Weekly Book Newsletter
8 January 2014

Hazel Rowley Fellowship 2014 finalists announced

Writers Victoria has announced the finalists for the 2014 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship, which is presented each year to an Australian writer for a proposed... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘In fiction, we can look forward to a new Salman Rushdie novel, a new Hercule Poirot mystery, a sequel to The Rosie Project, the next... Read more

RiP Alan Gilderdale x

New Zealand children’s book illustrator Alan Gilderdale has died, aged 89. Gilderdale is best known as the illustrator of the popular ‘Little Yellow Digger’ series... Read more

Hachette Australia joins NetGalley x

Hachette Australia is the latest local publisher to make digital advance reading copies of its books available through NetGalley.  There are 30 Hachette Australia titles currently... Read more

New editing business to focus on ebooks

A new Australian editing business aimed at individual authors wanting to self-publish ebooks launched this month. Ebookedit was founded by Nicola O’Shea and Keith Stevenson.... Read more

Stella Prize receives $20,000 in Creative Partnerships Australia funding x

The Stella Prize has received $20,000 in funding from Creative Partnerships Australia as part of a new matched funding initiative. The Plus1 Matched Funding grants,... Read more

Dunne joins Lightning Source Australia x

Susan Dunne has joined the Ingram Content Group in the role of senior key accounts sales manager for Lightning Source Australia. Dunne, who started in... Read more

Please complete our post-Christmas survey x

Books+Publishing is currently conducting its annual post-Christmas survey of booksellers and publishers. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey online. BooksellersIf you are... Read more

Russell joins MWF x

Georgina Russell has been appointed as the new marketing and development manager for the Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF). Russell began in the role in December... Read more

Chapman, Catton among NZ New Year Honours recipients x

Publisher Kevin Chapman and Man Booker Prize-winning author Eleanor Catton are among the recipients of the 2014 New Zealand New Year Honours. Chapman, founder of... Read more

Melbourne Uni to hold public lectures on ‘10 Great Books’

The University of Melbourne will hold a series of public lectures based on ‘10 Great Books’ throughout 2014. The series, which will launch in February... Read more

Australian Romance Readers Awards 2013 finalists announced x

Historical romance author Anna Campbell is in the running to be crowned Australia’s favourite romance author for the fifth consecutive year. Campbell is one of 10... Read more

RiP Elizabeth Jane Howard x

UK author Elizabeth Jane Howard has died, aged 90. Howard wrote 15 novels in a career that spanned seven decades, including ‘The Cazalet Chronicles’, a... Read more

RiP Paul Torday x

British author Paul Torday died in late December, aged 67. Torday is best known for his debut novel Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (Hachette), which was... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Familiar names fill this week’s bestsellers chart, including Jeff Kinney’s Hard Luck: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Puffin) and Jamie Oliver’s Save with Jamie (Michael... Read more

Melbourne radio show ‘Aural Text’ finishes up x

Melbourne radio program Aural Text broadcast its final show in December 2013. The program, which focussed on books and writing, was hosted by Melbourne writer,... Read more

Booktopia and Bookworld win SmartCompany Web Awards x

Online booksellers Booktopia and Bookworld are among the winners in the SmartCompany Web Awards. Booktopia picked up an award for Best Mobile Website and Bookworld won for... Read more

‘The Rosie Project’ selected for Richard & Judy Book Club x

Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project (Text) has been selected for the Spring season of the Richard & Judy Book Club in the UK. Simsion’s novel,... Read more

Voting commences in Booktopia’s search for ‘Australia’s Favourite Novelist’ x

Voting has commenced in Booktopia’s annual ‘Australia’s Favourite Novelist’ promotion. Booktopia accepted nominations from the public from 1 to 5 January. Heats will run from 6... Read more

Amazon UK imposes delivery charge on orders under £10 x

Amazon UK is ending free delivery for UK book orders under £10 (A$18), reports the Bookseller. The ‘Super Saver Delivery’ service previously allowed free delivery... Read more

Costa Book Awards 2013 category winners announced x

In the UK, the category winners for the 2013 Costa Book Awards have been announced. The winners in each category are: Kate Atkinson (Life After Life,... Read more

Book recommendation website Bookish acquired by online retailer x

In the US, the book recommendation and retail website Bookish, which was launched as a joint project between Hachette, Penguin and Simon & Schuster, has been... Read more

Sainsbury’s to stop selling print books online x

In the UK, supermarket Sainsbury’s will stop selling print books online at the end of February, reports the Bookseller. From March, Sainsbury’s will sell print... Read more

Fourth ‘Millennium’ book to be published in 2015 x

UK publisher Quercus has acquired world English language rights to a fourth book in Stieg Larsson’s ‘Millennium’ series (Quercus), to be written by Swedish author... Read more

Penguin Random House acquires full ownership of Random House Struik x

Penguin Random House has taken full ownership of Random House Struik in South Africa, reports Publishers Weekly. The publisher acquired Times Media Group’s majority share... Read more

DiCamillo appointed national ambassador for young people’s literature x

US author Kate DiCamillo has been appointed as the country’s new national ambassador for young people’s literature, reports Publishers Weekly. DiCamillo is the fourth person... Read more

International Library News x

Ebook promotion in Illinois libraries aims to influence publishers     In the US, a new promotion in public libraries across Illinois will aim to influence publishers to change... Read more

In brief x

NLA digitises ‘Canberra Times’ archives as centenary gift The National Library of Australia (NLA) has digitised the complete archives of the Canberra Times from 1926... Read more

CAUL, ASA announce research fellowships x

The Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) and the Australian Society of Authors (ASA) have announced a new fellowship program to provide authors with access... Read more

Miriam Cosic on the decline of book launches x

‘We don’t really launch books any more,’ says Allen & Unwin publicity director Andy Palmer in Miriam Cosic’s article on the decline of book launches... Read more

N J Gemmell’s ‘The Kensington Reptilarium’ x

December, 1945. When their father goes missing in mysterious circumstances, the four Caddy children are uprooted from their lives in outback Australia and taken to... Read more

Bloomsbury Publishing now distributing Verso Books x

Publisher: VersoISBN prefix: 978185984; 978184467; 978178168; 978090230; 978086091; 978039100; 978019975;Old distributor: Macmillan/MDSNew distributor: BloomsburyChangeover date: 01/01/2014Returns cut-off: 28/02/2014 (See classified.)

Bloomsbury Publishing now distributing OneWorld Publications x

Publisher: OneWorld PublicationsISBN prefix: 978-1-85168; 978-1-78074Old distributor: Macmillan/MDSNew distributor: BloomsburyChangeover date: 01/01/2014Returns cut-off: 28/02/2014 (See classified.)

Puvanenthiran appointed deputy arts editor of the ‘Age’ x

Bhakthi Puvanenthiran has been appointed deputy arts editor of the Age, replacing Dewi Cooke, who is currently on maternity leave. Puvanenthiran has worked as a... Read more

Dunne joins Lightning Source Australia x

Susan Dunne has joined the Ingram Content Group in the role of senior key accounts sales manager for Lightning Source Australia. Dunne, who started in... Read more

Russell joins MWF x

Georgina Russell has been appointed as the new marketing and development manager for the Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF), replacing Collette Stewart. Russell, who began in... Read more

Australian Publishers Association’s New Year announcements x

Last reminder: applications for the Residential Editorial Program (REP) close Monday 13 January 2014. Guidelines and application form here. The line-up includes authors Charlotte Wood, John... Read more

2014 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards now open x

Entries for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards are now open. Established in 2008, the awards are Australia’s richest literary prize, with a total prize pool... Read more

ILF thanks publishers x

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation would like to thank all publishers who submitted books last year. Your submissions went before our Book Selection Committee who had... Read more

Bloomsbury Publishing now distributing Verso Books x

Effective 1 January, Bloomsbury Publishing has commenced the distribution of Verso Books. Returns of Verso titles will be accepted by MDS until 28 February. No... Read more

Bloomsbury Publishing now distributing OneWorld Publications x

Effective 1 January, Bloomsbury Publishing has commenced the distribution of OneWorld Publications. Returns of OneWorld titles will be accepted by MDS until 28 February. No... Read more

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