Weekly Book Newsletter
5 June 2013

NewSouth book wins at Heritage Awards x

Designer Suburbs: Architects and Affordable Homes in Australia by Judith O’Callaghan and Charles Pickett (NewSouth) has won the Education, Interpretation and Community Engagement category of this... Read more

Attendance, box office up at EWF 2013 x

The 2013 Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) attracted a larger audience and higher box office sales than last year’s festival, according to festival director Sam Twyford-Moore. The... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘If you categorise books as for boys or for girls, the message is that boys don’t need to be concerned about the female experience. And... Read more

Gatekeepers, gender and ‘new adult’ debated at 2013 Reading Matters conference x

Keith Gray, Raina Telgemeir and Libba Bray were among the popular international guests at this year’s Reading Matters conference, which ran from 30 May to 1... Read more

Kibble and Dobbie Awards shortlists announced

The shortlists for this year’s Kibble and Dobbie Literary Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles for the $30,000 Kibble Literary Award, which recognises the... Read more

New literary festival for Tasmania x

A new Tasmanian literary festival, the Beaconsfield Festival of Golden Words, will be held for the first time in March 2014. The annual festival, which will be... Read more

Halford named Penguin Sales Rep of the Year x

Jenny Halford was named Penguin Sales Representative of the Year at this year’s Penguin sales conference, which was held in Lorne, Victoria, at the end... Read more

Scribe to publish first children’s book in November

Melbourne-based publisher Scribe will publish its first children’s picture book in November. Amazing Babes by Sydney writer Eliza Sarlos and Tokyo-based illustrator Grace Lee is... Read more

RiP Jill Kitson x

Radio presenter, producer, author and editor Jill Kitson has died. On the ABC’s Radio National, Kitson produced and presented book shows including First Edition and Book Talk,... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction—Rockpool Publishing has licensed Danish and Norwegian rights to Angel Whispers (Debbie Malone); Spanish rights to 7 Things Your Doctor Forgot to Tell You;... Read more

‘WBN’ published Thursday next week x

Please note that, due to the Queen’s Birthday public holiday on Monday (occuring in all states except Western Australia), the Weekly Book Newsletter will be published on Thursday 13... Read more

Penguin Random House merger expected to be completed in July following approval in China

The merger of Penguin and Random House is expected to be completed next month, following the approval of the proposed merger by the Chinese Ministry of... Read more

Ward appointed head of consumer and market insights at Simon & Schuster x

Simon & Schuster Australia has announced that Kirsty Ward has been appointed to the newly created position of head of consumer and market insights. Ward, who... Read more

2013 BWF schools program announced x

The schools program for this year’s Brisbane Writers Festival (BWF) has been announced. The Word Play program, which runs from 4 to 6 September, offers places... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Khaled Hosseini’s third novel And the Mountains Echoed (Bloomsbury) is at the top of the highest new entries chart this week and second on the... Read more

Inaugural ‘Seizure’ novella prize winner announced

Melbourne-based author Jane Jervis-Read has won the inaugural Viva La Novella prize offered by Seizure literary journal for her novella Midnight Blue and Endlessly Tall.... Read more

Inky Awards 2013 longlists announced

The longlists for the 2013 Inky Awards, presented by the Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library of Victoria, have been announced. The awards... Read more

Commonwealth Writers prizes 2013 winners announced x

The winners of the 2013 Commonwealth Book Prize and the Commonwealth Short Story Prize were announced in the UK on 31 May. UK author Lisa... Read more

Cengage announces global price structure for US-based higher ed print titles x

Cengage Learning will adopt a new global pricing structure for US-originated higher education print titles in July, with around a third of the US-originated titles... Read more

EWF Monash Prize winners announced x

The winners of the Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) Monash University Undergraduate Prize for Creative Writing have been announced. The overall prize, worth $4000, was presented... Read more

John Button Prize 2013 longlist announced

The longlist for the 2013 John Button Prize for writing on Australian politics and policy has been announced. The longlisted titles are: The New Leviathan:... Read more

Booktopia’s Purcell revealed as ‘The Secret Lives of Emma’ author x

Booktopia’s head of marketing and chief book buyer John Purcell has been revealed as the author of the Australian erotic fiction trilogy ‘The Secret Lives... Read more

‘The Minnow’ wins 2013 Text Prize; Text acquires second shortlisted book

Diana Sweeney has won this year’s Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing for her manuscript The Minnow. Sweeney was presented with the prize... Read more

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

Young nominated for Daphne du Maurier Awards x

Helene Young’s Burning Lies (Penguin) has been nominated for the Daphne du Maurier Awards in the Mainstream Mystery and Suspense category of the published division. The winners... Read more

ASA National Writers’ Congress details announced x

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has released details about its inaugural National Writers’ Congress, Authorship 20/20, which will celebrate the association’s 50th anniversary in Sydney from 17-19 October. Guest... Read more

Blackadder, Walkley win international awards x

Two Australian authors have recently won international book awards. Jesse Blackadder has won a gold medal in the historical fiction category of the Benjamin Franklin Awards for The Raven’s... 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

Malorie Blackman named UK Children’s Laureate x

In the UK, children’s author Malorie Blackman has been announced as the new Waterstones Children’s Laureate, reports the Bookseller. Blackman was presented with the Children’s... Read more

YA book-discovery startup wins Publishing Hackathon x

A young adult book-discovery platform called Evoke has won the inaugural Publishing Hackathon, a software development contest held in New York in May, reports DigitalBookWorld. The Evoke team, which... Read more

DOJ ebook pricing trial underway; Apple describes publisher contracts as ‘contentious and hard-fought’ x

The US Department of Justice’s (DOJ) ebook pricing trial against Apple kicked off on 3 June and is expected to last for three weeks, reports... Read more

Baileys to sponsor UK Women’s Prize for Fiction x

In the UK, the Women’s Prize for Fiction, previously known as the Orange Prize for Fiction, has announced that Baileys will be its new major sponsor. From next... Read more

Fernhust Books acquires Wiley Nautical assets x

Fernhust Books has acquired the print and digital assets for 180 titles from John Wiley & Sons’ nautical consumer publishing program Wiley Nautical, Wiley has... Read more

Kinney planning to open a bookstore x

Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney is planning to open a bookstore in his home town of Plainville, New England, reports Publishers Weekly.... Read more

Simon & Schuster to publish in Canada x

Simon & Schuster (S&S) has been given permission by the Canadian government to expand its publishing operations into Canada, reports Publishers Weekly. Previously the publisher... Read more

Will Amazon’s Kindles go on sale in China next month? x

Amazon is set to launch its Kindle ereaders in China from 7 June after years of speculation, reports TechCrunch. According to news reports from China,... Read more

HarperCollins US launches digital proofs platform for authors, events x

In the US, HarperCollins has launched a new program that allows authors and the publisher’s marketing and publicity teams to share digital proofs of forthcoming... Read more

NBCC announces new award for debut books x

In the US, the National Books Critic Circle (NBCC) has added a new award category for debut books. The John Leonard Award, named after the founding... 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

In brief x

OCLC VP to give keynote address at LIANZA Conference Lorcan Dempsey, vice president and chief strategist at the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), will give... Read more

Central West Libraries commended in IFLA marketing awards x

Central West Libraries in NSW has been highly commended in the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) 2013 International Marketing Awards. The only Australian library... Read more

John Oxley Library awards winners announced x

The State Library of Queensland has announced the winners of the 2013 John Oxley Library Award, John Oxley Library Community History Award and John Oxley... 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

Adaptation anticipation x

Did you know that Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief and Melina Marchetta’s On the Jellicoe Road are being adapted into films? Andrew Wrathall spoke to the... 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

Annie Hauxwell’s ‘A Bitter Taste’ x

Catherine Berlin, a private investigator with a heroin addiction, is battling the unseasonal heat of London as well as physical scars from an earlier investigation.... 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

InBooks ends distribution of Libraries Unlimited x

Agency: Libraries Unlimited ISBN Prefix: 978159158, 97816106 Old Distributor: Inbooks New Distributor: N/A Changeover date: 01/06/13 Returns cutoff: 30/06/13                  

InBooks ends distribution of Linworth x

Agency: Linworth ISBN Prefix: 978158683 Old Distributor: Inbooks New Distributor: N/A Changeover date: 1/06/13 Returns cutoff: 30/06/13                  

Woodslane Pty Ltd Representing Premier Independent UK Publishers x

Publisher(s): Alastair Sawday, Elliott & Thompson, Fonthill Media, Ovolo Books, Pinter & Martin ISBN Prefix: 978-1-906136; 978-1-908739;  978-1-178155;  978-1-905959;  978-1-78066 New Distributor: Woodslane Pty Ltd

Toohey to leave Express Media x

Joe Toohey is stepping down as CEO of Express Media, after more than two years in the role, to join Regional Arts Victoria in the role of business manager. Toohey... Read more

Place to edit ‘Readings Monthly’ x

Belle Place has been appointed as the new editor of the Readings Monthly. Place, who is currently publishing coordinator at Affirm Press, will start in... Read more

Ward appointed head of consumer and market insights at Simon & Schuster x

Kirsty Ward has been appointed to the newly created position of head of consumer and market insights at Simon & Schuster Australia. Ward’s new role is... 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

APA Professional Development x

Australian Publishers Association (APA) professional development sessions include: Thursday 20 June (Sydney); Tuesday 25 June (Melbourne) Industry Seminar: it’s not all about the words, but... Read more

Society of Editors (NSW) workshop: Editing annual reports x

The Society of Editors (NSW) Inc. will present a professional development workshop on editing annual reports: a special approach on Wednesday 19 June with Arthur E Delbridge... Read more

Second printing of ‘Green Vanilla Tea’ x

Due to high demand, Finch Publishing is doing a second printing of Green Vanilla Tea by Marie Williams, this year’s winner of the Finch Memoir... Read more

Lots of Congratulations from NewSouth Books x

NewSouth Books are thrilled to congratulate several of our authors on recent achievements: Tim Soutphommasane on his title Don’t Go Back to Where You Came... Read more

Macmillan Distribution Services x

MDS will commence using XL Express for all authorised returns as of the 6th of June. Please commence booking returns pick-ups through XL Express, rather than... Read more

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