Weekly Book Newsletter
8 October 2014

Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Pat Lowe & Mervyn Street’s ‘The Girl from the Great Sandy Desert’ x

This chapter book is a charming collection of stories by Jukuna Mona Chuguna, a storyteller from the great Sandy Desert. They have been interpreted and... Read more

Tranter launches poetry research journal

Poet John Tranter has launched an online poetry research journal. The Journal of Poetics Research (JPR) will publish research articles, book reviews, interviews and some creative writing, and will be ‘generally... Read more

‘WRIT Poetry Review’ launches first issue

A new online West Australian poetry journal has been launched. The WRIT Poetry Review seeks ‘first and foremost to connect the poetry community in the West’. Editors Alexis... Read more

New website for PANZ

The Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) has launched a new website. The website was developed by Alistair Cook from New Zealand design company Book... 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

International library news

White Paper offers recommendations for improved library e-content An international E-Data Quality Working Group consisting of library professionals, content providers and OCLC has published a... Read more

National Film and Sound Archive celebrates 30 years

The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) is celebrating its 30th birthday and has published a timeline of highlights from the past 30... Read more

NLA launches new creative arts fellowship

The National Library of Australia (NLA) has launched a new fellowship for ‘professional practicing artists’. The Friends of the NLA Creative Arts Fellowship is open... 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

‘Books+Publishing’ 2014 rights survey results x

For the 12th year in a row, Books+Publishing has surveyed Australian rights managers and literary agents to gauge the health of Australian rights trading. The... 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

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

Society of Editors (NSW): The Business of Editing x

The Society of Editors (NSW) Inc. presents The Business of Editing, a one day seminar Saturday 15 November, 9.30am to 5.30pm. Cost: $350. The Business... Read more

ILF trivia night: Wednesday 5 November

It’s on again—the annual Indigenous Literacy Foundation trivia night at Paddo RSL on Wednesday 5 November. Quizmaster Richard Glover will host the evening and there will be scores of fantastic prizes and auction items. Bid for David Malouf to visit your book club; a weekend in the Hunter Valley; theatre tickets and terrific artwork. Don’t miss it! Book tickets here.


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 12-month subscription to Books+Publishing. The competition was open to attendees at the ALIA National Conference in Melbourne on 15-19 September.




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