Weekly Book Newsletter
8 November 2012

‘Strong attendance’ at first GenreCon x

Approximately 135 writers, editors and agents attended the inaugural GenreCon in Sydney over the weekend. The conference for Australian genre writers, run by the Queensland... Read more

Walkley Book Award Shortlist 2012 x

The Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance has announced the shortlist for the Walkley Book Award. The shortlisted titles are: Mine-Field: The Dark Side of Australia’s Resources... Read more

2012 YABBA winners announced

The winners of the 2012 Young Australian’s Best Book Awards (YABBAs) have been announced. The winning titles are: Fiction Years 7-9: Phoenix Files: Arrival (Chris... Read more

RHA to use NetGalley for electronic ARCs x

Random House Australia has announced that it will be using the NetGalley platform ‘as a way of providing electronic advanced reading copies’. The publisher’s sister... Read more

S&S Australia celebrates 25 years x

Simon & Schuster Australia is celebrating its 25th anniversary next Tuesday with an ‘intimate party’ in Sydney as well as a visit from S&S UK... Read more

Booktopia, Bookworld to participate in Click Frenzy online promotion x

Online booksellers Booktopia and Bookworld are among approximately 100 Australian retailers that will participate in a 24-hour online-only promotion this month. Click Frenzy is run... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Global English-language rights will become more and more prevalent, as will simultaneous worldwide publishing. Where this leaves author tours, writers festivals and associated marketing, which... Read more

ACCC ‘aware’ of Penguin, Random House proposed merger x

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has told Bookseller+Publisher that it is ‘aware’ of the proposed merger between Penguin and Random House. An ACCC... Read more

Bookworld offers to beat Amazon by 10% x

Online bookseller Bookworld has launched a ‘Bookworld Price Guarantee’ for its loyalty club members, offering to beat Amazon’s prices by 10%. Under the promotion, which... Read more

Australians, New Zealander on 2013 Carnegie, Greenaway longlists

The nominations for the 2013 CILIP Carnegie Medal and the 2013 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal have been announced. Australian authors Morris Gleitzman and Margo Lanagan... Read more

Miller wins $60,000 Melbourne Prize for Literature; Sherborne takes out Best Writing Prize

Alex Miller has won the 2012 Melbourne Prize for Literature, presented every three years to a Victorian author ‘whose body of published or produced work... Read more

Program for 2012 Crime and Justice Festival launched x

Reader’s Feast bookshop in Melbourne has announced the program for its annual Crime and Justice Festival. This year’s festival will run from 16 to 18 November,... Read more

O’Hanlon appointed CEO at Varuna

Varuna, the Writers’ House, has announced that Jansis O’Hanlon will join the writers’ centre in the role of chief executive officer. O’Hanlon, who will begin... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Jamie Oliver’s latest time-saving cookbook, Jamie’s 15-Minute Meals (Michael Joseph) has risen to the top of the bestsellers chart and sits in second place on... Read more

New keynote speaker at SPUNC conference x

The organisers of the SPUNC Independent Publishers Conference, being held in Melbourne on 8 and 9 November, have announced that Peter Donoughue will replace Thomas... Read more

Ewing wins 2012 Lady Cutler Award x

Robyn Ewing of Sydney University has been named the recipient of this year’s Lady Cutler Award for Distinguished Services to Children’s Literature. The award, which... Read more

Quinlan appointed Stella Prize manager

The Stella Prize has announced that Megan Quinlan has been appointed to the role of prize manager. The Stella Prize team said in a statement that... Read more

NSW Premier’s Literary and History Awards shortlists announced

The shortlists for this year’s New South Wales Premier’s Literary and History Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles for book-related categories of the NSW... Read more

Scott, Heiss nominated for Australian of the Year Awards

Authors Kim Scott and Anita Heiss are among the state and territory finalists for the 2013 Australian of the Year Awards. Scott is one of... Read more

New ASA website x

The Australian Society of Authors has relaunched its website at www.asaauthors.org. The new site includes a dedicated news section, as well as an events calendar,... Read more

Booktopia ranked 96 on ‘BRW’ Fast 100 list x

Online bookseller Booktopia was ranked 96th on this year’s BRW (Business Review Weekly) Fast 100 list. The rankings were revealed at an event in Sydney... Read more

Dymocks launches podcasts x

Dymocks has begun producing podcasts, launching with a discussion of J K Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy and thus far including interviews with Pamela Stephenson and... Read more

Next round of Wheeler Centre fellowships announced x

The Wheeler Centre has announced its next round of ‘hot desk’ fellowships, sponsored by Readings. The successful applicants in this round are Oliver Mol, who... Read more

Wood to launch long-form interview magazine x

Author Charlotte Wood is launching a soft-copy subscription magazine, to be produced as a PDF file sent to subscribers by email, called The Writer’s Room... Read more

HarperCollins US signs agreement with RR Donnelly to ‘create one centralised warehouse’ x

In the US, HarperCollins has signed an agreement with distributor RR Donnelly that ‘will create one centralised warehouse that will serve as the distribution site... Read more

Firefox allows new ‘send to Kindle’ button x

Internet browser Mozilla Firefox has added a feature that allows content publishers to add a button enabling readers to send web content to their Kindle.... Read more

Plans to launch Canadian women’s literary award x

In Canada, Thomas Allen editorial director Janice Zawerbny has begun taking steps to develop a literary award that will recognise fiction written by Canadian women.... Read more

Bertelsmann to acquire 100% of Random House Mondadori x

Random House parent company Bertelsmann has announced it has agreed to purchase all shares in Random House Mondadori, its trade book publisher in Spain and Latin... Read more

‘419’ wins Scotiabank Giller Prize x

The novel 419 by Will Ferguson (Penguin) has won the C$50,000 (A$48,000) Scotiabank Giller Prize. Ferguson’s novel was chosen by judges Roddy Doyle, Gary Shteyngart... Read more

Macmillan dictionaries online-only from 2013 x

Macmillan Dictionaries will only be available online from the new year, reports the Bookseller, which said Macmillan Education was currently printing the final ever physical... Read more

‘Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power’ wins business book of the year award x

Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power (Steve Coll, imprint) has won the £30,000 (A$46,000) Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award.... Read more

Pan Mac to offer creative writing sessions in the UK x

In the UK, Pan Macmillan has announced it will begin offering creative writing tutoring, reports the Bookseller. The publisher will begin running events called Notebook... Read more

Sony launches iPhone reading app x

Sony has launched an iOS reading app. The software company has elected not to include access to its ebookstore in the app, thereby avoiding giving... Read more

Retailers to sell to consumers at BEA x

Book Expo America (BEA) events director Steve Rosato has announced that the book fair will again host consumers for the final day of the event... Read more

International Library News x

UK report says all those involved in libraries ‘need to work harder’ In the UK, the Culture, Media and Sport select committee report into library... Read more

In brief x

NSW Library Council calls for more public library funding The Library Council of New South Wales has used the Local Government Association of NSW conference... Read more

NZ librarian wins Betty Gilderdale Award x

Hamilton-based librarian and children’s literature specialist Gerri Judkins is the recipient of this year’s Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award. Judkins, who is currently the school librarian at Southwell... Read more

SLNSW to administer $200,000 grant for Moree Indigenous centre x

The State Library of New South Wales (SLNSW) will administer funding of $200,000 for the Dhiiyaan Aboriginal Centre in Moree on behalf of the NSW... Read more

NLA, SLNSW recognised at Museums Australia awards x

The National Library of Australia (NLA) and the State Library of New South Wales (SLNSW) have won multiple awards in this year’s Museums Australia Multimedia... Read more

Tim Coronel: What next for the Australian publishing industry? x

Former Bookseller+Publisher publisher Tim Coronel gave a speech at the Wheeler Centre today as part of the SPUNC Independent Publishers Conference. He said: ‘Nielsen BookScan’s pie... Read more

Jenna Austen’s ‘The Romance Diaries’ x

The Romance Diaries is a fun, fast-paced and modern read for lovers of the Clueless style of Jane Austen updates. In this first book in... Read more

O’Hanlon appointed CEO at Varuna x

Jansis O’Hanlon will join Varuna, the Writers’ House, in the role of chief executive officer at the end of November. O’Hanlon replaces Lis Bastian, who finished in... Read more

Quinlan joins Stella Prize x

Megan Quinlan has joined the Stella Prize in the role of prize manager. Quinlan has previously worked as a bookseller, an editor at the Monthly... Read more

APA Professional Development: Only 6 Places on the Last Workshop of the Year x

Fixed Up Proper Way? Editing Indigenous content, working with Indigenous authors. Sydney: Wednesday 14 November; Melbourne: Thursday 22 November. 9.30am – 5pm This event has... Read more

Call for Entries for the 2013 Commonwealth Book Prize and Commonwealth Short Story Prize x

The Commonwealth Foundation is calling for entries for the 2013 Commonwealth Book Prize and Commonwealth Short Story Prize.  Awarded for best first book, the Commonwealth... Read more

Public symposium on the future of writing in a digital age – 13 & 14 November x

Writers, publishers, journalists and media academics will come together to discuss the challenges and opportunities open to writers and publishers in the digital age, at... Read more

Unwin Trust Fellowship – Applications open x

Applications are now invited for the 2013 Unwin Trust Fellowship. The Fellowship, enabling a member of the Australian book trade to visit the UK for... Read more

Allen & Unwin Congratulates Alex Miller x

Allen & Unwin is thrilled to congratulate Alex Miller on winning the Melbourne Prize for Literature 2012. Alex is a very deserving winner and A&U... Read more

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