Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
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20 March 2019


‘Boy Swallows Universe’ wins Book of the Year at 2019 Indie Book Awards

Trent Dalton’s debut novel Boy Swallows Universe (HarperCollins) has been named Book of the Year at the 2019 Indie Book Awards, presented at the Leading... Read more
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PRH, Text, Matilda Bookshop and Farrell’s Bookshop awarded at Leading Edge Books Conference

A number of industry awards were presented at this year’s Leading Edge Books Conference in Adelaide on 18 March. Penguin Random House was named Publisher... Read more


Ball to join S&S as Scribner publishing director x

Ben Ball will join Simon & Schuster Australia (S&S) in the newly created role of publishing director of Scribner, S&S’s literary imprint. Ball, who was... Read more
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SWF 2019 program announced

The program has been announced for this year’s Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF), which runs from 29 April to 5 May. Fifty-five international guests and 360... Read more


2019 PRH Literary Prize winner announced

Penguin Random House (PRH) has announced that the winner of the 2019 PRH Literary Prize is The Spill by Imbi Neeme. Victorian-based Neeme wins $20,000... Read more
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Forthcoming Wood novel sold to US, UK

Charlotte Wood’s forthcoming novel The Weekend (A&U, October) has been sold to Riverhead in the US and Weidenfeld & Nicolson (W&N) in the UK, reports... Read more


Muhling appointed EWF executive director

Alice Muhling has commenced in her role as executive director of the Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF). A creative producer and arts manager, Muhling has previously... Read more


‘The Trauma Cleaner’ shortlisted for Wellcome Book Prize

Sarah Krasnostein’s The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman’s Extraordinary Life in Death, Decay and Disaster (Text) is one of six books shortlisted for the UK’s Wellcome... Read more


Amsterdam-based publisher wins NGV art and design book prize

Amsterdam-based publisher Van Zoetendaal Publishers has won the 2019 Cornish Family Prize for Art and Design Publishing for its book STUFF: Catalogue Archaeological Finds Amsterdam’s... Read more


Kissane and Ling win Peter Porter Poetry Prize 2019

The Australian Book Review (ABR) has announced Andy Kissane’s ‘Searching the Dead’ and Belle Ling’s ‘63 Temple Street, Mong Kok’ as the joint winners of... Read more


Ashleigh Young longlisted for 2019 Folio Prize

New Zealand writer Ashleigh Young has been longlisted for the UK’s £30,000 (A$56,000) Rathbones Folio Prize for her essay collection Can You Tolerate This? (Giramondo). Can... Read more

NZSA 2019 writer mentorships announced

Recipients have been selected for the New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) mentorship program 2019, with 13 chosen from a pool of 79 applicants. The... Read more

ABDA launches half-price student membership; announces 2019 awards date

The Australian Book Designers Association (ABDA) has introduced its first student membership. Available to full-time and part-time students studying graphic or communication design in Australia,... Read more


National Book Critics Circle Awards 2018 winners announced

In the US, the winners of the 2018 National Book Critics Circle Awards have been announced. Among the winners, chosen from shortlists announced in January,... Read more

2019 Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medals shortlists announced

In the UK, the shortlists for the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals 2019 have been announced. The works shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal for an... Read more


Kinokuniya’s oldest Asian store outside of Japan to close

In Singapore, Japanese bookstore chain Kinokuniya is closing down its oldest branch in Asia outside of Japan, reports the Straits Times. Opened in 1983, Kinokuniya... Read more

HBG and Hachette UK sales up despite Lagardère’s profits down

Hachette Book Group (HGB) in the US and Hachette UK have reported ‘strong’ sales growth in 2018, despite profits falling by 9.6% at parent company... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Jenny Darling & Associates has sold UK and Commonwealth (ex ANZ) rights to The Weekend (Charlotte Wood, A&U, October) to Weidenfeld & Nicolson, and... 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 Peggy... Read more


Bestsellers: new b-format editions on fastest movers chart x

Debuting at number one on this week’s top 10 bestseller chart is James Patterson’s latest ‘Women’s Murder Club’ thriller, 18th Abduction (Century), which is also... Read more

Meg McKinlay’s ‘Catch a Falling Star’

‘McKinlay’s gift for writing accessible characters for younger readers shines through in Catch a Falling Star, with a solid story grounded in the thoughtful exploration of... Read more

Faber CEO calls on publishers to ‘have courage’ in face of Brexit

‘I fear there are those who believe that global English language markets are in their interests, both retailers and publishers. They are not.’—In his keynote at the London Book Fair’s Quantum Conference, Faber CEO Stephen Page said the industry must acknowledge that publishing is a political act.


Australian Library Design Awards 2019 winners announced

The winners of the 2019 Australian Library and Information Association’s (ALIA) Library Design Awards for new and refurbished libraries have been announced. The winning libraries... Read more

Trump budget proposes elimination of US federal library funding

US president Donald Trump’s 2020 budget proposes the permanent elimination of the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) ‘and with it virtually all... Read more


University presses in Australia: ‘remarkable, robust and flourishing’ x

After disruptions at Melbourne University Publishing (MUP) and a glut of mainstream media coverage about the state of scholarly publishing in Australia, Sarah Farquharson spoke... Read more

ABDA: Awards presentation date confirmed

The Australian Book Designers Association (ABDA) has announced the winners presentation for the 2019 Australian Book Design Awards will be held at the State Library... Read more

Publishers Publicity Circle: first Melbourne meeting on 21 March

The recently launched Melbourne chapter of the Publishers Publicity Circle (PPC), will hold its first meeting at 7 pm on Thursday, 21 March, at the... Read more

PANZ Book Design Awards entries open

Publishers Association of NZ (PANZ) has announced it has opened entries for the 2019 Book Design Awards. All entry forms and criteria are also available... Read more

ABC Books acquires ‘Makybe Diva’ by Trevor Marshallsea

ABC Books is proud to announce the forthcoming publication of the first substantial biography of the incredible Makybe Diva.

Before Winx, before Black Caviar, there was Makybe Diva, the trailblazer of Australia’s modern trinity of champion mares. Unwanted as a foal, the Diva won the hearts of the nation by becoming the only horse in history to win three Melbourne Cups.

The book is by celebrated sports journalist and racing lover Trevor Marshallsea, author of the recent bestseller Winx: Biography of a Champion and co-author of Black Caviar trainer Peter Moody’s autobiography A Long Way from Wyandra.

‘By winning Australia’s race three times, Makybe Diva transcended the sport to touch Australians in a way probably only matched by Phar Lap,’ Marshallsea says. ‘Yet she achieved other feats on the track that were almost as extraordinary, such as her unforgettable Cox Plate Victory and an Australian Cup triumph in a time that arguably stands as a world record to this day.’

Based on extensive interviews with owner Tony Santic and others from her inner circle, the book also includes plenty of Melbourne Cup history and will delight racing and sports fans alike.

Makybe Diva will publish in August 2019.


2019 Voss Literary Prize open for entries

The Australian University Heads of English and the estate of Vivian Robert de Vaux Voss are pleased to call for nominations for the sixth annual Voss Literary Prize.

The prize, for the best novel published in Australia in 2018, carries a cash prize and will be presented at the AUHE AGM in November 2019.

A nomination form and details of entry can be found at vossliteraryprize.com. Entries must be received by COB, 30 April 2019.


Call for submissions for Commercial Fiction Fellowship for First Nation Writers

Harlequin Australia at HarperCollinsPublishers has partnered with Flinders University and Writers SA to offer a commercial fiction fellowship for First Nations Writers.

The fellowship offers a First Nations writer a 12-month mentorship with Jo Mackay, Publisher at Harlequin; associate status at Flinders University; a writing residency at Writers SA; and a stipend of $3500. At Flinders, the Fellow will enjoy full access to libraries and resources and the support of Dr Amy Matthews, Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing.

The fellowship is open to First Nations writers nationally. Submissions close 1 May 2019 with winners announced July 2019. The fellowship will run from August 2019 to August 2020.

For guidelines on how to submit, please visit the website.




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