Weekly Book Newsletter
31 October 2012

Sara Foster’s 'Shallow Breath' x

Some mystery novels ease into the story, and others just thrust you into the middle of everything and let you sort it all out yourself.... Read more

Judith Lucy’s ‘Drink Smoke Pass Out: An Unlikely Spiritual Journey’ x

I jumped at the chance to review this, the second of Judith Lucy’s memoirs. I found her first go at the genre (The Lucy Family... Read more

‘Aurealis’ seeks official recognition x

Australian fantasy and science-fiction journal Aurealis has launched a subscriptions drive, which it says will help it obtain official recognition as a professional market by... Read more

Victorian Community History Awards announced x

The Art of Being Melbourne by Maree Coote (Melbournestyle Books) has won the $5000 Victorian Community History Award, presented on 23 October at the National Gallery... Read more

QWC/Hachette Australia Manuscript Development Program writers announced x

The Queensland Writers Centre (QWC)/Hachette Australia Manuscript Development Program has announced the nine writers who will attend the program’s retreat this year. The writers are: Florence Bridger, Bill Collopy, Katrina... Read more

Readings forms event partnership with 'The Monthly' x

Readings has partnered with The Monthly magazine to host a series of political discussions on modern Australia, called The Monthly Talks. In the first session in August, professor Robert Manne and... Read more

Rakuten to launch online stores in Australia x

Kobo parent company Rakuten has announced plans to open new online stores in Australia and India, reports Inside Retail Asia. The Japanese online retailer said... Read more

Patrick White: best in literature for 2012 x

The Arts Issue of The Monthly (ed by Paul Grabowsky) has selected Patrick White as the best in literature for the magazine’s feature ‘The best of Australian... Read more

Seaway acquires Intramar x

Seaway Logistics has announced it will purchase the business and assets of freight forwarder Intramar, which was recently placed under the control of receivers PPB... Read more

International Library News x

Random House clarifies library ebook ownership claim In the US, Random House vice president of library and academic sales Skip Dye has clarified his recent... Read more

Bill to scrap library fees to be heard in NZ Parliament x

A private members’ bill to scrap borrowing fees in New Zealand public libraries is likely to have its first hearing the New Zealand parliament next... Read more

NLA pilots Tessella’s SDB digital preservation software x

The National Library of Australia (NLA) has commenced a trial of the Safety Deposit Box (SDB) software from UK-based company Tessella as part of its... Read more

In brief x

Lu Rees Archives on display in Canberra libraries As part of the 2012 Boundless Festival of Australian Children’s Literature, 88 items from the Lu Rees... Read more

International Library News x

Libraries own ebooks, says Random House The issue of library ebook ownership is receiving renewed attention after Random House in the US reiterated its position... Read more

In Brief x

New Williamstown Library open A new library in Williamstown in Melbourne’s west was officially opened in September. The $8.1 million facility was funded by the... Read more

Zoe Dattner’s open letter to the industry x

When Zoe Dattner began working in publishing 12 years ago, ‘highly skilled and experienced women working in all aspects of publishing would go off “on... Read more

Does the cookbook industry need a gastric bypass? x

‘Here at Books for Cooks, we are looking long and hard at the forthcoming publishers’ catalogues and book lists for Christmas. It’s with a mixture... Read more

Hayes to leave Australia Council x

Susan Hayes will retire from her position as director of the Literature Board of the Australia Council for the Arts in December. (See news.)

Watkins joins Better Read Than Dead x

Robert Watkins, outgoing marketing manager for Hachette imprints Hodder & Headline, will join independent Sydney bookstore Better Read Than Dead as store manager and buyer... Read more

Changes at Booksellers NZ x

Mary Sangster of the Children’s Bookshop Christchurch has been elected chair of the board of Booksellers NZ, replacing Hamish Wright of Wright’s Bookshop, who will... Read more

New roles at Exisle x

Exisle Publishing owner Benny St John Thomas has stepped down as sales and marketing director, taking on the role of rights director in August this... Read more

Barton joins Bookworld x

Melanie Barton has joined Bookworld—the division of Pearson Australia which operates the Angus & Robertson (A&R) and the recently rebranded Borders online businesses—as senior category... Read more

Kandel joins 'Kill Your Darlings' x

Imogen Kandel has been appointed online editor of Kill Your Darlings (KYD) literary journal. She was previously the marketing assistant at Melbourne Writers Festival and prior to... Read more

The Society of Editors (NSW) Inc. Event x

‘Flying solo: setting up your own editing business’ When: Wednesday 14 November 2012, 9.30am to 4.30pm Presented by Lyn Fernance, Julie Harders, Denise Holden and... Read more

Hardie Grant Egmont Now Taking Submissions for The Ampersand Project 2013 x

The Ampersand Project, an initiative created by Hardie Grant Egmont (HGE), will be accepting submissions for its second year from Thursday 1 November 2012.  Run... Read more

Call for nominations for 2013 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards x

The State Library of NSW has announced the opening of nominations for the 2013 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Administered by the State Library of NSW,... Read more

‘Tales From the Political Trenches’ By Maxine McKew x

Tales From the Political Trenches By Maxine McKew
ISBN 978-0-522-86221-8 PRICE $29.99
epub ISBN 978-0-522-86222-5 PRICE $24.99

Forthcoming Publicity

  • Following the exclusive serial agreement with Fairfax for extracts and interviews with Maxine McKew over the weekend, extensive print coverage continues with interviews and reviews in magazines such as Australian Spectator, The Monthly, The Weekly Review, Readings Monthly and Country Living.
  • Maxine begins a wide-reaching tour of the East Coast for the month of November with book events and signings in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane
  • Media interviews on a daily basis with an extensive list of radio interviews on 3AW, 2UE and local and regional ABC programs around the country. 
  • TV interviews including ABC’s Lateline, Sky, Ch 10’s The Project, Ch 9’s Today Show and ABC’s The Drum throughout next week.

Booksellers, order now with Random House on 1800-222-444


Melbourne Prize for Literature 2012 – exhibition, announcements and voting x

The exhibition of finalists in the $60,000 Melbourne Prize for Literature 2012 and $30,000 Best Writing Award 2012 opens Monday 5 November in the Atrium at Federation Square – the winners will be announced Wednesday 7 November at www.melbourneprize.org. Cast your vote online now, or in the catalogue during the exhibition, and have a chance to win a luxury stay at Sofitel Melbourne On Collins. Visit www.melbourneprize.org for further information.




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