Weekly Book Newsletter
17 April 2013

Quote of the week x

‘In only a few short years since they first started discussing the position of women in literature they have made something beautiful.’ Stella Prize winner Carrie... Read more

RiP Kevin Wong Hoy x

Melbourne-based author and historian Kevin Wong Hoy has died, aged 65.  Australian Scholarly Publishing writes: ‘Kevin made a significant contribution to Chinese Australian history, having... Read more

RiP Graham Davey x

Graham Davey, president of the Young Australians Best Book Awards (YABBA), has died. Davey was the president of YABBA for more than 20 years. During... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Hachette has sold Bulgarian and Latvian language rights to Wildflower Hill (Kimberley Freeman); Latvian language rights to Lighthouse Bay (Kimberley Freeman); Serbian language rights... Read more

‘Farewell, Dear People’ wins 2012 Manning Clark House Cultural Award x

Ross McMullin has won the individual category of the 2013 Manning Clark House Cultural Awards for his book Farewell, Dear People (Scribe). McMullin’s book, a... Read more

Globalese and the gamification of editing discussed at National Editors Conference x

The effects of globalisation on the English language, the gamification of editing and the business of freelancing were among the topics discussed at the sixth Institute... Read more

Publishers, festivals to share in $800,000 from Copyright Agency Cultural Fund

The Small Press Network (SPN), literary journals and writers’ festivals are among the organisations that will receive funding from the Copyright Agency in its latest... Read more

Tiffany wins inaugural Stella Prize x

Carrie Tiffany has been named the winner of the inaugural Stella Prize, an award established to promote books by Australian women writers. Tiffany received the... Read more

Australian writer wins ‘Guardian’ Hot Key Books Young Writers Prize x

Australian writer Joe Ducie has won the inaugural Guardian Hot Key Books Young Writers Prize. Ducie, 24, from Perth, Western Australia, was named one of... Read more

Haylee Nash joins Booktopia x

Haylee Nash has joined Booktopia to manage the online bookseller’s romance sales. Nash, who started in the role on 15 April, was previously publishing manager... Read more

Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist announced x

The shortlist for the 2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction, previously known as the Orange Prize for Fiction, has been announced. None of the Australian and... Read more

Haigh wins 2013 Cricket Society and MCC Book of the Year Award

Australian author Gideon Haigh has won the 2013 Cricket Society and MCC Book of the Year Award in the UK for his book On Warne... Read more

if:book launches ‘N00bz’ challenge x

If:book Australia has asked 12 writers to participate in its ‘N00bz challenge’ and digital publisher Editia will publish the writers’ experiences as a collection of essays.   The organisation has asked writers to... Read more

Booksellers NZ conference program announced x

Booksellers New Zealand has announced the program for its 2013 conference, to be held in Christchurch from 23-24 June. This year’s conference will focus on the... Read more

Kobo unveils new high-definition ereader; plans to launch illustrated content, magazines this year x

Kobo has unveiled a new high-definition ereading device, which will be available from Australian and New Zealand retailers in June. The Kobo Aura HD is... Read more

2012 Australian Shadows Awards winners announced x

The winners of the 2012 Australian Shadows Awards have been announced. Kirstyn McDermott won the novel category for Perfections (Xoum) and Kaaron Warren won the long... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

When a family-owned furniture firm in New York explodes into flames in the middle of the night, destroying a museum containing priceless antiques along with it,... Read more

Bookworld launches next-day delivery offer x

Online bookseller Bookworld has launched a next-day delivery offer, guaranteeing next-day delivery for orders for books that are in stock in its Melbourne warehouse to... Read more

New sponsors boost prize money for Queensland Literary Awards

The winners in each category of the 2013 Queensland Literary Awards (QLA) will receive a cash prize of $5000, up from $1000 in 2012, thanks to... Read more

Hinkler to represent Ripley’s titles in Australia, NZ x

Hinkler Books has announced an agreement with Ripley Entertainment to handle all sales, distribution and fulfillment of Ripley’s titles in Australia and New Zealand, effective... Read more

SWF 2013 program launched x

The 2013 Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF) program has been launched and is now available on the website. Tickets went on sale on Saturday 13 April, and the... Read more

NSW Premier’s Literary Awards shortlists announced

The shortlists for this year’s New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles for the book-related categories are: Christina Stead Prize... Read more

Maiden shortlisted for Canada’s richest poetry prize x

Australian poet Jennifer Maiden has been shortlisted for the international Griffin Poetry Prize for her collection Liquid Nitrogen (Giramondo Publishing). The Griffin Poetry Prize, which... Read more

PANZ to manage NZ VIP program; guests announced x

The Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) has been contracted to manage New Zealand’s visiting international publisher program, Te Manu Ka Tau: Flying Friends (TMKT),... Read more

ACU launches new literature prize x

The Australian Catholic University (ACU) has launched a new literature prize, the ACU Prize for Literature. The ACU said in a statement that the newly established prize ‘aims... Read more

Kibble and Dobbie Awards longlists announced

The longlists for this year’s Kibble and Dobbie Literary Awards have been announced—the first time in the history of the awards that the judges have... Read more

RiP Ruth Prawer Jhabvala x

Author and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala has died, aged 85. Jhabvala was born in Germany and lived in the UK, in India and the US.... Read more

RiP Peter Workman x

Peter Workman, founder of New York publisher Workman Publishing Company, has died aged 74. Workman helped to first publish The Silver Palate Cookbook  by Julee... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Every time Australia Post raises their postage rates it makes it harder to compete against overseas book retailers’—General manager of Pages & Pages Booksellers and... Read more

Click Frenzy launches new campaigns; several booksellers signed up

After last year’s rocky launch, the online sales campaign Click Frenzy is back in 2013 with a number of new events. Four Click Frenzy events... Read more

Copyright Agency’s Creative Industries Career Fund recipients announced x

The latest round of funding for the Copyright Agency’s Creative Industries Career Fund has been announced. Writers Zane Lovitt and Samia Khatun are two of... Read more

ABC launches new educational website x

The ABC has launched a new educational website aimed at providing online educational material to children, teachers and parents. The website, called Splash, is funded by the... Read more

Australian, New Zealand writers shortlisted for 2013 Commonwealth Writers Prize

A number of Australian and New Zealand writers have been shortlisted for the 2013 Commonwealth Book Prize and the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Books by... Read more

Plum launches new website x

Pan Macmillan’s food and lifestyle imprint Plum has launched a dedicated website. The new website favours striking imagery and minimal text, with links to the... Read more

Margaret Gee’s launches digital press release service x

Australian media database service Margaret Gee’s has launched an online press release centre called ConnectWeb, which allows subscribers to create and send press releases to... Read more

Faber teams up with the ‘Guardian’ to launch nonfiction imprint x

In the UK, Faber & Faber has launched a new nonfiction imprint with the Guardian newspaper, reports the Bookseller. Guardian Faber will commission up to... Read more

Pulitzer Prize winners announced x

The 97th annual Pulitzer Prizes were announced on 15 April. The winner in the Fiction category was The Orphan Master’s Son (Adam Johnson, Doubleday). The judges, which included Australian author... Read more

Granta announces Best Young British Novelists list x

Granta has revealed its list of 20 promising British authors under 40, the fourth time it has published such a list since it began in... Read more

Hilco buys HMV stores, will continue to sell books x

In the UK, restructuring company Hilco has purchased 141 of the 230 HMV stores, including 25 earmarked for closure, and has confirmed that the chain... Read more

UK book industry to launch trade-wide advertising campaign

In the UK, a trade-wide advertising campaign to promote books and bookshops will be launched to the public in September, reports the Bookseller. The campaign will... Read more

IACP Cookbook Awards announced x

In the US, the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) has announced its list of 2013 award winners, including the winners of its Cookbook Awards.... Read more

US adult trade, children’s sales up in 2012 but overall industry revenue down x

The latest data from the Association of American Publishers (AAP)’s StatShot program shows that adult trade and children’s and YA sales in the US in... Read more

Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature winner announced x

Francesca Segal has won the US$100,000 (A$95,000) Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature for 2013 for her debut novel The Innocents (Chatto & Windus), reports the Jewish Book Council. The... Read more

B&N to relaunch self-publishing platform as Nook Press x

Barnes & Noble is relaunching its self-publishing platform as Nook Press, reports Publishers Weekly. Nook Press will replace B&N’s current self-publishing service PubIt!, with the... Read more

Waterstones founder to launch ebook subscription service x

In the UK, Tim Waterstone, founder of the Waterstones chain of bookshops, is set to launch an ebook subscription service, reports the Guardian. Read Petite... Read more

International Library News x

Simon & Schuster makes ebooks available to libraries for the first time Simon & Schuster is making its ebooks available to libraries for the first... Read more

SLNSW launches AMAZE Gallery with new app x

The State Library of New South Wales (SLNSW) has launched its first new gallery since 1929. The AMAZE Gallery was launched on 11 April with... Read more

In brief x

NLA to redevelop Trove newspaper service The National Library of Australia (NLA) has announced that it will redevelop the newspaper service offered through its Trove... Read more

New ALIA board members elected; Rae to step up as president in May x

Members of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) have elected a number of new members to the association’s board. Susan Coker, executive manager of... Read more

International Library News x

UK legal deposit extended to include digital publications In the UK, new regulations have extended legal deposit to include all digital publications, reports the Bookseller.... Read more

In brief x

Bathurst Library signs with Wheelers ePlatform Bathurst Regional Library in New South Wales is now offering ebooks to its patrons via the Wheelers ePlatform library lending... Read more

UQP launches ebook bundles for library lending x

University of Queensland Press (UQP) is now offering ebook bundles of its titles for library lending. The UQP eBook Collections are available to local libraries... Read more

Taylor & Francis responds to resignation of ‘Journal of Library Administration’ editorial board x

Journal publisher Taylor & Francis has responded to media reports about the resignation of the editorial board of the Journal of Library Administration (JLA), saying... Read more

Abigail Nathan on the highlights of the National Editors Conference x

‘With publishing currently facing such drastic change, one might expect that the tone of the conference would have been doom and gloom, with a soupçon... Read more

Behind the scenes with Text rights manager Anne Beilby x

Text Publishing’s success in foreign rights sales is well known, including, most recently, its 30-plus foreign rights deals for Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project. Playing a... Read more

Max Barry’s ‘Lexicon’ x

The entire town of Broken Hill has been killed off by a deadly weapon: a word. And it seems as though the word is still... Read more

Mel Campbell’s ‘Out of Shape’ x

Mel Campbell’s first book is a lively and personal waltz through the history and culture of clothing size and fit. Campbell cuts through the rhetoric... Read more

Hanniffy appointed territory manager for Sydney at Herron Books x

Kevin Hanniffy has been appointed territory manager for Sydney and surrounds at Herron Books. (See classified.)

Haylee Nash joins Booktopia x

Haylee Nash, former publishing manager at Harlequin Australia, has joined Booktopia to manage the online bookseller’s romance sales. (See news.)

Changes to the ALIA board x

Susan Coker, Alyson Dalby and Damian Lodge have been elected to the board of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). Coker has been elected... Read more

APA professional development: Book now for Editing on Screen x

Australian Publishers Assocation (APA) professional development sessions are open for booking. Editing on Screen: For the Keen, Green and In Between with Kevin O’Brien This... Read more

Queensland Literary Awards nominations open x

Nomantions for the 2013 Queensland Literary Awards are open. The awards promote Queensland’s writing and publishing industries, encourage literacy and reading for people of all ages, and inspire... Read more

Availability of Allen & Unwin CBCA Shortlisted titles x

Congratulations to the Allen & Unwin authors and illustrators whose books have been shortlisted in the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year... Read more

HarperCollins congratulates shortlisted authors and illustrators x

HarperCollins Publishers and ABC Books heartily congratulate our authors and illustrators recently shortlisted for the CBCA Book of the Year Awards: Jackie French for Pennies... Read more

Text Publishing congratulates authors on multiple shortlistings x

Text Publishing is delighted to announce an incredible lineup of prize listings for our talented authors. Romy Ash’s extraordinary debut Floundering [9781921922084, $27.99] is on the... Read more

Affirm Press congratulates Michael Sala x

Affirm Press is delighted to congratulate Michael Sala, whose debut novel, The Last Thread, has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Prize and the NSW... Read more

Editor seeks new clients x

An editor specialising in corporate and government work and non-fiction is looking for new clients. Contact Marisa at marisa@marisa.com.au. Marisa has Literature and Communications degrees and... Read more

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