Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
18 April 2012

Libby Gleeson's 'Red' x

Spring-boarding off the recent wave of global natural disasters (particularly Queensland), Gleeson does a chillingly effective job of destroying all that is familiar and safe.... Read more

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

Meyer creates literary video series x

Literary blogger and former Bookseller+Publisher acting editor Angela Meyer has started an online video series ‘A Drink with…’ with episodes of 15 minute literary chats... Read more

Random House to launch Children’s Vintage Classics list x

Random House will launch a new Children’s Vintage Classics list in August. The list will be priced at $9.95 and will be promoted in a... Read more

SA small business commissioner appointed x

The South Australian Government has appointed Mike Sinkunas as the state’s small business commissioner. Sinkunas, who has previously worked in education, computing and the SA... Read more

New owners for Melbourne secondhand bookstore x

Alice’s Bookshop, on Rathdowne Street in Carlton, Victoria, has been taken over by new owners Ellen Boyd and Joshua Green, reports the Age. The secondhand... Read more

Sir Julius Vogel Awards finalists announced x

The finalists for the 2012 Sir Julius Vogel Awards have been announced. Awards are presented in the professional award categories for best novel, best youth novel, best... 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

Softlink launches new app x

Softlink has launched ‘Library Link’, a mobile application for android and iPhones that allows users to search for resources, place renewals and check alert messages... Read more

New Carindale library opens x

The Carindale Library reopened on 29 March in a new $2.67 million premises in the front of the new $300 million extension of Carindale Shopping... Read more

Better ebook access for NZ’s blind and print disabled readers x

A new initiative announced by the Royal NZ Foundation of the Blind and Copyright Licensing Limited is intended to improve blind and print-disabled New Zealanders’... Read more

Brisbane's mayor promises $100,000 for 'Writers in Residence' x

At the recent opening of the new Carindale library in Brisbane, Lord Mayor Graham Quirk announced an election commitment to spend $100,000 on a new... Read more

Health libraries PD day x

Health Libraries Australia will hold a professional development day in conjuction with the ALIA Biennial conference in Sydney. It will take place at the Garvan... 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

Spotlight on Text's new Australian Classics x

Got a suggestion for a future Text Australian Classic? ‘If readers want to email me with suggestions, I would be thrilled to receive them,’ publisher... 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

Changes at Bloomsbury x

At Bloomsbury Australia, Bethia Thomas has started in the new role of digital marketing manager, Hannah Temby has been promoted to the new role of marketing... Read more

Burke new regional MD of Prenax x

Tim Burke is now the managing director for the Australia, NZ and Asia-Pacific region at global subscription services company Prenax.

Cavanagh, Hocken promoted x

Sarah Cavanagh has been promoted from CLS sales manager to public library sales manager for James Bennett and Baker & Taylor International, replacing Andrew Hocken... 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

APA Professional Development x

April: An Introduction to Australian Book Publishing Sydney Thursday 26 April. Unfortunately we’ve had to cancel Melbourne’s course, but fortunately we can still offer places... Read more

60th Annual Book Design Awards – Tickets on sale x

Tickets are on sale for the Book Design Awards, to be held at the Powerhouse Museum on 17 May as part of Sydney Writers’ Festival... 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

RMIT University Press Titles to be distributed by NewSouth Books x

NewSouth Books is delighted to announce that effective immediately, they are now the exclusive distributors for publications from RMIT University Press.

For orders, contact:
NewSouth Books
c/o T L Distribution
Phone: (02) 8778-9999
Fax: (02) 8778-9944
Email: orders@tldistribution.com.au


NewSouth Books announces SWF authors x

NewSouth Books is thrilled to announce that the following authors have been invited to participate in The Sydney Writer’s Festival (May 2012): 

Robert Gray, Geoffrey Lehman, Kerryn Goldsworthy, Matt Condon, Alex Mitchell, Tanveer Ahmed, Anne Henderson, Peter Corris, Sophie Cunningham, Adrian Franklin, Penny Russell, Delia Falconer, Nick Lomb, Michelle Arrow, Ann Curthoys, Tom Griffiths, Sylvia Lawson, Stephen Muecke, Geoff Page, and Mark Tredinnick.

For the full festival programme please visit www.swf.org.au.


Freelance Book Publicist x

Experienced freelance book publicist is available to nationally promote upcoming titles. Reasonable rates and always delivers great media results. Specialising in non-fiction, all subject areas. Email Scott Eathorne scott@quikmarkmedia.com.au for rates and campaign examples.


Hachette Australia Congratulates 2012 ABIA Shortlisted Authors x

Our heartiest congratulations go to William McInnes for Worse Things Happen at Sea (General Non-Fiction Book of the Year and Book of the Year); Favel Parrett for Past the Shallows (Literary Fiction Book of the Year, Newcomer of the Year and Book of the Year); Jessica Shirvington for Embrace, Enticed and Emblaze (International Success of the Year); Marion von Adlerstein for The Freudian Slip (General Fiction Book of the Year) and Michael Robotham for The Wreckage (General Fiction Book of the Year), on being shortlisted in the 2012 ABIA Awards.

To order copies of Worse Things Happen at Sea (ISBN: 9780733628023), Past the Shallows (ISBN: 9780733626579), Embrace (ISBN: 9780734411846, C format and 9780734412393, B format), Enticed (ISBN: 9780734411853), Emblaze (ISBN: 9780734411860), The Freudian Slip (ISBN: 9780733628962) and The Wreckage (ISBN: 9781847442215, C format and 9780751541106, B format) please contact Alliance Distribution Services customer service on toll-free fax 1800-664-477 or tel (02) 4390-1300.


HarperCollins Announcement x

HarperCollins today announced a review of their field sales operation.

Michael Moynahan, CEO, explained: ‘Unfortunately the current market necessitates a change. We are committed to providing Australian booksellers with the best service we possibly can as publishers, but we also recognise that modern communications allow us to do this in a very different way. We will shortly be launching a dedicated bookseller website, supported by an enlarged head office telemarketing team, which will enable us to sell our books direct to bookstores.
‘This means the traditional role of the Account Manager needs to evolve. The emphasis needs to shift from “sell-in” to “sell-out”, and that requires a greater focus on marketing. The new field roles, with the title of Local Sales & Marketing Manager, will enhance the service we offer our booksellers by giving the Local Sales & Marketing Managers time to focus on helping bookstores market themselves and our books to their local communities as effectively as possible. This will entail business management, planning, backlist promotions and communication management.’

James Kellow, Commercial Director, said: ‘We have a fantastic, dedicated and committed field sales team who, for a great many years, has represented HarperCollins with enthusiasm, professionalism and energy right across the country. I want to take this opportunity to thank them unreservedly, on behalf of the whole company, for the loyal service they have shown us, our authors and their books.
‘This is a sad day for HarperCollins and obviously painful for all concerned. We will lose some very good, loyal and long-serving HarperCollins’ team members, friends and colleagues. We will announce the results of the review as soon as possible.’


Hot property! Text Classics bag oversubscribed x

Due to huge demand for the Text Classics series coming in May, booksellers who order the dumpbin of all 30 Text Classics (9781921922626) will receive 20 free canvas bags rather than 30. The remaining 10 canvas bags will be delivered to bookshops in the second week in May, via UBD.

Contact Details
Name: Kirsty Wilson
Phone: (03) 8610-4539
Email: kirsty.wilson@textpublishing.com.au


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.




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