Weekly Book Newsletter
18 September 2013

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Black Inc. has sold world English language (ex ANZ) rights to The Death of Napoleon (Simon Leys) to New York Review of Books Classics.... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘The book industry can only hope that the incoming government, with a number of published writers now in its ranks, will understand our travails, endorse... Read more

NZ books selected for 2014 IBBY Honour Book List x

Three New Zealand books will be included in the 2014 International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Honour Book List, reports Booksellers New Zealand.... Read more

BNZ Literary Awards 2013 announced x

The winners of this year’s BNZ Literary Awards were announced in Wellington on 17 September. Catherine Chidgey won the Katherine Mansfield Award, worth $10,000, for... Read more

New owner, name for Moirs Bookshop x

Moirs Bookshop in Lane Cove in Sydney will be renamed Lane Cove Books this month following the sale of the store to Gary Buttsworth, owner... Read more

Ballarat children to receive 60 free Penguin books from Imagination Library x

Families in Ballarat in regional Victoria are being encouraged to sign up their children to a local version of the Imagination Library, which will launch in... Read more

New Arts, Industry and Small Business ministers announced x

The recently elected Federal Coalition Government has unveiled its first ministry, including new ministers for the Arts, Industry and Small Business portfolios. George Brandis has been... Read more

WA Premier’s Book Awards 2012 winners announced

The winners of this year’s Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards were announced by Minister for the Arts John Day on 16 September.  Michelle de Kretser was presented... Read more

National Young Writers’ Festival 2013 program announced x

The program for this year’s National Young Writers’ Festival in Newcastle, New South Wales, has been announced. The festival, which runs from 3 to 6 October,... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Save with Jamie (Michael Joseph) is Jamie Oliver’s latest cookbook, in which he explains how to make smarter shopping choices and get the most out of... Read more

Hoge to feature on ‘Australian Story’ tonight

Brisbane author Robert Hoge will feature on tonight’s episode of ABC TV’s Australian Story. Hoge, who was born with deformed legs and a large tumour... Read more

‘Island’ receives new funding, announces mentor program x

Island magazine has received $60,000 in funding from Arts Tasmania for 2014, matching the $60,000 in funding it received for 2013. The Tasmanian Arts Advisory board... Read more

NSW Premier’s History Awards 2013 winners announced

The winners of this year’s New South Wales Premier’s History Awards have been announced. The winners in the book-related categories are: Australian History Prize ($15,000)... Read more

King appointed literary director for Christchurch Writers’ Festival x

New Zealand novelist Rachael King has been appointed as the new literary director for the Press Christchurch Writers’ Festival. King is the author of two... Read more

Australian genre authors to participate in interactive storytelling project x

A number of Australian authors have signed up to an interactive storytelling project that uses maps and QR codes to allow readers to follow a... Read more

Colin Roderick Award shortlist announced

The shortlist for this year’s Colin Roderick Award has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Toyo: A Memoir (Lily Chan, Black Inc.) The Two Frank... Read more

ABA Management Committee: Wehner steps down, Strong returns x

Boomerang Books owner Clayton Wehner has resigned from his position as a member of the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) Management Committee. ABA CEO Joel Beceker... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘It could well be the first major report into the Australian book industry that effectively grapples with most of the deep-rooted structural issues besetting it... Read more

Nonfiction, children’s books top BWF bestsellers x

Tim Cope’s On the Trail of Genghis Khan (Bloomsbury) has topped the bestsellers list at this year’s Brisbane Writers Festival (BWF), with nonfiction and children’s... Read more

Man Booker Prize 2013 shortlist announced x

The Luminaries by New Zealand author Eleanor Catton (Granta) is one of six books shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize. The full shortlist is:... Read more

New children’s publisher to focus on traditional folktales

A new Australian children’s book publisher called Christmas Press will specialise in publishing traditional folktales from around the world. Christmas Press has been founded by... Read more

Deadly Award for Published Book of the Year 2013 announced x

Traditional Healers of Central Australia: Ngangkari by the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women’s Council Aboriginal Corporation (Magabala) has won the Deadly Award for Published Book of... Read more

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

National Book Foundation announces Young People’s Literature, Poetry longlists x

In the US, the National Book Foundation has announced the longlists for the Young People’s Literature and Poetry categories of this year’s National Book Awards.... Read more

Patterson pledges US$1 million to US indies x

Bestselling author James Patterson has increased his ongoing support of the book industry by pledging US$1 million (A$1.07 million) to US independent bookstores, reports the LA Times.... Read more

Orion to publish ‘A Suitable Boy’ sequel x

Orion has acquired the rights to publish A Suitable Girl, the sequel to Vikram Seth’s bestselling A Suitable Boy, after it was originally signed to Penguin,... Read more

US writers to be eligible for 2014 Man Booker Prize x

Books by US writers will be eligible for the Man Booker Prize for the first time in 2014, reports the Sunday Times. The prize, established in... Read more

Warner Bros to make films based on Harry Potter spin-off book x

Warner Bros has announced that it will produce a series of films based on J K Rowling’s 2001 book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Bloomsbury),... Read more

National Book Foundation announces this year’s ‘5 Under 35’

In the US, the National Book Foundation has announced the writers selected for this year’s ‘5 Under 35’ program, and for the first time in... Read more

Judge rejects claims of fraud in Armstrong memoirs x

A federal judge in California has sided with cyclist Lance Armstrong and publishers Random House US and Penguin Group US in a lawsuit that alleged that Armstrong’s... Read more

French and German book trades call for government ebook policy x

In France and Germany, publishers and booksellers associations are calling for their national governments to implement a policy to protect the ebook trade from big... Read more

Kobo to launch ebooks, devices in the Philippines x

Kobo will enter the Philippines ereading market this month, with a number of its ereading devices to be available from bookselling chain National Book Store from 20... Read more

Scottish book awards winners announced x

The category winners of this year’s Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Book Awards have been announced. Ewan Morrison won the Fiction Award for Close Your Eyes (Jonathan Cape)... 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... Read more

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