Weekly Book Newsletter
18 July 2012

‘Books at MIFF’ shortlist announced

The shortlist of titles chosen for this year’s ‘Books at MIFF’ session at the Melbourne International Film Festival has been announced. The seven titles were selected... 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. The council said in a statement that... Read more

BBC Worldwide writes down Lonely Planet in response to strong Oz dollar x

BBC Worldwide has revealed a £16.1 million (approximately A$24.5 million) write down of Lonely Planet in its 2011-2012 annual report. It is the second time... Read more

‘Canberra Times’ cuts literary and arts positions; books pages to be sourced from Melbourne, Sydney x

Canberra Times literary editor Gia Metherell and arts editor Diana Streak are reported to be ‘negotiating their futures’ at the newspaper after learning that their... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘It is impossible to know what Amazon’s ebook or Kindle sales are in Australia but Australian publishers willing to talk report them having more than... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Anna Funder recently added the Miles Franklin Literary Award to a long list of awards for All That I Am (Hamish Hamilton) and the book has risen in... Read more

‘Zac and Mia’ wins 2012 Text Prize

Perth writer Amanda Betts has won this year’s Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing for her manuscript Zac and Mia. Betts was presented... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Children’s/YA—Scholastic Australia has licensed Portuguese-language rights within Brazil for Thirteen (James Phelan); and US rights to Forever (Anna Pignataro). Acquistions Fiction—Little, Brown has acquired... Read more

Farrar promoted at Bloomsbury

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

RiP Stephen Covey x

Stephen Covey, the self-help author who wrote The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, has died aged 79.

Text Prize 2012 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2012 Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Zac and Mia (Amanda Betts)... Read more

Australian Christian Book of the Year 2012 shortlist announced

The shortlist for this year’s Australian Christian Book of the Year Award has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: A Short History of Christianity (Geoffrey... Read more

Book Depository stops selling ebooks

UK-based online bookseller the Book Depository is no longer selling ebooks. The Book Depository issued a short statement on its website saying that it is... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Book industry events over the coming fortnight include: Whitsunday Voices Youth Literature Festival, Mackay, QLD: 11-14 July. Yarragon Book Fair, Yarragon, VIC: 14-15 July. Mildura Writers’ Festival, Mildura,... Read more

‘Bereft’ in the running for Gold Dagger award x

Bereft, by Australian author Chris Womersley (Scribe), is among the titles longlisted in this year’s Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Dagger awards. Bereft has been longlisted... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘They’re recommending the literary equivalent of foie gras to people who are starving for steak and potatoes with a dash of spice’—Kat Mayo, in a... Read more

Hodge among successful Frankfurt Fellowship applicants x

Anna Hodge, senior editor at Auckland University Press in New Zealand, is among the successful applicants for this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair Fellowship Program. Also... Read more

New website to promote Australian literature

The Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) has announced it will soon launch a new website to promote Australian literature. Plans for the Reading Australia project were... Read more

Seale to step down at Random House; Davis, Ferns appointed joint managing directors x

Random House Australia and New Zealand has announced that managing director Margie Seale will step down from her role in November. Random House said in... Read more

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

Granta announces best young Brazilian writers x

Granta has announced the 20 writers who will appear in its ‘The Best of Young Brazilian Novelists’ issue. This is the first time the literary... Read more

HarperCollins finalises Thomas Nelson acquisition x

HarperCollins has announced that it has finalised its acquisition of US-based publisher Thomas Nelson. HarperCollins first announced its intention to acquire the publisher, which produces... Read more

Report highlights tough times for Spanish book industry x

The latest annual report of the Spanish Publishers Guild has highlighted the tough times currently facing the Spanish book market, reports Publishing Perspectives. According to... Read more

CUP signs agreement with MPG Books x

In the UK, Cambridge University Press (CUP) has announced an agreement with printer MPG Books, which will involve the publisher’s UK and European printing moving... Read more

B&N to launch digital bookstores in 10 countries within 12 months x

US bookselling chain Barnes & Noble has announced plans to expand its digital business by opening Nook digital bookstores in 10 countries within 12 months.... Read more

Port Harcourt, Nigeria announced as World Book Capital 2014 x

The Nigerian city of Port Harcourt was announced as World Book Capital 2014 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on 5... Read more

McAleer promoted at Walker Books x

Helen McAleer has been promoted to the new positions of chief global development officer for Walker Books and managing director of Walker Productions. McAleer, who... Read more

Litigation in HathiTrust case could begin in November x

In the US, the copyright infringement lawsuit against digital repository HathiTrust and five US universities could go to trial as early as November, reports Publishers... Read more

Eason plans to launch branded ereader this year x

Irish bookselling chain Eason has revealed that it plans to launch a branded ereader later this year, reports the Bookseller. The announcement was made at... 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... Read more

'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... Read more

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... Read more

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