Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
4 June 2014

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

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

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

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 to UBD effective 1st of July.

Please note no credits for Taylor & Francis returns will be issued after the 27th of June.


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 US and the UK. The new division will include publishing, education, marketing communications and publicity roles. It will be led by Cristina Cappelluto, in the new position of Children’s Publishing Director, reporting directly to HarperCollins’ CEO, James Kellow.

Cristina has worked for HarperCollins for 18 years, almost entirely on the Children’s business. Cristina says, “I am extremely fortunate to be surrounded by colleagues who are as passionate about children’s publishing as I am, and it will be a real privilege to lead this broader team. Our common passion and commitment has been the driving force behind the wonderful results we’ve achieved in recent times, and this new structure equips us to build an even brighter future for our authors and their books.”

Shona Martyn, HarperCollins’ Publishing Director, said "I am thrilled to see Cristina take on this significant new leadership responsibility. I am confident that she will lead her team to even greater heights in this, the hottest category in publishing.”


‘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 the coming weeks.

Key features include 9 Network The Footy Show, ABC TV News 24 and 7.30, Radio 3AW, SEN, Triple M plus Sunday Herald Sun, The Age, Fox Footy, AFL Record, NSW, SA, Qld, WA, and Tasmanian local radio, press and numerous regional papers.

Stock is currently available through AFN Fishing, Sport & Outdoors, Ph 03 9729 8788, Fax 03 9729 7833, sales@afn.com.au


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 until 30th June. From 1st July 2014, Puncher & Wattmann will be distributed by Dennis Jones & Associates. 


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 of existing partnerships, new channels and models, direct consumer communications and e-book pricing strategies. The Digital Business team will be led by Gemene Heffernan-Smith, in the role of Head of Digital Business and Development. Reporting into Gemene will be Anna Lamb, as Pricing Analyst, Mark Curnow as Digital Assets Executive and the new role of Digital Marketing Manager.

Gemene said that she was “thrilled to be given this opportunity to further grow our digital business. It is a privilege to be leading a dedicated team that will ensure our authors and their fabulous books are given the best opportunities in the digital world”. Gemene will report to Simon Milne as Marketing, Digital and Communications Director. Simon said “I am very excited to be working with Gemene and her team as we move into the next phase of our digital growth – launching our new web site, developing new digital partnerships, talking to more of our customers online and extending our digital reach”.


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 two-book deal for ANZ rights with the Blake Friedmann Literary Agency.

It is 1929 when three people find themselves washed up on the steps of Miss Du Maurier’s bohemian boarding house in Sydney. Ari is a young Jewish man, a pogrom orphan who lives under the stern rule of his rabbi uncle, while dreaming his father is Houdini. Upon his hand he bears the forbidden mark – a tattoo – and has a secret ambition to be a magician. He finds an injured parrot and is unsure of how to care for it, until he meets Lily, a girl after his own abracadabra heart.  But the wild card in the pack is Billy, who harbours secrets desires of his own…

Catherine Milne, Publisher of Fourth Estate, says ‘I am thrilled to be publishing this book. This is a stunningly original novel which has will appeal to all readers of The Night Circus – imagine if you will Oscar and Lucinda, but told through a dark Tim Burton-esque lens. This is genuinely exciting writing.’

A Tabernacle for the Birds will be published by Fourth Estate in April 2015.


Transfer of Quercus titles to Hachette Australia and Hachette New Zealand x

Important announcement on behalf of: 

  • Hachette Australia
  • Hachette New Zealand
  • Pan Macmillan Australia & New Zealand
  • Quercus Group


This is an important announcement regarding the transfer of Quercus titles to Hachette Australia (HA), and Hachette New Zealand (HNZ).

Following the acquisition of Quercus by Hachette, HA and HNZ will be taking on the sales, marketing and distribution of the Quercus list, with effect from 4th August 2014. The arrangements concerning the transfer are as follows:

  • Imprints affected are:
    • Quercus Fiction
    • Quercus Non Fiction
    • Quercus Children’s
    • MacLehose Press
    • Heron Books
    • Jo Fletcher Books  


  • There will be no physical transfer of stock as Pan Macmillan (PM), HA and HNZ all distribute from Alliance Distribution Services (ADS).  As a result, stock will be available immediately during the first week of August 2014.


  • Outstanding back orders for customers, placed with PM, will be maintained by ADS, and supplied at Hachette terms, unless customers advise ADS that they wish backorders to be cancelled.


  • Returns of all Quercus titles invoiced by ADS prior to 1st August 2014 (i.e. on behalf of PM) will be authorised under the prevailing ADS/PM returns terms until 6th October and such authorised returns will be credited provided they are received at ADS in mint/resalable condition no later than 31st October. After this date, ADS cannot accept returns of books invoiced prior to 1st August 2014.


  • The Hachette teams in Australia and New Zealand will sell-in new titles from September publications onwards, and new titles invoiced from the September cycle onwards will be supplied at existing Hachette trading terms.


The Quercus Group UK would like to take this opportunity to thank the Pan Macmillan team for their commitment to the Quercus list. Jane Harris, Quercus Sales and Marketing Director, commented: "Whilst we look forward to moving our sales and distribution for Australia and New Zealand to our new parent company Hachette, I would like to thank Pan Macmillan Australia wholeheartedly for their hard work and professionalism over the last three years and for the significant contribution they have made to building our authors and creating bestsellers in that time.”




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