Weekly Book Newsletter
18 September 2013

University of Otago announces 2014 Fellows x

In New Zealand, the University of Otago has announced the recipients of its 2014 fellowships for literature and children’s writing. The Robert Burns Fellowship has... Read more

Hoge featured on ‘Australian Story’ x

Brisbane author Robert Hoge was featured in this week’s episode of ABC TV’s Australian Story. Hoge, who was born with deformed legs and a large... Read more

Book Grocer opens Bendigo store x

Discount book retailer the Book Grocer has opened a new store at Kangaroo Flat, just outside of Bendigo in regional Victoria. The store is located at... Read more

International Library News x

OverDrive to distribute digital content in China OverDrive has signed an agreement to make its catalogue of digital content available to libraries and retailers in China,... Read more

‘The Rosie Project’ tops October LibraryReads top 10 in the US x

In the US, The Rosie Project by Australian author Graeme Simsion (Text) has topped the October list for LibraryReads—a monthly ‘top 10’ of forthcoming adult books compiled... Read more

In brief x

Further IFLA committee appointments announced Two Australian library professionals have been elected to new positions on the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA)’s Copyright and... Read more

International Library News x

Shanghai subway library opens Chinese commuters now have access to a subway library on Shanghai’s Metro Line 2 where they can borrow a book from... Read more

Gordon elected CAUL president for 2014-15 x

Heather Gordon has been elected as president of the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) for 2014 and 2015. Gordon is director of library and... Read more

NLA Fellowship recipients announced x

The National Library of Australia (NLA) has announced the recipients of a number of its 2014 National Library Fellowships. The recipient of the 2014 Japan... Read more

Behind the scenes with Hachette commissioning editor Robert Watkins x

In January, Robert Watkins was appointed commissioning editor of adult books at Hachette Australia, and has since signed authors as varied as spoken-word performer and... Read more

Why publish stuff which no-one reads? x

David Musgrave, poet, novelist and founder of independent press Puncher & Wattman, is often told that ‘nobody reads’ the poetry that his press publishes. ‘This... Read more

Ellie Marney’s ‘Every Breath’ x

Picking up on the current Sherlock Holmes zeitgeist, Every Breath is the story of two teenagers playing at detective, trying to solve the death of their friend... Read more

Hutchinson leaves Arts Victoria x

Penny Hutchinson has stepped down as director of Arts Victoria after 13 years in the role. Hutchinson, who is leaving Arts Victoria to lead a... Read more

King joins Christchurch Writers’ Festival x

New Zealand novelist Rachael King has been appointed as the new literary director for the Press Christchurch Writers’ Festival. King takes over the role of... Read more

Changes to the ABA Management Committee x

Boomerang Books owner Clayton Wehner has resigned from his position as a member of the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) Management Committee. Peter Strong, former owner... Read more

Gordon elected CAUL president x

Heather Gordon has been elected as president of the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) for 2014 and 2015. Gordon, who is director of library... Read more

Bratchford joins Qld Supreme Court Library; Davies joins Legal Aid Queensland x

David Bratchford has been appointed as the new librarian at the Supreme Court of Queensland Library. Bratchford was previously library manager at Legal Aid Queensland,... Read more

Society of Editors (NSW): Grammar Essentials workshop x

Society of Editors (NSW) Inc. presents a one-day workshop on Grammar Essentials with Pam Peters, Emeritus Professor of Linguistics, Macquarie University. Date: Friday, 18 October 2013,... Read more

‘Books+Publishing’ reporting at Frankfurt Book Fair x

Books+Publishing editor-in-chief Andrea Hanke will be attending this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair as part of the Australian Publishers Association (APA) contingent, and will be reporting... Read more

Transit Lounge Congratulates WA Premier’s Award Winner x

Congratulations from all at Transit Lounge (www.transitlounge.com.au) to Roger Averill on winning the WA Premier’s Literary Awards Non-fiction Prize for Exile: The Lives and Hopes of Werner Pelz. The title is distributed by NewSouth Books. Orders to TL Distribution (02) 8778 9999   orders@tldistribution.com.au


Allen & Unwin Congratulates Man Booker Shortlisted Authors x

Allen & Unwin is thrilled that Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries and Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Lowland have been shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. 

The Luminaries Eleanor Catton (Granta) $29.99 9781847088765
‘An elegant complexity animates this fine novel. The Luminaries is a remarkable tour de force, breathtaking in the layer upon layer of astrological lore it reveals throughout its great length.’ Sydney Morning Herald
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The Lowland Jhumpa Lahiri (Bloomsbury) $29.99 9781408844557 
‘Lahiri attains new heights of artistry – flawless transparency, immersive intimacy with characters and place… a magnificent, universal, and indelible work of literature. An absolute triumph’ – Booklist
Read an extract. 

Warm congratulations to Eleanor Catton and Granta and to Jhumpa Lahiri and Bloomsbury from everyone at Allen & Unwin. 
Both titles are currently in stock with reprints scheduled during the month.
To order please contact your Allen & Unwin account manager or UBD 1800 33 88 36




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