Weekly Book Newsletter
30 April 2014

Escape launches competition to name romance sub-genre x

Harlequin Australia’s digital-first imprint Escape Publishing has launched a competition to name one of its romance sub-genres. ‘In the next few months, the Escape Publishing... Read more

‘Boom Bah!’ and ‘Night Watch’ presented to royal couple

Two children’s books by Phil Cummings have been presented to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to commemorate their visit to the Playford Library in... 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


Yarra Plenty library to expand Doggy Tales reading program

Yarra Plenty Regional Library (YPRL) in Victoria is seeking dogs for its Doggy Tales program, which helps children struggling with literacy by giving them the... Read more

International library news x

The British Library opens £33 million newspaper reading room The British Library in London, England, has opened a newspaper reading room worth £33 million (A$59.9... Read more

EBSCO announces restructure x

Library resource provider EBSCO has announced a restructure of its Australian and New Zealand business following the merger of its Information Services and Publishing businesses... 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

Getting the word out: Angela Meyer on the debut author experience x

In the latest issue of Books+Publishing magazine, Angela Meyer examines some of the ways publishers and booksellers are promoting ‘untested’ debut authors. Meyer, a debut... 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

Robert Glancy’s ‘Terms & Conditions’ x

Frank is a contracts lawyer who lives his life according to an explicit set of rules. But after a serious car crash, Frank has forgotten... 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

O’Brien leaves Auckland University Press x

Auckland University Press sales and marketing manager Christine O’Brien has left the company to ‘pursue new opportunities’.

Bray joins A&U x

Theresa Bray has been appointed as marketing manager, books for children and young adults, at Allen & Unwin. Bray was formerly marketing and publicity manager... 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

Hachette congratulates ABIA shortlisted authors x

Hachette Australia heartily congratulates our ABIA shortlisted authors – Michael Robotham, Shaun Tan, Donna Tartt and Malala Yousafzai.

Each of the shortlisted titles are in stock at ADS (Contact your Hachette account manager for special discounts on our ABIA shortlisted titles throughout May 2014)

International Book Of The Year

  • The Goldfinch (9781408704950)
  • I Am Malala (9780297870920)


General Fiction Book Of The Year

  • Watching You (9781847445278)


Book Of The Year For Younger Children

  • The Rules of Summer (9780734410672)

2014 NSW Premier’s History Awards: Entries Close Friday 2 May x

Entries are sought for the following categories:

  • Australian History Prize ($15,000)
  • Australian Military History Prize (commemorative medallion)
  • General History Prize ($15,000)
  • New South Wales Community and Regional History Prize ($15,000)
  • Young People’s History Prize ($15,000)
  • Multimedia History Prize ($15,000)


This year, the Australian Military History Prize has been introduced to commemorate the centenary of World War One. The winner will be chosen from a major published work submitted for the Australian History Prize, and no additional entry fee is required for this award.

All works must have been first published, produced, performed or made publicly available between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2014. Authors/creators must be Australian citizens or permanent residents.

For guidelines and online nomination forms: www.sl.nsw.gov.au/premiershistoryawards

Contact details:
Kate Butler
telephone (02) 9273 1582


Palgrave Macmillan Distribution move x

Please be advised that as a result of the closure of Macmillan Distribution Services Palgrave Macmillan will be moving distribution to United Book Distributors effective 1 July 2014. This includes Palgrave Macmillan Australia, UK and USA imprints, Bedford Freeman & Worth, and Sinauer Associates. Please send orders, return requests, and authorised returns to UBD from 1 July 2014.

Note: this replaces an earlier trade announcement which stated Palgrave Macmillan would be moving distribution to ADS effective 1 April 2014.




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