Weekly Book Newsletter
17 September 2014

Book adaptations among AWGIE winners x

Book adaptations are among winners of the 47th Annual AWGIE Awards for screen, television, stage and radio writing, presented by Australian Writers’ Guild. ANZAC Girls, a... Read more

Canberra Uni poetry prize awarded to David Adès

The University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize, worth $15,000, has been awarded to David Adès for his poem ‘Dazzled’, reports Sydney Morning Herald. Adès, an... Read more

Otago Uni announces 2015 fellows

The University of Otago in New Zealand has announced the recipients of its 2015 fellowships for literature and children’s writing. The Robert Burns Fellowship has... 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

‘The Brothers Quibble’ selected for 2015 National Simultaneous Storytime

The Brothers Quibble by Aaron Blabey (Viking) has been selected for next year’s National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS), to be held at 11am on Wednesday 27... Read more

NLA to preserve web plug-in ‘Stop Tony Meow’

Browser extension Stop Tony Meow has been selected for preservation by the National Library of Australia’s (NLA) web archive Pandora, reports SBS. Pandora (Preserving and Accessing... Read more

International library news

Chicago, NY, Hawaii shortlisted for Obama’s Presidential Library Project Four universities in Chicago, New York and Honolulu have been shortlisted as potential sites for Barack... Read more

Archivists campaign against possible merger of State Records and SA Library

The Australian Society of Archivists (ASA) has launched a public campaign against a possible merger of the State Records and the State Library of South... 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

Susannah Chambers on being an editor in New York

Allen & Unwin’s Susannah Chambers spent three months in New York as part of her Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship. As part of her report she... 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

Erik Jensen’s ‘Acute Misfortune: The Life and Death of Adam Cullen’ x

When the Archibald Prize-winning artist Adam Cullen died in 2012 at the age of 46, the Australian art world was unsure who it had lost:... 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

Johnson to leave S&S x

Lou Johnson, managing director of Simon & Schuster Australia, has resigned and will leave the company after a ‘smooth transition to new leadership’. (See news.)

Changes to Hachette publishing team

Hachette has announces several changes to its publishing team. Robert Watkins, commissioning editor for Hachette’s lifestyle list, has been promoted to nonfiction publisher; Sophie Hamley, literary... Read more

McClintock re-joins Booked Out Speakers Agency x

Rosalind McClintock has re-joined Booked Out Speakers Agency in the newly created position of Speaking Out manager. (See news.) 

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.)

Society of Editors (NSW): Principles of Plain English for editors x

Society of Editors (NSW) will run a workshop on the principles of Plain English for editors, presented by Susan McKerihan, explaining the three main components of Plain English:... Read more

TitlePage to introduce display advertising x

TitlePage users will shortly notice the addition of a banner ad and three box ads on most pages of the website. These ads create a... Read more

Maureen Quinn appointed as Collection Development Manager at YBP x

Maureen Quinn has been appointed as Collection Development Manager at YBP Library Services. Maureen will be supporting and developing the relationships for YBP and James... Read more

Pascal Press Congratulates Rebecca Johnson x

Pascal Press would like to congratulate author Rebecca Johnson for winning the 2014 Whitley Commendation for Best Children’s series for her Insects Story Books, published... Read more

Bernadette Foley x

After ten years at Hachette and over 25 in this industry I am taking a break from publishing, leaving Hachette this week. It’s a wonderful,... Read more

New Sydney Offices for Penguin Random House x

We are pleased to announce that Penguin Random House staff in Sydney now reside in newly renovated offices. Our Sydney office address is: Level 3,... Read more

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