Weekly Book Newsletter
30 May 2012

Susan Johnson’s ‘My Hundred Lovers’ x

You may know of Susan Johnson for her brave memoir of motherhood, A Better Woman, or her novel about writer Charmian Clift, The Broken Book,... Read more

Light in Winter Festival x

The annual Light in Winter Festival at Melbourne’s Federation Square will this year run an inaugural International Festival of Literature, Ideas and Translation on 15-17 June.... Read more

Townsville Literary Festival program launched x

The program for the 2012 Townsville Literary Festival, which runs from 4-12 June, has been launched. Authors, illustrators and other presenters featured at this year’s... Read more

APA to publish fifth edition of ‘An Introduction to Australian Book Publishing’ x

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) will publish a new edition of An Introduction to Australian Book Publishing next month. The fifth edition of the book... 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The Ampersand Project, a Hardie Grant Egmont (HGE) initiative to publish books from unpublished emerging writers, has signed up Melbourne writer Melissa Keil.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

Libraries around Australia celebrate National Reconciliation Week x

From May 27- June 3 several libraries across the country are celebrating National Reconciliation Week, which aims to build respectful, trusting and positive relationships between... Read more

Schools ditch books for digital information x

Several schools are scrapping all their physical books in favour of creating digital libraries. According to The Australian, Henley High School in Adelaide donated its... Read more

International library news x

Senior US librarian charged with forgery The incoming Oregon state librarian, appointed last October, abruptly resigned last December after being investigated and charged with second-degree... Read more

NLA celebrates Patrick White's 100th birthday x

The National Library of Australia celebrated what would have been Patrick White’s 100th birthday on 28 May with a party featuring music, cake and special... 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

Garth Nix on 'the most expensive and least useful marketing tool for a book ever' x

Garth Nix talks to Andrea Hanke about the tie-in game for his latest novel A Confusion of Princes, admitting to having called it ‘the most expensive and... Read more

New address for Book Group Australia x

Book Group Australia, including Books First and Woollahra Sales & Imports, has moved from its former premises in Alexandria, NSW, to new premises in Seven... Read more

New address for Booksellers NZ x

Booksellers New Zealand has moved to new premises in Wellington. The new address is Level 13, Grand Arcade, 16-20 Willis Street, Wellington, 6100.

Rolley to leave SWF x

The Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF) has announced that current director Chip Rolley will leave the festival in August to take up the role of editor... 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.)

APA Professional Development x

June Copyediting Essentials: A Practical Approach to Developing and Refining Your Copyediting Skills Melbourne only. Expressions of interest or registrations required by Thursday 31 May.... Read more

Last Call For 2012 Davitt Awards For Australian Women’s Crime x

Sisters in Crime Australia has issued a last minute call to publishers to enter its 12th Davitt Awards for the best crime/mystery novels and true... Read more

Society of Editors (NSW) Inc. Professional Development Workshop x

Editing Intensive 1 Presented by Meryl Potter DE Wednesday, 20 June 2012, 9.30 am to 4pm Venue: City Tattersalls Club, 198 Pitt Street, Sydney Cost:... Read more

A cocktail party and auction to support the Indigenous Literacy Foundation x

A cocktail party and auction will be held at the Brisbane Sailing Squadron, on Thursday 7 June, to raise money to support the Indigenous Literacy... Read more

HarperCollins congratulates shortlisted authors x

HarperCollins Publishers is delighted to congratulate Frances Watts and Judy Watson on being shortlisted in the Children’s Fiction category for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards 2012. HarperCollins would also like to congratulate Janette Turner Hospital on being shortlisted in the adult fiction category. Tegan Morrison, ABC Children’s Associate Publisher, says: ‘We are thrilled that the exceptional talents of Frances Watts and Judy Watson are being recognised in this way. Goodnight, Mice! is a utterly joyous picture book that becomes an instant favourite upon reading.’ Jo Butler, Fourth Estate Associate Publisher, says: ‘We feel so honoured to publish Janette Turner Hospital’s novels under our Fourth Estate imprint and are thrilled with this acknowledgment of Forecast: Turbulence, Janette’s powerful and breathtakingly beautiful collection of short stories.’


Ann Poublon thanks publishers, publicists and sales personnel for Lloyd O'Neil Award x

‘I would like to thank all the publishers, publicists and sales personnel for awarding me with the Lloyd O’Neil Award for Outstanding Service to the Book Industry.  I would also like to thank the authors, illustrators, and my own team who have given me unwavering support over the years.  I am absolutely thrilled to receive such a prestigious award and equally humbled and honoured to be recognized by my industry peers. My late husband and my family have also played a very significant part in supporting me through all the challengers over the years.

‘Please rest assured I do not intend to rest on my laurels so you can count on my ongoing enthusiasm in the industry that I enjoy and the people I so love working with on a daily basis.’

Ann Poublon, Franchise Owner of Dymocks Garden City, Booragoon.


Work Wanted – Bayside Area, VIC x

Available full-time, part-time or casual. Many years of experience in book trade, and trained in BookNet, accounts receivable and customer Service. Contact Marcia Lonsdale on (03) 9583-5285. References available.


R&R Publications Closes (ISBN prefix 978174022 ) x

R&R have ceased trading. Eligible returns will be authorised until 30 June. Returns must be received at MDS by 15 July. Please contact your Alpa Books agent or MDS Customer Service or email  andrew.easton@alpabooks.com.au for a list of titles.


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.




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