Weekly Book Newsletter
9 July 2014

Paddy O’Reilly’s ‘The Wonders’ x

After a failed heart transplant, Leon is the world’s first recipient of an entirely mechanical heart, engineered and implanted in secret. He is recruited by... 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

Pick-a-WooWoo wins small business award x

WA-based Pick-a-WooWoo Publishing has won the South West Small Business of the Year Award for its excellence in the field of self-publishing, reports the West... Read more

International library news x

Above the Seas partners with Kenyan library service to build 13 new libraries Above the Seas, an organisation that supports libraries in the developing world,... Read more

SLQ announces Technology Trendsetter grants x

Fourteen Technology Trendsetter grants have been announced by the State Library of Queensland (SLQ) as part of the Online Public Access in Libraries (OPAL) program.... Read more

SLV Creative Fellowships announced

The State Library of Victoria (SLV) has announced the recipients of its 2014-15 Creative Fellowships. Each of the creative fellowships is funded for three months... 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

Avid Reader’s Steamy Queensland nights x

Bookseller and author Krissy Kneen has run the Good S-x Book Club at Avid Reader in Brisbane for the past two years. Once a month,... 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

New home for Ford St x

Melbourne-based publisher Ford St is moving from its current location in Clifton Hill to an office and warehouse at 162 Hoddle St, Abbotsford. The move... Read more

O’Brien appointed sales director of Hardie Grant Publishing x

John O’Brien has been appointed sales director of Hardie Grant Publishing and will be working across the company’s three consumer businesses. O’Brien was previously employed... Read more

Simmons joins ‘Books+Publishing’ x

Hilary Simmons has joined the team at Books+Publishing as assistant editor. (See news.)

Scribe UK office and staff changes x

Scribe has relocated its UK office to 2 John Street in Clerkenwell. It has also promoted Sarah Braybrooke to publicity and operations manager of Scribe UK, replacing Rina Gill,... Read more

Foster leaves Walker Books x

Walker Books has announced that Sarah Foster, managing director and publisher for Walker Books Australia and New Zealand, has left the company. (See news.) 

New communications manager for ALIA x

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has appointed Heather Wellard as its new communications manager. Wellard replaces Erin York, who will finish up in... Read more

Stinson appointed lecturer at Newcastle Uni x

Emmett Stinson, previously lecturer in publishing and communications at the University of Melbourne, has been appointed lecturer in English literature at the University of Newcastle.... Read more

Owen joins Penguin as children’s editor x

Jess Owen, previously editor at Walker Books, has joined Penguin’s children’s department as editor.

Innes-Will appointed senior editor at Black Inc. x

Kirstie Innes-Will has been appointed senior editor at Black Inc., replacing Nikola Lusk, who is leaving to work as a freelancer. Innes-Will is a former... 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 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

Editors wanted for Viva La Novella x

Seizure is once again running a competition to select editors for its Viva La Novella initiative. Applicants must send a cover letter and CV by... Read more

Educational Publishing Awards Australia: nominations open, tickets on sale x

Nominations are now open for the Educational Publishing Awards Australia (EPAAs), celebrating excellence in Australian educational publishing. For instructions on how to complete the nomination... Read more

Nominations open for Lifetime Achievement in Literature award x

Nominations are open for the Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature. Presented annually, the $50,000 award acknowledges the achievement of eminent literary writers... Read more

Nominations open for Vic Prem’s Award for Indigenous Writing x

Nominations are now open for the 2014 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing, worth $20,000. Entries can be submitted online here and close at 5pm on 25... Read more

Announcement from Karen Lotz, Group Managing Director of Walker Books Group x

It is with great respect for what she has accomplished since 2 January, 1993, that I announce that Sarah Foster will be moving on from her long-term position at Walker Books Australia. 

Sarah set up Walker Books Australia 21 years ago. The company became profitable within three years, and Walker Books New Zealand followed in 1999.  Under Sarah’s leadership, WBA became a thriving distributor, representing imported books not only from Walker in the UK and, later, Candlewick Press, but a number of well-regarded third party lists as well.  Due to the efforts of the talented team of marketing and sales staff assembled by Sarah, and the highly dedicated nature of WBA’s focus and presence, Maisy, Wally, the Nutbrown Hares, Alex Rider and, most recently, the Shadowhunters  have become household names for children and teens across ANZ.

After more than a decade of growing WBA’s reputation across Australia and New Zealand as MD, Sarah took on the additional title of publisher in 2007, hired creative staff, and built a successful and internationally award-winning list of titles, from picture books through to young adult fiction.

In 2010 Sarah was awarded the Children’s Book Council of Australia Lady Cutler Award for Distinguished Service to Children’s Literature. In 2011, Sarah led the contemporary Walker Group’s first-ever acquisition of another company’s list when she arranged the purchase of Black Dog Books.

WBA’s revenues stood at over AUD $12 million in 2013. In 2014 Walker Books Australia won the Bologna Prize for Best Children’s Publisher of the Year – Oceania Region.          

Sarah’s last day in the office was on 4 July. We wish Sarah and her lovely family well in all their future endeavours, and thank her for her dedicated career at Walker Books.

About the Walker Books Group:

The Walker Books Group is one of the world’s leading independent publishers of books and content for children. This vibrant international group includes Walker Books UK, London; Candlewick Press, Somerville, Massachusetts; and Walker Books Australia, based in Sydney and Auckland. Renowned for its truly original publishing and outstanding quality, the Walker Books Group is home to books for readers of all ages. Award-winning authors and illustrators for the group include National Ambassador for Children’s Literature, Kate DiCamillo, M.T Anderson, Patrick Ness, and Jon Klassen, and major brands for the group are Maisy, Guess How Much I Love You, Tilly and Friends, the widely acclaimed Judy Moody and the bestselling Where’s Wally/Where’s Waldo.

Further information can be found at www.candlewick.com, www.walker.co.uk, and www.walkerbooks.com.au


Hardie Grant Publishing x

John O’Brien has been appointed as Sales Director for Hardie Grant Publishing. After a twelve month parental leave cover, John will now take up the role of  Sales Director  across the consumer book businesses. John can be contacted on 03 85206444.


Kirstie Innes-Will joins Black Inc. as Senior Editor x

Kirstie Innes-Will will join Black Inc. as Senior Editor, replacing Nikola Lusk, who is leaving to work freelance. Kirstie has most recently worked as a freelance editor and will start in the role on Monday 14 July.

Black Inc. wishes Nikola all the very best in her new venture, and Nikola can be contacted about freelance editing work on nikkilusk@gmail.com  


Matt Richell condolences

Thank you everyone for all your sensitivity, support and good wishes. Many people have expressed the wish to send flowers or offer condolences.

Matt’s family has requested no flowers please, but if anyone would like to do something in Matt’s memory they should donate to one of the following three charities:

Sydney Story Factory: www.sydneystoryfactory.org.au

Sids and Kids: www.sidsandkids.org

Surf Lifesaving: www.surflifesaving.com.au or www.sls.com.au  

If you would like to send Hannah Richell a card or letter please send it care of:

Hayley Halliday
Hachette Australia
Level 17
207 Kent Street
Sydney NSW 2000




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