Weekly Book Newsletter
7 May 2014

Arnold named recipient of 2014 Seresin ‘Landfall’ Residency x

Sandra Arnold is the recipient of the 2014 Seresin Landfall Residency, reports Booksellers NZ. Arnold is the author of three books: A Distraction of Opposites... Read more

Simsion shortlisted for Waverton Good Read Award x

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (Text) has been shortlisted for this year’s Waverton Good Read Award in the UK. Also shortlisted were: Just What... Read more

Currency Press wins award for app x

Currency Press has won the ‘learning and education’ award in the ‘best of tablet’ category at this year’s Australian Interactive Media Industry Association (AIMIA) awards. Currency,... 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

NSW State Library announces new awards x

The State Library of NSW has announced a number of new awards that recognise the work of library professionals. The awards, which ‘aim to recognise... Read more

International library news x

New president elected for American Library Association Sari Feldman has been elected president of the American Library Association (ALA) for the 2015-16 term, said the... Read more

In brief x

Arts Victoria report finds awareness of SLV ‘very high’ Awareness of the State Library of Victoria (SLV) is ‘very high’, according to a report by... 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

From book to film: what’s coming in the second half of 2014? x

Forthcoming film adaptations of The Fault in Our Stars (John Green, Penguin) and Gone Girl (Gillian Flynn, Orion), along with the recent release of Divergent... 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

Jared Thomas’ ‘Calypso Summer’ x

His name is Kyle, but everyone calls him Calypso. In high school he grew dreadlocks, started listening to reggae and took to the ganja with... 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

Bloomsbury to distribute Hart Publishing x

Agency: Hart Publishing ISBN Prefixes: 97818411; 97818494; 97819013Old Distributor: n/a New distributor: Bloomsbury Publishing Changeover date: Effective immediately

Random House Australia to distribute Dark Horse x

Agency: Dark Horse ISBN Prefixes: 978159617; 978156971; 978159307; 978159582; 978161655; 978187857Old Distributor: Dennis JonesNew distributor: Random House Changeover date: 01/06/2014Returns cut-off: 01/06/2014

Thompson appointed MD of Penguin Random House NZ, Ferns to depart x

Penguin Random House has appointed Margaret Thompson to the newly created position of managing director of Penguin Random House New Zealand. Thompson was previously managing... Read more

Hoy joins Murdoch Books x

Matt Hoy has been appointed to the newly created role of sales and marketing director of Murdoch Books, a division of Allen & Unwin. Hoy... Read more

Barclay joins Jane Curry Publishing x

Jane Curry Publishing (JCP) has appointed Jennifer Barclay as international rights agent. Barclay, who is based on the Greek island of Tiros, will present the... Read more

Lee replaces Dunne at Lightning Source Australia x

Ingram Content Group has appointed Deborah Lee as manager of content acquisition for Lightning Source Australia. Lee takes over from Susan Dunne, who replaced Nerida... Read more

Abbott appointed director of Arts Victoria x

Andrew Abbott has been appointed as the new director of Arts Victoria. Abbott has been interim director since August 2013, when Penny Hutchinson stepped down... Read more

Mullane joins Writers Victoria x

Brigid Mullane has been appointed communications manager at Writers Victoria. Mullane began in the role on 5 May, and will work at Writers Victoria three... 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’.

APA: ABIA Awards Friday 23 May x

Tickets are now on sale for The Australian Book Industry Awards on Friday 23 May. Satirist Casey Bennetto, creator of Keating! The Musical will host... Read more

Simon and Schuster Australia to cease distribution of Noel Whittaker books x

Simon and Schuster Australia Pty Ltd will cease distribution for Noel Whittaker titles from 30th June 2014. Woodslane will take over supply of Noel’s titles... Read more

Simon and Schuster Australia to cease distribution of Authors First titles x

Simon and Schuster Australia Pty Ltd will cease distribution for Authors First (Neil Jenman) titles from 30th June 2014. Dennis Jones will take over supply... Read more

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