Weekly Book Newsletter
9 April 2014

Quote of the week x

‘You’ve managed to completely remove romance from the festival’—romance reader and reviewer Gabby bemoans the lack of romance programming in the 2014 Sydney Writers’ Festival in an... Read more

CBCA Awards 2014 shortlists announced x

As reported in a Books+Publishing special bulletin, the shortlists for this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards have been... Read more

Penguin, ILF winners at LBF International Book Industry Excellence Awards x

Penguin Australia and the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) are among the winners at the inaugural London Book Fair (LBF) International Book Industry Excellence Awards. Penguin... Read more

Fullers Launceston for sale x

Independent Tasmanian bookseller Fullers Bookshop Launceston is on the market. Owner Clive Tilsley told Books+Publishing the decision to sell the Launceston business was made ‘purely... Read more

Gough wins ‘Overland’ poetry prize 2013 x

Myles Gough has won the 2013 Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets for his poem ‘Topography’. Gough was announced as the winner of... Read more

NSW Premier’s Literary Awards 2014 shortlists announced x

The shortlists for this year’s New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each of the categories are: Christina Stead... Read more

NZ Post Children’s Book Awards 2014 finalists announced

The finalists for the 2014 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Picture Books Machines and... Read more

Melbourne Jewish Writers Festival program launched x

The inaugural Melbourne Jewish Writers Festival has released its full program and tickets are now available for sale. The festival, which will be held from... Read more

Matthew Reilly novella published as serialised ebook

Pan Macmillan’s digital-only imprint Momentum is publishing Matthew Reilly’s latest novella as a serialised ebook. The first episode of Troll Mountain, a quest story set... Read more

Kent shortlisted for Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction

Australian author Hannah Kent has been shortlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction for her novel Burial Rites (Picador). The full shortlist was announced... Read more

CBCA launches ‘Reading Time Online’ x

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has confirmed that its publication Reading Time will not be printed in 2014. Instead, the organisation will launch... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

James Patterson’s Unlucky 13 (Century) is in first place on the bestsellers chart for the second week running, followed in second place by Shadow Spell by... Read more

Catton shortlisted for £25,000 Walter Scott Prize x

New Zealand author Eleanor Catton has been shortlisted for the £25,000 (A$44,630) Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction for her Booker Prize-winning novel The Luminaries... Read more

Aurealis Award winners announced

The 2013 Aurealis Award winners were announced at a ceremony in Canberra on Saturday 5 April. The winning titles were: Science-fiction novel Lexicon (Max Barry,... Read more

Perth bookseller’s debut novel picked up in multiple countries

Multiple overseas rights to a debut novel by Perth bookseller Brooke Davis have been acquired ahead of its publication by Hachette Australia in July. Rights... Read more

Hornbeck replaces Sontheimer at ‘Griffith REVIEW’ x

The Griffith REVIEW has announced the appointment of Susan Hornbeck as associate publisher. Hornbeck was previously a publicist at UQP and publicity manager at Scribe Publications.... Read more

SWF program launched x

Booker Prize-winning New Zealand author Eleanor Catton (The Luminaries, Granta), Booker Prize-shortlisted author Emma Donoghue (Room, Picador) and Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan are among... Read more

‘Life in Outer Space’ wins Ena Noël Award x

Melbourne-based author Melissa Keil has won the 2014 Ena Noël Award, administered by the Australian branch of the International Board on Books for Young People... Read more

Miles Franklin Literary Award 2014 longlist announced

The longlist for this year’s Miles Franklin Literary Award has been announced. The longlisted titles are: The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt (Tracy Farr,... Read more

Auckland Writers Festival 2014 program released x

The program for the 2014 Auckland Writers Festival, to be held from 14-18 May, has been released. The festival will feature over 140 international and local... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘We’re confident that there’s a book in this shortlist for every young reader, whether they’re into fantastical worlds or real-life dramas, action-packed adventures or situational... Read more

Readings Children’s Book Prize 2014 shortlist announced

Independent Melbourne bookseller Readings has announced the shortlist for the inaugural Readings Children’s Book Prize. The shortlisted titles are: Song for a Scarlet Runner (Julie... Read more

US book sales up 1% in 2013 x

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) has released the latest results from its StatShot program, which shows that US book sales increased by 1% from... Read more

Dymocks reveals 101 Club list for 2014 x

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (Picador) has topped the Dymocks 101 Club list of the best 101 books of all time for 2014, as voted... Read more

Bologna: contemporary, realistic fiction in demand x

Nerrilee Weir, rights manager at Random House, reports from the Bologna Children’s Book Fair: The 2014 Bologna Children’s Book Fair felt a lot like the... Read more

‘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

Shatzkin, McCarthy launch new digital marketing business x

In the US, publishing consultant Mike Shatzkin and digital marketer Peter McCarthy have launched a new digital marketing business for publishers and authors, The Logical... Read more

PubMatch unveils rights sales function x

PubMatch, an international book rights database founded by Publishers Weekly and Combined Book Exhibit, has unveiled its new rights sales function at the London Book... Read more

S&S to publish collection of TED Books x

In the US, Simon & Schuster has announced a partnership with TED Conferences to co-publish a 12-book collection of TED Books, said S&S in a... Read more

Frankfurt Book Fair launches business club ticket x

The Frankfurt Book Fair (FBF) has launched a business club ticket with extra services at the fair. The ticket, which is available for either single-day or... Read more

Penguin Random House UK launches ‘My Independent Bookshop’ x

Penguin Random House UK (PRH UK) has launched a consumer recommendation website. My Independent Bookshop ‘encourages readers to set up their own virtual bookshops to... Read more

Apple appeals for stay in ebook pricing case x

In the US, lawyers for Apple have appealed for a stay of all proceedings in Apple’s ebook pricing case, reports Publishers Weekly. Apple’s lawyers have... Read more

Adam Johnson wins world’s richest short story prize x

In the UK, US author Adam Johnson has won the Sunday Times Short Story Prize—the world’s richest short story prize—worth £30,000 (A$53,570), reports the Guardian.... Read more

Tamblyn named president at Kobo x

Michael Tamblyn, chief content officer at ebook retailer Kobo, has been named president of the company, reports Publishers Weekly. Tamblyn will take on the role... Read more

Waterstones Children’s Book Prize winners announced x

Katherine Rundell’s children’s novel Rooftoppers (Faber) has been named the overall winner at this year’s Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, reports the Bookseller. The novel also... Read more

Karen Joy Fowler wins 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award x

In the US, Karen Joy Fowler has won the 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award for We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves (Serpent’s Tail), which recognises the best... Read more

Amazon launches customer returns using lockers x

In the US, Amazon has launched a new service that allows customers to return items using lockers, reports the Wall Street Journal. The service allows... Read more

Little Rebels Children’s Book Award shortlist announced x

In the UK, the shortlist has been announced for the Little Rebels Children’s Book Award for radical children’s fiction. The shortlisted titles are: Moon Bear... 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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