Weekly Book Newsletter
14 May 2014

Quote of the week x

‘We believe this to be a retrograde step by the government that we trust will be rethought as a matter of priority’—Australian Booksellers Association CEO... Read more

New appointments at Scribe

Scribe Publications has appointed a new editor and publicist to its team. Lesley Halm has been appointed editor, replacing Ian See, who has taken up... Read more

Brandl & Schlesinger celebrates 20 years x

Sydney publisher Brandl & Schlesinger is celebrating its 20th birthday this year. The anniversary is being celebrated with ‘a very strong and varied list’, which... Read more

Get Reading! defunded x

The Federal Government has announced its decision to cease funding of the Get Reading! program in the 2014-15 Budget.   ‘The Government will achieve savings... Read more

Australian Book Design Association open for membership x

The newly incorporated Australian Book Design Association (ABDA) is now open for individual memberships. Individual annual memberships cost $50, with the fee going to building... Read more

Hachette sponsors John Marsden prize for young writers

Hachette is sponsoring this year’s John Marsden prize, which is now known as the John Marsden/Hachette Australia Prize for Young Australian Writers. The prize, which... Read more

Whitsunday Voices program announced x

Whitsunday Voices Youth Literature Festival has announced the program for its three-day festival entitled Eat My Words, running from 16-19 July. Held annually in Mackay,... Read more

Australia Post to deliver on Saturdays x

Australia Post managing director and CEO Ahmed Fahour has announced that Australia Post corporate offices will open for Saturday trading from next Christmas, reports the... Read more

Five Mile launches unpublished illustrator prize x

The Five Mile Press has launched a prize for unpublished Australian illustrators with the winner to receive a publishing contract worth $4000. ‘We are offering a... Read more

Satalyte Publishing launches x

New publisher Satalyte Publishing has released 10 titles since it launched six months ago. Based in South Gippsland, the company is run by editor-in-chief Stephen C... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Maeve Binchy’s posthumously published short-story collection Chestnut Street (Hachette) has climbed from outside the top 10 last week to take first spot on this week’s bestsellers chart,... Read more

Whiskin to join WritingWA x

WritingWA has announced the appointment of Margaret Whiskin as regional engagement officer. Whiskin is currently publisher at Magabala Books. ‘Margaret has been appointed to a... Read more

Pulp Fiction is moving x

Queensland bookseller Pulp Fiction is moving. The bookseller announced in a statement on its website that it was moving its store after nearly 19 years... Read more

CBCA Victoria elects new committee x

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Victoria branch has elected a new committee at its AGM on 8 May. Mary Moore remains president. Newly... Read more

Kimberley Writers Festival postponed until 2015 x

The Kimberley Writers Festival in Western Australia has been postponed until 2015. Festival coordinator Joanne Roach said in a statement: ‘The challenge of raising sponsorship... Read more

Clunes Booktown Festival attracts 18,000 x

Around 18,000 people attended this year’s Clunes Booktown Festival on 3-4 May in the central Victorian town of Clunes. Clunes Booktown director Tess Brady told Books+Publishing that ‘highlights... Read more

EWF Monash Prize 2014 shortlist announced x

Fifteen writers from 10 universities have been shortlisted for the 2014 Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) Monash University Undergraduate Prize for Creative Writing. The shortlisted titles, along with... Read more

Sony Reader Store to close in Australia, customers to move to Kobo x

Kobo has announced that the Sony Reader Store will close on 16 August and that ‘soon after the closure’ Australian users will instead access its... Read more

Knox wins 2013 Ashurst Business Literature Prize x

Malcolm Knox has won this year’s Ashurst Business Literature Prize for his book Boom: The Underground History of Australia, from Gold Rush to GFC (Viking).... Read more

Scribe launches book club with ACF x

Scribe and the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) have partnered to offer a book club for ‘environmentally-minded book lovers’. The ACF is inviting its members to... Read more

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

New literary journal open for submissions x

New biannual literary journal Gargouille has announced it is open for submissions. Founded by Sarah Wreford and Adriane Howell, the publication seeks ‘short stories, poetry, scripts,... Read more

Canberra to hold Graham retrospective x

The Canberra Museum and Gallery will hold a retrospective exhibition of illustrator Bob Graham’s work. ‘A Bird in the Hand: a Bob Graham Retrospective’ will... Read more

HGE competition winner to feature in ‘Billie B Mystery’ book x

The winner of a new Hardie Grant Egmont competition will appear in a forthcoming ‘Billie B Mystery’ book by Sally Rippin. The competition was announced... Read more

Wilkinson wins 2014 Peter Porter poetry prize x

The Australian Book Review (ABR) has announced the winner of the 10th Peter Porter poetry prize. Jessica L Wilkinson won the prize for ‘Arrival Platform... 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

Bookseller Industry Awards winners announced x

In the UK, the winners of the Bookseller Industry Awards (BIA) have been announced, reports the Bookseller. Bookselling chain Blackwell’s won the Book Retailer of... Read more

Cross wins Little Rebels Children’s Book Award x

Gillian Cross has won the Little Rebels Children’s Book Award for radical children’s fiction for her book After Tomorrow (OUP), reports the Bookseller. Cross’ novel,... Read more

Organisations warn EU on treaty for library copyright exceptions x

International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO) has written an open letter to European Commission President José Barroso and the European Union Parliament highlighting the dangers... Read more

Hachette accuses Amazon of delaying book deliveries

Hachette US has accused Amazon of ‘discouraging’ customers from buying its books by delaying delivery, reports Publishers Weekly. According to a New York Times report published on... Read more

Publishers Association appoints new president x

In the UK, the Publishers Association has appointed Palgrave Macmillan chairman Dominic Knight as its new president, reports the Bookseller. Knight, who was previously vice-president,... Read more

Colfer named Irish children’s laureate x

‘Artemis Fowl’ author Eoin Colfer has been named as the third Laureate na nÓg, the Irish laureate for children’s literature. Colfer replaces illustrator Niamh Sharkey... Read more

Oyster adds 500 publishers to service x

In the US, ebook-subscription service Oyster has added approximately 500 publishers to its service, reports Publishers Weekly. Oyster CEO Eric Stromberg told Publishers Weekly that... Read more

Redundancies at Bertrams x

UK-based book wholesaler Bertrams has made 20 roles redundant following a drop in profits in the past six months, reports the Bookseller. The company, which... Read more

Russia bans swearing in books x

The Russian government has passed legislation banning swearing in books, films, television broadcasts and public performances, reports the Telegraph. The new law, which comes into... 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

International library news x

Organisations warn EU on treaty for library copyright exceptions International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO) has written an open letter to European Commission President... Read more

NSW library to run ‘I Hate this Book’ book club

Shoalhaven City Library in New South Wales is running a book club entitled ‘I Hate this Book’, reports the South Coast Register. According to the... Read more

Govt to consolidate back-office functions of NLA and other collecting organisations x

The Federal Government has outlined its plans to consolidate the back-office functions of Canberra-based collecting organisations including the National Library of Australia (NLA) in the... 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

Beyond books: Visual merchandising for booksellers x

Non-book items can improve customers’ in-store experience and offer tempting financial benefits for booksellers, but planning and visual merchandising are critical. Richard Harling, retail consultant... 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

Holly Childs’ ‘No Limit’ x

Ash’s flight out of Auckland is grounded by an erupting volcano, so she heads back into the city. With her new friends, she visits the... 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

Macmillan Education distribution changes x

Agency: Macmillan Education AustraliaISBN Prefix: VariousOld Distributor: Macmillan Distribution ServicesNew Distributor: United Book DistributorsChangeover date: 01/07/14Returns cutoff: 01/07/14

Inbooks to cease distribution for EWEB x

Agency: EWEB (East-West Export Books)ISBN Prefix: VariousOld Distributor: InbooksNew Distributor: N/AChangeover date: 30/06/14Returns cutoff: 30/06/14               

Whiskin joins WritingWA x

Margaret Whiskin has been appointed regional engagement officer at WritingWA, beginning in early June. Whiskin is currently publisher at Magabala Books. (See news.)

New appointments at Scribe x

Lesley Halm has been appointed editor at Scribe Publications, replacing Ian See, who has taken up a position as editor at the University of Queensland... Read more

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

Society of Editors (NSW): Online editing and web strategy x

Libby Varcoe, director of write-minded Pty Ltd, will lead a workshop offering practical skills to be able to prepare, edit and critique content in the... Read more

APA: Last chance to book ABIA tickets x

The Australian Publishers Association announces that this is the last chance to book tickets to the Australian Book Industry Awards dinner, taking place on Friday 23 May at Sydney’s... Read more

Attention Publishers and Distributors x

Problem reducing fixed costs and wishing to increase your Victorian sales? The solution may be to engage the services of freelance sales agent Maurice Peters... Read more

Halm joins Scribe x

Lesley Halm has been appointed an editor at Scribe. Lesley is currently Island magazine’s editorial assistant and online editor. She was guest editor of a... Read more

Inbooks to cease distribution for EWEB x

Inbooks would like to advise customers that we will cease distribution for EWEB (East-West Export Books) on 30th June. Customer returns will be accepted by... Read more

Macmillan Education Distribution changes x

Please be advised that as a result of the closure of Macmillan Distribution Services, Macmillan Education Australia will be moving distribution to United Book Distributors... Read more

Scribe to Release Michael Jackson Biography x

Remember the Time: protecting Michael Jackson in his final days, by Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard with Tanner Colby, will be released simultaneously in Australia,... Read more

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