Weekly Book Newsletter
8 May 2013

Quote of the week x

‘It has been inspiring to have been a part of the management of change, and part of the growing professionalism and internationalisation of the industry’—former... Read more

Genat to replace Page as ABA president in June x

Patricia Genat, managing director of ALS Library Services, will replace Jon Page as the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) president after the organisation’s annual general meeting... Read more

Thousands flock to Clunes for annual Booktown Festival x

Booksellers have reported strong sales and author events attracted record crowds at this year’s Clunes Booktown Festival, with up to 18,000 people visiting the central... Read more

QBD launches first local Copia-powered ebookstore x

Bookselling chain QBD has become the first Australian retailer to launch an ebookstore powered by Copia. The QBD ebookstore is now live and is integrated... Read more

Tsiolkas guest speaker at ABA conference dinner; menu designed by Liaw and Halliday x

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has announced that Christos Tsiolkas will be the guest speaker at the conference’s ‘celebrating bookselling’ gala dinner at the Hilton... Read more

Thames & Hudson distribution to move to ADS x

Thames & Hudson Australia has announced that distribution of its titles and those of its sales agencies will move from Macmillan Distribution Services (MDS) to... Read more

Sony opens ebookstore in Australia

Sony has opened its Reader Store in Australia, offering a range of local and international ebooks. The Reader Store has previously been available in the... Read more

2013 NT Literary Awards finalists announced x

The finalists in this year’s Northern Territory Literary Awards have been announced. The finalists in the book-related categories are:   Short stories:     ‘Flag of Surrender’ (Kerry... Read more

Victorian Government announces $29 million in new arts funding, restructures arts funding processes x

The Victorian Government has announced close to $29 million in new funding for the state’s arts sector in its latest budget. The government, which released... Read more

RiP Gregory Rogers

Children’s book illustrator, author and teacher Gregory Rogers has died, aged 55. Erica Wagner, publisher of books for children and teenagers at Allen & Unwin,... Read more

Aurealis Awards moving to Canberra x

The Aurealis Awards will be held in Canberra over the next two years. Owner Chimaera Publications announced in a statement that the awards, which celebrate science-fiction, fantasy and horror... Read more

Epstein launches new book club on ABC radio x

Journalist and radio personality Rafael Epstein has launched a new book club for listeners of his Melbourne ABC radio program Drive. According to the ABC,... Read more

2013 BILBY Awards shortlist announced

The shortlist for this year’s Books I Love Best Yearly (BILBY) Awards, the children’s choice book awards for Queensland, has been announced. The shortlisted titles... Read more

Sessions to retire from Penguin

Penguin Australia has announced that Bob Sessions will retire from the company on 27 September. Sessions has worked for Penguin Australia for more than 27... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

On top of the fastest movers chart this week is The Fast Diet (Mimi Spencer & Michael Mosley, Short Books), which recommends readers feast for five days a... Read more

Wilderness Society children’s book award shortlist announced

The shortlist for the Wilderness Society’s 2013 Environment Award for Children’s Literature, which promotes ‘caring and responsibility for the environment’, has been announced. The shortlisted... Read more

Jane Curry Publishing launches digital-first imprint x

Independent publisher Jane Curry Publishing (JCP) has launched a new digital-first imprint called Storyworks.  The first title to be published under the Storyworks imprint is... Read more

Hartnett novel ‘Of a Boy’ adapted to screen x

Sonya Hartnett’s novel Of a Boy (Penguin) has been adapted into a film. The Weight of Elephants was shot in Southland, New Zealand, in March 2012. It is... Read more

O’Reilly to end TOC conference x

US publisher O’Reilly has announced that it is ending its Tools of Change (TOC) conference and blog after seven years. Founder Tim O’Reilly wrote on... Read more

Bloomsbury to launch digital-first YA imprint x

Bloomsbury will launch a digital-first imprint for young adult, teen and new adult fiction in the second half of this year. Bloomsbury Spark is currently... Read more

Sir Julius Vogel Awards 2013 finalists announced x

The finalists for the 2013 Sir Julius Vogel Awards for New Zealand science-fiction, horror and fantasy have been announced. The finalists in the best novel category are:        Dead... Read more

‘Ten Tiny Things’ wins SCBWI Crystal Kite Award

Ten Tiny Things by Meg McKinlay and Kyle Hughes-Odgers (Fremantle Press) has won the Australian and New Zealand division of this year’s Crystal Kite Member... Read more

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

Perpetual acquires The Trust Company x

Perpetual, manager of many private charitable and philanthropic foundations in Australia, including the Kibble and Dobbie Literary Awards, has acquired The Trust Company, which manages the Miles Franklin Literary Award, reports Business Spectator. Perpetual... Read more

Lilydale Books opens ebookstore on ReadCloud x

Victorian bookseller Lilydale Books has opened an ebookstore using ReadCloud, called Lilydale eBooks. The 25-year-old bookseller specialises in school books and educational supplies for primary... Read more

New Writers Victoria fellowship announced x

Writers Victoria, in association with Templeberg Villa, has announced a new international fellowship for writers. The inaugural Templeberg Residential Writing Fellowship will give one writer... Read more

Hartnett novel ‘Of a Boy’ adapted to screen x

Sonya Hartnett’s novel Of a Boy (Penguin) has been adapted into a film. The Weight of Elephants was shot in Southland, New Zealand, in March... Read more

Whitcoulls to stop accepting Booksellers Tokens x

New Zealand bookselling chain Whitcoulls will stop redeeming Booksellers Tokens and Booksellers Exchange Cards at the end of July, reports Booksellers New Zealand. Booksellers NZ... 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

Online sales bill passes US Senate x

The US Senate has approved a bill to allow states to collect taxes from high-earning online retailers, reports Publishers Weekly. In a vote of 69... Read more

Harper Lee sues literary agent x

In the US, author Harper Lee is suing her former literary agent, reports the Guardian. The 87-year-old author of Pulitzer prize-winning book To Kill a Mockingbird... Read more

Benjamin Alire Saenz wins PEN/Faulkner Fiction Prize x

American author and poet Benjamin Alire Saenz has received the US$15,000 (A$14,600) PEN/Faulkner Fiction Prize for Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club, published by small Texas-based... Read more

Finalists for 2013 Helen Bernstein Book Award announced x

In the US, the New York Public Library (NYPL) has announced the finalists for this year’s Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism, worth... Read more

2013 Edgar Allen Poe Award winners announced x

In the US, the Mystery Writers of America has announced the winners of the 2013 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, which honour ‘the best in mystery... Read more

S&S UK partners with Box of Awesome to deliver books to children x

In the UK, Simon & Schuster has entered into a new partnership with Box of Awesome, a company that sends out free boxes of books,... Read more

HarperCollins 360 program expands to UK x

HarperCollins has expanded its HarperCollins 360 program to the UK, reports Publishers Weekly. HarperCollins 360 aims to make all HarperCollins titles available through all of... Read more

Beckett wins 2013 Arthur C Clarke Award x

British author Chris Beckett has won the 2013 Arthur C Clarke Award for Dark Eden (Atlantic Books). Beckett’s novel, which tells the story of an... Read more

Authors sue self-publishing service Author Solutions, parent company Penguin x

In the US, three authors are suing self-publishing service Author Solutions and its parent company Penguin, reports Publishers Weekly. The authors, who are seeking class... 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

ALIA releases ‘The Future of the Profession’ report x

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has released a new report that discusses the future role of library and information services. ALIA said the... Read more

In brief x

Gold Coast libraries may consider commercialising services The Gold Coast City Council may consider partnering its library services with commercial organisations such as bookshops, reports goldcoast.com.au.... Read more

New funding for SLV announced in budget x

New funding for the State Library of Victoria (SLV) has been announced in the 2013-14 Victorian state budget, released on 7 May. Victorian Arts Minister... Read more

International Library News x

Hachette US to supply full ebook catalogue to libraries In the US, Hachette has announced that it will make its full catalogue of ebooks available... 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

What’s next for romance fiction? x

Over the past year, Australian publishers have enjoyed a significant boost in sales for romance fiction, mostly fuelled by erotic fiction. But how long will... Read more

Felicity Volk’s ‘Lightning’ x

A road novel, a tale of magic realism, a story of two outsiders finding each other, and a search for identity saga. Lightning, an ambitious,... Read more

Thames & Hudson Australia distribution moves to ADS x

Publisher: Thames & Hudson Australia ISBN prefix: 978-0-500; 978-0-947131; 978-0-9751965; 978-0-9757303; 978-0-9757684; 978-0-9752302 Old distributor: MDS New distributor: ADS Changeover date: 1 July 2013 Returns... Read more

Changes at the ABA x

Patricia Genat, managing director of ALS Library Services, will replace Jon Page, general manager of Pages & Pages Booksellers in Sydney, as president of the Australian Booksellers... Read more

Kavanagh appointed chair of IPEd x

Owen Kavanagh, professional member of the Society of Editors NSW, has been appointed chair of the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd).

Sessions to retire from Penguin x

Penguin Australia has announced that publisher Bob Sessions will retire from the company in September. Sessions has worked for Penguin for more than 27 years... Read more

Walkley Book Award first round entries now open x

First round entries for this year’s Walkley Book Award are now open for titles produced by an Australian journalist or writer, published in the year from 1... Read more

Society of Editors (NSW) workshop x

The Society of Editors (NSW) will present a one day workshop on structural editing: fiction with Nicola O’Shea, on Friday 24 May.  In this workshop, editor... Read more

APA Professional Development x

Australian Publishers Association (APA) professional development sessions include: Industry seminar: The Publishing Contract and New Frontiers. Sydney 20 June; Melbourne 25 June. Facilitated by Publishing... Read more

2013 ABA Gala Dinner Announcement x

The Australian Booksellers Association hosts its annual Celebrating Bookselling Gala Dinner on Sunday June 16 at the Hilton Adelaide. Highlights of the dinner include a... Read more

Thames & Hudson Australia distribution move to ADS x

Orders for Thames & Hudson Australia and its full sales agencies titles will be received by MDS until COB 28 June. Any unsupplied orders and backorders... Read more

Former Murdoch Books Cut Off x

Confirming that Harper Collins no longer accepts returns on behalf of their former client, Murdoch Books Pty Ltd. The imprint Murdoch Books, Pier 9 and... Read more

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