Weekly Book Newsletter
30 October 2013

Quote of the week x

‘I love my job but in many ways feel that I’m starting to set myself up for permanent poverty which is distressing’—a respondent in the... Read more
 

Dymocks highlights staff in new ad campaign x

Dymocks has launched a new advertising campaign that focusses on its ‘well-read’ staff members, with advertisements in print, television, cinema, catalogues and in-store.  The campaign, which... Read more
 

Watson wins Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing x

Fred Watson has won the 2013 Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing for his piece ‘Here Come the Ubernerds: Planets, Pluto and Prague’, published... Read more
 

Oz bookshops to participate in international SCWBI event

Three Australian bookshops will participate in an inaugural international event run by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCWBI). Inside Story will launch... 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
 

Blackwood promoted to editor of ‘B+P Junior’

Kate Blackwood has been promoted to editor of Books+Publishing’s Junior magazine and newsletter. Blackwood, who joined Books+Publishing as an editorial assistant at the start of... Read more
 

Adelaide Writers’ Week 2014 guests announced x

The line-up for the 2014 Adelaide Writers’ Week has been announced. The event will be held at the Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden in Adelaide, South... Read more
 

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Fremantle Press has licensed stage adaptation rights to In Flanders Fields (Norman Jorgensen & Brian Harrison-Lever) to Spare Parts Puppet Theatre; and North American... Read more
 

‘WBN’ published Thursday next week x

Please note that, due to the Melbourne Cup public holiday in Victoria next Tuesday, the Weekly Book Newsletter will be published on Thursday 7 November.... Read more
 

Agnew wins Betty Gilderdale Award x

Christchurch book reviewer and children’s literature advocate Trevor Agnew has won the 2013 Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award. Agnew, a trained teacher and librarian, has been ‘an... Read more
 

Melbourne Uni college establishes Indigenous writers’ residency x

Trinity College at the University of Melbourne has launched a new writing residency for Indigenous writers under the age of 30. The inaugural Nakata Brophy... Read more
 

ABA bookshops to sell ebooks, ereaders through Kobo; Pages & Pages signs up

Bookshops that are members of the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) will have the opportunity to sell ebooks and ereaders through Kobo from next month as... Read more
 

NZ Arts Foundation Awards 2013 recipients announced x

The recipients of the 2013 Macquarie Private Wealth New Zealand Arts Awards were announced in Auckland on 15 October. The awards, which are presented by... Read more
 

Michau-Crawford wins ‘ABR’ Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize 2013 x

Michelle Michau-Crawford has won the 2013 Australian Book Review (ABR) Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize for her story ‘Leaving Elvis’. Michau-Crawford was presented with the... Read more
 

Zookal announces textbook delivery service using drones x

Australian textbook rental company Zookal has announced plans to launch a service to deliver textbooks using drones. The service, called Flirtey, is part of a... Read more
 

Lift Education awarded NZ Education ministry publishing contracts x

In New Zealand, Wellington company Lift Education has taken over the publication of the Ministry of Education’s School Journal and ‘Ready to Read’ series, following... Read more
 

Pages & Pages becomes co-owner of Boomerang Books x

Sydney bookstore Pages & Pages Booksellers is now the co-owner of online bookstore Boomerang Books. Pages & Pages, which took over all print fulfilment and... Read more
 

Bestsellers this week x

Tim Winton’s latest novel Eyrie (Hamish Hamilton) is number one on the bestsellers and fastest movers charts this week, ahead of Jamie Oliver’s Save with... Read more
 

The ‘Conversation’ launches arts and culture section; ‘Crikey’ arts site to launch in November x

Australian news website the Conversation has launched a new section of its website dedicated to arts, culture and the creative industries. The Arts + Culture... Read more
 

Wheeler Centre announces new ‘hot desk’ fellowships x

The Wheeler Centre has announced its latest round of ‘hot desk’ fellowships, which includes several published authors. Zane Lovitt, author of The Midnight Promise (Text),... Read more
 

‘Ranger’s Apprentice’ book selected for World Book Night US

The first book in John Flanagan’s ‘Ranger’s Apprentice’ series, The Ruins of Gorlan (Random House, published in the US by Puffin), has been chosen for... Read more
 

Robinsons Bookshop turns 50 x

Robinsons Bookshop in Frankston, Victoria, is celebrating its 50th birthday in October. The store was established by Philip and Moira Robinson in 1963 in the Frankston... Read more
 

Swingler to feature on ‘Australian Story’

Susan Swingler, step-daughter of Australian author Elizabeth Jolley and author of the memoir The House of Fiction (Fremantle Press), will feature on next week’s episode... Read more
 

Collins Ballarat on Sturt named ‘Franchise of the Year’ at national conference x

Collins Booksellers Ballarat on Sturt, one of two Collins bookstores in Ballarat, Victoria, was named Franchise of the Year at this year’s Collins Booksellers national conference,... Read more
 

Children’s Peace Literature Award 2013 shortlist announced

Ten titles have been shortlisted titles for the 2013 Children’s Peace Literature Award, a biennial award presented by the Australian Psychological Society’s interest group Psychologists... Read more
 

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
 

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
 

Simon & Schuster to launch sci-fi, fantasy imprint x

In the US, Simon & Schuster has announced plans to launch a new imprint dedicated to science-fiction, fantasy and horror books, reports Publishers Weekly. The... Read more
 

Amazon launches MatchBook bundling program x

Amazon has launched its print and ebook bundling program Kindle Matchbook, reports Publishers Weekly. The program, which was first announced in September, offers discounted ebook... Read more
 

Survey shows 23% of European shoppers buy books online x

In Europe, a survey has found that close to a quarter of Europeans have bought books or magazines online in the past year, reports the... Read more
 

WH Smith relaunches ebookstore without self-published titles x

In the UK, WH Smith is selling ebooks again after taking its store offline following the discovery of a number of explicit self-published ebooks provided... Read more
 

Kirshbaum to leave Amazon Publishing x

Larry Kirshbaum will step down as head of Amazon Publishing in early 2014 and return to his work as a literary agent, reports Publishers Weekly.... Read more
 

CWA Dagger 2013 winners announced x

In the UK, the winners of the 2013 Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Dagger awards have been announced. Mick Herron won the Gold Dagger, which is... Read more
 

Angela Jackson wins Edinburgh International Book Festival First Book Award x

Scottish author Angela Jackson has won this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival First Book Award for her debut novel The Emergence of Judy Taylor (Constable... Read more
 

Stead wins ‘Guardian’ children’s fiction prize x

US author Rebecca Stead has won this year’s Guardian children’s fiction prize for her young adult novel Liar & Spy (Text). Stead’s novel, which tells... Read more
 

DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2014 longlist announced x

The longlist for the 2014 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature has been announced. The longlisted titles are: The Book of Destruction (Anand, translated by... Read more
 

Next ‘Wimpy Kid’ book set for record print run x

In the UK, the next book in Jeff Kinney’s ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ series will receive Penguin’s largest ever first print run for a... 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
 

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
 

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
 

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.... Read more

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... Read more

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... Read more

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