Weekly Book Newsletter
23 May 2012

Jennifer Mills' 'The Rest is Weight' x

‘Although The Rest is Weight spans seven years of Mills’ short fiction, it has a graceful coherence of style and theme. With crisp, vivid prose,... Read more

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

Cornelius awarded 2012 Patrick White Playwrights' Fellowship x

Patricia Cornelius has been awarded the 2012 Patrick White Playwrights’ Fellowship. Cornelius, whose play Do Not Go Gentle (Currency Press) won the 2011 Victorian Premier’s... Read more

Holman awarded 2012 Creative New Zealand Iowa residency x

New Zealand poet Jeffrey Paparoa Holman has been awarded Creative New Zealand’s 2012 University of Iowa residency. Holman, the author of Best of Both Worlds:... Read more

Keil joins the Ampersand Project x

The Ampersand Project, a Hardie Grant Egmont (HGE) initiative to publish books from unpublished emerging writers, has signed up Melbourne writer Melissa Keil. The project... Read more

'Berlin Syndrome' film adaptation x

Aquarius Films has optioned the film rights to Melanie Joosten’s Berlin Syndrome (Scribe). Screenwriter Shaun Grant, writer of the screenplay for Snowtown, will adapt the... Read more

Franco among authors to feature in The Big Issue Fiction Edition x

The Big Issue is accepting submissions for its 2012 fiction edition until 31 May. Academy Award-nominated actor James Franco has written a story that will... Read more

TMA revealed as mystery PMP bidder x

Australian label and ticketing printer TMA has been revealed as the company behind the mystery takeover bid for PMP, parent company of book printer Griffin... Read more

New Greek writers festival announced x

A new Greek writers festival will be convened by Helen Nickas and Konstandina Dounis. The Antipodes Writers Festival, to be held from 15 to 17... 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

Year of Reading Public Library Membership Drive launched x

On 21 May Arts Minister Simon Crean launched the National Year of Reading Public Library Membership Drive at Queanbeyan City Library. ‘Almost half of all... Read more

Libraries and the 2012/13 Victorian State Budget x

Libraries and the 2012/13 Victorian State Budget The 2012/13 State Budget released on 1 May included $12.7 million over four years for the public libraries... Read more

Global support for Harvard’s open access model x

Supporters around the world have joined the ‘open access movement’, following Harvard’s call to its academics to publish all scholarly material in open access journals.... Read more

Hachette offers new ebooks to some US libraries x

Major US trade publisher Hachette Book Group (HBG), which has not made new ebooks available to libraries since April 2010, has created a pilot program to... Read more

SLV makes nonfiction ebooks available x

SLV makes nonfiction ebooks available The State Library of Victoria is making thousands of Australian nonfiction books available through the Electronic Book Library (EBL). Victorian... Read more

In Brief x

Spotify launches in Australia Swedish music-streaming service Spotify launched on 22 May in Australia and New Zealand. Spotify provides free access to over 16 million... Read more

International library news x

Two new libraries for South African school children A fundraising program run by the library team from Monash South Africa, a campus of Monash University,... 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

'Designers need to take more chances' x

‘Publishers and designers need to take more chances’ was the message from the judges at this year’s APA Book Design Awards. ‘Shelves are full of... 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

Cunningham appointed Literature Board chair x

Author and former Meanjin editor Sophie Cunningham has been appointed to the position of chair of the Australia Council Literature Board. (See news.)

Milne appointed nonfiction publisher at HarperCollins x

HarperCollins Australia has announced Catherine Milne will join the company as an associate publisher for nonfiction. (See news.)

Baum appointed Booktopia editorial director x

Booktopia has announced that Caroline Baum has been appointed as editorial director. (See news.)

Moves at APOL Australia x

APOL Australia has announced the departure of Helen Lightfoot and Joy Willis and the appointment of Penny Crocker. (See classifieds.)

Rega joins Sydney Story Factory x

The Sydney Story Factory, a not-for-profit centre designed to help children and young adults with writing, has announced that Angela Rega has joined the centre... Read more

Society of Editors (NSW) Event x

Tuesday, 5 June 2012 ‘Aboriginal cancer journeys’ – editing for an Aboriginal audience Vivienne O’Callaghan, publications editor at Cancer Council NSW for the past five... Read more

APA Professional Development x

SWF Design Discussion panel and Bookings now for June/July June Copyediting Essentials:  A Practical Approach to Developing and Refining Your Copyediting Skills Melbourne only. Please... Read more

Change to entry of Picture Books for the CBCA Book of the Year Awards for 2013 x

In 2012 Publishers must choose one of the following categories for each book: Older Readers, Younger Readers, Early Childhood, Picture Books, and/or Information Books.  ... Read more

Melbourne Prize for Literature 2012 – entries now open x

Entries for the $60,000 Melbourne Prize for Literature 2012 and $30,000 Best Writing Award 2012 are open.

The entry form is available at www.melbourneprize.org or call (03) 9696-4410 – entries close 16 July. Open to Victorian residents, all writing genres are eligible. Entry can be made either by the individual author or by nomination.


Important Announcement from Walker Books Australia regarding the CBCA shortlisted title ‘For All Creatures’ x

Walker Books Australia would like to advise that we have rejected the initial re-print of For All Creatures due to the reprint not meeting our high standards of production. To ensure the least amount of disruption possible and to endeavour to get the books to you as quickly as possible we will be airfreighting to fulfill our current backorders. The initial airfreight is due on 6 June and all existing backorders will be supplied from 13 June.

All stock of For All Creatures will be in the warehouse and available through HEDS (1300-551-721) from the 6 July.

Thank you for your on-going support,
Walker Books Australia


HarperCollins Publishers Australia congratulates Kim Westwood x

HarperCollins Publishers Australia is delighted to congratulate Kim Westwood on winning the 2011 Aurealis Award for Best Science Fiction Novel for The Courier’s New Bicycle (9780732289881). To order, contact your HarperCollins Account Manager or Commercial Services on 1300-551-721.


Changes at APOL x

APOL Australia closed its Melbourne office on 1 May and would like to thank Helen Lightfoot for her contribution over the years. We wish Helen well in the future.

All enquiries should be addressed to Sarah Hilsden on (02) 9499-4355 

Penny Crocker will be joining the APOL Sydney office on 4 June as Australian Manager and will be contacting all clients as soon as possible.

Joy Willis will retire on 30 June. Both Penny and Joy can be contacted on (02) 9499-4355.


'Paris 1928' by Henry Miller x

Gumquest will handle distribution of Henry Miller’s Paris 1928 (John Libbey/Indiana) via Dennis Jones in July. Introduced by Tom Thompson, with drawings by Garry Shead, this is the first publication in English. An audio version from Bolinda as read by Lynn Hard will also be available. More information via ettimprint@virginbroadband.com.au


Hachette Australia Congratulates Our 2012 ABIA Winning Authors William Mcinnes and Favel Parrett x

It is with much delight that we congratulate two of our authors on their ABIA wins last Friday night. Congratulations to William McInnes on winning the General Non-Fiction Book of the Year for Worse Things Happen at Sea, which he wrote with his late wife, Sarah Watt. Congratulations also to Favel Parrett on winning Newcomer of the Year for her novel Past the Shallows.

To order copies of Worse Things Happen at Sea (ISBN: 9780733628023) 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.


A new non fiction publisher for HarperCollins x

HarperCollins Australia is delighted to report that Catherine Milne will be joining the company as an associate publisher for non fiction on 25 June. Milne is well known and respected for her role as Development Editor and several stints as Acting Commissioning Editor at Allen and Unwin over the past nine years.

Announcing the news, Head of Non Fiction, Fiona Henderson, said ‘I’m absolutely thrilled to be welcoming a new member to our team with such energy, enthusiasm and experience, along with a stellar reputation amongst authors, agents, and her fellow editors and publishers. Along with a sharp  eye for a commercial opportunity and the ability to shape a good idea into a great book, Catherine comes with a formidable reputation as a passionate, articulate advocate for her authors and their books.’


New Freight Forwarder For Harper Entertainment Distribution Services x

HarperCollins Publishers Australia announced today that HEDS (Harper Entertainment Distribution Services) is going to change its freight forwarder from Toll IPEC to XL Express. 
Toll IPEC will deliver the June release [in store date Tuesday 22 May) and backlist for all HEDS titles, its agencies and its distribution clients, Harlequin, Murdoch Books and Walker Books, up to and including Friday 1 June 2012.
 XL Express will commence deliveries from Monday 4 June, 2012 for all books distributed by HEDS, including publications by HarperCollins, its agencies and distribution clients. 

Booksellers Please Note:  All authorised returns will be captured by XL Express from Monday 30 April. Details will be provided by HEDS’ Commercial Services Team upon request for returns authorisation.
Delivery times will remain unchanged at this stage, however going forward HEDS will be reviewing some release dates to reduce the amount of deliveries per day to booksellers in peak periods.
By moving to XL Express, HEDS is looking forward to an improved distribution service which will be to the benefit of its customers.
If you have any questions regarding this change in freight forwarder, please contact HEDS’ Commercial Services Team on 1300-551-721.


Australian Government Principal Partner for ABA Conference x

The Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education is proud to be a sponsor at this year’s ABA Conference & Trade Exhibition. The department works with our stakeholders to help shape the future economy, through discovery, skills and innovation. AusIndustry, a division of the department, delivers Australian Government programs to help existing and new Australian businesses innovate, grow and succeed. 

AusIndustry operates the Small Business Support Line that provides small businesses with a single point of contact to access information and referral services to improve business sustainability and help better manage their business. SBSL agents can be reached on 1800-777-275 or by ‘live chat’ via the business.gov.au website.

business.gov.au, the Australian Government’s award-winning business website, offers simple and convenient access to government business information, government grants and transactions as well as checklists for starting, running, improving and exiting your business. With more than 2500 business information items, business.gov.au has something for every business.

Register to attend the 88th ABA Conference and Trade Exhibition here.




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