Weekly Book Newsletter
8 May 2013

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

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

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

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 menu designed by Adam Liaw (Hachette), based on his forthcoming book, Asian After Work, with wine matching by legendary winemaker and wine writer James Halliday (Hardie Grant). The guest speaker is award winning author, Christos Tsiolkas (Allen & Unwin). The evening also includes presentations of the annual ABA Text Publishing Bookseller of the Year, ABA Random House Young Bookseller of the Year, Nielsen Bookdata Booksellers Choice Awards and the ABA Elizabeth Riley Fellowship.

Bookings for this event and other conference packages are still available here.


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 will be transferred to ADS for supply from 1 July.

Please note that orders for July new titles should be placed with MDS. July backorders will be transferred to ADS in time to supply with the ADS July new releases.

All distribution for Thames & Hudson Australia and its full sales agencies will commence from ADS on 1 July.

There will be no interruption to returnability under Thames & Hudson Australia’s trading terms, but please note the dates for contacting MDS or ADS for authorisation and for sending back authorised stock:

MDS will issue return authorizations for Thames & Hudson Australia and its full sales agencies until 14 June. From 15 June, please refer to ADS for return authorization. If a book is within Thames & Hudson Australia’s trading terms, ADS will issue a returns authorisation regardless of whether it was invoiced by them.

Stock of authorized Thames & Hudson Australia returns will be accepted by MDS until COB 21 June. From 22 June please send any authorized returns to ADS.


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 agencies Constable and Robinson and Blackdog and Leventhal were sold to Allen & Unwin on 31 December 2012.

As previously notified the cut of date for returns to HEDS for the former Murdoch Books was 31 March 2013, and all sales made pre 31 December 2012, by the former Murdoch Books Pty, Limited are no longer eligible for return, and will be returned to customer at the customers cost.


Readers' Niche x

Australia’s own Online Literary Gift Emporium www.readersniche.com.au

You name the author and then chose the gift you need. Shakespeare, Dickens, Austen, Wodehouse…

Tee shirts, Stationery, Tea Towels, Literary Tea and a treasure trove more.


Get Well Soon! Sells Over 1,000 eBooks x

UQP is thrilled to announce that Kristy Chambers’ debut memoir Get Well Soon! My (Un)Brilliant Career as a Nurse (ISBN: 9780 7022 3920 5) has recently sold over 1,000 eBooks in addition to its strong print sales. Described by Benjamin Law as one of the most distressingly funny books he’s ever read, sales of Get Well Soon! are certain to continue for some time.

To reorder phone UBD on 1800-338-836.




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