Weekly Book Newsletter
13 November 2013

Chris Harrison’s ‘Happy Eva After’ x

Sebastian Pink, perennial underachiever and ESL teacher at The Future Perfect, bites off more than he can chew with a new arrival at the school.... 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

Turia Pitt named ‘Cosmo’ Woman of the Year

Australian author Turia Pitt has been named Cosmopolitan magazine’s Woman of the Year, winning the overall prize in the magazine’s annual Fun Fearless Female Awards. Pitt,... Read more

Myer Christmas Windows based on Jan Brett picture book x

This year’s Myer Christmas Windows in Bourke St, Melbourne, and Queen St, Brisbane, are based on the picture book Gingerbread Friends by US author Jan Brett (Penguin).... 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

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to fund local library leadership program x

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will provide $550,000 over five years to fund a regional leadership program for library professionals in Australia, New Zealand... Read more

In brief x

Former Booker Prize judge to deliver David Scott Mitchell Lecture 2013 Former Booker Prize judge Rick Gekoski will deliver this year’s David Scott Mitchell Lecture.... Read more

International Library News x

Petition against Lincolnshire library closures attracts 23,000 signatures A petition against the closure of libraries in the county of Lincolnshire, UK, has attracted 23,000 signatures... Read more

De Kretser, Koch and Tiffany most popular local nominations for 2014 IMPAC award x

Questions of Travel by Michelle de Kretser (A&U), Lost Voices by Christopher Koch (Fourth Estate) and Mateship with Birds by Carrie Tiffany (Picador) were the... Read more

Reilly and Fox top PLR, ELR lists x

Books by Matthew Reilly and Mem Fox have once again topped the lists of the highest scoring titles in the Public Lending Rights (PLR) and... 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

Annabel Smith on (not) making a living from writing x

What kind of income can ‘mid-list’ authors expect to earn from their books? Annabel Smith, whose second novel Whisky Charlie Foxtrot was published by Fremantle... 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

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: Christmas Party, REP, and futurEDUCATION x

Children’s Publishing Christmas Get-Together: 25 November, 4.30 – 7 pm (RSVP by November 18). Calling everyone who works in Children’s publishing: authors, publishers, illustrators, booksellers,... Read more

Australian Publishers Association: Taipei International Book Exhibition & Seoul; Bologna Children’s Book Fair x

Taipei International Book Exhibition & Seoul In February this year eight rights and export managers attended the 2013 Taipei international book fair, with a smaller... 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

NSW ABA/APA Christmas Party and Rep of the Year Awards x

You are invited to the biggest party in town—the annual Publishers and ABA NSW Christmas Party to be held on Wednesday 20th November.

This year the party will be at the AB (former Ancient Briton) Hotel, 225 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, from 6 pm til late. Tickets are only $25 and includes food and drink until the tab (though not the tap) runs dry.  

Bookings can be made online or for further information contact the ABA office on (03) 9859 7322.

Rep of the Year Awards: Don’t forget to nominate your rep of choice. All you need to do is click on this link and type in a name. It is a very easy way to show your appreciation for these hardworking people.


Harper Entertainment Distribution Services’ Christmas Closure x

Harper Entertainment Distribution Services’ warehouse will close at 12 noon on Tuesday, December 24th and will be closed for the following public holidays:

Christmas Day, 25th December CLOSED

Boxing Day, 26th December CLOSED

New Years Day, 1st January CLOSED

The cutoff dates for delivery by December 24th are:


Delivery by 24/12/2013



NZ North Auck


NZ North Outer


NZ South Chch


NZ South Outer





NSW Outer


Vic Outer


QLD outer






SA outer


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NewSouth congratulates Louis Nowra x

Congratulation to Louis Nowra on winning the Patrick White Literary Award for his amazingly creative and diverse body of work. Louis’ most recent book – Kings Cross: A Biography has just published from NewSouth.

For orders, contact: 
NewSouth Books 
c/o T L Distribution 
Phone: 02 8778 9999 
Fax: 02 8778 9944 
Email: orders@tldistribution.com.au   


The Editorial Suite provides professional B2B publishing services x

20 years experience across educational and trade: Acquisitions, content development and curation, author management and copy writing. Contact ailsa@theeditorialsuite.com or call 0467 959 955 to discuss your project needs.


By the Book? Essential reading for everyone in publishing and bookselling x

By the Book? Contemporary Publishing in Australia will be launched by David Dunstan at the Independent Publishing Conference on Thursday 14 December (http://spunc.com.au/ind-pub-conference). A collection of papers from last year’s conference, supplemented by newly commissioned material, the book is edited by Emmett Stinson, with contributors including Tim Coronel, Mark Davis, Peter Donoghue, Ivor Indyk, Kevin Brophy and more.

Published by Monash University Publishing and distributed by Footprint Books.


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 Matter. According to Dr Jonny Bowden – "When you look at the data, it’s very clear – everything that we have been told about saturated fat and cholesterol is a bold-faced lie." Dr Stephen Sinatra says – "cholesterol is found at the scene of the crime, it’s not the perpetrator. And where I sit now, as a cardiologist, practising cardiology for over four decades, it’s very low down on my list of risk factors." The Great Cholesterol Myth 9781592335909 is available now and The Great Cholesterol Cookbook 9781592335909 will be released shortly. Available for pre-order.

Contact: Elaine Inwood
Phone: 0410 653 367
Fax: 0245775288


‘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, please contact editor-in-chief Andrea Hanke at andrea.hanke@thorpe.com.au.


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 program covering all aspects of contemporary publishing, this is a not-to-be-missed event.

SPN will also present the 2013 Most Underrated Book Award (MUBA) at a gala event at the Wheeler Centre on the evening of Friday 15 November.

See http://spunc.com.au/ind-pub-conference for more details.




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