Weekly Book Newsletter
25 July 2012

Steve Worland’s 'Velocity' x

Judd Bell is a NASA astronaut who has lost his mojo. Ever since his best friend was killed in a shuttle disaster, he’s been doubting... 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

Keep is finalist in Realise Your Dream Award x

Writer and broadcaster Elmo Keep is a finalist in the Realise Your Dream Award, run by the British Council and designed to promote international creative... Read more

Commonwealth drops case against David Hicks x

The Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) has dropped its attempt to seize the profits made from former Guantanamo Bay prisoner David Hicks’ memoir Guantanamo:... Read more

Charlotte Wood film adaptation receives funding x

The film adaptation of Charlotte Wood’s novel The Children (A&U) has received $750,000 funding from ScreenWest. The Children was shortlisted in the Australian Book Industry... 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

Vic govt announces funding for new libraries x

The Victorian Government has continued to allocate funds to rebuild and renovate the state’s libraries as part of its Living Libraries Infrastructure Program, worth $17.2... Read more

Christchurch library closes due to earthquake risk x

The Christchurch City Council in New Zealand has closed the South Library and Beckenham Service Centre after receiving the results of an engineering evaluation which... Read more

Allen selected for IFLA International Leaders Programme x

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has announced that Margaret Allen has been selected as one of the members of the International Federal of... 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

Sam Twyford-Moore on what to do—and what not to do—for a book launch x

‘I recently attended the launch of an anthology, which I keep referring to as the worst I’ve ever attended … The fault was not in... 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

Changes at Clunes Booktown x

Stephen Samuel has replaced Tess Brady as the director of Clunes Booktown festival. Brady and other members of the festival team, Creative Clunes secretary Tim... Read more

Bastian leaves Varuna x

Varuna, the Writers’ House, has announced that CEO Lis Bastian has resigned from her position and has finished working for the centre. (See news).

Grundy joins Giramondo x

Giramondo has announced that Alice Grundy joined the publisher this month in the newly created role of managing editor. Grundy, who previously worked as an editor at... 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

APA Professional Development x

Industry seminar: Defining the New Marketing Mix Thursday 4 October in Melbourne. Last places left. Bringing together digital publishing and media gurus from inside and... Read more

Society of Editors (NSW) Inc. August meeting x

A postcard on plain language – Dr Neil James, executive director of the Plain English Foundation and chair of the International Plain Language working group,... Read more

The Sidney Myer Fund now receiving online nominations for the 2013 Sidney Myer Creative Fellowships x

First awarded in 2012, the Fellowships celebrate the talent and courage of artists, arts managers and literary artists, editors and publishers in their first seven to... Read more

IWP secures the official One Direction publishing x

Ice Water Press is proud to announce that we have secured the official 1D publishing for Australia and New Zealand. Our four titles feature exclusive photos, behind-the-scenes and tour extras, signed posters, love searches and much more! Available in CDUs for an easy to execute sell and at prices as hot as the band. Click here to get your piece of One Direction: 


Chelsea Green titles to be distributed by NewSouth Books x

NewSouth Books are thrilled to announce from 1 August they will be the exclusive distributors in Australia and New Zealand for books from Chelsea Green. Please note that Brumby Sunstate will be accepting returns of Chelsea Green titles until 31 October.


Wanted: Australian publishers with digital content x

Wanted: Australian publishers with digital content suitable for school, public and special library collections for the Wheelers ePlatform.

Our library customers are eager for Australian content and it’s a great way to increase your profile and ultimately accelerate sales. Please contact Mary Hooker at mary@wheelersbooks.com.au and learn more about Wheelers ePlatform at http://eds.wheelers.co/info/about.


Mark McKenna wins PM’s Non-Fiction Prize x

Melbourne University Publishing (MUP) would like to congratulate Mark McKenna on winning the 2012 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction for his biography of Manning Clark, An Eye for Eternity, announced by the Prime Minister in Canberra yesterday. Published under MUP’s Miegunyah Press imprint in 2011, An Eye for Eternity has already claimed three other awards in the non-fiction category including the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, The Queensland Premier’s Literary Award and the Adelaide Festival Award for Literature 2012, and has been shortlisted for a number of other awards nationally. Please contact Random House distribution to order stock now on 1800-222-444 or customerservice@randomhouse.com.au.


Pascal Press Announcement x

Pascal Press will be increasing a small amount of titles from their range, effective 1 August. These changes will be updated online under the Pascal Price List tab available at www.pascalpress.com.au. Or you can contact your sales representative for further details.


Allen & Unwin Congratulates Prime Minister’s Literary Award 2012 Winners x

Allen & Unwin is thrilled that the following authors and books were honoured in the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards: Gillian Mear’s Foal’s Bread winning the Fiction Prize, Luke Davies’ Interferon Psalms winning the Prize for Poetry and Bill Gammage’s Biggest Estate on Earth winning the Prize for Australian History. The winners of each category will receive a cash prize of $80,000.
Congratulations from everyone at Allen & Unwin.

Booksellers please note that orders can be placed at orders@unitedbookdistributors.com.au.


‘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. Website details upcoming events in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, and Adelaide. 




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