Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
22 January 2014

Michele Lee’s ‘Banana Girl’ x

When it comes to memoir in Australian publishing, it seems that 30 is the new 40, with many writers mining their rollercoaster 20s for outrageously... Read more

Alan Gold & Mike Jones’ ‘Bloodline’ x

A Palestinian youth is shot while trying to bomb the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem, and his Israeli doctor discovers that they share a common... Read more

Booktopia counting down top 50 ‘Favourite Australian Novelists’ x

Booktopia is counting down the top 50 finalists in its annual ‘Australia’s Favourite Novelist’ promotion. On 20 January, Booktopia announced the top 50 to 41... Read more

Melbourne Library Service ranked 19th in global library study x

The Melbourne Library Service has been ranked in the top 20 library services around the world in a study conducted by researchers at the Heinrich... Read more

‘Spectacular’ growth in ebook loans at Christchurch City Libraries x

New Zealand’s Christchurch City Libraries have recorded ‘spectacular’ growth in the number of ebooks being loaned in the past year, reports stuff.co.nz. Loans through the... Read more

International Library News x

Simon & Schuster US announces new library ebook pilot with OverDrive In the US, Simon & Schuster has expanded its library ebook lending program, launching... Read more

In brief x

Toowoomba library to move to temporary home Queensland’s Toowoomba City Library will move to a temporary home in March to make way for the redevelopment... Read more

International Library News x

Former German airport to be transformed into major central library In Germany, the site of a former Berlin airport will be transformed into a major... Read more

Gregory appointed director of NT Library x

Patrick Gregory has been appointed as the new director of the Northern Territory Library. Gregory, who will begin in the role on 24 February, has... Read more

Julietta Jameson on the royalty payment cycle x

Why should authors have to wait up to nine months to be paid royalties? Julietta Jameson spoke to Text publisher Michael Heyward, literary agents Selwa... Read more

Smith to retire from Random House x

Random House Australia has announced that Western Australian account manager Laurie Smith will retire from the company in February. Smith has worked as a sales... Read more

Mullane appointed ‘Kill Your Darlings’ editor x

Brigid Mullane has been appointed as the new editor of Melbourne-based literary journal Kill Your Darlings (KYD). Mullane has been deputy editor of KYD since... Read more

Pearce joins Black Inc. x

Jessica Pearce has joined Black Inc. in the newly created role of publicist. Pearce previously worked for Cambridge University Press in the role of development editor. (See classifieds.)

Nikolic to join Nielsen NZ x

Nevena Nikolic has been appointed as national manager for Nielsen Book Services in New Zealand, replacing David Dromer, who resigned from the company at the... Read more

Gwyn Jones to join Scribe UK x

Philip Gwyn Jones has been appointed to the newly created role of editor-at-large at Scribe Publications UK. Gwyn Jones, who is the former executive publisher... Read more

Saffin appointed Macmillan Education MD x

Peter Saffin has been appointed as the new managing director of Macmillan Education Australia. Saffin has been promoted from his previous role as general manager... Read more

Society of Editors (NSW) Workshop x

The Society of Editors (NSW) Inc. is presenting a one-day workshop, Editing Intensive, led by Meryl Potter DE. This interactive workshop is designed for editors who... Read more

Laurie Smith’s retirement x

Laurie Smith will retire in February marking the end of 33 years of selling books for Transworld and Random House. Laurie’s incredible passion and dedication will be sorely missed by Random House and Booksellers in WA, while his retirement is our loss we wish him all the best for the next chapter of his life.

There will be an opportunity to send him off appropriately at the end of February in Perth.


Major Street Publishing distribution x

From 1st February 2014 Major Street books will be distributed by Woodslane. Dennis Jones & Associates will continue to accept returns of Major Street titles within nine months from date of invoice. We would like to thank Dennis and his team for their hard work over the past four years. We look forward to working with Woodslane in the future. Please contact info@majorstreet.com.au if you have any queries.


Allen & Unwin Faber Academy scholarships x

Writing a Novel Scholarships! Faber Academy at Allen & Unwin are offering two free places on their six-month flagship course Writing a Novel. One worthy person on the Sydney course and one on the Melbourne course will have their entire course fee waived. Entries close 7 Feb. See the website here.




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