Weekly Book Newsletter
9 July 2014

Valerie Parv Award finalists announced x

The finalists for the 2014 Valarie Parv Award, presented by Romance Writers of Australia (RWA) for an unpublished manuscript, have been announced. This year’s finalists... Read more

Simmons joins ‘Books+Publishing’

Hilary Simmons has joined the team at Books+Publishing as assistant editor. Simmons is a graduate of professional writing and editing and a former bookseller. She... Read more

Dymocks survey finds preference for print books highest among under 30s

A survey of Dymocks’ loyalty program members has found that readers under the age of 30 are the most likely to preference print books over... Read more

Quote of the week

‘Contemporary poetry—especially the Australian brand—is making a s-x-charged, sweary and confronting comeback thanks to a host of young poets intent on challenging the status quo’—Koren... Read more

New office, staff changes at Scribe UK x

Scribe has relocated its UK office and announced several staff changes. The UK office, which opened in early 2013, is now located at 2 John... Read more

Black Inc. acquires first YA novel x

Black Inc. will publish its first YA novel in October. Nona and Me by Clare Atkins is the story of a friendship between Rosie, a... Read more

Forty-four percent of New Zealanders enjoy print and ebooks ‘equally’, report finds x

A new survey has found that 35% of New Zealanders prefer reading print books, 22% prefer ebooks and 44% prefer ‘both equally’, reports Stuff.co.nz. The... Read more

Report predicts ‘positive turnaround from 2016’ for Aus book market x

A new report from Price Waterhouse Coopers predicts the consumer and educational book market in Australia will grow from $1.81 billion in 2014 to $1.93... Read more

Speech Pathology Australia book awards 2014 shortlists announced

The titles shortlisted for this year’s Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Birth... Read more

Stinson appointed lecturer at Newcastle Uni x

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

Wiley results: print only 29% of revenue x

Wiley Australia’s K-12 schools business recorded revenue of US$27.229 million (A$29.107 million) for the financial year ended 30 April. This was down three percent from... Read more

Affirm, Writers Vic and RMIT launch new writing prize

Affirm Press, Writers Victoria and RMIT have announced a new prize for RMIT students. The WRAP Synopsis Prize is open to final-year students at RMIT undertaking either... Read more

Celebrate Reading conference announces author line-up x

The Celebrate Reading National Conference, which will be held at the Literature Centre in Fremantle, WA, from 31 October to 1 November, has announced its author line-up. Each year the conference alternates between... Read more

Walton selected for Frankfurt Fellowship Program x

Zoe Walton, publisher of children’s and young adult books at Random House Australia, has been selected for the 2014 Frankfurt Fellowship Program, which this year... Read more

Five Islands Press launches poetry prize x

Five Islands Press has launched the Ron Pretty Poetry Prize. Named after the Australian poet who founded Five Islands Press in 1986, the prize awards... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars (Penguin) is at the top of the bestsellers chart for the fourth week in a row, ahead of Minecraft:... 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. Her last day was... Read more

Brisbane publisher invites submissions to ‘world building’ project

The Lane of Unusual Traders is a new online literary project launched by Brisbane-based small publisher Tiny Owl Workshop. It invites writers to bring the... Read more

Hachette Australia CEO Matt Richell dies in surfing accident

Matt Richell, CEO of Hachette Australia and chairman of Hachette New Zealand, has died in a surfing accident in Sydney on 2 July. Hachette Australia... Read more

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

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

Smashwords releases 2014 ebook sales survey

Self-publishing platform Smashwords has released its 2014 indie ebook sales survey based on the company’s sales data, reports Publishers Weekly. The survey reveals that readers prefer longer... Read more

New Harry Potter story published on Pottermore

A new Harry Potter story published on the Pottermore website offers a glimpse into the lives of 30-something Harry Potter and his friends, reports the... Read more

HarperCollins launches direct-to-consumer website

In the US, HarperCollins has launched a new website with direct-to-consumer sales of print books, ebooks and audiobooks, reports the Publishers Weekly. The new design... Read more

Creative Industries Council to highlight contribution of publishing to UK economy x

In the UK, the Creative Industries Council (CIC) has released the ‘Create UK’ report with a strategy for growth across the creative sector, which will include a poster... Read more

UK literary festival offers profit share to authors x

In the UK, the Chipping Norton Literary Festival has announced that it will split its profits with authors in lieu of paying appearance fees, reports... Read more

Frank O’Connor 2014 shortlist announced

The titles shortlisted for the 2014 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award have been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Young Skins (Colin Barrett, Vintage Digital);... Read more

New prize for best business book proposal by young writer x

In the UK, the Financial Times and McKinsey & Company, which administer the Business Book of the Year Award, have announced a new prize for... Read more

Twitter experiments with buy buttons

Twitter has been experimenting with buy buttons on shared product webpages, reports Mashable. However, the company has not yet officially announced the new function, which would allow businesses... Read more

Wroclaw, Poland announced as World Book Capital City 2016

Wroclaw in Poland has been announced as World Book Capital City 2016 by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). Candidate cities, which also... Read more

Booktrust children’s book awards announced x

In the UK, the winners of the inaugural Booktrust Best Book Awards have been announced. The awards are run in partnership with Amazon Kindle during... Read more

Authors sign letters in protest and support of Amazon

A number of high-profile authors have contributed to an open letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos calling for Amazon to ‘resolve its dispute with Hachette... Read more

McBride wins Desmond Elliott Prize 2014

Irish author Eimear McBride’s A Girl is a Half-formed Thing (Text) has won the £10,000 (A$18,350) Desmond Elliott Prize 2014. Chair of judges Chris Cleave... Read more

World Book Night US suspended for 2014 x

World Book Night US has been suspended after failing to secure funding from outside the industry, reports the Bookseller. The event, which started in 2011,... 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

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

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

Harvard University Press distribution change x

Agency: Harvard University PressISBN Prefix: 9780521; 9780674; 9780873; 9780884; 9780914; 9780932; 9780935; 9781597; 9781879; 978193Old Distributor: InbooksNew Distributor: Footprint BooksChangeover date: 1 July 2014Returns cut-off:... Read more

University of California Press distribution change x

Agency: University of California PressISBN Prefix: 9780520: 9780615: 9780873: 9780984: 9781893: 97819381Old Distributor: InbooksNew Distributor: Footprint BooksChangeover date: 1 July 2014Returns cut-off: 31 July 2014

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... Read more

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... Read more

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