Weekly Book Newsletter
30 October 2013

Tim Cope’s ‘On the Trail of Genghis Khan’ x

What a tale this is! Adventurer, author and filmmaker Tim Cope gives us an awe-inspiring account of his three-year trek on horseback from Karakorum, the... Read more

New bookshop opens in Clunes x

A new bookshop called Sneaky Fox Books has opened in the regional Victorian town of Clunes. The shop was offered in a ‘bookshop giveaway’ by... Read more

Swingler features on ‘Australian Story’ x

Susan Swingler, step-daughter of Australian author Elizabeth Jolley and author of the memoir The House of Fiction (Fremantle Press), featured on ABC TV’s Australian Story... Read more

Courtney Love memoir delayed x

A memoir by US singer and actress Courtney Love has been delayed until next year, despite being sold-in to Australian bookshops as a November release.... Read more

Author shortlisted for Melbourne Awards x

Melbourne author and artist Maree Coote has been shortlisted for the 2013 Melbourne Awards. Now in its 11th year, the Melbourne Awards ‘honour Melburnians who have... Read more

Lu Rees Archives receives heritage grant x

The Lu Rees Archives of Australian Children’s Literature has received $6050 in funding as part of the federal government’s 2013 Community Heritage Grants (CHG). The... Read more

International library news x

Iranian and German libraries sign memorandum to restore rare manuscripts The National Library and Archives of Iran (NLAI) and the Berlin State Library have signed... Read more

University of Melbourne acquires Greer’s lifetime archive x

The University of Melbourne has acquired author and academic Germaine Greer’s lifetime archive, reports the Guardian. The archive, which is expected to arrive in Melbourne... Read more

Libraries awarded Community Heritage Grants x

A number of libraries have received funding as part of the federal government’s 2013 Community Heritage Grants (CHG). In NSW, Campbelltown City Council Library received... 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

‘Books+Publishing’ salary survey results x

In the latest issue of Books+Publishing, Andrea Hanke and Andrew Wrathall report on the results of the 2013 Books+Publishing salary survey. The survey canvassed over 300... 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

Blackwood promoted to editor of ‘B+P Junior’ x

Kate Blackwood has been promoted to editor of Books+Publishing’s Junior magazine and newsletter. Blackwood joined Books+Publishing as an editorial assistant at the start of 2013. (See news.) 

Niven to join Creative Scotland x

Jenny Niven, associate director of the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne, has been appointed as head of literature, languages and publishing at Creative Scotland, reports the... Read more

Mason announces retirement x

Ernie Mason, owner of Ernie Mason em Book Marketing Services and former managing director of Century Hutchinson Australia and Random House Australia, has announced his... 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

Australian Publishers Association: REP Keynote Speaker Announced x

The APA is pleased to announce that acclaimed Australian author Charlotte Wood will be the keynote speaker at the 2014 Residential Editorial Program (REP). Charlotte... Read more

Walker Books Newtown Book Fair: Indigenous Literacy Foundation Fundraiser x

Walker Books Australia are raising funds for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation at the Newtown Book Fair. WHEN: Thursday, November 7th from 3pm-7pm WHERE: Walker Books... Read more

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown (Hazelden) x

Following the author’s recent appearance on Oprah’s Lifeclass, this bestselling title (9781592858491) is ranked 12th on Amazon.com and 5th on the New York Times ‘Advice’ bestsellers’ list. To order contact Eurospan: emma.white@eurospan.com


Veronica Roth’s Allegiant takes the world by storm! x

In what was the largest ever first-day sales figure for HarperCollins, Veronica Roth’s YA novel Allegiant sold 455,000 copies globally across all formats on its publication day, October 22.

Anticipation had been mounting in the month leading up to publication and fans rushed to stores to discover what happens in the thrilling conclusion. Allegiant is set to debut at the top of many bestseller lists and with the help of a major ongoing promotional campaign, many thousands of fans are expected to flock to the series.

HarperCollins has good stocks of all titles in the trilogy and eagerly awaits the release of the film adaptation of the first book in the series, Divergent, starring Shailene Woodley and Kate Winslet, in April 2014.

The Divergent series by Veronica Roth

Divergent, 9780007420421, $17.99
Insurgent, 978000744292, $17.99
Allegiant, 9780007534944, $17.99


Penguin CTR to move to Pearson Australia x

As of November 1st, 2013, sales and marketing of Penguin CTR titles will move to Pearson Australia.

This includes titles from the Pearson Technology Group (PTG) USA and titles from the trade division of Pearson Ed UK.

PTG Imprints include, FT Press, Que Publishing, Sams Publishing, Cisco Press, Adobe Press, Peachpit Press, New Riders, Addison Wesley Professional (Trade) and Prentice Hall Professional  (Trade).

Imprints from Pearson Ed UK will include trade titles from Prentice Hall, FT Press, BBC Active and York Notes.

All trading terms remain the same, and distribution will continue as usual from UBD.




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