Weekly Book Newsletter
28 March 2012

Garth Nix’s ‘A Confusion of Princes’ x

Khemri is a prince of the empire, which governs the staggeringly huge population of humanity scattered across the galaxy. Taken from their parents as children... Read more

A&U to publish ebook 'shorts' in May x

Allen & Unwin has announced that it will publish a new series of short stories as stand-alone ebooks in May, called A&U Shorts. The ebooks... Read more

Australian Poetry launches 'crowd-funding' campaign for online festival x

Australian Poetry is currently running a campaign with ‘crowd-funding’ platform Pozible to raise money to deliver its national poetry festival online. This year’s festival will... Read more

Carey to receive Bodley Medal x

The Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford in the UK have announced that Australian author Peter Carey is the latest recipient of the Bodley... Read more

New ISO identifier code created for public identities x

Publishers and libraries will now be able to more accurately locate information via web databases about identities pursuing creative activities. The International Organization for Standardization... Read more

Recipients of PLA small grants announced x

Public Libraries Australia (PLA) has announced the recipients of its small grants scheme to support smaller libraries in delivering programs in support of the National... Read more

Centre for Modern Australian Writing launched in Ballarat x

The Ballarat Mechanics’ Institute’s new Centre for Modern Australian Writing was opened on 23 March by Dominic Brine, manager and breakfast presenter at ABC Radio... Read more

Harry Potter ebooks now available for purchase and library loan worldwide x

Library users worldwide, including in Australia, will be able to ‘borrow’ Harry Potter ebooks from 29 March, if their local libraries are signed up to... Read more

Ebooks: a short story x

As Allen & Unwin announces its contribution to the sector, we take a look at the burgeoning genre of the digital short. As Tim Coronel... Read more

Capricorn link appoints new Tasmanian agent x

Capricorn Link has announced that Christiana Szczerba of Top Shelf Agencies will represent Capricorn Link in Tasmania from 1 May, replacing former agent Belinda Shreeve.... Read more

Cox appointed Dymocks MD x

Dymocks Booksellers has announced that Steve Cox, previously general manager of buying, marketing and operations for the retailer, has been appointed to the new role of... Read more

O'Sullivan joins Hachette x

Suzanne O’Sullivan will join Hachette Australia on 2 April, as commissioning editor on the Lothian Children’s Books list. O’Sullivan was previously senior editor at Walker Books. (See News).

Changes at Perth Writers' Festival x

Danielle Benda, festival program manager for 2011 and 2012, is no longer with the Perth Writers’ Festival. Katherine Dorrington will resume in the role to... Read more

APA Professional Development x

We have a busy schedule ahead, which means there is a raft of skills building, efficiency facilitating, über fun workshops on offer, no less than... Read more

'Owl Know How' competition x

Thames & Hudson announce that Owl Know How stock has just arrived and will be flying into stores this week!


As seen in Frankie magazine, this crafty and quirky children’s picture book by Australian artists Isobel Knowles & Cat Rabbit, will be featured in various media, magazines and blogs around the country as they tour and conduct workshops, so make sure you have stock.


You are invited to attend the Melbourne launch of this book at Federation Square, No Vacancy Project Space on 4 April at 6pm – or find out about other events at www.owlknowhow.com.


For your chance to win one of five customised and hand crafted cute Owl Know How shop signs for your store, send a photo of your most imaginative, creative and engaging Owl Know How display to T&H by Monday 7 May.


For POS and promotional enquiries, and competition entries please contact Saraid at s.banahan@thaust.com.au. All orders should be directed to MDS.


Oxford University Press – Annual Stock Take – 2 and 3 April x

OUP will be closed on Monday 2 April and Tuesday 3 April for annual stock take. Dispatching of orders will resume on Wednesday 4 April.  Price and availability is available via our website:  www.oup.com.au or TitlePage www.titlepage.com.


Spinifex Press Announcement x

Lara Fergus, author of My Sister Chaos, published by Spinifex Press has been nominated for the Lambda Literary Award in the Lesbian Debut Fiction section.


This is the second award listing for Spinifex authors in the US this month—Susan Hawthorne author of Cow has been listed for The Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry.


Cengage Learning’s Secondary Price Increase x

Nelson Cengage Learning’s Secondary division will be implementing a price increase as of 1 April 2012. All new orders and backorders released will reflect the new prices as of this date.


Suzanne O’Sullivan to join Hachette Australia x

Suzanne O’Sullivan will join Hachette on 2 April as Commissioning Editor on the Lothian Children’s Books list. Suzanne, who replaces Jon Appleton, was most recently Senior Editor at Walker Books and before that was with Scholastic Press. Suzanne can be contacted at Suzanne.OSullivan@hachette.com.au.


‘Fish-Hair Woman’ now available x

Merlinda Bobis’s Fish-Hair Woman (ISBN: 9781876756970) is now available in Australia and New Zealand, but not available in USA and UK until the 2012 Northern Fall/Autumn season.


Capricorn Link Appoints New Tasmanian Agent x

From 1 May Christiana Szczerba of Top Shelf Agencies will commence representing Capricorn Link to Tasmanian booksellers. Capricorn Link wishes to thank its former agent Belinda Shreeve for her past services. Christiana can be contacted on 0409-349-869 or email:  christianaszczerba@yahoo.com.au.


New Holland Publishers signs Michael Chamberlain – ‘Heart of Stone’ due for release 1 July x

After 30 years of silence, and on the eve of the verdict of a Fourth Inquest, Michael Chamberlain will release his own account of the death of his baby daughter Azaria Chamberlain in a heart-wrenching and compelling book. Never before has Michael Chamberlain spoken about this tragic event and the release comprises a number of picture sections with exclusive unreleased family images. The story of the Chamberlains has been the one subject that has divided many a dinner party throughout Australia and the world. Now for the first time we will be able to hear the true story of the man behind the woman! This is a must have release!
Michael will be available for author evenings and events to express interest please contact Sacha Gratton: sacha@newholland.com.au
Sales Representatives will be selling this book into the market on 1 May! Do not miss out on this opportunity to carry one of the longest awaited bios in Australia’s history.




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