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22 January 2020

‘WBN’ published Thursday next week

Please note that, due to the Australia Day public holiday in lieu on Monday, the next Weekly Book Newsletter will be published on Thursday, 30 January.... Read more
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Christmas survey: deadline extended

Books+Publishing is currently conducting its Christmas survey of booksellers and publishers. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey online. We’re accepting submissions until... Read more

#AuthorsForFireys, Perth Fest, OzCo international residencies and latest awards

Earlier this week, the organisers of the #AuthorsForFireys campaign—which saw more than 500 authors, illustrators and publishing professionals auction items for bushfire relief—confirmed it had raised nearly $500,000 in donations from over 1000 auction items. Meanwhile, the Children’s Book Council of Australia and children’s bookseller The Little Bookroom are also organising book drives for children affected by the bushfire crisis.

International authors Julia Donaldson, Chike Frankie Edozien, Arif Anwar, Tommy Orange and Julia Phillips are among the guests attending this year’s Perth Festival Literature & Ideas weekend, happening next month, and eight Australian writers have received international development residencies from the Australia Council to support their overseas travel. In awards news, the Hazel Rowley Fellowship shortlist and the Australian Romance Readers Awards finalists were announced; A Frances Johnson was named the winner of this year’s Peter Porter Poetry Prize; and Booktopia has opened voting for the new Favourite Australian Book award, worth $5000.

Publishers have acquired new nonfiction books by Jennifer Byrne, Sam van Zweden and Christopher Raja, and several personnel changes have also been announced: former Text sales and marketing manager Kirsty Wilson is moving to Berbay Publishing, and Léa Antigny and Kajal Narayan are joining Pantera Press, replacing current publicity and marketing director Anabel Pandiella.

Our neighbours in New Zealand reported book sales were up 2.3% in value and 3.5% by volume in 2019, with the Chinese and German book markets also reporting growth. In other international news, the UK Publishers Association says it’s ‘closely monitoring’ the situation in China after the country’s Ministry of Education issued guidelines that ban the use of foreign teaching materials in schools.

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Pre-Christmas bestsellers: children’s book sales not enough to counter weak adult fiction and nonfiction sales x

Despite a Bluey-led boost to children’s book sales, the value of the Australian book market fell by over four percent, year-on-year, in the 10-week pre-Christmas... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Jeanne Ryckmans from Cameron’s Management has sold North American rights to The Mothers (Genevieve Gannon, A&U) to William Morrow (see news). Left Bank... Read more
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Bestsellers: ‘Crawdads’ swims into Australian top 10 x

The Australian top 10 bestsellers chart for the second week of 2020 shows little change from the previous week’s, with Bluey: Time to Play! (Puffin)... Read more


Beautiful Eggs (Alice Lindstrom, Scribble) x

In this board book, Melbourne-based artist and illustrator Alice Lindstrom uses her stunning cut-paper style of illustration to introduce the tradition of egg decoration across... Read more

UK book trade predicts the coming trends in 2020

‘The climate crisis will continue to dominate headlines [in 2020], but it will affect us more on a practical, day-to-day level, including how we operate our businesses and how we behave as consumers. Speaking to young people who are joining us in entry-level roles, it’s becoming clear that this new generation expects more from us and we must listen to them to stay relevant.’—Bonnier Books UK CEO Perminder Mann argues that publishers must listen more to younger generations who expect action on climate change.



RiP Steph Bowe

Australian YA author Steph Bowe has died, aged 25, due to complications from T-cell acute lymphoblastic lymphoma, a form of leukemia. Bowe began her career... Read more


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 for a limited time. This... Read more

West joins Nielsen x

Nielsen BookScan Australia has appointed Claire West to the role of senior account executive—publishers. Previously, West held various positions within Berkelouw/BookFace and Dymocks. West begins... Read more

Entries open for Voss Literary Prize 2020

The Australian University Heads of English (AUHE) and the estate of Vivian Robert de Vaux Voss are pleased to call for nominations to the 17th annual Voss Literary Prize.

The prize, for the best novel published in Australia in 2019, carries a cash prize and will be presented at the AUHE AGM in November 2020.

A nomination form and details of entry can be found at vossliteraryprize.com. Entries must be received by COB, 6 March 2020.




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