Weekly Book Newsletter
29 May 2013

Parry nominated for Daphne du Maurier Awards x

Bronwyn Parry’s Dead Heat (Hachette) has been nominated for the Daphne du Maurier Awards in the Single Title Romantic Mystery/Suspense category of the published division. The winners... Read more

NZ poet wins second place in international poetry competition x

New Zealand poet and fiction writer Sue Wootton has won second place in the 2013 Open International Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine for her... Read more

ABC TV to adapt ‘The Secret River’ x

The ABC has announced that it is working on a television miniseries adaptation of Kate Grenville’s The Secret River (Text). The adaptation is being developed by producers Stephen Luby... Read more

Penguin to take ‘popular writing’ seminar to Sydney x

Penguin has announced that it will take its School of Popular Writing, a one-day seminar for aspiring writers of commercial fiction, to Sydney. The seminar, which... Read more

Susanne Gervay’s ‘I Am Jack’ to be adapted to film x

Screen Australia has announced script development funding for a film adaptation of Susanne Gervay’s book I Am Jack (HarperCollins). Gervay will write the film script for I Am Jack, with director... Read more

In brief x

New library opens on the Gold Coast A new library opened in the Gold Coast suburb of Upper Coomera in Queensland on 29 April. The... Read more

Reilly and Fox top PLR, ELR charts

Books by Matthew Reilly and Mem Fox have topped the 2011-12 lists of the highest scoring titles in the Public Lending Rights (PLR) and Educational... Read more

NSW public libraries to share in $2.5 million funding boost x

Public libraries across New South Wales will receive $2.5 million in grants in the latest round of the 2013 Library Development Grants and Country Libraries... 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

What booksellers want from publishers x

In the second instalment in our series of opinion pieces from booksellers, Embiggen Books co-owner Warren Bonett argues that the publishing industry could do more to promote books... 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

Mark Willacy’s 'Fukushima' x

ABC journalist Mark Willacy won a Walkley Award for his coverage of the 2011 tsunami and subsequent nuclear disasters in Japan. In the years since... Read more

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

Staff changes at OzCo x

Katie Harford, program officer for market development at the Australia Council for the Arts, is on maternity leave, and will return to her role in... Read more

Staff changes at ‘Kill Your Darlings’ x

Literary journal Kill Your Darlings (KYD) has announced a number of recent staff changes. Editor Rebecca Starford and deputy editor Hannah Kent have moved into... Read more

Cooney joins SPN x

Sam Cooney has joined the Small Press Network (SPN) in the part-time role of program manager. Cooney, who is also the editor of The Lifted... 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

Society of Editors (NSW) Inc. Editing skills in the era of digital (r)evolution x

The Society of Editors (NSW) Inc. will present a talk on Editing skills in the era of digital (r)evolution with Dr Agata Mrva-Montoya on Tuesday... Read more

Editors Victoria Professional Development: Advanced Microsoft Word 2011 for Editors (Mac) x

Editors Victoria is running a professional development session on Advanced Microsoft Word 2011 for Editors (Mac), on Saturday June 8.  Much of an editor’s job involves repetitive... Read more

Editors Victoria: Punctuation Refresher for Writers and Editors x

On Saturday 29 June Editors Victoria is running the professional development session Punctuation Refresher for Writers and Editors. This workshop is designed as a refresher for those... Read more

Newtown office of Walker Books Australia closed from 27 May to 3 June x

Due to renovations, the Newtown office of Walker Books Australia will be closed for 5 days from 27th May to the 3rd June. Staff will be working remotely, and should be contactable by e-mail and phone calls will be re-routed. Thank you for your patience.


Hachette Australia Congratulates Bronwyn Parry x

Hachette Australia is thrilled to congratulate Bronwyn Parry on Dead Heat being a finalist in the Single-Title category of the Daphne du Maurier Award. The winners will be announced on July 18 at the RWA national conference.

To order copies of Dead Heat (ISBN:  9780733625497) please contact Alliance Distribution Services customer service on toll-free fax 1800-664-477 or tel (02) 4390-1300.


Finch Publishing Congratulates Marie Williams x

Finch Publishing congratulates Marie Williams on winning the 2013 Finch Memoir Prize for her heartbreaking yet inspiring story of family love, hope and tragedy, Green Vanilla Tea.

The book is available immediately through our distributors HarperCollins Australia. ISBN: 9781921462993. RRP: $24.99


Scholastic Congratulates Nick Bland x

Scholastic Australia would like to congratulate Nick Bland for winning the Book of the Year for Younger Children 2013 at the Australian Industry Book Awards for his fabulous picture book, The Very Hungry Bear published by Scholastic Press (ISBN 9781742831701).




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