Weekly Book Newsletter
1 August 2012

Book adaptations receive investment from Screen Australia x

Screen Australia has approved investment for the second season of ABC television series Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, the adaptation of Kerry Greenwood’s Phryne Fisher books (A&U). The funding was... Read more

Finalists for 2012 Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Book Award announced x

The finalists for the Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Book Award for a published book in the mind, body, spirit genre have been announced, reports Booksellers... Read more

Burwood Book Exchange to close in September x

Sydney’s Burwood Book Exchange, which first opened in 1986, will close on 8 September. The bookstore, which specialises in secondhand romance titles as well as... Read more

Kenny to lead Hachette Southeast Asia office x

Hachette UK has announced that Paul Kenny will oversee its new sales office in Hong Kong in the new role of Southeast Asia sales and... 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

Writers WA reinstates Writers on the Road program x

WritersWA has announced it has been ‘able to reinstate our popular Writers on the Road program for 2012’ as a special initiative of the National... Read more

Federal Government allocates funding for library projects in Benalla, Dandenong, Melton x

The Federal Government has allocated funding from its Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF) to library projects in Benalla, Dandenong and Melton, all in Victoria. Minister... Read more

Author panel, social media sessions popular at ALIA Biennial 2012 x

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) Biennial 2012 Conference wrapped up in Sydney earlier this month, having run from 10 to 13 July. ALIA... 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

Kobo’s Michael Tamblyn on why ebook publishing is a global business x

‘Outside of the US, there probably isn’t another single national ebook market that’s big enough to sustain a player on its own in the space... Read more

Danny Katz's 'S.C.U.M.' x

S.C.U.M. (Students Combined Underground Movement—the name Tom gives his group of misfit buddies) takes the reader on a day in the life of 14-year-old Tom... Read more

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

McDonald joins OverDrive x

Andrew McDonald will leave the position of online manager at Readings and join Overdrive Australia as business development consultant in September. (See news.)

Jones appointed editor of 'The Bookseller' x

Philip Jones has been appointed editor of UK trade publication the Bookseller, replacing editor-in-chief Neill Denny. Jones was previously deputy editor of the publication and... Read more

Changes at Text x

Text Publishing has announced a number of staff changes. Alaina Gougoulis has moved from her role in rights and administration to a newly created position... Read more

Kenny joins Hachette Southeast Asia x

Hachette UK has appointed Paul Kenny to oversee its new sales office in Hong Kong as Southeast Asia sales and marketing manager. Kenny, who previously... 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).

Entries for the 2013 Tasmanian Literary Prizes open x

Entries for the 2013 Tasmanian Literary Prizes will be open from 1 August to 12 September 2012.   Formerly known as the Tasmania Book Prizes, the... Read more

APA Professional Development x

Detailed information sheets and registration forms for the events are here. Don’t Stet: Thinking about Tomorrow series: Digital Directions – Jane Morrow (Beatrice Davis Editorial... Read more

Editors Victoria Dinner Meeting x

‘Bookshops: Here Today, Here Tomorrow’ Guest speaker: Joel Becker, Australian Booksellers Association When: 6.30pm (for 7pm); Wednesday, 15 August 2012 Where: CQ Functions, 113 Queen... Read more

The Crichton Award 2012—Call for Entries x

The Crichton, first awarded in 1988, recognises and encourages new talent in the field of Australian children’s book illustration. Although administered by the Victorian Branch,... Read more

2012 CLNZ Educational Publishing Awards—Call for Entries x

Entries to the 2012 Copyright Licensing New Zealand (CLNZ) Educational Publishing Awards, in association with The Publishers Association New Zealand (PANZ), are now open. Six awards... 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. Website details upcoming events in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, and Adelaide. 


NewSouth Books to distribute Jane Curry Publishing x

NewSouth Books are thrilled to announce from 1 September they will be the exclusive distributors in Australia and New Zealand for Jane Curry Publishing. Please note that Macmillan will be accepting returns of Jane Curry Publishing titles until 30 November.
For orders, contact:
NewSouth Books
c/o T L Distribution
Phone: (02) 8778-9999
Fax: (02) 8778-9944
Email: orders@tldistribution.com.au  


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.


Jane Curry Publishing Moves to NewSouth Books x

Jane Curry Publishing, publishers of leading health and wellbeing titles including the unsurpassed Australian Autism Handbook, will move distribution to NewSouth Books from 1 September 2012. JCP would like to thank Macmillan for their support of the list to date. September new releases with major media campaigns include: Ethics 101 Conversations to have With Your Kids by Cranbrook School Head Mr Michael Parker and Beating the Bullies by leading Clinical Psychologist Dr Lucy Blunt. Trade enquiries to Nella Soeterboek nella.s@newsouthbook.com.au and general enquiries to janecurry@janecurrypublishing.com.au.


HarperCollins Congratulates Prime Minister’s Literary Award Winners x

HarperCollins Publishers and ABC Books are thrilled to congratulate Frances Watts and Judy Watson on winning the 2012 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Children’s Fiction for their picture book Goodnight, Mice!. Described as ‘the perfect bedtime book’, Goodnight, Mice! is a rhyming story full of family fun and love. It was also awarded a 2012 Children’s Book Council of Australia Notable Book.

Goodnight, Mice! (ABC Books, 9780733324215, $24.99)
To order, contact your HQ Sales Manager or Commercial Services on 1300-551-721.


Ice Water Press launches Official Justin Bieber and One Direction ranges in November! x

Ice Water Press is excited to deliver the Official Justin Bieber and 1D publishing ranges for Australia and NZ. Our titles feature exclusive behind-the-scenes photos, tour extras, signed posters, quizzes and plenty more! Available in CDUs for an easy to execute sell and at sizzling prices. Limited stock, order now. Click here for details.



Staff moves at Text Publishing x

Alaina Gougoulis has moved from her role in Rights and Administration to a new position in Editorial and Digital Publishing, with a continuing focus on social media.  Alaina is contactable on (03) 8610-4540 or alaina.gougoulis@textpublishing.com.au.

Margot Lloyd has joined Text in a new part-time role as Administration Coordinator. Margot is in the office from 10.30am-4.30pm daily, and is contactable on (03) 8610-4500, or margot.lloyd@textpublishing.com.au.

Shalini Kunahlan has joined the Text team in a new full-time role as Marketing Coordinator, reporting to Sales & Marketing Director Kirsty Wilson. Shalini can be reached on (03) 8610-4541, or shalini.kunahlan@textpublishing.com.au.

Emily Booth has returned from maternity leave into new part-time role as Editorial Manager. Emily is in the office from Tuesday to Thursday and is contactable on (03) 8610-4502 or emily.booth@textpublishing.com.au.




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