Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
24 September 2014

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

‘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

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

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 returns will be accepted by Inbooks until 20th October 2014 as per existing returns policies. New distributors for each press will be notified separately.


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.

The correct ISBNs are as follows


These books are being relisted on the December order form with correct ISBNs and have been corrected on all data feeds.

Orders on file at NewSouth as of 1st September have been switched to the correct ISBNs.

Please update your records appropriately and we apologise for this error.


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 novel, In the Quiet, to be published in July 2015 is a heart-breaking, tender and life-affirming novel about grief, loss and families, which gradually unravels the life and secrets of Cate Carlton, who has recently died yet is able to linger on, watching her three young children and her husband as they come to terms with their life without her on their rural horse property.

HarperCollins Publisher Catherine Milne said:  “I am over the moon to be launching what is bound to be a brilliant career.”

Eliza says: “I could not be more thrilled by the opportunity to work with HarperCollins to make In the Quiet as wonderful as it can be. HarperCollins has published some of my favourite writers and I am humbled (and still in a little bit of shock) to now be amongst them.”

Although she is only twenty-four, Eliza Henry-Jones has been writing a novel a year since she was fourteen.  She has just completed a Masters of Social Work and postgraduate qualifications in grief, loss and trauma counselling and works at a drug rehabilitation centre in Melbourne, using horses in therapy sessions.


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 and Emerging Writer categories in the WA Premier’s Literary Awards last night. Boy, Lost’s success in this award adds to its previous wins in the Queensland and NSW state awards and the Kibble Award, as well as shortlistings in the Victorian Premier’s and Stella awards. No other Australian book has achieved this in the past year. Yvette Walker is a bookseller based in Perth, so especially significant for her to win in her home state.


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 Poems 2014, edited by Geoff Page, have been announced.

Contributors include J.M. Coetzee, Helen Garner, Clive James, David Malouf, Carrie Tiffany, Noel Pearson, Tim Winton, Christos Tsiolkas, Anna Krien, Kirsten Tranter, Ryan O’Neill, Les Murray, Lisa Gorton, Robert Gray, Judith Beveridge, Robert Adamson and many more.

To see a list of all the contributors, visit bestaustralianwriting.com.au

Orders can be placed with United Book Distributors on 03 9811 2555 or email orders@unitedbookdistributors.com.au

The Best Australian Stories, Essays and Poems 2014 will be released on Monday 3rd November 2014.


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 number of best-selling and prize winning authors and playwrights. Fran will continue to represent a select number of clients from her homes in Sydney and Tasmania and can be contacted at fran@franmoore.com.au and mobile 0408 218 449.


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 travelled to Cape Town for the meeting of the International Alliance of Independent Publishers and the Open Book Festival where she spoke about her work.


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.




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