Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
19 March 2014

Amra Pajalic & Demet Divaroren’s ‘Coming of Age’ x

Coming of Age is the kind of book that will change how readers look at the world, at others and themselves. This anthology of real-life stories... 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

MC announced for 2014 ABIAs x

Satirist and musician Casey Bennetto will host this year’s Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs). Bennetto, who has previously hosted several Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, said... 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

Voting underway in search for Australia’s Favourite Library x

Voting has commenced in this year’s search for Australia’s Favourite Library, conducted by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) in the lead-up to Library... Read more

ALIA adopts open access statement x

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has adopted a statement in support of open access, listing the ‘free flow of information and ideas through... Read more

In brief x

ALIA National Conference program announced The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has released the program for its National Conference, which runs from 15-19 September. Keynote... Read more

International Library News x

Report finds two-thirds of Americans engaged with public libraries The Pew Research Center in Washington DC has released a report on library use in the... 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

Angela Meyer: tips on chairing panels and interviewing authors x

Long-time writers’ festival attendee and chair Angela Meyer argues that the ‘general standard’ of author events can be better, and offers some tips on chairing... 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

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

Australian Publishers Association: Last Thursdays Networking Events and ABIAs MC announced x

Last Thursdays Networking Event (27 March, Melbourne): To Tweet or Not to Tweet: Effective social media for publishers. A topical and trendy look at what works... Read more

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

Queensland bookstore for sale x

Pay no more rent! Freehold bookshop for sale with fully self-contained apartment upstairs and beautiful Mediterranean style courtyard garden. Located in Maryborough, S.E. Queensland. For more information, contact Janet Revill at Janet’s Art Books 0741231117. www.janetsartbooks.com.au janet@janetsartbooks.com.au

View a promotional video of the bookstore here.


‘The Undesirables’ by Mark Isaacs Front Page News x

The Undesirables by Mark Isaacs (Hardie Grant Books ISBN: 9781742708331) is generating considerable media controversy with front page news in the Sydney Morning Herald, an interview and extract syndicated to Fairfax papers and as the lead story on The Project this week. Order now to get your copies of this controversial book. Contact Roxy Ryan (roxyryan@hardiegrant.com.au) for a full radio, TV, online and print schedule, or to organise an event.

Contact Random House Customer Service for orders: Ph 1800 222 444 or orders@randomhouse.com.au


Thames & Hudson to distribute Macmillan Art x

Palgrave Macmillan is pleased to announce Thames and Hudson will begin sales and distribution for the Macmillan Art list from 1 April 2014.

Backorders will be transferred so please ensure you review your backorder report prior to 31 March 2014.

Credits for authorised returns must be finalised with Macmillan Distribution Services by 30 June 2014, return authorisations will close on 13 June. Please note: Thames and Hudson will not credit MDS invoiced stock.


Macmillan Art moves sale and distribution to Thames & Hudson x

Thames & Hudson Australia is pleased to announce that as of 1 April 2014 the sales and distribution of Macmillan Art will be through Thames & Hudson.  For all sales enquiries please contact Thames & Hudson on (03) 9646 7788 and  ADS for distribution and placing orders on Tel: (02) 43901300.


Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wins US National Book Critics Circle Award for ‘Americanah’ x

HarperCollins Australia would like to congratulate Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on winning the US National Book Critics Circle Award with her acclaimed novel, Americanah. Americanah has also been longlisted for the Baileys Women’s Fiction Prize (previously known as the Orange Prize).

Chimananda won the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction in 2007 for Half of a Yellow Sun, which will be a feature film this month.

Americanah (9780007356348)

Half of a Yellow Sun film tie-in (9780007506071)


Reminder regarding lists that have moved and will move from Palgrave Macmillan/ MDS x

Name/ ANZ representation/ End date with MDS
Acumen/ Footprint/ 31/12/2013
Anshan/ Wholesalers/ 31/12/2013
Haymarket/ NewSouth Books/ 31/12/2013
Interlink/ Direct to publisher/ 31/12/2013
New Press/ NewSouth Books/ 31/10/2013
Ocean/ Wholesalers/ 31/12/2013
Oneworld Publications/ Bloomsbury/ 31/12/2013
Tauris/ Footprint/ 31/12/2013
Verso/ Bloomsbury/ 31/12/2013  
Lynne Rienner/ Direct to publisher/ 31/03/2014
Macmillan Art Publishing/ Thames & Hudson/ 31/03/2014
New Internationalist/ Co Info/ 31/03/2014
Pluto Press UK/ Co Info/ 31/03/2014
Scion Publishers/ Footprint/ 31/03/2014
Taylor & Francis Informa/ New local office, TLD warehouse/ 31/03/2014


Stella shortlist announced Thursday 20 March x

Dear Booksellers,

After a hugely successful inaugural year, the Stella Prize will be announcing the 2014 shortlist at 12 noon AEDT on Thursday 20th March. The second-ever Stella Prize winner will be awarded in Sydney on the evening of Tuesday 29th April. The Stella Prize celebrates Australian women’s literature with a prize worth $50,000.

To register to receive our great Stella Prize shortlist POS materials including posters, bookmarks, shelftalkers and stickers, please contact Sarina Gale at sarina@thestellaprize.com.au.


Hachette Australia congratulates Maxine Beneba Clarke for winning the 2014 Hazel Rowley Literary fellowship x

Hachette Australia is thrilled to congratulate Maxine Beneba Clarke for winning the 2014 Hazel Rowley Literary fellowship.

The Fellowship will enable Maxine to travel the world, researching her family’s migration path from Africa through to Australia for part two of her memoir about growing up black in white middle-class Australia,  The Hate Race, to be published by Hachette as part of her three book deal.  Maxine has said “The Hazel Rowley Fellowship will make this life-changing journey, and my documentation of it, a reality”. Maxine’s first book, Foreign Soil, will be published in May.




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