Weekly Book Newsletter
23 October 2013

Quote of the week x

‘I have observed that male writers tend to get asked what they think and women what they feel’—Booker Prize winner Eleanor Catton reflects on her... Read more

Murdoch appointed manager of Faber Academy at A&U x

April Murdoch has been appointed as the new manager of the Faber Academy at Allen & Unwin. Murdoch, who is currently communications manager for the... Read more

Most Underrated Book Award 2013 shortlist announced

The Small Press Network (SPN) has announced the shortlist for this year’s Most Underrated Book Award (MUBA). The shortlisted books are: Fish-Hair Woman (Merlinda Bobis,... Read more

Callingham appointed EWF general manager x

The Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) has appointed Kate Callingham to the newly created position of general manager. Callingham will begin in the role in October in time... Read more

Oz books selected for 2014 IBBY Honour Book List

Two Australian books will be included in the 2014 International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Honour Book List. The Australian section of IBBY has... Read more

Bloomsbury establishes Sigma imprint, announces distribution of Oneworld and Verso in ANZ x

Bloomsbury has established a new popular science imprint called Sigma. Launching in October 2014, the imprint will produce around 15 titles a year, which will... Read more

ASA writers’ congress covers digital publishing, copyright, remuneration x

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) inaugural National Writers’ Congress, Authorship 20/20, which was held from 17-19 October at the National Maritime Museum in Sydney, attracted... Read more

Australia Council releases fact sheet on reading behaviour x

The Australia Council has released a fact sheet on the reading behaviour of Australians based on research into the Get Reading! campaigns from 2008-2012. The... Read more

Ortega wins Australian Science Poetry Prize 2013 x

Meredi Ortega has won the inaugural Australian Science Poetry Prize for her poem ‘Liner Notes Voyager Golden Record’. Ortega will receive the award, which is worth... Read more

Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2013 ‘a glowing success’ x

This year’s Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF), which ran from 11 to 15 October in Bali, Indonesia, has been described as ‘a glowing success’ by festival... Read more

RiP Charles Black x

Charles Black, director at Bloomsbury and former chairman of UK family publishing house A&C Black, has died, aged 76. Black started working at A&C Black in... Read more

Johnson appointed BBWF director x

Edwina Johnson has been appointed as the new director of the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival (BBWF) and the Northern Rivers Writers’ Centre (NRWC), which stages... Read more

NZ Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement 2013 winners announced x

The winners of the 2013 New Zealand Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement have been announced. Owen Marshall was awarded the fiction prize, Michele Leggott... Read more

Granta reprints 25,000 copies of ‘The Luminaries’ for Australia; second reprint expected before Christmas x

UK publisher Granta has reprinted 25,000 copies of Eleanor Catton’s Man Booker Prize-winning novel The Luminaries for the Australian market, and the publisher’s Australian distributor... Read more

Penguin creates free Teachers’ Academy iPad app x

Penguin Australia has created a Penguin Teachers’ Academy app for iPad, which is available as a free download from Apple’s Newsstand and iTunes. The app, which... Read more

Victorian Community History Awards 2013 winners announced x

The winners of this year’s Victorian Community History Awards were announced at a ceremony in Melbourne on 21 October. The winners in the book-related categories... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Rick Riordan’s House of Hades (Puffin), the fourth novel in his ‘The Heroes of Olympus’ series, is number one on the bestsellers and highest new entries... Read more

Lawrence wins Blake Poetry Prize 2013 x

Anthony Lawrence has won the 2013 Blake Poetry Prize for his poem ‘Appellations’. Lawrence received the award, which is worth $5000, on 17 October. The... Read more

Castles wins Asher Literary Award 2013 x

Belinda Castles has won this year’s Asher Literary Award for her book Hannah and Emil (A&U). Castles was announced as the winner of the award... Read more

Wilson in the running for 2014 Australian of the Year Awards

Riverbend Books owner and Indigenous Literacy Foundation founder Suzy Wilson has been selected as a finalist for the 2014 Australian of the Year Awards. Wilson,... Read more

‘The Daughters of Mars’ wins Colin Roderick Award 2013

The Daughters of Mars by Thomas Keneally (Vintage) has won this year’s Colin Roderick Award. Keneally, who previously won the Colin Roderick Award in 2004... Read more

CLNZ Educational Publishing Awards 2013 shortlists announced x

The shortlists for this year’s Copyright Licensing New Zealand (CLNZ) Educational Publishing Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each of the categories are:... Read more

Walkley Book Award 2013 longlist announced x

The longlist for the 2013 Walkley Book Award has been announced.  The longlisted titles are: Killing Fairfax (Pamela Williams, HarperCollins) The Rise and Fall of the... Read more

Screen Australia funds new book-to-film adaptations x

Screen Australia has allocated $643,125 in funding to support the development of 18 new feature films, including film adaptations of books by Peter Carey, Melanie Joosten, Susan... Read more

SPN Independent Publishing Conference 2013 program released

The Small Press Network (SPN) has released the program for its 2013 Independent Publishing Conference. This year’s conference will be held over three days, from... Read more

Whitcoulls suspends ebookstore

New Zealand bookselling chain Whitcoulls has suspended its Kobo-powered ebookstore due to ‘recent publicity surrounding ebook publishing through automated feeds provided by Kobo’. In a... Read more

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

‘Two Left Feet’ app wins Australian Mobile Award

An app that uses 3D animation to transform Bloomsbury’s children’s book Two Left Feet into a ‘modern-day pop-up book’ has won two awards at the... Read more

Cope wins award in Banff Mountain Book Competition 2013 in Canada x

Australian author Tim Cope has won an award in the 2013 Banff Mountain Book Competition in Canada. Cope won the Adventure Travel category of the... Read more

Booktopia makes ‘BRW’ Fast 100 for fifth year x

Online bookseller Booktopia has been included in the Business Review Weekly Fast 100 list of fastest growing Australian companies for the fifth year running, with... 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

Australians among members of new Man Booker International advisory council x

Australian author Thomas Keneally has been announced as a member of a new advisory council for the £60,000 (A$100,385) Man Booker International Prize, along with... Read more

Krakow named UNESCO City of Literature x

The city of Krakow in Poland has been named the seventh UNESCO City of Literature. It joins Edinburgh, Iowa City, Dublin, Reykjavik, Norwich and Melbourne,... Read more

Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature 2014 finalists announced x

In the US, the Jewish Book Council has announced the shortlist for the 2014 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. This year’s nonfiction contenders for... Read more

Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books 2013 shortlist announced x

In the UK, the shortlist for the 2013 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books has been announced. The finalists for the £10,000 (A$16,720) award... Read more

Angelou, Diaz and Hastings receive 2013 Mailer Awards x

Writers Maya Angelou, Junot Diaz and the late Michael Hastings were honoured at this year’s Norman Mailer Center gala, which was held at the New... Read more

WH Smith relaunches website without ebooks x

In the UK, WH Smith has relaunched its website after taking the site offline for nearly four days, reports the Bookseller. However, the retailer is... Read more

Kobo launches ebooks, devices in India x

Kobo has entered the ereading market in India, with a number of its ereading devices now available from bookselling chains Crossword and WH Smith, and electronics... Read more

National Book Awards shortlists announced x

In the US, the National Book Foundation has announced the finalists for the 2013 National Book Awards. In fiction, the finalists are: The Flamethrowers (Rachael... 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

IFLA releases guidelines for government libraries x

The International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) has released a set of guidelines for libraries of government departments. The guidelines, which are available online here, cover... Read more

Lodge replaces Coker on ALIA board x

Damian Lodge has been appointed as interim vice-president of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), replacing Susan Coker, who has stepped down for health... Read more

International Library News x

Macmillan US makes backlist ebooks available to libraries In the US, Macmillan will expand its pilot ebook lending program for libraries to include its entire... 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

Alice Grundy and Clare Drysdale: dispatches from the Frankfurt Book Fair x

‘Imagine the busiest place you’ve ever been and then times it by 10. This was the device suggested to me by a friend as preparation... Read more

Richard Flanagan’s ‘The Narrow Road to the Deep North’ x

In Tasmania, a new book by Richard Flanagan is a much-anticipated event. He is, after all, a local hero. But he is much more than... Read more

Bloomsbury to distribute Oneworld Publications and Verso Books x

Publisher: Oneworld Publications ISBN prefix: 978178074; 978185168 Publisher: Verso Books ISBN prefix: 97818598 Old distributor: Palgrave Macmillan New distributor: Bloomsbury

Palgrave Macmillan to cease distribution of Acumen Publishing and Interlink Publishing x

Publisher: Acumen Publishing ISBN prefix: 978184465 Publisher: Interlink Publishing ISBN prefix: 978 02300; 9780704372; 9780940793; 978156656, Old distributor: Palgrave Macmillan Changeover date: 31 December 2013... Read more

New distributor for I.B. Tauris x

Publisher: I.B.Tauris (including ICAS, Phillip Wilson and Tauris Parke imprints)ISBN prefix: 978186064; 978185043; 9781904063; 978856675; 978186064 Old distributor: Palgrave Macmillan New distributor: Footprint Books Changeover... Read more

Callingham to join EWF x

Kate Callingham will join the Emerging Writers’ Festival this month in the newly created position of general manager. Callingham has previously worked in a development... Read more

Murdoch appointed manager of Faber Academy at A&U x

April Murdoch has been appointed as the new manager of the Faber Academy at Allen & Unwin. Murdoch, who is currently communications manager for the... Read more

Changes at ALIA x

Damian Lodge has been appointed as interim vice-president of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), replacing Susan Coker, who has stepped down for health... Read more

Johnson appointed BBWF director x

Edwina Johnson has been appointed as the new director of the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival and the Northern Rivers Writers’ Centre, which stages the festival.... Read more

Australian Publishers Association: Submissions alerts; and futurEDUCATION Symposium x

Book submissions invited now from APA members for the Children’s Book Illustration Exhibition at the Bologna Book Fair 2014. Hello! From Australia is an APA... Read more

Bloomsbury Publishing welcomes Oneworld Publications and Verso Books x

Bloomsbury Publishing is pleased to announce that as of 1st January 2014 it will be taking over representation of Oneworld Publications and Verso Books (UK)... Read more

Palgrave Macmillan distribution changes x

Palgrave Macmillan regrets to advise that from 1 January 2014 we will no longer represent I.B.Tauris as they are moving to Footprint Books. Please also... Read more

Basenji is unleashed—a new learning tool for XML publishing x

Sydney-based publisher Xmplar have made a breakthrough in desktop publishing and released cop-e-boox v 0.2 (Basenji), a bundle of open-source publishing stylesheets and book templates.... Read more

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