Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
2 April 2014

Suzanne McCourt’s ‘The Lost Child’ x

This poignant and atmospheric debut novel set in a 1950s Australian fishing village is told from the perspective of Sylvie, who is five when the... Read more

Trader Faulkner’s ‘Inside Trader’ x

Born in Sydney—to a Ballets Russes ballerina improbably named Sheila and a larrikin silent-movie actor, John—young Ronald Faulkner earned his sobriquet after trading back his... Read more

Crime fiction commissioned for ‘Fashion Detective’ exhibition x

The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) has commissioned short stories from several Australian crime writers for its forthcoming Fashion Detective exhibition. The exhibition, which runs from 9 May to 31... Read more

Vogel to be awarded this year x

Allen & Unwin will announce the winner of this year’s Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award on the evening of 22 April 2014, with the book to be... Read more

EWF announces festival ambassadors x

The Emerging Writers Festival (EWF) has announced its festival ambassadors for 2014. The five ‘established writers’, who will participate in a series of events at... Read more

Piper wins 2014 Calibre Prize x

Christine Piper has won the eighth Australian Book Review (ABR) Calibre Prize for an Outstanding Essay, for her essay ‘Unearthing the Past’. Piper’s essay was... Read more

‘EJ12 Girl Hero’ to be adapted for television

Susannah McFarlane’s young readers series ‘EJ12 Girl Hero’ (Lemonfizz Media) is to be adapted into a children’s television series. The series, which is expected to... Read more

Hobsons Bay council scraps plans to exclude print books at new library x

Hobsons Bay City Council in Melbourne has scrapped plans to exclude print books from a new library’s collections, reports the Age. According to the Age,... Read more

In brief x

ACT to close mobile-library service Canberra’s mobile-library service will cease operations in July due to a decline in borrowing, reports the Canberra Times. The ACT... Read more

NLA and antiquarian booksellers to hold joint conference x

The National Library of Australia and the Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (ANZAAB) will host a joint conference in Canberra on 19-20... Read more

New online library for architecture and construction industries announced x

A new online library for resources relating to Building Information Modelling (BIM) will be developed by the Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) and the Australian... Read more

In brief x

NSLA develops new position statement for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander library services The Indigenous project group of National and State Libraries Australasia (NSLA) has... Read more

NSW library association launches funding campaign x

The New South Wales Public Library Association has launched a campaign calling for increased state government funding of public libraries in NSW, which it says... Read more

Nicky Stevens: Real issues in book retailing x

Nicky Stevens, owner of Manning Valley Books in NSW, says her bookshop is in danger of closing this year. She believes the Australian publishing industry ‘is on self-destruct’,... Read more

Business smarts: changing business models in publishing x

How are publishers big and small adapting to the changing publishing landscape? Simon & Schuster, Affirm Press, Text Publishing and Editia tell Books+Publishing about recent... Read more

Matiszik replaces Hodson at ABC Retail x

Anne Matiszik has replaced Renée Hodson as national buyer of books, audio and magazines at ABC Retail. (See news.)

Moulton replaces Broun at Magabala x

Anna Moulton has been appointed the new CEO of Magabala Books. She replaces former CEO Michelle Broun, who left the position in October 2013. (See... Read more

Gelfer leaves RMIT Publishing x

RMIT Publishing editorial specialist Joseph Gelfer has left the organisation after six years. Gelfer’s role included managing the RMIT University Press imprint and product development... Read more

Staff changes at ‘Books+Publishing’ x

The editorial team that produces the Weekly Book Newsletter, Books+Publishing Daily newsletter and Books+Publishing magazine is undergoing some changes. News editor Eloise Keating is leaving... Read more

Society of Editors (NSW): Copyediting fiction workshop x

Society of Editors (NSW) Inc. presents a one-day Copyediting Fiction workshop on Friday, 4 April, presented by Nicola O’Shea. In this workshop, editor Nicola O’Shea... Read more

Dymocks Children’s Charities Great Debate x

The 2014 Dymocks Children’s Charities Great Debate will raise much-needed funds to assist Australian children-in-need around improve their literacy standards. This year’s ambassadors, Rob Carlton and Adam Spencer,... Read more

Walkley Foundation seeking speakers for Storyology festival x

The Walkley Foundation for Journalism is seeking speakers for its four-day Storyology festival running from 1-4 December in Sydney. Prospective speakers may be writers, storytellers,... Read more

MUP March/April New Releases – A Celebration of Australian Art x

Australian Art: A History by Sasha Grishin. 9780522856521 print RRP $175.00. A comprehensive and definitive history of Australian Art …

Publicity highlights so far:

  • Print: The Age ‘Spectrum’ – interview, The Canberra Times – extract and interview, The Australian Financial Review Magazine – interview
  • Radio: Radio National books and arts daily, ABC 774 Melb, ABC 702 Syd and other ABC local radio.


Booksellers re-order now and receive an extra 10% discount on the 4-pack of Australian Art

Australian Notebooks by Betty Churcher. 9780522864199 print RRP $44.99. A delightful and enlightening whirlwind tour of some of the great masterpieces in Australian galleries …

Publicity highlights so far:

  • Print: Cover story profile in The Weekend Australian Magazine, reviews in all major newspapers
  • Radio: Interviews across all ABC national, regional and statewide networks.


Betty will be a keynote speaker at the Leading Edge National Conference in May. Betty will tour bookstores and Gallery’s in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide throughout April.

Booksellers order now with RHA 1800 222 444

Contact: Melbourne University Publishing
Ashleigh Dowling
Ph: 03 9342 0300
E: dowling@unimelb.edu.au
W: www.mup.com.au


Footprint distribution changes x

Effective April 1st, 2014 Footprint Books has been appointed the exclusive distributor for the following publishers.  Please re-order any outstanding backorders with Footprint Books and contact previous distributor for returns information.

Publisher: Springer Publishing Co
Old: Woodslane Pty Ltd
ISBN Prefix: 97808261; 97809771

Publisher: Demos Medical Publishing
Old: Woodslane Pty Ltd
ISBN Prefix: 97809399; 97816207; 97818887; 97819326; 97819338; 97819362; 97819363

Publisher: Scion Publishing Ltd
Old: Palgrave MacMillan
ISBN Prefix: 97807506; 97809038; 97809553; 97809560; 97819048; 97819060; 97819079; 97819086; 97885367


Unprecedented Supplier Demand for Joint LEB and ABA Trade Exhibition x

Seven weeks out from the ABA Conference, all stands for the ABA-Leading Edge joint trade exhibition have been sold. According to ABA chief executive Joel Becker, ‘We have had unprecedented demand for space from a range of book publishers and distributors, service providers, stationery and gift distributors. We’re particularly delighted that we have a significant number of overseas distributors and service providers attending this year – some for the first time.’ 

The earlybird offer for registration to the ABA Conference closes at 5 pm AEDT on Monday, 30 April. Book on the website: www.abaconference.org.au/register




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