Weekly Book Newsletter
14 August 2013

Peter Goldsworthy’s ‘His Stupid Boyhood’ x

The subject of Peter Goldsworthy’s memoir is his first 18 years and ‘the getting of stupidity’. ‘The getting of wisdom would have to wait,’ he... Read more

Nelika McDonald’s ‘The Vale Girl’ x

This impressive debut novel from Melbourne writer Nelika McDonald had me hooked from the beginning. Told through realistically drawn characters, this part thriller, part coming-of-age... Read more

NSW Writers’ Centre launches mentorships for Indigenous writers x

The NSW Writers’ Centre has launched a mentorship program for emerging Indigenous writers. The program will pair five emerging Indigenous writers from New South Wales... Read more

‘The Dressmaker’ adaptation receives investment funding from Screen Australia

A film adaptation of The Dressmaker by Melbourne author Rosalie Ham (Duffy & Snellgrove) is one of three feature film projects to receive a share... Read more

Inaugural NZ Post Book Awards Festival to be held in August x

The inaugural New Zealand Post Book Awards Festival will be held from 12-18 August to celebrate the finalists of the New Zealand Post Book Awards. Events will be held... Read more

Howard Library moves to larger space x

The Howard Library in Queensland is relocating into a larger space inside the Burrum District Community Centre, reports the Fraser Coast Chronicle. Fraser Coast Regional Council’s... Read more

Mitchelton library renovations boost visitor numbers x

Brisbane City Council has seen an increase in visitors to the Mitchelton Library since spending $1.39 million on renovations to the library, reports Brisbane Times.... Read more

In brief x

Libraries Australia Forum to be held in October The annual Libraries Australia Forum will be held on 31 October at the University of Melbourne, with the theme... Read more

International Library News x

‘Burial Rites’ features in inaugural LibraryReads top 10 In the US, Burial Rites by Australian author Hannah Kent (Picador) is among the first books to... Read more

In brief x

Softlink to supply OverDrive ebooks and audiobooks to Sydney Catholic schools The Catholic Education Office (CEO) in Sydney has announced a partnership with library supplier Softlink, which... Read more

International Library News x

UK to celebrate National Libraries Day in February 2014 In the UK, the next National Libraries Day will be held on 8 February 2014, reports... Read more

Why new adult is not a natural extension of YA x

When Cordelia Rice spoke to publishers and booksellers about new adult books for her feature in Junior Issue 3, she found that there is still some... Read more

Changes to PANZ Council x

There have been a number of changes to the council of the Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ), following the association’s 2013 AGM. Auckland University... Read more

Changes at Hardie Grant Egmont x

Hardie Grant Egmont (HGE) commissioning and managing editor Marisa Pintado has taken a year’s sabbatical to join the fiction team at Egmont UK in London.... Read more

Andrews leaves EWF x

Karen Andrews finished in her role as program manager at the Emerging Writers Festival (EWF) in July. Andrews held the position since early 2012 when... Read more

Whenmouth replaces Murray at Magabala Books x

Magabala Books has appointed Gaylene Whenmouth as a part-time marketing manager. Whenmouth replaces former marketing manager Nic Murray who commenced maternity leave at the start... Read more

Keating joins Collins Booksellers head office x

Michelle Keating has joined the Collins Booksellers head office in the role of national franchise manager. Keating, who has worked for a number of Collins... Read more

Standfield appointed publishing manager Jane Curry Publishing x

Jasmine Standfield has been appointed to the newly created position of publishing manager at Jane Curry Publishing. Standfield joined JCP as an intern in April,... Read more

Staff changes at Black Inc. x

At Black Inc., publicity and marketing manager Elisabeth Young has been promoted to the role of marketing director. Imogen Kandel, formerly marketing coordinator at the Melbourne... Read more

Laidlaw joins MWF, promoted at KYD x

Emily Laidlaw has been appointed marketing coordinator at the Melbourne Writers Festival and online editor at Kill Your Darlings, replacing Imogen Kandel, who previously held... Read more

Indigenous Literacy Foundation fundraising exhibition & sale x

Publishers and authors Susan and Emily McCulloch and Debbie McInnes of DMCPRmedia are presenting a one-day only exhibition & sale to assist in fundraising for... Read more

APA Professional Development x

Australian Publishers Association Professional Development sessions are open for bookings. Projects, Priorities & Time Management. Last Chance to Book. Sydney only Tuesday 3 September Learn... Read more

Independent Publishing Conference call for papers x

The Independent Publishing Conference, running from 14-15 November at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne, is calling for papers for this year’s Academic Program.  The conference is seeking papers... Read more

Australia Council seeks international publishers for Adelaide in 2014 x

The Australia Council is looking for new international guests to join the Visiting International Publishers (VIPs) program at the Adelaide Writers’ Week, running from 1-6 March 2014, following a successful VIPs... Read more

Pinerolo Children’s Book Cottage: upcoming events x

Bookings are open for events at Pinerolo, the Children’s Book Cottage. An Afternoon With Wild Animals (Saturday, 31 August). An afternoon listening to Jan Latta about her... Read more

Attention Publishers & Distributors x

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Controversial #1 New York Times bestseller Zealot rush Australian release x

Allen & Unwin is delighted to announce we have secured Australian and NZ rights to the surprise bestseller, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan. When an author interview entitled ‘Is This The Most Embarrassing Interview Fox News Has Ever Done?’ went viral online, social media erupted and the book catapulted up the charts to #1. Described by Publishers Weekly as ‘compulsively readable’, Zealot is a provocative and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth.
ISBN: 9781743319390 $24.99 rrp, Australian publication 23 August 2013. Place your orders with UBD now.


Jabba the Puppett is here! x

The new book in the New York Times bestselling Origami Yoda series is now on sale. To help celebrate, Thames & Hudson is awarding two prizes to a bookseller who took part in our display bin offer. Congratulations to The Teaching Hub who has received the cost of their Jabba Bin back and an exclusive Skype session with Tom Angleberger for an in store event.

Join the community of Origami Yoda folders and have access to teacher resources at origamiyoda.com

Watch the fun at www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKARM51CsrY

Please contact your Thames & Hudson Account Manager for further information or contact ADS to order.

May the folds be with you!


Reader's Digest and BMS Wholesale x

Reader’s Digest sales, marketing and distribution of books to the Australian and New Zealand book trade will be managed by BMS Wholesale, Sydney.

From Monday, 2nd September 2013, all Reader’s Digest new and backlist titles will be available from the BMS Sydney warehouse. The BMS customer service number is (02) 9634-7224. The BMS email address for customer service is sales@bmswholesale.com.au. To open an account with BMS, please use either of these contacts.

The BMS office, showroom and warehouse are located at Unit 10, 5 Hudson Avenue, Castle Hill, NSW 2154.

Jason Workman, Reader’s Digest Sales and Marketing Director, said: "Reader’s Digest is impressed with the professionalism and enthusiasm of the BMS team. The company looks forward to working with BMS to provide the very best service to the book trade in ANZ." Stuart Smith, Managing Director of BMS, said: "The Reader’s Digest list presents BMS with a real challenge and a great opportunity to represent one of the most prestigious illustrated reference lists in Australia and New Zealand."


HarperCollins Announces New Unsolicited Submissions Portal x

HarperCollinsPublishers ANZ is excited to announce the launch of its new online unsolicited submission program, The Wednesday Post, which will be going live on Wednesday 21 August 2013. Our goal is to uncover, develop and promote the most outstanding voices writing today.

The new portal will be open for submissions every week on Wednesday. We are looking for writers at every stage of their career, from closet scribes to those who have a history of publication.

Adult and YA books are the focus for this initiative, and we will be accepting manuscripts in both fiction and non fiction genres. We are particularly seeking exceptional contemporary women’s fiction. The Wednesday Post will respond to authors within three weeks if we wish to see more of their work. All submissions will be considered for print and e-book publication as well as digital-only publication.

Visit www.wednesdaypost.com.au for more details.


Farewell lunch for Myra Lee x

Myra Lee, who many people have known and worked with, will be moving to New Zealand on 7 September. Join her many friends and former colleagues at an Italian lunch to farewell Myra and to thank her for her extraordinary contribution. 

Date: Wednesday 28 August, 12 for 12.30.

Venue: Castelmola Restaurant, 286 Norton St, Leichhardt.

Cost: $30 for set menu of bread, mixed pastas, salad, coffee/tea, dessert. BYO wine. Pay by cash.

RSVP by Wednesday 21 August – Margaret Hamilton (02) 4787-8492 or hamiltonbooks@iprimus.com.au)

Those who cannot attend but would like to send a card or message to Myra should post it to Margaret Hamilton, PO Box 172, Blackheath NSW 2785 by 21 August.




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