Weekly Book Newsletter
10 September 2014

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
 

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
 

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 for Fiction. It has previously won the 2014 Pen/Faulkner Award. One of the two American novels included on the Booker shortlist, it is published by Serpent’s Tail, the only independent publisher on the shortlist.

‘ferociously smart, woundedly funny and deeply moving’ – James Bradley, Sydney Morning Herald

‘a most enthralling book — thought-provoking and touching and impossible to put down. Verdict: Wow’ – Herald Sun

‘Readably juicy and surreptitiously smart’ – Barbara Kingsolver

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves Karen Joy Fowler (Serpent’s Tail) $22.99 pb 9781846689666

Stock is available immediately. To order please contact your Allen & Unwin account manager or UBD 1800 33 88 36

 

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. Customer returns will be accepted by Inbooks until 26th September 2014 as per existing returns policies. New distributors for each press have not been announced at this stage. 

 

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 at the NSW Premier’s History Awards. Commended by judges as ‘a book of great scope and erudition’, the book is richly illustrated with historical images and maps, and provides new perspectives on the significance of European contact with the Pacific in the Enlightenment. The Press warmly congratulates  Professor John Gascoigne on this very well deserved success. To order copies, please contact Harry Johnson on 0437 389 810 Or customer service at Cambridge on (03) 8671 1400.

 

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 Books.

Barbara, with husband Tony, previously owned and ran multiple award-winning Shearer’s Bookshop in Sydney.

Since relocating to larger premises in April, Boffins has extended its range to include fiction and children’s books. Barbara’s role is to curate and promote the fiction and children’s departments at Boffins.

Barbara would love to hear from publishers about any event opportunities, including in-store signings and author interviews for the Boffins blog. She can be contacted on 08 9321 5755 or by email: Barbara@boffinsbookshop.com.au

 

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 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

 

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

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

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