Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
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20 November 2019


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Christmas closing list: Submissions due Monday

Publishers and distributors are asked to submit their Christmas closing dates by 5pm, Monday 25 November. A full list will appear in the Weekly Book... Read more


Albiston wins 2019 Patrick White Award

Melbourne-based poet Jordie Albiston has been named the winner of the $20,000 Patrick White Literary Award for 2019. The annual award was established by Patrick... Read more
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‘Her Mother’s Daughter’ wins Nib Literary Award

Nadia Wheatley’s Her Mother’s Daughter (Text) has won the Waverley Council’s Mark and Evette Moran Nib Literary Award for 2019. Wheatley’s ‘multi-layered’ memoir is a... Read more


Di Bello joins S&S as commercial fiction publisher, Ivers steps down x

Simon & Schuster (S&S) Australia has appointed Cassandra Di Bello in the role of commercial fiction publisher, replacing Roberta Ivers who has moved into a... Read more
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Broadside festival: Garner tops bestsellers x

More than 16,000 people attended the inaugural Broadside festival on 9–10 November at the Melbourne Town Hall. Run by the Wheeler Centre, the festival featured... Read more

Voss Literary Prize 2019 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2019 Voss Literary Prize has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Book of Colours (Robyn Cadwallader, Fourth Estate) The Making of... Read more

Publishers, suppliers owed $12.6m by the Co-op, Curious Planet

The Co-op Bookshop and its Curious Planet stores owed $12.6 million to publishers and toy sellers as of last week, with $8.8 million owed for... Read more

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HarperCollins to publish new Dalton novel in June 2020

HarperCollins Australia will publish Trent Dalton’s second novel All Our Shimmering Skies in June 2020. Set in Darwin in 1942, All Our Shimmering Skies follows... Read more


ABC Books acquires Tilley memoir in six-figure deal x

ABC Books has acquired world rights to radio broadcaster Tom Tilley’s coming-of-age memoir Speaking in Tongues, in a six-figure deal via the Fordham Company. Tilley... Read more


Text acquires new Lohrey novel x

Text Publishing has acquired world rights to Amanda Lohrey’s new novel The Labyrinth, via Lyn Tranter of Australian Literary Management. The Labyrinth returns to the... Read more


Affirm acquires novel, memoir from two Varuna fellowship recipients x

Affirm Press has acquired world rights to two books that grew out of manuscripts developed at Varuna, the Writers House, as part of the publisher’s... Read more


HarperCollins launches new prize for YA, middle-grade

HarperCollins Children’s Books Australia has launched a new prize for middle-grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction, called the Matilda Children’s Literature Prize. The winner... Read more


Pickard announced as new ASA chair x

Nicholas Pickard has been announced as the new chair of the Australian Society of Authors (ASA), succeeding Christopher Pash who will continue as a member... Read more


‘Heads and Tails: Insects’ wins CICLA for Best International Picture Book

John Canty’s picture book Heads and Tails: Insects (Berbay) has won an award for Best International Picture Book at the Chen Bochui International Children’s Literature... Read more

Matthews, Luckie win 2019 ABA NSW rep of the year

Geoff Matthews from Penguin Random House and Nicky Luckie from Hachette Australia were named joint winners of this year’s NSW rep of the year at... Read more


Horne Prize 2019 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the $15,000 Horne Prize for narrative nonfiction has been announced. The shortlisted writers are: Claire G Coleman for ‘Hidden in Plain Sight’,... Read more


De Zilva wins 2019 Deakin University Nonfiction Prize

Olivia De Zilva has won the 2019 Deakin University Nonfiction Prize for ‘Let’s Eat 食飯!’. De Zilva described ‘Let’s Eat 食飯!’ as ‘an ode to... Read more


The Lifted Brow wins Best Original Nonfiction at Stack Awards

The Lifted Brow (TLB) has won the award for Best Original Nonfiction at the 2019 international Stack Awards, which recognise the year’s best independent magazine... Read more


Kat Muscat Fellowship increases to $5000

The value of Express Media’s annual Kat Muscat Fellowship has increased from $3000 to $5000. The fellowship, named in honour of the late writer and... Read more


Book on Jack the Ripper’s victims wins £50k Baillie Gifford Prize for nonfiction

UK historian Hallie Rubenhold has won the £50,000 ($94,700) 2019 Baillie Gifford Prize for nonfiction for her book The Five: The untold lives of the... Read more


‘Ducks, Newburyport’ wins 2019 Goldsmiths Prize

In the UK, Lucy Ellmann has won the £10,000 (A$18,800) Goldsmiths Prize for her eighth novel Ducks, Newburyport (Text). Chosen from a shortlist of six, Ducks, Newburyport... Read more


Lovell wins US$75k Cundill History Prize for ‘Maoism’

In Canada, British author and Chinese literature translator Julia Lovell has won the 2019 Cundill History Prize, worth US$75,000 (A$110,050), for her book Maoism: A... Read more


Canada’s $100k Giller Prize awarded to Ian Williams’ ‘Reproduction’

Canadian writer Ian Williams has been announced as the 2019 winner of the C$100,000 (A$111,400) Giller Prize for his novel Reproduction (Random House Canada). Williams... Read more

VIDA Count 2018 results released

In the US, the results of the 2018 VIDA Count, which analyses gender representation in literary magazines, have been released. Out of the 15 literary... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Spinifex Press has sold Japanese-language rights to The Screaming of the Innocent (Unity Dow) to Eiiji Press and Italian-language rights to Edition le... Read more


October bestsellers: ‘Khaki Town’ and ‘488 Rules for Life’ top Australian charts x

The Australian fiction and nonfiction bestsellers charts for October have two new chart-toppers: Judy Nunn’s WWII novel Khaki Town, set in Queensland on the brink of... Read more


Bestsellers: ‘Bluey’ rounds up top three chart spots x

It’s a trifecta for Bluey on this week’s bestsellers chart, with the highly anticipated tie-in books to the hugely popular Australian cartoon series sitting in the... Read more


Nothing New: A history of second-hand (Robyn Annear, Text) x

Opportunity shops—or op shops, as they’re lovingly referred to—are a well-established and much-loved feature of the Aussie retail landscape. In this entertaining and insightful history,... Read more

High school English curriculums ignore diverse, Australian literature x

‘The demographic of Australian classrooms has changed significantly in the past 50 years. But the texts studied in English have remained remarkably stable … this situation requires serious attention.’—Academic Larissa McLean Davies, who surveyed over 700 teachers and found that the vast majority of books taught in Australian high schools were written by white male authors, argues that teachers need support to include more local and diverse literature.



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


China ‘most active’ international market for Oz kids publishers: Insights from the China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair x

A delegation of Australian publishers and agents attended this year’s China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair (CCBF), which ran from 15–17 November. Wenona Byrne, Australia... Read more


Marketing to the gatekeepers: Karys McEwen on marketing books for young people

In her final column for Junior, Karys McEwen explores what works (and what doesn’t) when marketing children’s literature to the people actually purchasing books—adults. When it... Read more

ABDA end-of-year Christmas drinks

The Australian Book Designers Association (ABDA) invites all book collaborators (including editors, publishers and illustrators) to its end-of-year Christmas drinks. Celebrations will be held in... Read more

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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