Weekly Book Newsletter
30 April 2014

Quote of the week x

‘The Stella Prize is like the Brownlow Medal of the literary world: all muscle and spine, with a touch of glamour’—2014 Stella Prize winner Clare Wright

Hachette Australia to publish ‘MKR’ contestants’ cookbook

Hachette Australia has acquired the rights for Taking You Home: Simple Greek Food by My Kitchen Rules contestants Helena and Vikki Moursellas. The Moursellas participated in the... Read more

Best Australian Blogs 2014 finalists announced

The finalists in the Australian Writers’ Centre Best Australian Blogs Competition have been announced. The finalists in the ‘words and writing’ category are: Fictioner’s Net... Read more

Wright wins 2014 Stella Prize for ‘The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka’

The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka by Clare Wright (Text) is the winner of the 2014 Stella Prize for women’s writing. Wright was presented with the... Read more

Kent and Cleave among nominees for Barry Awards

Australian author Hannah Kent and New Zealand author Paul Cleave are among the writers nominated for this year’s Barry Awards for crime writing. Awarded annually... Read more

ABIA 2014 book awards shortlists announced, website launched

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) has announced the shortlists for the book award categories in this year’s Australian Book Industry Awards. The shortlisted titles are:... Read more

Pages & Pages, Boomerang now selling ebooks through Kobo; ABA-Kobo partnership ‘fully functional’

Sydney independent bookseller Pages & Pages and online bookseller Boomerang Books are now selling ebooks through the Australian Booksellers Association’s (ABA) partnership with Kobo. Jon... Read more

Penguin partners with Connected Sparks to produce children’s ‘multilayered story experience’ x

Penguin Books Australia has announced the launch of a children’s ‘multilayered story experience’ that will include ‘travelling education labs’. In a partnership with media and educational... Read more

Clunes Booktown Festival program announced x

The program for the 2014 Clunes Booktown Festival has been released. Among the authors due to appear at this year’s weekend event, to be held... Read more

Kobo cuts 63 jobs, Neil and Ogden remain with the company x

Kobo has cut 63 from its workforce of more than 400 worldwide, reports the Toronto Star. Kobo spokesperson René d’Entremont told the newspaper that the... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

The Fault in Our Stars (John Green, Penguin) is in first place on this week’s bestsellers chart, ahead of seven titles in Veronica Roth’s ‘Divergent’ trilogy... Read more

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

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

Hodder Children’s Books to launch digital-only sci-fi imprint x

In the UK, Hodder Children’s Books is launching a digital-only science-fiction classics imprint, reports the Bookseller. HodderSilver will launch on 1 May with a list... Read more

Wellcome Book Prize 2014 winner announced x

In the UK, Andrew Solomon’s Far from the Tree (Chatto & Windus) has won this year’s Wellcome Book Prize, worth £30,000 (A$54,430), for the best... Read more

250,000 books handed out for World Book Night UK x

In the UK, 10,500 individuals and groups handed out 250,000 copies of 20 titles during World Book Night, reports the Bookseller. In addition, around 2100... Read more

‘The Casual Vacancy’ to be adapted for HBO television x

J K Rowling’s novel The Casual Vacancy (Orbit) will be adapted into a miniseries by US television network HBO, reports the Telegraph. The book will be... Read more

‘The BFG’ to be adapted to film by Spielberg

Roald Dahl’s children’s book The BFG (various imprints) will be adapted into a live-action film directed by Steven Spielberg, reports Variety. Spielberg plans to begin production... Read more

Smith to leave Quercus after sale to Hodder x

Quercus chief executive Mark Smith will leave the publisher following its sale to Hodder & Stoughton, but will ‘remain a consultant to help with the... Read more

Orwell Prize 2014 shortlist announced x

In the UK, the shortlists for the 2014 Orwell Prize for political writing have been announced. The titles shortlisted for the Book Prize are: Coolie... 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


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

Eurospan Group is the new distributor of Infobase Publishing x

Agency: Infobase Publishing (Checkmark Books, Chelsea House Publishers, Facts on File, Ferguson Publishing)ISBN Prefix: 97807910; 97808160; 978087196; 978160413; 97814381; 978161753Old Distributor: Warner BooksNew Distributor: Eurospan... Read more

Eurospan Group is the new distributor of American Academy of Pediatrics x

Agency: American Academy of PediatricsISBN Prefix: 9780910761; 978158110; 9780578049304; 9780578054841; 978161002Old Distributor: DA Information ServicesNew Distributor: Eurospan GroupChangeover date: Effective immediately

Eurospan Group is the new distributor of M. E. Sharpe x

Agency: M. E. SharpeISBN Prefix: 97807656; 978087332; 978156324Old Distributor: DA Information ServicesNew Distributor: Eurospan GroupChangeover date: Effective immediately

Eurospan Group is the new distributor of Data Trace Publishing x

Agency: Data Trace PublishingISBN Prefix: 97809637468; 978157400Old Distributor: Data Trace PublishingNew Distributor: Eurospan GroupChangeover date: Effective immediately

Eurospan Group is the new distributor of American Mathematical Society x

Agency: American Mathematical SocietyISBN Prefix: 97808218; 97808284; 97814704Old Distributor: American Mathematical SocietyNew Distributor: Eurospan GroupChangeover date: Effective immediately

Eurospan Group is the new distributor of University of Nebraska Press x

Agency: University of Nebraska Press ISBN Prefix: 97808032; 97814962Old Distributor: DA Information ServicesNew Distributor: EWEBChangeover date: Effective immediately

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... Read more

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... Read more

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