Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
12 April 2012

Gideon Haigh's 'The Office: A hardworking history' x

We have had histories of salt, porcelain and even double-entry bookkeeping—so why not the office? It is an integral part of many people’s lives and... Read more

Bob Carr leaves Dymocks board x

Dymocks has confirmed that, as a consequence of his appointment to the Senate, newly appointed Foreign Minister Bob Carr has resigned from the Dymocks Board.... Read more

Dymocks Ponsonby closes x

Dymocks has confirmed to Bookseller+Publisher that the Dymocks store in Ponsonby, Auckland, has closed. A spokesperson for Dymocks told Bookseller+Publisher that the store finished trading... Read more

Dymocks 101 list for 2012 x

Dymocks has released its 101 Club list of the best books of all time for 2012, as voted by members of the company’s Booklover loyalty program.... Read more

New award for Indigenous playwrights x

Belvoir St Theatre in Sydney has created the new Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright’s Award, which offers $20,000 for the creation of a new play by... Read more

Hugo Awards shortlists announced x

The shortlists for the 2012 Hugo Awards for science-fiction have been announced. The nominations for Best Novel include Among Others (Jo Walton, Tor), A Dance... Read more

2012 Williamstown Literary Festival x

The 2012 Williamstown Literary Festival program has been launched and is available online. This year’s festival will be held on 5-6 May and will be... Read more

Penguin to publish winners of EWF Monash undergraduate creative writing prize x

The Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) has announced that Penguin will publish the winners of its Monash University Undergraduate Prize for Creative Writing. EWF said that... Read more

FAW Awards winners announced x

The Fellowship of Australian Writers (FAW) has announced the winners of its 2011 National Literary Awards. The Sid Harta Literature Award was awarded to Into... Read more

Radio National Books and Arts Daily launches classics book club x

Radio National’s Books and Arts Daily has launched a new book club which aims to revive interest in classic Australian novels. The book club, which... Read more

2012 Shared Leadership Program for Victorian public library staff x

Victorian public library staff are invited to apply for the 2012 Shared Leadership Program, aimed at enthusiastic future leaders. Those selected will participate in a... Read more

Pottermore’s approach to ebooks and libraries x

In a move that may prove very positive for libraries, Pottermore’s approach to library lending differs from those of the big publishers, who have either... Read more

Registrations open for National Simultaneous Storytime x

The Very Cranky Bear by Australian author Nick Bland (Scholastic) has been chosen for this year’s National Simultaneous Storytime, taking place on Wednesday 23 May... Read more

New library opens in Penrith x

St Clair library in the City of Penrith, NSW, has been renovated and reopened with new air-conditioning, carpet, desks and paint. The renovations were funded... Read more

SLQ shares memories of Queensland floods x

The State Library of Queensland has launched two exhibitions and a series of events which pay tribute to memories of Queensland floods and celebrates the... Read more

Roberts begins as new CEO at State Library of Victoria x

Sue Roberts, the State Library of Victoria’s new CEO and State Librarian has taken up her position this week. A published author and leading thinker... Read more

'Metadata obscura: Zoe Dattner on the nightmare that is ebook metadata supply' x

‘It’s Thursday morning and I’m waiting at SPUNC HQ for Imogen to arrive. Today we’re going to upload 80 ebooks to Roger, Syd and David*.... Read more

Carr resigns from Dymocks board x

Newly appointed Foreign Minister Bob Carr has resigned from his position on the board of Dymocks.

Grover joins Fusion Retail Brands x

Former Dymocks CEO Don Grover has been appointed CEO and managing director of Fusion Retail Brands (see News).

Roberts begins as new CEO at State Library of Victoria x

Sue Roberts, the State Library of Victoria’s new CEO and State Librarian has started in her position this week (see News).

Kooperman, Lukins, Amy resign from Australian Poetry Ltd x

Paul Kooperman has resigned as the director of Australian Poetry Ltd, following the resignations of general manager Robert Lukins and publications manager Victoria Amy. A... Read more

Registrations now open for National Simultaneous Storytime x

Registrations are now open for National Simultaneous Storytime, an annual national literacy campaign taking place on Wednesday 23 May at 11am AEDT this year. A... Read more

Australian Book Industry Awards – Tickets on sale now! x

The Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) will be presented at a gala dinner at the Ivy Room in Sydney on Friday 18 May as part... Read more

Book Industry Digital Innovation Award x

The Australian Publishers Association is proud to present the new Book Industry Digital Innovation Award sponsored by Publishing Technology as part of the 2012 Australian... Read more

Earlybird Registration for ABA Conference Closes Today! x

If you’re an ABA member and you haven’t taken advantage of the earlybird registration price then make sure you register by Midnight Tonight (Thursday April... Read more

Queensland Literary Awards 2012 x

Since 1999, the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards have recognised, nurtured and sought out great talent in Australian writers. In 2012 the new Premier’s decision to... Read more

Pascal Press buys Steve Parish Publishing assets x

Pascal Press recently purchased all the Publishing assets of Steve Parish Publishing Pty Limited, including Calendars and Diaries, Educational and General Interest books, and Greeting Cards and Souvenir lines. We aim to provide continuity and a smooth transition to this iconic Australian brand for all customers. All Steve Parish Publishing titles can now be ordered using the Pascal Press SAN 9017984. Orders can be sent by email to orders@tldistribution.com.au or faxed to (02) 8778-9944. Telephone enquiries can now be received at TL Distribution on (02) 8778-9999.


HarperCollins Publishers Australia congratulates CBCA shortlisted authors x

HarperCollins Publishers Australia is delighted to congratulate Jackie French and Emma Quay whose books were shortlisted in the 2012 CBCA awards. Nanberry: Black Brother White by Jackie French (Angus & Robertson, 9780732290221, $16.99) has been shortlisted in the Younger Readers category. Rudie Nudie by Emma Quay (ABC Books, 9780733323355, $24.99) has been shortlisted in the Early Childhood category. Congratulations also to Kelly Gardiner and Frances Watts and Judy Watson.  Act of Faith by Kelly Gardiner (Angus & Robertson, 9780732292805, $19.99) received a Notable award in the Older Readers category. Goodnight, Mice! by Frances Watts, illustrated by Judy Watson (ABC Books, 9780733324215, $24.99) received a Notable award in the Early Childhood category.

To order, contact your HarperCollins Account Manager or Commercial Services on 1300-551-721.


Availability of Allen & Unwin CBCA Shortlisted Titles x

Congratulations to all the Allen & Unwin authors and illustrators whose books have been shortlisted in the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards.

Our shortlisted titles are currently closed for invoicing while we ensure that we have adequate stock levels to supply ALL customers. All of our shortlisted titles are being reprinted. We expect to begin supplying stock as follows.

  • Scot Gardner, The Dead I Know (9781742373843 $19.99 pb) – all orders to be supplied from week beginning 16 April
  • Andrew McGahan, Ship Kings: The Coming of the Whirlpool (9781742376479 $22.99 hc) – all orders to be supplied from week beginning 16 April
  • Bill Condon, A Straight Line to My Heart (9781742377308 $17.99 pb) – all orders to be supplied from week beginning 23 April
  • Ursula Dubosarsky, The Golden Day (9781742374710 $19.99 pb) – all orders to be supplied late April
  • Kate Constable, Crow Country (9781742373959 $15.99 pb) – all orders to be supplied from week beginning 16 April
  • Elizabeth Honey, That’s Not a Daffodil! (9781742372488 $24.99 hc) – all orders to be supplied early June
  • Margaret Wild & Ron Brooks, The Dream of the Thylacine (9781742373836 $29.99 hc) – all orders to be supplied mid June
  • Nadia Wheatley (ed), Ken Searle (illus), Playground (9781742370972 $39.99 hc) – orders to be part-supplied in the week beginning 16 April, with the balance supplied mid June
  • Anh Do, Suzanne Do & Bruce Whatley, The Little Refugee (9781742378329 $24.99 hc) – orders to be part-supplied in the week beginning 11 May, with the balance supplied early June

Orders and enquiries to UBD: tel 1800-338-836, fax (03) 9811-2403.


Scholastic Australia congratulates shortlisted authors x

Scholastic Australia is thrilled to acknowledge and congratulate their authors and illustrators who were shortlisted for the 2012 Childrens Book Council Awards last week. Congratulations to Michael Gerard Bauer shortlisted for the Older Reader category for Ishmael and the Hoops of Steel. Emily Rodda shortlisted twice for the Younger Reader category for The Golden Door and Bungawitta – which is illustrated by Craig Smith. Nick Bland and Freya Blackwood for the Early Childhood category for The Runaway Hug. Jackie French and Bruce Whatley for the Picture book category for Flood. We also have Sara Acton who was shortlisted for The Crichton Award for New Illustrators for her picture book, Ben & Duck. Congratulations to our fabulous authors and illustrators and to the publishing teams at Omnibus Books and Scholastic Press. Good Luck!




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