Weekly Book Newsletter
7 November 2013

Walkley Book Award 2013 shortlist announced x

The shortlist for the 2013 Walkley Book Award has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Speechless: A Year in My Father’s Business (James Button, MUP)... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Her story proves that digital publishing and the communities that have embraced it are part of the future for any serious publisher’—Momentum publisher Joel Naoum... Read more

Dymocks launches first pop-up store; new location for Canberra store x

Dymocks has opened its first pop-up store in the Westfield Eastgardens shopping centre in Sydney. The store, which is 25 sqm in size, opened on... Read more

YABBAs 2013 winners announced

The winners of the 2013 Young Australian’s Best Book Awards (YABBAs) have been announced. The winning titles are: Picture Storybooks Pooka (Carol Chataway & Nina... Read more

ILD raises over $170,000 x

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) raised over $170,000 from this year’s Indigenous Literacy Day (ILD) on 4 September, bringing the foundation’s fundraising total to just... Read more

Adelaide Writers’ Week launches Copia-powered ebookstore x

Adelaide Writers’ Week (AWW) has launched an ebookstore that is powered by Copia. The ebookstore went live at the end of October to coincide with... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction—Black Inc. has sold rights to 20 x 3: Eliminate Your Belly Fat in an Hour a Week (Steve Boutcher) to Rupa Publications for an... Read more

A&U announces senior appointments for Gilliatt, Hines

Allen & Unwin has announced two senior appointments to the business.  Tom Gilliatt, Pan Macmillan’s director of nonfiction publishing and digital-only imprint Momentum, has been appointed publishing... Read more

Jordon resigns from Collins Booksellers

Daniel Jordon has resigned as CEO of Collins Booksellers. Collins Booksellers said in a statement this week that Jordon has left the company to take... Read more

New open-access literary journal to focus on author interviews x

A new open-access literary journal, jointly published by Flinders University in Australia and the University of Central Lancashire in the UK, will launch in February... Read more

New children’s website Gobblefunked launches x

A new website dedicated to children’s books has launched in Australia and Ireland.   Gobblefunked was founded by Linda Crosbie and Anne Whelton, who live in Melbourne,... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Tim Winton’s Eyrie (Hamish Hamilton) is number one on the bestsellers chart for the second week in a row, while Ricky Ponting’s memoir Ponting: At... Read more

Finch Memoir Prize 2014 shortlist announced x

The shortlist for the 2014 Finch Memoir Prize has been announced. The shortlisted manuscripts are: Remembering How to Breathe (Anthony Crowley) Spinifex Baby (Karen Dermer)... Read more

Cope wins grand prize in Banff Mountain Book Competition 2013 x

Australian author Tim Cope has won the grand prize in the 2013 Banff Mountain Book Competition in Canada for his book On the Trail of... Read more

Moorhouse wins OzCo Lifetime Achievement in Literature Award

Novelist Frank Moorhouse is the recipient of the 2013 Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature. The $50,000 award is presented annually by the... Read more

New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing winners announced x

The winners of the inaugural New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing, presented by the New England Writers Centre in northern New South Wales for... Read more

‘Shop Small’ campaign launches in Australia

A national month-long campaign to encourage Australians to support small businesses has been launched. Shop Small has previously been run in the US, UK and... Read more

Momentum author acquired by Macmillan in global book deal x

Momentum author Kylie Scott will be ‘traditionally’ published by Momentum’s parent companies Macmillan in Australia and the UK and St Martin’s Press in the US... Read more

Your Bookshop chain launches website x

Your Bookshop, a chain of five independent bookshops, including several former Angus & Robertson franchises, based in Sydney, has launched its website. Craig Roberts, manager... Read more

ANZ ebooks grow by 50% for HarperCollins in 2012-13 x

Ebook sales for HarperCollins Australia and New Zealand grew by 50% in the 2012-13 financial year, according to CEO James Kellow. Responding to the 2012-13... Read more

KOALAs 2013 winners announced x

The winners of the 2013 Kids Own Australian Literature Awards (KOALAs) have been announced. The winning titles and honour books in each category are: Picture... Read more

Ashurst Business Literature Prize opened up to international topics x

From 2014, books by Australian authors about international business and financial affairs will be eligible for the Ashurst Business Literature Prize. The State Library of... Read more

Colpoys launches online stationery business

Freelance book designer Allison Colpoys has launched an online stationery business. The Souvenir Society, which is a collaboration between Colpoys and packaging designer Kasia Gadecki, includes... Read more

Amazon launches Kindle reseller program for booksellers x

In the US, Amazon has launched a new program that allows booksellers and other retailers to sell Kindle devices and receive revenue for Kindle ebook... Read more

Lynn Coady wins Giller Prize 2013 x

In Canada, Lynn Coady has won the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize for her short-story collection Hellgoing (House of Anansi Press). She wins C$50,000 (A$50,340). Coady’s... Read more

British Fantasy Awards 2013 winners announced x

Some Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce (Gollancz) has won the Best Fantasy Novel category at the 2013 British Fantasy Awards, which were presented... Read more

Goldman Sachs to invest in ProQuest x

In the US, ProQuest has announced that an affiliate of financial services firm Goldman Sachs will purchase a ‘significant minority equity interest’ in the company.... Read more

Hughes-Hallet wins Samuel Johnson Prize x

In the UK, author Lucy Hughes-Hallett has won the £20,000 (A$33,802) Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction for The Pike (Fourth Estate), her biography of the... Read more

Redundancies announced in AudioGo administration x

In the UK, 57 employees have been made redundant at audiobook publisher and retailer AudioGO after the company was placed into administration at the end... Read more

Picador to launch Modern Classics x

In the US, Macmillan imprint Picador is launching a Modern Classics list, beginning with the 25th-anniversary edition of Jonathan Franzen’s first novel The Twenty-Seventh City... Read more

Amazon to publish digital literary journal x

Amazon Publishing has announced plans to publish a weekly digital literary magazine focused on short fiction and poetry, reports Publishers Weekly. One Day will focus... Read more

HarperCollins and Foyles to offer print, ebook bundles x

In the UK, HarperCollins is partnering with bookselling chain Foyles to offer print and ebook bundles on eight selected titles, reports the Bookseller. The eight... Read more

HarperCollins goes direct-to-consumer with CS Lewis ebooks x

HarperCollins has launched two new websites that sell CS Lewis ebooks direct to consumers, reports the Bookseller. The websites www.cslewis.com and www.narnia.com are the result... Read more

Courtland named Library Technician of the Year x

Susan Courtland is the recipient of the 2013 Australian Library and Information Association’s (ALIA) Library Technician of the Year Award. Courtland, who is the e-services... Read more

2013 Softlink survey finds 81% of school library budgets unchanged or decreased x

In Softlink’s fourth annual Australian School Library Survey, 81% of respondents have reported that their school library budget has remained the same or decreased over... Read more

In brief x

ALIA contributes to proposal to establish local Network of Emerging Library Innovators The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has announced that it is contributing to... Read more

Drawing disability: Peter Whitfield on a cerebral palsy edition of ‘Jessica’s Box’ x

This month, New Frontier is publishing a ‘cerebral palsy edition’ of Peter Carnavas’ picture book Jessica’s Box, which will be used as part of the... Read more

Kim Kane & Sara Acton’s ‘Esther’s Rainbow’ x

There is something about a rainbow that appeals to kids of all ages (and no doubt, to adults too): its large arc across the sky,... Read more

Jordon leaves Collins Booksellers x

Daniel Jordon has resigned as CEO of Collins Booksellers to take up a position with the Howards Storage World Franchise Group. Collins Booksellers chairman Duncan... Read more

Senior appointments at A&U x

At Allen & Unwin, Tom Gilliatt, Pan Macmillan’s director of nonfiction publishing and digital-only imprint Momentum, has been appointed publishing director, and will join the company... Read more

Australian Publishers Association: Children’s Publishing Networking event and more x

Calling everyone who works in Children’s books: authors, publishers, illustrators, booksellers, teachers, librarians: The APA Children’s Publishing Committee invites you to the annual Christmas Get-Together... Read more

‘Books+Publishing’ 2014 editorial and advertising deadlines x

Editorial and advertising deadlines for Books+Publishing magazine and Books+Publishing Reviews and Junior newsletters are now available for 2014. If you’d like to receive these documents,... Read more

SPN Independent Publishing Conference: book now! x

There’s a week to go until the 2013 Small Press Network Independent Publishing Conference, and it’s not too late to book! With an extensive three-day... Read more

The Great Cholesterol Myth x

Authors Dr Jonny Bowden and Dr Stephen Sinatra were interviewed as part of the controversial 2 part ABC Catalyst program – The Heart of the... Read more

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