Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
16 May 2012

Frank Bongiorno's 'The S-x Lives of Australians: A History' x

‘With the kind of minute detail and first-hand accounts that bring to life an era and its people, Bongiorno draws his reader into the tangled... 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

Ebooks from Hachette and Penguin now available through ReadCloud x

ReadCloud announced this week that it has signed with Hachette and Penguin, and more than 20,000 ebooks from these publishers will be made available through... Read more

PMP appoints financial advisors for takeover bid x

PMP, parent company of book printer Griffin Press, has announced that it has appointed Gresham Partners to provide financial advice about the indicative takeover bid... Read more

Penguin to accept children’s and YA submissions until July x

The Books for Children and Young Adults (BCYA) division at Penguin is now accepting unsolicited manuscripts electronically, and will do so until the end of... Read more

BCE signs with OverDrive x

Brisbane Catholic Education (BCE), a community of 135 Catholic schools in South East Queensland, has chosen OverDrive to facilitate ebook and audiobook lending.  BCE have... Read more

Screen Australia funds book-to-film adaptations x

Telemovie The Broken Shore, based on the novel by Peter Temple (Text), will receive part of a $5.6 million investment from Screen Australia that is... Read more

ABR offers film/tv/media fellowship x

The Australian Book Review (ABR) has announced that it will offer an ABR Patron’s Fellowship for ‘a major article with a film/television/media focus’ this year.... Read more

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

Australian web documentaries go viral x

Twenty historical Australian video clips released online have attracted more than 1.5 million viewings in one month. The ABC archive clips were released under a... Read more

IFLA paper on elending now available x

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) has released a background paper on digital lending (elending) in libraries as part of its work... Read more

SLV receives Suncorp Insurance Archive x

The Suncorp Insurance Archive, which chronicles the insurance industry in Australia from 1833-1970, has been donated to the State Library of Victoria. Items enclosed in the... 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

Lisa Dempster: the problem with digital media funding in the arts x

A new review of the Australia Council has recommended a shake up to the way the arts are funded in Australia. Ahead of her last... 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

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).

APA Professional Development x

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

Glenfern Fellowships x

Writers Victoria is offering three emerging writers and three mid-career writers the use of a Glenfern writers’ studio for a period of three months through... Read more

Gordon and Gotch Announces sale of Brumby Books to Sunstate Books x

Gordon and Gotch has today announced that it has accepted an offer from Singdow Pty Ltd T/as Sunstate Books for the purchase of Brumby Books.

The key elements of the sale are as follows:

  • Brumby Books and Music will cease invoicing and delivering to retailers from their Melbourne warehouse on Friday 8 June 2012.
  • Sunstate Books will be rebranded to trade as Brumby Sunstate and will take over all books, cards and stationery distribution from Tuesday 12 June 2012, from their Brisbane warehouse.
  • Sunstate Books will not continue to distribute Brumby’s Music and DVD titles.
  • Replenishment orders and orders for upcoming new releases will be accepted by Brumby Books and Music Pty Ltd until Friday 8 June 2012. These orders will be transferred to Sunstate Books for fulfillment (if not already fulfilled by Friday 8 June 2012).
  • Return Authorisation Requests for retailers to return unsold stock to Brumby Books and Music must be received by Brumby Books and Music Customer Service no later than Friday 1 June 2012. Only stock eligible to be returned under the existing Brumby return policy will be accepted. Please note that Sunstate Books will not be able to accept returns of any stock invoiced by Brumby Books and Music prior to 8 June 2012.
  • All physical returns must be received by Brumby Books and Music’s Melbourne warehouse no later than Wednesday 27 June 2012.
  • Existing Brumby customers’ current terms of trade will be transferred to Sunstate Books.
  • Brumby Books and Music will continue to send monthly statements to its retail customers with the final account at Tuesday 31 July and account finalisation no later than Friday 31 August 2012.

For more information please contact Brumby Customer service on 1300-427-862 or sales@brumbybooks-music.com.au.


Congratulations to the winners of the ‘Owl Know How’ window competition x

Thames & Hudson congratulates the winners of the Owl Know How Window Competition. They are Paperbark Merchants, Westbooks, Fullers and Cando Books. We truly have some fabulously talented, creative and supportive booksellers – who made Cloudtown come alive! You will be contacted about your limited edition artwork prize shortly.


A Dream Result x

Congratulations to Lolla Stewart and Elaine Russell for their win in the Northern Territory Chief Minister’s Book of the Year Territory Read 2012 Awards.

Savannah Dreams 9781921714030 (Little Hare) won for the best Children’s Literature/Young Adult Fiction Award. To place your order, please contact Random House Customer Service.


HarperCollins Publishers Sign Bestselling Author Rachael Treasure x

HarperCollins Publishers is delighted to announce that it has signed bestselling author, Rachael Treasure, for her next novel, The Farmer’s Wife, which will publish in 2013.

Rachael Treasure has been a trailblazer who created a whole new genre of fiction – commercial fiction that has at its heart rural life, priorities and issues (as well as strong page-turning romance and lots of animals!). Her novels Jillaroo, The Stockmen, The Rouseabout and The Cattleman’s Daughter have swept up the bestseller lists since she first published in 2002.  Her book of short stories, The Girl and the Ghost-Grey Mare, is one of the bestselling collections in the last decade.

HarperCollins Publishing Director, Shona Martyn, said: ‘I am thrilled to be working with Rachael Treasure – and to have the opportunity to release these wonderful books around the world.  Rachael is more than the Queen of a genre, she is one of Australia’s leading authors. The moral and practical dilemmas that form the centerpiece of her work have broad appeal – in the city as well as the country. We are inspired by her work, her ethics, energy and attitude to life.’

HarperCollins Head of Fiction, Sue Brockhoff said: ‘We love Rachael’s inspirational approach to storytelling. Her novels explore the vast emotional sweep of triumph, disaster, betrayal, and love in all its forms. This is balanced with a practical approach to the realities of rural living. As HarperCollins is at the forefront of digital publishing, we look forward to broadening Rachael’s audience in that area as well as in print.’

Rachael Treasure said:  ‘I’m really excited about forging new creative pathways and partnerships with the vibrant team at HarperCollins. It is clearly a place where quality books and writing are cherished and I am overjoyed to be part of that culture.’


ABA Conference and Trade Exhibition Announcement x

With only four weeks until conference the ABA has some very exciting announcements to make regarding additions to the already bursting program. The Celebrating Bookselling Gala Dinner line up will also include an appearance by Romona Koval (Text Publishing) and entertainment by ILF ambassador and ARIA Award winning artist, Josh Pyke.

Additional sessions as well as exciting new Exhibitors and Sponsors will be announced over the coming weeks so watch this space and don’t forget to purchase your Conference registration here, as this already popular event is sure to sell out.


Hachette Australia Congratulates Pamela Freeman, Hélène Young and Favel Parrett x

Hachette Australia is thrilled to congratulate Pamela Freeman on winning the ‘Best Fantasy Novel’ in the 2011 Aurealis Awards for Ember and Ash

Congratulations also to Hélène Young on being shortlisted in the ‘Romantic Elements’ category of the 2012 Romantic Book of the Year awards for her novel Shattered Sky. The winner will be announced at the RWA conference dinner on 18 August.

Finally, congratulations to Favel Parrett on being shortlisted in the Dobbie Encouragement Award, which recognises the accomplished work of a first published Australian female writer, for Past the Shallows.  The winner will be announced on 25 July.

To order copies of Ember and Ash (ISBN: 9780733624223), Shattered Sky (ISBN:  9780733624919) and Past the Shallows (ISBN: 9780733626579) please contact Alliance Distribution Services customer service on toll-free fax 1800-664-477 or tel (02) 4390-1300.




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