Weekly Book Newsletter
12 February 2014

Karen Viggers’ ‘The Grass Castle’ x

Karen Viggers, author of the successful The Lightkeeper’s Wife and The Stranding, has penned this new tale of two women, generations apart, set in the evocative bush... Read more

Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner’s ‘These Broken Stars’ x

Society princess Lilac LaRoux and war hero from the wrong side of the tracks Tarver Merendsen lock eyes across the room during yet another party... Read more

Murdoch joins PANZ Council x

Te Papa Press publisher Claire Murdoch has joined the council of the Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ), replacing former Huia Publishers managing director Robyn Bargh... Read more

In brief x

New city library branch opens in Adelaide Adelaide City Council officially opened its new City Library on Friday 7 February. The new library is located... Read more

Authors petition against changes to Mitchell Library at SLNSW x

A number of authors have signed a petition protesting changes to the Mitchell Library at the State Library of NSW (SLNSW), reports the Sydney Morning Herald.... Read more

Search underway for ‘Australia’s Favourite Library’ x

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) is calling for nominations in a national search for ‘Australia’s Favourite Library’. Members of the public are invited... Read more

International Library News x

HarperCollins makes ebook catalogue available to UK libraries HarperCollins UK will make over 5000 ebook titles available for library and school lending for the first time... Read more

In brief x

Wellington City Council proposes $60,000 funding boost for libraries In New Zealand, the Wellington City Council has proposed increasing its funding for the city’s public... Read more

Words of war: The market for military history titles x

With the centenary of World War I fast approaching, Brad Jefferies looks at forthcoming military history titles, and reports on the trends, subgenres and specialist sellers... Read more

Alex Adsett on applying ethics to ebooks x

What ethics should readers be aware of when shopping for ebooks? Alex Adsett lays out some of the options and their consequences for authors, publishers, booksellers... Read more

Murdoch joins PANZ Council x

Te Papa Press publisher Claire Murdoch has joined the council of the Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ). Murdoch, who will take on the newly... Read more

St Leger appointed chief executive of Copyright Agency x

Murray St Leger has been appointed chief executive of the Copyright Agency. St Leger is a former managing director of McGraw-Hill Australia and former president... Read more

Call for Nominations: 2014 CHASS Australia Prizes x

The Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) invites applications for the newly endowed CHASS Australia Prize for a Book in the Humanities,... Read more

Walkley Foundation and Writers Victoria present: Autobiography masterclass x

The Walkley Foundation for Journalism and Writers Victoria are running an autobiography masterclass featuring Benjamin Law, with the support of the Cultural Fund of the Copyright... Read more

Australian Publishers Association: REP participants announced; futurEDUCATION booking now x

REP 2014: Successful Applicants Announced Twelve editors have been chosen to attend the prestigious Residential Editorial Program in May 2014.  Chair of the 2014 REP... Read more

Indigenous Literacy Foundation Melbourne trivia night x

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation is holding a trivia night in Melbourne. Book industry people are invited to come along to help raise funds for the foundation. Those thinking about attending are asked to spread the word among friends, colleagues,... Read more

Prime Minister’s Literary Awards 2014 entries open x

Entries are sought for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards 2014 in the categories of fiction, non-fiction, Australian history, poetry, young adult fiction, and children’s fiction.The awards are... Read more

‘From Wireless to Wallabies’ Library Tour x

Author Janet Werkmeister is touring libraries in Victoria to promote her latest book From Wireless to Wallabies, a biography of her grandfather Norman McCance. Initial dates are Wheelers Hill Library Wednesday 19th February at 7pm, Emerald Library Tuesday 18th March at 6pm and Rowville Library Saturday 29th March at 2pm.

A star of radio in 1920s Melbourne, Norman McCance reported on major events in Australian history for ABC radio, the Argus newspaper and the Melbourne Herald before his lifelong love of animals brought him new fame as a naturalist in the 1950s and 1960s.

From Wireless to Wallabies: A Life of Norman McCance
Author Janet Werkmeister, with a foreword by Barry Jones
Sid Harta Publishers, ISBN 9781922086143, RRP $34.95
Distributors Dennis Jones & Associates


‘Anzac’s Long Shadow’ by James Brown x

The fourth book in Black Inc.’s Redback series, Anzac’s Long Shadow: The Cost of Our National Obsession by former military officer James Brown, will be launched by Chris Masters in Sydney on Tuesday 18 February.

The publicity campaign will kick off with interviews on ABC TV 7.30 and The Drum, an extract and news story in The Australian, an extract on The Monthly and interviews on ABC Radio National Breakfast, ABC local radio Conversations with Richard Fidler and The Conversation Hour with Jon Faine and 6PR Breakfast, with more commercial radio to come.

Brown believes that Australia is spending too much time, money and emotion on the Anzac legend, and that today’s soldiers are suffering for it. Vividly evoking the war in Afghanistan, Brown reveals the experience of the modern soldier, and looks closely at the companies and clubs that trade on the Anzac story.

Anzac’s Long Shadow will be released on Monday 17 February

ISBN 9781863956390
RRP $19.99

Orders for Anzac’s Long Shadow can be placed with United Book Distributors on 03 9811 2555 or email orders@unitedbookdistributors.com.au



Bookshop staff win $1000 'mystery dinner' to celebrate ‘The Firebird Mystery’ (March) x

Text Publishing congratulates Rosemary Featherstone and staff at Torquay Books, VIC, who have won a $1,000 dinner to celebrate the release of Darrell Pitt’s love-it-or-your-money-back-guaranteed novel for 9-12 year olds, The Firebird Mystery.

Text is rapt that the small team at Torquay Books will be able to enjoy such a treat, and we hope they love telling customers about Darrell’s great debut and unprecedented eight-book deal!

Thanks to everyone who entered the competition. If booksellers would like posters, bookmarks or a reading copy of The Firebird Mystery, please email kirsty.wilson@textpublishing.com.au.


Capstone Young Readers & Curious Fox join the Hardie Grant Egmont fold x

Hardie Grant Egmont is delighted to announce the marketing, sales and distribution of Capstone Young Readers and Curious Fox into the trade in Australia.

This is effective 1st February 2014.

Capstone Young Readers create exciting reading experiences for toddlers to teens. The list covers board books, chapter books, graphic novels, drawing and how-to books with the primary focus on entertaining and extending the imaginations of children. Curious Fox books are designed to spark the curiosity of young minds and to encourage readers to seek out more great books as their love of reading grows.

Hardie Grant Egmont will stock must-have backlist and sell new releases from July 2014.

Contact your Hardie Grant Sales Manager today to find out more.

For all trade orders contact Random House Australia 1800 222 444




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