Weekly Book Newsletter
15 October 2014

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

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

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

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 of the Year Awards. A Swim in the Sea by Sue Whiting and illustrated by Meredith Thomas won in the 3-5 years category and Silver Buttons by Bob Graham won in the 5-8 years category.


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 his book King’s Cross: A Biography, burrows beneath the sensationalist Underbelly ‘sex and sin’ narrative, revealing stories and a cast of characters–some household names others little-known–that not even a writer could conjure up.


Alliance Distribution Services Announcement x

Alliance Distribution Services wishes to advise the following changes which will assist customers in maximising opportunities in the period leading up to Christmas.

1. ADS will reduce our normal minimum order value to $175 rrp from Monday 1st December until Monday 22nd December. This will enable customers to have their orders despatched prior to Christmas without needing to reach the higher minimum.

2. ADS will expand our customer service department hours to open from 7.30am AEDT to 5.30pm AEDT weekdays for the same period. Further extensions of service may be added should activity demand.

3. ADS has already commenced an additional picking shift to ensure orders are despatched to enable us to maintain our usual high average daily turnaround throughout this busy period.

The ADS Customer Service and warehouse operations will be open on all days throughout the Christmas and New Year period other than public holidays. 


RMIT Graduate Diploma in Editing & Publishing Postgrad Information Session x

The annual information session for those considering applying for admission in 2015 to RMIT’s Graduate Diploma in Editing and Publishing (program GD073) will be held from 5-6.30 pm on Tuesday 21 October at RMIT’s City campus in the Swanston Academic Building (Building 80, 445 Swanston Street, Melbourne). There will be signage on the night to direct you to the correct location.

For more information on the program, or to register for the information session, please email Tracy O’Shaughnessy (tracy.oshaughnessy@rmit.edu.au). Registration for the session is preferred but not necessary, so feel free to turn up on the night.




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