Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
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20 February 2019

VIPs announced for SWF 2019

The Australia Council for the Arts has announced the guests attending the 2019 Visiting International Publishers (VIPs) program, to be held alongside the Sydney Writers’... Read more
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PRH Australia launches local speakers bureau

Penguin Random House Australia (PRH) has announced it will establish a local speakers bureau, which will coordinate PRH authors’ speaking engagements for corporate clients, and... Read more


ASA advises authors to send takedown notices to Internet Archive

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) is advising authors to contact the Internet Archive and request the removal of their titles from the Open Library.... Read more
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Unity Books shortlisted for LBF International Excellence Awards

Wellington’s Unity Books has been shortlisted in the London Book Fair (LBF) International Excellence Awards. Unity Books is shortlisted for the Bookstore of the Year... Read more

Jennings, Colpoys longlisted for Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medals

Australian children’s author Paul Jennings and illustrator Allison Colpoys have been longlisted for the UK’s 2019 Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medals respectively. Jennings’ novel A Different Boy... Read more
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Hardie Grant acquires Turnbull memoir

Hardie Grant Books has acquired world rights to a memoir by former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. The book is described as ‘an in-depth and definitive... Read more


Harper acquires Stella-longlisted memoir; three-book deal with former Harper’s Bazaar editor

HarperCollins has acquired ANZ rights to Vicki Laveau-Harvie’s memoir The Erratics, which was recently longlisted for the Stella Prize. Winner of the 2018 Finch Memoir... Read more

UQP acquires Khatun, Whittaker, Elvery x

UQP has announced a number of acquisitions made by publisher Aviva Tuffield across the publisher’s trade, scholarly and poetry lists. Tuffield acquired ANZ rights to... Read more


Walker signs global deal for Maggie O’Farrell’s first children’s book x

The Walker Books Group has acquired the first children’s book by Northern Irish novelist Maggie O’Farrell in a global rights deal. Agent and director at... Read more

Varuna announces shortlisted manuscripts for Publisher Introduction Program

Varuna, the Writers’ House, has announced the shortlisted manuscripts for its 2019 Publisher Introduction Program (PIP). Twenty-four manuscripts by emerging Australian writers will be sent... Read more

Writers to pitch work for screen adaptation at inaugural SQ/QWC Adaptable Program

Twenty-five writers will pitch their work to film industry figures as part of a new initiative run by Screen Queensland (SQ) and the Queensland Writers... Read more


Morris, Morton, Nunn shortlisted for 2019 Audie Awards

Three Australian audiobooks have been named as finalists in the 2019 Audie Awards, presented by the Audio Publishers Association (APA) in the US. The audiobook... Read more


Big Sky lands 17-book deal for US rights

Big Sky Publishing has sold North American and US territories rights to 17 children’s book titles to independent educational publishing house Rosen Publishing. Set in... Read more


KYD launches writing prize for school students

Kill Your Darlings (KYD) has launched a new writing prize, designed to develop, mentor, edit and publish the work of two writers from Australian secondary... Read more

Germany’s largest wholesaler files for bankruptcy

Germany’s largest book wholesaler and distributor, KNV, has filed for bankruptcy, reports Publishers Weekly. On Thursday, 14 February, the managing directors of companies within the... Read more

Pearson sells US textbook business

UK educational publisher Pearson is selling its US textbook business to private equity group Nexus Capital Management and is shifting its focus to digital, reports the... Read more

Simon & Schuster sales flat in 2018

Simon & Schuster worldwide revenues fell marginally from US$830 million (A$1.16bn) in 2017 to US$825 million (A$1.15bn) in 2018, reports Publishers Weekly. During 2018 domestic sales... Read more

EU agrees on copyright directive

The European Parliament, the Council of the EU and the European Commission have made an agreement on the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single... Read more

US trade segment increased by 4.6% in 2018

In the US, estimates from the Association of American Publishers’ (AAP) StatShot program show that US publishers’ revenue for trade books was US$7.49 billion (A$10.57bn)... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Giramondo has sold North American rights to Saudade (Suneeta Peres da Costa) to Adam Levy at Transit Books; simplified Chinese rights to The Swan... Read more


Publicity round-up x

Books+Publishing’s weekly publicity round-up covers forthcoming publicity for Australian and internationally authored books due to appear in Australian media over the coming weeks. Fiction Mark Brandi... Read more


Bestsellers: ‘The Rosie Result’ at number three x

Three fiction titles are new to the top 10 bestsellers chart this week, with Graeme Simsion’s final book in the Rosie trilogy of romantic comedies, The Rosie Result (Text),... Read more

Monica Tan’s ‘Stranger Country’ x

‘Stranger Country is perfect for anyone who, like Tan, lives in a major Australian city and wants to know what life is like in the red-dirt... Read more

New OzCo CEO says arts companies that ignore diversity are ‘out of touch’

‘I don’t care how big or how small you are. If you don’t have anything to say about the diversity of communities that now call Australia home then you’re out of touch.’—The Australia Council’s new CEO, Adrian Collette, told the ABC that arts companies must be focused on diversity if they are to be effective.



RiP Janet Mackenzie

Founding member of the Society of Editors Victoria (now Editors Victoria) Janet Mackenzie has died, aged 71. Born in Melbourne in 1947, Mackenzie graduated from... Read more

‘Decolonisation’ project underway for Australian Dictionary of Biography

The Australian Dictionary of Biography (ADB) has embarked on a project to reassess and revise the contents of its earliest volumes and include entries for... Read more

SLV extends fellowships program with three new fellowships

State Library Victoria (SLV) will this year offer three new fellowships alongside its regular fellowships program. The inaugural fellowships to be offered this year are:... Read more

Writers union joins protest against ‘controlled digital lending’

The National Writers Union (NWU) in the US has joined a number of authors’ associations in condemning the practice of ‘controlled digital lending’ (CDL), reports... Read more


A new hope for un-real fiction: Rose Michael on speculative fiction x

The realist stranglehold on Australian publishing may be loosening, as publishers and prize panels become more open to speculative fiction, writes Rose Michael. At the... Read more

ABIA Business Award nominations open

Australian Publishers Association (APA) has announced that nominations are now open for the ABIA Business Awards in the categories: Publisher of the Year Small Publisher... Read more

Survey: The Writers’ Editor project 2019

Abigail Nathan of Bothersome Words is running a survey to find out what sort of writing/editing/publishing assistance writers currently need, and how freelance editors can best collaborate with them. The results will be collated into a report to be released later this year. The survey is anonymous and can be found here. More detail about the project can be found here.




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