Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
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17 April 2019

Sydney Writers’ Festival 2019: ‘Lie to Me’ x

From 29 April–5 May, some of the world’s leading authors and public intellectuals will come together to dissect the 2019 Sydney Writers’ Festival theme, ‘Lie... Read more
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Ractliffe resigns as Hachette Australia managing director x

Justin Ractliffe has resigned from his role as managing director of Hachette Australia and will leave the company on 1 July. Hachette Australia & New... Read more


ABIA 2019 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) have been announced. The titles in each category are: General fiction book of the year Scrublands (Chris... Read more
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ABDA Book Design Awards 2019 shortlists announced

The Australian Book Designers Association (ABDA) has announced the shortlists for the 2019 Australian Book Design Awards. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Best... Read more


Text sells book on Indigenous thinking to US for six-figure sum

Text Publishing has sold North American rights to Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save The World (Tyson Yunkaporta) to HarperCollins imprint HarperOne in a six-figure... Read more
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Nugent wins Readings Children’s Book Prize 2019

Carly Nugent has won the 2019 Readings Children’s Book Prize for The Peacock Detectives (Text). Nugent’s title was chosen from a shortlist of six, announced... Read more

HarperCollins acquires three new McTiernan novels

HarperCollins has acquired ANZ rights to three new books from crime writer Dervla McTiernan, via Tara Wynne at Curtis Brown Australia. The first book in... Read more

Winners announced for ASA and Copyright Agency Writers’ and Illustrators’ Mentorship Program

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has announced the winners of its 2019 Writers’ and Illustrators’ Mentorship Program. The winners are: Adult fiction Chloe Adams... Read more

Wheeler Centre 2019 Hot Desk fellowships announced

The Wheeler Centre has announced the successful applicants for its 2019 Hot Desk Fellowships. This year, the Wheeler Centre is offering three new fellowships for... Read more


Pantera sells 10 Rowland Sinclair mysteries to UK

Pantera Press has sold UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding ANZ and Canada) to the first 10 books in the ‘Rowland Sinclair Mysteries’ series (Sulari Gentill)... Read more

Ashurst Business Literature Prize shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2018 Ashurst Business Literature Prize has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: The Big Four: The Curious and Perilous Future of... Read more


2019 Scribblers Festival full program announced

The line-up for the second annual Scribblers Festival, which celebrates children’s literature and arts, has been announced. Running from 8–12 May in the Perth suburb... Read more

Clan Destine Press acquires UK small publisher

Melbourne-based genre specialist Clan Destine Press has acquired Improbable Press, a small UK publisher. Improbable Press began in London in 2015 as a publisher of... Read more

Text announces Michael Gifkins Prize for an unpublished novel shortlist

Text Publishing and the New Zealand Society of Authors have announced the shortlist for the 2019 Michael Gifkins Prize for an unpublished novel. The three... Read more


‘Steve Smith’s Men’ wins Wisden Book of the Year 2019

In the UK, Geoff Lemon’s Steve Smith’s Men (Hardie Grant) has won the Wisden Book of the Year award. Lemon’s book is an on-the-ground account... Read more


Powers wins 2019 Pulitzer Prize for fiction for ‘The Overstory’

In the US, Richard Powers has won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his novel The Overstory (Vintage). The Overstory tells the story of... Read more

PwC report shows growth in UK bookshops while high street retail declines

Bookshops are one of the top retail growth categories in the UK, according to new research from PricewaterhouseCoopers that also shows a record number of... Read more


Hachette UK opens new distribution centre

Hachette UK CEO David Shelley has opened the company’s new Hely Hutchinson distribution centre in Oxfordshire. The 23,000 sqm building, which Shelley described as ‘the... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction HarperCollins has sold the following translation rights to Boy Swallows Universe (Trent Dalton): Czech-language rights to Argo; Czech audio rights to Tympanum; 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 Andrew... Read more


Bestsellers: latest ‘WeirDo’ book at number one x

After a brief stint at number one last week, The Secret Runners of New York (Matthew Reilly, Macmillan) is at number two on this week’s... Read more

Neil Grant’s ‘The Honeyman and the Hunter’

‘Neil Grant evokes an absorbing sense of place, pulling you from the salty bay in Patonga to the bustling streets of Kolkata to the jaws... Read more

A love letter to the Centre for Youth Literature

‘Love for reading not only should—but needs—to be kept alive, especially with us teenagers. YA literature and books in general are a way to relax, calm down and chill out from a world that’s constantly going-going-going all the time.’—Year 12 student and former CYL Youth Advisory Board member Zhana Maticevski-Shumack responds to State Library Victoria’s decision to ‘retire’ the Centre for Youth Literature.


Godfree named Australian Teacher Librarian of the Year

The Australian School Library Association (ASLA) named Holly Godfree from Lake Tuggeranong College as Australian Teacher Librarian of 2019, reports the Canberra Times. Godfree has... Read more

Auckland World Library and Information Congress postponed until 2022

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and its New Zealand National Committee have postponed the IFLA World Library and Information Congress (WLIC)... Read more

Puffin to partner with 80 new schools for World of Stories program

In the UK, children’s publisher Puffin is looking for 80 primary schools to join its World of Stories program, reports the Bookseller. The program, run... Read more


Middle-grade in demand at Bologna; kindness and environmental themes among new trends x

Australian publishers have reported an ‘upbeat’ Bologna Children’s Book Fair (1-4 April), with middle-grade books continuing to dominate the market, and kindness and environmental themes... Read more


A love letter to the Centre for Youth Literature: Zhana Maticevski-Shumack on the closure of CYL

State Library Victoria’s controversial announcement in early March that it was ‘retiring’ the Centre for Youth Literature (CYL) was met with backlash from across the... Read more

Editors NSW: Grammar workshop

Editors NSW is running a workshop on grammar with Tony Spencer-Smith. The workshop will cover the basics of parts of speech through to the tricky... Read more

IPEd National Editors Conference gala dinner

Join author and broadcaster Tony Wilson, MC Fiona Scott-Norman and editors and publishing professionals from around the country for the IPEd National Editors Conference Gala Dinner in Melbourne.

The dinner, to be held in the Art Deco splendour of the heritage-listed Myer Mural Hall on Thursday 9 May, will be a lavish affair with a Melbourne Noir à la mode theme: think ‘Phryne Fisher’ or The Great Gatsby.

Tickets for the dinner only (without conference registrations) are $125. Bookings can be made on the website.




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