Weekly Book Newsletter
9 May 2012

New Book Grocer in Albury x

A new Book Grocer store has opened in Albury, New South Wales. The store opened in April and is located on Olive Street in the... Read more

Monash prize shortlist x

The shortlist for the Monash University Undergraduate Prize for Creative Writing has been announced. Judges shorlisted 15 authors from almost 300 entries. See the list of authors here. ‘Creating... Read more

A&U to launch new out-of-print Australian ebook list x

Allen & Unwin has announced it will launch a new ebook list of out-of-print Australian titles. The House of Books list will launch in June... Read more

Literature Lane launch in Melbourne x

Literature Lane will be Melbourne’s newest laneway. An unnamed bluestone-paved lane off Little La Trobe Street, between Elizabeth and Swanston Street, will be named Literature... Read more

Booktown Festival attracts 17,000 to Clunes x

Approximately 17,000 people visited Clunes in central Victoria on the weekend for the annual Clunes Booktown Festival, up from approximately 14,000 in 2011. Linda Newitt,... Read more

CAL launches online rights clearance portal x

The Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) has launched a new online portal for rights clearances. RightsPortal is designed to provide transactional rights clearance for users to... Read more

Text donates books to Benjamin Andrew Footpath Library x

For one week, Text Publishing is running a social media promotion: for every new ‘like’ or follow they receive on Facebook or Twitter, Text will... Read more

Wollongong creates bookclub for 20-somethings x

Dapto Library, part of Wollongong City Libraries is hoping to attract a younger generation of readers via a 20-somethings book club. The library has put... Read more

Literature program for Noosa Long Weekend Festival launched x

The literature program for the 2012 Noosa Long Weekend Festival has been announced. The Noosa Festival, now in its 11th year, will run from 15-17... 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

Funding for collecting institutions boosted by $64.1 million x

The increased funding for the National Library of Australia announced as part of the Federal Budget is part of an overall boost of $64.1 million over four years... Read more

NLA, collecting institutions receive funding boost in federal budget x

The government has increased its funding to the National Library of Australia (NLA) in the federal budget announced last night. The NLA will receive an... Read more

Bega library to run on solar power x

A network of solar panels has been installed onto the rooftop of Bega library, effectively making the library self-sufficient in terms of electricity consumption.  Forming... 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

Stephanie Campisi on Pinterest, QR codes and how booksellers and publishers are using them x

‘We’re looking at Pinterest as a static archive of curated links rather than a gallery of images. We want to give people a better idea... 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

Emily Perkins' 'The Forrests' x

‘Emily Perkins, acclaimed author of Novel about My Wife, chronicles a person’s life with depth, poignancy and passion. She manages to find the right, often... Read more

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

Changes at Lonely Planet x

At Lonely Planet, Chris Zeiher has been promoted from Australia and New Zealand sales and marketing director to the newly created role of Asia Pacific... Read more

Madman moving to new premises x

Madman will move from its Collingwood offices in Melbourne to new premises in Richmond from 22 May. The new address is Building 1, Level 1,... Read more

Grimwade to leave MWF x

The Melbourne Writers Festival has announced that festival director and CEO Steve Grimwade will finish in his role following the 2012 festival. (See News).

Candado replaces Goonan at St Pauls Publications x

Nestor Candado has replaced Michael Goonan as editorial director at Catholic publisher St Pauls Publications. (See News).

Franco replaces Chance at Currency Press x

At Currency Press, sales and marketing manager Deborah Franco has stepped into the role of publisher following the resignation of Victoria Chance. (See News).

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

Queensland Literary Awards: submissions deadline extended to 20 May x

The submissions deadline for The Queensland Literary Awards has been extended to 20 May 2012. The Awards, established in response to the Queensland Premier’s decision to... Read more

APA Professional Development x

APA Professional Development: SWF Design Discussion panel and Bookings now for June/July Friday 18 May at Wharf Two from 10–11am. The annual free Book Design... Read more

Nominations open for the 2012 'The Nib': Waverley Library Award for Literature x

The ‘The Nib’: Waverley Library Award for Literature, recognising excellence in literary research, is open for nominations. The national award provides a winner’s prize of... Read more

Aboriginal Studies Press congratulates Fiona Paisley x

Aboriginal Studies Press would like to congratulate Fiona Paisley on the release of her much-anticipated biography, The Lone Protestor: AM Fernando in Australia and Europe (Aboriginal Studies Press, May 2012, 9781922059055, RRP $34.95, distributed by NewSouth Books). Events at Avid Reader in late May, Bishopsgate Institute in London in early June, the State Library of NSW in late June, and Adelaide and Canberra in July, as well as keen media interest including radio programs, will ensure this landmark publication is well publicised.


HarperCollins Publishers Australia congratulates Ditmar Best Novel award shortlisted authors x

HarperCollins Publishers Australia is thrilled to congratulate our authors shortlisted for the Ditmar Best Novel award. Congratulations to Tansy Rayner Roberts for The Shattered City (9780732289447) and Kim Westwood for The Courier’s New Bicycle (9780732289881). To order, contact your HarperCollins Account Manager or Commercial Services on 1300-551-721.


Hachette Australia congratulates Favel Parrett x

Hachette Australia congratulates the brilliant Favel Parrett on her debut novel Past the Shallows being short-listed for the 2012 Miles Franklin Literary Award. Favel’s manuscript was discovered as part of our QWC/Hachette Australia manuscript development program and rights have been sold to John Murray in the UK and German publisher Hoffmann & Campe. ‘From the moment we all read Favel’s manuscript we knew this was a very special book. Publishing such a powerful and moving story has been a delight and it is wonderful that so many readers and the Miles Franklin judges have also fallen in love with it,’ said Hachette Publishing Director Fiona Hazard. To order copies of Past the Shallows (ISBN: 9780733626579) please contact Alliance Distribution Services customer service on toll-free fax 1800-664-477 or tel (02) 4390-1300.


Melbourne University Bookshop closing for trading x

As you may be already aware, Melbourne University Bookshop is closing for trading at EOB on 17 May 2012.

The University Coop Bookshop will be opening its doors and trading from the two existing premises (Baillieu and SPP) from 21 May 2012.

The Coop will honour all MUB orders placed after 1/1/2012 so please cancel any orders that remain in your system which predate the 1/1/2012.


HarperCollins Publishers Australia congratulates Norma K Hemming shortlisted authors x

HarperCollins Publishers Australia is delighted to congratulate our Norma K Hemming shortlisted authors. Congratulations to A.A. Bell for Hindsight (9780732291372), Sara Douglass for Devil’s Diadem (9780732291730), Kim Falconer for Road to the Soul (9780732291402), Alison Goodman for Eona (9780732284947), and Tansy Rayner Roberts for The Shattered City (9780732289447).

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


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.




Contact us

Phone (02) 8227-6486

Kelsey Oldham

Digital editor
Brad Jefferies

Acting editor, Daily
Matthia Dempsey

Editorial assistant
Anthea Yang

Classifieds, jobs and notices

Display advertising

Company: Books and Publishing Pty Ltd

Address: Books+Publishing, PO Box 42, Prahran VIC 3181, Australia

Books+Publishing’s website and publications contain content that is exclusive to subscribers. To photocopy, email or otherwise reproduce all or part of Books+Publishing’s content without the written permission of the publisher is illegal.


Do you want to submit news to Books+Publishing?
Read the editorial submissions page.


Classifieds, job ads and notices can be placed in Books+Publishing via the advertising submissions page.

Select newsletters

Select which newsletters you’d like to receive here.
Unsubscribe from individual newsletters here.
Or unsubscribe from all newsletters here.

View articles

Purchase a subscription to Books+Publishing to view all articles on the website.

If you need help with your subscription, please email the subscriptions team.