Weekly Book Newsletter
17 September 2014

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

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

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 unique opportunity for publishers to promote key titles and deliver prompts for titles to the local reseller audience.

Publishers wishing to inquire about advertising opportunities on TitlePage should direct their inquiries to Thorpe-Bowker advertising sales manager Marc Wilson at (03) 8517-8357 or advertising@thorpe.com.au.


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 Bennett Academic customers in Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania, NT, and New Zealand.

Maureen was a former Sales Manager at Innovative, and before that as a  Sales Manager at Ingram for Coutts.  Prior to that Maureen has worked with other content and system suppliers and has an extensive history in the Library Industry managing a number of special and academic libraries.

Ruza Obradovic Sales Director for YBP said ‘We are very excited to have Maureen join the YBP team, Maureen’s passion for the Library Industry and her deep knowledge of ebook and print book supply and workflow’, made her the standout candidate for the role. 


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 under the Steve Parish Kids imprint. The Whitley Awards are given each year by the Royal Zoological Society of NSW for outstanding publications relating to the fauna of Australia.

To order the series of 10 books please contact T L Distribution customer service on fax (02) 8778 9944 or tel (02) 8778 9999.


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, dynamic company, however, the time is right for me to try new ventures, including an online book club; establishing a work place for long-term unemployed; and, speaking at the George Town Literary Festival. To stay in touch: tobernadettefoley@gmail.com and 0409 666 199.


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, 100 Pacific Highway, North Sydney; phone: +61 (02) 9954 9966.

Our office in Surry Hills is now closed.

Phone numbers and email addresses for all staff remain unchanged.

For further information, please contact:

Camilla Subeathar, Corporate Communications Manager, Penguin Random House, Asia Pacific

Phone:  +61 3 9811 2542; email: csubeathar@penguinrandomhouse.com.au


Watkins Promoted, Hamley to Hachette x

Hachette Australia is pleased to announce two exciting changes to its commissioning team.

Effective immediately, Robert Watkins has been promoted to Non-Fiction Publisher. Currently Commissioning Editor for our lifestyle list, Robert has made a huge impact in a short space of time in growing our presence in the illustrated non-fiction market with authors including Julie Goodwin, Steve (Commando) Willis, Luke Hines & Scott Gooding, Karl Stefanovic, Samantha Armytage and Nikki Parkinson. He has also shown his literary acumen by signing critically acclaimed author Maxine Beneba Clarke and will continue to publish select fiction titles. Congratulations to Robert!

In addition to this, we’re thrilled to announce that Sophie Hamley will join the Australian publishing team on the 20th October as Non-Fiction Publisher. Hamley, who has been an agent for the last eight years, and has contributed to many industry programs over the years, will primarily acquire narrative non-fiction including biography, memoir, music and pop culture.

Sophie Hamley said: ‘I am delighted to be joining the wonderful team of passionate people at Hachette and to have the opportunity to work on such an outstanding list of Australian books.’

Fiona Hazard, Hachette Australia Publishing Director said: ‘Our vision is to continue to develop our Australian publishing division. Sophie Hamley brings with her a wealth of knowledge and publishing skill. I’m thrilled to have someone of Sophie’s calibre working with us.

Robert’s promotion and Sophie’s appointment, working alongside Matthew Kelly, Vanessa Radnidge and Suzanne O’Sullivan, show the increasing strength of our publishing team and I’m excited about what’s to come.’


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




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