Weekly Book Newsletter
1 October 2014

Quote of the week

‘It will help reach younger audiences with an expanded children’s and young adult program, live stream technology connecting the event to regional locations, and a... Read more

QWC, Hachette announce writers for 2014 Manuscript Development Program x

The Queensland Writers Centre (QWC) and Hachette Australia have announced the writers selected for their 2014 Manuscript Development Program. The program, now in its seventh year,... Read more

Dorothy Butler Children’s Bookshop in Auckland up for sale

The Dorothy Butler Children’s Bookshop in the Auckland suburb of Ponsonby is up for sale, reports Booksellers NZ. Sheila Sinclair, owner of both the Children’s... Read more

City of Sydney increases SWF sponsorship

The City of Sydney has increased its funding to the Sydney Writers’ Festival. The city will provide $360,000 in cash and $110,000 in in-kind support each... Read more

Tasmanian Writers Centre publishes children’s books

The Tasmanian Writers Centre has published two children’s books and may publish more in future. The centre has published When I was a Boy in... Read more

Sparrow to leave ‘Overland’

Literary journal Overland has announced that editor Jeff Sparrow will leave the role at the end of 2014. As previously reported by Books+Publishing, Sparrow was... Read more

Bloomsbury Spark acquires first Australian novel

Bloomsbury Australia has acquired the first novel by an Australian to be published under its ebook-only Bloomsbury Spark imprint. Vanessa Barnevald’s young adult novel This... Read more

Bestsellers this week

There are few changes to this week’s bestsellers chart with familiar titles taking the top spots. The 52-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton, Pan) is in first place for... Read more

New name for Tasmania’s Ten Days on the Island festival

Tasmania’s biennial arts festival Ten Days on the Island has been renamed the Tasmanian International Arts Festival. Artistic director David Malacari told the ABC that... Read more

‘Overland’ Story Wine Prize winner announced

The winner of Overland’s inaugural Story Wine Prize has been announced. ‘That inward eye’ by Leah Swann has won the $3000 prize and will be published on... Read more

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

NZ book wins international design award

Flatmate’s Handbook by New Zealand graphic design student Lauren Earl has won the Red Dot Design Concept Award, announced in Singapore on 27 September. Published... Read more

Shriver wins 2014 BBC National Short Story Award

British novelist Lionel Shriver has won this year’s BBC National Short Story Award for her story ‘Kilifi Creek’. Shriver, whose short stories have previously been... Read more

Osprey sells Watkins, Angry Robot and Nourish imprints

UK military history publisher Osprey Publishing has sold three of its imprints—Watkins (MBS), Angry Robot (sci-fi) and Nourish (wellbeing cookbooks)—to US entrepreneur Etan Ilfeld for... Read more

Centum Books and Sainsbury’s to develop exclusive children’s list

In the UK, Centum Books has partnered with Sainsbury’s to develop an exclusive range of children’s titles over a three-year period, reports the Bookseller. The publisher and... Read more

‘The Bookseller’ launches prize for YA books

UK book trade publication the Bookseller has launched a prize for young adult books in response to a lack of existing awards. The first Bookseller YA Book... Read more

Hachette UK to merge children’s divisions

Hachette UK will merge its three children’s divisions into the one business on 1 January 2015, reports the Bookseller. The new Hachette Children’s Group will... Read more

New research finds majority of young people prefer print

New research from the UK has found that 73% of young people aged 16 to 24 prefer print over digital and audio formats, reports the... Read more

France to be Guest of Honour at Frankfurt Book Fair in 2017

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has accepted the invitation for France to be Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair (FBF) in 2017, the France... Read more

Patterson gives grants to 73 UK indie bookstores

More than £130,000 (A$241,280) has been allocated to 73 independent bookshops in the UK and Ireland in the first round of UK grants funded by... Read more

French Embassy to open NYC bookstore, create ‘French corners’ in indie bookstores

The French Embassy is opening a bookstore in New York City and will work with independent booksellers to create ‘French corners’ in their stores, reports... Read more

Penguin Random House partners with Universal Pictures for book-to-film adaptations

In the US, Penguin Random House (PRH) has partnered with Universal Pictures with the aim of adapting more books to film, reports Publishers Weekly. Random... Read more

FT Business Book of the Year Award shortlist announced

In the UK, the shortlist for the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award has been announced. The award, worth £30,000 (A$55,000),... Read more

Amazon launches Kindle Unlimited in the UK

Two months after Amazon launched its ebook subscription service Kindle Unlimited in the US, the service has arrived in the UK. According to the Bookseller,... Read more

‘Captain Underpants’ series most frequently challenged title in 2013

The American Library Association (ALA) has released the list of most frequently challenged books in 2013 as part of Banned Books Week, which runs from... 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

International library news

Connecticut library acquires walking, talking, dancing robots Connecticut’s Westport Library recently acquired two robots, Vincent and Nancy, which will be used to help teach coding... Read more

Malaysia Airlines victims honoured in condolence books at SLV

Around 1200 pages of condolence messages have been bound into three books and handed to the State Library of Victoria (SLV) during a national memorial... Read more

NLA to expand online and mobile services

The National Library of Australia (NLA) is redeveloping infrastructure to manage its digital collections and expanding its online and mobile services for library users, reports... 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

Top 10 political bios of the past decade

How will Julia Gillard’s memoir measure up against her predecessors’? Nielsen BookScan has put together a list of the bestselling political biographies and memoirs of... 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

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

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

Featherstone to leave ‘Verity La’

Nigel Featherstone, managing editor of online creative arts journal Verity La, has resigned. Michele Seminara, current editor and co-reader of poetry, will take over the... Read more

Sparrow to leave ‘Overland’

Overland editor Jeff Sparrow will leave the role at the end of 2014 to ‘concentrate on his own writing’. Current deputy editor Jacinda Woodhead will... Read more

New chair for Auckland Writers’ Festival board

Sarah Sandley has resigned as chair of the Auckland Writers’ Festival board and will be replaced by deputy chair Phillipa Muir. Nicola Legat has been appointed deputy chair and Josephine Green has... Read more

APA: Submissions open for illustration exhibition at Bologna Book Fair x

Submissions are invited from APA members to be represented in the 2015 Hello! From Australia Illustration Exhibition, held as part of the APA stand at... Read more

ALIA conference iPad competition winner announced x

Thorpe-Bowker congratulates RMIT librarian Julia Leong, winner of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) Conference iPad competition. Along with an iPad, Leong will receive a... Read more

More great titles now available from Novella Distribution x

Novella Distribution specialises in independent Australian publishing houses including: Wombat Books, Rhiza Press, Signs Publishing and Bushytail Books. We offer rapid order processing and personalised... Read more

‘Glory, Glory’ by Rabbitohs legend John Sattler x

This weekend, South Sydney Rabbitohs will play their first Premiership in 43 years. Glory Glory: My Life is the story of Rabbitohs icon John Sattler,... Read more

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