Weekly Book Newsletter
21 November 2012

Bookworld launches Christmas TV advertising campaign x

Following the launch of its ‘Bookworld Price Guarantee’ to beat Amazon’s prices by 10%, online bookseller Bookworld has launched a Christmas television advertising campaign. The... Read more

Powell to join NSW Writers’ Centre x

Rose Powell will join the New South Wales Writers’ Centre on 10 December in the role of projects officer for events and festivals. Powell, who... Read more

Cartland wins inaugural Overland Victoria University prize x

Literary journal Overland has announced that Tara Cartland’s story ‘Frank O’Hara’s Animals’ is the winner of the inaugural $6000 Overland Victoria University Short Story Prize... Read more

Goldsworthy to examine Australian review culture in ‘ABR’ fellowship x

The Australian Book Review (ABR) has announced that Kerryn Goldsworthy will be the ABR Ian Potter Foundation Fellow, and will ‘write a feature article on the... Read more

Kershaw wins Blake Poetry Prize for ‘Altar Rock’ x

Western Australian poet Graham Kershaw has won the fifth Blake Poetry Prize for his poem ‘Altar Rock’, which addresses the mixed inheritance of white settlement... Read more

ILF trivia night raises more than $14,500 x

More than $14,500 was raised for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) at a trivia night in Sydney on 14 November. ILF executive director Karen Williams told... Read more

Dromer replaces Poiree at Nielsen BookData NZ x

David Dromer has replaced Martine Poiree as sales and marketing manager at Nielsen BookData New Zealand. The Publishers Association of New Zealand reports that Dromer... 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

International Library News x

Penguin expands US ebook library lending In the US, Penguin will launch a new ebook library lending pilot program with Baker & Taylor this year,... Read more

In brief x

SLV launches dome anniversary celebrations The State Library of Victoria has officially launched a year-long celebration to mark the 100th anniversary of the library’s iconic... Read more

Stonnington Literary Festival x

The inaugural Stonnington Literary Festival [untitled] ran from 15-18 November in the City of Stonnington in Melbourne.   Author Shane Maloney launched the festival at Prahran... Read more

Bill to scrap library fees defeated in NZ Parliament x

A private members’ bill that sought to scrap borrowing fees in New Zealand public libraries was defeated in its first hearing in the New Zealand... 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

Industry responses to Dattner’s open letter on workplace flexibility x

Several weeks ago we published an open letter to the publishing industry from Zoe Dattner calling for greater flexibility in the workplace, in particular, to encourage... Read more

‘Joyful Strains: Expat Writers on Making Australia Home’ (ed by Kent MacCarter & Ali Lemer) x

This broad collection of migration stories is an example of a good idea backed up by an excellent execution. Many of the contributors are known... Read more

Powell to join NSW Writers’ Centre x

Rose Powell will join the New South Wales Writers’ Centre on 10 December as projects officer for events and festivals. Powell, who will finish in her... Read more

Keele to leave Australia Council x

The Australia Council for the Arts has announced that CEO Kathy Keele will step down from her role at the end of the year. Executive... Read more

Neil expands role at Kobo x

Kobo’s Malcolm Neil has taken on responsibility for the ebook provider’s vendor relations in the Asia Pacific region, expanding his previous role of director of vendor... Read more

Dromer joins Nielsen BookData NZ x

David Dromer has replaced Martine Poiree as sales and marketing manager at Nielsen BookData New Zealand. (See news.)

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.)

ASA annual mentorship program for unpublished writers and book illustrators x

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has announced that applications will for the 2012-2013 Annual Mentorship Program for unpublished writers and book illustrators will open... Read more

APA Professional Development: 2013 calendar preview – feedback & expressions of interest sought x

We are pleased to announce the following workshops for 2013. Some workshops will be available to book in December 2012 however please note that most... Read more

News and reviews from Finch Publishing x

If you do not already receive our Booksellers’ Brief with regular publishing and publicity updates from Finch Publishing, please forward your email address to laura@finch.com.au. We aim to keep all booksellers, big and small, updated about our program. Finch is a leading Australian publisher of parenting and mental health titles as well as of Australian memoirs.


Crime & Justice Festival Thanks x

Mary Dalmau and colleagues thanks all those who helped make the 2012 Crime & Justice festival a success in its fifth year, and first year in the literary heart of Collins Street. In particular, we thank Simon Clews and Benno Rentinck without whom we would not be able to run this unique festival. Special thanks to Allison Belcher and her colleagues at The Melbourne Athenaeum Library and Kay Craddock of Kay Craddock-Antiquarian Bookseller. We are honoured to partner with Allison and Kay in new literary initiatives for Collins Street and Melbourne. Anne at the Collins Street Baptist Church and Lynda at The Stamford Plaza Melbourne were major supporters of our festival. Of course, the festival would not happen without our authors, publishers, booksellers and volunteers. Thanks to our International Patron, Ian Rankin, for his generous support of this one-of-a-kind festival and to Kerry Greenwood, our Australian patron, who is unfailingly loyal to us. On to next year….Mary Dalmau


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.




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