Weekly Book Newsletter
16 October 2013

Quote of the week x

‘I am very aware of the pressures upon contemporary publishing to make money and to remain competitive in a competitive world, and I know that... Read more

Mary Cunnane launches new editing, publishing consultancy business x

Former literary agent Mary Cunnane has launched a new editing and publishing consultancy business. Cunnane, who announced the closure of The Mary Cunnane Agency in... Read more

QWC, Hachette announce writers for 2013 Manuscript Development Program x

The Queensland Writers Centre (QWC) and Hachette Australia have announced the writers that have been selected to attend this year’s Manuscript Development Program. The eight... Read more

Eleanor Catton wins 2013 Man Booker Prize x

New Zealand author Eleanor Catton has won the 2013 Man Booker Prize for The Luminaries (Granta), with an award worth £50,000 (A$84,000) presented at London’s Guildhall on 15... Read more

Literary organisations, awards among Australia’s ‘Top 50 Philanthropic Gifts’ x

A number of Australian literary organisations and awards, including the Miles Franklin Literary Award and Melbourne’s Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas, have been... Read more

Compton wins Newcastle Poetry Prize 2013 x

Jennifer Compton has won the 2013 Newcastle Poetry Prize for her poem ‘Now You Shall Know’. Compton was presented with the award, which is worth... Read more

Inaugural Creative Non-Fiction Festival program announced

The program for the New South Wales Writers’ Centre’s inaugural Creative Non-Fiction Festival has been announced. Author Benjamin Law will curate the one day festival, which will... Read more

‘Overland’ Victoria University Short Story Prize 2013 shortlist announced x

The shortlist for the 2013 Overland Victoria University Short Story Prize for New and Emerging Writers has been announced.  The shortlisted stories are: ‘Dubbing Blows Cold’... Read more

Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards 2013 winners announced

The winners of the 2013 Speech Pathology Australia (SPA) Book of the Year Awards have been announced. The winning titles in each of the categories... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

There are no changes at the top of the bestseller chart this week, with Jamie Oliver’s Save with Jamie (Michael Joseph) and Andy Griffiths’ The 39-Storey... Read more

‘Business as usual’ at Frankfurt Book Fair 2013

Books+Publishing editor-in-chief Andrea Hanke reports from Frankfurt: Australian publishers have reported a productive Frankfurt Book Fair, which has been characterised by healthy interest in a... Read more

Chapman launches new publishing business Upstart Press x

Former managing director of Hachette New Zealand Kevin Chapman has launched a new publishing business called Upstart Press. Chapman, who left Hachette earlier this year... Read more

Alice Munro wins 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature

The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2013 has been awarded to Canadian author Alice Munro, who was called a ‘master of the contemporary short story’ by the Swedish... Read more

Oz, NZ authors and illustrators nominated for 2014 Astrid Lindgren Award

Six Australians and two New Zealanders have been nominated for the 2014 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the world’s largest prize for children’s and young adult... Read more

Industry associations raise GST issue with new government as ABS reveals over $7 billion spent on purchases below LVT x

The value of online purchases below the current Low Value Threshold (LVT) for collecting Australian Goods and Services Tax (GST) reached more than $7 billion in... Read more

Australian authors and illustrators to attend Asian Festival of Children’s Content 2014 x

Six Western Australian children’s authors and illustrators have been selected to attend the 2014 Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) in Singapore as part of... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘We have printed over 50,000 of the two editions as a first print, [and] we expect to be pushing the reprint button several times’—Pan Macmillan... Read more

Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing 2013 shortlist announced x

The shortlist for this year’s Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing has been announced. The shortlisted pieces of writing are: ‘The Last Laughing Death’... Read more

Tulba shortlisted for Dylan Thomas Prize

Australian author Majok Tulba has been shortlisted for this year’s Dylan Thomas Prize in the UK. Tulba’s novel Beneath the Darkening Sky (Hamish Hamilton) is... Read more

Alex Adsett Publishing Services announces first book deals with publishers x

Brisbane-based literary agency Alex Adsett Publishing Services (AAPS) has announced details of its first deals with Australian publishers. AAPS, which was established as a literary agency... Read more

Walker Books creates international sales team; Vahtrick appointed sales executive for Northern, Eastern Europe x

Walker Books has appointed a new sales team to manage all international sales of Walker Books UK, Candlewick Press and Walker Books Australia titles, reports... Read more

Inkerman & Blunt issues stickers to cover Nunn poem in ‘Australian Love Poems’ x

Publisher Inkerman & Blunt has issued stickers for booksellers to use to cover a poem by Queensland poet Graham Nunn in its collection Australian Love... Read more

Funder to deliver Dymphna Clark lecture in Melbourne x

Miles Franklin Literary Award-winning author Anna Funder will deliver the annual Dymphna Clark Lecture in Melbourne this week. Funder, whose debut novel All That I... Read more

NZ authors selected for 2013 International Writing Program in Iowa x

Two New Zealand authors have been selected for the 2013 International Writing Program in Iowa City in the US. Whiti Hereaka and Craig Cliff are among... Read more

Berkelouw Books Newtown to move x

The Berkelouw Books store in Newtown, Sydney, has announced that it is relocating to Hornsby. The store will begin accepting deliveries at its new location... Read more

Booksellers NZ introduces electronic gift cards x

Booksellers NZ has introduced electronic gift cards. The gift cards, launched on 1 October, can be purchased and redeemed at bookshops that are members of... Read more

Kobo removes all self-published titles from UK store x

Kobo has removed all self-published titles from its UK store following WH Smith’s decision to take its website offline while it removes explicit ebooks provided by... Read more

UK department store Argos launches tablet x

In the UK and Ireland, department store Argos has launched its own branded tablet, reports the Bookseller. Following the recent example set by supermarket Tesco, Argos... Read more

Waterstones gets exclusive on re-published Munro story x

In the UK, bookselling chain Waterstones will exclusively sell the print edition of a re-published short story by Nobel Laureate Alice Munro, reports the Bookseller.... Read more

Hall wins BBC National Short Story Award x

British novelist Sarah Hall has won the 2013 BBC National Short Story Award for her story ‘Mrs Fox’. Hall, whose novels have previously won the Commonwealth... Read more

Ingram expands Global Connect program to Russia x

Ingram Content Group has partnered with Russian media company EE Media to distribute titles in Russia via its Global Connect print-on-demand program, reports Publishers Weekly. The... Read more

McDonald’s to distribute self-published books via Happy Meals x

In the US, fast-food chain McDonald’s will place 20 million copies of four books into Happy Meals during the first two weeks of November to... Read more

Shortlists for the ‘Bookseller’ Futurebook Innovation Awards 2013 announced x

In the UK, the shortlists for the Bookseller’s Futurebook Innovation Awards have been announced. Award categories include Best Adult Digital Book, Best Children’s Digital Book,... Read more

Dohle on integrating Penguin Random House: ‘We have to get this right’ x

Speaking at the Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany this week, Penguin Random House CEO Markus Dohle said he is in no rush to fully integrate... Read more

London Book Fair launches suite of international publishing awards x

The London Book Fair (LBF) has launched a new suite of international publishing awards, which it will present for the first time at the 2014... Read more

Bowker reveals 422% increase in self-published titles since 2007 x

In an analysis of US ISBN data, Bowker has revealed that 391,000 self-published titles were published in 2012, which is an increase of 59% over... Read more

HarperCollins UK to launch fiction imprint The Borough Press x

HarperCollins UK will launch a new fiction imprint called The Borough Press, reports the Bookseller. Led by HarperCollins publishing director Katie Espiner, The Borough Press... Read more

Penguin Random House completes 100% acquisition of Penguin Books India x

Penguin Random House (PRH) has acquired Penguin Books India from Ananda Publishers Private Limited’s (APPL), which completes the merger of Penguin Random House India, said... Read more

Bloomsbury Spark to launch in December x

Bloomsbury has announced that it will launch its new digital-first imprint for young adult, teen and new adult fiction, Bloomsbury Spark, in December. As previously... Read more

International Library News x

November LibraryReads list released In the US, LibraryReads has released its November list, a monthly ‘top 10’ of forthcoming adult books compiled by librarians across... Read more

In brief x

Staff changes at ALIA There have been a number of staff changes at the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). Jane Orbell-Smith has been appointed... Read more

Queensland library named one of Australia’s ‘Top 50 Philanthropic Gifts’ x

The Fryer Memorial Library of Australian Literature at the University of Queensland has been included in a poll of Australia’s ‘Top 50 Philanthropic Gifts’. The... Read more

Australian books featured in New York Library’s top 100 children’s books x

Shaun Tan’s The Arrival (Lothian) and Where Is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox and illustrated by Judy Horacek (Puffin) are featured on the 100... Read more

International Library News x

American Library Association to open Center for the Future of Libraries In the US, the American Library Association (ALA) will establish a Center for the... Read more

Bob Sessions bids farewell to the book trade x

‘I count myself very fortunate that my publishing career coincided with a stable, but nevertheless transitional, period in the Australian book trade.’ Read former Penguin... Read more

Catherine Titasey’s ‘My Island Homicide’ x

Catherine Titasey’s debut novel My Island Homicide, which won the 2012 Queensland Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript by an emerging author, is part murder mystery,... Read more

APA diary alerts: Bologna Book Fair, futurEDUCATION 2014, Residential Editorial Program x

APA Members are invited to submit books to be represented in the APA rights based Hello! From Australia Exhibition of Children’s Book Illustrations, part of the... Read more

11th National Conference of the Children's Book Council of Australia x

The CBCA’s 11th National Conference ‘Discovering National Treasures’ will be held in Canberra on 16-18 May 2014. The program and early-bird booking details will be... Read more

Society of Editors (NSW): Editing for horticultural publication x

Society of Editors (NSW) is holding a workshop on Editing for Horticultural Publication presented by Jennifer Stackhouse, a former editor of ABC Gardening Australia magazine and is... Read more

APA diary alerts: Residential Editorial Program call for applications; futurEDUCATION 2014 x

Residential Editorial Program (REP): Applications are invited from mid-career editors for REP 2014.This intensive, five-day program offers mid-career editors an exceptional opportunity to develop their... Read more

Allen & Unwin congratulates Eleanor Catton x

Allen & Unwin is delighted at the news that Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries has won the 2013 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. It’s particularly exciting... Read more

Bookstore for sale x

The owners of Reader’s Companion, Armidale, NSW are retiring after 35 years bookselling and offer the business for sale for the final time. Asking stock... Read more

New children’s release: ‘A Christmas Tail’ x

A Christmas Tail Co-authored by Donna Smith and Helen Ross Illustrated by Aaron Pocock ISBN: 9780987306715 Hardback RRP $24.95 Melanie, Monty and baby Peter Mouse... Read more

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