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10 July 2019


2019 ABA conference: value, volume down YTD; HR, sales discussed x

Nielsen Book associate director Julie Winters presented an overview of the Australian book market at the 2019 Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) conference. Winters reported a... Read more
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HarperCollins to publish ‘electrifying’ debut novel; UK, film rights sold x

HarperCollins has acquired ANZ rights to Melbourne author and playwright Gabriel Bergmoser’s ‘electrifying’ debut adult novel, The Hunted, in a two-book deal via Tara Wynne... Read more


Black Inc. to publish ‘creative’ Thunberg bio; sells rights to S&S UK

Black Inc. has sold world English-language rights (ex ANZ) to a ‘creative biography’ of climate change activist Greta Thunberg to Simon & Schuster Children’s UK.... Read more
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A&U acquires ‘fierce’ literary debut x

Jane Palfreyman at Allen & Unwin has acquired ANZ rights to literary fiction debut A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing by Jessie Tu, via... Read more


Hachette acquires middle-grade, YA novels by Binks

Hachette Australia has acquired ANZ rights to a middle-grade novel, The Year the Maps Changed, and a yet to be titled YA novel by literary... Read more
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Ovato to invest $1m in Melbourne printing facility

Ovato Book Printing, formerly Griffin Press, will invest $1 million in new technology as part of a new print-on-demand (POD) strategy. In June, Ovato relocated... Read more


University of Queensland student-led Corella Press to launch first books x

The University of Queensland’s (UQ) student-led Corella Press will launch its first two books at an event at Avid Reader in Brisbane on 30 August.... Read more


McIver’s debut sold to Hachette AU and Tinder Press UK x

Hachette Australia and UK publisher Tinder Press (part of the Hachette Livre UK Group) have jointly acquired rights to Ruth McIver’s debut novel I Shot... Read more


Amazon Prime to adapt Sutherland’s ‘Our Chemical Hearts’ for film

Krystal Sutherland’s YA novel Our Chemical Hearts (Penguin) is being adapted for film by Amazon Studios for the Amazon Prime streaming service. The film, titled Chemical... Read more


Brio to publish new Dessaix book on ageing x

Brio has acquired ANZ rights to a new nonfiction book by Robert Dessaix, The Time of Our Lives: Growing old well, via Lyn Tranter at... Read more


Blabey tops NYT bestseller charts

Aaron Blabey’s ‘The Bad Guys’ (Scholastic) has topped the New York Times weekly chart for bestselling children’s series. ‘The Bad Guys’, which has spent 37... Read more


Australian Christian Book of the Year 2019 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2019 Australian Christian Book of the Year been announced. The shortlisted titles are: The Apostles’ Creed: A Guide to the Ancient... Read more


‘The Tattooist of Auschwitz’ longlisted for Glass Bell Award

Heather Morris’ The Tattooist of Auschwitz (Echo) has been longlisted for the UK’s Glass Bell Award. Presented by London bookstore Goldsboro Books, the prize celebrates... Read more


New KYD program to focus on regional Victorian writers

Kill Your Darlings (KYD) has announced a new publishing program for regional Victorian writers. From August 2019 to June 2020, KYD will publish the work... Read more


ABDA launches student prizes

The Australian Book Design Association (ABDA) has announced it will award student prizes at the 2020 ABDA Awards. The inaugural student prizes will be judged... Read more


Cypriot writer Soteriou wins 2019 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Cypriot writer Constantia Soteriou has been named the overall winner of the 2019 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for her story ‘Death Customs’. It is the... Read more

US bookshops raise $48k for #BookstoresAgainstBorders campaign

In the US, around 150 independent bookshops, small presses and other literary organisations have raised more than US$48,000 (A$68,860) for the #BookstoresAgainstBorders fundraising campaign, reports... Read more

Frankfurt Book Fair to allow book sales during public access days x

For the first time, exhibitors will be allowed to sell books during the closing weekend of the 2019 Frankfurt Book Fair, reports Book Brunch. The... Read more


UK Society of Authors launches £5000 prize for illustrated children’s books

In the UK, the Society of Authors (SoA) has launched the Queen’s Knickers Award, a new £5000 (A$8950) prize for children’s illustrated books aimed at... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Transit Lounge has sold the film option for Soon (Lois Murphy) to Cenozoic Pictures. Children’s Mary Hare at ALC Agency has licensed What’s in... 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: ‘The Fast 800 Recipe Book’ at number one x

This week on the bestsellers chart, Boy Swallows Universe‘s (Trent Dalton, Fourth Estate) four-week run at number one has come to end, with The Fast 800... Read more

Walkley-Pascall winner Jeff Sparrow on literary criticism in Australia x

‘There is something of a crisis of criticism in Australia and it’s connected to broader declines in media. You only have to look at the book pages that used to be in the Saturday papers compared to the book pages there are today to see how much less space there is for literary criticism.’—Jeff Sparrow, winner of the 2019 Walkley-Pascall Prize for arts criticism, on literary criticism in Australia.



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‘Whitney and Britney Chicken Divas’ to be read for National Simultaneous Storytime 2020

Lucinda Gifford’s forthcoming picture book Whitney and Britney Chicken Divas (Scholastic, October) has been chosen for the Australian Library and Information Association’s (ALIA) National Simultaneous... Read more

Lending Rights schemes worth $21.8m in 2018–19

The federal government has announced that more than 16,300 authors, publishers and illustrators will receive $21.8 million through its Lending Rights schemes in 2018–19. The... Read more

UK library loans lag behind US, Australia

In the UK, library loans are lagging behind other countries, reports the Bookseller. According to new analysis by ex-Waterstones CEO Tim Coates, UK book loans... Read more

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library cut by UK council

In the UK, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library scheme has been cut by Doncaster Council after three years of funding came to end, reports the Bookseller.... Read more


Beyond just sales: Connecting to customers and communities through events x

Sarah Farquharson speaks to two independent bookshops about how they make connections with customers and their communities through events. The owners of BooksPlus, in the... Read more


Susannah Bowen: Six things to know about book marketing x

Susannah Bowen is the head of marketing (higher education) for Cengage Australia and, with Alison Baverstock, the author of How to Market Books (Routledge). Here,... Read more


Storytime: Growing up with books (Jane Sullivan, Ventura) x

Storytime is a delightful collection of essays by literary journalist Jane Sullivan on her favourite childhood books, revisited as an adult. Best known as the... Read more

Rockpool launches Gelding Street Press imprint

Rockpool Publishing will launch a new imprint in August 2019, called Gelding Street Press.

Gelding Street Press will focus on true stories and sport and recreation. The first Gelding Street Press title releasing in August will be The Immortals of Australian Rugby League (9781925946031, Hauser, 2019).

This will be the second title in the ‘Immortals’ series, following on from the bestselling The Immortals of Australian Cricket (9781925682786, Hauser, 2018). Rockpool’s backlist of titles in these genres will also slowly be brought across under the new imprint.

Rockpool Publishing and Gelding Street Press titles are distributed by Simon & Schuster in Australia and New Zealand. Orders: orders@harpercollins.com.au or 1300 551 721


NewSouth Books welcomes Gibbs Smith

NewSouth Books is delighted to announce that from the 1 September 2019, distribution of titles from Gibbs Smith will move to NewSouth Books from Peribo.

Orders from the 1st September onwards should be placed with Alliance Distribution Services.

ADS, 9 Pioneer Avenue, Tuggerah NSW 2259
Telephone: (02) 4390 1300
Fax: (02) 4390 1333
Email: adscs@alliancedist.com.au

NewSouth Books cannot accept returns for any books invoiced by Peribo.


Lorne Beach Books for sale

Bookshop for sale

Lorne Beach Books, Lorne, Vic

Opened in 1999 by David and Meryl Bartak after 20 years of owning and operating Black Mask Books in Toorak Rd, South Yarra. Forty years of creating and helping readers is coming to an end. It’s time to put on the thongs and walk on the beach.

An independent, eclectic quality bookshop with no competition, no newsagency and no DDS in prestigious coastal town.

Suit someone looking for a sea-change or as a coastal addition to an existing shop.

Good price for the right person. A new lease with options available.

Contact David and Meryl Bartak.
Email: david.bartak13@gmail.com
Phone: 0412 547 188


Danger Prize: Nominations open

BAD: Sydney Crime Writers Festival has announced that nominations are open for the Danger Prize, awarded for the best book, TV series, podcast or film about Sydney crime released in the past financial year.

Last year well-known Sydney identity John Ibrahim won the inaugural Danger Prize for his memoir Last King of the Cross. Entries are now open for the 2019 prize. The 2018/2019 prize will be announced on 6 September, alongside the Danger Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to a crime writer who has explored Sydney’s dark side in fiction or in factual form. The lifetime achievement award was won last year by the late great Peter Corris.

This year’s awards will be presented by Ibrahim and British crime superstar Val McDermid, at an event which will see the Ned Kelly Awards presented in Sydney for the first time, as part of the BAD19 Crime Writers Festival at the State Library from 6–8 September.

Submissions for the Danger Prize should be made by 13 July 2018. For more information see BadSydney.com, or email badsydney19@gmail.com.




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