Weekly Book Newsletter
6 March 2013

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Black Inc. has sold world English language rights (ex ANZ) for The Death of Napoleon (Simon Leys) to the New York Review of Books. Stephanie... Read more
 

Quote of the week x

‘Given the great success of the Quarterly Essay series, including most recently as an ebook, we saw a need and desire for punchy, accessible, authoritative... Read more
 

Henderson to return to Random House x

Random House has announced that Fiona Henderson will return to the publisher in the role of nonfiction publisher. Henderson, who is leaving her role as head... Read more
 

Jones joins ABA as marketing/project officer x

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has appointed Steve Jones to the newly created position of marketing/project officer. Jones is a former manager of Books Kinokuniya... Read more
 

Scholastic acquires Koala Books x

Scholastic Australia has announced that it has acquired children’s publisher Koala Books. Scholastic said in a statement that the Koala Books list will be published... Read more
 

Larsen appointed director of Writers Victoria x

Kate Larsen has been appointed director of Writers Victoria, commencing on 13 May. Larsen, an arts administrator, writer and poet, replaces former Writers Victoria director... Read more
 

New board members for NSW Writers’ Centre x

Pantera Press CEO Alison Green, literary agent and publicist Benython Oldfield, author Emily Maguire, and author and editor Jean Bedford have joined the board of... Read more
 

2013 Unwin Trust Fellowship awarded to Fagan

HarperCollins publicity manager Kelly Fagan has been awarded the 2013 Unwin Trust UK-Australia Fellowship. Fagan will be sponsored by the UK-based Unwin Charitable Trust to... Read more
 

Black Inc. to launch new ‘Redbacks’ series in July

Black Inc. will launch a new series of ‘short books on big issues by prominent Australian writers and thinkers’ in July. The Redbacks series will... Read more
 

Farmer joins Murdoch Books x

Christine Farmer has joined Allen & Unwin in the role of publicity manager for Murdoch Books. Farmer, who previously worked for HarperCollins Australia and New... Read more
 

Dattner appointed president of Small Press Network; Stinson steps down x

Former Small Press Network (SPN) general manager Zoe Dattner has been appointed president of the organisation, replacing Emmett Stinson, who has stepped down from the... Read more
 

‘WBN’ published Thursday next week x

Please note that, due to the public holiday next Monday in Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and ACT, the Weekly Book Newsletter will be published on Thursday 14 March.  The... Read more
 

Dymocks to close D Publishing this month

Australian bookselling chain Dymocks has announced that it will close its self-publishing platform, D Publishing, at the end of this month. D Publishing said in... Read more
 

Bestsellers this week x

Alex Cross is in charge of tracking down three killers who are on the rampage in Washington DC. Under so much pressure, Cross doesn’t realise that an... Read more
 

Australian Romance Readers Awards 2012 winners announced

For the fourth year running, historical romance author Anna Campbell has been named Favourite Australian Romance Author at the Australian Romance Readers Awards, which were... Read more
 

A&U title selected for Richard & Judy Book Club x

Allen & Unwin has become the first Australian publisher to be included in the Richard & Judy Book Club in the UK, with Second Chances... Read more
 

Copyright Agency, APA and ASA to deliver educational publishing seminar in March x

The Copyright Agency, Australian Publishers Association (APA) and Australian Society of Authors (ASA) will partner for the first time to deliver a seminar on education publishing ... Read more
 

A&U celebrates 25 years of children’s publishing

Allen & Unwin is celebrating 25 years of publishing books for children and young adults in 2013. A&U children’s books director Liz Bray told Books+Publishing... Read more
 

Queensland Literary Awards to offer government-funded fellowships x

The Queensland Literary Awards (QLA) will offer three fellowships this year as a result of a new funding agreement with the Queensland Government. The Courier-Mail has reported that... Read more
 

Over 36,000 attend 2013 Perth Writers Festival; Andy Griffiths tops bestseller list x

The 2013 Perth Writers Festival has attracted over 36,000 attendees, an increase of 5000 on last year, reports program manager Katherine Dorrington. Dorrington told Books+Publishing... Read more
 

Smiths Alternative Bookshop sold x

Peter Strong, owner of independent Canberra bookstore Smiths Alternative Bookshop, has sold the business. Strong told Books+Publishing that the new owners are a Canberra-based couple,... Read more
 

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
 

McDonald wins 2013 Storylines Gavin Bishop Award x

Wellington illustrator Patrick McDonald has won the 2013 Storylines Gavin Bishop Award, which is sponsored by Random House New Zealand. McDonald will receive a cash... Read more
 

New name for ‘First Tuesday Book Club’ x

The ABC’s First Tuesday Book Club has been renamed the Book Club. A spokesperson for the program told Books+Publishing that the First Tuesday Book Club... Read more
 

ABA launches conference website; registrations open x

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has launched a dedicated website for its 2013 conference, which will be held at the Hilton Adelaide on 16 and... 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
 

VIDA reveals 2012 stats on gender split in lit mags x

For the third year in a row, US-based organisation VIDA has released figures on how many women and men were reviewed in, or wrote for,... Read more
 

Yale library announces winners of $1.35 million Windham Campbell Prizes x

In the US, the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University has announced the winners of the inaugural Windham Campbell Prizes, worth US$1.35 million... Read more
 

Law firm investigating Author Solutions for ‘deceptive practices’ x

A New York law firm has said it is investigating self-publishing platform Author Solutions for ‘deceptive practices’, reports Shelf Awareness. Law firm Giskan Solotaroff Anderson & Stewart said... Read more
 

Tolino ereader to launch in Germany x

In Germany, Deutsche Telekom is launching an ereader called the Tolino Shine in collaboration with booksellers Thalia, Weltbild, Hugendubel and Club Bertelsmann, reports the Bookseller.... Read more
 

UK booksellers petition for Amazon to pay more tax x

In the UK, two booksellers are running a petition to have Amazon pay more corporation tax, reports the Bookseller. Frances and Keith Smith, who own... Read more
 

Powers wins 2013 PEN Hemingway Award for ‘The Yellow Birds’ x

Kevin Powers has won the 2013 PEN Hemingway Award for The Yellow Birds (Hodder). The $10,000 award is presented by PEN New England and the... Read more
 

Mainstream to cease publishing new titles x

In the UK, Scottish independent book publisher Mainstream will cease publishing new titles from the end of this year, reports the Bookseller. The publisher’s Edinburgh... Read more
 

2012 National Book Critics Circle Awards winners announced x

The winners of the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Awards were announced in the US on 28 February. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben... Read more
 

Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature finalists announced x

The Jewish Book Council has announced the finalists for the 2013 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, reports the Jewish Book Council. The finalists are:... Read more
 

Penguin must sit trial in DOJ ebooks antitrust case x

In the US, Penguin will remain a defendant in the Department of Justice (DOJ) antitrust case against Apple over ebook pricing despite the publisher’s settlement with... Read more
 

EU findings on Penguin Random House merger due in April x

The European Union will release its initial decision on the proposed merger of Penguin and Random House by 5 April, reports the Bookseller. The EU’s antitrust... Read more
 

Former D&M Publishing staff launch new publishing business x

In Canada, three former executives of D&M Publishing have opened a new publishing house focussed on illustrated books called Figure 1 Publishing, reports Publishers Weekly. D&M Publishing was... Read more
 

Kinsella receives RNA outstanding achievement award x

In the UK, Sophie Kinsella has received the outstanding achievement award at this year’s Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA)’s Romantic Novel of the Year category awards,... 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
 

International Library News x

Yale library announces winners of $1.35 million Windham Campbell Prizes In the US, the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University has announced... Read more
 

Australian library associations collaborate on anti-cyberbullying project x

A new project designed to increase the participation of school library staff in schools’ efforts to reduce cyberbullying has been announced by the Australian Library... Read more
 

Winning design for Green Square Library and Plaza announced x

Sydney City Council has announced the winner of the international architectural competition for the new Green Square Library and Plaza. Felicity Stewart and Matthias Hollenstein... Read more
 

In brief x

Library industry welcomes Federal Government education reform, but says more can be done The Australian School Library Association (ASLA), the Australian Library and Information Association... 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
 

Zoe Dattner on lessons from the TOC conference x

‘As with any conference, some content was more relevant or insightful than other content, and one of the things that stood out markedly was just... Read more
 

Rebecca James’ ‘Sweet Damage’ x

Sweet Damage is the hotly anticipated new book from Rebecca James, whose debut YA thriller Beautiful Malice generated much hype around her reported million dollar... Read more
 

Select John Wiley & Sons titles to change distribution x

Agency change details Publisher: John Wiley & Sons’ culinary collection, the Webster’s New World Dictionary and the Cliffs Notes Programmes Old Distributor:  John Wiley New Distributor:  Peribo Changeover... 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
 

Henderson to return to Random House x

Fiona Henderson will join Random House in the role of nonfiction publisher on 11 March. Henderson, who previously worked for Random House in the role... Read more
 

Larsen appointed Writers Victoria director x

Kate Larsen has been appointed director of Writers Victoria and will start in the role on 13 May. Larsen, an arts administrator, writer and poet,... Read more
 

Changes at NSW Writers’ Centre x

Pantera Press CEO Alison Green, literary agent and publicist Benython Oldfield, author Emily Maguire, and author and editor Jean Bedford have joined the board of... Read more
 

Higgins joins Fuse Group x

Jeff Higgins has joined Fuse Group Australia as sales manager for the books division. Higgins, who started in the role on 4 March, has previously... Read more
 

Jones joins ABA as marketing/project officer x

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has appointed Steve Jones to the newly created position of marketing/project officer. Jones is a former manager of Books Kinokuniya... Read more
 

Dattner appointed Small Press Network president x

Former Small Press Network (SPN) general manager Zoe Dattner has been appointed president of the organisation. Dattner, who stepped down as general manager in January, replaces... Read more
 

Farmer joins Murdoch Books x

Christine Farmer has joined Allen & Unwin in the role of publicity manager for Murdoch Books. Farmer, previously publicity and communications director at HarperCollins Australia... 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.)
 

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

ABIA nominations to open soon. x

The Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) recognise the industry’s most talented authors, publishers and booksellers. Categories such as Book of the Year, Publisher of the Year and... Read more

APA professional development x

Australian Publishers Association (APA) professional development sessions open for booking:  2013 Education Information Seminar, Sydney 14-15 March. Full program now available. For the first time,... 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

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