Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
20 November 2013

Christos Tsiolkas’ ‘Barracuda’ x

After the success of 2008’s The Slap, Christos Tsiolkas could be excused for feeling he had nothing more to prove. Perhaps though it was that completely... Read more

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

Scholastic recalls ‘Thea Stilton and the Blue Scarab Hunt’ x

Scholastic Australia has confirmed to Books+Publishing that it has recalled all copies of the children’s book Thea Stilton and the Blue Scarab Hunt (Geronimo Stilton)... Read more

Australian Writers’ Centre to expand to WA x

The Australian Writers’ Centre has announced plans to offer writing courses in Perth, Western Australia, in 2014. The centre, which was previously known as the... Read more

Ackland receives PEN/Keneally Award x

Journalist and editor Richard Ackland is the recipient of the 2013 PEN/Keneally Award for his contribution to promoting freedom of expression. Ackland, who is a... Read more

Readings to sponsor ‘Age’ Short Story Award 2013 x

Melbourne-based bookseller Readings will sponsor the 2013 Age Short Story Award, reports the Age. The winner of this year’s award, worth $2000, will be announced in... 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

International Library News x

US librarians support Google book-scanning case verdict In the US, a number of library associations have publicly welcomed Judge Denny Chin’s decision to rule in... Read more

In brief x

Brisbane’s ex-library books sold for charity Brisbane City Council will sell books sourced from its 33 libraries to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis Queensland (CFQ)... Read more

SLNSW launches WWI commemoration project x

The State Library of New South Wales (SLNSW) has launched a new project commemorating World War I. The project, which will run from 2014 to 2019,... Read more

SLSA to introduce technology ‘hub’ in response to falling visitor numbers x

The State Library of South Australia (SLSA) in Adelaide will introduce a technology ‘hub’ and expanded events program in response to falling visitor numbers outlined... 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

The intern experience: Starting out in the book industry x

Internships are a common way of breaking into the book industry and an opportunity to try out different roles. But there are pros and cons... 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

McKenney, Fearnley-Gill join Taylor & Francis x

Anthony McKenney and Nerida Fearnley-Gill have joined Taylor & Francis in newly created positions ahead of the publisher’s launch of a local Books division in... Read more

Changes to SPN board x

Former Small Press Network (SPN) president Emmett Stinson has stepped down from the SPN board. The board’s current president/chair is Nathan Hollier, who took over from... Read more

Australian Publishers Association: REP program finalised; futurEDUCATION; Christmas Party x

Residential Editorial Program (REP) 2014: Program finalised: Charlotte Wood, John Flanagan, Alice Pung, Ellen van Neerven and Ali Coby Eckermann join acclaimed editorial mentors Jo... Read more


FURIA, the new journal of literary short stories has published its first issue, with authors including Cassandra Atherton and Les Zigomanis. Available from furia@bigpond.com. $10. ISBN: 978-0-646-91032-1 ISSN 2202-7793. 108 pages


ABA Victorian Christmas party and Rep of the Year Award x

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) invites book industry staff to the Victorian Christmas party: ‘Come and celebrate another year in bookselling and tell your rep how much you appreciate all the work they do for you! Eat, drink and talk shop (or not!)’

Venue: Bomba Bar, Level 5 103 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
Date: 26 November, 7-9pm
Tickets are $25 and include food and drink. Bookings can be made online at www.aba.org.au or for further information contact the ABA office on (03) 9859-7322

Nominations for the Rep of the Year Award can be made here


Are you missing out on the ‘B+P Daily’? x

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HarperCollins Pays Tribute to Doris Lessing x

Doris Lessing, the British novelist, poet, playwright and Nobel Laureate, has died at the age of 94. The internationally acclaimed writer died peacefully at her London home.

Lessing, who was best known for The Golden Notebook and The Grass is Singing, won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2007 for her life’s work at the age of 87.

Her short story The Grandmothers has recently been adapted in to the feature film Adoration.

HarperCollins Publishing Director Shona Martyn said: “Doris Lessing made an immense contribution through her writing and all of us at HarperCollins are saddened by her loss. She was an inspiration to many and all of us at HarperCollins are proud to have been associated with her. Her work will live on.”

Adoration film tie-in 9780007542918 $19.99

The Golden Notebook 9780007498772 $17.99

The Grass in Singing 9780007498802 $17.99


‘Killing Fairfax’ shortlisted for 2013 Walkley Book Award x

HarperCollins would like to congratulate Pamela Williams, author of the best-selling book on the decline of the Fairfax media empire, Killing Fairfax: Packer, Murdoch and the Ultimate Revenge (ISBN 9780732297664), which has been shortlisted for the prestigious Walkley Book Award 2013. The winner will be announced in Brisbane on 28 November.


Call for entries: 2013 Ashurst Business Literature Prize x

Nominations are now being accepted for Australia’s largest and most important award for business literature, the Ashurst Business Literature Prize (previously the Blake Dawson Business Literature Prize).                                 

For the first time in its decade-long history, the $30,000 Ashurst Business Literature Prize will be open to Australian authored works addressing Australian or international and global commercial life and its participants.

The range of subjects covered by the prize includes corporate and commercial literature, histories, accounts and analyses of corporate affairs as well as biographies of business people. As in previous years, authors must be Australian citizens or permanent residents in order to be eligible.

Books eligible for nomination must have been first published between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013, and be commercially available in Australia within this period.

Nominations close Friday, 6 December 2013.

More information and guidelines are available online here.


Announcement – Taylor & Francis Group x

Taylor & Francis Group will open its Books division in Australia and New Zealand in 2014.

Since 2000 the books business of Taylor & Francis has had full sales and marketing representation and distribution through Palgrave Macmillan and that will continue until end March 2014.

Taylor & Francis is currently finalising its future distribution arrangements and an announcement is imminent. Recruitment of sales and marketing personnel is in process and announcements to the market will follow.

Taylor & Francis Books’ Regional Director for ANZ, Anthony McKenney, most recently Sales Director at Macmillan Science and Education, can be contacted at anthony.mckenney@tandf.com.au for any initial enquiries. Nerida Fearnley-Gill, the new Key Accounts and Online Resources Manager, is available to answer any trade and online enquiries throughout the transition from Palgrave Macmillan; moving across from Ingram, she can be contacted at nerida.fearnley-gill@tandf.com.au

The head office of Taylor & Francis Books will be based in Melbourne, where T&F already have a Journals publishing operation.

A more detailed announcement regarding the transition will follow shortly. In the meantime all current day-to-day sales, marketing and distribution enquiries should continue to be directed to Palgrave Macmillan or Macmillan Distribution Services.




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