Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
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13 February 2019


The Land Girls

From the bestselling Australian author of The Last of the Bonegilla Girls comes a moving story of love, loss and survival against the odds. It... Read more
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Stella Prize 2019 longlist announced

The longlist for the 2019 Stella Prize, worth $50,000, has been announced. The longlisted titles are: Little Gods (Jenny Ackland, A&U) Man Out of Time... Read more

Redundancies announced at PRH Young Readers, Walker Books x

Penguin Random House Australia (PRH) and Walker Books Australia have both announced redundancies in their publishing divisions. At PRH, three roles in the Young Readers... Read more
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FitzSimons announced as ambassador for inaugural International Military Writers’ Festival

A new three-day festival focusing on military writing has been announced as part of the inaugural Territory Tribute series of events in Darwin. Running from... Read more

New Macquarie Uni research to examine Aus rights sales

The Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund and the Australia Council for the Arts will contribute $30,000 each to a new Macquarie University study examining the international... Read more
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Penguin Literary Prize shortlist 2019 announced

Penguin Random House (PRH) has announced the shortlist for the 2019 Penguin Literary Prize, worth $20,000. The prize, now in its second year, aims to... Read more


Seizure announces 2019 Viva la Novella shortlist

Seizure has announced the shortlist for the 2019 Viva la Novella competition. This year’s shortlisted authors and their works are: Carly Cappielli for ‘Listurbia’ Grace... Read more


Young and McIlvanney awarded in 2019 Waitangi Day Honours

Samoan/Maori writer Lani Wendt Young and Dunedin-based crime author Liam McIlvanney have been awarded in the New Zealand Society of Authors’ (NZSA) annual Waitangi Day... Read more

Full program announced for IPEd National Editors Conference 2019

The full program has been announced for the Institute of Professional Editors’ (IPEd) National Editors Conference, which runs from 8-10 May in Melbourne. Running under... Read more


Scribe acquires McKay’s debut novel

Scribe has acquired world rights to Laura Jean McKay’s debut novel, The Animals in That Country, a literary spec-fic novel that imagines a world in which... Read more


Clark’s crime novel sold to UK publisher Verve in two-book deal

Brian Cook at the Authors’ Agent has sold world rights to crime novel Trust Me, I’m Dead and a second novel by Sherryl Clark to UK... Read more


‘Catching Teller Crow’ sold to UK, US

UK and US rights to Ambelin and Ezekiel Kwaymullina’s YA novel Catching Teller Crow (A&U) have been sold to Penguin Children’s Books UK and Knopf respectively. The... Read more


Fremantle signs two debut authors from Hungerford shortlist

Fremantle Press has acquired ANZ rights to two debut books from authors who were shortlisted for last year’s T A G Hungerford Award. Books by... Read more


Tan’s ‘Rubik’ optioned for film

Brio Books has sold the film option to Elizabeth Tan’s debut novel Rubik to Australian production company Photoplay. Photoplay develops projects in film, television, web and virtual reality,... Read more


Personnel changes at Overland; Corbett appointed fiction editor

Literary journal Overland has announced a number of changes to its editorial team. Author Claire Corbett has been announced as Overland’s new fiction editor, taking... Read more


QLD indie Books of Buderim closes after more than 50 years

Books of Buderim, in the Sunshine Coast town of Buderim, has closed down after doing business for more than 50 years. Owner Fiona Blond said:... Read more


Reilly voted ‘Australia’s Favourite Author’ for second year running

For the second year running, Matthew Reilly has been voted ‘Australia’s Favourite Author’ in Booktopia’s annual poll. Booktopia announced the top 10 finalists on its... Read more


Cabrera appointed CEO of Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet has appointed Luis Cabrera as president and CEO. New partnerships and acquisitions, as well as diversification, will be top priorities for Cabrera, according... Read more


Verso launches fiction imprint

Independent, radical publisher Verso will launch a fiction imprint later this year, reports Publishers Weekly. Verso Fiction will release its first two titles in late 2019:... Read more

French media company Vivendi buys publisher

French media company Vivendi has bought French-language publisher Editis from Spanish owner Planeta in a deal that values the business at €900 million ($A1.4bn), reports... Read more

UK sales of YA dropped 21.5% in 2018

Nielsen figures for 2018 show that sales of YA titles in the UK dropped by 21.5% last year, reports the Bookseller. The YA fiction sector... Read more

Lagardère’s sales drop slightly in 2018

Hachette Book Group (HBG) parent company Lagardère Publishing’s total consolidated sales for its publishing group fell by 1.6% in 2018 compared to the previous year,... Read more


Gladwell to release first book in six years

Penguin Random House Australia imprint Allen Lane will publish Malcolm Gladwell’s first book in six years, Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Brio Books has sold the film option to Rubik (Elizabeth Tan) to Photoplay (see news). Brian Cook at the Authors’ Agent has sold world... 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: Evans’ ‘Easy Keto’ debuts at number three x

Nonfiction continues to dominate the bestsellers chart, with The Fast 800 (Michael Mosley, S&S) at number one for the second week in a row, followed by The... Read more

Yassmin Abdel-Magied’s ‘You Must Be Layla’

‘At its heart, this is a noble debut with a likeable protagonist who exudes the kind of confidence that young girls need in literary role... Read more

New research to examine rights sales and export of Australian books x

‘There is a lack of basic data on the export sector of the book industry that could assist publishers, agents and authors in planning international rights sales, leading to a stronger presence of Australian titles in the international marketplace.’—Macquarie University academic David Throsby explains the scope of a new study examining the international rights sales and export of Australian books over the last 10 years.


Australian libraries’ oral histories recognised by UNESCO

Oral histories from five Australian libraries’ collections will be added to UNESCO’s Australian Memory of the World (AMW) national register. Drawn from the oral history... Read more

Shortlists announced for 2019 Library Design Awards

Nine libraries have been shortlisted for the 2019 Australian Library and Information Association’s (ALIA) Library Design Awards for new and refurbished libraries. In the running... Read more

US joins Marrakesh Treaty on book accessibility for the print disabled

The US has become the 50th member to join the Marrakesh Treaty in a move that will see an estimated 550,000 additional books available to... Read more


Winter Institute 2019: Staff engagement, tech tools and ‘surviving the political divide’ x

Jay Lansdown, owner of Sydney bookshop The Constant Reader and vice-president of the Australian Booksellers Association, attended this year’s Winter Institute, an annual conference held by... Read more


What’s cooking?: Julie Gibbs shares her career journey x

Trade publishing consultant Julie Gibbs shares her career journey. I was lucky enough to grow up in a bookish household in Adelaide, buying Enid Blyton books... Read more

Staff changes at Dymocks x

Sharyn Villaverde, currently merchandise manager, will be acting general manager at Dymocks while Sophie Higgins is on maternity leave from February 22. Imogen Neely, currently... Read more

ACT Writers Centre: Hardcopy program applications open

Applications for the 2019 Hardcopy program are now open. Hardcopy is a professional development program for emerging Australian writers, and the focus for the 2019... Read more

Editors NSW workshop: Intermediate to advanced Word

Editors NSW is running a workshop on intermediate to advanced Word, presented by Denise Tsagaris. This Microsoft Word workshop will provide experienced users with the... Read more

CBCA Vic: Night of the Notables and award events

Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) announces that the CBCA Awards will be hosted by the Victorian Branch. The event schedule is as follows: Notable Books... Read more

Michelle Evans thanks the book industry for its support

Michelle Evans, wife of the late Garry Evans, of Harbour Bookshop Ulladulla and Harbour Publishing, would like to thank the book industry for their condolences, cards, flowers and messages of support. Michelle writes: ‘It has been overwhelming and very much appreciated by the whole family. He will be dearly missed by many.’




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