Weekly Book Newsletter
24 April 2014

Quote of the week x

‘In this constantly-evolving media landscape, readers now get their information from many different platforms and as part of this we recognise that blogs are an... Read more

Blinky Bill film receives development funding

Screen Australia has announced development funding for the CGI-animated film Blinky Bill based on the children’s book series by Dorothy Wall, which was published by Angus & Robertson in the 1930s.... Read more

Penguin Random House to hold ‘National Book Bloggers Forum’ x

Penguin Random House Australia has announced it will hold a ‘National Book Bloggers Forum’ in Sydney on 20 May during the Sydney Writers’ Festival. Random House... Read more

Penguin Australia to publish new Toltz novel in 2015 x

Penguin Australia has acquired Quicksand, the second novel by Steve Toltz, whose debut A Fraction of the Whole was published by Penguin in 2008. A... Read more

KYD Copyright Agency Investigative Journalism Mentorships announced x

Kill Your Darlings (KYD) has announced the recipients of the KYD Copyright Agency Investigative Journalism Mentorships (CAIJM). Daniel Burdon, Alexandra Potter and Royce Kurmelovs will... Read more

RiP Gabriel Garcia Marquez x

Colombian Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died, aged 87. A novelist, short story writer, playwright and journalist, Marquez was awarded the Nobel Prize... Read more

RiP Peter Matthiessen x

US novelist and naturalist Peter Matthiessen has died, aged 86. Matthiessen was awarded the National Book Award for general nonfiction for The Snow Leopard (Vintage)... Read more

RiP Malcolm Broun x

Malcolm Broun, founding member of the Co-op (formerly the University Co-operative Bookshop), has died, aged 78. The Co-op writes: ‘The Co-op is saddened by the passing of one... Read more

Australians nominated for 2014 Hugo Awards

A number of Australians are in the running for the 2014 Hugo Awards for science-fiction. Foz Meadows, author of YA urban fantasy novels Solace &... Read more

Piper wins Vogel for ‘After Darkness’ x

After Darkness by Christine Piper is the winner of this year’s Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award. Piper’s novel was chosen by Vogel winner Danielle Wood, bookseller Fiona... Read more

NZ Book Month postponed until 2015 x

New Zealand Book Month has been postponed until 2015. The organisers of the month-long promotion said in a statement that it will now take place... Read more

Australia Council awards grants to Dempster, Tooth and McCredie

The Australia Council has awarded Artistic Leadership grants to Melbourne Writers Festival director Lisa Dempster and South Australia Writers Centre director Sarah Tooth, and an... Read more

Barnes shortlisted for Gemmell Fantasy Award x

Australian author Mark T Barnes has been shortlisted in the Gemmell Fantasy Awards, announced at the British national science-fiction convention EasterCon. Barnes has been shortlisted for the Morningstar... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

A couple of blockbuster films dominate this week’s bestsellers chart, led by the The Fault in Our Stars (John Green, Penguin)—the film adaptation is in... Read more

DK Australia celebrates 40 years with program to ‘give back’ to community x

DK Australia is celebrating the DK imprint’s 40-year anniversary with a program to ‘give back’ to the community.   Troy Lewis, head of media, brands... Read more

FAW Awards 2013 winners announced x

The Fellowship of Australian Writers (FAW) has announced the winners of its 2013 National Literary Awards. Among the winners were Hannah Kent, who received the... Read more

Malouf named inaugural ‘ABR’ laureate x

The Australian Book Review (ABR) has named David Malouf as the magazine’s inaugural laureate, reports the Age. ABR editor Peter Rose told the Age that... Read more

Latest Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowships announced

The Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas in Melbourne has announced the successful applicants for its latest round of Hot Desk Fellowships. The successful applicants are: André... Read more

Caine Prize 2014 shortlist announced x

In Nigeria, the shortlist for the 2014 Caine Prize for African Writing, presented for a short story by an African writer published in English, has been... Read more

British Science Fiction Association Awards 2014 announced x

The British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) announced the winners of its 2014 BSFA Awards in Glasgow, Scotland, on 20 April. The Best Novel award was... Read more

Fox Chapel purchases 1400 books from New Holland UK x

In the US, craft publisher Fox Chapel Publishing has purchased rights to 1400 books from New Holland Publishers UK, reports Publishers Weekly. The purchase of... Read more

Indie booksellers rescue Dutch, Belgian bookstores x

Following the bankruptcy of Dutch bookselling chain Polare, which represented 29 stores in the Netherlands and Belgium, the majority of stores have been purchased by... Read more

Judge rejects Apple’s motion to dismiss states’ class action in ebook pricing case x

The judge in Apple’s ebook pricing case has rejected Apple’s motion to dismiss the states’ class action claims, reports Publishers Weekly. Apple’s motion, which was filed... Read more

Guide to government records of Aboriginal people in Victoria released x

A new guide to government archival records of Aboriginal people in Victoria has been released, reports PS News. The guide, called walata tyamateetj, or ‘carry... Read more

New ALIA board members elected x

Members of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) have elected a number of new members to the association’s board. The newly elected members of... Read more

Behind the scenes with Pan Macmillan publisher Ingrid Ohlsson x

Pan Macmillan nonfiction publisher Ingrid Ohlsson learnt to craft books from ‘one of the best editors in the business’, spent 10 years freelancing while raising a... Read more

Sebastian Hampson’s ‘The Train to Paris’ x

A young art history student from New Zealand finds himself stranded at a railway station on the French/Spanish border, where he meets an alluring and... Read more

APA: Entries for the 2014 ABIA Business Awards closing soon; Network with Australian Publishers x

ABIA Business Awards: Submissions for the 2014 ABIA Business Awards are closing soon. All entries must be submitted via the awards website. There is no limit to... Read more

Books at Miff 2014 submissions open x

Books at Miff (BaM) is a dedicated day of MIFF 37ºSouth Market, the film co-financing market organised by the industry programs unit of the Melbourne... Read more

Online Bookshop URLs for sale x

Gross Sales $550,000 per annumAsking price $65,000 Suite of URLs: betweenReads.com.au  lawbooks.com.au medicalbookstore.com.au universitybookshop.com.au These would best suit an existing online business who wants to... Read more

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