Weekly Book Newsletter
26 September 2012

NZ's Chief Censor allows unrestricted sale of Fifty Shades x

A decision by New Zealand’s Chief Censor that allows unrestricted sale of global best seller Fifty Shades of Grey has been welcomed by the book’s local publisher, Random... Read more

HGE opens up Ampersand Project to all YA genres x

Hardie Grant Egmont (HGE) has announced that its Ampersand Project will accept manuscripts across all young adult genres this year. The publisher launched the project... Read more

2012 Galley Club Awards shortlists announced x

The shortlists for this year’s Galley Club Awards for book and magazine production have been announced. Finalists have been announced in 15 categories, including three... Read more

Rodda resigns as Auckland writers festival GM x

Anne Rodda has resigned from her position as general manager of the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival, reports Booksellers New Zealand. Rodda, who has worked... Read more

Ryding to leave NSW Writers’ Centre x

The New South Wales Writers’ Centre has announced that executive director David Ryding is leaving the centre to join the Australia Council for the Arts... Read more

Creative Clunes announces international events x

Creative Clunes, the organisation behind the annual Clunes Booktown Festival in regional Victoria, has announced that it is working on four cultural and arts programs... Read more

Ashton Wylie award winner announced x

The God Franchise: A Theory of Everything (Alan Dawe, Life Magic Publishing) is the winner of this year’s Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Book Award in... Read more

National Young Writers Festival program launched x

The program for this year’s National Young Writers Festival, part of the This is Not Art (TiNA) festival in Newscastle, has been launched. The program,... Read more

Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction longlist announced x

The longlist for this year’s Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction has been announced in the UK. To view the longlisted titles, see the Bookseller+Publisher website... Read more

HarperVoyager to accept unsolicited manuscripts in October x

HarperCollins’ science-fiction and fantasy imprint HarperVoyager has announced that it will accept unsolicited manuscripts for digital publication in Australia, the UK and the US for... Read more

Council endorses new Geelong Library design x

The Greater Geelong City Council in regional Victoria has endorsed a design proposed by Melbourne architects for the new Geelong Library and Heritage Centre. The... Read more

International Library News x

Macmillan US developing ebook lending pilot program In the US, Macmillan has said that it is working on a pilot program for ebook lending in... Read more

In brief x

Renovated Torquay Library reopens The Torquay Library in regional Victoria reopened on 22 September after being closed for renovations for four weeks. According to a... Read more

New research shows value of Queensland public libraries

New research commissioned by the State Library of Queensland (SLQ) has found that every $100 invested in Queensland public libraries by state and local governments during 2010-2011 delivered... Read more

International Library News x

Hachette increases ebook prices for libraries According to OverDrive in the US, Hachette will increase backlist ebook prices (over 3500 titles with release dates of April... Read more

In Brief x

ALIA to host ‘Information Online’ conference ‘ALIA Information Online 2013’ will be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre from Tuesday 12 – Friday 15... Read more

NLA Fellowships announced x

The National Library of Australia (NLA) has announced the recipients of the 2013 National Library Fellowships.  David Lee is the 2013 Minerals Council of Australia Fellow and... Read more

Selecting the ‘Summer Reading Guide’ x

Catherine Schulz, manager of Fullers Bookshop Hobart, is one of a group of independent booksellers around Australia who meet once a year for an intense caffeine-fuelled... Read more

Man Booker: Even if you can get the shortlisted titles, will they sell?

With some titles from ‘comparatively miniscule independent presses’ on this year’s Man Booker shortlist, stocking all the books in the running has been harder than... Read more

Ramona Koval’s ‘By the Book: A Reader’s Guide to Life’ x

Imagine you are sitting in a cosy lounge room somewhere, chatting with literary journalist Ramona Koval about her life and reading interests. There are casual... Read more

Robin Baker’s ‘Chasing the Sun’ x

Chasing the Sun is a story about vampires who definitely don’t sparkle. Rather, they take drugs, wear sunglasses at night and have jobs in fields... Read more

Rodda to leave Auckland writers festival x

Anne Rodda has resigned from her position as general manager of the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival. Rodda, who has worked for the festival since... Read more

Changes at SWF x

Renee Senogles, currently publicity manager at Allen & Unwin, will join the Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF) on 2 October in the newly created position of... Read more

Brundle promoted at Hardie Grant Media x

Clare Brundle has been promoted to the role of general manager for Hardie Grant Media, the custom publishing arm of Hardie Grant Publishing. Brundle, who... Read more

Ryding to leave NSW Writers’ Centre x

The New South Wales Writers’ Centre has announced that executive director David Ryding is leaving the centre to join the Australia Council for the Arts... Read more

APA Professional Development x

For more information and to register for any workshop please visit http://www.publishers.asn.au/training.cfm? Defining the New Marketing Mix – Melbourne only What are the challenges faced... Read more

APA calls for expressions of interest to attend the Taipei International Book Exhibition 2013 (TIBE) x

In an Australia Council initiative delivered in partnership with Austrade and the Australian Publishers Association (APA), the APA is calling for expressions of interest to... Read more

Independent Publishers Conference 2012 x

Registrations are now open for a new industry conference for independent publishers. When: 8 and 9 November 2012 Where: The Wheeler Centre, Melbourne On 8... Read more

The 36th Galley Club Awards x

The 36th Galley Club awards, featuring performer, writer and comedian Jean Kittson as guest MC, will be held on Friday 19 October 2012. Time: 6.30pm... Read more

Cengage Learning’s Higher Education and Vocational & Professional Group 1 October 2012 price review x

Cengage Learning’s Higher Education and Vocational & Professional Group will be implementing a price review as of 1 October 2012. 

All new orders and backorders released will reflect the new prices as of this date.


Man Booker Prize Shortlist Update x

Allen & Unwin now represents an unprecedented five out of six shortlisted novels for this year’s Man Booker Prize with The Lighthouse by Alison Moore and The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng added to its stellar line-up. Allen & Unwin is particularly proud and excited to bring to Australian readers these fresh new voices, unavailable in our market until now.
The shortlisted books A&U represents, with their available dates, are as follows:

  • The Garden of Evening Mists Tan Twan Eng 9781905802623 (Myrmidon)  $29.99 tpb Available 1 Oct
  • The Lighthouse Alison Moore 9780857869951 (Canongate) $19.99 B pb Available 1 Oct
  • Narcopolis Jeet Thayil 9780571275762 (Faber & Faber) $29.99 tpb Available 26 Sept
  • Swimming Home Deborah Levy 9780571299607 (Faber & Faber/& Other Stories) $19.99 B pb Available now
  • Umbrella Will Self 9781408832097 (Bloomsbury) $27.99 Available now

Place your orders now to take advantage of the media coverage surrounding the shortlist in the lead up to the forthcoming announcement of the winner on 16 October.
Please contact your Allen & Unwin account manager or UBD 1800-338-836.


Hachette Australia ‘The Casual Vacancy’ Announcement x

On the eve of the world wide publication of The Casual Vacancy, the first novel for adults by J K Rowling, Hachette Australia would like to sincerely thank all our customers for the collaboration and preparations made to bring this book into the world.

We thank you for your support, applaud your creative marketing ideas, your adherence to the necessary signed agreements and your enthusiasm for this unique project so eagerly awaited by readers across the world. Boxes may be opened and books sold from 5pm tomorrow evening – Thursday 27 September (3pm in WA and 4.30pm in SA and the NT).

Then, tomorrow night at 8pm, watch the exclusive ABC TV special ‘J K Rowling: Life After Potter’ Jennifer Byrne’s fabulous interview with J K Rowling, which was recorded in Edinburgh this August. All other media rolls out from Friday morning. Please remember reorders in multiples of 12 will be prioritised for speedy replenishment and please also note that ADS will be closed on Monday 1 Oct for the Labour Day public holiday so please take that into account when planning your reorders.




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