Weekly Book Newsletter
15 August 2012

Dempster appointed new MWF director

Outgoing director of the Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) Lisa Dempster has been appointed as the new director of Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF). MWF festival chairman... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Book-related events over the coming fortnight include: Romance Writers of Australia National Conference, Gold Coast, QLD, 16-19 August CBCA Book Week: 18-24 August Storylines Festival of New Zealand... Read more

A festive National Bookshop Day for 2012 x

Bookstores around Australia celebrated the second annual National Bookshop Day on Saturday 11 August, gaining increased sales, media coverage and community support, and creating a festive... Read more

2012 Australian Education Publishing Awards date announced x

The winners of the 2012 Australian Education Publishing Awards, presented by the Australian Publishers Association (APA), will be announced at an event in Melbourne on... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘While we have all been quite concerned, even obsessed, by ebooks, very few of us have websites that can effectively sell “pbooks”’—Suzy Wilson on the... Read more

Ngaio Marsh Award shortlist announced x

The titles shortlisted for this year’s Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel have been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Collecting Cooper (Paul Cleave, S&S)... Read more

Changes to PANZ council x

The Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) has announced changes to its council. Karen Ferns has stepped down from the PANZ council due to the... Read more

New owner reopens Clifton Hill Books x

The new owner of Clifton Hill Books reopened the bookstore over the weekend to coincide with National Bookshop Day. Lynne Hamilton purchased the store earlier... Read more

OUP reports 10% growth in sales x

Oxford University Press has reported a 10% growth in sales for the financial year ending 31 March. Sales for the year were £695.5 million (A$1.04... Read more

Annual results: Scholastic benefits from sales of ‘Hunger Games’ trilogy x

Scholastic has announced that sales at the company rose 14% for the year ending 31 May, rising to US$2.15 billion (A$2.04 billion) from US$1.89 billion (A$1.79... Read more

Pepeyan to leave Collins x

Lucie Pepeyan will finish in her position as national franchise manager at Collins Booksellers at the end of August. Pepeyan joined Collins Booksellers in February... Read more

Riverbend Books launches new website with Circle Soft x

Riverbend Books has launched a new website, featuring live inventory information alongside other title information. Riverbend Books owner Suzy Wilson told Bookseller+Publisher that updating the... Read more

2012 kuril dhagun Indigenous Writing Fellowships announced

The winners of this year’s kuril dhagun Indigenous Writing Fellowships, presented as part of the State Library of Queensland (SLQ) black&write! Indigenous Writing and Editing... Read more

RiP Helen Gurley Brown x

Helen Gurley Brown, former editor of Cosmopolitan magazine and the author of Sex and the Single Girl (1962), among other books, has died aged 90.

Bestsellers this week x

QF32 (Richard De Crespigny, Macmillan), in which Flight Captain Richard De Crespigny narrates the true story of a near-fatal flight from Singapore to Sydney in November 2010, is third... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—UWA Publishing has sold Indian rights to The Walls of Delhi (Uday Prakash, translated by Jason Grunebaum). Nonfiction—Murdoch Books has sold North American, Dutch,... Read more

Dymocks Nowra named ‘Retailer of the Year’ at national conference

The Dymocks store in Nowra, New South Wales, was named Dymocks/SBS Retailer of the Year at the 2012 Dymocks national conference earlier this month. The... Read more

2012 Deadly Awards finalists announced

The finalists for this year’s Deadly Awards, presented to Indigenous Australians for excellence in the areas of music, sport, entertainment and community, have been announced.... Read more

2012 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards shortlists announced

The shortlists for this year’s Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles—collectively known as ‘the Premier’s 21’—are: Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction... Read more

Bookstores get ready for National Bookshop Day

The second annual National Bookshop Day will be held on Saturday 11 August 2012, with many booksellers around Australia staging events on the day. Details of events are... Read more

Oz, NZ authors nominated for ‘Not the Booker’ Prize x

A number of Australian authors have been nominated for this year’s ‘Not the Booker’ Prize, run by the Guardian in the UK. The prize has... Read more

Morrow releases Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship report x

Former Penguin editor Jane Morrow has released her Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship report into digital developments in US publishing, following placements with Penguin in New... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘One of the only commonalities among the people I met who work specifically on digital projects is that, five years ago, they couldn’t have imagined... Read more

2012 Davitt Awards shortlists announced

The shortlists for this year’s Davitt Awards, presented by Sisters in Crime for crime books written by Australian women, have been announced. The shortlisted titles... Read more

‘The Big Issue’ announces fiction edition line-up x

The Big Issue has announced the full line-up of authors whose stories will appear in its annual fiction edition. Stories by David Cohen, Andy Murdoch,... Read more

Maribyrnong Library Literary Festival kicks off this month x

This year’s Maribyrnong Library Literary Festival in Melbourne’s west will run between 31 August and 9 September. The festival will open on Friday 31 August... Read more

Penguin to launch children's classics list x

Penguin Australia has announced it will publish a new list of children’s classics. The Penguin Australian Children’s Classics ‘is a celebration of our country’s most... Read more

Hannett nominated for a World Fantasy Award x

Australian author Lisa L Hannett has been nominated in the ‘best collection’ category for this year’s World Fantasy Awards for her debut collection Bluegrass Symphony... Read more

Writing Australia regional residencies announced x

Writing Australia has announced the first recipients of its regional residency program, Writing Australia Places. Melanie Joosten from Victoria will spend four weeks in Orange,... Read more

Steele and Noble awarded Life Membership of Editors Victoria x

Liz Steele and Rosemary Noble, who currently serve as co-presidents of Editors Victoria, have been awarded Honorary Life Membership of Editors Victoria for services to the... Read more

New Sydney literary magazine launched x

A biannual magazine of international writing has been launched in Sydney. Contrappasso, which means ‘counter-step’ or ‘counter-blow’ in Italian, contains fiction, nonfiction, interviews and poetry,... Read more

Bowker, 'PW' research finds Gen Y the top spenders in the US in 2011 x

In the US, new research from Bowker Market Research and Publishers Weekly has found that Generation Y—people born between 1979 and 1989—spent the most money... Read more

McGraw-Hill acquires Key Curriculum x

In the US, McGraw-Hill Education has acquired Key Curriculum, a private company that develops mathematics learning technology for the school and higher education markets, reports... Read more

Apple in talks to sponsor Orange Prize x

Apple may be the next sponsor of the UK Women’s Prize for Fiction, formerly known as the Orange Prize, reports the Sunday Telegraph. Apple is... Read more

Google buys Frommer's from Wiley x

Google is buying Frommer’s from publisher John Wiley & Sons to attract more advertising dollars tied to online-travel bookings and local-business information. Financial terms were... Read more

ABA, B&N brief accepted in DOJ case x

In the US, federal judge Denise Cote has granted a motion by the American Booksellers Association (ABA) and Barnes & Noble to file a ‘friend... Read more

Spain increases VAT on ebooks x

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced an increase in the Value Added Tax (VAT) rate that affects ebooks last month as part of the country’s... Read more

HarperCollins combines Zondervan, Thomas Nelson x

HarperCollins is now the largest Christian publisher in the US, after combining its newly acquired Thomas Nelson business with its Zondervan division in a new... Read more

International library news x

ALA report outlines ebook business models for public libraries The American Library Association (ALA) has released a new report outlining the various ebook business models... Read more

In brief x

SLV team named Innovator of the Month The Learning Services team at the State Library of Victoria (SLV) has been named ‘Innovator of the Month’... Read more

Libraries shortlisted for Museums Australia design awards x

A number of Australian libraries have been shortlisted for the 2012 Museums Australia Multimedia & Publication Design Awards. The annual awards recognise excellence in design... Read more

Mt Gambier Library wins 2012 Jim Crawford innovation award x

Mount Gamier Library in regional South Australia has won this year’s Jim Crawford Award for Innovation in Libraries. The biennial Jim Crawford Award, worth $10,000, is... Read more

Nick Earls on striking a balance in social media x

‘If you’re supposed to spend 80% of your time creating a marketing whirlwind and only 20% writing, plus spending 80% your marketing time being generally... Read more

Catherine Deveny's 'The Happiness Show' x

In The Happiness Show, Australian comedian and writer Catherine Deveny turns her hand to fiction for the first time. The result is a lively, if... Read more

Dempster appointed director of MWF x

Outgoing director of the Emerging Writers’ Festival Lisa Dempster has been appointed director of the Melbourne Writers Festival. (See news.)

Pepeyan to leave Collins x

Lucie Pepeyan will finish in her position as national franchise manager at Collins Booksellers at the end of August. (See news).

APA Professional Development: Upcoming calendar including Excellent eBooks – the second round x

Thursday 30 August Melbourne 4.30pm – 6pm at Wheeler Centre  Friday 7 September Sydney 4.30pm – 6pm at Allen & Unwin Terrace Room Don’t Stet:... Read more

APA education symposium - ‘futurEDUCATION: Learning in a Digital Age’ x

‘futurEDUCATION: Learning in a Digital Age’ When: 6 September 2012; 11am to 5pm Where: BMW Edge Building in Federation Square, Melbourne   Speakers will include... Read more

Publishers, rights managers, agents: please complete the 'Think Australian' rights survey x

If you are buying or selling rights, please spend a few minutes completing the annual Think Australian rights survey.  If you have not yet received... 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... Read more

Hold on to Your Underpants—The Captain is back! x

Scholastic Australia is excited to be releasing a new book in the worldwide bestselling Captain Underpants series by award-winning author Dav Pilkey. The ninth epic... Read more

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