Weekly Book Newsletter
9 April 2014

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

‘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

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

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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 continue to be responsible for sales outside Victoria and Tasmania and also all distribution, invoicing and returns authorisations.

VBA contact: Joel Fulton 0417-411-466
Gary Angliss 0419-363-969

FMP contact: Andrew Carroll 0406-235-980

Slattery Media Group contact: Jeffrey Sickert 03-9627-2600


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 committed group of Melbourne supporters of the ILF, the evening featured Indigenous singer Kutcha Edwards, Andy Griffiths and RockWiz’s own Brian Nankervis as quizmaster and MC. In an action-packed evening there was a successful auction, various fundraising activities and – of course – a very entertaining quiz.

According to Joel Becker, chief executive of the ABA, “More than $5000 was raised on ticket sales alone, with more than $9000 in gross income on the night. We appreciate the support that the literary community has given to ILF, and particularly want to thank Kutcha, Andy, Brian, the organising committee and the many sponsors who donated the prizes and auction items.” 

The winning table consisted of staff from the Australian Booksellers Association, booksellers from Readings, authors, the MWF Program Manager and partners and friends. This was indicative of the range of people attending and supporting the aims of the ILF.


NewSouth Authors at Sydney Writers’ Festival May 2014 x

NewSouth is pleased to have the following authors at this year’s Sydney Writers’ Festival. Authors who will be in session include:

Alice Walker (paperbacks of The Cushion in the Road and The World Will Follow Joy just released);
Bob Carr (Diary of a Foreign Minister in stores later this week);
Lawrence Hill (author of the just released non-fiction title Blood);
Anne Summers (author of the recent bestseller The Misogyny Factor);
Meredith Burgmann (editor of the just released book on ASIO: Dirty Secrets);
Louis Nowra (Louis’ most recent book is the biography of Kings Cross);
Linda Jaivin (Linda’s non-fiction book: Beijing releases in May);
Henry Reynolds (author of the recent winner of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award – Forgotten War);
Hilary Bell and Antonia Pesenti (creators of the bestselling pictorial book: Alphabetical Sydney);
Ian Hoskins (author of the recent history of the NSW coast: Coast);
Rodney Tiffen (author of the recently released biography Rupert Murdoch);
Thomas Suddendorf (author of the critically acclaimed popular science title The Gap);
Bill Garner (author of the widely-acclaimed history of camping in Australia: Born in a Tent);
Delia Falconer (author of the city series title Sydney)
Kerryn Goldsworthy (author of the city series title Adelaide)

and many more besides…




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