Book News: Dinner Party conversation starters October 21, 2016 – Posted in: Blog

I’ve put together a summary of what’s news in the literary world as at Oct 2016. When you’re at a dinner party and the table goes quiet. Just slip out your Book News for fun facts and literature updates to create a new circle of conversation. Anything from award winners, what hot in books, what is juicy about stories and much more. I find I never have a quiet dinner party these days as discussions related to books are always so fulfilling and offer so much other follow on conversations


So What’s News:

Author’s earnings: lucky for us they love to write

A newly released European Commission report has found that authors in Europe earned on average €17,500 (A$24,986) per year, reports the Bookseller.

UK authors’ average yearly earnings of £12,500 ($19,992) are almost £5000 (A$7,996) below than the minimum income standard of £17,100 (A$27,346).

A Macquarie University survey in 2015 found that Australian authors earn on average $12,900.


Exicting new kids book series

Allen & Unwin is announced that it has joined forces with Mac Park, creators of Boy vs Beast, to launch D-Bot Squad, a new high-concept adventure series aimed at young boys.

The super-exciting series about dinosaur robots will hit shelves in July 2017. It is aimed at new readers and promises to create a world kids will love, using words they can read. (Books+Publishing)


A dose of award winners to be

The shortlists in the fiction categories 2016 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards have been announced.

Adult fiction

  • Forever Young (Steven Carroll, HarperCollins)
  • The Life of Houses (Lisa Gorton, Giramondo)
  • The World Repair Video Game (David Ireland, Island Magazine)
  • Quicksand(Steve Toltz, Penguin)
  • The Natural Way of Things (Charlotte WoodA&U)

Young adult fiction

  • Becoming Kirrali Lewis (Jane Harrison)
  • Illuminae (Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff)
  • A Single Stone (Meg McKinlay)
  • In Between Days (Vikki Wakefield)
  • Green Valentine (Lili Wilkinson)


Children’s fiction

  • Adelaide’s Secret World(Elise Hurst)
  • Sister Heart(Sally Morgan)
  • Perfect(Danny Parker & Freya Blackwood)
  • The Greatest Gatsby: A Visual Book of Grammar(Tohby Riddle)
  • Mr Huff(Anna Walker).


What’s hot in books

The top three titles bestsellers remain unchanged this week, with Jimmy Barnes’ Working Class Boy in first place for the third week in a row, followed by The Girl on the Train film tie-in edition and The 78-Storey Treehouse. The illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets(J K Rowling) is this week’s highest new entry, debuting at number six on the overall bestsellers chart, while the fastest movers chart is an almost entirely Australian affair: Michelle Bridges’ Food for Life  is at the top of the fastest movers chart, which also includes The Good People(Hannah Kent), The Boy Behind the Curtain (Tim Winton) and Australian Animals board book. Thankyou Books+Publishing (source: Nielsen BookScan, week ending 8 October 2016)