Weekly Book Newsletter
21 August 2013

Clan Destine Press launches three digital imprints x

Genre publisher Clan Destine Press has launched three short-form digital imprints: Crime Shots, Encounters and Clan Destine Fictions. Crime Shots is an imprint for true crime writing, Encounters... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘I want to find the next Michelle de Kretser, the next Anna Funder or the next Gail Jones. There are very few companies expanding their... Read more

RiP Elmore Leonard x

US author and screenwriter Elmore Leonard has died, aged 87. Leonard is the author of 45 novels, many of which were adapted for film and... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction—Exisle Publishing has sold rights to Growing Yourself Up (Jenny Brown) in the Netherlands and Belgium; French language rights to The Happiness Trap Pocket... Read more

Haigh wins sixth Jack Pollard Literary Award x

Gideon Haigh has won the Australian Cricket Society Jack Pollard Literary Award for the sixth time for his book On Warne (Hamish Hamilton). Haigh will... Read more

Mrva-Montoya wins international publishing scholarship to University of St Gallen x

Sydney University Press production coordinator Agata Mrva-Montoya has won a scholarship to attend the International Publishing Management course at the University of St Gallen in... Read more

TB Clarke, AllBooks4Less to close x

Books wholesaler and remainders dealer TB Clarke and its retail arm AllBooks4Less are now in liquidation after being placed into administration in early July. According... Read more

CBCA Book of the Year Awards 2013 winners announced

As reported in a Books+Publishing special bulletin, the winners of this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards were announced in Canberra... Read more

PM’s Literary Awards 2013 winners announced

As reported in a Books+Publishing special bulletin, the winners of this year’s Prime Minister’s Literary Awards were announced on 15 August. The winning titles are:... Read more

Queensland Literary Awards 2013 shortlists announced

The titles shortlisted for the 2013 Queensland Literary Awards (QLA) have been announced. The shortlisted titles in the book-related categories are: Fiction book award The Voyage (Murray Bail,... Read more

Writers Victoria announces winners of Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers Competition, Glenfern Fellowships x

Writers Victoria has announced the winners of the Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers Competition. The $1000 prize for creative nonfiction was awarded to Judith Bunn... Read more

Dymocks Ellenbrook wins Retail Excellence award at national conference x

The Dymocks store in Ellenbrook in Western Australia has won the Dymocks Chairman’s Award for Retail Excellence at the 2013 Dymocks national conference, held in Adelaide from... Read more

Commonwealth Book Prize cancelled

Commonwealth Writers has announced that it will no longer offer the Commonwealth Book Prize, and will instead focus its efforts on the Short Story Prize.... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Underbelly: Squizzy (A&U) tells the story of Squizzy Taylor’s quest to become Melbourne’s first celebrity gangster in the 1920s. Based on the television miniseries currently... Read more

Ruby Romantic Book of the Year 2013 winners announced

The winners of the 2013 Ruby Romantic Book of the Year awards have been announced. The winners in each category are: Long Romance The Lady... Read more

‘The Big Issue’ announces fiction edition line-up for 2013 x

The Big Issue’s ninth annual Fiction Edition has been launched and the line-up of authors has been announced. The line-up includes published authors Tim Richards... Read more

CBCA Book of the Year Awards 2013 winners announced

The winners of this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards were announced in Canberra today, marking the official launch... Read more

Tuffield to join Affirm Press x

Aviva Tuffield will join Melbourne-based publisher Affirm Press in the role of publisher this month. Affirm Press said in a statement that Tuffield, who has... Read more

Waverley Library Award 2013 longlist announced

The longlist for the 2013 Waverley Library Award for Literature, known as ‘the Nib’, has been announced. The longlisted titles are: Governor Bligh and the... Read more

PM’s Literary Awards 2013 winners announced

The winners of this year’s Prime Minister’s Literary Awards were announced at a ceremony at the State Library of Queensland on 15 August—the first time... Read more

New Zealand to be Guest of Honour at Taipei Book Fair in 2015 x

The organisers of the Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBE) have announced that New Zealand will be the Guest of Honour at the 2015 exhibition. The... Read more

NSW Premier’s History Awards 2013 shortlists announced x

The shortlists for this year’s New South Wales Premier’s History Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in the book-related categories are: Australian History Prize... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘We saw a sharp increase in traffic on the day and this was also reflected in very strong sales. It really felt like Christmas in... Read more

HarperCollins to accept unsolicited manuscripts on Wednesdays x

HarperCollins Australia has announced that it will begin accepting unsolicited manuscripts via its website this month. The publisher will launch ‘the Wednesday Post’ on 21 August.... Read more

Stores abuzz and sales up on National Bookshop Day x

Bookstores around Australia celebrated the third annual National Bookshop Day on Saturday 10 August, with many stores reporting a boost in sales and customer numbers... Read more

Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2013 program announced x

The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF) has announced the full program for its 10th festival, which will run from 11-15 October in Bali, Indonesia. More than 50 of the... Read more

Local authors shortlisted for 2013 David Gemmell Legend Awards x

A number of books by Australian and New Zealand authors have been shortlisted for this year’s David Gemmell Legend Awards for fantasy writing. Australian author... Read more

Elworthy elected PANZ president x

Auckland University Press director Sam Elworthy has been elected as the new president of the Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ). Elworthy, who has previously served... Read more

Melbourne printer Troedel-Docucopy enters liquidation x

Melbourne printer Troedel-Docucopy has entered liquidation with more than $2.5 million of debt, reports ProPrint. Troedel-Docucopy was liquidated on 27 June, 14 months after the... Read more

Collins Werribee to close x

The Collins bookstore in Werribee, Victoria, will close at the end of September. The store, which is a previous recipient of the Collins Franchise of... Read more

QBD to open new stores in Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne x

Bookselling chain QBD has announced it will open three new bookshops in coming months, bringing the total number of QBD outlets nationwide to 53. The... Read more

Penguin Random House expands into TV x

Penguin Random House is moving into television production to boost the sales of its books, reports the Wall Street Journal. The publisher’s first project is... Read more

Overstock.com continues Amazon price war x

In the US, online retailer Overstock.com is continuing its price war with Amazon, reports Digital Book World. Overstock.com has announced a new loyalty rewards offer for its ‘Club... Read more

Tesco to sell branded tablets to supermarket shoppers x

UK supermarket chain Tesco is preparing to launch its own branded tablet to compete with Amazon and Apple, according to a report in the Times that has not been confirmed by Tesco.... Read more

Quebec Government considers regulating book prices x

In Canada, the Quebec Government is considering a plan to regulate book prices in an effort to support smaller bookstores, reports Shelf Awareness. The plan... Read more

More than 23 million consumer accounts to receive ebook payments in the US x

In the US, the owners of more than 23 million consumer accounts have been notified that they are eligible to receive payments from the settlements... Read more

Egmont UK creates ‘little library’ with hotel chain

UK publisher Egmont Press has partnered with hotel chain Jurys Inn to provide books for children who are staying at the hotels, reports the Bookseller.... Read more

PEN Literary Awards 2013 winners announced x

PEN America has announced the winners and runners-up for the 2013 PEN Literary Awards. A Naked Singularity (Sergio De La Pava, MacLehose Press) has won... Read more

‘Not the Booker’ Prize shortlist announced x

The shortlist has been announced for this year’s ‘Not the Booker’ Prize, which is run by the Guardian in the UK and voted on by... Read more

Wattpad introduces crowdfunding x

In the US, the Wattpad online writing community has launched Wattpad Fan Funding—a crowdfunding service for self-publishing, reports Publishers Weekly. The service allows Wattpad members to pledge... Read more

‘The Teleportation Accident’ wins Encore Award x

British novelist Ned Beauman has won the 2012 Encore Award for his second novel The Teleportation Accident (Sceptre), reports the Bookseller. Beauman’s novel, which was... Read more

Overstock.com retreats from Amazon price war x

In the US, Overstock.com appears to have retreated from its recent price war with Amazon, prompting Amazon to end its deep discounting of titles that began in response to... Read more

Queensland school librarian wins CBCA award x

Queensland librarian Judith Russell has been awarded the Dame Annabelle Rankin Award for services to literature by the Queensland branch of the Children’s Book Council... Read more

Public libraries expenditure up six percent in 2011-2012 x

Total expenditure on public libraries in Australia grew by close to six percent in the 2011-2012 financial year, according to the latest statistics from the... Read more

International library news x

Macmillan adds Entangled Publishing ebooks to library lending program In the US, Entangled Publishing will make all of its titles available via Macmillan Publishing’s library... Read more

In brief x

NLA selects Tessella’s SDB digital preservation software after successful trial The National Library of Australia (NLA) has confirmed that it will use the Safety Deposit... 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

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation: Tiwi Islands trip x

Earlier this month, Andrea Hanke joined several members of the Australian book industry on a trip to the Tiwi Islands to visit some of the... 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

Margaret Wild’s ‘The Vanishing Moment’ x

A weeping girl, a haunted somnambulist and a mysterious magician named Bob—Margaret Wild’s latest YA novel is a riveting exploration of the measure of human... Read more

Reader’s Digest distribution moves to BMS Wholesale x

Publisher: Reader’s Digest ISBN prefix: 978-0-909486; 978-0-949819; 978-0-86438; 978-0-86449; 978-0-86450; 978-1-876689; 978-0-9577023; 978-1-921077; 978-1-921344; 978-1-921569; 978-1-876691; 978-1-921743; 978-1-921744; 978-1-922083 Old distributor: S&S New distributor: BMS Wholesale... Read more

Treasure leaves Momentum x

Anne Treasure has resigned as digital marketing executive at Momentum. Treasure will be tutoring in communication technologies and change at the University of Canberra.

Wong joins Books Kinokuniya x

Allen & Unwin marketing coordinator Valerie Wong has joined Books Kinokuniya in Sydney as marketing and events coordinator. Wong will be replaced at Allen &... Read more

Tuffield to join Affirm Press x

Aviva Tuffield will join Affirm Press in the role of publisher this month. Tuffield, who has left Scribe Publications, where she was associate publisher, will... 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

Society of Editors (NSW) meeting x

The Society of Editors (NSW) will hold a meeting with the topic ‘Seizure: Multiplatform content and the changing role of the editor’. Author and creative director David Henley will talk about the... Read more

APA Professional Development x

Australian Publishers Association Professional Development sessions are open for bookings. Projects, Priorities & Time Management with Amanda Phillips – Last Chance to Book. Sydney only... Read more

APA Australian Education Publishing Awards ceremony tickets: last chance x

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) is announcing the last sale of tickets for the Australian Education Publishing Awards 2013 ceremony for 22 August. Winners across 20 categories will be... 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

‘Farewell, Dear People’ wins 2013 Prime Minister’s Literary Prize for Australian history x

Scribe congratulates Ross McMullin for winning the 2013 Prime Minister’s Literary Prize for Australian history for his magisterial book, Farewell, Dear People. Copies of Farewell,... Read more

Indigenous Literacy Foundation Trivia Night Fundraiser x

Following on from the success of last year’s event, the Indigenous Literacy Foundation will hold its Sydney fundraising trivia night on 30 October at the... Read more

Windy Hollow Books congratulates Tania Cox and Karen Blair x

Windy Hollow Books congratulates Tania Cox and Karen Blair on winning Honour Book for With Nan, in the CBCA Book of the Year awards. Booksellers, reprint... Read more

Product Recall Notification x

Hachette Children’s Books is recalling the following books: Red Green Blue I Love You by Sara Magsamen, ISBN:9780316133531 Count My Kisses 1 2 3 by... Read more

‘ABR’ is on the move – don’t get left behind! x

Australian Book Review – with its wide range of prizes, programs, fellowships, events and internships – continues to redefine the role of a national review.... Read more

Hachette Australia congratulates Kristin Weidenbach and Timothy Ide x

Hachette Australia is thrilled to congratulate Kristin Weidenbach and Timothy Ide on winning the highly acclaimed Eve Pownall Award for Information Books in the 2013... Read more

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