Weekly Book Newsletter
25 September 2013

Quote of the week x

‘There is still work to be done to make literary editors and beyond more aware of their unconscious biases and to raise awareness of the... Read more

RiP Christopher Koch x

Novelist Christopher Koch has died, aged 81. Koch was the author of numerous novels, including The Year of Living Dangerously, The Doubleman, Highways to a... Read more

Random House to publish Gillard memoir x

Random House Australia has acquired global publishing rights to the memoir of former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Penguin Random House chief executive Gabrielle Coyne... Read more

Were, Twomey join Australia Council x

Former director of the Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF) Wendy Were and former director of the New Zealand International Arts Festival Lissa Twomey have been appointed... Read more

New biography prize named after Hazel Rowley x

A new prize for first-time US and Canadian biographers has been named in memory of Australian writer Hazel Rowley. The BIO Rowley Prize is administered by Biographers... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Paul Collins at Ford Street has sold rights to The Beckoning (Paul Collins) to Damnation Books in the US. Children’s—Scholastic has licensed German rights... Read more

RiP Lewis Morley x

Photographer Lewis Morley has died, aged 88. Morley is best known for his photographic portraits in London during the 1960s, at which time he established... Read more

Over 20,000 new titles published in Australia in 2012 x

In 2012, 21,086 new books were produced by 4344 different publishers in Australia, according to ISBN records added to Bowker’s Books in Print database. The 2012... Read more

The Stella Count: 2012 gender and reviewing stats revealed x

Last year, Books+Publishing compiled Australian statistics showing how many women and men were reviewed in local newspapers and literary journals in 2011. This year the... Read more

Stella Prize 2014 judging panel, mentorship programs announced

The Stella Prize has announced the judging panel for its 2014 awards and the creation of two new mentorship programs. The judging panel for 2014... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Jamie Oliver’s Save with Jamie (Michael Joseph) and Andy Griffiths’ The 39-Storey Treehouse (Pan) are in first and second spots, respectively, on the bestsellers and... Read more

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Copia to power Copyright Agency’s LearningField platform; more publishers sign up x

Ebook provider Copia has announced that it is the technology provider for LearningField, the etextbook subscription service for secondary schools developed by the Copyright Agency. Mathew... Read more

Andy Griffiths TV cartoon to premiere tomorrow

A TV cartoon based on Andy Griffiths’ The Day My Bum Went Psycho (Pan) will premiere in Australia tomorrow. The 80-episode series called The Day... Read more

Australian poets face plagiarism allegations x

Award-winning Australian poet Andrew Slattery has admitted to the Australian that he has passed off other poets’ work as his own, and said that he... Read more

Blake Poetry Prize 2013 shortlist announced x

The shortlist for the 2013 Blake Poetry Prize has been announced. The shortlisted poems are: ‘Almost Pause: Pareidolia’ (Amanda Joy) ‘Appellations’ (Anthony Lawrence) ‘Ars Moriendi’... Read more

Man Booker Prize restricts publisher submissions

The Man Booker Prize has introduced a restriction on the number of books each publisher can submit for the prize. As of 2014, the number... Read more

More publishers join Copyright Agency’s LearningField x

Cengage Learning, Helleman Books and PCS Publications have signed up to the Copyright Agency’s LearningField etextbook subscription service for secondary schools. The Copyright Agency said... Read more

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

Andy Griffiths TV cartoon premieres in Australia x

A TV cartoon based on Andy Griffiths’ The Day My Bum Went Psycho (Pan) premiered in Australia this month. The 80-episode series called The Day... Read more

Blanchett to direct film adaptation of ‘The Dinner’ x

Australian actor Cate Blanchett will make her film directorial debut with an adaptation of Dutch author Herman Koch’s novel The Dinner (Text). A bestseller in the Netherlands... Read more

QLD bookseller wins Best Job in Town competition x

A Queensland bookseller has won the Queensland Times’ Best Job in Town competition. Angie Niebel, manager of the Angus & Robertson store at the Riverlink... Read more

UK booksellers record sales increase from ‘Books Are My Bag’ launch x

UK booksellers involved in the ‘Books Are My Bag’ (BAMB) campaign launch on 14 September have recorded an increase in sales, reports the Bookseller. Speaking at the... Read more

Oswald wins Warwick Prize 2013 x

In the UK, British poet Alice Oswald has won the 2013 Warwick Prize for Writing for her poetry book Memorial (Faber). Oswald wins a cash prize... Read more

SCBWI launches award for self-published children’s books x

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) has launched an annual award for independently published children’s book writers and illustrators, called the Spark... Read more

All-female BBC National Short Story Award shortlist announced x

In the UK, five women writers have been shortlisted for this year’s BBC National Short Story Award. The shortlisted writers and their short stories are:... Read more

US Booksellers Association announces affiliate program with Biblio.com x

The American Booksellers Association (ABA) has announced a new affiliate program with Biblio.com, an independent online bookstore that specialises in used and rare books, reports... Read more

Random House partners with Flipboard to create official Atwood, Martin digital magazines x

In the US, Random House has teamed up with Flipboard to create custom digital magazines for Margaret Atwood and George R R Martin, reports Publishers... Read more

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Penguin Random House seeks approval to acquire full ownership of Penguin India x

In India, Penguin Random House is seeking approval from the Foreign Investment Promotion Board to acquire a 45% share in Penguin India from local publisher... Read more

National Book Foundation announces Fiction, Nonfiction longlists x

In the US, the National Book Foundation has announced the longlists for the Fiction and Nonfiction categories of this year’s National Book Awards. The Fiction... Read more

FT/Goldman Sachs Business Book Award shortlist announced x

The shortlist for this year’s Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: The Alchemists: Inside... Read more

Libiro ebookstore opens for self-published and small-press titles x

In the US, the Libiro ebookstore for self-published and small-press titles has been launched by self-published author Ben Galley and designer Teague Fullick, reports Forbes. The... Read more

Penguin Random House US announces united fulfilment team x

In the US, Penguin Random House has announced the creation of a management team to combine the two publishers’ fulfilment operations, reports Publishers Weekly. Penguin Random House... 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

In brief x

More LIANZA 2013 awards announced The Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) has announced more winners of its 2013 awards. Carrie Bailey... Read more

International Library News x

CILIP passes vote of no confidence in libraries minister In the UK, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) has passed a vote... Read more

NSW Government approves development plan for new Armidale Library x

The New South Wales Government’s Northern Joint Regional Planning Panel has approved a development application for a new public library for Armidale in the state’s... Read more

Australian, NZ libraries and schools participate in second Big Library Read project x

Australian and New Zealand libraries and schools are among those participating in the second Big Library Read project to be run by ebook provider OverDrive.... Read more

‘Books+Publishing’ rights survey results x

For the 11th year in a row, Books+Publishing has surveyed Australian rights managers and literary agents to gauge the health of Australian rights trading. The... 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

Debra Adelaide’s ‘Letter to George Clooney’ x

I’ve been a fan of Debra Adelaide’s writing since The Hotel Albatross was published in the mid 90s. Her last novel, The Household Guide to... Read more

Palgrave Macmillan distribution changes for various publishers x

Publisher: Anshan Publishing ISBN prefix: 9781848290; 9781904798; 9781905740 Publisher: Haymarket Books  ISBN prefix: 9781931859 Publisher: Ocean Press ISBN prefix: 9781876175; 9781875284 Old distributor: Palgrave Macmillan... Read more

Change to New Press distribution x

Publisher: The New Press               ISBN prefix: 978156584 Old distributor: Palgrave Macmillan New distributor: Perseus Changeover date: 1 November Returns cut-off: 31 March 2014  (See classified.)

Jefferies joins ‘Books+Publishing’ x

Brad Jefferies has joined Books+Publishing as publishing assistant. Jefferies is employed part-time (Mondays and Tuesdays) and is responsible for the Weekly Book Newsletter’s classified and... Read more

Were, Twomey join Australia Council x

Former director of the Sydney Writers’ Festival Wendy Were has been appointed to the position of executive director of arts development for the Australia Council... Read more

Jurevics appointed Pottermore CEO x

In the UK, Susan Jurevics has been appointed as the new CEO of J K Rowling’s digital venture Pottormore, reports Publishers Weekly. Jurevics, who was... 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

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

Transit Lounge congratulates Roger Averill 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

Aboriginal Studies Press congratulates Monty and Barbara Hale x

Aboriginal Studies Press would like to congratulate Monty and Barbara Hale for winning the WA Premier’s History Award. Kurlumarniny: We come from the desert is... Read more

Jenna Jameson’s erotic romance novel ‘Sugar’ to be released on 21 October x

Nero is set to sizzle this summer with Jenna Jameson’s first foray into erotic romance fiction, Sugar. Jenna is the New York Times bestselling author... Read more

Sales Rep available x

Commission-only sales rep available. I have been calling on Council & School libraries for over 7 years. I am currently looking at furthering my range... Read more

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