Weekly Book Newsletter
23 July 2014

Quote of the week

‘A bookshop should be a bookshop, right? If you walk in and don’t see books, you lose your faith in the business’—Craig Hildebrand-Burke argues against a radical reinvention... Read more

Bookworld launches online book club with parenting website x

Online retailer Bookworld has announced a partnership with Australian parenting website Stay at Home Mum (SAHM). The partnership will involve the launch of the ‘biggest integrated... Read more

Book adaptations nominated for AWGIE Awards x

The Australian Writers’ Guild (AWG) has announced the nominees for the 47th Annual AWGIE Awards for screen, television, stage and radio writing. Among the nominees are a... Read more

Kibble and Dobbie awards 2014 winners announced

The winners of this year’s Kibble and Dobbie Literary Awards have been announced. The winner of the $30,000 Nita B Kibble Literary Award, which recognises... Read more

New Zealand Post Book Awards 2014 finalists announced x

The finalists of this year’s New Zealand Post Book Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Fiction The Luminaries (Eleanor Catton,... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—HarperCollins has sold US English-language rights to White Gardenia and Golden Earrings (Belinda Alexandra); and Turkish rights to Flowers of Baghdad (Bruce Lyman). Nonfiction—Black Inc.... Read more

Bray resigns from A&U x

Allen & Unwin (A&U) has announced the resignation of children’s book director Liz Bray. Bray, who joined A&U in 1998 following many years as an... Read more

Scribe acquires bookseller’s award-winning debut in two-book deal

Scribe has acquired Fever of Animals by Miles Allinson, the winning entry in the 2014 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript. Scribe acquired... Read more

Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children’s Literature 2014 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2014 Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children’s Literature have been announced. The shortlisted books in each category are: Young Readers Girl v... Read more

Clunes appoints Hollingworth with Arts Victoria funding, announces inaugural kids festival

Clunes Booktown has appointed Sheila Hollingworth as part-time manager. The festival has previously been run by volunteers but has received funding from Arts Victoria to... Read more

Inaugural Marco Polo Festival of Digital Literature underway x

The Marco Polo Festival of Digital Literature, an inaugural bilingual literary festival that brings together readers, writers and translators from China and Australia, began on 27 May... Read more

Australia Council to adopt new grants model

The Australia Council is changing the way it awards grants. The changes will be implemented from January 2015. ‘The new grants model will support a... Read more

Gorton wins Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal

Lisa Gorton has been awarded this year’s Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal at the Mildura Writers’ Festival in Victoria. The award, which is named after the... Read more

Bruce Chandler Book Prize winner announced x

Catherine Saxelby’s Complete Food and Nutrition Companion: The Ultimate A-Z Guide (Hardie Grant) has won the Bruce Chandler Book Prize. The prize is awarded by... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

John Green novels and Minecraft manuals continue to dominate the bestsellers chart. The regular and film tie-in edition of The Fault in Our Stars (Penguin) are... Read more

Blake to retire as Penguin sales director, Schwarcz appointed PRH sales director x

Penguin Random House (PRH) has announced the retirement of Penguin sales director Peter Blake. Following Blake’s departure on 28 November, Random House sales director Gavin Schwarcz... Read more

Byron Bay Writers’ Festival to ‘promote lesser known writers’ in regional roadshow x

The Byron Bay Writers’ Festival will run a regional roadshow in the lead-up to this year’s festival to ‘promote lesser known writers’. The roadshow, which... Read more

PANZ Book Design Awards 2014 winners announced x

The winners of the Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) Book Design Awards have been announced. Modern: New Zealand Homes from 1938 to 1977, designed by... Read more

Lonely Planet launches flights-comparison tool x

Lonely Planet has launched a company-branded flights-comparison tool on its website. The publisher said in a statement that this is the first time it has... Read more

MWF 2014 program launched x

Helen Garner will deliver the opening night address at the 2014 Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF), which launched its full program on 18 July. The closing... Read more

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

Whitcoulls announces Top 100 list x

Whitcoulls has announced its Top 100 list, as voted by New Zealand readers in 2014. The Fault in Our Stars (John Green, Penguin) is in first place,... Read more

Amazon launches ebook subscription service Kindle Unlimited x

Amazon has launched an ebook and audiobook subscription service called Kindle Unlimited. The company said in a statement that the service offers ‘over 600,000 books—available on Kindle devices,... Read more

HarperCollins signs up to ebook bundling trial x

HarperCollins US has signed up to an ebook-bundling pilot program with Canadian start-up BitLit. HarperCollins is the first of the big five publishers to partner... Read more

Gollancz to host sci-fi and fantasy festival at Waterstones x

In the UK, science-fiction and fantasy (SFF) imprint Gollancz has released the program for its inaugural festival, which will be held in conjunction with London... Read more

Report finds 31% of ebooks sold on Amazon are self-published x

A report from lobby group Author Earnings has found that 31% percent of ebooks sold on Amazon over the past three months were self-published, reports... Read more

Facebook tests ‘buy button’

Facebook has announced that it is testing a ‘buy button’ to allow users to purchase items directly from the newsfeed, said the company in a... Read more

Frankfurt Book Fair launches competition to promote ‘visibility of the digital’ x

The Frankfurt Book Fair and German Publishers and Booksellers Association have launched a competition to find ‘practicable, pioneering ideas for the physical presentation of digital... Read more

Oduor wins 2014 Caine Prize for African Writing x

Kenyan Okwiri Oduor has won the Caine Prize for African Writing for her short story ‘My Fathers Head’. The story is featured in the collection Feast,... Read more

Apple proposes US$400 million settlement in ebook pricing case x

Apple has proposed to pay consumers US$400 million (A$428 million) in damages as part of its ebook price-fixing case with US states and consumers, reports Publishers Weekly. The... 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

ALIA’s LinkedIn Professional Discussion Series underway x

The Australian Library and Information Association’s (ALIA) LinkedIn Professional Discussion Series was launched during Library and Information Week in May 2014, with the series hosted in... Read more

Softlink announces new managing director and new projects x

Nathan Godfrey has replaced Kim Duffy as Softlink’s new managing director. Duffy said in a statement that Godfrey, who has been the company’s chief operating... Read more

‘Les Misérables’ manuscript the centrepiece of new SLV exhibition x

Victor Hugo’s original 945-page Les Misérables manuscript is the centrepiece of a new exhibition at the State Library of Victoria (SLV). The exhibition, ‘Victor Hugo:... Read more

International library news x

Self-published ebook platform launches in US libraries Self-published authors can now distribute their work through a number of libraries in the US as part of... Read more

The fun of the fair: Angela Crocombe on children’s and YA trends at BEA x

Readings bookseller Angela Crocombe visited BookExpo America earlier this year on a Readings Scholarship. She writes that realistic teen fiction, a new US school curriculum... 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

Catherine Harris’ ‘The Family Men’ x

A month after a post-season celebration, footballer Harry Furey still can’t remember what actually happened at the team’s men-only Sportsman’s Night—but he knows it was... 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

Inbooks to cease distribution for Unicorn Press x

Agency: Unicorn PressISBN Prefix: VariousOld Distributor: InbooksNew Distributor: WoodslaneChangeover date: 1/9/14Returns cut-off: 29/8/14 (See classified.)

Softlink appoints new managing director x

Nathan Godfrey has replaced Kim Duffy as Softlink’s new managing director. (See library news.) 

Hollingworth joins Clunes x

Sheila Hollingworth has joined Clunes Booktown as part-time manager. (See news.)

Penguin Random House staff changes x

Peter Blake will retire from the position of Penguin sales director at the end of November. Following his departure, Random House sales director Gavin Schwarcz will... Read more

Bray leaves A&U x

Liz Bray has resigned from the position of children’s book director at Allen & Unwin. (See news.)

Michael to leave Hardie Grant Books x

Rose Michael is finishing up as commissioning editor at Hardie Grant Books in July and returning to teaching at the University of Melbourne and NMIT,... 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

Margaret River Short Story Competition x

The call for submissions is now open for the Margaret River Short Story Competition. Authors of any age or nationality are invited to submit unpublished... Read more

Lonely Planet Stocktake x

Lonely Planet warehouse will be closed for Stocktake Friday 1st Aug, Last orders for dispatch must be submitted before 12 noon Thurs 31st July. Regular... Read more

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