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6 March 2019

‘WBN’ published Thursday next week

Please note that, due to the public holiday on Monday (Victoria, South Australia, ACT and Tasmania), the next Weekly Book Newsletter will be published on... Read more
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PRH to collectively bargain with editorial, publicity staff

Penguin Random House Australia (PRH) has agreed to engage in collective bargaining with staff in its editorial and publicity departments. Staff have endorsed the bargaining... Read more


NSW Premier’s Literary Awards 2019 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2019 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Christina Stead Prize for Fiction ($40,000)... Read more
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Amazon Australia creates 500 permanent jobs after criticism of casual workforce

Amazon will create 500 permanent jobs in its Australian fulfilment centres following criticism about the insecure casual employment of its labour hire workers, reports the... Read more

SLV ‘retires’ Centre for Youth Literature

State Library Victoria (SLV) has announced that it will be ‘retiring the Centre for Youth Literature sub-brand’ and will bring its teen programming under general... Read more
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Garner honoured for Lifetime Achievement in Literature

Helen Garner has won the Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature. The Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature ‘acknowledges the achievements... Read more


A&U acquires Morris-Marr book on Pell

Allen & Unwin (A&U) has acquired world rights to a book by investigative journalist and broadcaster Lucie Morris-Marr, who broke the story in the Herald... Read more

HarperCollins acquires book on Lawyer X x

HarperCollins has acquired world rights to Herald Sun reporters Anthony Dowsley and Patrick Carlyon’s book on Lawyer X, who can now be revealed as Nicola... Read more


Readings celebrates 50th anniversary

Melbourne bookshop Readings is celebrating 50 years since establishing its first store. The original Readings bookshop was founded in Carlton in 1969 by Ross Reading,... Read more


Read A Lot Books celebrates 30 years

Read A Lot Books, in the WA city of Geraldton, is celebrating its 30th anniversary with giveaways and competitions during the month of March. In... Read more


Inky Awards 2019 longlists announced

The longlists for the 2019 Inky Awards have been announced. The awards are presented by State Library Victoria (SLV) for local and international fiction, poetry,... Read more

Ockham New Zealand Book Awards 2019 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Fiction The New Ships (Kate Duignan,... Read more


Hogan wins Hazel Rowley Fellowship 2019

Writers Victoria has announced that author and academic Eleanor Hogan has been awarded the $15,000 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship for her proposed biography of Ernestine... Read more

Toney wins inaugural Carter Brown Mystery Writing Award

Wilson Toney’s novel Alibi for a Dead Man has won the inaugural Carter Brown Mystery Writing Award for an unpublished manuscript. Judges praised the novel... Read more


S A Jones’ ‘The Fortress’ sells to US

Natasha Solomun of The Rights Hive has sold North American rights to S A Jones’ novel The Fortress to US-based Erewhon Books, a new independent... Read more


Hamad’s ‘White Tears/Brown Scars’ sold to US

North American rights to journalist and academic Ruby Hamad’s forthcoming book White Tears/Brown Scars (MUP) have been sold via auction to US publisher Catapult. Rachel... Read more

Clunes Booktown Festival 2019 program announced

The program for the 2019 Clunes Booktown Festival, to be held from 4-5 May in Clunes, Victoria, has been announced. Around 25 writers will appear... Read more


UNSW academic wins international book award

Robin Derricourt’s Unearthing Childhood: Young Lives in Prehistory (Manchester University Press) has won the Archaeology and Ancient History PROSE Award from the Association of American... Read more


‘The Tattooist of Auschwitz’ wins Audie award

The audiobook edition of Heather Morris’ novel The Tattooist of Auschwitz (narrated by Richard Armitage, Bolinda, released in the US by HarperAudio) has won the... Read more


‘From the Earth’ honoured in NYRF visual books competition

From the Earth: World’s Great, Rare and Almost Forgotten Vegetables (Peter Gilmore, photography by Brett Stevens, Hardie Grant) has been honoured at the New York... Read more


Plunkett receives ABR Patrons’ Fellowship

The Australian Book Review (ABR) has announced poet and critic Felicity Plunkett as the recipient of its $10,000 ABR Patrons’ Fellowship. Plunkett will contribute several... Read more


Affirm focuses on children’s/YA manuscripts in 2019 mentorship award

This year’s Affirm Press Mentorship Award will focus exclusively on young adult and middle-grade fiction submissions, says the publisher. Writers of the three winning submissions... Read more


‘Penguin Bloom’ adaptation receives Screen Australia funding

A feature film adaptation of Cameron Bloom and Bradley Trevor Greive’s nonfiction book Penguin Bloom (ABC Books) has received production funding from Screen Australia. Set... Read more

Two Nobel Prize in Literature awards scheduled for 2019

The Nobel Prize in Literature will be awarded twice this year after the Swedish Academy postponed 2018’s event over a sexual assault scandal, reports the... Read more


UK Romantic Novel Awards winners announced, inaugural Jackie Collins Award announced

In the UK, the Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA) has announced the winners of the 2019 Romantic Novel Awards, as well as an inaugural prize in... Read more

Springer Nature shares journal articles on ResearchGate

Springer Nature is sharing articles from its journals on academic social networking site ResearchGate, reports the Bookseller. In a pilot program spanning three months, the... Read more


Crankstart announced as new Booker Prize sponsor

US-based charitable foundation Crankstart will be the new sponsor of the Booker Prize. Crankstart’s five-year sponsorship will begin on 1 June, after the announcement of... Read more


PEN America Literary Awards 2019 winners announced

In the US, PEN America has announced the winners of its 2019 Literary Awards. Among the award winners are: PEN/Jean Stein Book Award Friday Black... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Spinifex Press has sold Italian-language rights to The Screaming of the Innocent (Unity Dow) to Edizioni le Assassine, and Japanese-language rights to Eji Press.... 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 Alice... Read more


Bestsellers: McTiernan's ‘The Scholar’ debuts at number six x

For the third week in a row, the top three titles on the bestseller chart are the same: The Fast 800 (Michael Mosley, S&S) at number one, The... Read more

PRH agrees to collectively bargain with editorial and publicity staff

‘An Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA) will enshrine clearer processes, improve job satisfaction and job security, and allow editors and publicists to do what they love best: working on and promoting books.’ PRH editorial and publicity staff on entering into EBA negotiations with their employer; if successful, it would be the only MEAA-negotiated agreement currently covering in-house publishing staff in Australia.


ALIA submits to ParentsNext Senate inquiry; government ignores advice

Following a Senate inquiry into the federal government’s ParentsNext welfare program, the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) is urging public libraries to report ParentsNext... Read more

NSW government announces funding for Vision Australia Library

The NSW government has announced $500,000 funding per year for Vision Australia’s library service, starting in 2020. Administered by the State Library of NSW and... Read more


Speech: Helen Garner accepts the OzCo Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature x

Earlier this week, Helen Garner was honoured with the Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature at a ceremony in Sydney. The following is... Read more

Peggy Frew’s ‘Islands’

‘[Islands] is a work of great compassion and insight: one which reveals the naive, hopeful, sometimes angry, heartbreak that children hold in their hearts as... Read more

Andersen Press to be distributed by Walker Books

Walker Books Australia is delighted to announce that they have taken on the Australian and New Zealand distribution of award winning UK publishing house, Andersen Press, beginning August 2019.

Andersen Press, founded in 1976, publishes some of the most well-known and best loved names in the world of children’s books. These include David McKee, the creator of ‘Elmer the Patchwork Elephant’, which has sold over 10 million copies worldwide; Tony Ross, author of the global sensation ‘Little Princess series’, which has been translated into over 30 languages; bestselling novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie; the picture books of Chris Van Allsburg, including Christmas classic The Polar Express; award-winning Canadian novelist Susin Nielsen, best-known for We Are All Made of Molecules; Newbery Medal-winning verse novelist Kwame Alexander; comedian and broadcaster Julian Clary’s hilarious series ‘The Bolds’.

Penguin Random House will continue to manage sales & distribution until the end of July and UBD will accept returns until 30 August 2019. For all product and order enquires after 26 July please contact Walker Books on 02 8666 8311 or email any orders to orders@harpercollins.com.au or phone 1300 551 721.


NewSouth congratulates NSW Premier’s Literary Awards 2019 shortlisted publishers

NewSouth Books congratulates the following authors and publishers on their inclusion in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards 2019 shortlist: Gerald Murnane for Border Districts (Giramondo), Maria Tumarkin for Axiomatic (Brow Books), Alexis Wright for Tracker (Giramondo), Michael Farrell for I Love Poetry (Giramondo), Philip Neilsen for Wildlife of Berlin (UWA Publishing), Mark Reid for Blindside (Puncher & Wattman) and Jamie Marina Lau for Pink Mountain on Locust Island (Brow Books).

To order please contact TL Distribution on (02) 8778 9999 or orders@tldistribution.com.au.


Murdoch Books recalls ‘The Anti-Inflammatory Cookbook’

It has come to our attention that errors have occurred during the production process of The Anti-Inflammatory Cookbook ISBN 9781760637712, which means it is important to recall stock from all stores.

Stock of this book is arriving in all stores for a publication date of Monday 4 March and your assistance in ensuring it does not go on-sale is appreciated.

Please return to United Book Distributors as a ‘no fault’ return and contact your account manager if you have any further questions.




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