Weekly Book Newsletter
2 July 2014

Open Pitches website to match topics to writers

A new website has launched to help editors find writers for particular topics. The Open Pitches Tumblr was created following a conversation on Twitter involving Zora Sanders, editor of Meanjin, and Simon Collinson,... Read more

RiP Dermot Healy x

Irish writer and poet Dermot Healy has died, aged 66. Clare Conville from Conville & Walsh Literary Agency writes: ‘[Dermot Healy was] an uncompromisingly brilliant... Read more

ABA launches new website and ‘Australia’s 50 Favourite Kids’ Books’ promotion x

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has launched a new website and a new promotion for National Bookshop Day. The new website is more directly targeted at... Read more

Rainbow Book Agencies, Mosaic Resources and Press enter liquidation x

Melbourne-based book distributor Rainbow Book Agencies and its retail and publishing arm, Mosaic Resources and Mosaic Press, have ceased trading and have entered liquidation. Greg... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘When you go into a bookstore or shop online, start paying attention to the faces on the covers and the names of authors. Are you... Read more

Wrights Bookshop reopens as Paper Plus franchise x

Wrights Bookshop in Cambridge, New Zealand, has rebranded as a Paper Plus franchise. Owner Hamish Wright told Books+Publishing that there were a number of reasons... Read more

Booktopia wins Telstra Business Award x

Online bookseller Booktopia has won the Telstra Business Awards in the medium-sized category for New South Wales. This is the fourth time that Booktopia has... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—HarperCollins has sold Greek rights to Tuscan Rose (Belinda Alexandra). Text has sold UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding ANZ and Canada) and French rights to The... Read more

Book Expo Australia evolved into ‘writers festival meets Comic Con’, tickets on sale x

Tickets are now on sale for Book Expo Australia, a new event established to promote the Australian book industry, which will take place at the Sydney... Read more

Howard to join HarperCollins x

HarperCollins has announced the appointment of Matt Howard to the newly created role of ABC Books campaign manager. Howard has worked as a publicist at... Read more

Magarey Medal 2014 shortlist announced

The titles shortlisted for the biennial $10,000 Magarey Medal for Biography have been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Kitty’s War (Janet Butler, UQP) Eilean Giblin: A... Read more

Gale joins Scribe x

Scribe Publications has announced the appointment of Sarina Gale as part-time sales coordinator. Gale is a bookseller at The Sun Bookshop in Melbourne and has... Read more

‘ABR’, ‘KYD’ and ‘Lifted Brow’ among VicArts grant recipients x

The Australian Book Review, Kill Your Darlings and The Lifted Brow are among several literature-related recipients of the most recent round of funding from the... Read more

Jaivin wins 2014 NSW Writers’ Fellowship x

Sydney writer Linda Jaivin has won the NSW Writers’ Fellowship for mid-career and established writers, offered annually by Arts NSW. The $30,000 fellowship will allow... Read more

Bestsellers this week

The standard edition of The Fault in Our Stars (John Green, Penguin) and the film tie-in edition of the same title are first and second... Read more

Hellen appointed publisher at A&U NZ x

Jenny Hellen has been appointed to the newly created position of publisher at Allen & Unwin New Zealand. Hallen joins the company from Random House... Read more

Australia Council funds literature projects with Asia x

The Australia Council has funded two new literature projects under the Creative Partnerships with Asia Program. The LITERARY COMMONS! project will bring together writers from... Read more

‘All the Birds, Singing’ wins 2014 Miles Franklin Award x

Evie Wyld’s All the Birds, Singing (Vintage) has won this year’s Miles Franklin Literary Award. Wyld’s novel was chosen from a shortlist of five, which... Read more

Hachette launches new website x

Hachette Australia has launched a new consumer website that provides personalised content based on user interaction, said the publisher in a statement. The homepage is... Read more

Australian Family Therapists’ Awards 2014 winner announced x

Freia Lockhart’s Summer of Awful by Aimee Said (Walker Books) has won the $1500 Children’s/Youth Literature Award in the 2014 Australian Family Therapists’ Awards for... Read more

Australia signs Marrakesh Treaty to improve access to books for blind people

The Australian Government has signed the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons who are Blind, Visually Impaired, or otherwise Print Disabled.... Read more

New online literary journal ‘Bumf’ launched x

New online literary journal Bumf has launched and is now open for submissions. The fortnightly journal, based in Brisbane and San Francisco, is looking for... Read more

Manuscript Appraisal Agency sold to Carstairs x

Brian Cook has sold the Manuscript Appraisal Agency (MAA) to former Murdoch Books project editor Kit Carstairs. Cook, who established the MAA in 1997 after leaving... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘We’ve experienced one of the fastest growing ebook markets in the world and we’ve seen a whole bunch of new publishers starting up’—Publishers Association of... Read more

Smith to leave Paper Plus x

Rob Smith, CEO of Paper Plus in New Zealand, has announced that he will leave the company on 8 August. ‘It has been an honour... Read more

Co-op announces changes to executive team x

The Co-op has announced changes to its senior executive team. Head of general merchandise Adam Jones has been appointed to the newly created role of general... Read more

‘Song for a Scarlet Runner’ wins inaugural Readings Children’s Book Prize x

Song for a Scarlet Runner by Julie Hunt (A&U) has won the inaugural Readings Children’s Book Prize. The book was chosen from a shortlist of... Read more

ACT Book of the Year eligibility changed x

Entrants to the 2014 ACT Book of the Year award must reside within the ACT’s boundaries under changes made to the award’s guidelines. Previously, entries... Read more

Garner and Haigh to open Mildura Writers Festival

Tickets for the Mildura Writers Festival in regional Victoria are now on sale. This year’s festival will run from 17 to 20 July and will... Read more

Davis appears on ‘Australian Story’ x

Perth author and bookseller Brooke Davis featured on an episode of ABC TV’s Australian Story on Monday 23 June. Davis’ debut novel Lost & Found (Hachette, July)... Read more

CWA Dagger Awards 2014 winners announced x

In the UK, the Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) has announced the winners of the 2014 Dagger Awards, reports the Bookseller. Little, Brown editor-in-chief Antonia Hodgson... Read more

Penguin US to release book with ‘duelling covers’ x

In the US, Penguin imprint Berkley is publishing one of its ‘major summer releases’ with two different covers and two different ISBNs, reports Publishers Weekly.... Read more

French Parliament passes law banning free shipping from online booksellers x

The French Parliament has passed a law banning online book retailers from offering free shipping to customers, reports French Culture. As previously reported by Books+Publishing,... Read more

Andrew Carnegie Medals 2014 winners announced x

The American Library Association has announced the winners of the 2014 Andrew Carnegie Medals. Donna Tartt won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction... Read more

Pearson tops global publishing ranking

Pearson has once again topped the ‘Global Ranking of the Publishing Industry’, an annual survey of publisher revenues, compiled on behalf of Livres Hebdo, Buchreport,... Read more

US book sales relatively flat in 2013 x

In the US, book sales were relatively flat in 2013, falling by less than 1% from US$27.12 billion (A$28.8 billion) in 2012 to US$27.01 billion (A$28.7 billion) in 2013, according... Read more

Patterson to donate £250k to UK indie booksellers

In the UK, author James Patterson has pledged £250k (A$451,363) to independent booksellers to encourage children to read, reports the Bookseller. Patterson made the announcement... Read more

B&N to separate Retail, Nook Media businesses x

In the US, Barnes & Noble has announced plans to separate its Retail business and its Nook Media business, which includes its college bookstores, into... Read more

Hachette acquires Perseus, sells distribution to Ingram x

In the US, the Hachette Book Group (HBG) has entered into an agreement to buy the Perseus Books Group (PBG), then sell PBG’s distribution business to... Read more

Program announced for 2014 LIANZA conference x

The Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) has announced the program for its annual conference, to be held in Auckland on 12-15... Read more

Librarians discuss popular culture at PopCAANZ 2014 x

The fifth annual international conference of the Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand (PopCAANZ) was held on 18-20 June in Hobart, Tasmania. The... Read more

SLQ releases discussion paper for 2020 x

State Library of Queensland (SLQ) released its ‘SLQ2020 Discussion Paper’ on 26 June and is seeking community involvement to help shape the library’s next five... Read more

New Zealand librarians launch online magazine ‘Weve’ x

New Zealand librarians Sally Pewhairangi and Megan Ingle, founders of the Heroes Mingle partnership, have launched an online magazine about the library industry. Weve’s first... Read more

International library news x

Singapore’s National Library Board launches Read! Fest The Singapore National Library Board’s 10th annual Read! Fest was launched on 20 June with a range of... Read more

ABS releases stats on library funding x

State and territory governments spent $367.3m on libraries in 2012-13, up slightly from $355.7m in 2011-12, according to an Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) report.... Read more

Oakley Library launches My Cup of Tea community talks x

Oakey Library in Toowoomba, Queensland, has embarked on a bimonthly series of free community talks called My Cup of Tea. The series launched with Priscilla Sutton, who... Read more

Notions Unlimited’s Geeky gift registry x

Science-fiction, fantasy and horror specialist Notions Unlimited in Melbourne has launched a gift registry for its customers. Owner Chuck McKenzie says it helps geeky booklovers... Read more

The growth of regional literary festivals in Australia x

Today there are close to 100 literary festivals around Australia, many of them in regional and rural areas. Andrew Nette explores the growth in regional... Read more

Jessie Cole’s ‘Deeper Water’ x

The premise of Jessie Cole’s second novel is reminiscent of her acclaimed debut novel Darkness on the Edge of Town: a car accident brings a... Read more

Christie Nieman’s ‘As Stars Fall’ x

The fire swept through Murramunda two months ago. For bird-loving Robin, it was the spark that caused her family to fall apart, forcing her and... Read more

Inbooks to cease distribution for Harvard University Press x

Agency: Harvard University PressISBN Prefix: 9780674Old Distributor: InbooksNew Distributor: Footprint BooksChangeover date: 30 June 2014Returns cut-off: 31 July 2014 (See classifieds.)

Harvard University Press distribution change x

Publisher: Harvard University PressISBN prefix: 9780674Old distributor: InbooksNew distributor: Footprint BooksChangeover date: 30 June 2014Returns cut-off: 31 July 2014 (See classifieds.)

Hellen appointed publisher at A&U NZ x

Jenny Hellen has been appointed to the newly created position of publisher at Allen & Unwin New Zealand. Hallen joins the company from Random House New... Read more

Howard joins HarperCollins x

Matt Howard will leave his position as publicist at NewSouth Books and will join HarperCollins in the newly created role of ABC Books campaign manager, beginning on 15 July. (See classifieds.)

Harding to leave Momentum x

Mark Harding has resigned as digital marketing executive at Momentum Books to join the marketing team at IKEA. His last day is 25 July. Momentum is seeking a... Read more

McDiarmid joins Bloomsbury x

Rachael McDiarmid has joined Bloomsbury as ANZ account manager of Bloomsbury Collections. (See classifieds.) 

Scribe appointments x

Scribe Publications has appointed Sarina Gale as sales coordinator on a part-time basis, and Stephanie Siriwardene as production and publishing assistant. (See news.) 

Newman to retire from Fremantle Press x

Fremantle Press sales, rights and distribution manager Clive Newman has announced his retirement. (See news.)

Co-op announces changes to executive team x

The Co-op has announced changes to its senior executive team. Adam Jones has been appointed general manager and Greg Smith has been appointed chief commercial officer. Both are newly created roles. (See news.)

Smith to leave Paper Plus x

Rob Smith will step down as CEO of Paper Plus NZ to become CEO of Flooring Brands NZ. (See news.)

Children’s Book Week Promotion and Awareness Merchandise x

Bookshops and Libraries can now purchase their Children’s Book Week promotional merchandise online at the new CBCA eStore. Banner, posters, badges and bookmarks for bookstores and... Read more

Howard joins HarperCollins Publishers x

HarperCollins has announced that Matt Howard has been appointed to the newly created role of ABC Books Campaign Manager. Howard will manage the integrated publicity... Read more

Distribution of Lion Hudson x

Product from Lion Hudson is available to order from NewSouth Books. To order please contact TL Distribution. Ph: (02) 8778 9999 Fax: (02) 8778 9944... Read more

Pascal Press & Steve Parish price rise x

Pascal Press & Steve Parish will be implementing a price increase across a selection of titles as of Friday 1st August 2014. All orders received... Read more

Rachael McDiarmid joins Bloomsbury as ANZ Account Manager—Bloomsbury Collections x

Rachael McDiarmid (RM Marketing Services) has commenced representation of Bloomsbury’s Digital Platforms sales into the ANZ market. Bloomsbury Collections launched in May 2014 and has... Read more

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