Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
22 May 2013

Inga Simpson’s ‘Mr Wigg’ x

The book that comes to mind on having finished Inga Simpson’s Mr Wigg is Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. They share nothing much in common; Mr Wigg is set... Read more

John Harwood’s ‘The Asylum’ x

In this suspenseful gothic thriller set in late Victorian England, John Harwood (The Ghost Writer, Séance) has clearly had fun with the genre while creating... Read more

‘The Light between Oceans’ shortlisted for UK historical fiction prize x

The Light between Oceans by Australian author M L Stedman (Vintage) is one of five titles shortlisted for the 2013 Goldsboro Crown for Historical Debut... Read more

Funder wins ‘Women of Style’ award

Australian author Anna Funder has won the Arts and Culture category of the 2013 Women of Style awards, presented by InStyle Magazine. Funder, whose novel... Read more

In brief x

ProQuest completes EBL acquisition ProQuest has announced the completion of its acquisition of Ebook Library (EBL) from the Ebook Corporation. The EBL platform offers approximately 300,000 ebooks from... Read more

Australian libraries participate in Big Library Read project x

A number of Australian libraries are participating in the Big Library Read project, a two-week ebook data experiment run by OverDrive and Sourcebooks. As previously... Read more

Australia’s Favourite Librarians announced x

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) and the Love2Read campaign have announced the winners of the Australia’s Favourite Librarian competition. The overall winner is... Read more

New items added to Australian Memory of the World register x

Collections from the National Library of Australia and state and territory libraries in Victoria, New South Wales, the Northern Territory and South Australia are among... Read more

International Library News x

OCLC appoints Prichard as president and CEO In the US, the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) has appointed Skip Prichard as president and CEO, reports... Read more

International Library News x

Baker & Taylor launches axisReader app for ebook lending Library distributor Baker & Taylor has launched its axisReader app, which allows library patrons to download... Read more

In brief x

Debate sparked by NZ suggestion that Kindles replace library services In New Zealand, Marlborough District local councillor David Oddie has sparked debate by suggesting it... Read more

SLV appoints new directors x

The State Library of Victoria (SLV) has appointed three new directors to reflect a new executive structure.   Jo Watson has been appointed as director... Read more

Melbourne council allocates funding to Docklands, Carlton libraries x

The City of Melbourne Council has allocated new funding to libraries in the Docklands and Carlton in its 2013-14 draft budget. The council has committed... Read more

What booksellers want from publishers x

In a speech delivered at a publishers’ conference in the UK earlier this year, the Bookseller’s editor Phillip Jones argued that ‘bookshops can help themselves.... Read more

Jon Page on the digital future for booksellers x

Last week, Pages & Pages general manager Jon Page announced that he would be stepping down as president of the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) in... Read more

Masson re-elected as chair, Day as treasurer of ASA board x

Sophie Masson has been re-elected as chair and David Day as treasurer of the Australian Society of Authors board. (See news.)

Changes at HarperCollins x

Michael White has been appointed to the newly created position of head of international publishing at HarperCollins. White’s appointment follows the departure of former head... Read more

Harrex retires from Otago University Press x

Wendy Harrex has retired as publisher at Otago University Press in Dunedin, New Zealand, after 20 years in the role. Rachel Scott, formerly the publisher of Canterbury University... Read more

Brockhoff joins Harlequin x

Sue Brockhoff has joined Harlequin Australia in the role of publishing and communications manager. Brockhoff, who was previously head of fiction at HarperCollins, replaces former... Read more

Hayes joins Copia x

Antonia Hayes has joined ebook provider Copia in the role of Australian merchandising and marketing manager. Hayes has previously worked as a publicist for Random... Read more

Grybowski appointed Australia Council CEO x

Tony Grybowski has been appointed as the new CEO of the Australia Council for the Arts. Grybowski, who previously worked for the Australia Council in... Read more

SLV appoints new directors x

The State Library of Victoria has appointed three new directors. Jo Watson has been appointed as director of community engagement, Peter McMahon has been appointed... Read more

Society of Editors (NSW) Inc. June workshop x

The Society of Editors (NSW) Inc. will present a one-day professional development workshop on editing annual reports: a special approach with Arthur E Delbridge AM,... Read more

APA Professional Development x

Australian Publishers Association (APA) professional development sessions include: The Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellow 2013/14 will be announced on Saturday 25 May at 1 pm at... Read more

Editors Victoria: Redact 2013 – Training for editors x

Editors Victoria is running a weekend course over 10-11 August in Hepburn Springs. Redact is a residential weekend course offered by Editors Victoria over the... Read more

ALPA Books Publishers Moving to NewSouth Books x

As previously announced, from June 1 NewSouth Books will be representing ALPA Books. This will affect the following imprints:

Barron’s Educational
CRW – Collector’s Library
East Street
G2 Entertainment
Images Publishing
John Blake Publishing
Love Police
Maverick Art
Michelle Anderson Publishing
National Book Network- Bard Press, Brewers Association, Barricade, Blood Moon, C&T Publishing, Intrepid Traveler, New Trends, Robert Kennedy, World Wisdom, YMAA
Publications International.
Seller’s Publishing
Worth Press

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'The Rook' named best science fiction novel at The 2012 Aurealis Awards x

HarperCollins Publishers is delighted to congratulate author Daniel O’Malley, whose debut novel, The Rook, was named best science fiction novel at this year’s Aurealis Awards.

Publisher, Anna Valdinger said, “the nominees in all categories were really strong, and it was a massive thrill when The Rook was announced as the winner of best science fiction novel.”

The Rook, an outrageously good, genre-bending novel, about a secret organisation keeping England – and the world – safe from supernatural threats (one staff meeting at a time), was “the judges’ clear and unanimous winner,” said category judge Alex Adsett.

Following the win, O’Malley said he was “delighted and honoured to have been selected, especially when the other nominees were so outstanding. Australian writers are producing such terrific works in science fiction and fantasy – it is a very exciting time both to be a writer and a reader.”

For further information please contact Jane Finemore, Publicity Manager
(02) 9952-5477 or jane.finemore@harpercollins.com.au


North vs South publishers golf x

The captain of the Southern golf team, Patrick Gallagher, is proud to announce the defeat of Greg Bain’s Northern team and the return of the Border Crossers’ jug to its rightful home in the Allen & Unwin offices.

A hard fought series of matches at beautiful Bonville on the NSW north coast resulted in a comfortable win for the Southern team, with long driving Graham Jowett awarded the Rough End of the Pineapple trophy as the singles winner over the series. Equally long driving but direction-challenged Graham Clifford took out the Big Dog Award.

It is hoped to hold a NSW golf day later this year. All interested please contact patrickg@allenandunwin.com. Contrary to common belief you don’t have to be either male or geriatric.

Pictured are Patrick Gallagher and Jimmy Lee with the elegant Border Crossers’ jug trophy




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