Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
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17 July 2019


Educational Publishing Awards 2019 shortlists announced

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) has announced the shortlists for the 2019 Educational Publishing Awards Australia (EPAA). This year’s awards feature a new category for... Read more
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Melbourne Writers Festival program announced

The full program for the 2019 Melbourne Writers Festival, which runs from 30 August to 8 September, has been announced. The program will run under... Read more


PRH issues editor ‘first and final warning’; MEAA alleges ‘discriminatory’ conduct

Penguin Random House Australia (PRH) has issued a ‘first and final warning’ to an editor who tweeted in support of booksellers as they faced possible... Read more
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Davitt Awards 2019 shortlists announced

Sisters in Crime has announced the shortlists for the 2019 Davitt Awards for the best crime books by Australian women. The shortlisted works in each... Read more


Canberra Writers Festival 2019 program launched

Canberra Writers Festival has announced the full line-up of guest speakers for its festival program, which runs under the theme ‘power, politics and passion’ from... Read more
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Hachette acquires VPLA winner in ‘competitive’ auction

Hachette has acquired ANZ rights to Victorian Premier’s unpublished manuscript prize-winner Kokomo by Victoria Hannan in a two-book deal. Hachette head of literary Robert Watkins... Read more


‘Axiomatic’ sold to UK’s Fitzcarraldo Editions

Brow Books has sold UK and Commonwealth rights (ex ANZ) to Maria Tumarkin’s Axiomatic to independent publisher Fitzcarraldo Editions. Publisher Jacques Testard acquired the book,... Read more


LoveOzYA relaunches with new committee

Grassroots movement LoveOzYA is relaunching with a new committee and a ‘reinvigorated mission’. According to a statement posted online, the LoveOzYA website was hacked earlier... Read more


Ruby romance award 2019 finalists announced

The finalists for the Romance Writers of Australia (RWA) Romantic Book of the Year Award, known as ‘the Ruby’, have been announced. The finalists in... Read more


Van and Anderson awarded Overland writing residencies

Literary journal Overland has announced the recipients of its two writing residencies, which aim to address a lack of opportunities for underrepresented writers. Lucy Van... Read more


Write-ability fellowships 2019 recipients announced

Writers Victoria has announced the recipients of its 2019 Write-ability fellowships. The following five emerging writers with disability were awarded the fellowships: Alex Creece for... Read more


Ferns appointed HarperCollins NZ general manager

Karen Ferns has been promoted to the new position of HarperCollins NZ general manager, where she will take responsibility for all New Zealand sales, marketing... Read more

Pearson shifts to digital-first model

UK-based educational publisher Pearson will shift to a digital-first model, reports Publishers Weekly. The publisher has announced that it will only update the digital editions... Read more

BA says UK government’s digital services tax ‘a step in the right direction’

The Booksellers Association (BA) has welcomed the UK government’s decision to introduce a digital services tax on big tech companies from next April, but says... Read more

Crime writers condemn Staunch Prize after organisers suggest thrillers could ‘bias jurors’

In the UK, crime writers have condemned the organisers of the Staunch Prize—awarded to thrillers without violence against women—for claiming the genre could bias jurors,... Read more


Winners of inaugural Comedy Women in Print Prize announced

In the UK, the winners of the inaugural Comedy Women in Print Prize (CWIP) have been announced. In the published author category, Laura Steven was... 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. Nonfiction Society,... Read more


Bestsellers: Savva’s ‘Plots and Prayers’ debuts in top 10 x

This week’s bestseller chart is looking markedly different to last week’s, with middle-grade book The World’s Worst Teachers (David Walliams, HarperCollins) moving up from number... Read more


June bestsellers: Dalton, Morris keep top spots x

Trent Dalton’s Boy Swallows Universe and Heather Morris’ The Tattooist of Auschwitz continue to hold on to the first and second spots in the Australian... Read more


All That Impossible Space (Anna Morgan, Lothian) x

Lara Laylor just wants to get through year 10 without too much drama, but between a controlling best friend and the shadow of an older... Read more

Jane Curry: Editing has become a gendered profession x

‘[Editing] is now seen as a female profession and, like nursing and teaching, it is undervalued as a result. Editors may ‘lean in’ in terms of commitment and skill but they certainly don’t get valued for these attributes on payday.’—Ventura Press founder Jane Curry says the profession of editing has become gendered, leading it to it become undervalued.



RiP Kerry Reed-Gilbert

Author, poet and Aboriginal activist Kerry Reed-Gilbert has died, aged 62. Reed-Gilbert was a Wiradjuri elder, poet, writer, activist and artist. She was the author... Read more


Publishers Weekly

Books+Publishing is partnering with US trade news magazine Publishers Weekly to provide our subscribers with exclusive access to the weekly digital edition of PW magazine for a... Read more

SLV announces 2019 fellowship recipients

State Library Victoria has announced this year’s recipients of its fellowships, worth a total of over $200,000, including several writers working on book projects. The... Read more

US libraries to boycott Blackstone audiobooks over new release embargo

In the US, a coalition of 44 public libraries in Washington state is organising a six-month boycott of Blackstone Publishing’s digital audiobooks to protest the... Read more

Essex libraries saved after public protests

In the UK, Essex county council has dropped its plan to close 25 libraries, following months of protests from locals and support from authors including... Read more


Hidden in plain sight: Jane Curry on the role of the editor

Ventura Press founder Jane Curry explores the role of the editor. ‘Who’s the editor?’ I have only been asked this question once in my career... Read more


Book buyer spotlight: James Bennett’s buying team

Australian library supplier James Bennett’s 11-strong buying team combines expertise from the bookselling, library and publishing sectors. Buyer Louise Oliver spoke to Books+Publishing for our ‘book... Read more

Philip Bray’s farewell

Philip Bray is retiring after 50 years of bookselling at Brays Books in Balmain, Sydney. Brays Books staff members Bronwyn, Libby and Tim invite book-industry... Read more

Gecko Press networking drinks

Networking drinks will be held for publishers who are in Wellington for the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. Publishers are very... Read more

Call for expert Artform Board applicants

Create NSW has recently opened expressions of interest (EOI) for arts and cultural leaders to join Create NSW Artform Assessment Boards.

We are particularly looking for applicants for arts and cultural leaders in the literature sector.

The purpose of the Artform Assessment Boards is to assess applications made to Create NSW’s Arts and Cultural Funding Program. EOIs are open now and close via our online form by 5 pm on Friday 19 July.

More information on our Artform Assessment Boards at www.create.nsw.gov.au


Jane Finemore joins Australian Book Review

Australian Book Review is delighted to announce Jane Finemore, one of Australia’s leading literary publicists, has joined ABR as communications consultant. All media enquiries regarding ABR should be directed to Jane at: jane@finemorecommunications.com




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