Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
14 November 2012

Jill Stark’s ‘High Sobriety: My Year without Booze’ x

‘I was the binge-drinking health reporter. During the week, I wrote about Australia’s booze-soaked culture. At the weekends, I wrote myself off.’ A senior journalist... 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

ACBA conference kicks off x

The Australian Campus Booksellers Association (ACBA) annual conference kicked off yesterday in Brisbane with a day-long training program by Doug Fleener. The conference, which runs... Read more

New buying team for Avenue Bookstore x

Independent Melbourne bookshop Avenue Bookstore has made some changes to its book buying team following the departure of head book buyer Gina Collis in August.... Read more

Duffy to join University Book Shop Otago x

The Board of the University Book Shop Otago, in New Zealand, has announced the appointment of Phillippa Duffy to the role of general manager. Duffy... Read more

PMP to cut jobs x

PMP, parent company of Griffin Press, has announced it is making ‘headcount reductions’ as part of the second phase of its ‘transformation plan’. However, Ben... Read more

Wootten wins NZ mid-career writers grant x

The New Zealand Society of Authors has announced that Dunedin poet and novelist Sue Wootten is the winner of its new award for a mid-career... Read more

'ABR' patrons to fund $10,000 ‘critic in residence’ x

The Australian Book Review (ABR) has announced it will soon appoint its first ‘critic in residence’. Funded by the magazine’s patrons, ‘this will be an... 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

Government to combine National Year of Reading, Let’s Read campaigns in 2013 x

The Federal Government has announced that that the National Year of Reading (NYR) Love2Read brand will continue after this year, with the campaign to be... Read more

International Library News x

Simon & Schuster ‘in discussions’ with libraries about ebook lending In the US, Simon & Schuster CEO Carolyn Reidy has said that the company has... Read more

In brief x

NLA announces new curatorship The National Library of Australia (NLA) has established the James and Bettison Treasures Curatorship, an endowed curatorship ‘established thanks to the... Read more

SLNSW receives $32.6 million to improve digital access x

The State Library of New South Wales (SLNSW) has announced the launch of ‘two multi-million dollar projects which will provide unprecedented, worldwide access’ to the... Read more

Miller, Funder most popular local nominations for IMPAC award x

The longlist of the 154 titles nominated for the 2013 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award has been announced. The titles have been nominated by libraries in... 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

Peter Donoughue on the publishing industry’s ‘shameful’ wars, and the future for small publishers x

In Peter Donoughue’s keynote address at the Small Press Network’s Independent Publishers Conference, he argued that the publishing industry has been fighting too many ‘shameful wars’. ‘The industry went... 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

MUP moves office x

Melbourne University Publishing has moved into new offices at Level 1, 11-15 Argyle Place, South Carlton, Victoria. (See news.)

Staff changes at S&S x

Simon & Schuster has announced several staff changes. Kate Cubitt has been promoted to sales director; national account manager Sharon Bryant has been promoted with new... Read more

Lambert joins ABA committee of management x

Leesa Lambert, owner of Melbourne children’s bookshop The Little Bookroom, has joined the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) committee of management. (See news.)

Duffy to join University Book Shop Otago x

The Board of the University Book Shop Otago, in New Zealand, has announced the appointment of Phillippa Duffy to the role of general manager. She... Read more

Changes at Avenue Bookstore x

Independent Melbourne bookshop Avenue Bookstore has made some changes to its book buying team following the departure of head book buyer Gina Collis in August.... Read more

Changes at Auckland Writers & Readers Festival x

Anne O’Brien has been appointed as festival director of Auckland Writers & Readers Festival (AWRF) beginning 1 January. (See news.)

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

APA Professional Development: 2013 Calendar Preview – Expressions of Interest sought x

Thank you for your support of our program in 2012.  APA PD is delighted to tempt you with the workshop topics to be covered in... 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

Aboriginal Studies Press congratulates shortlisted author x

Aboriginal Studies Press congratulates Russell McGregor on his shortlisting for the 2012 NSW Premier’s History Award – Australian History Prize for his book Indifferent Inclusion: Aboriginal people and the Australian nation.  ISBN 9780855757793  RRP $39.95. Aboriginal Studies Press titles are distributed by Newsouth Books.


Constant Reader Changes Hands x

After 33 Years Peter Kirby has retired from the Constant Reader bookshop effective the 5th of November 2012. He has sold the business to Jay Lansdown, the store Manager for the past 4 years. Jay will be continuing the traditions of the Constant Reader including the popular Writers at Stanton program, he is looking forward to owning the Crows Nest icon and growing the business into the future.


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 are delighted with this outstanding result. ‘A&U is extremely proud to publish Alex’s rich body of work of award-winning, critically acclaimed novels. His books delight many thousands of readers around the world and this award is utterly deserved.’ Annette Barlow, Publisher.

To view books by Alex Miller please click here.




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