Weekly Book Newsletter
9 April 2014

‘Reader’s Digest’ pulls novel after LA Larkin refuses Chinese censorship x

Reader’s Digest has pulled LA Larkin’s Thirst (Pier 9) from an anthology of condensed novels after a Chinese printing company refused to print the book... Read more

Preston shortlisted for International Thriller Writers award x

Australian author Luke Preston has been shortlisted for a 2014 International Thriller Writers (ITW) award for Out of Exile (Momentum). Preston’s novel has been nominated... Read more

Gwyn Jones signs ‘nonfiction novel’ for Scribe UK x

Scribe UK editor-at-large Philip Gwyn Jones has signed his first deal for the publisher: a ‘nonfiction novel’ based on the life of killer Raoul Moat by... 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

International Library News x

Four libraries to reopen in Newcastle In the UK, four libraries in Newcastle, England, are set to reopen, reports the Bookseller. In early March, Newcastle... Read more

Bendigo TAFE library staff cuts include Vic Librarian of the Year x

Five staff at the Bendigo TAFE library in regional Victoria were made redundant in November, including a staffer who was named Victorian Librarian of the... Read more

In brief x

Mitchell Library petition attracts over 9000 signatures An online petition protesting changes to the Mitchell Library at the State Library of NSW (SLNSW) has attracted... 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

Made for Mum: Mother’s Day 2014 titles x

Books on offer this Mother’s Day include inspirational memoirs, colourful picture books, dramatic debut novels, stylish coffee-table books and rural romances. As Brad Jefferies reports, booksellers... 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

Will Elliott’s ‘Inside Out’ x

What begins as a story about Denton, an utterly unremarkable and unsuccessful young man, and his encounter with a bizarre new age cult, turns into... Read more

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

Changes at ‘Griffith REVIEW’ x

Susan Hornbeck has replaced Erica Sontheimer as associate publisher at the Griffith REVIEW. Hornbeck was previously a publicist for UQP and was formerly publicity manager... Read more

Parkhill joins EWF as programming coordinator x

Writer, editor and arts worker Chad Parkhill has joined the Emerging Writers’ Festival as programming coordinator for the 2014 festival. Parkhill was festival manager for... Read more

Allington joins ‘Transnational Literature’ x

Author, critic and lecturer Patrick Allington has been appointed book reviews editor at Transnational Literature, a digital journal published by the Flinders Institute for Research in... Read more

Society of Editors (NSW): Working wonders with Word and PDF workshop x

The Society of Editors (NSW) is holding a workshop on Working wonders with Word and PDF, presented by Dr Hilary Cadman. The workshop will give... Read more

Online Bookshop URLs for sale x

Suite of URLs: betweenReads.com.au lawbooks.com.au medicalbokstore.com.au universitybookshop.com.au   These would best suit an existing online business who wants to top up their own online business. The... Read more

The Slattery Media Group appoints Victorian Book Agencies for Victoria and Tasmania x

Effective immediately, The Slattery Media Group has appointed Victorian Book Agencies as its exclusive sales force in Victoria and Tasmania. The Five Mile Press will... Read more

First ILF fundraiser x

More than 180 booksellers, publishers, authors and readers packed Preston City Hall for Melbourne’s first Indigenous Literacy Foundation Trivia Night last Thursday.  Organised by a... Read more

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