Weekly Book Newsletter
29 May 2013

Rights round-up x

Sales Children’s—Hardie Grant Egmont and Little Hare have sold Dutch, French, Spanish, Catalan and complex Chinese rights to The Swap (Jan Ormerod & Andrew Joyner);... Read more

HarperCollins to consider relocating NZ distribution to Australia x

HarperCollins Australia and New Zealand is considering relocating its New Zealand distribution to its Australian facilities. HarperCollins said in a statement this week that CEO... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘I look forward to reading the longlist in next year’s Award for Male Reader Engagement. Or better title, The Day My Bum Grew Up and... Read more

Berentson wins NZ science book prize x

This year’s Royal Society of New Zealand Science Book Prize has been awarded to Quinn Berentson. Berentson received a cash prize of NZ$5000 (A$4203) for... Read more

SWF records second-highest box office and book sales x

The 2013 Sydney Writers’ Festival, the first under artistic director Jemma Birrell, has recorded the festival’s second-highest box office sales and the second-best year for... Read more

Publishing trends and challenges discussed at VIP industry forum x

This year’s Sydney Writers’ Festival included the annual Visiting International Publishers (VIP) program, which offers Australian publishers the opportunity to meet with international publishers and... Read more

Pearson to review New Zealand education operations x

Pearson has announced that it is reviewing its educational publishing business in New Zealand and may close its New Zealand office. The publisher said in... Read more

SPN Canberra launches monthly events; Cooney hired as SPN program manager x

The recently established Canberra branch of the Small Press Network (SPN) has launched a series of informal monthly events. Organised by Editia founder and publisher... Read more

McCamish, Williamson awarded Myer Foundation stipends

The Myer Foundation has announced the recipients of the inaugural Merlyn Myer Biography Stipends. The stipends, which are valued at $50,000 each, have been awarded... Read more

Hardie Grant launches free newspaper

Hardie Grant Books has launched a free newspaper-style publication that features book extracts and author interviews, called First Pages. The first edition of First Pages was... Read more

LIANZA Children’s Book Awards 2013 finalists announced x

The finalists for this year’s Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) Children’s Book Awards have been announced. The finalists in each category are: LIANZA Junior Fiction... Read more

2013 ABIA winners announced

The winners of the 2013 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) were announced on Friday 24 May at the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney. This is... Read more

‘Green Vanilla Tea’ wins Finch Memoir Prize x

The 2013 Finch Memoir Prize has been awarded to Marie Williams for her memoir Green Vanilla Tea. The prize, which was presented on 24 May... Read more

Chambers wins Beatrice Davis Fellowship x

Susannah Chambers was announced as the recipient of the 2013/14 Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship at the Sydney Writers’ Festival on 25 May. The fellowship, which... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Dan Brown’s latest thriller featuring professor Robert Langdon, Inferno (Bantam), is at the top of the bestsellers chart and the highest new entries chart this week following... Read more

NGV book wins top prize at National Print Awards x

The winners of the 2013 National Print Awards (NPA) have been announced, with Bambra Press winning the Judges Award for Excellence for Napoleon: Revolution to Empire (Ted... Read more

‘SMH’ Best Young Australian Novelists Awards announced x

The winners of this year’s Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) Best Young Australian Novelists Awards were announced at the Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF) on 24 May. The... Read more

Goldsworthy wins 2013 Pascall Prize x

The 2013 Pascall Prize for critical writing has been awarded to book reviewer and author Kerryn Goldsworthy. Goldsworthy was awarded the $15,000 prize, which was judged by... Read more

Clarke wins 2013 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for unpublished manuscript x

Maxine Beneba Clarke has won the 2013 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript. Clarke was announced as the winner of the $15,000 prize, which is... Read more

Chong wins Joyce Thorpe Nicholson Design Hall of Fame Award x

Text Publishing designer Chong Weng Ho has been awarded the Joyce Thorpe Nicholson Design Hall of Fame Award at the 2013 Australian Publishers Association (APA) Book Design Awards,... Read more

APA Book Design Awards winners announced

The winners of this year’s Australian Publishers Association (APA) Book Design Awards were announced in Sydney on 23 May during the Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF).... Read more

‘The Arrival’ named an honour book in IBBY Silent Books project

Shaun Tan’s The Arrival (Lothian) has been selected as one of 10 honour books in Silent Books, a travelling exhibition run by the International Board... Read more

RiP Kevin Jones x

Kevin Jones, former manager of Publishers Distribution Limited (PDL), has died aged 65. Jones worked as manager of PDL, an Auckland-based distribution company, from March... Read more

White appointed head of international at HarperCollins; Catherine Milne to acquire lit fiction for Fourth Estate x

HarperCollins Australia has appointed Michael White to the newly created position of head of international publishing. HarperCollins Australia marketing and communications director Simon Milne told Books+Publishing... Read more

Brockhoff joins Harlequin x

Harlequin Australia has announced that Sue Brockhoff has joined the publisher in the role of publishing and communications manager. Brockhoff, who was previously head of... 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 (ASA) board. Masson, Irina Dunn, Helen O’Neill, Chris... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘As an unintended consequence of changes in consumer buying habits, people are not paying taxes on things that they have done for years’—Australian Booksellers Association... Read more

SWF kicks off

The Sydney Writers’ Festival was officially launched last night. The opening address was delivered by oral storyteller Daniel Morden, who embodies this year’s festival theme... Read more

Hayes joins Copia as merchandising and marketing manager x

Antonia Hayes has joined ebook provider Copia in the role of Australian merchandising and marketing manager. Hayes, who started in the role this month, is... Read more

Express Media announces book publishing initiative for young writers x

Express Media will publish two novella-length books by Australian writers under 30 as part of a new initiative called Hologram. The Hologram books will be... Read more

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

Bowker partners with Digi-Rights for US My Identifiers platform x

In the US, Bowker is continuing to expand its My Identifiers platform with a new partnership with Digi-Rights. An online tool for small publishers and... Read more

Dutch Booksellers Association launches ‘Booksellers Barometer’ assessment tool x

The Dutch Booksellers Association has launched an online self-assessment tool to help booksellers improve their businesses, reports the Bookseller. The ‘Dutch Booksellers Barometer’, which has... Read more

News Corporation split approved x

The board of News Corporation, the parent company of HarperCollins, has approved the decision to split the organisation into two separately traded companies, reports the... Read more

Children’s book fair in Shanghai to open in November x

The inaugural China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair (CCBF) will be held at the Shanghai Mart Exhibition Centre on 7-10 November, reports Publishers Weekly. With... Read more

‘Guardian’ children’s fiction prize longlist announced x

In the UK, the Guardian has announced the longlist for its 2013 children’s fiction prize. The longlisted titles are: The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas... Read more

Boo wins NYPL Helen Bernstein Book Award x

In the US, the New York Public Library (NYPL) has awarded Katherine Boo this year’s Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism, worth US$15,000 (A$15,298).... Read more

Publishing Hackathon finalists announced x

Six finalists have been chosen from the inaugural Publishing Hackathon, held in New York on 18-19 May. Thirty teams were given 36 hours to come up with an... Read more

The Reading Room announces print book sales x

The Reading Room, a book-focussed social media website, will begin selling print books online in June, following its introduction of ebook sales earlier this year,... Read more

Amazon launches Kindle Worlds for fanfiction publishing

Amazon has launched a publishing model called Kindle World, which allows authors to write fanfiction stories inspired by book series via a licensing partnership with Warner Bros, said Amazon... Read more

Lydia Davis wins 2013 Man Booker International Prize x

US author Lydia Davis has won the 2013 Man Booker International Prize. Announcing Davis as the fifth winner of the Man Booker International Prize, the... Read more

Penguin to avoid trial after settling ebook pricing cases with states and consumers x

In the US, Penguin will not participate as a defendant in the Department of Justice’s long-awaited ebook pricing trial after reaching a settlement in the... Read more

Waterstones to restructure bookshop management positions x

UK bookselling chain Waterstones is restructuring its bookshop management positions to put more emphasis on shop-floor bookselling, reports the Bookseller. Managing director James Daunt has... Read more

Barefoot Books withdraws books with Amazon x

In the US, independent children’s publisher Barefoot Books has announced it will no longer sell books through Amazon, reports Digital Book World. The publisher said... 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... Read more

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