Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
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15 May 2019


The Collaborator

An act of heroism, the taint of collaboration, a doomed love affair, and an Australian woman who travels across the world to discover the truth.... Read more
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SWF 2019: paid attendance figures, book sales up in second year at Carriageworks x

This year’s Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF) had the third highest paid attendance in the festival’s 22-year history, with more than 52,500 ticket sales bringing in... Read more


2019 VIPs program highlights US market, inclusivity and creating buzz x

This year’s annual Visiting International Publishers (VIPs) program was held alongside the Sydney Writers’ Festival and ran from Tuesday, 30 April through to Friday, 3... Read more
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No Vogel to be awarded this year

The judges for this year’s Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award have announced they will not award the prize this year, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. For the... Read more

Levy steps down at LEG; redundancy announced

The Leading Edge Group (LEG) has announced several changes to its staff, including a redundancy. In an email to suppliers, director of business services Kate... Read more
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Carlomagno wins 2019 Rosie Award

Julia Carlomagno has won the 2019 Rosanne Fitzgibbon Editorial Award, known as the ‘Rosie’, for her work on Adult Fantasy (Briohny Doyle, Scribe). Judges described Adult... Read more


Kidman wins 2019 New Zealand Book Award for fiction

Fiona Kidman has won the NZ$53,000 (A$50,200) fiction prize at the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards for her novel This Mortal Boy (Vintage). Judges said... Read more


Writers, literary orgs among latest OzCo funding recipients

Twenty-five writers and literary organisations are among the recipients of the latest Australia Council grants round, which awarded $5.8 million to 192 projects. Grants in... Read more


Australian Reading Hour ambassadors’ books covers revealed

Australian Reading Hour (ARH) has revealed the covers of the five books by its children’s ambassadors being published for this year’s event on 19 September.... Read more


‘Trace’ longlisted for CWA Gold Dagger for nonfiction

Rachael Brown’s Trace (Scribe) has been longlisted for the UK Crime Writers Association’s (CWA) Gold Dagger for nonfiction. Brown’s true crime book based on the... Read more


‘Pink Mountain on Locust Island’ sells to US publisher Coffee House Press x

Brow Books has sold North American rights to Jamie Marina Lau’s debut novel Pink Mountain on Locust Island to Coffee House Press, via the Barbara... Read more


Giramondo acquires artist Carment’s ‘Womerah Lane’ x

Giramondo has acquired world rights to award-winning artist Tom Carment’s illustrated title, Womerah Lane, to be published in October. In Womerah Lane, Carment ‘offers a... Read more


Lost in Books to host IBBY Honour Books exhibition

Multilingual children’s bookshop Lost in Books, situated in the Sydney suburb of Fairfield, is hosting the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Best... Read more


Gould steps down as Booksellers NZ CEO

Booksellers NZ CEO Lincoln Gould is stepping down after 10 years in the role. Gould will work through to October, with the board aiming to... Read more


Dymocks celebrates 140th anniversary

Dymocks is celebrating its 140th anniversary this year with an anniversary party instore at Dymocks Sydney on 27 May. William Dymock opened the first Dymock’s... Read more


Shortlist announced for inaugural Fogarty Literary Award

Fremantle Press has announced the shortlist for the inaugural Fogarty Literary Award, an unpublished manuscript award for young writers in Western Australia, worth $20,000. The... Read more

Mary Gilmore Award 2019 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2019 Mary Gilmore Award, presented by the Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL) for the best first book of... Read more

Woollahra Digital Literary Awards 2019 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2019 Woollahra Digital Literary Awards, for writing first published online or electronically, have been announced. Fiction ‘Toot toot’ (Rachel Ang, Going... Read more


Coleman shortlisted for Neukom Institute Literary Arts Awards for speculative fiction

Claire G Coleman has been shortlisted in the debut category of the US-based Neukom Institute Literary Arts Award for speculative fiction, for her novel Terra... Read more


NZ writer Harley Hern named Commonwealth Short Story Prize regional winner

New Zealand writer Harley Hern has been named the regional winner for the Pacific in the 2019 Commonwealth Short Story Prize, for her story ‘Screaming’.... Read more

Sinclair, Castrique win Nature Writing Prize 2019

Jenny Sinclair and Sue Castrique have been named joint winners of the $10,000 Nature Writing Prize 2019, awarded biennially by the Nature Conservancy. Sinclair’s essay... Read more

Peter Carey Short Story Award 2019 longlist announced

The longlist for the 2019 Peter Carey Short Story Award has been announced. The 14 longlisted stories are: ‘Elisabeth Kubler Ross’ (Paige Clark) ‘Mother’s Arbour’... Read more


Penguin General and Faber win at 2019 British Book Awards; ‘Normal People’ wins book of the year

In the UK, the winners of the 2019 British Book Awards, known as the ‘Nibbies’, have been announced. In the trade section of the awards,... Read more


Edemariam awarded 2019 Ondaatje Prize

In the UK, Guardian journalist Aida Edemariam has won the Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje Prize for her memoir The Wife’s Tale: A Personal History... Read more

McGraw-Hill projects up to $529m in annual savings after Cengage merger

A McGraw-Hill-issued report for investors has projected annual cost savings of US$285–$370 million (A$407–$529m) annually over three years across McGraw-Hill and Cengage after they merge,... Read more


Armitage named UK poet laureate

English poet Simon Armitage has been named the UK’s poet laureate, after Imtiaz Dharker turned down the position earlier this month. The Guardian reports that Armitage... 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 Kamila... Read more


Bestsellers: Blabey’s latest ‘Bad Guys’ book at number one x

Aaron Blabey’s latest ‘Bad Guys’ book (Episode 9: The Big Bad Wolf, Omnibus) is this week’s number one bestseller, moving up from fifth spot last... Read more


April bestsellers: ‘Boy Swallows Universe’ and ‘The Barefoot Investor’ top charts x

A new b-format edition of Trent Dalton’s multi-award-winning novel Boy Swallows Universe is at the top of the Australian fiction bestsellers chart for April. Three... Read more

Gregg Dreise’s ‘My Culture and Me’

‘This book is perfect for Indigenous children who are finding their place in the revitalisation of Indigenous culture around Australia and will also appeal to... Read more

The Vogel should have been awarded, argues Jane Rawson

‘How about setting up a prize for emerging writers over forty? How about one for an emerging writer whose career has been delayed by raising children, caring for parents, making a living, getting an education, being sick.’—Following the announcement there won’t be a Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award winner this year, writer Jane Rawson argues that writers need more recognition for their work.


ALIA concerned about proposed merger of SLWA with gallery, museum

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has written to the WA government in response to a report in the Australian about a proposed amalgamation... Read more

Macmillan Learning commits to accessible ebooks for students

In the US, Macmillan Learning has committed to ‘born accessible’ ebook options for students with disabilities, as the first publisher to become Global Certified Accessible,... Read more


Galleys and galleries: The art and design book market

Australian art gallery attendance is at an all-time high and BookScan data suggests a correlation between gallery attendance and the sales of illustrated art and... Read more


Book buyer spotlight: WHSmith’s Ruth Ellis x

Ruth Ellis worked for Dymocks and Berkelouw before joining WHSmith as a buyer two years ago. She spoke to Books+Publishing for our ‘book buyer spotlight’ series.... Read more

ILF Great Book Swap

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation has opened registrations for this year’s Great Book Swap. As part of UNESCO’s focus on Indigenous languages this year, ILF is... Read more

Editors Victoria: Dinner meeting with Joe Reich

Editors Victoria is holding a dinner meeting with Joe Reich, the recently appointed director of Melbourne Jewish Book Week. Reich will speak about what’s involved... Read more

Editors NSW: Copyright and copyright issues presentation

Editors NSW is running a presentation on the basics of copyright and common copyright issues in publishing, presented by Australian Society of Authors (ASA) legal... Read more

‘In the Beginning: The Formative Years of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital’

A quiet Sunday morning in March 1965. Two teams of surgeons set up in adjoining operating theatres in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in suburban Adelaide. Over the next few hours they perform the first successful living donor kidney transplant in Australia, cementing a reputation for innovation and excellence at South Australia’s newest medical facility. Foundation staff member Bill Proudman’s memoir is an insight into the evolution of a medical institution and the personalities who shaped the hospital’s character.

In the Beginning: The Formative Years of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Author: WD Proudman
Publisher and distributor: McAvaney Media
RRP $20 (9780980286649)

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Name: Anne Johnson
Email: media@mcavaney.com
URL: mcavaneymedia.com




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