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5 June 2019


Three Women

‘Absolutely compelling.’—Leigh Sales ‘A masterpiece at the same level as In Cold Blood.’—Elizabeth Gilbert ‘One of the most brilliant books I’ve ever read.’—Mia Freedman ‘Addictive,... Read more
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‘WBN’ published Thursday next week

Please note that, due to the Queen’s Birthday holiday on Monday in all states except Queensland and Western Australia, the next Weekly Book Newsletter will be published... Read more


Australian Book Design Awards 2019 winners announced

The Australian Book Designers Association (ABDA) announced the winners of the 2019 Australian Book Design Awards at an event in Sydney on 31 May. The... Read more
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WA Premier’s Book Awards shortlists announced

The shortlists for this year’s Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Premier’s Prize for an emerging... Read more


Hachette signs international deal for three new ‘Nevermoor’ books; details for book 3 announced

Rights to three new books in Jessica Townsend’s ‘Nevermoor’ series have been jointly acquired by Hachette Australia, Hachette Children’s Group UK and Little, Brown Books... Read more
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S&S acquires global rights to two new Kathy Reichs novels x

Simon & Schuster (S&S) has acquired global rights to two new novels by bestselling crime fiction writer Kathy Reichs. The first novel, A Conspiracy of... Read more


YA debut ‘What I Like About Me’ sold to US and France

Jacinta di Mase Management has sold US and Canadian rights to Jenna Guillaume’s YA debut What I Like About Me (Pan) to Peachtree Publishing, and... Read more


Jennings presented with CBCA Lifetime Achievement award

Paul Jennings has received the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Lifetime Achievement award, presented at an event at the CBCA conference in Canberra on... Read more

Copyright Agency announces recipients of Ignite grants

The Copyright Agency has awarded a total of $46,440 to eight authors and three artists, as part of its Cultural Fund’s Ignite grants program. The... Read more


Clarke’s ‘The Patchwork Bike’ wins US picture book award

The Patchwork Bike (Maxine Beneba Clarke, illus by Van T Rudd, Lothian) has won the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award in the picture book category. A... Read more


Karskens wins ‘ABR’ 2019 Calibre Prize

Historian Grace Karskens has won the Australian Book Review’s (ABR) 2019 Calibre Prize for her essay ‘Nah Doongh’s Song’. Karskens’ essay examines the ‘unusually long... Read more

2019 ‘Griffith Review’ Novella Project winners announced

The winners of the Griffith Review’s 2019 Novella Project competition have been announced. The winning authors and their works are: ‘Cleave’ by Keren Heenan ‘Spectrums’ by... Read more


Meyer wins UK’s inaugural ‘Mslexia’ Novella Competition

Author Angela Meyer has won the inaugural £1000 (A$1815) Mslexia Novella Competition for Joan Smokes (Contraband). Joan Smokes centres on a young woman who attempts... Read more

Ang, McGregor and Nelson win 2019 Woollahra Digital Literary Awards

Rachel Ang, Fiona McGregor and Jason Nelson have won the 2019 Woollahra Digital Literary Awards for writing that was first published online or electronically. Ang... Read more


Berbay sells third Canty ‘Heads and Tails’ picture book to US

Berbay Publishing has sold North American rights to Melbourne author and illustrator John Canty’s Heads and Tails: Underwater to Candlewick Press. This is the third picture book... Read more

Hurley joins A&U NZ as publisher

Michelle Hurley will join Allen & Unwin New Zealand in the role of publisher. Hurley has worked at Random House New Zealand and Allen &... Read more


Four NZ bookshops to receive Puffin grants x

Penguin Random House (PRH) NZ has announced that four New Zealand bookshops will each receive NZ$5000 (A$4707) in funding for children’s reading programs as part... Read more


Screen rights to Nix’s ‘The Keys to the Kingdom’ series sold

Herschend Entertainment Studios has acquired film and television rights to Garth Nix’s seven-book fantasy series ‘The Keys to the Kingdom’ (A&U), reports Deadline. Jill Grinberg Literary... Read more


‘The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart’ receives Screen Australia funding x

A television adaptation of Holly Ringland’s novel The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart (Fourth Estate) has received story development funding from Screen Australia. The eight-part... Read more


Croggon, Tuomy, Nou join advisory group for Victorian creative industries

Writer and critic Alison Croggon, spoken word poet and author Abe Nouk, and screenwriter, director and producer Fiona Tuomy are among the 20 Victorians who... Read more

Octopus buys indie publisher Short Books

Octopus Publishing Group, part of Hachette Livre, has acquired independent publisher Short Books for an undisclosed sum, reports the Bookseller. Best known for health and... Read more


Sissay wins 2019 PEN Pinter Prize

In the UK, poet and playwright Lemn Sissay has been awarded the 2019 PEN Pinter Prize. Prize judge Maureen Freely said: ‘In his every work,... Read more

Turkish prosecutors put novelists under investigation

Turkish prosecutors have launched investigations into the country’s fiction writers, including award-winning novelist Elif Shafak, reports the Guardian, with Shafak calling on the international community... Read more


‘Normal People’ to be adapted for TV

Sally Rooney’s novel Normal People (Faber) is being adapted into a 12-part half-hour TV series, reports the Guardian. The series is being produced by Element Pictures... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Black Inc. has sold North American rights to The Godmother (Hannelore Cayre) to ECW Press and ANZ audio rights to Bolinda Audio; 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 &... Read more


Bestsellers: ‘Slow Cooker Central Family Favourites’ debuts at number 10 x

This week’s top 10 bestsellers chart is looking very similar to last week’s, with Everything is F*cked (Mark Manson, Macmillan) spending its second week at number... Read more

Bonnier and Storytel go to war over audiobook fees

‘There are some for whom subscription represents a holy grail, as if books must always follow other media sectors. The truth is somewhat thornier … beneath the veneer of the new, there is an old struggle over how content is sold, who controls the risk, and how value is maintained.’—The Bookseller editor Philip Jones argues that the dispute over audiobook fees between the Swedish audiobook retailer Storytel and the country’s biggest book publisher Bonnierförlagen, part of Bonnier Books, is one we should all pay attention to.



RiP Christobel Mattingley

Author Christobel Mattingley has died, aged 87. Mattingley wrote over 50 books, 47 of which were for children. After publishing her first book, The Picnic... Read more

WA libraries receive statewide innovation awards

Two public libraries in WA have received the 2019 Library Board of Western Australia Award for Innovation and Collaboration. In the metropolitan and large regional... Read more

Library patrons buy more books, Canadian report finds

In Canada, a new report by industry study group BookNet has found consumers who borrow books from libraries purchase more books per month than those... Read more

UK authors rally to save Essex libraries

In the UK, authors including David Walliams, Jacqueline Wilson and David Baddiel are supporting a campaign to save libraries in Essex, reports the Bookseller. Of... Read more


Meet the ABA Young Booksellers of the Year: Michael Earp from The Little Bookroom

In the lead-up to the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) 2019 conference, Books+Publishing spoke to each of the five shortlisted nominees for the Young Bookseller of... Read more


Book buyer spotlight: Dymocks’ Imogen Neely x

Imogen Neely is the merchandise manager for Dymocks. She spoke to Books+Publishing for our ‘book buyer spotlight’ series. How long have you been in the role... Read more

R W R McDonald’s ‘The Nancys’

‘Cheerfully scattered, this glittering, occasionally grisly and highly original novel is recommended for those who like the bawdiest parts of Phryne Fisher, but stands proudly... Read more

Personnel changes at Simon & Schuster Australia

There have been a number of personnel changes at Simon & Schuster in Sydney, with staff beginning their roles on 11 June. Sophie Zhu is... Read more

Australian Reading Hour children’s books: sell-in starts 10 June

Sell-in for the five special edition Australian Reading Hour children’s books begins on 10 June via Hachette sales reps. Bookstores can order the books through... Read more

APA: Australian Reading Challenge

Australian Publishers Association (APA) is encouraging readers to be involved in the Australian Reading Challenge. The Australian Reading Challenge is for three types of people:... Read more

Editors Victoria: Regional literary lunch with Mark Brandi

Come to Kyneton (just 90 km from Melbourne) for our first regional event. Enjoy a leisurely Sunday lunch and be entertained by Mark Brandi as... Read more

Editors Victoria in-house editors event with Aviva Tuffield

Editors Victoria is running an in-house editors event with Aviva Tuffield. Network with other in-house editors over a light refreshment before hearing Aviva Tuffield’s insights... Read more



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