Weekly Book Newsletter
21 May 2014

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
 

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 9780522858426
    Print RRP $44.99
  • Australian Notebooks by Betty Churcher (2014) is now reprinting and will be back in stock on 23 June 2014
    Australian Notebooks: ISBN 9780522864199
    Print RRP $44.99
  • Dangerous Allies by Malcolm Fraser (2014) is now reprinting and will back in stock from 26 May 2014. The RRP has decreased to $49.99
    Dangerous Allies: ISBN 9780522862652
    Print RRP $49.99

 

Booksellers order now with RHA 1800 222 444

 

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

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

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