Weekly Book Newsletter
10 July 2013

Marie Williams’ ‘Green Vanilla Tea’ x

Green Vanilla Tea is the winner of the 2013 Finch Memoir Prize and it’s easy to see why. Marie Williams, her husband Dominic, and their two... Read more

ASA launches manuscript development service x

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has launched a manuscript development service to support authors with a substantial work-in-progress. As part of the service, an... Read more

Booksellers NZ, Kobo to offer US scholarships for young booksellers x

Booksellers New Zealand and ebook provider Kobo have announced that two young booksellers will be given the opportunity to attend the American Booksellers Association’s 2014... Read more

Ubud Writers & Readers Festival announces short story contest

The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, in partnership with the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), has launched an online short story competition for emerging writers. The Long Way... Read more

International library news x

UK library survey reveals effects of government cuts In the UK, a survey of 2000 library staff by UK trade union UNISON reveals the negative... Read more

Hyde to join SLV leadership team x

The State Library of Victoria (SLV) has announced the appointment of Justine Hyde to the position of director of library services and experience. Hyde will... Read more

In brief x

OCLC global council announces Australian appointment Library bibliographic provider OCLC has announced RMIT University librarian Craig Anderson as an executive committee member the OCLC Asia Pacific regional council. The election of new... Read more

New report highlights benefits of investing in Australian libraries x

A new report commissioned by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has found that every $100 invested in Australian public libraries delivers $290 in... Read more

$9 million in funding for Toowoomba’s new library; new Gold Coast library to open this month x

The Toowoomba Regional Council in Queensland has committed nearly $9 million in funding for Toowoomba’s new City Library, reports the Chronicle. The 2013/14 Budget includes... 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

Business smarts: Boffins Bookshop owner Bill Liddelow shares his bookselling wisdom x

Boffins Bookshop in Perth has won Specialist Bookseller of the Year at the Australian Book Industry Awards for six years running. Some of Boffins’ bookselling... 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

Hyde to join SLV x

The State Library of Victoria (SLV) has announced the appointment of Justine Hyde to the position of director of library services and experience. Hyde, who... Read more

Farry leaves Penguin x

Alysha Farry, publicity and marketing manager at Penguin, has left the company to take on a role at PR agency Liquid Ideas.

Power to Affirm Press x

Elke Power has been appointed publishing coordinator at Affirm Press, beginning on 15 July. Power previously held the position of publicist at Black Inc.

New publishers join Murdoch Books x

Diana Hill, Jane Morrow and Corinne Roberts have joined Allen & Unwin as publishers for Murdoch Books. (See news.)

Ormsby leaves RMIT Publishing x

Kevin Ormsby has retired from the position of publishing manager at RMIT Publishing in Melbourne after eight years at the compny. Prior to joining RMIT... Read more

Abrahams, Booton to join the Wheeler Centre x

At the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas in Melbourne, Simon Abrahams has been appointed to the role of head of programming, replacing associate director... 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

Editors Victoria workshop: Navigating the New Media x

Editors Victoria will hold a workshop on Navigating the New Media.  Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance Victorian secretary Louise Connor will discuss the rapidly changing landscape in... Read more

David Harold Tribe Poetry Award entries open x

The David Harold Tribe Poetry Award, presented by the Department of English at the University of Sydney, is open for submissions. The award, with prize money... Read more

‘ABR’ offers prizes and fellowships x

Australian Book Review is offering Australian writers a suite of prizes and fellowships. Entries are open for the Calibre Prize, the essay prize in its eighth year worth $5000,... Read more

APA opportunity for Frankfurt Book Fair: 9-13 October x

The Frankfurt Book Fair is a meeting place for the industry’s experts and the most important marketplace for books, media, rights and licences worldwide. 7307... Read more

APA Professional Development x

APA Professional Development: New event with Kristen McLean from US; Click on Kids; and more. Authors, Publishers, Agents: New event in the International Digital Chat... 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

PacStream outage on Saturday x

PacStream advises that there will be an outage for essential system maintenance from 9:0011:00am this coming Saturday, 13 July 2013. During this period you will not be able to connect to PacStream to send or receive orders, order acknowledgements or invoices.

Contact: support@pacstream.com.au


MUP congratulates shortlisted author’s for National Biography Awards x

MUP congratulates Jenny Hocking whose epic story of triumph and tragedy in Gough Whitlam: His Time has been shortlisted for National Biography Awards. Speechless, the absorbing story of what happens behind Canberra’s closed doors, by leading speechwriter James Button has also been shortlisted.

Gough Whitlam: His Time by Jenny Hocking

ISBN 978-0-522-85793-1 H.B PRICE $49.99  (PB format now available at $34.99)

‘A fascinating and important account…and a tour de force as a piece of history’. – Associate Professor Frank Bongiorno, Canberra Times

Speechless by James Button

ISBN 978-0-522-85858-7 H.B PRICE $32.99 (PB with updated text and new postscript available in August at $27.95)

‘Few more loving books have been written by a son of a father—Winston Churchill’s on Lord Randolph, Martin Amis’ on Kingsley; few more searching books on our civil processes, our law-making, our public discourse, or the words we tell our big stories in. This is a quiet masterpiece, and should be savoured’. – Bob Ellis, The Saturday Age

Booksellers, order now with RHA on 1800 222 444.


‘Think Australian’ ad bookings closing soon x

Advertising bookings for Books+Publishing’s Think Australian export catalogue are closing on Friday 23 August.

Now in its 11th year, Think Australian is an annual overview of the Australian book market, specifically timed to maximise publishers’ opportunities at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

A printed copy of Think Australian will be mailed in advance of this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair to over 2000 international publishers and agents and will be distributed at the fair to more than 15,000 visitors as an insert in Publishing Perspectives Show Daily.

To view last year’s catalogue, click here. For more information about bookings, email advertising@thorpe.com.au.


Starford joins Text x

Rebecca Starford will join Text Publishing in the role of Editor, starting Monday 15 July. She will be contactable at: rebecca.starford@textpublishing.com.au and (03) 8610-4508 from that date. We are delighted to welcome Rebecca to the team.


Exciting acquisitions and new team at Murdoch Books x

Murdoch Books are proud to announce a great line-up of chefs and cookbooks for their 2013/2014 publishing programme. The new publishing team are thrilled to have signed up books from some of Australia’s leading food experts. In 2014 new cookbooks will be coming from Martin Benn from Sepia, Peter Gilmore from Quay, Dan Hong from Mr Wong, Alistair Wise from Sweet Envy as well as from patissier Adriano Zumbo and internationally bestselling cook Tessa Kiros.

Murdoch Books was purchased by Allen and Unwin on 1st January 2013. Publishing Director, Sue Hines said, ‘I’m delighted to have the Murdoch Books team in place at Crows Nest. We are now at full steam and the publishing programme just keeps on getting stronger.’

Murdoch Books has added three new publishers to its team. Diana Hill, with over 25 years experience in illustrated book publishing returns to Murdoch Books. She is joined by the recently returned from New York Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship winner Jane Morrow, who has 15 years experience, 6 of them at Penguin Lantern and Corinne Roberts, whose 24 years of illustrated publishing experience includes working at Dorling Kindersley in London.

Hines added, ‘We are pleased to have assembled such a creative and experienced publishing team. They are busily putting the finishing touches to our 2013 Christmas programme with stunning new books coming this

Christmas from:

  • Myles Baldwin – Australian Coast Gardens
  • Michele Cranston – marie claire Summer
  • Anna Gare – Eat In
  • Bree Hutchins – Hidden Kitchens of Sri Lanka
  • Luke Mangan – Salt Grill
  • Rob and Sophia Palmer – Colour of Maroc
  • Neil Perry – Simply Good Food
  • Hayden Quinn – Dish it Up
  • and two of Australia’s hottest new chefs Ben Milgate and Elvis Abrahanowicz – Recipes for a Good Time

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




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