Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
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21 August 2019


CBCA Awards 2019 winners announced

The winners of this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards have been announced. The winning titles in each of... Read more
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Moloney wins 2019 CBCA Nan Chauncy Award

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has presented James Moloney with the 2019 CBCA Nan Chauncy Award for his contribution to Australian children’s literature.... Read more


Copyright Agency announces recipients of $500k in funding grants

Twenty-five arts organisations have received more than $500,000 in the latest round of funding from the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund. Literary organisations and projects that... Read more
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Readings announces 2019 New Australian Fiction Prize shortlist

Readings has announced the shortlist for its 2019 New Australian Fiction Prize. The shortlisted titles are: A Constant Hum (Alice Bishop, Text) Inappropriation (Lexi Freiman,... Read more


Ned Kelly Awards 2019 shortlists announced

The Australian Crime Writers Association (ACWA) has announced the shortlists for this year’s Ned Kelly Awards for Australian crime writing. The shortlisted works in each... Read more
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Full program announced for Ubud 2019

The full program has been announced for the 2019 Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF), which runs from 23–27 October in Ubud, Indonesia. Joining a... Read more


Affirm appoints Bell kids commissioning editor, Whelan editor x

Affirm Press has appointed senior editor Davina Bell as the new commissioning editor for its kids list. Assistant editor Meg Whelan has also been promoted... Read more


Hardie Grant Egmont sells ‘Welcome to Your Period’ to four territories

Hardie Grant Egmont has sold rights in four territories to Welcome to Your Period (Yumi Stynes and Melissa Kang). North American rights were sold to... Read more


Twelfth Planet Press launches ‘inclusive’ new imprint for pre-teens

Independent genre publisher Twelfth Planet Press has launched a new imprint for pre-teen readers. The Titania imprint will specialise in ‘diverse stories for children in... Read more


Black Inc. sells ‘See What You Made Me Do’ to US in auction

Black Inc. has sold North American rights to Jess Hill’s nonfiction book See What You Made Me Do to Sourcebooks in a two-house auction. Released... Read more


Text acquires ANZ rights to Booker-longlisted ‘Ducks, Newburyport’ x

Text Publishing has acquired ANZ rights to Lucy Ellmann’s Booker-longlisted novel Ducks, Newburyport, published in the UK by Galley Beggar Press. The novel, comprised of... Read more


Local writer, artist among Hugo Awards winners

The winners of this year’s Hugo Awards, presented annually by the World Science Fiction Convention, have been announced. Australian Foz Meadows won in the Best... Read more


A&U to publish Sue Pieters-Hawke’s ‘Remembering Bob’ x

Allen & Unwin (A&U) will publish a collection of stories and memories about Bob Hawke, edited by the former PM’s eldest daughter Sue Pieters-Hawke, in... Read more


Bachoura wins Lifted Brow Prize for Experimental Nonfiction

Literary journal the Lifted Brow and RMIT’s non/fictionLab has announced Jean Bachoura as the winner of its 2019 Prize for Experimental Nonfiction for his essay... Read more


Apolonio wins Liminal Fiction Prize

Bryant Apolonio has won the inaugural Liminal Fiction Prize for his story ‘Bad Weather’. Apolonio’s story is described as ‘a split narrative between two generations,... Read more


‘The Fountain of Public Prosperity’ wins 2019 Australian Christian Book of the Year

The Fountain of Public Prosperity: Evangelical Christians in Australian History 1740–1914 by academics Stuart Piggin and Robert Linder (Monash University Publishing) has been named 2019... Read more


Storylines launches te reo Māori manuscript award

Storylines Children’s Literature Charitable Trust has announced a new award for an unpublished manuscript written in te reo Māori, reports Booksellers NZ.  The new award... Read more

Laing, Hilsum win 2019 James Tait Black Prizes

The winners of the James Tait Black Prizes for fiction and biography—the UK’s oldest literary awards—have been announced. Olivia Laing won the £10,000 (A$17,920) prize... Read more


Macfarlane wins nature writing prize for ‘Underland’

In the UK, Robert Macfarlane has been awarded the Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize for his eighth book Underland (Hamish Hamilton). Judges called Underland ‘a... Read more


Lonely Planet turnover down, profit up in 2018

In the UK, Lonely Planet recorded a five percent drop in turnover and a 111% increase in profit before tax for the 2018 calendar year,... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Lyn Tranter at Australian Literary Management has sold a two-year screen adaptation option for The Swim Club (Anne de Lisle, Random House) to... 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 Memoir... Read more


Bestsellers: Room on the chart for ‘The Inn’ x

The only new title on this week’s top 10 bestsellers chart is thriller novel The Inn by James Patterson and Candice Fox (Century), which has... Read more


July bestsellers: Ten new entries across fiction, nonfiction x

There are 10 new entries across the Australian fiction and nonfiction bestsellers charts in July. In fiction, it’s all about the thriller: Petronella McGovern’s debut... 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

The era of throwaway arts

‘The four-year model is supposed to invest in the arts and organisations long-term, but now it seems more like it’s reinforcing the project model: prioritising new programs that are disposable, that will be abandoned for some different idea in the next funding round’—Overland editor Jacinda Woodhead writes about the ‘era of throwaway arts’, following the news that two-thirds of applicants to the Australia Council’s four-year funding round didn’t make it through the first stage.



Publishers Weekly x

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... Read more

Australian Children’s Laureate Foundation, Amazon partner to donate books to school libraries

Amazon Australia has partnered with the Australian Children’s Laureate Foundation (ACLF) and children’s laureate Morris Gleitzman to donate $20,000 worth of books to 40 Australian... Read more


Book designer spotlight: Peter Long

Peter Long worked as a designer in theatre and film before moving across to the book industry, where he has worked as a freelancer for... Read more


Story you can hold: Tyson Yunkaporta on ‘Sand Talk’ x

In Sand Talk (Text, September), researcher and arts critic Tyson Yunkaporta looks at global systems from an Indigenous perspective. Reviewer Karen Wyld said the book... Read more

Bain appointed acting director of Monash University Press

Monash University Publishing has appointed Greg Bain as acting director for the press, following the departure of former director Nathan Hollier. Bain has been working... Read more

Editors Victoria: Editing Diverse Voices seminar

Editors Victoria is running a seminar on editing diverse voices in October. The seminar will explain the best editorial practice for inclusivity and diversity, how... Read more

Walker Books signs Claire Saxby for new Nature Story Book

Walker Books Australia has signed acclaimed author Claire Saxby for a new title in the highly successful and award-winning Nature Story Book series, which has sold over 180,000 copies in Australia and New Zealand and is hugely popular with international audiences. Kookaburra, illustrated by Tannya Harricks, will be published in 2020.

‘I’m very excited to have a new Nature Storybook and can’t wait to share Kookaburra’s world,’ says author Claire Saxby.

‘Claire Saxby and Tannya Harricks sing the song of the Kookaburra in their latest Nature Story Book. This kind of magic is to be treasured,’ says Linsay Knight, Head of Australian Publishing at Walker Books Australia.


Walker Books congratulates CBCA Honour Book authors

Walker Books Australia congratulates Sarah Epstein, Mark Greenwood and illustrator Andrew McLean, whose books Small Spaces and The Happiness Box: A Wartime Book of Hope, have been chosen as Honour Books at the 2019 CBCA Awards.


HarperCollins congratulates CBCA Award-winning authors Emily Rodda and James Moloney

HarperCollins Children’s Books Australia is delighted to congratulate our authors on their 2019 CBCA Awards.

Emily Rodda’s His Name Was Walter is the winner of the CBCA 2019 Book of the Year: Younger Readers. Emily Rodda has now won a record-breaking six CBCA Awards.

James Moloney was awarded the biennial Nan Chauncy Award, which honours an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to Australian children’s literature. James Moloney’s most recent book is The Love That I Have.

His Name Was Walter by Emily Rodda 9781460756188 and The Love That I Have by James Moloney 9781460754641 are in stock and available to order now from HEDS: orders@harpercollins.com.au or 1300 551 721




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