Weekly Book Newsletter
5 December 2012

Nathan Luff’s ‘Bad Grammar’ x

Marcus is a great warrior—a dragonslayer! At least, he is online. Gaming is the one place he feels at home since his only friend Bashir... Read more

Stephen Downes’ ‘A Lasting Record’ x

Alongside Rubinstein and Horowitz, William Kapell was widely considered one of the three greatest pianists of his time. Kapell died in 1953 at the age... Read more

Kobo Mini, Glo available from Bookworld x

Online booksellers Bookworld and Angus & Robertson are now selling two of Kobo’s new ereading devices—the Kobo Mini and the Kobo Glo. The online stores... Read more

‘King Brown Country’ wins George Munster Award x

King Brown Country by Russell Skelton (A&U) has won the 2011 George Munster Award for Independent Journalism, presented by the University of Technology Sydney’s Australian Centre... Read more

Melbourne’s Westgarth Books closes x

Westgarth Books in Northcote, Melbourne, has closed, and its retail space is available for lease. The bookstore closed soon after holding a large ‘garage sale’ in September. Situated... Read more

Judges for new-look NZ Post awards announced

The judges for the 2013 New Zealand Post Book Awards have been announced. Listener book editor Guy Somerset, reo Māori author Paora Tibble, crime writer Vanda Symon... Read more

EWF announces digital publication mentorships x

The Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) is calling for applications for a six-month digital publication mentorship in 2013. The festival said in a statement that it... Read more

International Library News x

CILIP survey finds over 1000 UK library jobs in danger next year A new survey by the Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals (CILIP)... Read more

Evaluation of National Year of Reading due in early 2013 x

An academic evaluation of the 2012 National Year of Reading carried out by Edith Cowan University in Western Australia will be released in March/April next year.... Read more

In brief x

Fairfax Media donates 12,000 photos to NLA Fairfax Media has donated its collection of glass-plate negatives to the National Library of Australia. The collection includes... Read more

Bolinda to distribute Pan Macmillan and A&U ebooks into libraries x

Bolinda has announced a partnership with Pan Macmillan and Allen & Unwin to supply ebooks via its BorrowBox digital download platform into libraries and schools. The... Read more

International Library News x

Bilbary to launch e-lending service in December Ebook provider Bilbary has announced plans to launch an e-lending service in December, reports the Bookseller. Bilbary founder... Read more

In brief x

Brisbane libraries to waive fees for food this Christmas City libraries in Brisbane will waive overdue fees in exchange for canned food this Christmas. The... Read more

2012 NSW Marketing Awards for Public Libraries winners announced x

The winners of the 2012 New South Wales Marketing Awards for Public Libraries have been announced. The winning libraries and their programs are: Shoalhaven Libraries for... Read more

Virginia Lloyd on what Australian publishers want x

US-based Australian literary agent Virginia Lloyd recently travelled to Australia to meet with some of the major trade publishers. On her blog she summarises what Australian publishers are... Read more

Nielsen BookScan reveals top Oz authors in indie bookstores over Christmas x

Ever wondered which Australian authors are the most bankable in indie bookstores over Christmas? Nielsen BookScan has put together a list of Australian authors who... Read more

New office for Bloomsbury x

Bloomsbury Australia is moving from its current location on Kent Street in Sydney’s CBD to a new office on George Street. From 10 December the... Read more

New office for Affirm Press x

Melbourne-based publisher Affirm Press will move from its current premises in Mulgrave to a new office at 28 Thistlethwaite Street in South Melbourne this month.... Read more

Raye to join ILF x

Tina Raye will join the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) in the role of Indigenous program manager in January. Raye has previously worked in urban and... Read more

ABA (QLD) Xmas Party x

Australian Booksellers Association Xmas Party (Queensland Branch) Queensland ABA members are invited to meet, kick back and for a few precious hours relax with friends... Read more

Editors Victoria 2012 Christmas Dinner x

Date: Wednesday, 12 December 2012 Time: 6.30pm (for 7pm) Venue: CQ Functions, 113 Queen St (cnr Lt Collins St), Melbourne Silly Season is upon us... Read more

Notice of closing date for Lending Rights title claims x

Australian creators and publishers are invited to submit title claims for the 2013–14 Public Lending Right and Educational Lending Right programs. New claimants can now lodge... Read more

Entries are open for the 2013 Book Design Awards – 21 December deadline x

Last Friday the APA opened the entries for the 61st Annual Book Design Awards and will be taking entries until close of business on 21... Read more

Walkley Media Conference 2012 x

The Walkley Media Conference ‘What’s the Story: Capital Edition’ will be held in Canberra on 29-30 November. International guests include the US editor Aron Pilhofer... Read more

Murdoch Books Distribution Transfer x

From 1 January 2013 distribution of the Murdoch Books business will move from Harper Entertainment Distribution Services (HEDS) to United Book Distributors (UBD).

As part of this change, please be advised of the following key dates:

  • HEDS Australia and NZ will continue to invoice and supply titles from Murdoch Books and represented agencies until 31 December 2012. After 31 December 2012 HEDS Australia and NZ will cease supplying all titles from Murdoch Books and represented agencies.
  • From 1 January 2013 titles published by Murdoch Books, Pier 9, Constable & Robinson, Black Dog & Leventhal and Head of Zeus will be supplied by UBD for both Australia and New Zealand.
  • All backorders held on 31 December 2012 for Murdoch Books, Pier 9, Constable & Robinson, Black Dog & Leventhal and Head of Zeus will be transferred to UBD.
  • HEDS Australia and NZ will accept eligible returns for titles from Murdoch Books and its agencies until 31 March 2013. Return authorisation requests must be submitted to HEDS no later than 28 February 2013 for approval, and allreturns [which must be accompanied by a valid RA – i.e. dated on or before 28 February] must be received at HEDS’ warehouse no later than Friday 29 March 2013. Returns received at HEDS after this date will not be credited and will be returned to booksellers at their cost.
  • UBD will not accept any returns of books invoiced by HEDS for titles from Murdoch Books and its agencies.
  • All titles invoiced by UBD from 1 January 2013 for Murdoch Books and its agencies will be supplied under customers’ existing UBD trading terms.

For any further information please contact your Allen & Unwin Account Manager, or Mary-Jayne House on mary-jayneh@murdochbooks.com.au.


The Five Mile Press congratulates Elizabeth Long x

The Five Mile Press congratulates Elizabeth Long, whose international cookbook The Junior Gourmet is the Australian winner of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. The Junior Gourmet is a recipe book for sophisticated young chefs with recipes from all over the world. To stock up on The Junior Gourmet ($19.95; ISBN: 9781743003749) for Christmas, please contact The Five Mile Press on (03) 8756-5500 or at customerservice@fivemile.com.au.


ASP congratulates Russell McGregor x

Aboriginal Studies Press congratulates Russell McGregor on winning the NSW Premier’s Prize for History.
Copies of Indifferent Inclusion: Aboriginal People and the Australian Nation (ISBN 9780855757793) can be ordered from distributor, NewSouthBooks.


MUP author wins 2012 NSW Premier's Literary Award x

MUP congratulates Mark McKenna whose sweeping portrait of Manning Clark in An Eye for Eternity: The Life of Manning Clark has won the 2012 NSW Premier’s Literary Award – The Douglas Stewart Prize.
An Eye for Eternity has previously been awarded:

  • Winner of the 2012 Prime Minister’s Literary Award – Non-Fiction award
  • Winner of the Non-Fiction Book award at the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards
  • Winner of the Non-Fiction Book award at the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards
  • Winner of the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature 2012 – Non-Fiction award
  • Shortlisted CAL Waverly Library Awards
  • Finalist for the 2011 Walkley Book awards
  • Shortlisted for the 2011 Manning Clark House National Cultural Award
  • Shortlisted for the 2012 National Biography Award

An Eye for Eternity: The Life of Manning Clark by Mark McKenna
ISBN 978-0-522-85617-0 Price $54.99

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


HarperCollins Announces Publication Date for Ricky Ponting’s Autobiography x

HarperCollinsPublishers Australia is proud to announce that it will publish Ricky Ponting’s end-of-career autobiography in November 2013.  

Ricky Ponting, 37, who made his final Test appearance this week, is one of the greatest cricketers to have worn the baggy green.  He became Test captain of Australia in 2004 and remained in the post until handing the job to Michael Clarke in 2011. He is the highest Australian run-scorer of all time in Tests and one-day international cricket, behind only India’s Sachin Tendulkar among batsmen from all countries.  Ponting’s career highlights include 168 Test matches, an Australian record he shares with Steve Waugh.  He scored 13,378 runs in Test matches and 41 centuries. 

No Australian cricketer can match his Test hundreds record and his Test average (51.85) is third best among all Australian batsmen with 20 or more innings (behind only Don Bradman and Greg Chappell). Bradman is the only Australian to score more Test double centuries. Only India’s Rahul Dravid has taken more Test catches. No man has been a part of more Test victories. No captain has led his country to more Test wins.  

Ponting has been a HarperCollins author since 2003 and his autobiography will be his biggest project yet.  It will track, with his customary honesty, the journey from his childhood in Tasmania, playing for the Mowbray Cricket Club’s third-grade side at 11 years old, through the highs and lows of his extraordinary international career to his retirement and future plans.

HarperCollins Publishing Director, Shona Martyn, said:  ‘Ricky Ponting’s autobiography will head straight to the top of the bestseller lists next Christmas. Australian readers love cricket, love heroes and love strong sporting autobiographies — this book will deliver all three.’

For more information please contact:
Nicola Woods, Senior Publicity Manager, HarperCollins, Nicola.woods@harpercollins.com.au
Tel. (02) 9952-5004; mobile 0434-602-622.  


Footprint Books to cease distribution of New Society Publishers x

As of 31 December 2012, Footprint Books will no longer represent New Society Publishers.  All backorders will be transferred to NewSouth Books and returns of books supplied and invoiced by Footprint Books will be accepted until 31 March  2013.


Simon & Schuster donate to the Smith Family Christmas Appeal x

This year the team at Simon & Schuster Australia will donate to The Smith Family Christmas Appeal in lieu of sending out Christmas gifts and cards. The Appeal helps disadvantaged Aussie kids by supporting their education, helping them to access the same opportunities as their classmates and make the most of their futures.

For more information, visit www.thesmithfamily.com.au

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!




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