Weekly Book Newsletter
3 July 2013

Golds wins Nance Donkin Award x

Cassandra Golds has won the 2013 Nance Donkin Award, presented biennially by the Society of Women Writers Victoria (SWWV) for an outstanding woman author in Australia... Read more

Booktopia, Bookworld finalists in Online Retail Industry Awards x

Online booksellers Booktopia and Bookworld have been nominated in multiple categories in this year’s Online Retail Industry Awards. Booktopia is a finalist in four categories:... Read more

NZ’s Frankfurt Pavilion wins design award x

New Zealand’s Guest of Honour Pavilion at the 2012 Frankfurt Book Fair has won the Supreme Award and the Installation category at the 2013 Interior Awards in New Zealand. The... Read more

QBD grows to 50 stores x

Bookselling chain QBD now operates 50 stores across Australia, following the opening of a new store in New South Wales in April. A QBD outlet... Read more

In brief x

Melton Library becomes first Australian library to receive Green Star rating The new Melton Library and Learning Hub in Victoria has been awarded a Green... Read more

Yarra Plenty Regional Library to provide collection, program and training support for Murrindini Library Service x

In Victoria, the Yarra Plenty Regional Library (YPRL) has announced that it will provide collection, online, program and training services to the Murrindindi Library Service (MLS). Under... Read more

NZ library service selling Kobo devices; plans to offer ereader rentals x

In New Zealand, Hutt City Libraries is now selling Kobo ereading devices to its members, and plans to offer the devices for rent in coming... Read more

Peter Williams awarded Library Board of WA Fellowship; other WA awards announced x

Children’s art collector Peter Williams has received a Library Board of Western Australia Fellowship for his contribution to WA library services. Williams donated 107 original... Read more

International Library News x

ALA launches Authors for Library Ebooks campaign The American Library Association (ALA) has launched a new campaign to improve access to ebooks in libraries at its annual... Read more

In brief x

Librarians recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours Librarians have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Brisbane City Council Library Service (BCCLS) manager Sharan Harvey... Read more

SLV, PLVN launch strategic framework for Victorian public libraries x

The State Library of Victoria (SLV) and the Public Libraries Victoria Network (PLVN) launched a new strategic framework for public libraries in Victoria this month.... Read more

Poll position: a preview of political books in the lead-up to the federal election x

Following the dramatic events in Canberra over the past fortnight, several books about Australian politics have been fast-tracked to publication. These include Downfall: How the... Read more

What booksellers want from publishers x

In a new instalment in our series of opinion pieces from booksellers, Louise Fay from Dymocks Adelaide calls on publishers to deliver new-release titles more... Read more

Vanessa Russell’s ‘Holy Bible’ x

It’s quite a bold move to name your book Holy Bible; it could pique curiosity or incite alienation. Let’s hope it’s the former, as regardless... Read more

Andrew Leigh’s ‘Battlers & Billionaires’ x

This short book is the first in what promises to be a great new series from Black Inc. called ‘Redbacks’. The series aims to introduce... Read more

Redmayne to replace Barnsley as HarperCollins UK CEO x

Victoria Barnsley, CEO of HarperCollins UK, has announced that she will leave HarperCollins this month after 13 years with the company. Barnsley, who was also... Read more

Coyne appointed Penguin Random House Asia Pacific CEO x

Gabrielle Coyne, previously CEO of Penguin Asia Pacific, has been appointed as CEO of Penguin Random House Asia Pacific, following the completion of the merger... Read more

Macdonald to join HarperCollins NZ x

Journalist and editor Finlay Macdonald will join HarperCollins New Zealand on 18 July in the newly created position of contract publisher. Macdonald, who will be... Read more

Booksellers NZ elects new board x

New members elected to the 2013/14 board of Booksellers New Zealand are: Stella Chrysostomou of Page & Blackmore in Nelson, Chris Lumsden of Paper Plus in Wanaka,... Read more

Most Underrated Book Award entries open x

Entries are open for the Most Underrated Book Award (MUBA), which aims to ‘shine a light on some of the outstanding titles that are released... Read more

APA Professional Development: Children’s Digital Publishing Seminar x

The Click on Kids’: Children’s Digital Publishing Seminar will be held on Thursday 1 August in Sydney, supported by Australian Publishers Association (APA) Children’s Publishing Committee. The seminar venue is Aerial UTS... Read more

Editors Victoria workshops x

Editors Victoria is running several workshops over the coming weeks. Introduction to Copy-editing on Saturday 13 July. Introduction to Structural Editing on Saturday 27 July.... Read more

Australian Educational Publishing Awards deadline extended x

The Australian Educational Publishing Awards 2013 are open for nominations. The awards, presented by the Australian Publishers Association (APA), recognise the best educational materials published... Read more

Winners of the Lonely Planet ‘Share Your Travel Story’ window display competition announced x

Lonely Planet congratulates the four national winners of the ‘Share Your Travel Story’ retail display competition.  We received more entries than ever for the retail competition which supports our annual ‘Travel Month’ promotion and were extremely impressed with the high calibre of entries.  Each of the four winners will receive $1,000 in cash or retail vouchers to share with their team. Thank you to everyone who supported the promotion in 2013!

Retail Display Winners:
Boffins Bookshop
Devonport Bookshop
RACV Werribee
Tasmanian Map Centre


‘Rudd v. Abbott’ by David Marr available Tuesday 9 July x

Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott have resumed battle for leadership of the nation.

Rudd v. Abbott beings together their definitive portraits by Australia’s pre-eminent biographer and investigative journalist, David Marr.

Rudd v. Abbott includes David Marr’s two classic Quarterly Essays: the Walkley Award-winning Power Trip: The Political Journey of Kevin Rudd and Political Animal: The Making of Tony Abbott.

Stock of Rudd v. Abbott will be available on Tuesday 9 July.

To order, contact United Book Distributors on 03 9811 2555 or email orders@unitedbookdistributors.com.au 

Title: Rudd v. Abbott
Author: David Marr
RRP: $24.99


B format of ‘Gaysia’ by Benjamin Law now available x

The B format of Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East by Benjamin Law is now available. The C format is now out of stock. To order the B format, contact United Book Distributors on 03 9811 2555 or email orders@unitedbookdistributors.com.au 

Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East
Benjamin Law
B format
ISBN: 9781863956130
RRP $19.99


HarperCollins Oxfam Trailwalker Trivia Night x

Every year, tens of thousands of over-nourished, self-involved, slightly paunchy, social smoking, wee bit unfit, guilt-ridden First-Worlders pretend to take an interest in someone else’s problems for a change by having a dash at uncomfortableness for a weekend by doing the Oxfam Trailwalker. 

This year, it’s a HarperCollins team of Anna Valdinger, Jess Bramwell, Stu Smith and James Kellow. We’re walking 100 km in less than 48hrs to raise $8000 for Oxfam and we need you to help us out.

On Thursday 18 July we’re holding a fundraising Trivia Night. Bring your sharp minds and pots of gold – in addition to trivia, there will be an auction for the grand prize of 3 willing slaves for a day. We’ll archive, we’ll dust behind the shelves, we’ll de-sticker returns, James will spit-polish your Publisher of the Year trophies for a whole day! For a price.

5.45pm – 8.30pm Thursday 18 July

HarperCollins HQ Level 13, 201 Elizabeth St (cnr Park St) Sydney CBD.

Tickets $20 each. Team tables of 8 can be booked, otherwise we will put you in a team once you’ve RSVPed. Ticket price includes nibbles. RSVP COB Thursday 11th July (that’s next Thurs). Beer and wine available. Cash only at the door and on the bar (ATMs nearby). 

Can’t make it? We’d still very much appreciate your donation to our team, The Geebung Polo Club, on the website here.

All RSVPs to Jessica.bramwell@harpercollins.com.au. All enquires (including if you have an amazing fundraising or donation idea) to (02) 9952-5013.


HarperCollins New Zealand announces the appointment of Finlay Macdonald x

HarperCollins New Zealand has engaged journalist and editor, Finlay Macdonald to steer its local publishing program, led by ANZ Publishing Director Shona Martyn.

Finlay Macdonald has worked as a journalist, editor, publisher and broadcaster in New Zealand since 1986. He was editor of the New Zealand Listener magazine from 1998 to 2003, and deputy editor before that. He worked as commissioning editor at Penguin New Zealand from 2003 to 2005, during which time he published the late David Lange’s best-selling memoir My Life. He was an award-winning columnist for the Sunday Star-Times from 2003 to 2011, and continues to write for various publications. He is also a regular commentator on radio.

‘I’m delighted to be working with HarperCollins and to be re-entering the world of book publishing. I’m especially looking forward to working with existing and new authors to make the best books, and the right books, for New Zealand readers,’ says Macdonald. ‘Yes, there are definitely challenges ahead, but there are also great opportunities to bring energy and a commitment to quality to the local publishing scene.’

Shona Martyn says: ‘It will be exciting to work with Finlay who has a commitment to quality publishing, stellar contacts and an instinctive sense of the type of books that New Zealanders want to read.’

Finlay starts his work with HarperCollins on Thursday 18 July.

Contact: Simon Milne
Marketing Communications Director
HarperCollins Publishers Australia
T: 02 9952 5000
E: simon.milne@harpercollins.com.au


PacStream reminds users to update Pan Mac and T&H titles x

PacStream would like to remind all users to update their computer systems with the distribution changes for Thames & Hudson and Pan Macmillan titles. As of 1/7/2013 distribution of these titles is now via Alliance Distribution Services (SAN = 9012000). Any orders sent to Macmillan Distribution Services will not be supplied.


Eurospan now marketing, selling and distributing Transaction titles x

Transaction Publishers in the USA has appointed Eurospan as its agent to market, sell and distribute its books in Australasia – effective immediately.

Transaction is widely respected as a major publisher of social science books and serials. Subjects covered include economics, political science, history, sociology, anthropology, psychology, area research, urban studies, policy analysis, philosophy of social science, organisational behaviour, and criminology. 

Contacts at Eurospan:
Marc Bedwell, Sales Manager Asia-Pacific: (marc.bedwell@eurospan group.com)
Tel: +44 (0)20 7845 0811,
Emma White, Marketing Manager, Australia:(emma.white@eurospangroup.com)
Tel: +61 (0)3 8844 5527




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