Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
19 February 2014

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

‘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

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

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. 

How did a normal Bronx-born schoolgirl become a Broadway child star then the lead actress in one of the most popular shows on television? Brunette Ambition is peppered with entertaining anecdotes, insider beauty and fashion secrets and fitness tips. There are also never-before-seen photos and of course, a chapter devoted to her late boyfriend, Cory Monteith. Part memoir, part how-to, this is the book Lea wishes she’d had in her teens and early twenties: a practical and inspiring guide to harnessing tenacity and passion and living the fullest life, no matter what obstacles life throws in your way. 

Brunette Ambition will be released on Wednesday 28 May.


Contact: Black Inc. Books
P: 03 9486 0288
E: enquiries@blackincbooks.com


‘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, Damian Skinner and Susanne Küchler has won the prestigious Art Book Prize 2013. Administered by the Authors’ Club in the UK, the Art Book Prize is awarded annually to the best book on art or architecture published in English, internationally in the past year. 

Speaking at the award ceremony, one of the judges Loyd Grossman commented :“There has been a lot of talk about the death of the physical book, this year’s entries for the Art Book Prize prove, I think, that the art book is not only not dead, but very much flourishing”.

ISBN 9780500239018 Art in Oceania:  A New History h/b $120.00


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.

Please return all copies received to Random House Distribution Centre as a no-fault return. A reprint is underway and original ordered quantities will be despatched from the 25th February.

If you have any queries or concerns please contact your sales representative or customer service on 1800 222 444.


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 words, written in English. Stories must not have been previously published or be on offer to other prizes or publications for the duration of the Jolley Prize. Stories may be entered online or in hard-copy.

Entries close at midnight May 1 2014.

ABR will publish the three shortlisted stories and announce the overall winner at a special event during the 2014 Melbourne Writers’ Festival.

 Visit our website for more information about the 2014 Jolley Prize.


Wiley (John Wiley & Sons) Stocktake x

Wiley (John Wiley & Sons) wishes to advise our customers that we will be undertaking our annual stock take on Thursday, February 27th and Friday, February 28th. Despatch of Australian customer orders will recommence on Monday, March 3rd.

Australian customers wanting orders despatched prior to the commencement of the stock take must ensure that their orders, including orders placed via EDI,  have been received by our Customer Service Department, at Stafford, Queensland, by 12 noon AUST EST on Wednesday, February 26th.


‘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




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