Weekly Book Newsletter
27 February 2013

Quote of the week x

‘The YA category doesn’t really appear to exist and there’s little interest in dystopian novels or vampires’—Random House rights manager Nerrilee Weir reports on a... Read more

Tasmania’s The Shock of the Now literary festival program released x

Tasmania’s literary festival The Shock of the Now has released its program. The festival, which runs from 16-17 and 22-24 March in Hobart, features a... Read more

Fulton joins Victorian Book Agencies as partner x

Joel Fulton has joined the recently established Victorian Book Agencies as a partner with founder Gary Angliss. Fulton, who previously worked as a sales representative... Read more

APA leads ‘exploratory’ rights trip to Korea x

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) has led a delegation of rights managers and literary agents to the Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBE), which ran from 20... Read more

Sales up at Penguin Australia in 2012; ebooks account for 17.5% of Penguin’s global revenues x

Penguin Australia gained overall market share in 2012 and recorded higher sales than 2011, according to chief executive officer Gabrielle Coyne. Coyne told Books+Publishing that... Read more

Arts Victoria announces latest arts development grants

Arts Victoria has announced its latest round of Arts Development grants. In all, 56 new projects received funding as part of the grants program, which... Read more

Gourmand World Cookbook Awards winners announced x

The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards winners have been announced. Four books won equal first place in the Charity & Fund Raising category for Australia/Pacific. The winners in... Read more

Aussie authors named in USBBY list of outstanding international books

A number of books by Australian authors have been selected for the 2013 United States Board of Books for Young People (USBBY) list of Outstanding International... Read more

ALS Gold Medal longlist announced

The longlist for the 2013 ALS Gold Medal has been announced. The longlisted titles are: Lola Bensky (Lily Brett, Hamish Hamilton) Darkness on the Edge... Read more

WritingWA announces cultural partnership with Singapore book council x

WritingWA has announced a new cultural exchange program with the National Book Council of Singapore, which will involve Western Australian authors and illustrators attending a... Read more

Eight Alex Miller novels to be released in the UK in 2013 x

Allen & Unwin has announced that it will publish eight novels by Alex Miller in the UK in 2013 ahead of the author’s new novel,... Read more

The Peach launches online book club

Online magazine the Peach has launched a new monthly book club. The Peach Book Club launched this month with an online discussion of Gillian Flynn’s... Read more

RiP Barbara Firth x

UK illustrator Barbara Firth has died, aged 84. Walker Books editor at large David Lloyd writes: ‘Barbara Firth was an illustrator of children’s books of... Read more

ILF: $769,000 raised in 2012; new staff appointed

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) raised a total of $769,000 and delivered more than 18,000 books to over 180 remote communities in 2012. As previously... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Alchemist Sydney Sage is struggling to draw the line between her teachings and the urges of her heart. Then she meets the rebellious Marcus Finch,... Read more

Booktown launches Sunday Selection program x

Creative Clunes, the organisation behind the annual Clunes Booktown Festival in regional Victoria, has announced that it is launching a year-round program of writers’ talks.  ... Read more

SPN announces first roadshow event in Sydney

The Small Press Network (SPN) has announced the details of its first ‘Publishing Insider’ roadshow event in Sydney. The event, which explores the topic ‘Why... Read more

Random House reveals bestselling Vintage Classics for 2012

Random House has revealed its 20 bestselling Vintage Classics books for 2012. Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is at the top of the list, which... Read more

Your Bookshop to open fifth store in Sydney x

Your Bookshop, a chain of independent bookshops in Sydney, will open its fifth store in April. Your Bookshop co-owner Bonnie Serov told Books+Publishing that the new store... Read more

Inaugural Stella Prize longlist announced

The longlist for the inaugural Stella Prize has been announced. The longlisted titles are: Floundering (Romy Ash, Text) Mazin’ Grace (Dylan Coleman, UQP) The Burial... Read more

Bookstores file class action against Amazon, big six publishers

In the US, three independent bookstores have filed a class action complaint against Amazon and the big six publishers that centres on the use of... Read more

Net sales up 15% at S&S Australia in 2012; ebooks grow to 18% of sales x

Simon & Schuster Australia’s net sales were up by 15% in 2012 compared to the year before, reports managing director Lou Johnson. Johnson told Books+Publishing... Read more

Australian bookmaker launches betting market on new Bond novel x

Online gambling website sportsbet.com.au has launched a betting market on the title of the new James Bond novel, which is being written by William Boyd... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Chick lit, rom com, women’s fiction; whatever you want to call it—these are the books that get us out of bed every day and keep... Read more

NZ government to fund export program for educational publishers x

Education New Zealand (ENZ) has announced that it will fund an export development program for educational publishers in 2013 through the Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ).... Read more

ASA launches licensing program for digitised journal content x

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has announced the establishment of a licensing program to manage online sales of digitised works originally published in print... Read more

Shearer’s to move to temporary location in April x

Shearer’s Bookshop in Leichhardt, Sydney, is moving to a temporary location on 31 March as the Norton Street Palace Cinema is undergoing substantial renovations. The... Read more

Eltham, Broun selected for OzCo Emerging Leaders Development Program x

Kate Eltham, CEO of the Brisbane Writers Festival (BWF), and Michelle Broun, CEO of Magabala Books, are among 23 arts managers who have been selected... Read more

Black Inc. announces ‘Best Australian’ editors x

Black Inc. has announced the editors of its annual ‘Best Australian’ series of anthologies. Kim Scott is editor of The Best Australian Stories 2013, Robert... Read more

‘The Amber Amulet’ wins Crystal Bear award at Berlin film festival

A film adaptation of Craig Silvey’s novella The Amber Amulet (A&U) has won the Crystal Bear award for the Best Short Film in the Generation... Read more

Hardie Grant stationery competition winner announced x

Hardie Grant has announced that Cate Furey is the winner of its first stationery design competition. Furey’s design features vintage illustrations with the words ‘love’,... Read more

‘How Tea Cosies Changed the World’ makes Diagram Prize shortlist

How Tea Cosies Changed the World by Australian author Loani Prior (Murdoch) has been shortlisted for this year’s Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the... Read more

NZ author Joy Cowley named a ‘living treasure’ x

New Zealand author Joy Cowley has been named a ‘Marlborough Living Cultural Treasure’ and will be awarded a celebratory medal at a ceremony in Blenheim... Read more

New sponsors for Auckland Readers & Writers Festival x

The Auckland Readers & Writers Festival has announced that BNZ Literary Awards and Craigs Investment Partners have joined the festival as sponsors. The BNZ Literary... Read more

National Young Writers’ Festival calls for artists and launches new website x

The annual National Young Writers’ Festival (NYWF), which runs from 3-6 October in Newcastle, NSW, is calling for writers and artists and has launched a new website. NYWF presents writing in... Read more

Moirs Bookshop for sale x

Independent Sydney bookstore Moirs Bookshop is for sale. Rosemary Moir, who owns the independent bookstore with her husband Ian, told Books+Publishing that the couple has... Read more

Amazon changes free ebook policy for affiliated websites x

In the US, Amazon has changed its policy that grants advertising fees to websites that direct readers to free Kindle ebooks, or ‘associates’, the company announced... Read more

Robert Caro wins $50,000 history prize x

US journalist and author Robert Caro will be named this year’s American Historian Laureate, after winning the 2013 American History Book Prize for the fourth... Read more

Barnes & Noble chairman proposes to buy bookstore chain x

In the US, Barnes & Noble’s chairman and largest shareholder Leonard Riggio has proposed a buy-out of B&N’s bookstore chain, reports Publishers Weekly. Riggio, who... Read more

Waterstones to launch bookselling qualification x

In the UK, Waterstones will launch a professional qualification in bookselling, reports the Bookseller. The Certificate in Bookselling will be run by the Waterstones Academy... Read more

UK independent bookshop numbers decline x

In the UK, the total number of independent bookshops on the high street has declined for a sixth consecutive year but children’s bookshops have ‘bucked... Read more

New Little, Brown digital imprint to focus on literary titles x

In the UK, Little, Brown has announced that it will launch a new digital imprint dedicated to literary fiction and nonfiction called Blackfriars, reports the... Read more

Inaugural Tokyo International Literary Festival kicks off in March x

The inaugural Tokyo International Literary Festival will take place from 1-3 March. English-language writers participating in the festival include J M Coetzee, Geoff Dyer, Junot Diaz, Jonathan... Read more

Mantel to receive Bodley Medal x

Hilary Mantel will receive the Bodley Medal at the Oxford Literary Festival in March, reports the BBC. The medal is awarded by the Bodleian Libraries... Read more

Pearson to work with education technology start-ups x

In the UK, Pearson has launched Pearson Catalyst, an incubator program to help education technology start-up businesses break into the global education market, reports the Bookseller. The... Read more

Germany backs out of World Book Night 2013 x

Germany will not participate in World Book Night 2013, reports the Bookseller. German World Book Night co-organiser Stiftung Lesen said in a statement that ‘more... Read more

TV report alleges mistreatment of Amazon workers in Germany x

A report on German television has alleged that seasonal workers at Amazon’s warehouses in Germany have been underpaid and mistreated, reports Shelf Awareness. The report... Read more

US author seeks declaration that Sherlock Holmes and co are in public domain x

US author Leslie Klinger has filed a lawsuit against the Arthur Conan Doyle Estate, seeking a declaration that Conan Doyle’s famous characters of Sherlock Holmes and... Read more

Vic govt announces third round of funding for Living Libraries Infrastructure Program x

The Victorian government has opened the third round of funding for its Living Libraries Infrastructure Program, worth $17.2 million over four years. Libraries may apply... Read more

In brief x

New library for Lincoln NZ A new library and service centre will be built in the town of Lincoln, south of Christchurch, New Zealand, beginning... Read more

International Library News x

Bodleian Library receives Oxfam archive, Wellcome Trust grant In the UK, Oxfam has donated 10,000 boxes of archive material to the Bodleian Library in Oxford,... Read more

State Library of Tasmania added to heritage list x

The State Library of Tasmania in Hobart has been added to the state’s heritage list, Heritage Tasmania announced in a statement. The State Library is... Read more

NSW libraries to launch ‘Books on Prescription’ program in May x

Central West Libraries in New South Wales has announced plans to launch a pilot ‘Books on Prescription’ program, which will involve local health professionals recommending... Read more

International Library News x

IFLA releases new elending resources for libraries The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) has released a new set of resources relating to... Read more

Why some genres suffer more from slashed book pages x

‘For trade nonfiction—particularly books about issues of the moment or by or about celebrities—radio and television publicity is often more crucial than reviews in achieving... Read more

Hugh Mackay’s ‘The Good Life’ x

This is not a book about ‘how to feel good, how to find happiness or how to reap some reward for your goodness’. Hugh Mackay’s... Read more

S&S ends distribution of Black library x

Agency change details Publisher: Black Library ISBN Prefix: 978-1-84154; 978-1-84416 Old Distributor:  Simon & Schuster Australia (UBD) New Distributor:  Games Workshop Trade Dept Changeover Date:  1 June 2013 Returns... Read more

Fulton joins Victorian Book Agencies x

Joel Fulton has joined Victorian Book Agencies as a partner in the recently established business. Fulton previously worked for Dennis Jones & Associates. (See news.)

New staff join ILF x

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) has welcomed a number of new staff members. Steve Wimmer, currently general manager at the Australian Society of Authors, has... Read more

Society of Editors (NSW) workshop x

The recent Society of Editors (NSW) Inc. workshop, ‘Editing scientific, technical and medical documents’ was sold out so quickly that a repeat workshop has been scheduled... Read more

Editors Victoria: Editing an Anthology x

Editors Victoria will present Editing an Anthology: Interview with Kent MacCarter & Ali Lemer. The recently published Joyful Strains (Affirm Press) is an anthology of twenty-seven... Read more

APA professional development x

Australian Publishers Assocation (APA) professional development sessions are open for bookings. 2013 Education Information Seminar, Sydney 14-15 March For the first time, this event is... Read more

APA Book Design Awards x

The shortlist of winners for the prestigious annual Book Design Awards will soon be announced on the Australian Publishers Association (APA) website and facebook. A... Read more

Regional Media Forum

The Media Law Regional Forum in Bendigo is part of a series of professional development opportunities for regional media workers. The forum is presented by... Read more

Simon and Schuster Australia to cease Black Library Distribution x

Simon and Schuster Australia Pty Ltd will cease distribution for Games Workshop PLC of the Black Library range of books from 31 May 2013. Simon... Read more

Boost to Victorian Book Agencies x

Victorian Book Agencies has recently received a boost to the team with Gary Angliss and Joel Fulton joining forces as partners in the business. Victorian... Read more

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