Weekly Book Newsletter
28 May 2014

Quote of the week x

‘Consuming Australian culture is the best response to a deplorable budget’—Adam Ouston reflects on the community response to the arts budget cuts in an article in... Read more

Exisle to represent Callisto Media x

Exisle has announced that it will represent US publisher Callisto Media in Australia and New Zealand. The deal comprises Callisto Media’s 14 imprints, including Rockridge... Read more

‘National treasures’ celebrated at CBCA conference

The 2014 CBCA National Conference was held in Canberra from 16-18 May under the theme ‘National Treasures’. Sharon Hayes, resource centre manager at Marian College... Read more

Penguin Random House hosts inaugural book bloggers forum x

Penguin Random House hosted its inaugural National Book Bloggers Forum on 20 May. Sydney-based journalist, reviewer and book blogger Paula Grunseit reports: Around 40 book... Read more

Allinson wins 2014 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for unpublished manuscript x

Melbourne writer, artist and Readings bookseller Miles Allinson has won the 2014 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript. Allinson was announced as the... Read more

Melbourne City of Literature Office to open x

A UNESCO City of Literature Office will open in Melbourne in June. Victorian Arts Minister Heidi Victoria announced the news at the launch of the... Read more

EWF Monash Prize 2014 winners announced x

The winners of the 2014 Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) Monash University Undergraduate Prize for Creative Writing have been announced. The first prize, worth $4000, was awarded to UNSW student... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Allen & Unwin has sold French rights to Requiem for a Species (Clive Hamilton); US English Language rights to No Goodbyes (Barry Eaton); UK... Read more

HarperCollins launches ‘direct to digital’ Impulse imprint x

HarperCollins Australia has launched a new ‘direct to digital’ imprint. Harper Impulse will publish ‘fun, fast-paced reads in all commercial genres from epic fantasy to... Read more

New location for Lesley McKay’s Bookshop

Lesley McKay’s Bookshop has moved to a new location in Woollahra, Sydney, after initially announcing plans to close. Owner Lesley McKay told Books+Publishing she was... Read more

HarperCollins signs three-book deal with bestselling self-published author

HarperCollins has signed a three-book deal with self-published Perth author Lili St. Germain. St. Germain’s self-published ‘Seven Sons’ series—a ‘dark romance set in the outlaw world... Read more

Arts Tasmania funds book printing through ‘Crowbar’ initiative x

Arts Tasmania will contribute $800 to the publication of illustrator and author Sarah Strong’s next book The Boobook’s Nook, after the author exceeded her target... Read more

Box office and books sales up at SWF 2014; Solomon the top seller

The sun shone particularly brightly at this year’s Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF), which ran from 19-25 May, with the warm weather matched by strong box... Read more

Bloomsbury Australia revenue up 14% x

Bloomsbury Australia’s revenue is up 14% for the year ended 28 February 2014. Bloomsbury Australia recorded revenue of £6.365 million (A$11.58 million), up from £5.583... Read more

Affirm to publish Gilchrist autobiography

Affirm Press has acquired the rights to publish former Australian cricketer Adam Gilchrist’s illustrated autobiography. The self-titled book, which follows Gilchrist’s 2008 autobiography True Colours... Read more

Kent, Griffiths win inaugural ABIA/Booktopia People’s Choice Awards

Booktopia has announced the winners of the inaugural Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA)/Booktopia People’s Choice Award. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent (Picador) won the adult... Read more

PM’s Literary Awards 2014 judging panels announced x

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has confirmed that the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards (PMLAs) will continue to be Australia’s richest literary prizes. Abbott made the announcement at... Read more

Text and Pan Macmillan scoop 2014 ABIAs x

The winners of the 2014 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) were announced in Sydney on Friday 23 May. It was a particularly successful night for... Read more

‘SMH’ 2014 Best Young Novelists announced

The winners of this year’s Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) Best Young Australian Novelists Awards were announced at the Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF) on 23 May. The... Read more

Parv and Wheatley awarded 2014 ASA Medal x

Valerie Parv and Nadia Wheatley have been jointly awarded the Australian Society of Authors (ASA) Medal. Parv, a romance writer, and Wheatley, who has written... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Minecraft: The Official Combat Handbook (Egmont), a guide to the popular computer game, is in first spot on this week’s bestsellers chart, up from fifth... Read more

Ley wins 2014 Pascall Prize x

The 2014 Pascall Prize for critical writing has been awarded to literary critic and Sydney Review of Books founding editor James Ley. Ley was awarded the $15,000... 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, Brown... Read more

The Victorian Government Bookshop to close x

The Victorian Government Bookshop in Melbourne will close on 30 June after 28 years due to ‘insufficient demand’ for physical stock. The Victorian Department of... Read more

Harrland wins 2014 Finch Memoir Prize x

Karen Harrland has won the 2014 Finch Memoir Prize for her entry Spinifex Baby. The memoir tells the story of Harrland’s year in the Simpson... 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... Read more

NSW Writers’ Centre announces Kids & YA Festival x

The NSW Writers’ Centre has announced that it will hold a Kids & YA Festival on 28 June. The Kids & YA Festival will include... Read more

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

Miller receives Melbourne Uni lifetime achievement award x

Alex Miller was presented in May with the University of Melbourne Faculty of Arts Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is given to ‘an individual who... Read more

‘Sydney Review of Books’ expands newsletter x

The Sydney Review of Books has launched an expanded newsletter, which includes a weekly round-up of literary news and events. Editor James Ley told Books+Publishing... Read more

New Tasmanian literary journal launched

Tasmania-based Walleah Press publisher Ralph Wessman and writer Jane Williams have launched a new online-only literary journal. The first issue of Communion is online now... 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

Bonnier Publishing launches US children’s imprint little bee books x

UK-based, Swedish-owned Bonnier Publishing has launched a US children’s imprint called little bee books, reports Publishers Weekly. Distributed by Simon & Schuster in the US and Canada,... Read more

Kobo to begin featuring book reviews x

Kobo has announced that it will begin featuring book reviews ‘in the near future’. ‘Customers will be able to write reviews and choose star ratings... Read more

Foyles launches literary tours x

UK bookselling chain Foyles will run literary tours to international and UK destinations from mid-2014, reports the Bookseller. The first international tour will be a... Read more

Amazon removes pre-order button on Hachette US titles x

Amazon has increased its pressure on Hachette US in its dispute over sales terms by removing the pre-order button on a number of forthcoming titles, reports the Bookseller. As... Read more

Blasim wins 2014 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize x

In the UK, Iraqi author Hassan Blasim has won the 2014 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for his short-story collection The Iraqi Christ, translated by Jonathan... Read more

Hachette launches ‘social selling’ campaign x

In the UK, Hachette will launch a number of ‘social selling’ campaigns across its divisions, reports the Bookseller. The publisher is teaming up with social... Read more

S&S to offer backlist ebooks through Oyster and Scribd x

In the US, a new deal will see Simon & Schuster make its backlist ebooks available to Oyster and Scribd subscribers, reports Publishers Weekly. Under... 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

In brief x

Thousands participate in National Simultaneous Storytime Over 460,000 participants in 3100 libraries, schools and childcare centres took part in National Simultaneous Storytime at 11am on... Read more

Melbourne’s Dockland library to hold grand opening x

The City of Melbourne will hold a grand opening for The Library at the Dock in Melbourne’s Docklands on 31 May. The event will showcase the... Read more

ALIA releases library trends reports x

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has released a series of reports into the future of the Australian library and information sector. The reports... 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

Comments from abroad: Pintado, Chambers and McDonald on children’s publishing x

How does the children’s and YA book market in Australia compare with those overseas? Three children’s books experts—Marisa Pintado from Hardie Grant Egmont, Susannah Chambers... 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

Angela Meyer’s ‘Captives’ x

In her first book of fiction, writer and literary journalist Angela Meyer demonstrates her gift for painting vivid pictures with a few adroit, restrained brush strokes. ‘Few’... 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

Exisle to distribute Callisto Media x

Publisher: Callisto Media (including Rockridge Press,Mendocino Press, Hayward Press and Drakes Press)ISBN prefix: 978-0-615-59880-2; 978-1-62315; 978-1-939754Old distributor: noneNew distributor: ExisleChangeover date: 31/05/14

Holland-Batt appointed poetry editor at ‘Island’ x

Sarah Holland-Batt has been appointed poetry editor at Island. Holland-Batt is a lecturer in creative writing and literary studies at Queensland University of Technology and... 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

Society of Editors (NSW): blurbs and publicity workshop x

The Society of Editors (NSW) will hold a professional development workshop on 21 June with freelance editor Susan Keogh on writing effective blurbs and publicity material. Keogh will... Read more

Self-published author Lili St Germain signs global deal with HarperCollins x

HarperCollins is delighted to announce a three-book deal with bestselling author Lili St. Germain. Lili, a Perth-based mother who started writing fiction on maternity leave,... Read more

Hillary Clinton memoir published 10th June 2014 x

Hillary Clinton’s memoir, Hard Choices, is published globally on 10/6/14. Hard Choices is Hillary Clinton’s personal chronicle of her years at the centre of world... Read more

Bloomsbury congratulates James Ley x

Bloomsbury would like to congratulate James Ley, winner of the 2014 Pascall Prize for Criticism, awarded at the Sydney Writers’ Festival last Friday. James’s literary... Read more

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