Weekly Book Newsletter
17 September 2014

Educational Publishing Awards 2014 winners announced

The winners of the Australian Publishers Association (APA) Educational Publishing Awards were announced at the State Library of Victoria on 17 September. Macmillan Education Australia was named... Read more

Whitley Awards 2014 winners announced x

Royal Zoological Society of NSW has announced the winners of the 2014 Whitley Awards. The Whitley Medal was awarded for two ‘substantial contributions to Australian... Read more

Quote of the week

‘I think it’s great that their service is getting some traction here before Amazon’s kicks off—more competition is a good thing’—Black Inc. CEO Sophy Williams... Read more

Lower-than-expected numbers at Book Expo Australia, plans underway for 2015 event x

Audience numbers were lower than expected at Book Expo Australia’s inaugural event at the Sydney Showgrounds on 29-31 August. ‘Unfortunately we didn’t get as many... Read more

Foley to leave Hachette x

Bernadette Foley, publisher at Hachette Australia, has announced she is leaving the company. Foley told Books+Publishing that, after 10 years at Hachette and 25 in... Read more

Independent booksellers’ children’s catalogue launched

The Australian Independent Bookseller’s Children’s Catalogue for 2014 has been launched. Great Books for Kids features 34 Australian children’s and YA titles, among 87 recommended... Read more

WritingWA, State Library of WA team up for new festival

WritingWA and the State Library of Western Australia have announced they will partner to facilitate a new festival in Perth. The Disrupted Festival of Ideas... Read more

McClintock joins Booked Out to head new ‘sister agency’ x

Speakers agency Booked Out plans to open a ‘sister agency’ in 2015. The new business, to be called Speaking Out, will cater to the agency’s... Read more

ALIA conference kicks off

The 2014 Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) national conference main program kicks off today. The event, which is being held at the Pullman hotel... Read more

Government to fund musical adaptation of ‘The Silver Donkey’ x

The Australian Government will fund a musical theatre production of Sonya Hartnett’s novel The Silver Donkey (Puffin) to commemorate the Anzac Centenary. The government announced... Read more

Watkins, Hamley appointed nonfiction publishers at Hachette, Foley to leave x

Hachette has announced two new appointments to its nonfiction publishing team. Robert Watkins, commissioning editor for Hachette’s lifestyle list, has been promoted to nonfiction publisher.... Read more

Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing 2014 shortlist announced

The shortlist for this year’s Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing has been announced. The shortlisted pieces are: ‘Eleven Grams of Trouble’ by Frank... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

The 52-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton, Pan) is at the top of the bestsellers chart for the second week in a row. It’s ahead... Read more

Johnson to leave S&S

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

Chambers releases Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship report

Susannah Chambers, commissioning editor of books for children and young adults at Allen & Unwin, has released her Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship report into YA... Read more

‘Australian Poetry Journal’ adopts ‘magazine’ format x

The Australian Poetry Journal has relaunched with a new editor, new ‘magazine’ format and a dedicated website. Michael Sharkey has been appointed editor and Stuart Geddes is responsible... Read more

Co-op to open stores at James Cook University

The campus bookselling chain the Co-op has announced it will open its first two stores at Queensland’s James Cook University. The stores will be located... Read more

Black Inc. partners with Scribd x

Black Inc. has partnered with ebook subscription service Scribd to make all of its books available to subscribers. Black Inc. CEO and rights director Sophy... Read more

Over 240 attend EWF Adelaide x

Over 240 people attended the Emerging Writers’ Festival’s (EWF) first Adelaide program, which ran from 5-7 September. General manager Kate Callingham told Books+Publishing that Saturday night’s Mixtape... Read more

‘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

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

Kobo partners with Bol.com in Netherlands and Belgium

Kobo has partnered with Bol.com, the largest provider of ebooks in the Netherlands and Belgium. The partnership means Kobo’s ereaders and tablets are available from... Read more

Blackwell’s launches academic ebook platform

In the UK, academic bookseller and library supplier Blackwell’s has launched a new e-book platform for students in Beta. The platform, which the Bookseller reports is... Read more

HarperCollins introduces watermarking for ebooks

In the US, HarperCollins is using watermarking technology to increase the security of its ebooks, reports Publishers Weekly. According to chief digital officer Chantal Restivo-Alessi,... Read more

Prose and poetry must be approved by Maldives government before publication

In the Maldives, new regulations require all prose and poetry be approved by the government prior to publication, reports Minivan News. The ‘Regulations on approving... Read more

Vook acquires Byliner

In the US, digital publishing service provider Vook has acquired digital publisher Byliner, reports Publishers Weekly. Byliner’s catalogue of 60-70 longform nonfiction and fiction titles and... Read more

Naipaul dropped from Ubud after ‘11th hour requests’

VS Naipaul has been dropped from this year’s Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF) after the festival was unable to meet his ‘11th hour requests’,... Read more

New office, more staff planned for Amazon UK

In the UK, Amazon has announced plans to move into a new office in London and increase its head office staff to 5000, ‘nearly trebling... Read more

‘NYT Book Review’ adds 12 new bestseller lists

The New York Times Book Review has announced it will publish 12 new bestseller lists, reports Publishers Weekly. The new categories, which will be rotated in groups of... Read more

PRH to close teen book community

In the UK, Penguin Random House (PRH) has announced that it will close its teen book community Spinebreakers, saying it needs to move to online... 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

‘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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