Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
20 June 2012

Emily Maguire’s ‘Fishing for Tigers’ x

Fishing for Tigers is Emily Maguire’s fourth novel, and a departure from the darkness of the most recent Smoke in the Room. Maguire’s exploration of... Read more

Annah Faulkner’s ‘The Beloved’ x

Roberta ‘Bertie’ Lightfoot suffers from polio as a child, and is helped through it by her tough-minded mother, along with the paper and pencils given... Read more

NSW state budget announced x

The New South Wales state budget has been announced and includes funding to establish ‘experts and resources in the Office of the Small Business Commissioner... Read more

Telstra Business Awards nomination for Booktopia x

Online bookseller Booktopia has been shortlisted for the New South Wales Telstra Business Awards in the medium-sized category for the second year running. Booktopia is... Read more

Ebooks from Random House now available through ReadCloud x

ReadCloud has announced that it has signed with Random House, and more than 10,000 Random House ebooks will soon be available through ReadCloud-powered ebookstores. ReadCloud... Read more

‘Overland’ launches new short story prize x

Literary journal Overland has announced a new short story prize worth $6000. The Overland Victoria University Short Story Prize will be judged by Enza Gandolfo,... Read more

International Digital Publishing Forum approves proposal to include indexes in ePub standard x

The Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers (ANZSI) has joined the International Digital Publishing Forum and is part of the Indexes Working Group working... Read more

Ashton wins Betty Trask Prize x

Australian author Kalinda Ashton has won a Betty Trask Award, awarded by the UK Society of Authors, for her novel The Danger Game (Sleepers Publishing).... Read more

PM’s Literary Awards to be announced 23 July x

The winners of the 2012 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards will be announced by Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Arts Minister Simon Crean on Monday 23... Read more

Speech Pathology Book of the Year shortlist announced x

Speech Pathology Australia has announced the titles shortlisted for its Book of the Year awards. The shortlist consists of 43 titles across four categories—‘young children’,... Read more

Nguyen shortlisted for UK food and travel awards x

Indochine by Vietnamese-Australian chef Luke Nguyen (Murdoch) has been shortlisted in the Food and Travel Reader Awards, run by the UK’s Food and Travel magazine.... Read more

Skyring wins 2012 Margaret Medcalf Award x

Fiona Skyring has won the 2012 Margaret Medcalf Award, presented by the West Australian government, for her book Justice: A History of the Aboriginal Legal... Read more

Funding boost for NSW State Library x

The State Library of NSW has received $15.2 million in funding for the next financial year, announced in the NSW State budget on 12 June.... Read more

Sydney council proposes 24-hour library x

Australia’s first 24-hour library is one of the City of Sydney’s ‘priority projects’ as part of its efforts to boost the city’s night-time economy. The... Read more

Gascoyne Revitalisation Plan funds new WA library x

The Gascoyne Revitalisation Plan has allocated over $5 million in funding to establish the Carnarvon Library and Arts Centre in Western Australia. The new centre,... Read more

NLA digitises non-English language newspapers x

Several German, Italian and Estonian community newspapers, published in Australia, are now available online through the National Library of Australia’s Trove discovery service. Under the... Read more

International library news x

US library takes anti-counterfeit measures At all 42 libraries in the Houston Public Library service, librarians are now examining notes larger than $20 using a... Read more

Great Lakes library service attracts further funding x

The Great Lakes Council’s Library Service has received yet another round of funding from the State Library of NSW, reports the Great Lakes Advocate. Library... Read more

Library professionals recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours list x

Several Australian library professionals were among those recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours. Arts philanthropist and author Barbara Blackman, who has been an oral... Read more

Southbank Library to open in July x

Melbourne Library Service’s newest library, the Southbank Library, will open on 2 July. The site on 207-229 City Road, previously the JH Boyd Girls High... Read more

Whitlam Library to open in 2013 x

A Whitlam Prime Ministerial Library will be established on the grounds of the University of Western Sydney’s Parramatta campus, with a $7 million grant from... Read more

In brief x

Burke and Wills collection to travel to Mansfield  The State Library of Victoria will bring original collection items from the Burke and Wills expedition to Mansfield... Read more

Malcolm Neil on the industry’s ebooks debate x

‘Unfortunately many of the opinions from the book industry that get currency and profile talk directly against what the consumer perceives as their interest.’ Kobo’s... Read more

Andrea Hanke interviews Canongate publisher Jamie Byng, keynote speaker at this weekend’s ABA conference x

‘Know what you are talking about, have a digital strategy, cultivate and cherish your customers, engage with publishers, celebrate the physical space and please don’t... Read more

New premises for ‘ABR’ x

The Australian Book Review has moved to new premises at the City of Melbourne’s Southbank cultural precinct Boyd. The new address is 207-229 City Road,... Read more

Changes to ABA management committee x

Patricia Genat, owner of ALS Library Services, has been elected as the new treasurer of the Australian Booksellers Association management committee, replacing Graeme Connelly, former... Read more

Changes at Human Kinetics x

Chris Halbert has announced that she is retiring from the role of managing director of Human Kinetics Australia and New Zealand. Wendy Simpson has been... Read more

Tanner to take up new role with Google US x

Australian partner manager for Google Books Mark Tanner will move to New York at the end of June to join the Google Books team in the US... Read more

Condon joins John Reed Books x

Carolyn Condon has joined John Reed Books in the newly created role of marketing manager. Condon has previously worked in events management and public relations.

Changes at HarperCollins x

HarperCollins Australia has announced that Darren Kelly, previously head of trade sales, has been promoted to the position of sales director, and Robyn Fritchley, previously... Read more

Eltham to join BWF x

The Brisbane Writers Festival has announced that Kate Eltham will join the festival as director in October. Eltham, who is currently CEO of the Queensland... Read more

APA Professional Development Industry Seminar for Marketers, Publicists and Publishers x

Marketers, Publicists, Publishers – from small or large publishing houses: APA Professional Development Industry Seminar filling fast for 5 and 10 July Defining the New... Read more

Mass read-in at Fed Square for Salvation Army blanket drive - Friday 22 June x

Families and groups of friends are invited to participate in a mass read-in at Federation Square as part of ‘The Light in Winter’, Melbourne, on... 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

The Society of Editors (NSW) Inc. July Winter Dinner x

The Society of Editors (NSW) Inc. will hold a July Winter Dinner Where: William Blue Dining William Blue College of Hospitality Management, Northpoint, 171 Pacific... Read more

Register Now for Get Reading! September 2012 x

Registrations are now open for this year’s September Get Reading! campaign, which for the first time will feature an all-Australian 50 Books You Can’t Put Down Guide.

The 2012 keepsake Guide will promote 50 great reads by Aussie authors and will include something for everyone – making it easy for more Australians to find a good book. 

Australia’s largest celebration of books and reading will also include exciting competitions and giveaways, a national author event program, celebrity TV ads, and free POS promotional material.
Booksellers and libraries can get onboard this year’s all-Australian campaign, order their promotional material and register to host author events by:

1.  Emailing getreading@trustandc.com.au for a password;
2.  Registering online at getreading.com.au before Tuesday 31 July.


Oprah's Book Club 2.0 Launch Title: 'Wild: A Journey From Lost To Found’ by Cheryl Strayed x

Allen & Unwin is delighted to be rushing into the Australian market for publication in July, the powerful,  inspirational memoir Wild, the single book that Oprah Winfrey chose this month to launch her new ‘Oprah’s Book Club 2.0’ –  ‘an interactive, multi-platform reading club that harnesses the power of social media, bringing passionate readers together to discuss inspiring stories’.
Told with great suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humour, Wild vividly captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.
9780857897756 A$29.99 tpb Atlantic July 2012  
To place your order please contact your Allen & Unwin account manager or UBD 1800-338-836.


Melbourne Prize for Literature 2012 – entries close next month x

Entries for the $60,000 Melbourne Prize for Literature 2012 and $30,000 Best Writing Award 2012 will close on July 16. The entry form is available at www.melbourneprize.org or call (03) 9696-4410. Open to Victorian residents, all writing genres are eligible. See the entry form for full details. 


'Into the Dark Desolate Night' x

10 thrillers in one book!  

Follow Detective Anderson as he moves from a small town cop to the owner of the biggest private eye agency in Miami! 

"This book is a must for crime fans…" Bookshelf Reviews

Available through most wholesale outlets.


Distribution Change x

As of 1 July 2012 the distribution of Manson Science products in Australia and New Zealand will be handled by Woodslane P/L. Since October 2010 Woodslane has been exclusively promoting, and distributing, Manson Medical and Manson Veterinary titles in Australia and New Zealand. This now places all Manson UK titles under the Woodslane umbrella.

One title, ISBN  9780643095700 – Bowes : Plant Structure 2nd Edition, will remain with CSIRO Publishing until 31 Dec 2012.

Woodslane will not accept returns on invoices from the previous distributor, CSIRO Publishing, and will start promoting Manson Science from 1 July.

For any further questions, please contact:-
Derek Hall
Academic Manager
Woodslane P/L
7/5 Vuko Place
Warriewood 2102

(02) 8445-2305




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