Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
22 August 2012

Cate Kennedy’s ‘Like a House on Fire’ x

This is a heartfelt and moving collection of short stories that cuts right to the emotional centre of everyday life. With her trademark evocative prose,... Read more

Your Bookshop chain opens fourth store x

The chain of independent bookshops Your Bookshop has opened a fourth store. The new store, which opened in July, is located in Top Ryde in... Read more

Embiggen wins best fitout award x

Embiggen Books, located in the QV building opposite the State Library of Victoria in Melbourne, has won the QV’s annual retail award for best fitout.... Read more

Bookworld launches with new loyalty program x

The Borders Australia online business has been rebranded and the new Bookworld website is now live. Among the features of the new site is a... Read more

Work underway to ‘modernise’ PLR, ELR schemes x

The Federal Government has announced that is has ‘started working on modernising’ the Public Lending Rights (PLR) and the Education Lending Rights (ELR) schemes. The... Read more

Whitcoulls launches new website to find top 50 children’s books x

New Zealand bookselling chain Whitcoulls has launched a new website as part of this year’s Whitcoulls Kids’ Top 50 campaign. New Zealand readers have until... 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

International library news x

Review of Sheffield libraries underway In the UK, Sheffield City Council has launched a consultation process to examine the council’s 28 libraries as it looks... Read more

In brief x

Preparations underway for the Reading Hour The Reading Hour will take place this Saturday 25 August from 6-7pm. The initiative, which is part of the... Read more

New locations for libraries in Camberwell, Queanbeyan x

The Camberwell Library in Melbourne’s east is moving to a new location. The library, located at 25 Inglesby Road, is currently closed while the move... Read more

Knight, Richards recognised at 2012 PLNSW conference x

Robert Knight and Jan Richards were awarded life membership of Public Libraries New South Wales (PLNSW) at the association’s 2012 conference, which was held in... Read more

Government to ‘modernise’ PLR, ELR schemes x

The Federal Government has announced that it has ‘started work on modernising’ the Public Lending Rights (PLR) and the Education Lending Rights (ELR) schemes ‘to... 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

Publishers team up to bring ‘Puberty Blues’ back into print x

What happens when co-authors want to work with different publishers on the re-issue of their book? Text Publishing’s Michael Heyward tells Bookseller+Publisher about the ‘innovative’... 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

Pfaff to join HarperCollins x

Karin Pfaff, currently digital account manager at Murdoch Books, will join HarperCollins in the role of digital business executive on 27 August.

Jones appointed SA Writers’ Centre program manager x

Vanessa Jones has been appointed program manager at the South Australian Writers’ Centre. Jones is a freelance copywriter and author and has previously worked in... 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.)

Society of Editors (NSW) presents Sharon Dalgleish x

Sharon Dalgleish, Publisher at Primary Macmillan Education discusses Primary publishing—perils, pleasures and perplexing possibilities. What do we do in primary educational publishing? How is it... Read more

Preparing for the Accreditation exam x

The Society of Editors (NSW) Inc. is running a preparation workshop, which will offer information, tips and strategies for passing the IPEd Accreditation exam, to... Read more

Human Rights Award for Literature nominations open x

Australian Human Rights Commission’s 25th anniversary Human Rights Award for Literature (nonfiction) is open for nominations until 15 September. The Literature Award is for a... Read more

APA Professional Development: three courses in September/October x

Full details and registration forms available on the website.  Last chance to book! Don’t Stet: Thinking about Tomorrow series. Digital Directions – Jane Morrow (Beatrice Davis Editorial... Read more

Short Story Competition: Australia’s Security Nightmares x

Short Story Competition: Australia’s Security Nightmares, sponsored by the Australian Security Research Centre is open for nominations. The competition is open to all Australian residents,... Read more

'The Age' Short Story Competition is now accepting entries x

Entries must be no longer than 3000 words and should not have been previously published. No more than three stories per person should be submitted.... Read more

Newtown Book Fair x

What: Newtown Book Fair: amazing serendipity, eclectic hullaballoo of kids’ books and other bookish miscellany. When: Saturday 1st September from 10am–3pm. Where: Walker Books Australia,... Read more

Australian Educational Publishing Awards Shortlist x

The Australian Publishers Association has announced the shortlisted entries in the 2012 Australian Educational Publishing Awards. Download the short list here. The Australian Educational Publishing Awards 2012 ceremony,... Read more

Allen & Unwin congratulates CBCA Award winners x

Allen & Unwin congratulates its authors on a stellar result from the CBCA Awards 2012.
Younger Readers
Winner: Crow Country by Kate Constable
Older Readers
Winner: The Dead I Know (Scot Gardner)
Honour Book: A Straight Line to My Heart (Bill Condon)
Early Childhood
Honour Book: That’s Not a Daffodil! (Elizabeth Honey)
Picture Book of the Year
Honour Book: The Dream of the Thylacine (Margaret Wild & Ron Brooks)
Eve Pownall Award for Information Books
Honour Book: The Little Refugee (Anh & Suzanne Do, illustrated by Bruce Whatley)


Allen & Unwin congratulates shortlisted authors for Australian Educational Publishing Awards x

Allen & Unwin would like to congratulate the shortlisted authors for The Australian Educational Publishing Awards 2012.
Primary Education
Playground by Nadia Wheatley, Illustrated by Ken Searle
Primary Student Resource: (Arts/Science/Humanities)
The Little Refugee by Anh Do, Suzanne Do; Illustrated by Bruce Whatley
The winner will be announced at an award ceremony in Melbourne on the 6th of September.
The Australian Educational Publishing Awards celebrate excellence across all areas of educational publishing.


Scholastic Australia would like to honour winners of the CBCA Awards x

Congratulations to Nick Bland and Freya Blackwood who won the CBCA Award for the Early Childhood category for their picture book, The Runaway Hug.

Congratulations also to Jackie French and Bruce Whatley for receiving the Honour Award for the Picture Book of the Year category for, Flood.

And to Sara Acton who won the Crichton Award for her picture book, Ben and Duck.

Compliments to our wonderful authors, illustrators and to the fabulous publishing team who continue to produce beautiful children’s books.


Lucie Pepeyan—contact details x

If you would like to get in touch with Lucie Pepeyan, you can contact her via the following:

Mobile: 0409-332-295
Email: lpepeyan@gmail.com
Twitter: @inyourstore
LinkedIn: Lucie Pepeyan


Radcliffe Publishing distribution change x

Radcliffe Publishing will no longer be distributed by Elsevier Australia effective immediately. The new distributor for Radcliffe Publishing will be Woodslane. Returns will be accepted by Elsevier Australia through to the end of November 2012.


Dennis Jones & Associates to distribute Paradise Publishers x

Dennis Jones & Associates is pleased to advise that they will be distributing Paradise Publishers best-selling title ‘Two Dogs & A Garden’ and recently released ‘Alexander Macleay from Scotland to Sydney’, effective 22 August 2012. For orders, contact: Dennis Jones & Associates
E: orders@dennisjones.com.au.
P: (03) 9762-9100 F: (03) 9762-9200


Stock Recall x

Wiley regrets to inform all customers that they no longer have the rights to sell Dalkey Archive title Inland (ISBN 9781564787170). Wiley are currently sending out returns authorisations and labels to all accounts who have ordered this book from us. Please return all stock immediately. If you have any questions about this, please contact Wiley Customer Service on 1800-777-474.


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 an email from Think Australian, please ask for a link to the rights survey by contacting: bookseller.publisher@thorpe.com.au.

Think Australian is Bookseller+Publisher’s Frankfurt Book Fair supplement. The more responses we receive for the survey, the more accurate and comprehensive the survey results will be. We will also be sharing the completed survey results (completely anonymously, of course) with the Australia Council to assist future funding efforts for the sector. Read last year’s survey in the 2011 edition of Think Australian here

The survey takes approximately five minutes and responses are due by COB on Friday 17 August.




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