Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
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13 November 2019


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The University of Western Australia to close UWA Publishing

The University of Western Australia has decided to close UWA Publishing (UWAP) after almost 85 years of operation, reports the Australian. An internal memo from... Read more


Queensland Literary Awards 2019 winners announced

The winners of the 2019 Queensland Literary Awards (QLAs) have been announced. The winning titles in each category are: Queensland Premier’s Award for a work... Read more
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Morrison joins Echo as associate publisher x

Echo Publishing has appointed Tegan Morrison as associate publisher, replacing Angela Meyer in the role after she left the company to pursue her writing career.... Read more


Fitzgerald wins 2019 Richell Prize for climate change-inspired stories

Melbourne-based writer Else Fitzgerald has won the 2019 Richell Prize for her entry ‘Nearly Curtains’. Set in a future marked by climate change, the collection... Read more
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Fyfe wins 2019 Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing

Melissa Fyfe’s article ‘Getting cliterate’ (Good Weekend) has won this year’s Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing. Fyfe receives $7000. Her winning article describes... Read more


Speech Pathology Australia book awards 2019 winners announced

The winners of the 2019 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year awards have been announced. Chosen from shortlists announced in July, the winning titles are: Birth... Read more

Australian authors on 2020 Dublin Literary Award longlist

Twelve books by Australian authors have been nominated for the 2020 International Dublin Literary Award. The longlisted books by Australian authors are: Flames (Robbie Arnott,... Read more


Australians nominated for 2020 Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medals

A number of Australian authors and illustrators have been nominated for the 2020 Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medals. Karen Foxlee (Lenny’s Book of Everything, A&U),... Read more


Hessom Razavi announced as ABR’s Behrouz Boochani fellow

Perth-based writer and doctor Hessom Razavi has been announced as the recipient of the Australian Book Review’s (ABR) $10,000 Behrouz Boochani Fellowship. As part of... Read more


‘Overland’ Fair Australia Prize 2019 shortlists announced

Literary journal Overland has announced the shortlists for this year’s Fair Australia Prize. To view all the shortlisted authors and their projects, click here. Sponsored... Read more


Burbidge wins 2019 ABA Vic rep of the year

Gavin Burbidge from Penguin Random House was named as this year’s Victorian Rep of the Year at the Australian Booksellers Association’s (ABA) Victorian booksellers and... Read more


Ryckmans appointed artistic director of Canberra Writers Festival x

Literary agent and former publisher Jeanne Ryckmans has been announced as the new artistic director of the Canberra Writers Festival. Ryckmans, who replaces Michaela Bolzan... Read more


Pantera acquires two new Wasley novels x

Pantera Press has acquired ANZ rights to two new works of women’s fiction by Sasha Wasley, via Alex Adsett Publishing Services. Spring Clean for the... Read more


‘Missing Marvin’ wins Children’s Peace Literature Award

Sue deGennaro’s picture book Missing Marvin (Scholastic) has won this year’s Children’s Peace Literature Award. Convener of the judging panel Kate Prescott described Missing Marvin... Read more

Amazon cuts publishers’ orders to ease warehouse congestion

In the US, Amazon has cut book orders to publishers to ease congestion issues at its warehouses, reports Publishers Weekly. Several independent publishers told Publishers... Read more

Report shows UK audiobook listeners read print book at the same time

In the UK, new research commissioned by the Bookseller has found a quarter of audiobook readers listen to an audiobook and read a print version... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction Allen & Unwin has sold rights to Pain and Prejudice (Gabrielle Jackson) to Piatkus in the UK and Greystone Books in North America (see... Read more


Bestsellers: Lee Child reaches number one x

This week’s Australian top 10 bestseller chart is made up exclusively of fiction and memoir titles, with Lee Child’s latest Jack Reacher thriller Blue Moon... Read more


True West (David Whish-Wilson, Fremantle Press) x

Opening on a Western Australian freeway in 1988, True West immediately introduces Lee Southern, a teenager on the run from the militaristic bikie gang in... Read more

Open access a ‘laughable’ model for UWA Publishing x

‘Open access has an important role to play in academic publishing, but it is laughable to claim UWA Publishing’s cultural impact can simply be replaced through open access.’—academic Emmett Stinson responds to the University of Western Australia’s decision to close UWA Publishing in favour of an open access publishing model.



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

NSW librarians warn of potential closures

The NSW Public Libraries Association (NSW PLA) has warned that libraries may be forced to reduce services or close if current funding levels aren’t guaranteed... Read more


Green Square Library wins top architecture awards

The architects who designed the Green Square Library and Plaza in the Sydney suburb of Zetland won two awards at the Australian Institute of Architects... Read more


New decade, new nonfiction: 2020 nonfiction preview x

New books by Bruce Pascoe, Julia Baird, Melissa Davey and Miranda Tapsell are among next year’s most anticipated releases. Sarah Farquharson rounds up the best... Read more


Nobody knows: Justin Ractliffe on using data to better understand reading habits

In this opinion piece, based on his Copyright Agency publisher fellowship report, Penguin Random House Australia publishing director Justin Ractliffe argues that while it’s difficult... Read more


Not taking cues from Melbourne and Sydney: Sisonke Msimang on Perth Festival’s Literature & Ideas program

Earlier this year writer Sisonke Msimang was appointed curator of Perth Festival’s 2020 Literature & Ideas program, which will include events with local authors Bruce... Read more


Balancing act: Gavin Burbidge's career journey

Gavin Burbidge is an account manager at Penguin Random House Australia and a constant figure on the ABA’s shortlists for Victorian rep of the year.... Read more

ADS trading hours leading to Christmas

Alliance Distribution Services wish to advise the following changes to assist customers in maximising opportunities in the peak period leading up to Christmas 2019.

  1. ADS will extend the customer service department hours to open from 7.30am to 5.30pm AEST weekdays from Monday 2 December until Friday 20 December. Further extensions of service may be added should activity demand.
  2. ADS has already commenced an additional picking shift to ensure orders are despatched to maintain our usual high average daily turnaround throughout this busy period.
  3. ADS and our publishers have identified a ‘hot list’ of titles which will be shipped from ADS within 24 hours if orders are received in full carton quantities form 18 November to 23 December. Your publisher sales representatives will provide details of included titles included in this promotion.
  4. ADS publishers include Hachette, Pan Macmillan, Thames & Hudson, NewSouth Books, Affirm Publishing and Phaidon Publishing.

The ADS Customer Service and Warehouse Operations will be open on all days throughout the Christmas and New Year period other than public holidays.


Book launch at SPN conference: ‘Book Publishing in Australia: A Living Legacy’

Join us to celebrate the launch of Book Publishing in Australia: A Living Legacy, as a part of the Small Press Network’s 2019 Independent Publishing Conference.

Date: Thursday 21 November 2019 at 5:30pm
Venue: The Moat, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000
Book on the website here.

Published by Monash University Publishing.




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