Weekly Book Newsletter
2 May 2012

Randa Abdel-Fattah’s ‘No Sex in the City’ x

‘Randa Abdel-Fattah’s first adult novel … the cleverly named No Sex in the City is unadulterated Aussie chick-lit with a twist: lead character Esma is... Read more

Romy Ash's 'Floundering' x

The Vogel Award is announced tonight. Floundering by Romy Ash was shortlisted for last year’s award and was subsequently published by Text this month. ‘It’s... Read more

Society of Editors (Vic) is renamed Editors Victoria x

The Society of Editors (Vic) has changed its name to Editors Victoria. Editors Victoria established a Facebook page on 3 March and has launched a new website:... Read more

Norman Lindsay Festival a success x

The annual Norman Lindsay Festival took place on Sunday 25 March at the Norman Lindsay Gallery in Faulconbridge, New South Wales. Named in honour of... Read more

Magabala announces partnership with Ubud writers festival x

Magabala Books has announced a new partnership with the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival in Bali, Indonesia, which will involve a Magabala author participating in... Read more

Currency Press author wins Max Afford Award x

Currency Press author Declan Greene has won the 2012 Max Afford Playwrights’ Award. Greene was awarded the prize for his script Eight Gigabytes of Hardcore... Read more

The ‘Hoopla’, ‘Conversation’ launch online book columns x

Two new online book columns have recently launched. The Conversation has started talking books with a column by Bronwyn Lea titled ‘The Mind Field’. Lea... Read more

Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival 2012 program announced x

The program for this year’s Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival in Western Australia is now available online. This year’s festival will be held between... Read more

Scott to deliver Miles Franklin Oration at Curtin University x

Kim Scott will deliver the 2012 Miles Franklin Literary Award Oration on 1 May at Curtin University in Perth. Scott, who won last year’s Miles... Read more

'Seizure' launches novella competition x

Biannual literary journal Seizure (ed by Alice Grundy) has launched a new novella competition open to Australian and New Zealand writers. The novella must be 20–50,000... Read more

Patrick White exhibition opens at NLA x

A new exhibition celebrating the life and works of Patrick White opened on 13 April at the National Library of Australia in Canberra. ‘The Life... Read more

Clunes recognised as international booktown x

The Victorian town of Clunes has been declared an international booktown by the International Organisation of Booktowns. This recognition places Clunes alongside 14 other international... Read more

Wheeler Centre program launched x

Melbourne’s Wheeler Centre has launched its ‘Programme Two’ with 10 events per week running from May to July. As part of the program, 10 writers... Read more

EWF program announced x

The program for the ninth Emerging Writers Festival (EWF) in Melbourne has been announced. The festival begins with storytelling and performance at the Stories that Matter... Read more

Cambridge appoints dedicated trade sales rep x

Cambridge University Press has announced it has appointed a dedicated trade sales representative. The publisher said it had ‘decided to service the trade channel directly’... Read more

Harvard objects to high prices of academic journal subscriptions x

Harvard University, one of the world’s richest academic institutions, has announced it can no longer afford academic journal subscriptions, advising staff to support open-access publishing... Read more

City of Sydney’s book amnesty a success x

City of Sydney’s first ever month-long book amnesty has resulted in thousands of borrowers returning their books, renewing library cards or signing up as new... Read more

ABC looks for '10 Aussie Books to Read Before You Die' x

The ABC’s First Tuesday Book Club is calling for people to vote for their favourite Australian books to create an ultimate reading list. To coincide... Read more

NLA acquires rare globes x

The National Library of Australia has acquired two pairs of rare floor globes from a New York gallery. The two pairs of terrestrial and celestial... Read more

NLA and major international libraries to implement RDA cataloguing x

The National Library of Australia is joining other major libraries across the world in adopting a new standard for cataloguing in the first quarter of... Read more

Ancient Egyptian scrolls found at Queensland Museum x

A British historian has accidentally discovered a trove of rare Egyptian ancient scrolls in the collection of the Queensland Museum. John Taylor, an internationally respected... Read more

Rare convict book discovered in Tasmanian charity sale x

A rare book of poetry once owned by Australian convicts has been found in a charity sale in Burnie, northern Tasmania. Local Pam Thorne was helping... Read more

New arrangements ensure continuity of Waverley literary award x

Waverley Council has guaranteed the continuation of the ‘Nib’ Waverley Council Award for Literature this year by committing to maintain the value of the prize... Read more

Key findings from Joel Naoum’s Unwin Trust Fellowship report x

Momentum publisher Joel Naoum packed his bags for London last year to investigate experiments in digital publishing among UK trade publishers. His report includes case... Read more

A little TLC: Tanya Caunce on making her store a success x

Tech-savvy bookseller Tanya Caunce says her Brisbane store has ‘found general fiction to be a dying category and we now specialise in more niche and... Read more

Changes at OPUS Group x

OPUS Group has announced that executive director Richard Celarc has been appointed to the newly created position of general manger of publishing. Celarc will take... Read more

Moynahan to retire from HarperCollins ANZ; Kellow appointed CEO x

HarperCollins Australia and New Zealand has announced that CEO Michael Moynahan will retire from his position at the end of this month. James Kellow, currently... Read more

Adler elected APA president x

Melbourne University Publishing CEO Louise Adler has been elected president of the Australian Publishers Association (APA), replacing Stephen May. Several other positions on the APA... Read more

Svarc joins Hardie Grant x

Monica Svarc, former publicity manager at Bloomsbury Australia, has joined Hardie Grant in the role of publicity manager. Svarc replaces Rosalind McClintock who has left the... Read more

Baillieu appointed 'ABR' deputy editor x

Amy Baillieu has been appointed deputy editor of the Australian Book Review, replacing Mark Gomes who is joining the National Gallery of Victoria as an... Read more

Entries for the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards for 2013 x

Change to entry of Picture Books: In 2012 Publishers must choose one of the following categories for each book: Older Readers, Younger Readers, Early Childhood,... Read more

APA Professional Development: SWF Design Discussion panel and bookings now for June/July x

SWF Design Discussion panel:18 May at Wharf Two from 10–11am. The annual free Book Design Discussion Panel on the morning after the Book Design Awards... Read more

Editors Victoria Dinner Meeting – ‘The Business of Freelancing’ x

‘The Business of Freelancing’ hosted by Editors Victoria freelance affairs officer Fran Madigan, with guest panellists Campbell Aitkin, Express Editing Writing & Research; Brad Collis, Coretext;... Read more

Book Industry Digital Innovation Award Nominations x

Nominations are open for the new Book Industry Digital Innovation Award. presented by the Australian Publishers Association and sponsored by Publishing Technology as part of... Read more

Australian Book Industry Awards – Tickets are selling fast, be sure to get in quick! 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

Electronic invoices now available from Herron Books x

PacStream is pleased to announce that electronic invoices are now available from Herron Books. If you are a Herron Books customer and would like to receive electronic invoices via PacStream please contact PacStream support at support@pacstream.com.au.


Herron Books to Distribute Toots Books x

Herron Books are excited to announce the new release of Toots gift books to the Australian Market. Herron have acquired the exclusive national rights to distribute from 1 May. Toots gift books present a different way to book selling; keep a close eye on these unique books.


Senior Changes at HarperCollins ANZ x

Sydney, London, New York, 1 May 2012: HarperCollins today announced that Michael Moynahan has decided to retire as CEO of HarperCollins Australia and New Zealand, in order to return to his native New Zealand. James Kellow, currently Commercial Director, will be the new CEO ANZ from 1 June 2012.

HarperCollins UK and International CEO, Victoria Barnsley said: “It is with great regret that we see Michael depart from HarperCollins. His huge energy and experience during four years at the helm have helped move the business to a different level. In addition, in his other capacity as a Board Director of HarperCollins India, Michael’s knowledge of the Indian publishing market has been invaluable and I welcome his decision to remain on the Indian Board until the end of this year. I am sure I speak on behalf of all the team, both Michael’s direct reports and those of us who work with him in HarperCollins’ offices around the world, when I say that he will be greatly missed by all of us.

“James Kellow is the natural successor to Michael -they have been a great team together in the past four years, seeing the business through some challenging times. Personally, I have known James for many years, since we worked together at 4th Estate in the 1990s, and I am sure he is the right person to lead the business in the times ahead."

Michael Moynahan said: “HarperCollins Australia and New Zealand is a truly great company which I have been very proud to lead. The commitment this company has to its authors, its customers and its people, is second to none. The creative way it approaches everything it does gives me confidence that whatever the future brings, it will face the challenges with great gusto. My decision to leave has been a personal one but I leave knowing that this is a truly first-class team. I have greatly enjoyed my time at HarperCollins, in most part because of the people, and there has been no greater joy for me than to come to work every day with this incredibly talented group. I want to thank James, Shona, Christine, Malcolm, Tony and rest of the senior team for their tremendous support over the last few years and in particular wish James the very best in his new role.”

James Kellow has over 20 years publishing experience, having held senior Sales and Marketing roles in Penguin, Simon & Schuster and 4th Estate, all in the UK. In his current role, he has been responsible for sales, marketing, digital and publishing operations and has, with Michael, helped steer the business over the last few years.

James Kellow said: “I couldn’t be more positive about our future. Michael has been an inspirational leader over the past four years and has transformed the company. We are now brilliantly placed to go on and achieve so much for our authors, our readers and our people. I’m very much looking forward to building on Michael’s contribution and leading this fantastic team to great success.”


'The Light Heart of Stone' by Tor Roxburgh x

The Light Heart of Stone
Author: Tor Roxburgh
ISBN: 9780980524918
RRP: $29.95
Epic fantasy at its wonderful best. A rich and tantalising world. Characters you wish you knew. Knowledge to be recovered. Talents to be explored. Disaster to be averted.
Distributor: Dennis Jones & Associates
Tel: (03) 9762-9100
Fax: (03) 9762-9200
Email: theoffice@dennisjones.com.au
Website: www.dennisjones.com.au


‘No Remorse’ now available through John Reed Books x

The Kirkus Review said about Ian Walkley’s incredible debut action thriller No Remorse: "Walkley’s beefy prose and rousing action sequences deliver a thriller to satisfy any adrenaline addict."
No Remorse is now available exclusively through John Reed Books. Special offer during April only: One free book for every five ordered (no returns for books ordered using this offer). Contact sales@johnreedbooks.com.au or fax (02) 4997-2937.


Cengage Learning’s Higher Education & VPG divisions price review x

Cengage Learning’s Higher Education and VPG divisions will be implementing a price review as of 1 May 2012. Due to current market conditions, UK origin product and ELT product have again been held at current prices.  All new orders and backorders released will reflect the new prices as of this date.




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