Weekly Book Newsletter
2 October 2013

Dymocks Kids’ Top 51 list announced x

Dymocks has revealed its Kids’ Top 51 list for 2013. The top 10 books on the list are: Tomorrow, When the War Began (John Marsden,... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘It’s a cornucopia of riches’—Dymocks buying manager Sophie Higgins reflects on publishers’ Christmas releases in an article in the Age. Higgins, Readings’ Mark Rubbo and... Read more

New online bookstore to donate ‘GST equivalent’ to Australian literacy charities x

A new online retailer selling books, CDs, vinyl, DVDs and Blu-ray has launched in Australia, and will donate the ‘GST equivalent’ of its sales to... Read more

Australian authors longlisted for UKLA Book Awards 2014 x

A number of Australian authors have been longlisted for the 2014 UK Literacy Association (UKLA) Book Awards. The longlisted titles by Australian authors in each category... Read more

RiP Marjorie Bligh x

Author Marjorie Bligh has died, aged 96. Text Publishing editor David Winter writes: ‘Bligh was a homemaker extraordinaire and an inspiration to Dame Edna Everage.... Read more

Currie leaves Avid Reader x

Chris Currie has left his role as buyer at Brisbane’s Avid Reader to live in Germany for a year, where he will research and write... Read more

NZ creative writing program launches publishing imprint x

The Whitireia Creative Writing Programme in New Zealand has launched a publishing imprint. Escalator Press will publish work by new and established writers associated with... Read more

APA launches Frankfurt Book Fair app x

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) has launched an app for this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair. The Australia@FBF app, which was created by the APA’s IT... Read more

Dianne Wolfer wins SCBWI award

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) has presented the 2013 Louise Schofield Award for Services to SCBWI Australia West to children’s author... Read more

Cubitt to replace Sherwin-Stark at Bloomsbury x

Kate Cubitt has been appointed as the new managing director at Bloomsbury Australia. Cubitt most recently held the position of sales director at Simon &... Read more

Hachette Australia announces restructure, staff changes x

Hachette Australia has announced a restructure of its business to form a ‘single retailer-facing sales and product division and a single consumer-facing marketing and publicity division’.... Read more

Pages & Pages’ Kindle amnesty update x

In April this year, Pages & Pages Booksellers in Mosman, Sydney, introduced a ‘Kindle amnesty’, asking customers to trade in Amazon Kindles for the store’s BeBook ereaders... Read more

De Kretser announced as Commonwealth Short Story Prize judge x

Australian author Michelle de Kretser has been announced as a judge for the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Other judges for the prize are UK-based... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

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

Stedman wins HWA/Goldsboro Crown for Historical Debut Fiction 2013 x

Australian author M L Stedman has won the UK Historical Writers’ Association (HWA)/Goldsboro Crown for Historical Debut Fiction for The Light between Oceans (Vintage). Stedman... Read more

Google launches ebookstores in New Zealand, Asian countries x

Google has launched ebookstores in nine countries in the region, including New Zealand, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam, according to... Read more

Publishers, writers selected for Creative Industries Career Fund x

A number of publishers and writers have received funding in the latest round of the Creative Industries Career Fund, administered by the Copyright Agency (CAL).... Read more

Waverley Library Award 2013 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2013 Waverley Library Award for Literature, known as ‘the Nib’, has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Three Crooked Kings (Matthew... Read more

Kobo appoints managing director for Australia, NZ x

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

Big W launches ebookstore

Australian discount department store Big W is now selling ebooks. The Big W ebookstore, which is separate to the retailer’s main website, launched this morning and... Read more

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

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

Goldsmiths Prize 2013 shortlist announced x

In the UK, the shortlist for the inaugural Goldsmiths Prize has been announced. The shortlisted titles are Harvest (Jim Crace, Picador), Red or Dead (David... Read more

Samuel Johnson Prize 2013 shortlist announced x

In the UK, the shortlist for the 2013 Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction has been announced. The six shortlisted titles are: Empires of the Dead (David... Read more

Online bookseller Wordery launches x

Online bookseller Wordery, a partnership between book wholesaler Bertrams and former Book Depository IT director Will Jones, has launched its direct-to-consumer website, reports the Bookseller.... Read more

Walker Books to launch media imprint x

In the UK, Walker Books is set to launch a media imprint, reports the Bookseller. The imprint, which launches in 2014, will be called Walker... Read more

Dayton Literary Peace Prize 2013 winners announced x

In the US, the winners of this year’s Dayton Literary Peace Prize awards have been announced. Adam Johnson has won the fiction prize for The... Read more

Authors receive MacArthur Foundation 2013 ‘genius grants’ x

In the US, two authors are among the recipients of this year’s ‘genius grants’ awarded by the MacArthur Foundation. Karen Russell, a fiction author, and Donald... Read more

Nelson Thornes to be integrated into OUP, job losses expected x

In the UK, educational publisher Nelson Thornes will be integrated into Oxford University Press (OUP) from 2014, with job losses expected among the publisher’s 190 staff,... 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

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... Read more

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