condemning the activities of the Internet Archive’s Open Library in its unlicensed... Read more


Marinov moves to ABA x

Galina Marinov will take up the newly created role of member services development manager at the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA), where she will work on... Read more
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Jon Faine to retire at the end of 2019

ABC Radio Melbourne broadcaster Jon Faine has announced he will retire at the end of 2019, reports ABC News. Faine has hosted the weekday Mornings program... Read more


Two Garth Nix novels to A&U; US and UK rights sold

Allen & Unwin has acquired ANZ rights to two new fantasy novels by Garth Nix, with US and UK rights also selling in a two-book... Read more


Tumarkin’s ‘Axiomatic’ sold to US

Brow Books has sold North American and Spanish-language rights to Axiomatic (Maria Tumarkin). North American rights were sold to California-based nonprofit publisher Transit Books, with... Read more


Berbay sells board book series to US, UK

Berbay Publishing has sold North American and UK rights to a series of three board books by Tokyo-based illustrator Chihiro Takeuchi. Catherine Drayton from InkWell... Read more


Children’s authors honoured on postage stamps

Australia Post is honouring five children’s authors on its ‘Australian legends of children’s literature’ postage stamp series, as part of its 2019 Legends Awards. Authors... Read more


Hazel Rowley Fellowship 2019 shortlist announced

Writers Victoria has announced the shortlist for the 2019 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship, awarded annually to an Australian writer for a proposed biographical work. The... Read more


Tan wins ‘KYD’ New Critic Award 2019

Critic and narrative nonfiction writer Cher Tan has been named the winner of the 2019 Kill Your Darlings (KYD) New Critic Award. Tan receives a $1000 cash... Read more

Western Sydney Emerging Writers’ Fellowships announced

Western Sydney literature organisation WestWords has announced three recipients of the 2019 Western Sydney Emerging Writers’ Fellowships. The three writers awarded fellowships are: Fiona Murphy for hybrid... Read more

Faber Writing Academy Scholarships announced

Allen & Unwin has announced the recipients of the 2019 Faber Writing Academy Scholarships. The recipients are: Chandu Bickford (True Stories Scholarship) has travelled extensively... Read more


Wheeler Centre to offer new fellowships for regional, interstate writers

The Wheeler Centre will offer three new fellowships for regional and interstate writers as part of its Hot Desk Fellowships program in 2019. The new... Read more


‘Oliver’s Grumbles’ sold into China in small press’ first overseas rights sale

Queensland-based small press Yellow Brick Books (YBB) has sold Chinese and Korean rights to Oliver’s Grumbles (Yvonne Mes, illus by Giuseppe Poli) in the emerging publisher’s first... Read more

Authors’ associations demand that Open Library stops lending scanned books

The Society of Authors (SoA) in the UK and the Authors Guild (AG) in the US are simultaneously demanding that the Internet Archive’s Open Library... Read more

Print book sales in Canada remain flat in 2018

Print book sales in Canada have remained flat in 2018, with backlist books still dominating the market (60%) and nonfiction sales up slightly more than... Read more


National Book Critics Circle Awards 2018 shortlists announced

In the US, the shortlists for the 2018 National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) Awards have been announced. The finalists include: Fiction Milkman (Anna Burns, Faber) Slave Old... Read more


Edgar Awards 2019 shortlists announced

In the US, the shortlists for the 2019 Edgar Allan Poe Awards (the Edgars) have been announced. The Edgars honour ‘the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction... Read more

UK publishing workforce still lacking in BAME representation, regional diversity

In the UK, the Publisher’s Association (PA) has released the results of its second survey of the publishing workforce, finding that while improvements have been... Read more

French bookshop chain Furet du Nord buys competitor Decitre

In France, the Furet du Nord chain of bookshops has confirmed it has bought its competitor the Decitre group, reports the Bookseller. Based in the city... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Fiona Inglis of Curtis Brown Australia sold ANZ rights to Angel Mage and The Left-Handed Booksellers of London (Garth Nix) to Allen &... Read more


Publicity round-up x

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 over... Read more


Bestsellers this week: Mosley at number one; personal development titles dominate x

Michael Mosley’s latest diet book The Fast 800 (S&S) is number one in this week’s bestsellers chart, after debuting at number two last week. Mosley’s book... Read more

Jacqueline Kent’s ‘Beyond Words: A Year with Kenneth Cook’ x

‘Through her brief relationship with Cook, Kent came to know a much more complicated and nuanced person, who was much more of his generation than... Read more

ASA pens open letter condemning unauthorised lending

‘Australian authors, along with their counterparts around the world, are struggling to generate a sustainable income from their work … While authors are happy for their work to be read widely throughout the world, they simply want fair payment.’—ASA CEO Juliet Rogers in an open letter condemning the Open Library’s unlicensed lending of scanned copies of physical books.



RiP Garry Evans

Harbour Publishing House director Garry Evans has died, aged 50. Evans, along with his wife Michelle, owned and operated Harbour Bookshop in Ulladulla, NSW, and... Read more

RiP Barrie Dunstan

Business and investment journalist Barrie Dunstan has died, aged 80. Starting his journalism career at the Argus in 1955, Dunstan then moved to the Age in 1958... Read more

New database to celebrate diversity in children's books

The National Centre for Australian Children’s Literacy (NCACL) will this year launch a database for children’s literature, designed to help teachers, parents and readers to... Read more

Empty shelves at new Helsinki library; 66,000 items borrowed since December opening

In Finland, Helsinki’s new library Oodi has been so popular since opening late last year that shelves are sitting empty, particularly in the children’s section,... Read more


Lifelong learning: Younger readers editions

Kelsey Oldham investigates the role played by younger readers editions in the growth of children’s nonfiction. It’s a well-established fact that adult nonfiction titles sell... Read more

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