Weekly Book Newsletter
13 August 2014

Inbooks to close in October x

Sydney-based library supplier James Bennett has announced that its Inbooks division will close at the end of October. Inbooks is a distributor of international scholarly... Read more

Quote of the week

‘I ask Wang to recall the first time growing up she read a book with an Asian protagonist. “There weren’t any.”’—Danielle Binks speaks to children’s... Read more

New website, awards promote Australian romance writing

A new website and readers choice awards have been launched to promote Australian romance writing. The AusRomToday website, formerly called Creative Conversations, was launched in... Read more

Dymocks Whitford City wins Retail Excellence award at Dymocks national conference x

Dymocks Whitford City in Perth has won the Dymocks Chairman’s Award for Retail Excellence at this year’s Dymocks national conference, which was held in Canberra from 10-12... Read more

Nelson awarded Sri Lankan writing fellowship

The 2014 Templeberg Residential Writing Fellowship has been awarded to Canberra-based writer Lucy Nelson. The one-month fellowship, which is offered by Writers Victoria and Templeberg... Read more

RiP Pierre Ryckmans x

Author, translator and scholar Pierre Ryckmans has died, aged 78. Black Inc. writes: ‘It was a deep joy and honour to publish Pierre Ryckmans’s work.... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Rockpool Publishing has sold Japanese rights to Spellbound (Lucy Cavendish). Nonfiction—Exisle Publishing has sold Indonesian rights to Speak Easy (Maggie Eyre); Malaysian and Singaporean... Read more

Books to move offsite, services outsourced in Sydney Uni library restructure x

The University of Sydney is planning to restructure its library services, including relocating low-use books to an offsite location and outsourcing a number of services.... Read more

New NZ publisher to focus on local graphic novels and comics

A new publisher specialising in locally created comics and graphic novels has launched in New Zealand. Adrian Kinnaird, editorial director and co-publisher of Earth’s End Publishing, told Books+Publishing... Read more

UQP signs Rowe, O’Reilly and Lamb

UQP has acquired a novel-in-progress by Josephine Rowe, a short story collection by Paddy O’Reilly and a biography of Thea Astley by Karen Lamb. Rowe,... Read more

National Bookshop Day attracts national media coverage, ‘bookshop selfies’

The fourth National Bookshop Day on Saturday 9 August attracted national media coverage and trended on twitter, particularly with ‘bookshop selfies’, Australian Booksellers Association (ABA)... Read more

Moriarty’s ‘Little Big Lies’ optioned for film by Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman’s production companies have optioned the film rights to Big Little Lies by Australian author Liane Moriarty (Pan Macmillan). Deadline Hollywood... Read more

Ned Kelly Awards 2014 shortlists announced

The titles shortlisted for the 2014 Ned Kelly Awards for crime writing were announced by the Australian Crime Writers Association at the Bendigo Writers Festival in regional... Read more

McFarlane longlisted for ‘Guardian’ First Book Award

Australian author Fiona McFarlane has been longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award for her novel The Night Guest (Hamish Hamilton). McFarlane’s book is one... Read more

NSW Premier’s History Awards 2014 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2014 New South Wales Premier’s History Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Australian History Prize ($15,000)... Read more

Bestsellers this week

The top three spots in this week’s bestsellers chart are all occupied by new entries. Richelle Mead’s Silver Shadows (Razorbill) is in first place, followed by... Read more

RWA Awards 2014 winners announced

The winners of the 2014 Romance Writers of Australia (RWA) Awards, known as the ‘Rubys’, were announced on 9 August at the RWA conference in Sydney. The winners of... Read more

Penguin Random House to combine Sydney offices x

All Sydney-based Penguin Random House staff will move into Random House’s North Sydney office in late September, the company has confirmed. A spokesperson for Penguin... Read more

‘Possum Magic’ tops Australia’s favourite kids’ books poll

Possum Magic by Mem Fox and Julie Vivas (Scholastic) has been named Australia’s favourite kids’ book in a poll conducted by the Australian Booksellers Association... Read more

Your Bookshop to be event bookseller at Book Expo Australia

Sydney independent bookselling chain Your Bookshop will be the event bookseller at Book Expo Australia, which takes place at the Sydney Showground on 29-31 August. Your Bookshop co-owner Bonnie Serov told... Read more

Book reviews, extracts to feature in ‘Womankind’ magazine

A new magazine called Womankind has been launched in Australia and will feature book reviews and extracts. The quarterly magazine is produced by The Bull... Read more

Bookworld partners with ABDA for ‘people’s choice’ book design award x

Bookworld has partnered with the Australian Book Design Awards (ABDA) to present the inaugural People’s Choice Award for best designed book of the year. The... Read more

Canberra-based political thrillers to be adapted into TV miniseries

Chris Uhlmann and Steve Lewis’ political thriller The Marmalade Files, along with the newly released sequel The Mandarin Code (both HarperCollins), are being adapted into... Read more

Binks wins 2014 Ray Koppe Young Writers’ Residency

Danielle Binks has won the Australian Society of Authors (ASA)’s 2014 Ray Koppe Young Writers’ Residency for her unpublished YA novel ‘The True Constant’. The... Read more

Black Inc. to publish swimmer Leisel Jones’ memoir

Black Inc. has announced that it will publish Olympic swimmer Leisel Jones’ memoir under its Nero imprint in October 2015. ‘This isn’t another “swim-moir” but... Read more

Quote of the week

‘This Saturday 9 August is National Bookshop Day, and while we can all agree that books are great, we can probably also agree that pugs... Read more

Inaugural Bookbinding and Book Arts Conference to be held in Auckland

The inaugural Bookbinding and Book Arts Conference will be held in Auckland, New Zealand, from 24 to 26 October, featuring experts from the UK and US,... Read more

Momentum acquires NT-set YA fantasy series and rural romance

Momentum has acquired two books in a YA crossover fantasy series by Justin Woolley and a yet-to-be-titled medical rural romance by Nicki Edwards. Woolley’s books have... Read more

Manning Valley Books moves to Wingham, NSW

Manning Valley Books has moved to Wingham, NSW, from Taree, also in NSW, and will hold a grand opening of its new store on 9 August... Read more

Manuscript Assessor Conference program launched x

Writers Victoria has launched the program for its inaugural Manuscript Assessor Conference, which runs from 2-3 September. The conference, which is open to emerging and established assessors, will host... Read more

Former Book Depository MD launches Best Little Bookshop

UK-based online bookstore Best Little Bookshop, the brainchild of former Book Depository MD Kieron Smith, has launched in beta form, reports the Bookseller. Smith announced plans to create the bookstore... Read more

Hachette CEO Pietsch replies to Amazon letter-writing campaign

In the US, Hachette CEO  Michael Pietsch has responded to emails from readers complaining about the price of ebooks. The emails to Pietsch are the result... Read more

HarperCollins establishes promotional fund for indie booksellers

In the US, HarperCollins has established a fund to help retailers promote the publisher’s books, reports Publishers Weekly. The HarperCollins Promotional Fund (HCPF) began in... Read more

Purcell appointed head of Amazon Publishing UK x

Amazon has hired Eoin Purcell, former editorial director of New Island Books in Dublin, to lead Amazon Publishing in the UK, reports the Bookseller. Amazon first advertised the... Read more

Barnes & Noble partners with Google for same-day delivery in three US cities

In the US, Barnes & Noble has partnered with Google Shopping Express for same-day delivery in three cities, reports Publishers Weekly. The announcement comes the... Read more

Hachette, Ingram call off deal to buy Perseus

In the US, Hachette and Ingram have confirmed that their agreement to buy the Perseus Books Group (PBG) has been called off. Publishers Weekly quotes... Read more

FT Business Book of the Year Award longlist announced

The longlist has been announced for the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award, presented annually for the book that has ‘the most... Read more

Amazon offers same-day delivery in 12 major cities

In the US, Amazon has expanded its same-day delivery service for customers in the metro areas of 12 major cities, said the company in a... Read more

International library news x

UK trust launches library innovation program The Carnegie UK Trust has launched a £200,000 (A$362,639) program to develop ‘innovative practice’ in public libraries, reports the... Read more

UTS library unveils automated retrieval system x

The University of Technology (UTS) Library in Sydney is offering tours of its new automated library retrieval system (LRT), which will be completed by the... Read more

International library news x

Report says libraries struggle with ebooks A report from the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) suggests libraries around the world are struggling with ebooks,... Read more

Ask Agatha: Readings launches an advice column

Earlier this year Readings launched a book-advice column staffed by the ‘experienced and extremely wise bookseller Agatha’. Books+Publishing spoke to Agatha.

App, app and away: Australian interactive ebooks and apps for children

At home and in the classroom, kids are swiping their way through a range of interactive ebooks and apps. Carody Culver spoke to Australian publishers... Read more

Peter Carey’s ‘Amnesia’ x

After recent novels set in England and Germany (The Chemistry of Tears) and the US (Parrot and Olivier in America), Peter Carey returns to Australia... Read more

Helen Garner’s ‘This House of Grief’

On the evening of Father’s Day 2005, Robert Farquharson was driving his three children home to their mother—from whom he was separated—when his car left... Read more

Auckland University Press distribution change x

Agency: Auckland University PressISBN prefix: 97801964; 97818694Old distributor: InbooksNew distributor: Auckland University PressChangeover date: 1/9/14Returns cut-off: 29/8/14

Taylor & Francis to distribute Acumen x

Publisher: Acumen PublishingOld Distributor:  Footprint BooksNew Distributor: Taylor & FrancisChangeover date: ImmediateReturns cut off: 30/9/2014

Staff changes at Text

Text has announced a number of staff changes. Rights manager Anne Beilby is now on maternity leave. Alice Cottrell, previously administration coordinator, has been promoted... Read more

Smith and Steed join Margaret River Press editoral board x

Annabel Smith and Laurie Steed have been appointed to the editorial board of Margaret River Press and will provide input to the selection of manuscripts for publication. Smith... Read more

David Harold Tribe Fiction Award submissions open x

The Department of English at the University of Sydney has opened submissions for the David Harold Tribe Fiction Award for short works of literature. The... Read more

Australian Book Design Awards: last chance to book tickets x

ABDA is hosting the 62nd Australian Book Design Awards at Krimper in Melbourne on Friday 22 August. Potential attendees are reminded that this is the last chance... Read more

Indigenous Literacy Day: Volunteers wanted x

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation is seeking 20 volunteers for an event at Melbourne Library Service on Indigenous Literacy Day, Wednesday 3 September.  The work would... Read more

Harlequin sends love to all RUBY winners x

Harlequin wishes to congratulate their talented romance writers – Sarah Mayberry, Kelly Hunter, Lucy Clark, Kendall Talbot and Emma Darcy on their ELLA & RUBY... Read more

James Bennett announces closure of Inbooks x

James Bennett P/L has announced the closure of its Inbooks division effective 30 October 2014. A number of presses have already transferred to new distribution... Read more

Inbooks to cease distribution for Auckland University Press x

Inbooks would like to advise customers that we will cease distribution for Auckland University Press (AUP) at the end of August. Customer returns will be... Read more

Internationally bestselling author Derek Landy to tour Australia in October x

Derek Landy, the internationally bestselling author of the Skulduggery Pleasant books, will be touring Australia in October to celebrate the end of the juggernaut series.... Read more

HarperCollins ANZ to represent all imprints from Pavilion Publishing x

Commencing 1st September 2014, the BT Batsford and Conway Maritime Imprints of Pavilion Publishing will be represented by HarperCollins Publishers. Distribution will be performed by Harper... Read more

Walker Books congratulates Brian Lovelock x

It is with great pleasure that Walker Books congratulates Brian Lovelock for being awarded the 2014 LIANZA Illustration Award—Russell Clark Award for Nature Storybooks: Flight of... Read more

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