Weekly Book Newsletter
4 June 2014

‘Packed sessions’ at inaugural Melbourne Jewish Writers Festival x

A sell-out crowd of 500 attended the opening night of the inaugural Melbourne Jewish Writers Festival, which ran from 31 May to 2 June at... Read more

Wyld, Catton shortlisted for Encore Award x

Books by Australian author Evie Wyld and New Zealand author Eleanor Catton have been shortlisted for the 2013 Encore Award for second novels. Wyld’s All... Read more

Quote of the week

‘The politicisation of this award means that the award’s integrity has been seriously damaged’—Morry Schwarz and Chris Feik of Black Inc. on the PMLA nonfiction... Read more

Barrowman receives NZ Order of Merit x

Fergus Barrowman, publisher at Victoria University Press in Wellington, has been named a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to... Read more

Cappelluto to head new HarperCollins Children’s Books division x

HarperCollins has announced the appointment of Cristina Cappelluto to the newly created position of children’s publishing director. Cappelluto, who will report to HarperCollins CEO James... Read more

Heffernan-Smith to head new digital marketing team at HarperCollins x

HarperCollins has announced the creation of a new digital business team within its marketing communications division. ‘The team’s task will be to grow digital revenue... Read more

Strong attendance at inaugural Aus, NZ festival of literature and arts, James tops bestseller list x

Attendance at the inaugural Australian and New Zealand Literature and Arts Festival, which ran from 29 May to 1 June at Kings College in London,... Read more

Black Inc. says integrity of PMLAs ‘seriously damaged’, calls for list of entries to be published

Black Inc. has called on the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards to publish a list of all entries submitted for the award for nonfiction. In a... Read more

Kibble and Dobbie awards 2014 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the Kibble and Dobbie Literary Awards have been announced. The titles shortlisted for the $30,000 Kibble Literary Award, which recognises the work... Read more

Rights round-up x

SalesFiction—HarperCollins has sold Polish rights to Destined to Fly (Indigo Bloome). Random House has sold German rights to The Infinite Air (Fiona Kidman) and Drowning... Read more

RiP Maya Angelou x

American writer and activist Maya Angelou has died, aged 86. Virago Publisher Lennie Goodings writes: ‘Virago is saddened by the death of Maya Angelou, one... Read more

Hart wins ‘Overland’/Melbourne Uni Indigenous writers’ prize x

Jessica Hart has won the inaugural Nakata Brophy Short Fiction and Poetry Prize for Young Indigenous Writers, administered by Overland and Trinity College at the... Read more

Territory Read Awards, NT Literary Awards 2014 winners announced

The winners of this year’s Territory Read Awards and Northern Territory Literary Awards have been announced. The winners in the Territory Read Awards are: Chief... Read more

Wheeler Centre launches ‘#discuss’ campaign

The Wheeler Centre in Melbourne is running a campaign to encourage public conversation that is ‘part street art and part New Yorker-style caption contest’. Under the... Read more

Seizure Viva La Novella competition winners announced

The four winning novellas in the 2014 Seizure Viva La Novella competition have been announced. Sideshow by Nicole Smith, The Other Shore by Hoa Pham,... Read more

SA Writers Centre to hold romance writers festival

The SA Writers Centre in Adelaide will hold a romance writers festival from 14 to 15 June. ‘Weekend Romance: A Fair to Remember’ will feature... Read more

Fourth Estate acquires Australian debut

HarperCollins Australia has announced the acquisition of a debut novel by Australian writer Sandra Leigh Price. HarperCollins acquired ANZ rights to A Tabernacle for the Birds... Read more

Brisbane Writers Festival schools program released x

The Brisbane Writers Festival has released its schools program for this year’s festival, which runs from 3 to 7 September. Among the guests at this... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

The standard and film tie-in editions of The Fault in Our Stars (John Green, Penguin) are in first and second spot respectively on this week’s... Read more

Australia Council reports finds Australians ‘reading more often’

‘More Australians are reading, and they are reading more often,’ according to a new survey of arts participation by the Australia Council. While the report... Read more

Writers Bloc appoints Tobin, announces expansion plans x

Writers Bloc has announced the appointment of Patricia Tobin as social media manager. Tobin joins founder Geoff Orton, online editor Sam van Zweden, reviews editor... Read more

Boomerang partners with bloggers

Online bookstore Boomerang Books has partnered with a number of bloggers to boost traffic to its website. The store, which is co-owned by Pages &... Read more

Holland-Batt appointed poetry editor at ‘Island’

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

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

Radio National launches ‘storytelling’ program, ‘White Paper’ focus on writing x

ABC Radio National has launched a new program it describes as ‘storytelling served with a twist’. Radiotonic, which launched on Sunday 1 June, is a... Read more

Craig and Smith appointed to the MWF board x

The Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) has announced the appointment of Jill Craig and Jane Smith to the MWF board. Craig is currently group general manager,... 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

Penguin Random House releases new logo

Penguin Random House has released its new logo, reports Publishers Weekly. According to a statement from Penguin Random House, the new logo ‘underscores the importance... Read more

Forward Prizes 2014 shortlists announced x

In the UK, the shortlists for the 2014 Forward Prizes for poetry have been announced. The books shortlisted for the £10,000 (A$18,115) prize for Best... Read more

Next Big Book wins Book Expo Startup Challenge x

US-based start-up Next Big Book has won the inaugural Book Expo Startup Challenge at Book Expo America, reports Digital Book World. One of 18 start-ups... Read more

Hachette US responds to Amazon statement x

Hachette US has responded to Amazon’s statement about the companies’ dispute over sales terms, reports Digital Book World. The publisher has criticised Amazon for considering... Read more

‘Kirkus’ announces new literary prizes x

US publication Kirkus Reviews has created three new annual literary prizes, reports the New York Times. The US$50,000 (A$53,685) prizes will be awarded in fiction,... Read more

Amazon comments on dispute with Hachette US

Amazon has released a statement about its dispute over sales terms with Hachette US. In the statement, Amazon confirmed it is buying less print stock from Hachette and is... Read more

Frankfurt Book Fair relaunches magazine x

The Frankfurt Book Fair has relaunched its magazine with ‘a shortened name and a fresh layout’. The Frankfurt Quarterly, previously known as the Frankfurt Academy Quarterly,... 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

International library news x

New York Public Library renovation project to cost US$300 million In the US, the New York Public Library (NYPL)’s renovation project is expected to cost... Read more

Melbourne’s Dockland library receives first six-star Green Star rating for a public building x

The Library at the Dock in Melbourne’s Docklands, which opened to the public on 31 May, has received Australia’s first six-star Green Star rating for... Read more

Victorian public libraries receive funding in government grants program x

Victorian public libraries will share in $350,000 worth of funding from the latest round of the Victorian government’s Local History Grants Program. Libraries to receive... 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

A touch of magic: Enchanted by Books owner Laura Nardo on establishing a children’s bookstore x

In 2010, Laura Nardo opened a children’s bookshop in the western suburbs of Melbourne. A few months later she moved to a busier and more expensive... 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

Malcolm Fraser’s ‘Dangerous Allies’ x

Former prime minister Malcolm Fraser argues that for too long Australia has relied on what he terms ‘strategic dependence’. Rather than set our own course... 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

Dennis Jones & Associates to distribute Puncher & Wattman x

Agency: Puncher & WattmannISBN Prefix: VariousOld Distributor: InbooksNew Distributor: Dennis Jones & AssociatesChangeover date: 30/06/14Returns cutoff: 30/06/14              

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

Moves at HarperCollins x

HarperCollins has announced Gemene Heffernan-Smith will lead its new digital marketing team as head of digital business and development. It has also announced the appointment of Cristina... Read more

Writers Bloc appoints Tobin x

Writers Bloc has announced the appointment of Patricia Tobin as social media manager.

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

Australian Book Design Awards: call for entries

The newly formed Australian Book Designers Association (ABDA) is calling for entries to the 62nd Australian Book Design Awards 2014. The winners will be announced... Read more

Entries open for the Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers x

Entries for the Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers are now open. This developmental award, run in conjunction with Express Media, is open to writers... Read more

Nominations open for 2014 Dromkeen Medal and Librarian’s Award x

Nominations are now open for the 2014 Dromkeen Medal and Librarian’s Award. The Dromkeen Medal is bestowed annually in recognition of outstanding contributions to Australian... Read more

Macmillan Distribution Reminder x

Macmillan Distribution Services Reminder Macmillan Distribution Services will be closing on the 27th of June 2014. Macmillan Education Australia and Palgrave Macmillan will be moving... Read more

HarperCollins announces new children’s division, HarperCollins Children’s Books x

HarperCollins has announced a new, fully integrated Children’s division, HarperCollins Children’s Books, which will mirror the divisional structure of the Children’s teams in both the... Read more

‘Coleman: The Untold Story of an AFL Legend’. Doug Ackerly H/C $49.99 ISBN 9780646917047. x

National massive media has supported the release of Coleman: The Untold Story of an AFL Legend by Doug Ackerly and is expected to continue into... Read more

Inbooks to cease distribution for Puncher & Wattmann x

Inbooks would like to advise customers that we will cease distribution for Puncher & Wattmann on 30th June. Customer returns will be accepted by Inbooks... Read more

HarperCollins announces new digital team x

HarperCollins has announced a new Digital Business team within the Marketing Communications area. The team’s task will be to grow digital revenue through the development... Read more

HarperCollins acquires debut novel by Australian writer Sandra Leigh Price x

HarperCollins Australia is thrilled to announce the acquisition of the debut novel by Australian writer Sandra Leigh Price, A Tabernacle for the Birds, in a... Read more

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