Weekly Book Newsletter
24 September 2014

Penguin Random House NZ announces new leadership team x

Penguin Random House New Zealand has announced a number of appointments to its leadership team. Carrie Welch, general manger of sales and business development at... Read more

Quote of the week

‘I welcome a review of Australia’s competition policies but hope that international postage and GST on imports are given as much weight, if not more,... Read more

The Stella Count: 2013 gender ratios in books pages revealed

Books by male authors received on average 55.4% of coverage in Australia’s major newspapers and literary journals compared to 44.6% for books by female authors,... Read more

Tulba wins $20,000 2014 Kathleen Mitchell Award

Majok Tulba has been announced as the winner of this year’s Kathleen Mitchell Award for young novelists. Tulba won the $20,000 award for his debut... Read more

Shaun Tan exhibition to travel to regional areas x

An exhibition based on Shaun Tan’s book The Lost Thing (Hachette) will tour nine regional centres from 2015 to 2017, after the Australia Council for... Read more

SPN at Frankfurt: Dattner to represent Affirm, Transit Lounge, Fremantle and Sleepers at Frankfurt x

Four Small Press Network (SPN) publishers will be represented by former SPN general manager Zoe Dattner at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair. Affirm Press, Transit... Read more

Black Inc. announces contributors to 2014 ‘Best’ anthologies

Black Inc. has announced the contributors to its 2014 Best Australian Stories, Essays and Poems collections. J M Coetzee, Helen Garner, Clive James, David Malouf,... Read more

CHASS Australia Book Prize 2014 shortlist announced

The Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) has announced the 2014 Australia Book Prize shortlist. The prize, worth $3500, is part of... Read more

RiP Lorraine Giles x

Lorraine Giles, client services manager at McGraw-Hill Education, has died, aged 68. McGraw-Hill Education writes: ‘It is with deepest sadness we announce that over the... Read more

Fremantle appoints first patron

Fremantle Press has announced the appointment of Tonya McCusker as the inaugural Fremantle Press patron.  Fremantle Press chairperson Ian Lilburne said McCusker’s role would focus... Read more

The Stella Count: 2013 gender ratios in books pages revealed

Books by male authors received on average 55.4% of coverage in Australia’s major newspapers and literary journals compared to 44.6% for books by female authors,... Read more

‘Going Down Swinging’ launches Pozible campaign to avoid closing

Literary journal Going Down Swinging has launched a Pozible campaign to raise funds to ‘stay alive’. ‘We’ve always got by without much cash, but a stack of... Read more

WA Premier’s Book Awards 2014 winners announced

The winners of this year’s Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards were announced by Premier Colin Barnett on 23 September. Richard Flanagan was awarded the $25,000... Read more

RiP Antony Kidman x

Publisher, author and psychologist Antony Kidman has died, aged 75. Kidman founded the ‘Foundation for Life Sciences’ imprint, under which he authored many popular psychology books, including Stress,... Read more

Booktopia recognised at ‘Smart Company’ business awards x

Austrailan online bookseller Booktopia has been recognised in the 2014 Smart Company business awards.  Booktopia was awarded the Top Community SME category award, given to... Read more

HarperCollins acquires 24-year-old author’s debut in three-book deal

HarperCollins has acquired a debut novel by Eliza Henry-Jones as part of a three-book deal. In the Quiet, acquired via the Calidris Literary Agency, is... Read more

Moore to leave Curtis Brown x

Literary agency Curtis Brown has announced agent Fran Moore will be leaving the company. Moore, who has been an agent with the agency for 15... Read more

ABA and Leading Edge to hold ‘tandem’ conferences again in 2015 x

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) and Leading Edge Books have confirmed they will hold their annual conferences ‘in tandem’ for a third year.  The organisations... Read more

Competition policy panel recommends review of parallel importation restrictions; ABA, APA respond x

The Competition Policy Review Panel has released a draft report recommending the review of regulations ‘restricting competition’ in key areas, including parallel importation. The panel,... Read more

WA Premier’s Book Awards announced tonight

The winners of the Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards will be announced tonight in Perth. Michelle de Kretser won last year’s Premier’s Prize. The name... Read more

Bestsellers this week

The film tie-in edition of Gone Girl (Gillian Flynn, Hachette), released ahead of the film adaptation on 2 October, has entered the bestsellers chart in fourth spot, and... Read more

Two Dymocks stores close, two to open x

Two Dymocks stores in Melbourne have closed. The Dymocks Southland and Dymocks Fountain Gate stores, operated by franchise owner Jerome Adams, closed at the weekend.... Read more

Hooper, Sparrow win 2014 Sidney Myer Creative Fellowships x

Authors Chloe Hooper and Jeff Sparrow are among 10 artists to be awarded 2014 Sidney Myer Creative Fellowships, each worth $160,000 over two years. Hooper is... Read more

Sherwin-Stark and Ractliffe appointed joint MDs of Hachette Australia x

Louise Sherwin-Stark and Justin Ractliffe have been appointed joint managing directors of Hachette Australia. Sherwin-Stark, formerly sales and product director, will be responsible for sales... Read more

‘The Lifted Brow’ to partner with ‘McSweeney’s’

Melbourne-based publisher and literary magazine The Lifted Brow (TLB) has announced plans to partner with US publisher McSweeney’s. TLB publisher and editor-in-chief Sam Cooney told... Read more

New ‘Books+Publishing’ reviews out now

Books+Publishing’s latest Reviews newsletter contains 10 reviews of books publishing in November to February. Included is a four-star review of Emergence, the first book in... Read more

Book adaptations among AWGIE winners

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,... Read more

Writers Edit to publish ‘Kindling’ with Pozible funding

The online writing magazine Writers Edit will publish its first book ‘in just a few short months’. Kindling will be ‘a collection of short stories,... Read more

Co-op announces new Charles Sturt store

The Co-op campus bookselling chain has announce it will open a new Charles Sturt University store at the university’s newest campus in Port Macquarie. The... Read more

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

‘Tiddas’ optioned for television

Anita Heiss’ most recent novel Tiddas (Simon & Schuster) has been optioned for television. Pursekey Productions has optioned the book ‘with a view to making... 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

Penguin Random House Canada distribution to merge

Distribution for Penguin Canada books will move from Pearson Canada’s warehouse in Newmarket, Ontario, to Random House’s Canada warehouses, reports Publishers Weekly. The move is... Read more

Amazon planning crowd-sourced publishing program

Amazon is planning to launch a crowd-sourced publishing program, reports the Bookseller. The retailer has told authors who self-publish using Kindle Direct Publishing that they... Read more

Canadian ebook sales plateau

In Canada, digital publisher BookNet has ‘paused’ its consumer survey on ereading because of a plateau in ebook sales, reports Publishers Weekly. ‘The numbers we’re hearing... Read more

Penguin US launches Cartoon Network imprint

In the US, Penguin Books for Young Readers will launch a Cartoon Network Books imprint in mid-2015, with books tied to shows owned by television company... Read more

Amazon announces ‘Family Library’ Kindle feature

Amazon has announced it will allow users to link their accounts with family members to share content on the company’s Kindle ereaders. The announcement comes... Read more

National Book Award longlists announced x

In the US, the National Book Award has announced the longlists in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young people’s literature. Titles on the fiction... Read more

BBC National Short Story Award shortlist announced

In the UK, the shortlist has been announced for this year’s BBC National Short Story Award. The shortlisted writers and their short stories are: Zadie Smith for ‘Miss... Read more

HarperCollins to offer ‘Holiday Express Shipping’ for indies

In the US, HarperCollins is introducing a ‘Holiday Express Shipping’ program for independent bookstores, which will run from 3 November to 16 January. According to... 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

International library news

EU rules on the right of libraries to digitise books for ‘reading points’ The European Union’s Court of Justice has ruled that ‘Member States may... Read more

Over 700 attend ALIA National Conference x

More than 700 library professionals attended this year’s Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) national conference, which was held in Melbourne from 15 to 19... Read more

ALIA releases report into education and employment trends

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) released its first public report into education and employment trends in the library sector at its national conference... 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

Behind the scenes with Scholastic publisher and Snappyant co-director Ana Vivas

Ana Vivas is a publisher at Scholastic Australia and co-director of Snappyant, which creates interactive children’s book apps for tablets. ‘In 2010, I downloaded an app... 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

Helen Razer & Bernard Keane’s ‘A Short History of Stupid’

A Short History of Stupid is concerned with the rise of Stupidity in a world ruled by ‘fade-resistant individualism’, extreme paternalism, political condescension, conspicuous compassion... Read more

Susan Hawthorne’s ‘Bibliodiversity: A Manifesto for Independent Publishing’

In 2002 I attended the launch of Susan Hawthorne’s Wild Politics: Feminism, Globalisation and Bio/diversity and later used it as an economics text. In 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

Bodleian Library Publishing distribution change x

Publishers: Bodleian Library PublishingISBN Prefix: VariousOld Distributor: InbooksNew Distributor: Not knownChangeover date: 20/10/2014Returns cut-off: 20/10/2014

British Library Publishing distribution change x

Publishers: British Library PublishingISBN Prefix: VariousOld Distributor: InbooksNew Distributor: Not knownChangeover date: 20/10/2014Returns cut-off: 20/10/2014

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

Inbooks to cease distribution for British Library Publishing, Bodleian Library Publishing and Facet Publishing. x

Inbooks would like to advise customers we will cease distribution for British Library Publishing, Bodleian Library Publishing and Facet Publishing on the 20th October 2014. Customer... Read more

NewSouth Books/Shelter Harbor Press Incorrect ISBNs x

Due to a publisher mix up with ISBNs, the following titles were listed on the NewSouth Books November new title order form with incorrect ISBNs.... Read more

Stunning Three-Book Deal for Young New Australian Writer x

HarperCollins is thrilled to announce it has acquired the world rights to a wonderful new Australian writer, Eliza Henry-Jones, via Calidris Literary Agency. Her debut... Read more

Congratulations to UQP Winning Authors x

UQP would like to congratulate Kristina Olsson (Boy, Lost) and Yvette Walker (Letters to the End of Love) for their respective wins in the Non-fiction... Read more

Contributors to ‘The Best Australian Stories’, ‘Essays’ and ‘Poems 2014’ announced x

The contributors to The Best Australian Stories 2014, edited by Amanda Lohrey, The Best Australian Essays 2014, edited by Robert Manne and The Best Australian... Read more

Fran Moore to Leave Curtis Brown x

Fran Moore will be leaving Curtis Brown in mid October, 2014.  During her 15 years as an agent with Curtis Brown, Fran has represented a... Read more

International Day of Bibliodiversity x

21 Sep was International Day of Bibliodiversity. To coincide with this Spinifex Press has published ‘Bibliodiversity: A Manifesto for Independent Publishing‘ by Susan Hawthorne. Susan has... 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

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