Weekly Book Newsletter
27 November 2013

Penguin launches Australian Classics x

Penguin has launched its first series of Australian Classics, beginning with six titles spanning several generations of Australian writers. Launched in late November, the first... Read more

Writers among recipients of latest Arts Tasmania funding x

A number of Tasmanian writers will receive a share of more than $380,000 in funding from Arts Tasmania as part of the Tasmanian Government’s 2014... Read more

NSW, Vic Rep of the Year Awards 2013 announced x

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has announced the winners of its NSW and Victorian Rep of the Year Awards for 2013. Jane Kembrey from NewSouth... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘It is absurd to send stock to the US or UK in the knowledge that you are doing so solely for it to come back... Read more

French named ACLA Children’s Laureate for 2014-2015

Children’s author Jackie French has been named the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2014-2015. Author, actor and director Rhys Muldoon presented French with the laureate’s Magpie Award... Read more

GST issue ‘on the agenda’ at federal and state treasurers’ meeting x

A move to collect GST from overseas suppliers for online purchases below $1000 will be discussed at a meeting between federal treasurer Joe Hockey and... Read more

Wildsmith and Burbidge win ABA Vic Rep of the Year x

Amanda Wildsmith from Hardie Grant and Gavin Burbidge from Penguin were named joint winners of the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) Victorian Rep of the Year... Read more

Inky Awards 2013 winners announced x

The winners of the 2013 Inky Awards, presented by the Centre for Youth Literature, were announced at the State Library of Victoria on 26 November.... Read more

RiP Charlotte Zolotow x

US children’s book author and editor Charlotte Zolotow has died, aged 98. Zolotow was the author of more than 70 illustrated children’s books, beginning with The... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Text has sold US and Israeli rights to the sequel to The Rosie Project (Graeme Simsion) to Simon & Schuster and Miskal respectively; and... Read more

Christmas closing list: submissions due this Monday 2 December x

Publishers and distributors are asked to advise the Weekly Book Newsletter of their Christmas closing dates by 5pm this Monday 2 December. A full list will... Read more

Two Melbourne bookshops call for public support to stay open x

Two Melbourne bookshops have enlisted support from the public to help them stay open. Notions Unlimited in Chelsea, which specialises in science-fiction, fantasy and horror,... Read more

Barnes & Noble launches Australian ebookstore app x

US bookseller Barnes & Noble has launched Australian and other international Nook ebookstores, which are accessible via an app for devices with Windows 8.1. The move gives... Read more

Affirm Press: we won’t supply print books to Amazon, Book Depository

Melbourne-based publisher Affirm Press has announced that it won’t be supplying print books to Amazon and the Book Depository in a bid to support the... Read more

WA writer among 2014 Sidney Myer Creative Fellows x

Western Australian writer Kate Fielding is one of 10 artists to receive this year’s Sidney Myer Creative Fellowships, each worth $160,000 over two years. Fielding, who... Read more

Winton to open Oz, NZ Festival of Literature and Arts x

The Australia and New Zealand Festival of Literature and Arts, which will hold its inaugural event in London from 29 May to 1 June 2014, will... Read more

COOL Awards 2013 winners announced

The winners of the 2013 Canberra’s Own Outstanding List (COOL) Awards have been announced. The winning titles are: Picture Storybooks (joint winners) Mirror (Jeannie Baker,... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Jeff Kinney’s Hard Luck: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Puffin) is number one on the bestsellers chart for the second week in a row. Matthew Reilly’s... Read more

Sisters in Crime Scarlett Stiletto Awards 2013 winners announced x

The Scarlett Stiletto Awards, presented by Sisters in Crime to recognise short crime stories written by Australian women, were announced at a ceremony in Melbourne on 22... Read more

‘Overland’ Victoria University Short Story Prize 2013 winner announced x

Literary journal Overland has announced that Jennifer Down’s short story ‘Turncoat’ has won the 2013 Overland Victoria University Short Story Prize for New and Emerging Writers, with a... Read more

Notions Unlimited ‘saved’ x

Melbourne bookshop Notions Unlimited, which called for public support earlier this month to avoid closure, has announced that it has been ‘saved’. Chuck McKenzie, owner... Read more

Australian, NZ books nominated for Goodreads Best Books of 2013

Several Australian and New Zealand titles have made it to the final round of the Goodreads Choice Awards Best Books of 2013. Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries (Granta)... Read more

Catton named Woman of the Year in NZ awards x

Eleanor Catton has been named Woman of the Year in the Lexus M2 Awards in New Zealand. Catton was named as the Woman of the... Read more

Cengage acquires rights to future editions of Pearson vocational titles x

Cengage Australia has announced that it has acquired the rights to future editions of all vocational education titles published by Pearson Australia. Paul Petrulis, vice president... Read more

Trust Company launches Miles Franklin Award teaching resource x

The Trust Company, trustee of the Miles Franklin Literary Award, has launched a free teaching resource to encourage the study of Australian literature in high schools.... Read more

WritingWA, Tasmanian Writers’ Centre share in $1.3 million in federal funding for regional arts x

WritingWA will receive $150,000 in funding from the Federal Government’s Regional Arts Fund Community Grants program to appoint a regional engagement officer to coordinate the... Read more

Two Melbourne bookshops call for public support to stay open

Two Melbourne bookshops are calling for support from the public to help them stay open. Notions Unlimited in Chelsea, which specialises in science-fiction, fantasy and... Read more

Kembrey wins ABA NSW Rep of the Year x

NewSouth Books sales manager Jane Kembrey has won the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) NSW Rep of the Year Award. The award was announced at the... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Random House has sold German rights to Losing Kate (Kylie Kaden). Nonfiction—Exisle has sold North American rights to Younger Skin in 28 Days (Karen Fischer);... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘It’s not wonderful but it’s certainly not dead’—RMIT University’s Michael Webster reports on the state of the Australian book trade at the Small Press Network’s... Read more

Taylor & Francis appoints McKenney, Fearnley-Gill ahead of local Books division launch x

Academic publisher Taylor & Francis has announced plans to open a local Books division in Australia and New Zealand next year. The division will be... Read more

Pages & Pages relaunches Kindle amnesty with Kobo devices x

Sydney independent bookseller Pages & Pages Booksellers has relaunched its ‘Kindle amnesty’ with Kobo devices, expanding the offer from monthly to daily and offering $50 Kobo gift... Read more

Attendance up 50% at second Independent Publishing Conference x

The Small Press Network’s (SPN) second Independent Publishing Conference has recorded an increase in attendance of around 50% at its industry day. SPN general manager... Read more

Haigh wins Waverley Library Award 2013

Gideon Haigh has won the 2013 Waverley Library Award for Literature, known as the ‘Nib’, for his book On Warne (Hamish Hamilton). Haigh was presented... Read more

Ogden wins Frank Broeze Memorial Maritime History book prize 2013 x

John Ogden has won this year’s Frank Broeze Memorial Maritime History book prize for his history books Saltwater People of the Broken Bay and Saltwater... Read more

Greenwood, Disher top bestsellers at sixth Reader’s Feast Crime and Justice Festival x

Books by Kerry Greenwood and Garry Disher were the bestselling titles at this year’s Crime and Justice Festival, held at Reader’s Feast Bookstore in Melbourne... Read more

Pages & Pages offers ebooks from Kobo x

Sydney independent bookseller Pages & Pages Booksellers is offering Kobo ebooks to customers via its website. The bookseller is the first member of the Australian... Read more

Whitcoulls relaunches ebookstore x

New Zealand bookselling chain Whitcoulls is once again selling ebooks through Kobo after suspending its Kobo ebookstore in mid-October. As previously reported by Books+Publishing, Whitcoulls... 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

‘A Beautiful Truth’ wins Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize x

In Canada, Colin McAdam has won this year’s Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize for A Beautiful Truth (Granta). McAdam’s novel was selected for the C$25,000... Read more

Oren Teicher, ABA board named ‘Publishers Weekly’ Person of the Year x

In the US, CEO of the American Booksellers Association (ABA) Oren Teicher and the ABA board have been chosen as trade magazine Publishers Weekly’s Person... Read more

Higgs boson book wins 2013 Royal Society Winton Prize x

Sean Carroll’s book about the search for the Higgs boson, The Particle at the End of the Universe (Oneworld), has won the £25,000 (A$43,953) Royal... Read more

HarperCollins partners with American Airlines, Hudson Booksellers for travel promotion x

In the US, HarperCollins has partnered with American Airlines and travel bookshop Hudson Booksellers for a new promotion during December, reports Publishers Weekly. During the... Read more

World Book Night UK and Ireland titles announced x

The Reading Agency has announced the books chosen for next year’s World Book Night in the UK and Ireland. Twenty titles have been selected for... Read more

Winners announced in the ‘Bookseller’ FutureBook Innovation Awards 2013 x

In the UK, the winners of the Bookseller’s FutureBook Innovation Awards were announced at the 2013 FutureBook Conference in London this month. Sourcebooks founder and... Read more

Plans announced for new Toronto Book Fair x

Plans have been unveiled for a new international book fair to be held in Toronto, Canada, in November 2014, reports Publishers Weekly. Inspire! The Toronto... Read more

National Book Awards winners announced x

In the US, the winners of the 2013 National Book Awards have been announced. The winners in each category are: in fiction, The Good Lord... Read more

DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2014 shortlist announced x

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

Carnegie, Greenaway 2014 nominations announced x

The nominations for the 2014 CILIP Carnegie Medal for outstanding writing in children’s books and the 2014 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal for distinguished illustration in... Read more

Macmillan Children’s Books split into two divisions x

In the UK, Macmillan Children’s Books will be split into two divisions, Macmillan Under 6s and Macmillan Over 6s, reports the Bookseller. The Under 6s... Read more

Bloomberg lays off books editor in editorial restructure x

In the US, news organisation Bloomberg has laid off numerous arts writers in a wider editorial restructure, including books editor Laurie Muchnick, reports Publishers Weekly.... Read more

‘The Everything Store’ wins FT/Goldman Sachs Business Book Award x

Brad Stone’s The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon (Bantam) has won this year’s Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of... Read more

High-profile writers join Authors for the Philippines appeal x

George R R Martin, Kate Atkinson, Neil Gaiman, David Nicholls and Samantha Shannon are among the high-profile authors who are offering their support for the... Read more

Higher tax rate imposed on DRM-ebooks under new French law

France has passed an amendment to its tax laws that increases the tax rate for ebooks with digital rights management (DRM), reports Le Nouvel Observateur. The amendment, which... Read more

International Library News x

New York Public Library acquires Tom Wolfe archive New York Public Library (NYPL) has acquired the archive of US journalist and author Tom Wolfe for... Read more

OverDrive rolls out in-library digital kiosks, announces video streaming service x

Auckland City Libraries in New Zealand is the first local library to install an OverDrive Media Station, a digital touch-screen kiosk that allows library users to search... Read more

SA council reviewing Salisbury libraries, community centres x

The Salisbury Council is reviewing libraries and community centres across the Adelaide suburb of Salisbury, reports Adelaide Now. The committee conducting the review has released... Read more

In brief x

Wangaratta Library wins local business award The Wangaratta Library, a branch of the High Country Library in north-east Victoria, has won a local business award.... 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

What’s selling after Christmas? x

While booksellers are currently focussed on those all-important Christmas sales, it’s worth taking a look at some of the titles that sell well in 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

Colleen McCullough’s ‘Bittersweet’ x

Pitched as a return to form for Colleen McCullough, Bittersweet is a family saga (although to describe it as ‘sweeping’ might be pushing it) set in... Read more

McDiarmid, O’Brien leave James Bennett x

Rachael McDiarmid, publisher relations and marketing communications manager, and Malcolm O’Brien, sales representative, have left library supplier James Bennett. See classifieds for contact details.

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: futurEDUCATION, Residential Editorial Program x

futurEDUCATION 2014: Achieving Real Results with Digital Resources will be held on Thursday 27 February at Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne. Tickets are on sale now.... Read more

New address for Sally Bird x

New address for Sally Bird, Calidris Literary Agency – as from Monday 25th November 2013: PO Box 99 Castlemaine VIC 3450 Phone: (03) 5472 2772... Read more

‘Kill Your Darlings’ has moved x

Kill Your Darlings has gone west, relocating to offices at The Idea Collective in Footscray. Please direct all future correspondence – including book samples, invoices... Read more

Malcolm O’Brien new contact details x

Malcom O’Brien has left James Bennett and can now be contacted on 0403 48 77 88 or mal@dmcpr.com.au

‘Australian Story’ wins with Murray Rose x

Published posthumously by Arbon Publishing, Murray Rose’s inspirational book Life Is Worth Swimming featured on ABC TV’s Australian Story on Monday 11th November, which won... Read more

Rachael McDiarmid contact details x

Rachael McDiarmid, Publisher Relations & Marketing Communications Manager at James Bennett / Inbooks has left the company after nearly 11 years. Looking for new opportunities... Read more

Book Submissions for ILF x

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation is calling for book submissions for our programs that provide much needed books and literacy resources into remote and isolated communities... Read more

Cengage Learning Australia and Pearson Australia: PAVE title acquisition x

Cengage Learning has acquired future publishing rights to Pearson Australia’s Vocational titles. Pearson will continue to sell current editions of the textbooks, primarily used in... 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.... Read more

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... Read more

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