Weekly Book Newsletter
10 July 2013

Quote of the week x

‘Dear England. We’re going to send you a big present: our Australian and New Zealand writers, film and music makers. It will all be like... Read more

RiP Arthur J Rosenthal x

US academic book publisher Arthur J Rosenthal has died, aged 93. Rosenthal founded academic publisher Basic Books in 1952, going on to publish influential books... Read more

Vale Paul Alford x

Paul Alford, owner of book distributor TB Clarke and long-time member of the Australian publishing industry, has died. Gary Pengelly, general manager of Thorpe-Bowker, writes:... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—HarperCollins has sold UK English language rights to The Scrivener’s Tale (Fiona McIntosh); and Bulgarian translation rights to The Right Hand of God (Russell... Read more

Loukakis, Cunningham respond to Australia Council restructure x

Last week’s announcement of the new Board of the Australia Council for the Arts has been met with some concern from the book industry over... Read more

Inaugural Queensland Writers Fellowships announced

Angela Slatter, Kristina Olsson and Patrick Holland have been announced as the winners of the inaugural Queensland Writers Fellowships. The three authors, who were chosen... Read more

Ned Kelly Awards 2013 longlists announced x

The longlists for this year’s Ned Kelly Awards for crime writing have been announced. The longlisted titles in the full-length book categories are: Best fiction... Read more

RiP Bronwyn Halliday x

Bronwyn Halliday, former director of the State Library of South Australia (SLSA), has died. Halliday was director of the SLSA from 2000 to 2004, during... Read more

New publishers join Murdoch Books x

Allen & Unwin has continued to expand the Murdoch Books publishing team, with Diana Hill, Jane Morrow and Corinne Roberts joining Murdoch Books as publishers.... Read more

TB Clarke, AllBooks4Less enter administration x

Books wholesaler and remainders dealer TB Clarke and its retail arm AllBooks4Less have been placed into administration. Barry Taylor and Todd Gammel from HLB Mann Judd... Read more

DA Information Services, Central Book Services enter administration x

Melbourne-based library supplier DA Information Services and its trade distribution arm Central Book Services have been placed into administration. Ferrier Hodgson partner John Lindholm was... Read more

Oz, NZ festival of literature and arts to be held in the UK x

A festival of Australian and New Zealand literature and arts will be held in London for the first time in May 2014. The four-day festival,... Read more

Amsterdam, Sullivan and Tiffany shortlisted for Encore Award

In the UK, books by Australian authors Steven Amsterdam, Jane Sullivan and Carrie Tiffany have been shortlisted for this year’s Encore Award for second novels. Amsterdam’s... Read more

National Biography Award 2013 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2013 National Biography Award, presented by the State Library of New South Wales (SLNSW), has been announced. The shortlisted titles are:... Read more

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 company. Prior to joining RMIT Publishing... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

After winning the 2013 Miles Franklin Literary Award, Michelle de Kretser’s Questions of Travel (A&U) is in first place on the fastest movers chart this week.... Read more

NT History Book Award winners announced x

Two books published by Melbourne-based university presses have won this year’s Chief Minister’s Northern Territory History Book Award. Tiwi: Arts, History, Culture by Jennifer Isaacs,... Read more

Australian Christian Book of the Year 2013 shortlist announced x

The shortlist for this year’s Australian Christian Book of the Year Award has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: A Faith to Live By (Roland... Read more

Speech Pathology Book of the Year 2013 shortlists announced x

Speech Pathology Australia (SPA) has announced the shortlists for this year’s Book of the Year Awards.  The shortlists include 40 books across four categories: Young Children, Lower Primary, Upper... Read more

Abrahams, Booton to join the Wheeler Centre x

The Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas in Melbourne has announced the appointment of Simon Abrahams to the role of head of programming and... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘A deal like this effectively excludes sixty percent of the book buying market’—Australian Booksellers Association president and managing director of Australian Library Services Patricia Genat... Read more

RIP Ray Richards x

New Zealand publisher and literary agent Ray Richard has died, aged 92. On behalf of the Publishers Association of New Zealand, Kevin Chapman writes: ‘The... Read more

RIP Paul Alford x

Paul Alford, owner of book distributor TB Clarke and long-time member of the Australian publishing industry, has died. Alford previously held positions with William Collins, HarperCollins and... Read more

‘ABR’ editor raises concerns over MWF programming x

In the July issue of Australian Book Review (ABR), editor Peter Rose has raised concerns over the Melbourne Writers Festival’s (MWF) decision to feature the... Read more

Macdonald appointed contract publisher for HarperCollins NZ x

HarperCollins New Zealand has appointed journalist and editor Finlay Macdonald to the newly created position of contract publisher to ‘steer its local publishing program’.  ... Read more

HarperCollins ANZ to report to US following restructure; Redmayne to replace Barnsley as UK CEO x

The management of HarperCollins Australia and New Zealand has moved from the UK to the US following a restructure of the publisher’s international businesses, reports... Read more

SPN partners with Ingram for digital distribution x

The Small Press Network (SPN) has announced a digital distribution partnership with Ingram’s CoreSource platform, which will replace its current Digital Distribution Service. SPN is offering... 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

Seth asked to return advance for ‘A Suitable Boy’ sequel x

Indian author Vikram Seth has been asked to return a US$1.7 million (approximately A$1.9 million) advance for the sequel to his bestselling novel A Suitable... Read more

Amazon adds comics, graphic novel imprint x

In the US, Amazon has added a new imprint for comic books and graphic novels called Jet City Comics, reports Publishers Weekly. The imprint will feature... Read more

WH Smith trials franchising with independent newsagents x

In the UK, bookselling chain WH Smith is trialling a new model of franchising with independent newsagents, reports the Telegraph. The new arrangements are being... Read more

Barnes & Noble CEO resigns x

In the US, Barnes & Noble CEO William Lynch has resigned, effective immediately, and will no longer sit on the board of directors, reports DigitalBookWorld. During Lynch’s three years as... Read more

Online sales ‘almost half’ of Hachette UK’s trade sales x

Almost half of Hachette UK’s trade sales are made up of online sales of print books and ebooks, with ebooks representing over 25% of the... Read more

Spielberg set to produce ‘The Grapes of Wrath’

US producer Steven Spielberg is set to produce a film adaptation of John Steinbeck’s 1939 novel The Grapes of Wrath, reports the Guardian. Spielberg’s California-based production company... Read more

Indonesia guest of honour at Frankfurt 2015 x

Indonesia has been selected as the Guest of Honour country for the 2015 Frankfurt Book Fair, following Brazil in 2013 and Finland in 2014. In... Read more

Constantine wins Frank O’Connor Short Story Award x

In the UK, the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, with a prize of €25,000 (A$35,700), has been awarded to David Constantine for Tea at... Read more

Cengage US enters Chapter 11 bankruptcy x

In the US, educational publisher Cengage Learning has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the equivalent of administration in Australia. The company said in a statement... Read more

Authors Guild v Google: judges drop class action ruling x

In the US Authors Guild’s lawsuit against Google’s book-scanning project, judges from the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals have dropped Judge Denny Chin’s 2012 ruling that granted... Read more

Faber UK launches online store with The Book People x

In the UK, Faber has launched an online store with the website The Book People, reports the Bookseller. The store, called FaberShop, sells directly to... 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

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

Madman to distribute Milk Shadow Books x

Publisher: Milk Shadow Books ISBN prefix: 978-0-9872119; 978-0-9874976 New distributor: Madman Changeover date: 1 August 2013

Eurospan distributes Transaction Publishers x

ISBN Prefix: 978-0-7658; 978-0-87855; 978-0-88738; 978-1-56000; 978-1-4128. New distributor: Eurospan (See classified.)

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 9:00–11:00am this coming Saturday, 13 July 2013. During this period you will... Read more

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... Read more

‘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... Read more

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... Read more

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... 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... Read more

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