Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
20 March 2013

Richard Beasley’s ‘Me and Rory Macbeath’ x

In his third novel, Richard Beasley tells a ‘rites of passage’ story from the perspective of the child while the adult lurks in the background.... Read more

Deborah Burrows’ ‘Taking a Chance’ x

I thoroughly enjoyed this tale of Nell, a journalist in Perth during World War II. Although Nell generally covers ‘women’s business’ for a tabloid paper,... Read more

‘Island’ to partner with university centre on Tasmanian essay series x

Island magazine has announced that it will publish a new essay series in partnership with the University of Tasmania’s Inglis Clark Centre for Civil Society.... Read more

Eye of the Storm festival program announced x

The program for this year’s Eye of the Storm festival, to be held in Alice Springs from 25-28 April, has been announced. This year’s festival will... Read more

Melbourne Literary Salon launched

The Melbourne Literary Salon, an informal monthly gathering for ‘all who work with books and stories’, will hold its first event on Tuesday 26 March. Organised... Read more

‘Cheap Eats’ and ‘Everyday Eats’ guides rebranded x

Fairfax’s annual guides to low-cost dining, The Age Cheap Eats and Sydney Everyday Eats, have been rebranded as ‘Good Food Under $30’. The Age Good... Read more

PMP cuts 180 jobs in cost-cutting plan x

PMP, the parent company of book printer Griffin Press, cut 180 full-time Australian jobs in the first half of the 2013 financial year as part of... Read more

2013 PANZ Book Design Awards to include cookbook category x

The Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) has announced that its 2013 Book Design Awards will include a new award for cookbooks, which will be sponsored... Read more

ASA announces 2012-13 mentorship recipients x

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has announced the recipients of its 2012-13 mentorships for unpublished authors and illustrators. Twelve applicants have been selected for... Read more

In brief x

Construction underway on new University of Southern Queensland library Construction on the new University of Southern Queensland library has commenced, reports the Fraser Coast Chronicle. The... Read more

International Library News x

American Library Association honours internet activist Aaron Swartz In the US, the American Library Association (ALA) has posthumously awarded the 2013 James Madison Award to... Read more

Government to extend legal deposit to electronic resources x

The Federal Government has announced that it will make changes to the Copyright Act 1968 to extend the current legal deposit arrangements to cover ‘digitally... Read more

Australian library tops OverDrive list of fastest-growing ebook lenders in 2012 x

An Australian library service has topped ebook distributor OverDrive’s list of the fastest-growing ebook lenders in 2012. Australia’s Moreton Bay Region Libaries in Queensland topped the list... Read more

International Library News x

US National Archives to help with national digital library project   In the US, the National Archives will help launch a pilot project to create... Read more

In brief x

Bendigo Regional Archives Centre wins IPAA Award The winners of the Institute for Public Administration Australia’s 2012 Awards for Excellence have been announced, with the... Read more

Council endorses plans for new Rockdale library x

The Rockdale City Council in New South Wales will proceed with plans to build a new $16 million library, reports the St George & Sutherland... Read more

Upper Murray Regional Library to close in June x

The Upper Murray Regional Library (UMRL), a cross-border organisation that provides library services in north east Victoria and southern New South Wales, will close at... Read more

Designing in a digital world x

‘You’re not designing something competing for attention on a shelf. Instead it’s in a sidebar or on a homepage competing with content or ads, so... Read more

The proof is in the printing x

Publishers regularly extol the virtues of POD and short-run digital printing, but what are some practical examples of their benefits? Sophy Williams from Black Inc.,... Read more

New office for ‘Island’ magazine x

Island magazine has moved into new premises in Hobart. The magazine’s new address is: PO Box 4703, Bathurst Street Post Office, Hobart, Tasmania, 7000. The... Read more

McInnis appointed ‘Meanjin’ deputy editor x

Catherine McInnis has been appointed deputy editor of Melbourne-based literary journal Meanjin. McInnis, who also works for Melbourne University Publishing in the role of digital... Read more

ABIA nominations are open x

Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) nominations are open. Entries for the 2013 ABIAs are now open for one more week. Nominations can be made on the website here.... Read more

Society of Editors (NSW) workshop: Editing scientific, technical and medical documents x

The Society of Editors (NSW) Inc. will hold a workshop on editing scientific, technical and medical documents, to be presented by Dr Greg Heard. For anyone who... Read more

APA professional development x

Australian Publishers Association (APA) professional development sessions are open for booking: Excellent eBooks : The Essentials with Sarah Fletcher and Natalie Costa Bir. Melbourne: Tuesday... Read more

Editors NSW: Legal issues for editors x

The Society of Editors (NSW) Inc is holding an April meeting with barrister Richard Potter on legal issues for editors. Richard Potter practised law in England for nine years before... Read more

ABIA nominations open x

Entries for the 2013 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) are now open. Nomations can be made on the website here. All entries must be submitted via the Awards... Read more

APA professional development x

Australian Publsihers Association (APA) professional development March and April workshops: Introduction to Australian Book Publishing: creating a book One week away, last chance to book!... Read more

Stella Prize shortlist marketing material x

Booksellers! The first-ever Stella Prize shortlist was announced earlier today. To help you promote these six wonderful books by Australian women, the Stella Prize has beautiful posters, bookmarks and stickers available. To request Stella Prize shortlist marketing material, please contact marketing co-ordinator Sarina Gale: sarina@thestellaprize.com.au.


Get Reading! Calling all book retail staff! x

Calling all book retail staff! Tell us your favourite books from last year and be in the draw to win an iPad Mini!

Get Reading! is looking for the next 50 Books You Can’t Put Down, and we’d love some input from book retailer staff.

To be in the draw to win an iPad Mini, with Wi-Fi and 32GB, visit www.getreading.com.au/bookstores. The login password is ‘bookseller’, and there you’ll be able to enter your details and list the 5 titles you most loved reading or selling in the past year.

All staff from book retail outlets can enter and you have until the 22nd of March to enter, so spread the word!

Your nominations will be passed on to the Get Reading! guide selection panel and will be considered alongside nominations from publishing companies.

For your chance to win, register and enter NOW at getreading.com.au




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