Weekly Book Newsletter
16 April 2014

Random House to publish competition winner in ebook collection x

Random House Australia has announced a romance fiction competition, with the winner to be published in an ebook collection by the company. Random House is... Read more

‘Overland’ launches Story Wine Prize x

Literary journal Overland has launched a new short story prize. The Overland Story Wine Prize is for original short fiction of up to 1000 words in length. The... Read more

New ABA Conference closing speaker announced x

Writer, actor and comedian Shaun Micallef will replace Richard Flanagan as the closing keynote speaker at this year’s Australian Booksellers Associated (ABA) conference. The ABA... Read more

Lonely Planet develops travel accessories range x

Lonely Planet has developed a range of travel accessories that are now available for sale in bookstores. Branded with the Lonely Planet logo, the items include neck pillows,... 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

In brief x

Brisbane City Council Libraries releases annual book club list Brisbane City Council Libraries has released its annual Top 40 Book Club Reads to help book clubs... Read more

SLNSW revises plan for changes to Mitchell Library x

In response to community feedback, the State Library of NSW (SLNSW) has announced a revised plan for its forthcoming changes to the Mitchell Library. According... Read more

International Library News x

ALA names top 10 most ‘challenged’ books in US libraries for 2013 The American Library Association (ALA) has released its list of the top 10 most ‘challenged’ books... Read more

ALIA releases report on international elending initiatives x

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has released a report on public library elending initiatives around the word. The Elending Landscape Report 2014, which... 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

The pros and cons of book extracts x

‘Extracts can be both a blessing and a curse. They only really work for nonfiction and then they mustn’t take the heart of the story... 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

Catherine Jinks’ ‘Saving Thanehaven’ x

Saving Thanehaven has possibly the strangest premise of any recent teen book: the protagonists are characters in computer games. The antagonist is a virus named... 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

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) May Presentation x

Rex Finch will talk about the 20-year history of Finch Publishing at a Society of Editors presentation in May. Topics include how to find your... Read more

Online Bookshop URLs for sale x

Suite of URLs:


These would best suit an existing online business who wants to top up their own online business.

The average gross income from these sites is around the $550,000 per annum.

Contact Rolf Wilkens for further details on: 03 9214 5495


Hachette Australia Congratulates Max Barry, Shaun Tan and Peter Gouldthorpe x

Hachette Australia is thrilled to congratulate Max Barry on Lexicon winning best Science-fiction novel in the 2013 Aurealis Awards.

We also congratulate our shortlisted authors in the 2014 CBCA Awards. Shaun Tan for Rules of Summer in the Best Picture Book of the Year category and Peter Gouldthorpe for Ice, Wind, Rock in the Eve Pownall Award for Information Books category.

To order copies of Lexicon (ISBN: 9781444764666, TPB edition; ISBN: 9781444764680, B format edition publishing 13 May), Rules of Summer (ISBN: 9780734410672) and Ice, Wind, Rock (ISBN: 9780734411556) please contact Alliance Distribution Services customer service on toll-free fax 1800-664-477 or tel (02) 4390 1300.


Availability of Allen & Unwin CBCA Shortlisted titles x

Congratulations to the Allen & Unwin authors and illustrators whose books have been shortlisted in the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards.

Our shortlisted titles are currently closed for invoicing while we ensure that we have adequate stock levels to supply ALL customers. All of our shortlisted titles are being reprinted. We expect to begin supplying stock as follows.

Julie Hunt, Song for a Scarlet Runner (9781743313589 $15.99 pb) – reprint due and all orders to be supplied from 17th April

Catherine Jinks, A Very Unusual Pursuit (9781743313060 $14.99 pb) – reprint due and all orders to be supplied from 17th April

Barry Jonsberg, My Life as an Alphabet (9781743310977 $14.99 pb) – reprint due and all orders to be supplied from 17th April

Mark Greenwood and Terry Denton, Jandamarra (9781742375700 $29.99 hc) – reprint due and all orders to be supplied from mid June

Laklak Burarrwanga and Family, Welcome to My Country (9781743313961 $18.99 pb) – reprint due and all orders to be supplied from mid June

Orders and enquiries to UBD: tel 1800 33 88 36, fax 03 9811 2403


It all started with a tweet … Robyn Cadwallader’s ‘The Anchoress’ to be published in 2015 x

Fourth Estate Australia has been successful in its bid to publish The Anchoress by an exciting new Australian – and soon to be international – literary star in the making, Robyn Cadwallader. 

It all started early last year with a tweet by literary agent Gaby Naher: ‘Desperately seeking a great Australian novel – broad canvas, intelligent and ambitious.’  Some six months later, Gaby was presiding over a heated auction for The Anchoress, an extraordinary story set in thirteenth-century England within the confines of a stone cell measuring seven paces by nine. Tiny in setting, but universal in themes, it is a wonderful, wholly compelling fictional achievement. 

With Australian rights acquired by HarperCollins, alongside international partners Faber in the UK, Farrar Straus & Giroux in the US, with French rights sold to Denoel/Gallimard, The Anchoress will be published worldwide in early 2015.

Robyn Cadwallader is a Canberra-based writer and scholar who has published numerous, prize-winning short stories and reviews, as well as a book of poetry and a non-fiction book concerning attitudes to virginity and women in the Middle Ages.


Working Title Press x

Working Title Press congratulates the following authors and illustrators on being short-listed for the Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards 2014:

Picture Books Category

  • The Windy Farm by Doug MacLeod and Craig Smith (illus) by Doug MacLeod and Craig Smith (illus)


Eve Pownall Award for Information Books Category

  • Jeremy by Chris Faille and Danny Snell by Chris Faille and Danny Snell


Congratulations, too, to Ruth Starke and Greg Holfeld for having their graphic novel An Anzac Tale, nominated as a 2014 CBCA Notable Book in three categories: Younger Fiction, Picture Book and Eve Pownall Award for Information Books, and for winning the2014 Bronze Ledger Award for Excellence in Australian Comics.

To order copies of any of these titles, please contact the Penguin Group (Australia):

1800 338 836 or orders@pearson.com.au.


Hardie Grant Egmont congratulates shortlisted authors and illustrators x

The team at Hardie Grant Egmont is leaping for joy and bursting with pride as we congratulate our authors and illustrators shortlisted for the CBCA Book of the Year Awards 2014.

Picture Book of the Year

  • Parachute by Danny Parker and Matt Ottley (illus)


Early Childhood

  • The Swap by Jan Ormerod and Andrew Joyner (illus)
  • Banjo and Ruby Red by Libby Gleeson and Freya Blackwood (illus)


Older Readers

  • Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil


Reprints of all four titles will be available 20th June.

To order copies of any of these lovely titles, please contact Random House.

For all media enquiries, please contact Kate Brown katebrown@hardiegrant.com.au



Online Bookshop URLs for sale x

Suite of URLs:


These would best suit an existing online business who wants to top up their own online business.

The average gross income from these sites is around the $550,000 per annum.

Contact Rolf Wilkens  for further details on: 03 9214 5495




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