Weekly Book Newsletter
1 May 2013

NZ Book Council International Travel Fund grants announced x

The New Zealand Book Council has announced the recipients of its 2013 International Travel Fund grants. Eight writers and illustrators will receive grants to attend international... Read more

2013 REAL Awards shortlist announced

The shortlist for this year’s Reading & Enjoying Australian Literature (REAL) Awards, which acts as a shortlist for children’s choice book awards in the Australian... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Judges of literary prizes today occupy two increasingly incompatible roles. Think of a strip club spruiker wearing an academic gown and brandishing his rolled doctorate... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Scribe has licensed North American rights to Cat & Fiddle (Lesley Jørgensen) to Penguin US. Children’s—Scholastic has licensed Spanish rights within the US to... Read more

‘Read in a Single Sitting’ wins best Words and Writing blog x

Stephanie Campisi’s ‘Read in a Single Sitting’ blog has won the Words and Writing category in the Best Australian Blogs 2013 competition. Category judge, Random House... Read more

Unleash Books & Education outlets close x

Independent bookselling chain Unleash Books & Education closed its four stores in Westfield shopping centres in Sydney in March. A spokesperson for Westfield confirmed to... Read more

Newtone Press acquires BPA Print Group x

Newtone Press has acquired BPA Print Group after the printer was placed into receivership in late March. According to Print21, Melbourne-based Newtone Press is taking... Read more

German ereading company launches Australian, New Zealand ebookstores

Berlin-based ereading company txtr has launched ebookstores in Australia and New Zealand. The stores officially launched at the beginning of February and each store currently... Read more

No Vogel Award to be presented in 2013

Allen & Unwin has announced that the judges of the Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award have decided not to present the award this year. This is the... Read more

All female Miles Franklin shortlist announced

The shortlist for this year’s Miles Franklin Literary Award features five books by Australian women. The shortlisted titles are: Floundering (Romy Ash, Text)   Questions... Read more

Griffiths, Denton stories re-published in new series for younger readers

A new series of illustrated books for younger readers will feature previously published short stories from Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton, Pan Macmillan has announced.... Read more

Penguin to publish Green Popular Penguins

Penguin Books Australia has announced that it will publish 50 classic crime novels in July as part of a new range of Green Popular Penguins.... Read more

Book Industry Innovation Award shortlist announced

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) has announced the shortlist for this year’s Book Industry Innovation Award, which will be presented as part of the Australian... Read more

TitlePage adds numeric stock levels, ebook listings ahead of relaunch x

TitlePage has moved a number of changes ‘into production’ ahead of the pending relaunch of the platform. TitlePage said in a statement that it has ‘moved some new... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Nora Roberts’ Whiskey Beach (Hachette) is at the top of the bestsellers and highest new entries charts this week. The novel tells the story of Eli Landon,... Read more

Lanagan wins Ditmar for best novel, Norma K Hemming Award x

Margo Lanagan’s Sea Hearts was named best novel at this year’s Ditmar Awards for Australian science-fiction, fantasy and horror writing. Lanagan also received the Norma... Read more

2013 ABIA finalists announced

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) has announced the finalists for this year’s Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs). The finalists in each of the categories are:... Read more

Ashurst Business Literature Prize shortlist announced

The shortlist for this year’s Ashurst Business Literature Prize has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: 7 Myths about Women and Work (Catherine Fox, NewSouth)... Read more

Sleepers celebrates 10 years

Melbourne publisher Sleepers is celebrating its 10th birthday this year. The anniversary coincides with a big year for the small press, which was founded in... Read more

A&U to pay damages to Corby family for use of photographs x

Allen & Unwin has been ordered to pay members of Schapelle Corby’s family more than $50,000 in damages over the publication of a number of photographs in... Read more

RiP Al Knight

Hyland House publisher and doyen of the book industry Al Knight has died, aged 88.  Knight’s wife Janet McCalman writes: ‘Al came to Melbourne in 1971 to... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Amazon has over sixty-five percent of the ebook market in Australia and over seventy-five percent of ereaders owned in Australia are Kindles’—Pages & Pages general... Read more

Australians upbeat at ‘busy and buzzy’ LBF x

Annabel Blay from Curtis Brown reports: ‘Busy and buzzy’ was the most frequent observation from editors, agents and scouts about this year’s London Book Fair... Read more

RMIT Bookshop to close x

Melbourne campus bookseller RMIT Bookshop will close on 30 April. The independent business, which is owned by the Melbourne Co-operative Bookshop Group (MCGB), has operated in the Melbourne CBD... Read more

Australian journalist shortlisted for Arthur Ellis Award x

Australian journalist Steve Lillebuen has been shortlisted for an Arthur Ellis Award, presented by the Crime Writers of Canada. Lillebuen, who divides his time between... Read more

Stager wins Local Legends Award x

Fiona Stager, co-owner of Brisbane bookstore Avid Reader, has won a Creativity Award as part of the Local Legends Awards. Organised by Queensland Government Member for South... Read more

NZ Post Children’s Book of the Year Award to honour Margaret Mahy x

The organisers of the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards have announced that the overall Book of the Year Award will be renamed in honour... Read more

Vic Books opens new Kelburn store; Price’s Bookshop set to close x

A new branch of Vic Books has opened at the Kelburn campus of the Victoria University of Wellington, reports Booksellers NZ. The new bookshop, which... Read more

Sony Pictures acquires ‘The Rosie Project’

Sony Pictures has optioned the screen rights to Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project (Text Publishing). Simsion will write the script for the film, which will... Read more

‘Herman and Rosie’ adapted as school stage play

Gus Gordon’s picture book Herman and Rosie (Viking) has been adapted as a stage play and will visit more than 120 schools across Australia. The... Read more

Free ebook website Obooko launches in the UK x

Obooko, a website offering free ebooks, is set to launch in the UK, reports the Bookseller. A UK-based company that has operated in the US market for the past... Read more

Ubud Writers & Readers Festival annouces line-up x

The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF) has announced a number of authors attending this year’s festival, which will run from 11-15 October. International authors include: Lionel Shriver (US);... Read more

Pushkin House Russian Book Prize shortlist announced x

In the UK, the shortlist for the inaugural Pushkin House Russian Book Prize has been announced, reports the Bookseller. Shortlisted titles are: Man Without a... Read more

Tens of thousands of free ebooks given away in Chinese ‘price war’ x

Two of China’s largest online booksellers made thousands of ebooks available to download for free earlier this month, reports the Bookseller. DangDang.com, which claims to... Read more

Amanda Knox memoir not to publish in UK due to legal concerns x

Amanda Knox’s account of the murder of British student Meredith Kercher will not be published in the UK due to fears of legal action, reports... Read more

DeLillo wins inaugural US Library of Congress Prize for American Literature x

Don DeLillo has won the inaugural US Library of Congress Prize for American Literature, reports the Washington Post. DeLillo is the author of plays, essays,... Read more

Patterson launches ad campaign in support of book industry

In the US, author James Patterson has taken out ads on the cover of Publishers Weekly, the back page of the New York Times Book... Read more

Amazon tax petition attracts 150,000 supporters x

In the UK, a petition by two independent UK booksellers to have Amazon pay more corporation tax has attracted more than 150,000 signatures, reports the... Read more

ALA announces finalists for 2013 Andrew Carnegie Medals x

The American Library Association (ALA) has announced the six finalists for this year’s Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. The titles shortlisted... Read more

‘LA Times’ Book Prizes winners announced x

The 33rd annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes have been announced, recognising the ‘best books’ published in the US in 2012, across 10 categories. Among... Read more

International Library News x

Library of Congress wins special Grammy Award In the US, a special Grammy Award has been presented to the Library of Congress for its work... Read more

In brief x

ACU Library announces new partnership with Ingram The Australian Catholic University (ACU) Library has announced a new partnership with Ingram’s Coutts Information Services. The library said... Read more

ARTIC community library in Brisbane to close x

The Acacia Ridge Technology Information Centre (ARTIC) in Brisbane will close in May, reports the Courier Mail. The volunteer-run community library, which has been operating... Read more

New city libraries for Perth, Adelaide x

Plans are underway to build new city libraries in Perth and Adelaide. Construction is set to begin on the City of Perth’s proposed $33.3 million... Read more

ASLA report calls for greater support for teacher librarians x

A new report released by the Australian School Library Association (ASLA) has called for greater support for teacher librarians from governments and other education authorities.... Read more

In brief x

Mudgee Library reopens The Mudgee branch of the Mid-Western Regional Council Library in New South Wales has reopened after extensive renovations, reports the Mudgee Guardian.... Read more

Queensland Government research and information centre to move to SLQ x

The Research and Information Centre (RIC) at the Queensland Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) will move to the State Library of Queensland (SLQ) from... Read more

Get set for Mother’s Day x

Looking for some last-minute Mother’s Day tips? Melbourne bookseller Corrie Perkin is anticipating strong sales for The Bookery Cook from Aussie blogger sisters Jessica, Georgia and... Read more

Self-published YA author Darrell Pitt on striking a deal with Text x

‘There are disadvantages to signing with a traditional publisher. Certainly, traditional publishing is far slower than self-publishing. Gone are the good old days of finishing... Read more

Ron Elliott’s ‘Now Showing’ x

Over the years Perth-based screenwriter Ron Elliott has accumulated a drawer full of part-finished scripts or sketches for film or TV projects that haven’t come... Read more

APA Professional Development x

Australian Publishers Association (APA) professional development sessions include: The new frontiers: what are the scary bits about digital distribution? Can we be excited? What about Digital... Read more

Society of Editors (NSW) Manuscript to EPUB workshop x

The Society of Editors (NSW) will present a one-day workshop on EPUBs with Sarah J H Fletcher and David Henley, on Tuesday 14 May.  The workshop... Read more

Society of Editors (NSW) Inc. event x

On May 7 the Society of Editors (NSW) Inc. will present the new chair of IPEd, the society’s Owen Kavanagh, who will lead a Q&A... Read more

CBCA Victoria AGM x

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Children’s Book Council of Australia (Victorian Branch) Inc. will be held on 30 May at 57 Canterbury Road, Canterbury at 7pm.... Read more

Editors Victoria Professional Development x

Advanced Microsoft Word 2011 for Editors (Mac) Saturday, 4 May 2013 Much of an editor’s job involves repetitive work, especially as the technological requirements of... Read more

Editors Victoria Dinner: Carrie Tiffany and Toni Jordan in conversation x

Russian-American novelist Vladimir Nabokov once said: ‘The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible... Read more

HarperCollins Announcement: John Howard to launch ‘The Lucky Culture’ by Nick Cater x

The Lucky Culture, Nick Cater’s provocative look at Australia today, has become a “barbecue stopper” in less than a week!  HarperCollins has ordered an immediate... Read more

Pascal Press changes terms of trade x

Pascal Press will be increasing their minimum order value to $200 effective from May 15th. Orders received under minimum will incur an $11 freight charge.... Read more

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