Weekly Book Newsletter
7 May 2014

Text Prize 2014 shortlist announced x

The shortlist for the 2014 Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing has been announced. The shortlisted authors and their manuscripts are: David Burton... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘It’s not just about romance—the company has interesting capabilities’—HarperCollins chief executive Brian Murray on the publisher’s decision to acquire Harlequin.  

Norma K Hemming Award 2014 shortlist announced x

The shortlist for the 2014 Norma K Hemming Award has been announced. Presented by the Australian Science Fiction Foundation, the award is for a work... Read more

Sarah Broom Poetry Prize 2014 shortlist announced x

The shortlist for the inaugural Sarah Broom Poetry Prize has been announced. The shortlisted poets are Emma Neale, C K Stead and Kirsti Whalen. The... Read more

Hardie Grant Egmont restructures x

Hardie Grant Egmont (HGE) has restructured its business, resulting in three redundancies and the creation of three new positions. HGE managing director Natasha Besliev told... Read more

Best Australian Blogs 2014 winners announced x

Andrew Hutchinson has won the ‘words and writing’ category in the 2014 Best Australian Blogs Competition for his blog ‘twenty six’. ‘Words and writing’ category judge Brandon... Read more

Lee replaces Dunne at Lightning Source Australia x

Ingram Content Group has announced the appointment of Deborah Lee as manager of content acquisition for Lightning Source Australia. Lee takes over from Susan Dunne,... Read more

Bookseller NZ conference program released x

The Wheeler Centre director Michael Williams will give the keynote address at this year’s Booksellers New Zealand 2014 conference. Williams will address the topic ‘Is... Read more

‘The Conversation’ introduces new books column x

News and research website The Conversation has launched a new books column. Deakin University research fellow Michelle Smith announced on the website that her column, which... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Random House has sold Romanian rights to The Mannequin Makers (Craig Cliff). Nonfiction—Exisle Publishing has sold World Spanish rights to Optimum Health the Paleo... Read more

RiP Marsha Mehran x

Iranian-American author Marsha Mehran has died, aged 36. HarperCollins Australia writes: ‘HarperCollins is deeply saddened to announce that Marsha Mehran, author of Pomegranate Soup and... Read more

Ditmar Awards ballot announced x

The shortlisted works for the Ditmar Awards ballot have been announced and voting has commenced. The shortlisted works include: Best novel Ink Black Magic (Tansy... Read more

Territory Read Awards, NT Literary Awards 2014 shortlists announced x

The Northern Territory Library has announced the shortlisted titles for this year’s Territory Read Awards and Northern Territory Literary Awards. The shortlisted titles in the... Read more

ABA Booksellers of the Year 2014 finalists announced

The finalists for the 2014 Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) Booksellers of the Year awards have been announced. The finalists for the Text Publishing Bookseller of... Read more

Hoy joins Murdoch Books

Murdoch Books has announced the appointment of Matt Hoy to the newly created role of sales and marketing director. Hoy joins the company from Hachette... Read more

ASA Children’s Picture Book Illustrators 2014 grants announced

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has announced the successful applicants for its Children’s Picture Book Illustrators’ Initiative. Funded by the Australia Council for the... Read more

Stoner shortlisted for British Sport Book Awards

Casey Stoner: Pushing the Limits (Casey Stoner & Matthew Roberts, Hachette Australia) has been shortlisted for the British Sports Book Awards. The title has been... Read more

HarperCollins to acquire Harlequin x

HarperCollins has agreed to acquire Harlequin for C$455 million (A$446 million), reports Publishers Weekly. The purchase still requires the approval of the US and Canadian... Read more

Arts Victoria report finds awareness of Wheeler Centre, MWF ‘relatively low’

Awareness of the Wheeler Centre and Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) is ‘relatively low’, according to a new audience survey by Arts Victoria. The report, Audience Atlas... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Nora Roberts’ The Collector (Hachette) is in first place on this week’s bestsellers chart, up from fourth place last week and ahead of last week’s number one The... Read more

Dapin shortlisted for 2014 Ondaatje Prize

Mark Dapin has been shortlisted for the 2014 Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize for his novel Spirit House (Macmillan). The £10,000 (A$18,190) prize for... Read more

Bolinda expands international audiobook range x

Bolinda is set to triple its audiobook output following an acquisitions push in the UK. Bolinda announced in April that it has acquired audiobook rights... Read more

REAL Awards 2014 shortlist announced

The shortlist for this year’s Reading & Enjoying Australian Literature (REAL) Awards, which acts as a shortlist for children’s choice book awards in the Australian... Read more

EWF 2014 program announced x

The program for this year’s Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF), to be held in Melbourne from 27 May to 6 June, has been announced. The festival... Read more

Oz, NZ writers shortlisted for 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize x

A number of Australian and New Zealand writers have been shortlisted for the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Works by Australian and New Zealand writers shortlisted... Read more

Penguin Random House NZ announces leadership restructure, Thompson appointed MD, Ferns to depart x

Penguin Random House has announced the appointment of Margaret Thompson to the newly created position of managing director of Penguin Random House New Zealand. The... Read more

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

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

PEN Literary Awards 2014 longlists announced x

The longlists for the 2014 PEN Literary Awards have been announced. Among the awards is the PEN/Robert W Bingham Prize, worth US$25,000 (A$27,000), which is presented to... Read more

Harlequin launches Mills & Boon ‘online story world’ x

Harlequin has launched an ‘online story world’ based on the ‘Chatsfield’ series of Mills & Boon titles, reports the Guardian. The online story world centres... Read more

PA Statistics Yearbook shows UK sales fell by 2% in 2013

In the UK, the Publishers Association (PA) has released its Statistics Yearbook, which shows that the invoiced value of UK publishers’ annual sales in 2013... Read more

Amazon introduces Twitter shopping cart feature

Amazon has introduced a new feature that enables customers to add items to their Amazon carts while they are on Twitter by including a hashtag in... Read more

Scribd partners with Wiley x

In the US, ebook subscription service Scribd has partnered with Wiley to add 1000 titles to the service, including the For Dummies list, reports Digital... Read more

Edgar Allan Poe Awards 2014 winners announced x

In the US, the Mystery Writers of America has announced the winners of the 2014 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, which honour ‘the best in mystery... Read more

Germany lowers audiobooks VAT to 7%, pushes for lower ebook VAT x

The German government has cut its value added tax (VAT) on audiobooks from 19% to 7%, and is campaigning to reduce the VAT on ebooks to... Read more

Best Translated Book Award 2014 winners announced x

In the US, the 2014 Best Translated Book Award for fiction has been presented to Seiobo There Below by László Krasznahorkai, translated from the Hungarian... Read more

Leckie wins 2014 Arthur C Clarke Award x

US author Ann Leckie has won the 2014 Arthur C Clarke Award for science-fiction writing for her debut novel Ancillary Justice (Orbit). Leckie’s book was... Read more

Frankfurt Book Fair announces changes to hall layout x

The Frankfurt Book Fair has announced a number of changes to its hall layout, which are designed to put English-language publishers ‘at the heart of... Read more

Bookish people on ‘Time’ list of 100 most influential x

In the US, seven bookish people are on Time magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. This year’s list includes US author Donna Tartt,... 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

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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