Weekly Book Newsletter
18 July 2012

Kobo launches Writing Life platform x

Ebook provider and retailer Kobo has officially launched its self-publishing platform, Kobo Writing Life. The platform is accessible to users in Australia and New Zealand... Read more
 

QLA achieves $20,000 pledge goal x

The Queensland Literary Awards (QLA) has achieved its goal of $20,000 from crowd-funded pledges and the amount continues to rise with 27 days left in the campaign. The volunteer-led awards replaced the axed... Read more
 

Booktopia makes ‘Top 10 Online Retailers’ list x

Online bookseller Booktopia has been named on a list of ‘Top 10 Online Retailers’ compiled by the Australian Institute of Management’s magazine Management Today. Booktopia... Read more
 

Kimberley Writers Festival to be held this month x

The eighth annual Kimberley Writers Festival will be held in Kununurra, Western Australia, between 27 and 29 July. Among the writers participating in this year’s... Read more
 

EWF to hold mini-festival in Sydney x

The Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) will travel interstate again this year to hold a mini-festival in partnership with the NSW Writers’ Centre. The one-day event... Read more
 

Penguin launches Lantern cooking classics series x

Penguin has announced it will launch a series of Lantern classic cookbooks in August ‘in the spirit of the immensely popular Penguin Modern Classics’, says... Read more
 

‘Literature and Censorship’ conference takes place in Canberra x

The fifth annual conference of the Australian Association for Literature, ‘Literature and Censorship’, takes place in Canberra from today until Friday (11 to 13 July).... Read more
 

Express Media, Australian Poetry look for emerging poets x

Express Media and Australian Poetry have announced a partnership to publish a first collection of poetry by one Victorian poet under the age of 25.... Read more
 

RMIT to host 2012 NonfictionNow conference x

Melbourne’s RMIT University will host this year’s NonfictionNow conference in November as a result of a partnership between the university’s school of media and communications... Read more
 

Melbourne to host Rare Book Week x

The Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers will hold the inaugural Melbourne Rare Book Week this month. The free event will take place... Read more
 

Co-op Bookshop partners with mobile phone company x

Campus bookseller Co-op Bookshop has announced a new partnership with mobile phone company amaysim. The Co-op Bookshop said in a statement that the new partnership... Read more
 

Glenfern fellowships recipients announced x

Writers Victoria has announced the recipients of this year’s Glenfern writers’ studio fellowships. Ramona Koval, David Sornig and Libby Hart are the recipients of the... Read more
 

Auckland Libraries launch ‘Fuse’ program to attract teens x

Auckland Libraries has announced the launch of a new program aimed at attracting teenagers to the city’s libraries. The program, called ‘Fuse’, is a series of... Read more
 

Newton-Smith, Partridge awarded ALIA fellowships x

Carol Newton-Smith and Helen Partridge were awarded fellowships by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) at the recent ALIA Biennial 2012 Conference in Sydney.... Read more
 

McKerracher appointed ALIA executive director x

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has announced that Sue McKerracher has been appointed to the role of executive director, effective 20 August. McKerracher... Read more
 

Outdoor library launched x

‘The first outdoor library in the southern hemisphere’ was launched on 5 July at the Tungamah Hotel on behalf of the Goulburn Valley Regional Library... Read more
 

SLV purchases rare Persian manuscripts after successful appeal x

The State Library of Victoria has acquired two Persian manuscripts following a successful public appeal to assist with the purchase. The appeal to raise $100,000... Read more
 

International Library News x

Majority of funding restored to New York libraries The New York City budget for fiscal year 2013 was approved on 28 June, and included the... Read more
 

State government pledges funding for Wonthaggi Library relocation x

The Victorian government announced on 4 July that it would provide $300,000 towards the $461,000 it will cost to assist in the relocation of Wonthaggi... Read more
 

So you’ve launched an ebookstore, what now? x

A number of booksellers are now able to sell ebooks, but how do you drive customers to your ebookstore? Kevin Guy from Avid Reader and... Read more
 

A novel idea for debut novelists x

‘How do you promote a debut novelist when there are so many other writers competing for that publicity attention?’ A Sydney-based literary agent believes the... Read more
 

Myke Bartlett’s ‘Fire in the Sea’ x

Sixteen-year-old Sadie is growing tired of spending her summer days lounging on the beach with her tedious cousins and her wants-to-be-more-than-a-friend Tom. She can’t wait... Read more
 

Greg Jericho’s ‘The Rise of the Fifth Estate’ x

The Rise of the Fifth Estate is a well-researched and engaging look at the world of social media and blogging in the context of the... Read more
 

Murphy to leave NZ Book Council x

The New Zealand Book Council has announced that CEO Noel Murphy will finish in his position in October and will relocate to the UK. (See... Read more
 

McKerracher joins ALIA x

The Australian Library and Information Association has announced that Sue McKerracher has been appointed to the role of executive director. McKerracher replaces acting executive director... Read more
 

Farrar promoted at Bloomsbury x

Bloomsbury Australia managing director Kathleen Farrar has been appointed to the role of Bloomsbury Group sales and marketing director and will relocate to London in... Read more
 

Wildman joins Scholastic x

Carolyne Wildman has joined Scholastic in the newly created role of head of marketing. Wildman, who has previously worked in marketing roles across a variety... Read more
 

Seale steps down at Random House x

Margie Seale has stepped down from her role as managing director and president of Asia Development at Random House Australia. She will continue to work... Read more
 

Writers Victoria Event x

Ask the Publisher: Short Fiction with Meanjin & Melbourne Books Hosted by Liz Steele When: Monday 23 July, 7-8pm Where: The Wheeler centre, 176 Little... Read more

Professional Development Workshop x

Editing for the Web – presented by Elizabeth Spiegel, AE Monday 13 August 9.30am to 4pm Sydney CBD Cost: $195 society members and $290 non-members... Read more

ILF Fundraiser x

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) is hosting an exclusive advance screening of ‘The Sapphires’, a film telling the true story of four talented singers from... Read more

APA Professional Development: Last places available x

Detailed information sheets and registration forms are available on the APA website. Editing On Screen: For the Keen Green and In-Between Monday 13 August in... Read more

Libraries Australia Forum x

The annual Libraries Australia Forum will be held at the National Library of Australia, Canberra, on Thursday 25 October 2012. The event is a showcase... Read more

‘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.
www.reluctantrescuers.com

 

'Foal's Bread' wins 2012 ALS Gold Medal x

Allen & Unwin would like to congratulate Gillian Mears for winning the 2012 ALS Gold Medal for her brilliant novel Foal’s Bread. The ALS Gold Medal is awarded annually for an outstanding literary work and has been in existence since 1928. Previous winners include Patrick White, Henry Handel Richardson, Randolph Stow, Thea Astley, David Malouf and Michelle de Kretser. Foal’s Bread has also been shortlisted for the 2012 Prime Minister’s Award, the Kibble Award and the WA Premier’s Awards.

 

Alice Parsons’ ‘Tea with a Twist’ to be withdrawn from sale x

Dennis Jones & Associates is withdrawing all copies of Alice Parsons’ Tea with a Twist (9780980701593) made available for sale from April 2012.  Owing to a production issue in the printing of this book, we regret that this title has been withdrawn from sale and is no longer available. All books should be returned to Dennis Jones & Associates, 1/10 Melrich Road, Bayswater, Vic, 3153 ASAP.

 

‘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.

www.reluctantrescuers.com

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

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