Weekly Book Newsletter
27 June 2012

Majok Tulba’s Beneath the Darkening Sky x

South Sudanese refugee Majok Tulba’s brutal, poetic debut views the monstrousness of war through the innocent eyes of a young boy. Beneath the Darkening Sky... Read more

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

Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowships announced x

The Wheeler Centre has announced the first intake of writers for this year’s Hot Desk Fellowships, supported by the Readings Foundation. Among the first intake... Read more

Changes to the Melbourne Prize for Literature x

The Melbourne Prize for Literature has removed the age limit from its Best Writing Award for 2012. In past years an age limit of 40... Read more

Myer appointed Australia Council chair x

Arts Minister Simon Crean has announced that Rubert Myer will replace James Strong as chair of the Australia Council, with Robyn Archer appointed deputy chair.... Read more

Smiths Alternative Bookshop for sale x

Independent Canberra bookstore Smiths Alternative Bookshop is for sale. Owner Peter Strong told Bookseller+Publisher that he has advertised the business this week in the Canberra... Read more

Harvey awarded 2012 Ray Koppe Young Writers’ Residency x

The Australian Society of Authors has announced that Dimitra Harvey has been awarded the 2012 Ray Koppe Young Writers’ Residency, entitling the author to a... Read more

Funder to headline Ubud writers festival x

The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival has announced that Miles Franklin winner Anna Funder will appear as a headline author at this year’s festival. ‘I... Read more

BBWF full program launched x

The full program of this year’s Byron Bay Writers Festival has been released. Local authors attending the event include Michael Kirby, Thomas Keneally, Anna Rose,... Read more

SLV Creative Fellowships announced x

The 2012 recipients of the State Library of Victoria creative fellowships have been announced. Among the recipients selected for funding are several with book-related projects.... Read more

Valerie Parv Award finalists announced x

The finalists for this year’s Valerie Parv Award, presented by the Romance Writers of Australia (RWA) for an unpublished manuscript, have been announced. This year’s... Read more

New prizes for Scarlett Stilleto Awards x

Two new prizes will be presented as part of this year’s Scarlet Stiletto Awards for crime writing. Melbourne’s Athenaeum Library will present a new prize... Read more

Griffith Readers’ Festival guests announced x

Andy Griffiths, Sulari Gentill, B Michael Radburn, Karly Lane and Tania McCartney will be among the guests at the inaugural Griffith Readers’ Festival in September.... Read more

‘ABR’ fellowships recipients announced x

The Australian Book Review (ABR) has announced the recipients of its fourth and fifth Patron’s Fellowships. Jennifer Lindsay is the recipient of the ABR Copyright... 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

Softlink offers OverDrive Read in Australia and UK x

Browser-based ebook reader OverDrive Read will be offered to schools, libraries and organisations in Australia and the UK by Softlink, as part of its distribution agreement... Read more

Stokes appointed chair of NLA Council x

Ryan Stokes, son of businessman Kerry Stokes, has been appointed chair of the National Library of Australia Council. Stokes’ three-year appointment, which begins in July... Read more

Vic government announces library funding for Docklands, City Library, North Fitzroy, Ashburton, Ringwood and Whittlesea x

Several funding announcements have been made in the past week as part of the second round of funding for the Victorian Government’s Living Libraries Infrastructure... Read more

Government supports BISG recommendations on ebook lending rights x

The Federal Government has formally responded to recommendations made by the Book Industry Strategy Group (BISG) last year, including recommendations relating to ebook lending rights.... Read more

Penguin launches US pilot program for ebook lending x

Penguin has launched a pilot program in the US to lend its ebooks through libraries, reports Publishers Weekly. Penguin has partnered with US technology company... Read more

SLV creative fellowships announced x

The recipients of the 2012 State Library of Victoria creative fellowships have been announced. Recipients of $12,500 for three months’ study are: Angela Cavalieri, who... 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

Get set for Father’s Day x

Some of our favourite titles this year are Pete Evans’ Pizza; Footy Flavours, a collection of recipes from Australia’s rugby league players; Ben Robertson’s Hear... 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

Stokes appointed chair of NLA Council x

Ryan Stokes has been appointed chair of the National Library of Australia Council. Stokes, who replaces outgoing chair James Spiegelman, will begin his three year... Read more

Changes to Australia Council board x

Rubert Myer has been appointed as the new chair of the Australia Council for the Arts, replacing James Strong, who will finish in the position... Read more

Broun replaces Haslehurst at Magabala Books x

Michelle Broun has been appointed the new CEO of Magabala Books, replacing Suzie Haslehurst who has recently left the company. (See news).

Rafferty promoted at Pan Macmillan x

Emma Rafferty has been promoted from senior editor to the position of managing editor at Pan Macmillan. Rafferty will begin in the role on 9... Read more

Mills joins ‘Overland’ x

Author Jennifer Mills has joined Overland literary journal in the role of fiction editor. Mills will work with outgoing fiction editor Jane Gleeson-White, who is... Read more

APA Professional Development Industry Seminar filling fast x

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

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

Grammar Essentials Presented by Pam Peters Emeritus Professor of Linguistics, Macquarie University When: Friday, 13 July 2012, 9.30 am to 4pm Venue: City Tattersalls Club,... Read more

Writers Victoria ‘Editing Your Own Work’ course x

Editing Your Own Work Course with Jo Case When: Thursdays, 12 to 4pm – 5 July, 2 August, 6 September and 4 October Learn the... Read more

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'Reluctant Rescuers' by Tony Kevin x

Bookshops interested in stocking Tony Kevin’s new book Reluctant Rescuers, RRP $24.95, are invited to contact him on 0414-822-171 or (02) 6236-3732 or tonykevin@grapevine.com.au or PO Box 3216, Manuka PO, Canberra ACT 2603. Publicity posters and cards available. Author will travel interstate for signing events. 


'Belinda Jeffery’s Collected Recipes' to be withdrawn from sale x

Penguin Group (Australia) is withdrawing all copies of Belinda Jeffery’s Collected Recipes (9781921382604) made available for sale from 22 February 2012. 

Owing to a production issue in the first printing of this book, we regret that a few typographic errors were introduced. These errors are currently being corrected and a revised edition of Belinda Jeffery’s Collected Recipes will be available in December 2012.

What to Do – Customers

Customers are asked to return all existing stock for a full credit. Should a consumer return this title to a bookseller, the bookseller should credit the consumer in full and return the book to UBD in the usual way for a full credit. Should customers have any queries regarding this title, they are advised to contact their Penguin Sales representative or United Book Distributors Customer Service line on 1800-331-015 or aftersales@unitedbookdistributors.com.au.

The team at Penguin sincerely apologises for the inconvenience caused.


Woodslane Change of Address x

On 2 July Woodslane will be moving to a new premises.

On 2 July and 3 July, Woodslane will be closed to facilitate this move. We expect to re-open on Wednesday, 4 July.

This is an exciting move as it will give us significantly more warehouse space & enable the business to be more productive & efficient.

Address (for all returns & deliveries):
10 Apollo St
NSW 2102

Our PO Box Address is: 
PO BOX 935
Mona Vale
NSW 1660 

We have new phone & fax numbers (which are working now so you can change your records immediately):
Ph: (02) 8445-2300
Fax: (02) 9997-5850


Ann Davis x

Does anyone have contact details for Ann Davis (former buyer for A&R)? A boat I built is named the “Annie D” (for Ann) and is being launched in July and I would like to let her know. If so, please contact Warren Broom on (03) 9833-3470 or winkingbilly@optusnet.com.au.




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