Weekly Book Newsletter
12 September 2012

PANZ releases publishing guide x

The Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) has released a revised third edition of An Introduction to New Zealand Publishing (published with Whitireia Publishing). The... Read more

Big Sky Readers and Writers Festival x

The eighth annual Big Sky Readers and Writers Festival will be held in Geraldton, Western Australia on 14-16 September. The festival will include workshops, readings,... Read more

Wheeler Centre Zoo Fellowships x

The Wheeler Centre has partnered with Zoos Victoria to create the Wheeler Centre Zoo Fellowships. Estelle Tang, Cate Kennedy, Sally Rippin and Judy Horacek will... Read more

New owner for ACP Magazines, ACP Books x

ACP Magazines, owner of ACP Books, has been acquired by the Bauer Media Group, which purchased the company from private equity-owned Nine Entertainment Co. for... Read more

Readings becomes tour operator x

Readings is expanding its offering to customers beyond books and music, by hosting a tour to the Jaipur Literature Festival in India in January next... Read more

No local release date for new Kindle devices x

Amazon unveiled an updated range of Kindle ereading devices on 6 September which includes a new line of Kindle Fire tablets and a new front-lit... Read more

Wheeler Centre announces new Hot Desk fellows x

The Wheeler Centre has welcomed its second round of Hot Desk fellowships. With funding from the Readings Foundation, the fellowships provide a $1000 stipend and... Read more

Filmmakers launch campaign to crowdfund book-to-film adaptation x

The producer and writer of a film to be based on The Second Coming (Andrew Masterson, HarperCollins), have launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money... Read more

Booksellers NZ discontinues Premier Bestsellers program x

Booksellers NZ has announced it has discontinued a program established to label books that achieved a certain level in sales. The Premier Bestsellers program has... Read more

The Press Christchurch Writers’ Festival returns x

The Press Christchurch Writers’ Festival was held in Christchurch from 30 August to 2 September, returning after a four-year wait. The previous two attempts to... Read more

New Kobo devices available next month x

Three new Kobo devices will be available from Australian and New Zealand retailers starting next month. The new devices—branded the ‘Kobo Family’ along with the... Read more

Allara leaves Dymocks x

Michael Allara has finished in his role as general manager of ecommerce for Dymocks. Allara left the company in August to pursue other opportunities and... Read more

Indigenous Literacy Day today

Booksellers, publishers and the book community celebrate Indigenous Literacy Day today. Last year the event contributed to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) raising $550,000. The... Read more

BWF kicks off

The Brisbane Writers Festival (BWF) kicks off today, following the presentation of the Queensland Literary Awards last night. The festival runs from 5 to 9... Read more

Burkey joins SLV x

The State Library of Victoria (SLV) has announced the appointment of Anna Burkey as reader development and offsite programs manager. Burkey, who takes up the... Read more

International library news x

Bilbary inserts referral links for ebook sales on US library sites In the US, Bilbary has built a series of links on library websites that... Read more

eSmart Libraries program to be piloted in WA x

The eSmart Libraries program will be piloted in Western Australian regional libraries, reports the ABC. A spokesperson for the Alannah and Madeline Foundation told Bookseller+Publisher... Read more

SLQ budget increased amid concerns for QLD government department libraries x

The overall budget for the State Library of Queensland (SLQ) has been increased in the state’s 2012-2013 budget, the first budget to be delivered by... Read more

In Brief x

Free ‘Little Library’ at Melbourne Central The operators of Melbourne Central shopping centre have established a free ‘Little Library’ on the second level of the... Read more

International library news x

EIFL-PLIP recognises libraries contributing to community economic wellbeing The Electronic Information for Libraries Public Library Innovation Program (EIFL-PLIP) has announced the winners of this year’s... Read more

National Library to share in $1 million from Federal Govt for touring exhibitions x

The National Library of Australia (NLA) will receive $152,966 from the Federal Government to develop and tour three of its exhibitions. The NLA will receive... Read more

HarperCollins creates ‘Cranium Universe’ with Apple’s iBooks Author

It’s got videos, audio and interactive galleries and it won’t be printed, but ‘it is definitely a book to us, albeit one with more than... Read more

Rubbo, Pinkham and Harms on global pricing x

Readings’ Mark Rubbo believes a global price on books is necessary to give local booksellers a fighting chance. He writes: ‘One might say $40 for J... Read more

Burkey joins SLV x

Anna Burkey will join the State Library of Victoria as reader development and offsite programs manager this month. Burkey has relocated to Melbourne from Edinburgh,... Read more

Tang resigns from ‘Kill Your Darlings’

Estelle Tang has resigned from the position of online editor of Kill Your Darlings literary journal after three years.

Farmer to leave HarperCollins x

Christine Farmer will finish in her role as publicity and communications director for HarperCollins Australia and New Zealand this month, following an amalgamation of the... Read more

Wright joins Hinkler Books x

Stirling Wright has joined Hinkler Books as NSW Trade Sales Representative. Wright has previously worked for Seekmedia, Next Chapter Books and as NSW Trade Representative... Read more

Sherwin-Stark to join Bloomsbury x

Louise Sherwin-Stark will join Bloomsbury Australia as managing director in November. Sherwin-Stark, currently ebook merchandiser for Google Australia, replaces Kathleen Farrar, who is relocating to... Read more

Changes at Hachette x

Hachette Australia has announced that CEO Malcolm Edwards will retire at the end of 2013. Edwards will retire from his roles in a number of... Read more

Caffin returns to BBWF x

Former Byron Bay Writers’ Festival (BBWF) director Jeni Caffin will return to the festival as director in November. Caffin, who has spend the past two... Read more

New premises for Intext Book Company, Language International x

Foreign language book distributor Intext Book Company has moved from its location on Lynch Street in Hawthorn, Melbourne, to new premises on Station Street, Kew.... Read more

Society of Editors (NSW): Professional Development Workshop x

The Society of Editors (NSW) Inc is running a workshop on InDesign for Editors (CS6), presented by Alpha Computer Consultants on Friday 19 October, from... Read more

APA Professional Development: Start Fixed Up Proper Way? x

Editing Indigenous content and working with Indigenous authors is the subject of a newly developed workshop supported by the Literature Board, Australia Council for the... Read more

National Editors' accreditation exam: registration closing soon x

Editors have until Friday, 14 September to register for the 2012 accreditation exam. The exam will be held in all state capitals and in Canberra... Read more

Indexing Demystified x

The Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers (ANZSI), Vic Branch will be conducting introductory level indexing workshops in Melbourne, 1-2 October, 2012. Attend for... Read more

Indigenous Literacy Foundation function: Save the date x

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation will be holding a fundraising trivia night on Wednesday November 14 at Souths on Chalmers, Redfern. There will be special guests,... Read more

Australian Booksellers Association: Invitation to WA Booksellers x

Following the visit of Michelle Bansen to Perth in August, ABA chief executive Joel Becker will be in Perth on Monday, 17th September, and invites... Read more

Fourth Estate congratulates Hilary Mantel, author of ‘Bring up the Bodies’ x

Fourth Estate/HarperCollins Publishers Australia would like to congratulate Hilary Mantel for being shortlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize for her novel, Bring up the Bodies. HarperCollins Publishing Director Shona Martyn says:  “Hilary Mantel’s Bring up the Bodies is another tour de force from the author of 2009 winner Wolf Hall.  Let us hope that Thomas Cromwell, the focus of the book, can triumph a second time in the awards as he did so many times in life.”

To order copies of Bring up the Bodies (ISBN: 9780007353583 (TPB) / 9780007315093 (HC)), 2009 Man Booker winner, Wolf Hall (ISBN: 9780007230204) and Hilary’s backlist titles, please contact Harper Entertainment Distribution customer service on 1300-551-721.


Allen & Unwin represents three of the six books on the 2012 Man Booker shortlist x

Allen & Unwin is thrilled at the news that Jeet Thayil’s Narcopolis, Deborah Levy’s Swimming Home and Will Self’s Umbrella have been shortlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.
Narcopolis Jeet Thayil 9780571275762 (Faber & Faber) $29.99
Swimming Home Deborah Levy 9780571299607 (Faber & Faber/And Other Stories) $19.99 B paperback original
Umbrella Will Self 9781408832097 (Bloomsbury) $27.99
Jeet Thayil was in Australia this month at the Brisbane Writers Festival where his rich and hallucinatory novel Narcopolis was celebrated by fellow writers, journalists and the public. 
Deborah Levy’s Swimming Home was recently announced by Faber as a co-publication with small independent publisher And Other Stories, following its longlisting:
‘Deborah Levy’s storytelling is allusive, elliptical and disturbing. Her touch is gentle, often funny and always acute. This amazing novel is a haunting exploration of loss and longing. She is also strong on suspense, leading the reader to a hugely surprising end…. It has an epic quality. This is a prizewinner.’  The Independent

Warm congratulations to Jeet Thayil and Deborah Levy and Faber & Faber and to Will Self and Bloomsbury from everyone at Allen & Unwin.

Stock of all three shortlisted books will be available by 25 September.
To order please contact your Allen & Unwin account manager or UBD 1800-338-836


NewSouth Books: Science Awards Winners x

NewSouth Books congratulates Rob Brooks, author of Sex, Genes, and Rock ‘n’ Roll on winning the Science Writer Award at the inaugural Queensland Literary Awards. And congratulations also to Rob Brander, author of The Essential Beach Book, for his recently awarded Eureka Prize. 

For orders, contact:
NewSouth Books
c/o T L Distribution
Phone: (02) 8778-9999
Fax: (02) 8778-9944
Email: orders@tldistribution.com.au


Farmer to leave HarperCollins x

Christine Farmer is leaving HarperCollins and wants to thank everyone for their kind words. Her personal email is christinefarmer01@gmail.com or her usual mobile 0407-402-890. (See news.)




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