Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
27 August 2014

Andrew Rule’s ‘Kerry Stokes’ x

The cards have always been stacked against Kerry Stokes. Born John Patrick Alford, his mother gave him up for adoption. His name was scratched out... Read more

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

Madman acquires film rights to ‘Quota’

Film rights to Quota by Jock Serong (Text) have been optioned by Madman. ‘We are delighted that Madman has optioned Jock Serong’s acclaimed debut Quota, and... 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

International library news

No print books for Florida Polytechnic University library The newly opened Florida Polytechnic University (FPU) in the US includes a library without print books, reports Library Journal. The... 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

Innovation, interrupted: Zoe Dattner on the trouble with digital publishing start-ups x

‘I have always been drawn to the digital publishing start-up, and the endearingly mad people who initiate them,’ writes Zoe Dattner, co-founder of Sleepers Publishing... 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

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.

APA: Frankfurt Book Fair webinar x

The APA has organised a webinar for Friday 29 August in the lead-up to the Frankfurt Book Fair in October. The webinar will suit those... Read more

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

Murdoch congratulates Ben Shewry and Martin Benn x

Murdoch Books celebrates the success of our two authors Ben Shewry and Martin Benn who were the two big winners at last week’s 2015 Australian Gourmet Traveller Awards. We are the very proud publishers of Origin: The Food of Ben Shewry (9781741969870) and Sepia: The Cuisine of Martin Benn (9781743363522), available from 24 September. Make sure you place your orders for these two stunning books from the winners of Restaurant of the Year and Chef of the Year!


Entries now open for the 2014 Queensland Literary Awards x

Ten award categories provide opportunities for both published and emerging writers, as well as four fellowships supporting new works by Queensland writers. Entries close 19 September.

Categories for the 2014 program are:

  • The University of Queensland Fiction Book Award
  • The University of Queensland Non-fiction Book Award
  • Griffith University Young Adult Book Award
  • Griffith University Children’s Book Award
  • University of Southern Queensland History Book Award
  • University of Southern Queensland Australian Short Story Collection – Steele Rudd Award
  • State Library of Queensland Poetry Collection – Judith Wright Calanthe Award
  • Unpublished Indigenous Writer – David Unaipon Award (supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund and University of Queensland Press)
  • Emerging Queensland Writer – Manuscript Award (supported by the University of Queensland Press)
  • The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book for the Year


Plus, three Queensland Writers Fellowships of $15,000, and the inaugural Queensland Premier’s Young Writers Fellowship of $10,000.

For more information visit qldliteraryawards.org.au


Inbooks to cease distribution for Hurst and Saqi/Telegram x

Inbooks would like to advise customers that we will cease distribution for Hurst, and Saqi/Telegram at the end of September. Customer returns will be accepted by Inbooks until 26th September 2014. New distributors have yet to be announced.


Inbooks to cease distribution for American Library Association (ALA) x

Inbooks would like to advise customers that we will cease distribution for American Library Association (ALA) at the end of September. Customer returns will be accepted by Inbooks until 26th September 2014. From October all orders will need to be placed with the press directly email: ala-orders@PBD.com


Hinkler Sells Engage Literacy to Capstone x

Hinkler has sold Engage Literacy to Capstone, a US-based publisher who is the exclusive distributor of the Engage Literacy program in North America, the UK and Ireland.

Hinkler Education was established 4 years ago to create the Engage Literacy program for the supplemental education markets worldwide. This precisely levelled international literacy program has been extremely well received by both the market and educators alike. We are delighted and proud of what has been achieved in a relatively short period of time, and we would like to thank and acknowledge the author teams and Hinkler Education personnel for their tremendous efforts.

Hinkler sells 20 million books per annum in 40 languages primarily to retail, wholesale and direct specialty markets world-wide. Recent growth in the Craft, Stationery and Toy product categories is more aligned to Hinkler’s core Book business and requires increased focus. Therefore the non-core asset of Engage Literacy was a natural divestment.

Hinkler wishes Capstone every success with the Engage Literacy Program.

For all Hinkler enquiries, please contact Irene Bamakos at irene.bamakos@hinkler.com.au.

For all Capstone and Engage Literacy enquiries, please contact Miles Stevens-Hoare at mstevens-hoare@raintree.co.uk.

For all Australia and New Zealand local sales enquiries, please contact Terry Hughes at terry@lioncrest.com.au or FREECALL on:

AUS 1800 249 727, NZ 0800990 999


Hachette Australia Congratulates Shaun Tan x

Hachette Australia is thrilled to congratulate Shaun Tan on winning Best Designed Children’s Illustrated Book, for the wonderful Rules of Summer, at the 2014 Australian Book Design Awards.

To order copies of Rules of Summer (ISBN:  9780734410672) please contact Alliance Distribution Services customer service on toll-free fax 1800-664-477 or tel (02) 4390 1300.


Walker Books Congratulates CBCA Winners x

It is with great pleasure that Walker Books congratulates Graham Byrne, illustrator of Big Red Kangaroo (written by Claire Saxby), for winning the Crichton Award for New Illustrators at the 2014 CBCA Book of the Year Awards.

Walker Books also congratulates Bob Graham for Silver Buttons being chosen as an Honour Book in the Picture Book Category of this year’s awards.

To order copies of these titles, please contact Harper Entertainment Distribution Services: 1300 551 721





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