Weekly Book Newsletter
20 August 2014

Quote of the week

‘This is an outcome where we would provide a library free of charge to the citizens of Brisbane by placing a retailer at ground level’—Brisbane... Read more

Shosanya appointed CEO of Paper Plus

Sam Shosanya has been appointed CEO of Paper Plus in New Zealand. Shosanya has previously worked in the book industry as category director for REDgroup... Read more

New Holland recalls Jill Meagher book

New Holland is recalling copies of Evil in a Blue Hoodie: The Tragic Murder of Jill Meagher by Joe St John due to a court... Read more

SLQ to run Queensland Literary Awards; 2014 awards open for entries

The State Library of Queensland (SLQ) has announced that it will ‘take leadership’ of the Queensland Literary Awards (QLA), and is calling for entries for... Read more

Co-op to open fourth University of Queensland outlet

The campus bookselling chain the Co-op has announced it will open a new ‘general retail outlet’ at the University of Queensland. The new store will... Read more

Writers Victoria announces Glenfern Fellowships, Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers Competition winners

Writers Victoria has announced the recipients of this year’s Glenfern Fellowships. The fellowships for mid-career and established writers were awarded to Jennifer Down, Lee Kofman... Read more

Scribe acquires book on meth addiction expanded from ‘Saturday Paper’ article

Scribe has acquired world rights to The Ice Age: A Journey into Crystal Meth Addiction by freelance journalist Luke Williams, an expanded version of an... Read more

Child protection charity launches nonfiction prize x

Child protection charity Barnardos Australia has launched a nonfiction prize that offers a publishing contract to the winner. Barnardos Australia senior publicist Irene Saunders told... Read more

Six-year funding for organisations as part of new Australia Council grants model

The Australia Council has announced a new arts grants model. As previously reported by Books+Publishing, the new model is the result of a review of... Read more

‘The Great Bible Swindle’ wins Australian Christian Book of the Year Award

The Great Bible Swindle by Bible Society CEO Greg Clarke has won this year’s Australian Christian Book of the Year Award. Judges described the winning... Read more

Ryding appointed director of Melbourne City of Literature office

Arts Victoria has announced the appointment of David Ryding as the inaugural director of the Melbourne City of Literature office based at the Wheeler Centre.... Read more

Bestsellers this week

Daniel Morcombe was last seen waiting for a bus on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland in 2003. The boy’s remains were found in 2011 and Brett Cowan... Read more

Davitt Awards 2014 shortlists announced x

Sisters in Crime has announced the shortlists for the 2014 Davitt Awards for the best crime books by Australian women. The shortlisted titles in each... Read more

CBCA Book of the Year Awards 2014 winners announced

The winners of the 2014 Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards were announced in Canberra on 15 August, marking the... Read more

Two rural bookstores close x

Pages of Life bookstore in Cooma, NSW, has closed down, two years after bookseller Sam Hutchinson opened the store. As well as books, it sold... 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... Read more

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

EWF launches Adelaide program

The Emerging Writers Festival (EWF) has announced its first Adelaide program, which will run for three days in September and feature discussions, workshops and performances.... Read more

Inaugural Moving Words Prize seeks submissions of literary translation by NZ students

The New Zealand Book Council has opened submissions for its inaugural Moving Words Prize to recognises excellence in literary translation by secondary school students. The prize will be... 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

Eckhart Tolle creates own imprint

In the US, Power of Now author Eckhart Tolle has created a new imprint for publisher New World Library, reports Publishers Weekly. Tolle will ‘identify... Read more

Study finds Kindle readers have difficulty remembering plot

A new study has found that Kindle readers have greater difficulty recalling the plot of a story than paperback readers, reports the Guardian. In the study, researchers... Read more

German authors protest Amazon tactics in Bonnier dispute; Amazon responds

Close to 1200 writers from Germany, Austria and Switzerland have signed an open letter protesting Amazon’s tactics in its trading dispute with the Bonnier Group,... Read more

Hugo Awards 2014 winners announced

The winners of the 2014 Hugo Awards have been announced. The awards honour the best science-fiction and fantasy titles published in the previous year, as... Read more

Penguin UK to publish videogame tie-in magazine

In the UK, Penguin has acquired world rights to a new Skylanders Universe magazine based on the Skylanders videogames, reports the Bookseller. This is the... Read more

Judge orders mediation in ebook price-fixing suit

In the US, judge Denise Cote has ordered that all the parties involved in an ebook price-fixing case instigated by Australian software company DNAML against... Read more

Phaidon acquires online art marketplace Artspace x

In the US, art book publisher Phaidon has announced it has acquired online art marketplace Artspace, reports Publishers Weekly. Artspace had been in talks to... Read more

Gordon Burn Prize shortlist announced

In the UK, the shortlist for the Gordon Burn Prize has been announced, reports the Bookseller. The shortlisted titles are: The Wake (Paul Kingsnorth, Unbound), which... 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

Craigieburn Library wins international library award

Craigieburn Library in Melbourne has won the inaugural International Public Library of the Year. The library was shortlisted for the award along with the Library... Read more

Brisbane City Council proposes retailer-funded library

Brisbane City Council has announced plans for a new community library to be funded through an agreement with a major retailer occupying the same site.... Read more

At your service: The growth in self-publishing support services x

The boom in self-publishing has led to the establishment of a number of different ‘self-publishing support services’, reports Brad Jefferies. He spoke to several local operators,... 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.

Claire Atkins’ ‘Nona & Me’ x

Nona & Me is one of those wonderful books that takes you deeply into a rarely seen world and brings it vibrantly to life. Set in... 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

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

Ryding appointed director of Melbourne City of Literature office

David Ryding has been appointed as the inaugural director of the Melbourne City of Literature office based at the Wheeler Centre. (See news.)

Shosanya appointed CEO of Paper Plus

Sam Shosanya has been appointed CEO of Paper Plus in New Zealand, replacing Rob Smith, who left the company in early August. (See news.)

Staff changes at ‘KYD’

Kill Your Darlings online editor Emily Laidlaw has left the publication and will be replaced by deputy online editor Veronica Sullivan.

Society of Editors (NSW) presentation on magazine editing x

Society of Editors (NSW) will run a presentation on the world of magazine editing and subediting with Sue Ramsey, chief subeditor of Good Health magazine... Read more

Indigenous Literacy Day dinner x

Bookings are open for an Indigenous Literacy Day dinner featuring a performance by singer-songwriter Archie Roach. Date: 3 September, 7pm for a 7:30pm start, concluding... Read more

CBCA Children’s Book of the Year Awards 2015 x

Publishers are asked to send in their entries for the 2015 CBCA Book of the Year Awards. The CBCA Board recommends submitting entries on a... Read more

Society of Editors (NSW) ebooks workshop x

The Society of Editors (NSW) will run a one-day workshop on the topic ‘Ebooks 201 for editors: Intermediate’, presented by Sarah JH Fletcher. The workshop... 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

HGE celebrates CBCA winner and honour book x

Hardie Grant Egmont celebrates the success of Jan Omerod and Andrew Joyner’s book, The Swap, the 2014 CBCA Early Childhood Book of the Year. Congratulations... Read more

Second reprint of ‘The Voice’ by Ray ‘Rabbits’ Warren available 21 August x

A second reprint of The Voice: My Story by Ray ‘Rabbits’ Warren, the #1 Non-Fiction Bestseller for August, is underway. Stock will be available on... Read more

Hachette Australia congratulates our CBCA winners x

Hachette Australia is thrilled to congratulate Shaun Tan on winning the 2014 CBCA Picture Book of the Year Award for the wonderful Rules of Summer.... Read more

Hachette Australia congratulates Colin McLaren x

Hachette Australia congratulates Colin McLaren on JFK: The Smoking Gun being shortlisted in the True Crime category of the 2014 Ned Kelly Awards. To order... Read more

Recall: ‘Evil in a Blue Hoodie: The Tragic Murder of Jill Meagher’ by Joe St John x

New Holland Publishers is recalling all copies of ‘Evil in a Blue Hoodie: The Tragic Murder of Jill Meagher’ by Joe St John ISBN 9781742575186... Read more

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