Weekly Book Newsletter
19 February 2014

Quote of the week x

‘Development of indigenous content in a small market such as Australia poses enough risks without weakening publishers’ confidence by eroding the current laws that protect... Read more

Random House recalls Malouf’s ‘A First Place’ x

Random House has recalled all copies of A First Place by David Malouf (Knopf) due to a printing error. The publisher said in a statement... Read more

New website dedicated to NZ books launched

A new website designed to showcase New Zealand books was launched earlier this month. NZ Booklovers features reviews of New Zealand and international books, as... Read more

OUP Australia titles to be sold internationally x

Books published by Oxford University Press Australia are now being licensed in international territories by the rights team at OUP UK, reports the Bookseller. Anne-Marie Hansen, head... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Fremantle Press has sold North American rights to Whisky Charlie Foxtrot (Annabel Smith) to Source Books.  Children’s—Era Publications has sold Swedish rights to 24... Read more

Indigenous writers network to be launched at Adelaide Writers’ Week

The First Nations Australia Writers Network (FNAWN), an advocacy and resource service for Indigenous writers and storytellers, will be launched at Adelaide Writers’ Week (AWW)... Read more

Aurealis Awards 2013 finalists announced x

The finalists for the 2013 Aurealis Awards, presented for science-fiction, fantasy and horror writing in Australia, have been announced. Among the categories announced are: Fantasy... Read more

‘Cut and Paste Lake’ wins Tom Collins Poetry Prize 2013 x

Western Australian poet Nandi Chinna has won the 2013 Tom Collins Poetry Prize for her poem ‘Cut and Paste Lake’. Chinna was announced as the... Read more

APA, IPA speak out against Law Reform Commission’s ‘fair use’ copyright recommendation x

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) and the International Publishers Association (IPA) have spoken out against the Australian Law Reform Commission’s (ALRC) recommendation that the Australian... Read more

Wheeler Centre joins international climate change project

The Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas in Melbourne is one of five international partners in a new literature and climate change project called... Read more

Shortlist for ‘Seizure’ Viva La Novella competition announced x

Literary journal Seizure has announced the shortlist for this year’s Viva La Novella competition. The eight shortlisted authors are: Daniel Davis Wood Ben Hobson Nicole Holyer Hoa... Read more

Aussie books featured on USBBY list of outstanding international books

Three books by Australian authors have been selected for the 2014 United States Board of Books for Young People (USBBY) list of Outstanding International Books... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

The film tie-in of Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief (Picador) is still number one on the bestsellers chart, while John Green’s YA novel The Fault... Read more

‘Grandma McGarvey’ wins 2014 Storylines Gaelyn Gordon Award x

New Zealand children’s book Grandma McGarvey by Jenny Hessell and Trevor Pye (Scholastic) has won the 2014 Gaelyn Gordon Award for a much-loved book. The... Read more

‘Art in Oceania’ wins UK Art Book Prize 2013 x

A book authored and edited by staff and students from the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand has won the 2013 UK Art Book... Read more

Stella Prize 2014 longlist announced

The longlist for the second Stella Prize has been announced. This year’s longlist features six works of fiction and six works of nonfiction. The longlisted... Read more

China’s biggest publishing company opens Melbourne office x

China’s biggest publishing company Phoenix Publishing & Media Group (PPMG) opened an office in Melbourne in October last year. PPMG is the parent company of 12 Chinese publishing... Read more

International Book Giving Day this Friday

Friday 14 February is International Book Giving Day, an initiative that encourages members of the public to donate books to children. The International Book Giving... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Let’s improve it, by all means, but let’s not transform it into a hub’—Author and Giramondo Books publisher Evelyn Juers argues against proposed changes to... Read more

Imagination Library now operating in nine Australian communities

Child literacy program the Imagination Library, launched in 2013 as a pilot program, is now operating in nine communities around Australia. The local version of... Read more

Koala Books calls for picture book submissions x

Children’s book publisher Koala Books is calling for picture book submissions for the first time since it was acquired by Scholastic in early 2013. Koala... Read more

‘These Broken Stars’ to be adapted for television x

These Broken Stars, the first title of the YA science-fiction ‘Starbound’ trilogy by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (A&U), will be adapted for a television... Read more

Black Inc. announces ‘Best Australian’ editors x

Black Inc. has announced the editors for this year’s ‘Best Australian’ series of anthologies. Amanda Lohrey is the editor of The Best Australian Stories 2014... Read more

‘Reader’s Digest’ UK sold for £1

In the UK, Reader’s Digest magazine has been sold for just £1 (A$1.85), reports the Guardian. Private equity company Better Capital sold the business to venture... Read more

Bonnier launches adult nonfiction imprint for digitally enhanced titles x

In the UK, Bonnier has launched an adult nonfiction imprint for official or endorsed titles with digital enhancements, reports the Bookseller. Blink Publishing, which plans... Read more

Mukherjee wins inaugural UK crime prize x

In the UK, Abir Mukherjee has won the inaugural Telegraph Harvill Secker Prize for Crime Writing, reports the Bookseller. Mukherjee receives a publishing contract with Harvill Secker... Read more

Sheridan Morley Prize 2014 finalists announced x

In the UK, the finalists for this year’s Sheridan Morley Prize for Theatre Biography have been announced, reports the Bookseller. The three finalists are: Stage... Read more

Bella Andre makes French-translation deal with Kobo x

US author Bella Andre has signed a deal with ebookseller Kobo for the exclusive rights to French translations of five titles over a three-month period, reports Publishers Weekly. The first... Read more

Canadian regulators reach agency-pricing agreement with major publishers x

The Competition Bureau of Canada has reached an agreement with Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan and Simon & Schuster that will limit the publishers’ use of agency... Read more

Oyster creates children’s section with Disney titles x

In the US, ebook-subscription service Oyster has created a children’s section with 10,000 ebooks, including around 100 titles from Disney, reports Gigaom. Disney titles now available from Oyster include... Read more

Waterstones Children’s Book Prize shortlists announced x

The shortlists for this year’s Waterstones Children’s Book Prize have been announced in the UK, reports the Bookseller. Bookselling chain Waterstones presents three children’s book... Read more

BookExpo America 2015 to host China at Global Market Forum x

BookExpo America (BEA) has announced that it will host China at its Global Market Forum in 2015. A delegation of 500 Chinese professionals from over... Read more

Hugh Howey launches Author Earnings website x

US author Hugh Howey has launched a website for analysis of genre ebook sales called Author Earnings, reports the Bookseller. The website offers a report with... Read more

Morrissey review named Hatchet Job of the Year x

In the UK, A A Gill has won this year’s Hatchet Job of the Year Award for his Sunday Times review of Morrissey’s Autobiography (Penguin... Read more

French book chain Chapitre closes x

French bookstore chain Chapitre has completed its dissolution after the Paris commercial court approved the takeover sale of eight stores and the closure of 23... Read more

Shortlists announced for 2014 Paddy Power Political Book Awards x

In the UK, the shortlists for this year’s Paddy Power Political Book Awards have been announced, reports the Bookseller. The awards, which were established in... Read more

International Library News x

OCLC Introduces WorldCat Discovery Services Library bibliographic provider the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) has announced that WorldCat Discovery Services (WDS) will be launched in March,... Read more

In brief x

SLV wins multiple categories in 2013 Arts Portfolio Leadership Awards The State Library of Victoria (SLV) has won multiple awards in the 2013 Arts Portfolio Leadership Awards, which... Read more

Australian, NZ libraries and schools to participate in third Big Library Read project x

Australian and New Zealand libraries and schools are again participating in the Big Library Read project run by ebook provider OverDrive. The latest version of... Read more

Victorian library receives Pierre Gorman Award for autism project x

Campaspe Regional Library in Echuca, Victoria, has been awarded the $24,480 Pierre Gorman Award for its ‘Being Connected—Libraries and Autism’ project. First awarded in 1997, the... Read more

SLNSW state librarian responds to Mitchell Library petition x

The state librarian at the State Library of New South Wales (SLNSW), Alex Byrne, has responded to a petition protesting changes to the Mitchell Library.... 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

Reprints: a reality check x

For booksellers who find themselves with insufficient stock to keep up with customer demand, the wait for reprinted titles can be excruciating. In the latest... 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

Tonya Alexandra’s ‘Nymph: The Love Oracles Book 1’ x

When star nymph Merope is banished from Olympus for spurning the advances of her would-be suitor Orion, she can’t imagine ever fitting into this strange... Read more

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

Hardie Grant Egmont to distribute Curious Fox x

Publisher: Curious FoxISBN prefix: 978178202Old distributor: N/ANew distributor: Hardie Grant EgmontChangeover date: 1/02/2014Returns cut-off: N/A (See classifieds.)

Hardie Grant Egmont to distribute Capstone Young Readers x

Publisher: Capstone Young ReadersISBN prefix: 978162370Old distributor: N/ANew distributor: Hardie Grant EgmontChangeover date: 1/02/2014Returns cut-off: N/A(See classifieds.)

Kean joins The Five Mile Press x

Jennifer Kean has joined The Five Mile Press as publicist for the publisher’s young adult imprint, Hot Key Books. Kean, who was previously publicity manager at Hardie... Read more

National Conference of the Children’s Book Council of Australia x

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) asks those keen to promote books at the National Conference to book trade display tables as soon as possible. Promotional inserts can be placed... Read more

Nero signs Lea Michele’s memoir ‘Brunette Ambition’ x

Nero has always been a big fan of Glee, in particular, ambitious student Rachel Berry as played to perfection by singer and actor Lea Michele. ... Read more

‘Art in Oceania: A New History’ wins the Art Book Prize 2013 x

Thames & Hudson is thrilled to announce that Art in Oceania: A New History by Peter Brunt, Nicholas Thomas, Sean Mallon, Lissant Bolton, Deidre Brown,... Read more

Recall: ‘A First Place’ by David Malouf x

Random House Australia is recalling all copies of A First Place by David Malouf ISBN 9780857984050 due to be received in the March new release.... Read more

2014 Jolley Prize now open x

Entries are open for the 2014 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize (worth $8000). Entries must be a single-authored short story of between 2000 and 5000... Read more

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