Weekly Book Newsletter
10 September 2014

‘The 52-Storey Treehouse’ inspires Guinness World Record

Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton’s The 52-Storey Treehouse (Pan) has inspired a Guinness World Record for the Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Trees. Pan... Read more

Quote of the week

‘I’m speechless in Seattle’—Richard Flanagan on his shortlisting for the Man Booker Prize. He also said he was overwhelmed, delighted, thrilled and honoured. Flanagan is currently... Read more

Increased attendance, ‘record’ book sales at Brisbane Writers Festival x

An estimated 36,000 people attended this year’s Brisbane Writers Festival (BWF), which ran from 3-7 September. BWF director and CEO Kate Eltham told Books+Publishing she... Read more

Dymocks celebrates 135th birthday with sales promotions x

Dymocks is celebrating 135 years of bookselling with several new sales promotions. Dymocks staff and franchisees across the country have selected their ‘135 top reads... Read more

Flanagan on Man Booker Prize shortlist

Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Vintage) is on the shortlist for this year’s Man Booker Prize. The shortlist of six, selected... Read more

Author enters ‘Big Brother’ house

Sam Bramham, paralympian and author of the memoir Three-Quarter Man (Affirm Press) is a housemate in the current season of reality TV show ‘Big Brother’.... Read more

Scholastic reports operating revenue up

Scholastic has reported global profits of US$107 million (A$115 million) for the 2014 financial year, an increase of 31% on the previous year, when it... Read more

Horgan joins Boffins

Boffins Bookshop in Perth has announced that Barbara Horgan has joined the business. Horgan, who previously owned Shearer’s Bookshop in Sydney with her husband Tony,... Read more

Man Booker 2014 shortlist announced tonight

The shortlist for the 2014 Man Booker Prize will be announced in the UK overnight. As previously reported by Books+Publishing, Australian author Richard Flanagan has... Read more

Penguin Random House NZ to merge offices, close Random House NZ distribution centre

Penguin New Zealand and Random House New Zealand ‘will merge all our functions and become one fully integrated business from January 2015’, according to a statement... Read more

Webster appointed SPN chair

The Small Press Network (SPN) has announced the appointment of Michael Webster as chair of the SPN board. ‘Michael’s career in the Australian book industry... Read more

Bestsellers this week

Following the success of the bestselling The 39-Storey Treehouse, Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton have returned with The 52-Storey Treehouse (Pan). The 13 new ‘storeys’ feature... Read more

Winners announced for 2014 NSW Premier’s History Awards

The winners of the NSW Premier’s History Awards have been announced as part of the official launch of NSW History Week. The awards, which total... Read more

McKinty, Safran win 2014 Ned Kelly Awards

The winners of the 2014 Ned Kelly Awards for crime writing were announced at the Brisbane Writers Festival on 6 September. The fiction award went... Read more

SPN conference draft program released, tickets on sale

The Small Press Network has released a draft program for its third Independent Publishing Conference, which will be held in Sydney from 13 to 14... Read more

Catton on Dylan Thomas Prize shortlist x

The Luminaries (Granta) by New Zealand author Eleanor Catton has been shortlisted for the 2014 International Dylan Thomas Prize. The full shortlist is: The Luminaries... Read more

New ‘Books+Publishing Junior’ reviews out now

Books+Publishing’s latest Junior newsletter contains six reviews of children’s and YA books publishing in October and November. Included is a review of The Three Billy... Read more

UQP to publish modern classics series

The University of Queensland Press is publishing a series of ‘UQP Modern Classics’. The new series features early works from Australian authors previously published by... Read more

Lucashenko wins 2014 Vic Prem’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing

Melissa Lucashenko has won the 2014 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing for her novel Mullumbimby (UQP). The $20,000 award was presented at the... Read more

Quote of the week

‘If we in the print business want to survive, we have to make print an entirely different experience from reading digitally’—Melbourne Writers Festival guest Dave... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—HarperCollins has sold Korean rights to The Naming of Tishkin Silk (Glenda Millard & Caroline Magerl). Nonfiction—Black Inc. has sold Polish rights to My... Read more

Book sales up, ‘Treehouse’ number one at Melbourne Writers Festival x

Book sales at this year’s Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) were ‘well up on last year’, according to festival bookseller Dymocks Melbourne.  Co-owner Dino Traverso told Books+Publishing that the festival... Read more

Brisbane Writers Festival kicks off

The 2014 Brisbane Writers Festival (BWF) kicks off today and runs until 7 September. As previously reported by Books+Publishing, more than 200 writers and illustrators will... Read more

Indigenous Literacy Day today

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) is staging its eighth Indigenous Literacy Day today (Wednesday 3 September) to raise money for Indigenous literacy. A number of booksellers... Read more

Wilderness Society children’s book award winners announced

The winners of the Wilderness Society’s 2014 Environment Award for Children’s Literature were announced at the Little Bookroom in Melbourne on 2 September.  Bush Baby... Read more

Federal police raid Brisbane Islamic bookstore x

Australian Federal Police has raided an Islamic bookstore in Brisbane, reports SBS News. The Courier-Mail reported last week that the iQraa Islamic Centre bookstore in Underwood was run... Read more

Kneen wins 2014 Thomas Shapcott Prize

Author and Avid Reader events manager Krissy Kneen has won the 2014 Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize. The $3000 prize is named in honour of Queensland... Read more

Text acquires YA novel by Currie x

Text Publishing has acquired world rights to a YA novel by Christopher Currie. The publisher described the book as ‘a YA novel of distinction, with... Read more

Recipients of CLNZ/NZSA Research Grants announced

Copyright Licensing New Zealand (CLNZ) and the New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) have announced the four recipients of the 2014 CLNZ/NZSA Research Grants, each... Read more

UK to be guest of honour at Mexico’s Guadalajara book fair

The UK will be the guest of honour at next year’s Guadalajara International Book Fair in Mexico, reports the Bookseller. A delegation of editors, writers and artists will... Read more

‘Forbes’ releases list of top-earning authors

Forbes has released its annual list of the world’s top-earning authors. James Patterson is at the top of the list earning US$90 million (A$97 million)... Read more

Atwood manuscript to be locked away for 100 years

Margaret Atwood has been chosen as the first contributor for the Future Library art project, which will see her ‘unpublished, unread’ manuscript locked away for... Read more

Picador to publish two Clive James poetry collections

In the UK, Picador has acquired a new collection of poetry from Clive James called Sentenced to Life to be released in April 2015, reports... Read more

Amazon launches KDP Kids publishing program

Amazon has launched a new publishing program called KDP Kids to help children’s book authors create illustrated and chapter ebooks, reports Digital Book World. The program uses free Kindle Kids’ Book Creator software... Read more

Authors to earn higher royalties through new HarperCollins UK website

HarperCollins UK will pay authors a higher net royalty for ebooks sold through its new website than through other retailers, reports the Bookseller. HarperCollins UK launched its new website in August following... Read more

PRH creates Penguin Publishing Group for adult imprints

In the US, Penguin Random House (PRH) has announced the creation of a new Penguin Publishing Group that will house all of Penguin’s adult imprints,... Read more

B&N testing Espresso Book Machines to ‘gauge consumer interest’

US bookselling chain Barnes & Noble (B&N) is testing the Espresso Book Machine in three of its stores to ‘gauge consumer interest’, reports Publishers Weekly.... Read more

Samsung ‘Innovation Partner’ at Frankfurt Book Fair

Technology company Samsung is the Innovation Partner at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair (FBF), which runs from 8-12 October. The collaboration will ‘highlight the convergence... Read more

Sleeping pods installed in Perth university library

Edith Cowan University in Perth has installed two sleeping pods on its Joondalup campus, reports the ABC. The pods, which are equipped with music and... Read more

Shanghai Library adds two million records to WorldCat

Shanghai Library, China’s largest public library and one of the largest libraries in the world, has contributed two million records to global library resource WorldCat.... Read more

Dramatic increase in Ballarat library loans

The City of Ballarat in Victoria has found that loans from its four libraries have increased dramatically in the last financial year despite an apparent... Read more

Registrations open for ALIA Information Online Conference

Early bird registrations are now open for the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) Information Online Conference, which will be held in Sydney from 2-5 February... Read more

International library news

Comic creator promotes National Library Card Sign-up Month In the US, legendary comic creator Stan Lee has been appointed honorary chair of Library Card Sign-up Month... Read more

SLQ wins Premier’s Cultural Diversity Award

The State Library of Queensland (SLQ) has been named winner of the Premier’s Cultural Diversity Award in the Public Sector category. Presented at a gala... Read more

Is social media worth the effort? x

‘For a medium whose language is by and large casual and spontaneous, social media requires a surprising amount of time and effort for businesses. That... Read more

Bray says: Philip Bray from Brays Books on 45 years of bookselling, and the future

‘You might expect an old bloke, fast approaching retirement, to reflect on “the good old days” and bemoan the “newfangled days”. No way!’ Find out what Philip... Read more

Judith Rossell’s ‘Withering-by-Sea’ x

Set in a glum Victorian seaside town, Judith Rossell has written an engaging and evocative mystery-adventure story. Eleven-year-old Stella Montgomery lives a dreary life with... Read more

Steve Kilbey’s ‘Something Quite Peculiar’ x

This memoir from one of Australia’s most gifted songwriters is a lively, anecdotal account of 40-plus years of musicianship. As the frontman of The Church—one... Read more

Inbooks to cease distribution for Boydell & Brewer x

Agency: Boydell & BrewerISBN Prefix: VariousOld Distributor: InbooksNew Distributor: Not knownChangeover date: 1/10/14Returns cut-off: 26/9/14

Inbooks to cease distribution for Rowman & Littlefield x

Agency: Rowman & LittlefieldISBN Prefix: VariousOld Distributor: InbooksNew Distributor: Not knownChangeover date: 1/10/14Returns cut-off: 26/9/14

Inbooks to cease distribution for Zed Books x

Agency: Zed BooksISBN Prefix: VariousOld Distributor: InbooksNew Distributor: Not knownChangeover date: 1/10/14Returns cut-off: 26/9/14

Horgan joins Boffins

Barbara Horgan has joined Boffins Bookshop in Perth in the role of business development manager, fiction and children’s books. (See news.)

Wakefield Press moves premises

Wakefield Press has moved from its Kent Town premises to 16 Rose Street, Mile End in Adelaide. The new office opened on 8 September.

Webster appointed SPN chair

The Small Press Network (SPN) has announced the appointment of Michael Webster as chair of the SPN board. (See news.)

Allen joins ‘Kill Your Darlings’

Joshua Allen has been appointed as online editorial assistant at Kill Your Darlings.

New office for Indigenous Literacy Foundation x

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation is moving from its current address in Redfern to new premises in Ultimo. The office will be closed 10-11 September to facilitate the... Read more

Editors Victoria blurbs and publicity workshop x

Editors Victoria is running a workshop on ‘Writing Effective Blurbs and Publicity Material’ with Susan Keogh on Saturday 20 September from 1-5pm. Keogh will share techniques that... Read more

PANZ announces international rights and contracts workshops

The Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) is running two workshops on contracts and rights at Westpac Takutai Square in Auckland on 16 September. Leading the workshops will be... Read more

Allen & Unwin Congratulates Karen Joy Fowler and Serpent’s Tail x

Allen & Unwin is delighted at the announcement that Karen Joy Fowler’s We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves has been shortlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize... Read more

Inbooks to cease distribution for Boydell & Brewer, Rowman & Littlefield, and Zed Books x

Inbooks would like to advise customers we will cease distribution for Boydell & Brewer, Rowman & Littlefield, and Zed Books at the end of September.... Read more

Cambridge University Press congratulates John Gascoigne x

Cambridge University Press is delighted to announce that Encountering the Pacific in the Age of Enlightenment by John Gascoigne has won the General History Prize... Read more

Barbara Horgan Joins Boffins x

Boffins Bookshop in Perth is pleased to announce that Barbara Horgan has joined  the team in the role of Business Development Manager, Fiction and Children’s... Read more

Final call for Queensland Literary Awards nominations x

Nominations for the 2014 Queensland Literary Awards close 19 September. Award categories: The University of Queensland Fiction Book Award The University of Queensland Non-fiction Book... Read more

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... Read more

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