Weekly Book Newsletter
14 May 2014

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
 

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
 

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 at Bookknight agencies. Mob. 0417 725 553 or email mauricepeters@bookknight.com.au

 

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 special edition of Review of Australian Fiction, is co-creator and convenor of an emerging writers’ group in Tasmania, and has worked at Fuller’s Bookshop in Hobart for the past four years. Lesley, who will begin in the role on Monday 2 June, replaces Ian See, who has taken up a position as editor at UQP.

 

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 Inbooks until 30th June. To obtain a list of EWEB presses please contact Inbooks on 02 8988 5082 or orders@inbooks.com.au. From 1st July 2014, EWEB enquiries and orders can be directed to EWEB Manager, Royden Muranaka: royden@hawaii.edu or Fax: 808-988-6052.

 

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 effective 1 July 2014. This includes locally published titles, Macmillan ELT and any other distributed titles. Please send orders and return requests to UBD from 1 July 2014.

 

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, the UK, and the US on 3 June 2014. A first-hand account of Michael Jackson’s last two-and-a-half years by the only two men trusted to be by his side, Remember the Time reveals what really happened to the King of Pop. Major local and international media coverage will occur upon publication.

ISBN: 9781925106268, Scribe $32.99, Order from UBD: 1300 135 113

 

HarperCollins UK wins Best Children’s Publisher of the Year x

HarperCollins UK’s Children’s Books team capped a year of stellar publishing by being named Children’s Publisher of the Year at the glittering Bookseller Industry Awards in London on Monday night. This team has dominated the bestseller lists with a raft of impressive books including Veronica Roth’s Divergent series, David Walliams’ Demon Dentist, Derek Landy’s Last Stand of Dead Men and Lauren Child’s Ruby Redfort series (to name just a few).

Cristina Cappelluto, Head of Children’s Publishing at HarperCollins Children’s Books, Australia, says: ‘We heartily congratulate our UK colleagues. This tremendous recognition acknowledges their excellence and commitment to our authors (both established and new) and is a result that we’re very proud of. It also further reinforces the brilliant results that HarperCollins Children’s Books is achieving for its authors worldwide, and happily, the future continues to look very bright for us all.’

 

Call for nominations: Honours of the Library Council of NSW x

The State Library of NSW is calling for nominations for the Honours of the Library Council of New South Wales. Click here.

These new awards aim to recognise distinguished individuals who contribute to the cultural enrichment of Australia through library and information excellence. Nominations close on Friday 6 June 2014.

 

‘Bully for Them’ Reprint x

Affirm Press have reprinted Bully for Them (ISBN 9781922213198). Bully for Them is an important and unique source of support for anyone being picked on at school. Stock is available now from Random House Australia:
Ph: 1800 222 444 Email: orders@randomhouse.com.au

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

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