Weekly Book Newsletter
1 May 2013

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

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

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

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 reprint of the book to capitalise on consumer demand and intense media interest in print and online, where the book’s website – www.luckyculture.com.au – is receiving thousands of hits.  Influential Australians – from Gina Rinehart to Kevin Rudd to Alan Jones – have requested copies as The Lucky Culture becomes a must read.  A review by The Hon Tony Abbott also appears in the latest edition of The Spectator, which also features the book on its cover.

Like Donald Horne’s seminal The Lucky Country four decades ago, The Lucky Culture is attracting international media interest too – with coverage in The Sunday Times and The Wall Street Journal.  

The Hon John Howard will officially launch The Lucky Culture at the Art Gallery of NSW on May 8th, and Nick, a senior editor at The Australian, will be touring nationally throughout May and June and will appear on a number of television and radio programs over the next month. 

Contact Kelly Fagan for more information about bookshop events and talks.


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.

Please go to www.pascalpress.com.au/terms-of-trade to view or download our updated terms of trade, or contact your sales representative.


Macleay Bookshop For Sale x

Wonderful bookshop in a fabulous location for sale! www.macleaybookshop.com.au & facebook/macleaybookshop for more. Call 0415 258 465.




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