Weekly Book Newsletter
8 January 2014

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

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

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

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 the challenging job of choosing around 100 books from the hundreds of quality books submitted. These books will make up our Book Packs that go out to remote and isolated communities in 2014. Without your support it would not have been possible. Successful publishers have been notified.


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 returns invoiced by Macmillan/MDS will be accepted by Bloomsbury/UBD. Backorders held by Macmillan have been transferred to Bloomsbury from 1 January.


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 returns invoiced by Macmillan/MDS will be accepted by Bloomsbury/UBD. Backorders held by Macmillan have been transferred to Bloomsbury from 1 January.


Call for Entries: 2014 National Biography Award x

The State Library of NSW invites entries for the 2014 National Biography Award.

The National Biography Award was established to encourage the highest standards of writing in the fields of biography and autobiography and to promote public interest in these genres.

The award is administered and presented by the State Library of NSW on behalf of the award’s benefactors, Dr Geoffrey Cains and Mr Michael Crouch AO. In 2012, the total prize value was increased to $31,000 – $25,000 for the winner and $1,000 each for shortlisted authors – making it the richest national prize dedicated to Australian biographical writing and memoir.

Entries close Friday 17 January 2014

The 2014 winner will be announced at the State Library of NSW in August 2014

Entry forms and guidelines are available online at www.sl.nsw.gov.au/nationalbiographyaward




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