Weekly Book Newsletter
15 October 2014

New charitable trust to govern NZ Book Awards

The New Zealand Books Awards and the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults will be governed by a new charitable trust, with... Read more

CLNZ Educational Publishing Awards 2014 finalists announced x

The finalists for this year’s Copyright Licensing New Zealand (CLNZ) Educational Publishing Awards have been announced. The finalists in each of the categories are: Best... Read more

Quote of the week

‘We need book programming of depth and breadth. I believe there is a huge hunger out there for news and views on books and writing,... Read more

Creative New Zealand releases draft ‘Review of Literature’

New Zealand arts development agency Creative New Zealand (CNZ) has released a draft report into its support for New Zealand literature. The ‘Review of Literature’ report presents the results... Read more

Flanagan wins 2014 Man Booker Prize

Richard Flanagan has won the 2014 Man Booker Prize for his novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Vintage). Flanagan was presented with the... Read more

Edgar and Hay joint winners of 2014 Colin Roderick Award x

Stephen Edgar and Ashley Hay are the joint winners of this year’s Colin Roderick Award. Edgar’s poetry collection Eldershaw (Black Pepper) and Hay’s novel The Railwayman’s Wife (A&U) were... Read more

Vale Morris Lurie

Australian author Morris Lurie has died, aged 75. Penguin Australia writes: ‘Penguin Australia is saddened by the passing of acclaimed Melbourne writer Morris Lurie. During... Read more

Speech Pathology Book of the Year Awards 2014 winners announced

Speech Pathology Australia has announced the winners of its 2014 Book of the Year Awards. The winners in the five categories are: Birth to three... Read more

Chamberlin awarded 2014 Dromkeen Medal; Scholastic donates $12,000 to preserve Dromkeen archive

Children’s publisher Helen Chamberlin was awarded the 2014 Dromkeen Medal at the State Library of Victoria (SLV) on 12 October. Chamberlin began her career as... Read more

Gleitzman, Tan on UK cultural diversity list

Books by Morris Gleitzman and Shaun Tan have been included in a list of ‘50 of the best children’s books celebrating cultural diversity in the... Read more

A&U acquires ‘Cliff Hardy’ backlist x

Allen & Unwin has bought the rights to 16 out-of-print titles from Peter Corris’ ‘Cliff Hardy’ series, and will publish the titles in December. A... Read more

Campus publishing, bookselling awards announced x

The winners of the 2014 Australian Campus Booksellers Association (ACBA) Awards for campus publishers and the Australian Publishers Association (APA) Awards for campus booksellers have... Read more

Bestsellers this week

Not That Kind of Girl (HarperCollins)—a collection of personal essays by Lena Dunham, writer and creator of hit US TV show ‘Girls’, is the highest new... Read more

Barbara Jefferis Award 2014 shortlist announced

The shortlist for this year’s Barbara Jefferis Award has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Sufficient Grace (Amy Espeseth, Scribe) The Life and Loves of... Read more

French author Patrick Modiano wins 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature

The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2014 has been awarded to French author Patrick Modiano—the 15th French writer to win the prize. The Swedish Academy awarded... Read more

Text, Hardie Grant nominated for 2014 FutureBook Innovation Awards

Text Publishing and Hardie Grant Publishing have been shortlisted for the Bookseller’s Futurebook Innovation Awards for 2014. Text’s website is in the running for best... Read more

Oz, NZ authors and illustrators nominated for 2015 Astrid Lindgren Award

Four Australians and two New Zealanders have been nominated for the 2015 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. Australian authors Ursula Dubosarsky, Libby Gleeson, Morris Gleitzman and... Read more

‘The Reef’ wins 2014 CHASS Australia Book Prize

Iain McCalman’s The Reef: A Passionate History (Penguin) has won the 2014 Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) Australia Book Prize. The... Read more

Waverley Library Award 2014 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2014 Waverley Library Award for Literature, known as ‘the Nib’, has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Let the Land Speak:... Read more

Wyld among winners of 2014 EU Prize for Literature

Australian born, UK-based author Evie Wyld has won the 2014 European Union Prize for Literature, along with 12 other authors from European countries. Established in... Read more

Quote of the week

‘The general mood was extremely positive with everyone excited about the past year’s results and the upcoming Christmas trading period’—Collins Booksellers financial controller Will Smith... Read more

Collins Armidale and Tamworth joint franchisee winners at national conference x

The Collins Booksellers franchisee awards were announced at the bookseller’s national conference in Melbourne on 6 October. The National Franchisee of the Year Award was... Read more

RiP Alex MacLeod x

Alex MacLeod, long-time academic sales representative for Cassell, Book & Film Services and Harper Educational, has died Victorian bookseller Michael Shaw writes: ‘Although Alex chose... Read more

RiP Morris Lurie x

Australian author Morris Lurie has died, aged 75. Lurie was the author of numerous books, short stories, essays and plays. He was well known for his comic novels,... Read more

Tangled Garden Bookshop reopens as Murray River Books x

Tangled Garden Bookshop in Echuca, Victoria, has closed its bricks-and-mortar store and reopened as the online store Murray River Books. Co-owner Peter Williams told Books+Publishing that he... Read more

TITLE closes Melbourne CBD store x

Australian independent music, books and film retailer TITLE Store closed its Melbourne CBD store on 4 October. TITLE’s marketing and communications manager David Boyce told... Read more

Australian Romance Readers Conference 2015 program announced

The Australian Romance Readers Association has announced the program for its 2015 conference, to be held in Canberra from 6-8 March. The keynote speakers for... 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

International Publishers Association (IPA) appointments

Bloomsbury executive director Richard Charkin has been elected president of the International Publishers Association (IPA) after serving as vice-president since 2013. Charkin will take over from current... Read more

Amazon to open ‘pop-up’ stores in San Francisco and Sacramento

In the US, Amazon will open ‘pop-up’ stores in San Francisco and Sacramento to showcase its hardware range during the Christmas holiday period, reports technology-news... Read more

Kobo releases ebook statistics report

Kobo has released a report aimed at publishers and authors that explains its method of analysing ebook statistics. The report says that reader engagement statistics... Read more

Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Awards winners announced

UK supermarket chain Sainsbury’s has announced the winners of the first Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Awards, reports the Bookseller. That’s Not My Piglet (Fiona Watt, illus by... Read more

‘The Wake’ wins 2014 Gordon Burn Prize

In the UK, Paul Kingsnorth’s crowdfunded novel The Wake (Unbound) has won the Gordon Burn Prize, reports the Bookseller. The prize, worth £5000 (A$9246), celebrates writers whose works... Read more

Harry Potter Book Night announced for February 2015

Bloomsbury Children’s Books has announced it will run a Harry Potter Book Night on 5 February 2015. The publisher is inviting schools, bookshops, libraries and... Read more

Malala awarded 2014 Nobel Peace Prize

The 2014 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Pakistani activist and author Malala Yousafzai and Indian activist Kailash Satyarthi ‘for their struggle against the... Read more

Samuel Johnson Prize 2014 shortlist announced

In the UK, the shortlist for this year’s Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Roy Jenkins (John Campbell, Jonathan... Read more

Self-publishing ‘beginning to mature’, according to Bowker report

In an analysis of US ISBN data, Bowker has revealed that 458,564 self-published titles were published in 2013, up 17% from 2012 and 437% from 2008. The... Read more

HarperCollins creates HarperCollins Germany

HarperCollins has announced the creation of HarperCollins Germany by expanding the Harlequin Hamburg office to form the new division, reports Publishers Weekly. The publisher said it... Read more

Survey into mobile ereading shows even split between Apple and Amazon apps among young people x

A new survey into mobile phone reading has found that young people are evenly split in their use of Apple or Amazon apps, reports Publishers Weekly. The Publishing Technology... Read more

In brief

Director of Libraries ACT nominated for Telstra Business Women’s Awards Director of Libraries ACT Vanessa Little has been named as a finalist in the 2014... Read more

ACT Government to cut opening hours for Canberra libraries

The ACT Government is cutting the opening hours of Canberra’s public libraries to reduce costs, reports ABC News. From December, opening hours will be reduced... Read more

Saunders wins 2014 Dromkeen Librarian’s Award

Melbourne University head of library Pam Saunders has won the 2014 Dromkeen Librarian’s Award. The award is given to a school, children’s librarian or teacher... Read more

International library news

Library book therapy to tackle dementia In the UK, the Reading Agency and the Society of Chief Librarians will introduce a new initiative in libraries in January 2015 to... 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

Wrapped up in books: Christmas 2014 titles

With Christmas just over two months away, most publishers have already released their key titles for the Christmas selling period. Brad Jefferies rounds up some of the... 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

John Marsden’s ‘South of Darkness’

South of Darkness is John Marsden’s first novel for an adult audience, set in London in the late 1700s. Barnaby Fletch has no memory of his... Read more

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

ABA Victoria and NSW Christmas parties x

The Australian Booksellers Association will hold Christmas parties for its Victorian and NSW branches. The Christmas Party for the Victorian branch of the ABA will be... Read more

Editors Victoria: InDesign for Editors (PC)–Intermediate x

Editors Victoria is running the course ‘InDesign for Editors (PC)–Intermediate’ with Clare Brophy on Saturday 8 November 2014 from 11am to 5pm at CAE, 253 Flinders Lane Melbourne.... Read more

Editors Victoria: Dance Steps for the Self-Employed Editor—Advanced x

Editors Victoria is running the courese ‘Dance Steps for the Self-Employed Editor—Advanced’ with Jackey Coyle on Saturday 25 October 2014 from 11am to 5pm at CAE, 253... Read more

Walker Books Congratulates Sue Whiting, Meredith Thomas and Bob Graham x

It is with great pleasure that Walker Books congratulates Sue Whiting, Meredith Thomas and Bob Graham for their success in the Speech Pathology Australia Book... Read more

NewSouth Congratulates Louis Nowra x

NewSouth would like to congratulate Louis Nowra, one of this year’s Alex Buzo Award shortlisted winners for the Nib: Waverley Library Award for Literature. Nowra, in... Read more

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