Weekly Book Newsletter
16 July 2014

Nonfiction festival launched in regional Victoria x

A new literary festival billed as Australia’s ‘largest festival to showcase only nonfiction literature, writing and ideas’ will be held in Geelong, Victoria, in August.... Read more

Quote of the week

‘There should be no hard and fast rules concerning book reviewing. That’s because reviewing constitutes a worthy genre in its own right, one that should... Read more

Walker Books promotes Van Den Belt, announces new appointments to Aus management team x

Walker Books has promoted Angela Van Den Belt to the position of president, general manager and commercial director of Walker Books Australia and New Zealand. Van... Read more

ABC Shop and Co-op recognised in retailer awards x

The ABC Shop and the Co-op were among the retailers recognised in the Australian Retailers Association’s (ARA) 2014 Australian Retailer of the Year Awards. The ABC... Read more

Vale Matt Richell

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

OUP reports ‘impressive’ local growth x

Oxford University Press (OUP) has recorded ‘impressive overall turnover growth’ in Australia and New Zealand, says OUP Australia MD Peter Van Noorden. Van Noorden told... Read more

NZSA Best First Book Awards 2014 winners announced x

The winners of this year’s New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) Best First Book Awards have been announced. The winning titles in each category are:... Read more

Ngaio Marsh Award 2014 longlist announced x

The longlist for this year’s Ngaio Marsh Award for New Zealand crime fiction has been announced. The longlisted titles are: The Luminaries (Eleanor Catton, Granta)... Read more

Australian Book Design Awards 2014 shortlist announced x

The Australian Book Designers Association (ABDA) has announced the shortlist for the 2014 Book Design Awards. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Best Designed... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—HarperCollins has sold UK English-language rights to Sapphire Skies, White Gardenia, Wild Lavender and Silver Wattle (Belinda Alexandra). Nonfiction—HarperCollins has sold Canadian rights to... Read more

RiP Nadine Gordimer x

South African writer Nadine Gordimer has died, aged 90. Gordimer’s literary agency, United Agents, writes: ‘Nadine Gordimer, who in 1991 was awarded the Nobel Prize... Read more

Hachette to honour Richell with scholarship or foundation

Hachette has announced it will establish a scholarship or foundation to commemorate Hachette Australia CEO Matt Richell. ‘We plan to work with [Richell’s wife] Hannah... Read more

Townsend joins ‘Griffith REVIEW’, Thwaites departs

The Griffith REVIEW has announced the appointment of Hamish Townsend as editorial manager. Townsend, who was previously a journalist and communications officer at Griffith University,... Read more

Express Media Young Writers Innovation Prize 2014 winners announced

Express Media has announced the winners of its 2014 Young Writers Innovation Prize. Now in its second year, the prize funds innovative projects in the... Read more

New report finds ebooks represent 2.7% of NZ publishing industry sales x

A new PwC report, Economic contribution of the New Zealand publishing industry, has found the industry ‘generated or supported a total of [NZ]$382 million [A$358... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Lost & Found by Perth author and bookseller Brooke Davis (Hachette) has entered the bestsellers chart this week in 10th place after being last week’s highest... Read more

Government should establish first class mail rate, says ABA x

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has called on the federal government to establish a first class mail rate in Australia to increase postage costs for... Read more

Australian Christian Book of the Year shortlist announced x

The 2014 Australian Christian Book of the Year shortlist has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: C S Lewis and the Body in the Basement... Read more

Random House launches Murakami Instagram film competition

Random House Australia is inviting readers to create a short Instagram film inspired by the work of Haruki Murakami for a chance to win a... Read more

Rebranded Christchurch Writers’ Festival releases 2014 program x

The Christchurch Writers’ Festival has rebranded as the WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival and released its 2014 program. Among the international guests at this... Read more

Page & Blackmore’s in Nelson no longer for sale x

New Zealand independent bookstore Page & Blackmore’s in Nelson has been withdrawn from the market, reports Booksellers NZ. Booksellers Peter and Ann Rigg, who own... Read more

Mary Gilmore Award winner announced x

Even in the Dark by Rose Lucas (UWA Publishing) has won the Mary Gilmore award for poetry. The biennial award, worth $500, recognises a first... Read more

‘The Swan Book’ wins ALS Gold Medal x

Alexis Wright’s The Swan Book (Giramondo) has won the 2014 Australian Literature Society (ALS) Gold Medal. The Swan Book was selected from a shortlist of... Read more

Magarey Medal for Biography winner announced x

The Magarey Medal for Biography has been awarded to The Lone Protestor: AM Fernando in Australia and Europe by Fiona Paisley (Aboriginal Studies Press).  The biennial prize,... Read more

National Biography Award shortlist announced x

The State Library of NSW has announced the shortlist for the National Biography Award, which recognises ‘the continuing importance and value of life writing’. The shortlisted... Read more

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

New funding, prize categories for Scarlet Stiletto Awards

Crime Australia’s Scarlet Stiletto Awards have received a boost in prize funding. This year the short-story awards are offering $8800 worth of prize money, an... 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

Deraniyagala wins PEN/Ackerley Prize x

The £3000 (A$5487) PEN/Ackerley Prize for a work of memoir or autobiography has been awarded to Sonali Deraniyagala for Wave (Virago), reports the Bookseller. The... Read more

Singapore libraries remove children’s titles with gay themes x

In Singapore, the National Library Board (NLB) has removed from libraries three children’s titles it has deemed inappropriate for children following complaints about their homosexual themes,... Read more

Amazon offers Hachette authors 100% ebook royalties; Hachette and Authors Guild respond x

While the dispute between Amazon and Hachette US over trading terms continues, Amazon has offered authors affected by the dispute 100% of royalties on their... Read more

Print decline slows in the UK x

In the UK, the Bookseller reports that the ‘physical market’ for the first half of the year has fallen by 2.4% to £526 million (A$959... Read more

Frank O’Connor short story winner announced x

Debut Irish author Colin Barrett has won the 2014 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award—the world’s richest prize for a short-story collection, reports the Guardian.... Read more

Disney launches Disney Story Central x

Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) has launched the Disney Story Central app and website with titles for kids aged three to seven years, reports Publishers Weekly. The... Read more

Romance Writers of America releases romance app x

The Romance Writers of America has released the Novel Engagement app for readers and authors of romance fiction, reports Publishers Weekly. The app will feature... 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

International library news x

Singapore libraries remove children’s titles with gay themes In Singapore, the National Library Board (NLB) has removed from libraries three children’s titles it has deemed inappropriate for... Read more

Brisbane Square Library’s first Reader-in-Residence completes his term x

Poet David Stavanger has completed his 12-month term as Australia’s first Reader-in-Residence, based at Brisbane Square Library. At his final event on 4 July, Stavanger... Read more

The 17th Storey: Maxine Beneba Clarke’s tribute to Matt Richell x

Author Maxine Beneba Clarke has written a beautiful tribute to Hachette Australia CEO Matt Richell for the Saturday Paper. ‘This is just the rough sketch... 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

Sonya Hartnett’s ‘Golden Boys’ x

Golden Boys is not a departure for Sonya Hartnett, but it’s a continuation of her craft that shows why she is one of Australia’s best... 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

Staff changes at ‘Griffith REVIEW’ x

Hamish Townsend has been appointed editorial manager of the Griffith REVIEW. The publication also announced that production manager Paul Thwaites is leaving after 11 years. (See news.)

Walker Books promotes Van Den Belt x

Walker Books has promoted Angela Van Den Belt to the position of president, general manager and commercial director of Walker Books Australia and New Zealand.... Read more

Osmond to leave ANRA x

Margy Osmond, CEO of the Australian National Retailers Association (ANRA), will leave the association in October after eight years in the position. She has been appointed... 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.) 

Society of Editors (NSW): Issues in editing for educational publishing x

Society of Editors (NSW) is running a one-day workshop on the issues in editing for educational publishing on 22 August. Presented by Penny Martin, the workshop will explore... 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

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