Weekly Book Newsletter
13 March 2014

Quote of the week x

‘No other Anglosphere nation has a little magazine scene like ours, factoring in the relative size of our local audience’—newly appointed Island fiction editor Geordie... Read more

Correction: Hachette Australia 2013 results x

In an article in the Weekly Book Newsletter on 5 March, Books+Publishing incorrectly reported that Hachette Australia recorded an increase in print sales in 2013.... Read more

New award categories, organising committee for 2014 ABIAs x

A number of new awards will be presented for the first time at this year’s Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs), while several other awards will... Read more

Australian publishers nominated for Bologna Prize for children’s publishing

Allen & Unwin, Berbay Publishing, Hinkler Books and Walker Books have been nominated in the Oceania category of this year’s Bologna Prize for the Best... Read more

Guests announced for Australian Writers’ Week and Australia-China Publishing Forum 2014 x

The Australian Embassy in Beijing has announced the line-up of guests for its seventh annual Australian Writers’ Week in China, which runs from 9-23 March in... Read more

Attendance up at Adelaide Writers’ Week 2014; Kent tops bestsellers list x

‘Audiences were up’ and sessions were ‘consistently at capacity’ at this year’s Adelaide Writers’ Week, reported festival director Laura Kroetsch, who said that final attendance figures were still... Read more

Boffins to relocate, expand range x

Boffins Bookshop is relocating to a larger store on William Street in Perth’s CBD in early April and is expanding its range to include trade... Read more

RiP Marek Palka x

Marek Palka, former managing director of Oxford University Press Australia and New Zealand, has died, aged 64. Oxford University Press writes:  ‘Past and present staff of... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Text Publishing has sold German rights to the sequel to The Rosie Project (Graeme Simsion) to S. Fischer Verlag; Macedonian rights to The Rosie... Read more

ACT Book of the Year Award 2013 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2013 Australian Capital Territory Book of the Year Award has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Canberra (Paul Daley, NewSouth) Island... Read more

Maxine Beneba Clarke wins 2014 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship

Maxine Beneba Clarke has won the 2014 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship. Clarke was announced as the winner at a Writers Victoria event in Melbourne on... Read more

ABA Nielsen BookData Booksellers Choice Award 2014 shortlist announced

The shortlist for this year’s Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) Nielsen BookData Booksellers Choice Award has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Burial Rites (Hannah Kent,... Read more

More prize money, new eligibility criteria for 2014 Barbara Jefferis Award

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has announced a number of changes to the Barbara Jefferis Award. In 2014, the award’s prize money will increase... Read more

Altman nominated for Lammy award x

Author and academic Dennis Altman has been announced as a finalist in the 26th annual Lambda Literary Awards, known as the ‘Lammys,’ for his book The End... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

After seven consecutive weeks at the top of the bestsellers chart, the film tie-in edition of The Book Thief (Markus Zusak, Picador) has been displaced by... Read more

Local authors longlisted for Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction

Books by Australian authors Hannah Kent and Evie Wyld and New Zealand author Eleanor Catton are among the titles longlisted for this year’s Baileys Women’s... Read more

Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarships 2014 announced

A number of writers have been awarded Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarships for 2014. Scholarships for poetry were awarded to Jessica Wilkinson, Elizabeth Campbell and Candy... Read more

T.A.G. Hungerford Award secures major sponsor x

The City of Fremantle has been named as the new sponsor of the T.A.G. Hungerford Award, with the council to support the award financially for... Read more

Williamson appointed fiction editor at ‘Island’ x

Geordie Williamson has been appointed fiction editor at Island magazine. Williamson, who is chief literary critic at the Australian, was announced as Island’s new fiction... Read more

‘Huxtabook’ author to design gala menu at ABA conference x

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has announced that Daniel Wilson, chef and owner of Melbourne restaurants Huxtable and Huxtaburger and author of the Huxtabook cookbook... Read more

Janaczewska among Windham Campbell Prize winners x

Australian playwright Noëlle Janaczewska is one of eight writers to win the 2014 Windham Campbell Prizes, presented by the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library... Read more

Ebooks by Sainsbury’s sells aNobii brand to Mondadori x

In the UK, eBooks by Sainsbury’s has sold the brand of ebook website aNobii to Italian publisher Mondadori, reports the Bookseller. On 11 March, the aNobii board, which... Read more

‘LA Times’ Festival of Books recognises local booksellers x

In the US, the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, which will be held this year from 12-13 April, will add IndieBound ‘buy’ buttons to... Read more

King wins RBC Taylor Prize for nonfiction x

In Canada, Thomas King has won this year’s RBC Taylor Prize for his book The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North... Read more

Frankfurt Fellowship Programme to focus exclusively on children’s, YA publishing x

The Frankfurt Book Fair has announced that this year’s Fellowship Programme will focus exclusively on children’s and young adult publishing. The program, which will be... Read more

Saunders wins inaugural Folio Prize x

In the UK, US author George Saunders has won the inaugural Folio Prize for his short-story collection Tenth of December (Bloomsbury). Saunders was announced as... Read more

Saunders wins 2013 Story Prize x

In the US, the 2013 Story Prize, worth US$20,000 (A$18,160), has been awarded to George Saunders for Tenth of December (Bloomsbury). The Story Prize organisers said in a... Read more

Smart appointed MD of Ebury Publishing x

Rebecca Smart, CEO of the Osprey Group, has been appointed MD of Ebury Publishing, part of the Penguin Random House Group, reports the Bookseller. Smart... Read more

‘LA Times’ Festival of Books becomes Amazon affiliate x

In the US, the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, which will be held this year from 12-13 April, has partnered with Amazon’s affiliate program to sell... Read more

International Library News x

UK and French libraries launch pilot ‘twinning project’ Church Street Library in London, UK, and Place des Fêtes Library in Paris, France, have launched a... Read more

Melbourne council forms advisory committee to oversee new Library amid community concerns x

In Melbourne, the Hobsons Bay Council has agreed to form an advisory subcommittee to oversee the development of a new public library in Newport after... Read more

In brief x

Library and Information Week merchandise now available Merchandise for this year’s Library and Information Week, to be held on 19-25 May, is now available to... Read more

New members appointed to Library Board of Queensland x

Four new members have been appointed to the Library Board of Queensland, including vice-chancellor of the University of Southern Queensland Jan Thomas, who will chair... Read more

Licensed to thrill x

If you haven’t already heard of Lalaloopsy, Adventure Time, Tickety Toc and Max Steel, chances are you will soon. Hardie Grant Egmont, Scholastic and The... Read more

Noel Beddoe’s ‘On Cringila Hill’ x

A gritty story about drug wars, drive-bys, sexual assault and long-buried secrets, Noel Beddoe’s latest novel draws loosely on real events and is set in... Read more

Footprint Books to distribute Dalkey Archive Press x

Publisher: Dalkey Archive PressISBN prefix: 978091658; 978156478; 9781628970Old distributor: John Wiley & Sons Australia LtdNew distributor: Footprint BooksChangeover date: Effective immediately

New members appointed to Library Board of Queensland x

University of Southern Queensland vice-chancellor Jan Thomas has been appointed as the new chair of the Library Board of Queensland, replacing Roly Sussex, who will... Read more

McClintock joins Affirm Press x

Rosalind McClintock has joined Affirm Press in the newly created role of publicist. McClintock was previously publicity manager at Hardie Grant Books and has been... Read more

Sims joins Hachette x

Chris Sims has joined Hachette Australia in the role of national account manager for Hodder, Headline and Children’s. Sims, who previously worked for Allen &... Read more

Williamson joins ‘Island’ magazine x

Geordie Williamson, chief literary critic at the Australian, has joined Island magazine in the role of fiction editor. (See news.)

Australian Publishers Association: Last Thursdays Networking Event to launch in Melbourne; Launch dates for the ABIAs x

The APA is launching its Last Thursdays networking events in Melbourne on Thursday 27 March. To Tweet or Not to Tweet: Effective social media for publishers: Alaina... Read more

Applications open for May Gibbs Creative Time Fellowships 2015 x

Published authors and illustrators of at least one book for children or young people are invited to apply for a May Gibbs Creative Time Residential... Read more

Entries open for the Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award 2015 x

Entries for the Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award 2015 are now open. The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award is one of Australia’s richest awards for an unpublished manuscript by a... Read more

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