Weekly Book Newsletter
2 October 2013

Booktopia launches new Bond book ‘Solo’ x

Booktopia has participated in a global launch campaign for the new James Bond book Solo (Jonathan Cape), receiving the only Australian copy—and one of seven... Read more

Collins Warragul closes x

The Collins Booksellers store in Warragul, Victoria closed at the start of September. Owner Heather Quirk told Books+Publishing that the she decided to close the... Read more

International library news x

Penguin US ebooks available to libraries through OverDrive again Libraries in the US can now access Penguin ebooks through OverDrive, more than 18 months after... Read more

In brief x

Public Libraries of SA launches Dads Read campaign Public Libraries of South Australia has launched the ‘Dads Read’ campaign, an early childhood literacy initiative developed... Read more

Pan Macmillan, Bloomsbury sign with Wheelers ebook platform x

ALS Library Services has announced that ebooks from Pan Macmillan and Bloomsbury are now available to Australian and New Zealand users of the Wheelers ePlatform... Read more

Penguin US ebooks available to libraries through OverDrive again x

Libraries in the US can now access Penguin ebooks through OverDrive, more than 18 months after the publisher announced that it was ending its relationship... 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

Agata Mrva-Montoya on the St Gallen International Publishing Management Course x

‘The majority of industry-based training programs focus on technology, production, marketing or editorial skills, reflecting the traditional needs of this creative industry, as well as... 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

Ivan Rudolph’s ‘Eyre: The Forgotten Explorer’ x

The subtitle of this book is quite fitting. For unlike other explorers of colonial Australia, Edward Eyre has never had much hold on the cultural... Read more

Hachette Australia staff changes x

Hachette Australia has announced a number of staff changes. Former managing director at Bloomsbury Australia Louise Sherwin-Stark has been appointed sales and product director and Justin... Read more

Cubitt joins Bloomsbury Australia x

Former sales director at Simon & Schuster Australia Kate Cubitt has been appointed to the position of managing director at Bloomsbury Australia. She will start... Read more

Currie leaves Avid Reader x

Chris Currie has left his role as buyer at Avid Reader in Brisbane. His position will be filled by Sarah Deasy, who previously managed the... Read more

PANZ change of address x

The Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) has relocated its office to the Pitney Bowes Building, B3, 72 Apollo Drive, Rosedale, Auckland 0632 New Zealand. The PO Box remains... Read more

White joins Big W x

Scott White has recently taken over as head of books at Big W, replacing Meredith Drake, who is on maternity leave. White was previously sales... Read more

Ogden joins Kobo x

Stephanie Ogden has been appointed as managing director of Kobo Asia-Pacific and South Africa, which includes responsibility for the Australian and New Zealand markets. Ogden,... Read more

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

Society of Editors NSW: Plain English for editors x

Society of Editors (NSW) Inc is presenting a one-day workshop on Friday 15 November: Speketh so Pleyne: Plain English for editors, presented by Dr Neil... Read more

Writers Victoria: Dinner meeting debate x

Writers Victoria and RMIT will hold a dinner meeting debate on the topic: Old Media Is Dead!  On-demand digital access to content—anytime, anywhere—is transforming how we... Read more

APA Professional Development: Residential Editorial Program Call for Applications x

Applications are invited from mid-career editors for the REP 2014.  It will be held at Varuna, the Writers’ House in Katoomba in NSW from 5... Read more

Editors Victoria workshops x

Editors Victoria is holding a one-day Intermediate Grammar for Editors course with Glenys Osborne on 12 October from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. A one-day... Read more

ASA to host National Writers’ Congress x

The Australian Society of Authors will bring together authors, illustrators and industry practitioners for a National Writers’ Congress from 17-19 October at the National Maritime... Read more

Entries open for 2014 Miles Franklin Literary Award x

Applications for the 2014 Miles Franklin Literary Award are now open. Early bird applications are due 2pm on 16 October ($75 fee) and final applications... Read more

Launch of the Cambridge History of Australia x

The Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, Her Excellency the Honourable Quentin Bryce AC CVO will officially launch The Cambridge History of Australia at the State Library of Victoria on Wednesday October 2nd.

This comprehensive new history of Australia has been edited by two of the country’s most eminent academics, Alison Bashford and Stuart Macintyre, and is the first collaborative work of reference on Australian history to be published in over two decades. There will be a large media presence at the launch, with significant features, interviews and reviews in the national and local media to follow.

For all bookseller enquiries please contact Harry Johnston, hjohnston@cambridge.edu.au or 03 8671 1407. View the website here.


Call for entries: 2014 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards x

The NSW Premier’s Literary Awards have a proud history, both in celebrating achievement by Australian writers and in helping to establish values and standards in Australian literature.

Entries are sought for the following categories:

  • Christina Stead Prize for fiction
  • UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing
  • Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-fiction
  • Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry
  • Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature
  • Ethel Turner Prize for Young People’s Literature
  • Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting
  • Betty Roland Prize for Scriptwriting
  • Community Relations Commission for a multicultural NSW Award


All works must have been first published, performed, broadcast or made publicly available between 1 October 2012 and 30 September 2013. For guidelines and online nomination forms visit the website here. The awards are administered by the State Library of NSW in association with Arts NSW.
Entries close: Friday 1 November 2013
Contact: Kate Butler on (02) 9273 1582 or by emailing  awards.library@sl.nsw.gov.au




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