Weekly Book Newsletter
19 March 2014

Quote of the week x

‘There is little recent research on Australian children’s leisure reading preferences and no research on Australian children’s online and digital reading preferences’—One of the findings... Read more

Ashurst Business Literature Prize 2013 shortlist announced

The shortlist for this year’s Ashurst Business Literature Prize has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: The Shark’s Paintbrush: Biomimicry and How Nature Is Inspiring Innovation (Jay... Read more

Program announced for 2014 SCBWI Conference in Sydney x

Program details have been announced for the 2014 Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Australia East/New Zealand Conference, to be held in Sydney... Read more

Hachette and QWC partner on online novel-writing course x

Hachette Australia and the Queensland Writers Centre (QWC) have teamed up to present an online novel-writing course for emerging writers, called Year of the Novel... Read more

New Australian Children’s Poetry website launches

A new website dedicated to Australian children’s poetry has launched. Australian Children’s Poetry was launched by author Dianne Bates on 15 March. The website, which... Read more

RiP Clarissa Dickson x

British bookseller, author and TV chef Clarissa Dickson Wright has died, aged 66. Best known as a co-host of the BBC series Two Fat Ladies in... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction—Black Inc. has sold world English-language rights (ex ANZ) to Demokrasi: Indonesia in the 21st Century (Hamish McDonald) to Palgrave USA. Children’s—Fremantle Press has... Read more

ACT Writers Centre launches professional development program for emerging fiction writers

The ACT Writers Centre in Canberra has launched a new professional development program aimed at emerging fiction writers, called Hardcopy. The six-month program, which is... Read more

Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival program 2014 announced x

The program for this year’s Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival in Western Australia has been announced. This year’s festival will be held from 16... Read more

Fremantle Press signs with new Singapore distributor Closetful of Books x

Fremantle Press has signed a distribution agreement with a new Singapore-based company called Closetful of Books. The company, which was launched by bookseller Denise Tan,... Read more

Page & Blackmore for sale in NZ x

New Zealand independent bookstore Page & Blackmore Booksellers is up for sale, reports the Nelson Mail. The store, which is located in Nelson on the South... Read more

OzCo finds research gaps in study of Australian children’s reading habits x

A new report by the Australia Council for the Arts has identified a number of gaps in recent research about the reading habits of Australian children,... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

There are no changes at the top of this week’s bestsellers chart, with I Quit Sugar for Life (Sarah Wilson, Macmillan) and Be Careful What You... Read more

Penguin to publish military Popular Penguins

Penguin Books Australia will publish a set of 10 war-themed Popular Penguins later this month to commemorate the centenary of World War I. The War... Read more

Random House launches website, app for crime and thrillers

Random House Australia has launched a website devoted to crime and thriller books. The new site, which went live in early March, features news, reviews,... Read more

Millard shortlisted for 2014 UKLA Book Awards x

Australian author Glenda Millard has been shortlisted for the 2014 UK Literacy Association (UKLA) Book Awards for her book The Naming of Tishkin Silk (illus... Read more

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

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

Carnegie, Greenaway 2014 shortlists announced x

The shortlists for this year’s Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medals, presented by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) in the UK, have... Read more

POD supplier launches Great British Bookshop as alternative to Amazon x

In a bid to offer an alternative to Amazon that champions and supports independent publishers, Print on Demand Worldwide (POD-W) has launched a new online... Read more

Netherlands and Flanders announced as joint Guests of Honour at 2016 Frankfurt Book Fair x

The Netherlands will join with Flanders, the Dutch-speaking region of Northern Belgium, as joint Guests of Honour at the 2016 Frankfurt Book Fair, reports the Bookseller. The... Read more

Court approves deal for Cengage US to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy x

The US Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan has approved the plan for educational publisher Cengage Learning to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the equivalent of administration... Read more

Hans Christian Andersen Awards 2014 finalists announced x

The International Board of Books for Young People (IBBY) has announced the finalists for the 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Awards. The shortlisted authors are: Ted van Lieshout (Netherlands),... Read more

National Book Critics Circle Awards 2013 winners announced x

In the US, the winners of the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Awards have been announced. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie won the fiction category for Americanah (Fourth... Read more

Hungary’s largest bookselling chain merges with online bookseller x

Hungary’s largest bookselling chain Libri has merged with local retailer Shopline, ‘owner of the country’s answer to Amazon, Bookline.hu’, reports Publishing Perspectives. The merged business... Read more

Connolly to lead combined Penguin Random House operations in South Africa x

Penguin Random House has appointed Steve Connolly as managing director of Penguin Book South Africa, a role that will involve him leading the company and Random... Read more

Amazon to publish German-language books x

Amazon Publishing will launch a new German-language publishing program based in Munich and has already acquired 12 titles for the program, reports Publishers Weekly. Under... 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

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

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

Macmillan art distribution change x

Publisher: Macmillan ArtISBN prefix: 978-1-876832; 978-0-9585743; 978-1-921394; 978-1-922252Old distributor: MDSNew distributor: Thames & HudsonChangeover date: 01/04/2014Returns cutoff: 30/06/2014 (See classifieds here and here.)

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

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... Read more

‘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... Read more

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... Read more

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 &... Read more

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... Read more

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

Name/ ANZ representation/ End date with MDSAcumen/ Footprint/ 31/12/2013Anshan/ Wholesalers/ 31/12/2013Haymarket/ NewSouth Books/ 31/12/2013Interlink/ Direct to publisher/ 31/12/2013New Press/ NewSouth Books/ 31/10/2013Ocean/ Wholesalers/ 31/12/2013Oneworld Publications/... Read more

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