Weekly Book Newsletter
21 May 2014

Quote of the week x

‘It’s our objective and I believe it’s also our duty to instil confidence in our industry and see our physical bookseller footprint maintained for many... Read more

Marianne de Pierres series to become interactive game x

West Australian game developer Stirfire Studios has optioned Marianne de Pierres’ ‘Peacemaker’ series (Angry Robot) for adaptation as an interactive game. The series, which launched... Read more

Over 70 booksellers attend 2014 Leading Edge Books conference x

Over 70 independent booksellers from across Australia attended this year’s Leading Edge Book conference, which was held in Melbourne from 16-18 May. ‘New bookshop owners,... Read more

Kaplan, Micallef inform and entertain at 2014 ABA conference x

More than 400 booksellers, suppliers and trade exhibitors attended this year’s Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) conference, which was held in Melbourne from 18-19 May. ABA... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction—Black Inc. has sold Korean rights to The China Choice: Why America Should Share Power (Hugh White). Exisle Publishing has sold Lithuanian rights to... Read more

MWF 2014 schools program released x

The Melbourne Writers Festival has released its schools program for 2014. Among the guests at this year’s festival, which runs from 25 to 29 August,... Read more

Shortlist for 2014 Vic Prem’s unpublished manuscript award announced

The shortlist for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Fever of Animals (Miles Allinson) Our... Read more

Hermanoczki wins inaugural Affirm Press Creative Writing Prize x

Affirm Press has announced the winner of its inaugural Affirm Press Creative Writing Prize, presented in association with the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Arts.... Read more

Authors denounce arts budget cuts in open letter to PM x

Authors including Michelle de Kretser, Christos Tsiolkas and Anna Funder and other members of Australia’s literary community have written an open letter to the prime... Read more

Winterson to headline 2014 Byron Bay Writers’ Festival x

The Byron Bay Writers’ Festival has announced that Jeanette Winterson will deliver the keynote address at this year’s event. ‘Winterson is travelling to Australia in August for... Read more

C K Stead wins 2014 Sarah Broom Poetry Prize x

New Zealand writer C K Stead has won the inaugural Sarah Broom Poetry Prize. Stead was announced as the winner of the prize, which is... Read more

Maloney a ‘Saturday Paper’ pseudonymous reviewer x

Shane Maloney has ‘off-handedly outed himself’ as one of the pseudonymous reviewers on the Saturday Paper, reports the Wheeler Centre. In a blog post on... Read more

Auckland Writers Festival reports 45% increase in ticket sales x

The Auckland Writers Festival has reported a ‘45% increase in ticket sales compared to last year’ for the 2014 festival, which finished on Sunday evening.... Read more

‘Good Reading’ launches ‘PK Mag’ x

Good Reading has launched a new digital-only magazine for primary school aged children. Called PK Mag, the bimonthly publication aims to ‘provide students with an... Read more

‘Questions of Travel’ wins Book of the Year at NSW Premier’s Literary Awards

Michelle de Kretser’s Questions of Travel (A&U) has been named Book of the Year at the 2014 New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards, presented in... Read more

eOne opens Australian office to manage Peppa Pig x

Entertainment One Licensing (eOne) is opening an office in Melbourne, Australia. The Bookseller reports that the consumer brand licence company is opening an Australian office... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Maeve Binchy’s Chestnut Street (Hachette) is in first spot on this week’s bestsellers chart for the second week in a row, ahead of Minecraft: The... Read more

Collins appointed to SWF board x

The Sydney Writers’ Festival has announced the appointment of Peter Collins to the festival’s board of directors. Collins joins board directors Deena Shiff (chair), Lena... Read more

‘Burial Rites’ book of the year at 2014 ABA awards, bookseller awards announced x

The winners of the 2014 Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) Booksellers of the Year awards have been announced. Jenny Barry from Books Plus in Bathurst, NSW,... Read more

A&U publisher of the year for fifth year at 2014 Leading Edge Books conference x

A number of awards were presented at this year’s Leading Edge Books conference in Melbourne on 17 May. Allen & Unwin was named Publisher of... Read more

Memoir ‘How to be Happy’ wins 2014 Text Prize x

This year’s $10,000 Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing has been awarded to a memoir for the first time since the prize was... Read more

Bolinda to distribute BBC titles in Australia, NZ x

Bolinda has partnered with BBC Worldwide for the sales and distribution of BBC-branded audiobook CDs within Australia and New Zealand. The agreement is for the... Read more

Gleebooks to acquire Shearer’s school business x

Tony and Barbara Horgan have agreed to sell the Shearer’s Bookshop school business and website to Gleebooks. Gleebooks co-owner David Gaunt told Books+Publishing his store... Read more

Treloar wins regional prize in 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize x

Australian author Lucy Treloar is the Pacific regional winner of this year’s Commonwealth Short Story Prize for her story ‘The Dog and the Sea’. Treloar’s... Read more

Miles Franklin 2014 shortlist announced

The shortlist for this year’s Miles Franklin Literary Award has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Richard Flanagan,... Read more

Sleepers signs first memoir x

Sleepers Publishing has made its first nonfiction acquisition with a memoir from editor Paul Dalgarno. Publisher Louise Swinn told Books+Publishing that Sleepers was ‘thrilled’ to... 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,... Read more

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

Death in July festival to run in Ballarat x

The inaugural Death in July festival for Australian women’s crime writing will be held at the Museum of Australian Democracy in Ballarat, Victoria from 4-5... Read more

Alison Wong selected for writers’ exchange in China x

Author and poet Alison Wong will take part in an inaugural writers’ exchange in China this year, reports Booksellers NZ. Wong, a New Zealand writer... Read more

Auckland mayor announces new writers’ grant worth NZ$10,000 x

Auckland mayor Len Brown has announced a new writers’ grant worth NZ$10,000 (A$9266) per year, reports Scoop. Speaking at the Auckland Writers Festival on 15 May,... Read more

NZ author wins Jim Baen contest x

New Zealand author Sean Monaghan has won the 2014 Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest for his short story ‘Low Arc’. The award, which is presented in... Read more

NSW Writers’ Centre announces Kids & YA Festival x

The NSW Writers’ Centre will hold a Kids & YA Festival on 28 June with panels, workshops and discussions on children’s writing and publishing, to be... 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

Orion Book Award winners announced x

US environmental magazine Orion has announced the winners of the Orion Book Award, presented annually to books that ‘deepen the reader’s connection to the natural... Read more

Authors Alliance launches in the US x

In the US, the Authors Alliance has officially launched as an advocacy body to help authors increase public access to their works that are ‘out-of-print,... Read more

OverDrive to distribute Smashwords titles x

Ebook provider OverDrive will distribute titles from self-publishing platform Smashwords, reports Publishers Weekly. As part of a new deal, OverDrive will distribute more than 200,000... Read more

Ondaatje Prize winner announced x

In the UK, the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize has been awarded to This Boy by Alan Johnson (Bantam), reports the Bookseller. The £10,000 (A$18,200) prize... Read more

Pan Macmillan to launch new nonfiction imprint x

In the UK, Pan Macmillan will launch a new nonfiction imprint specialising in ‘parenting, inspirational memoir, wellness and self-realisation, including cookery, business books and self-help’,... Read more

Penguin Random House US creates consumer marketing unit x

In the US, Penguin Random House (PRH) has created a consumer marketing development and operations group, reports Publishers Weekly. The newly named senior vice president... Read more

INscribe launches ebook tracking software x

US ebook distributor INscribe Digital has launched a product called INstore that allows publishers to track the real-time availability of their ebooks at major ebook... Read more

BBC expands books coverage x

The BBC is expanding its website to include more coverage of books in a dedicated books section called ‘Books at the BBC’, reports the Bookseller. The... Read more

Phoenix Media to acquire children’s division of PIL x

Chinese publisher Phoenix Media is set to acquire Publications International Ltd (PIL)’s children’s division for US$80 million (A$85.5 million), reports Publishers Weekly. The purchase, which... Read more

The Book People launches international delivery x

UK retailer The Book People has launched an international delivery service, reports the Bookseller. The Book People now delivers to customers in Australia, New Zealand, the... Read more

Hugo Awards nominees criticise Orbit for ebooks decision x

In the UK, three authors nominated for this year’s Hugo Awards for science-fiction have criticised their publisher Orbit for not allowing their whole books to... 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

International library news x

OverDrive to distribute Smashwords titles In the US, ebook provider OverDrive will distribute titles from self-publishing platform Smashwords, reports Publishers Weekly. As part of a... Read more

Australia’s Favourite Library competition winners announced x

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has announced the winners of the Australia’s Favourite Library competition. Sandringham Library in Victoria was named the overall... 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

Bookseller entrepreneur: Mitchell Kaplan x

Bookshop owner and former president of the American Bookseller’s Association Mitchell Kaplan gave the keynote speech at this year’s Australian Bookseller’s Association conference in Melbourne.... 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

Craig Sherborne’s ‘Tree Palace’ x

Set in the Wimmera Mallee in Victoria’s north-west, award-winning author Craig Sherborne’s second novel Tree Palace is about a group of street smart survivors living on society’s... 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

Collins appointed to SWF board x

The Sydney Writers’ Festival has appointed Peter Collins to the festival’s board of directors. In a statement announcing Collins’ appointment, the festival said Peter Shergold... 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

Australian Book Designers Association open for membership x

The newly-formed Australian Book Designers Association (ABDA) is now open for individual and company membership. ABDA exists to support Australian book designers, including hosting the... Read more

Society of Editors (NSW): Do self published books need editors? x

Author Patty Jansen leads a discussion on the role of the editor in self-publishing, and asks do self published books benefit from structural analysis, copyediting... Read more

MUP titles back in stock x

MUP would like to advise booksellers that due to popular demand: Notebooks by Betty Churcher (2011) has been reprinted and is back in stock   Notebooks: ISBN... Read more

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