We gaze into our crystal ball and make five bookish predictions for 2016…
1. George R.R. Martin’s The Winds of Winter will be released before season 6 of Game of Thrones ends
It’s been the burning question since the TV series began, but in 2016 fans of Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series will finally have The Winds of Winter in their hands, likely the week before the new season premieres, or midway through.
2. Colouring Books will continue to dominate the best seller charts for the first half of 2016
While colouring books will not be quite as dominant in 2016 as they were in 2015, they’ll still be a fixture in best seller charts for months to come, with holiday word of mouth sure to keep the momentum going until well into April and May.
3. Maxine Beneba Clarke will be the most talked about Australian author of 2016
After her masterful 2014 short story collection Foreign Soil, Maxine Beneba Clarke is set to release her memoir The Hate Race in late 2016. Expect the same buzz in Australia that Ta-Nehisi Coates’ award winning Between the World and Me caused in the US this year.
4. 2016 will be the biggest year of Australian memoirs we’ve ever seen
If 2015 taught us one thing, it’s that Australian readers love a memoir. Knowing the local publishing industry’s keen nose for trends, 2016 will see a huge year of memoirs from some big name Australians, with sport and music fans in particular being treated to a bumper crop.
5. Book sales will continue to grow
Thanks to big commercial hits like Grey and Go Set a Watchman, 2015 has been a year of wonderful growth in book sales, a trend that will continue in 2016. eBooks too will grow, although not to the rate that many hoped/feared years ago.
About the Contributor
Andrew Cattanach is a regular contributor to The Booktopia Blog. He has been shortlisted for The Age Short Story Prize and was named a finalist for the 2015 Young Bookseller of the Year Award. He enjoys reading, writing and sleeping, though finds it difficult to do them all at once.
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