Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
22 October 2014

Jim Haynes’ ‘Australia’s Best Unknown Stories’

Jim Haynes sorts the facts from the furphies in the audiobook Australia’s Best Unknown Stories, which combines snippets of Australian colonial history, short stories and poetry.... 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

Oz, NZ festival announces 2015 dates

The Australian and New Zealand Festival of Literature and Arts has announced the dates for its 2015 event. The London-based festival, which held its inaugural... Read more

New Walker Books website for teachers and librarians

Walker Books Australia has launched a new website for teachers and librarians. Walker Books Classroom features classroom ideas, book lists, interviews and other resources, which... Read more

Australian public library stats report released

The National and State Libraries Australasia (NSLA) has released its annual Australian Public Libraries Statistical Report. The report, which covers 2012-2013, found that while expenditure... Read more

International library news

Wellcome Library to digitise 800,000 pages of mental health archives    More than 800,000 pages of archival material drawn from psychiatric hospitals and asylums in... Read more

Inaugural NSW State Library Awards announced

The winners of the inaugural NSW State Library Awards, which recognise the work of library professionals, have been announced. Former NSW governor Marie Bashir was... 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

Reilly, Ponting, Fox, Griffiths and Marsden top Australian bestsellers charts 2013-14 x

Matthew Reilly’s The Tournament (Pan) and Ricky Ponting’s memoir Ponting: At the Close of Play (HarperSports) have topped the Australian adult fiction and nonfiction bestsellers... 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

Stanojlovic joins Footprint Books x

Nada Stanojlovic has joined Footprint Books in the newly created position of national sales manager. Stanojlovic was previously general manager of library services and business development at... Read more

Sukkarieh joins Dymocks board x

Salah Sukkarieh, a professor and ‘robotics expert’ at the University of Sydney, has been appointed as a non-executive director of the Dymocks Group board.

Goldsworthy joins Affirm Press x

Freelance editor Kate Goldsworthy has been appointed editor at Affirm Press. (See news.)

Spiteri-James to leave Thames & Hudson x

Jodie Spiteri-James has resigned as managing director of Thames & Hudson Australia and will leave the company in April 2015. (See news.)

Sexton appointed head of programming at the Wheeler Centre x

The Wheeler Centre has appointment of Emily Sexton as its new head of programming. Sexton replaces Simon Abrahams, who will move to the newly created... Read more

Staff changes at Five Mile Press x

The Five Mile Press has announced a number of changes to its marketing and publicity team. Jennifer Kean has been promoted to national publicity manager,... Read more

Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards x

The closing date for entry in the 2015 Book of the Year Awards is 30 November 2014. In order to avoid eligibility issues, books must be... Read more

Crichton Award 2015: Entries now open x

The CBCA (Victorian branch) is accepting entries into the Crichton Award for New Illustrators until 30 November 2014. For more information, including eligibility and entry forms,... 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

Nada Stanojlovic to join Footprint Books x

Footprint is very pleased to announce that Nada Stanojlovic is joining us as our National Sales Manager.  Nada comes with an impressive background in sales and marketing in both the print and digital environment and has an excellent working knowledge of the publishing partners that we now represent in this territory.  Nada can be reached on (02) 9997 3973.


‘Arthur Phillip: Sailor, Mercenary, Governor, Spy’ Shortlisted for Prime Minister’s Literary Awards x

Hardie Grant Books is pleased to announce that Arthur Phillip: Sailor, Mercenary, Governor, Spy (9781742705088) has been short-listed in the history category for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards 2014. Congratulations to all involved, particularly author Michael Pembroke. Please order copies through Random House.

Contact orders@randomhouse.com.au or phone 1800 222 444


Allen & Unwin to Publish ‘Gough Whitlam: A Tribute’ x

Allen & Unwin will publish a new book celebrating the life of revered Labor figure, Gough Whitlam, on 3 November 2015. Gough Whitlam: A Tribute (ISBN: 9781865084374, $35.00 hardcover) will include more than 200 photographs, many never before published along with a foreword by Senator John Faulkner. All royalties will be directed to the Whitlam Institute. To order copies please contact United Book Distributors Customer Service orders@unitedbookdistributors.com.au


2015 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards: Entries close Friday 31 October x

The NSW Premier’s Literary Awards offers awards in the following categories:

  • Christina Stead Prize for Fiction
  • UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing
  • Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-fiction
  • Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry
  • Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature
  • Ethel Turner Prize for Young People’s Literature
  • Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting
  • Betty Roland Prize for Scriptwriting
  • Community Relations Commission For a multicultural NSW (Multicultural NSW) Award
  • The Premier’s Translation Prize (biennial)
  • Multicultural NSW Early Career Translator Prize (biennial)


All works must have been first published, performed, broadcast or made publicly available between 1 October 2012 and 30 September 2013.

For guidelines and online nomination forms: www.sl.nsw.gov.au/premiersliteraryawards

The awards are administered by the State Library of NSW in association with Arts NSW. Entries Close: Friday 31 October 2014


Random House Distribution Christmas 2014 Ordering Guide x

The last day for deliveries into store for the final weekend of trading prior to Christmas will be Friday 19th of December 2014. As such the following is a guide of when orders need to be placed with us in order to enable delivery by this day. Please order on the day below for your region and also ensure orders are with us by 10am AEDST to best ensure we can despatch your order so that it has the best opportunity to meet the promised delivery date. For convenience the local time in the delivery zone is listed as the time by which orders need to be with us.


Last order date

Final order close time (local time at shop)

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WA – Central



Southern WA






QLD – Western



QLD – Far North/Cape York



QLD – Central Coast/Mackay/Rockhampton



QLD – Nth QLD/Townville/Cairns



QLD –South East



QLD – Brisbane



NT – Country



NT- Darwin



NT – Alice Springs



SA – North and West



SA – Country (Mt Gambier +South East)



SA – Adelaide



NSW – Western


10am AEDST

NSW – Central


10am AEDST

NSW – Coast & Riverina


10am AEDST

NSW – Sydney, Albury & Canberra


10am AEDST

TAS – Regional


10am AEDST

TAS – Hobart/Launceston


10am AEDST

Vic All


10am AEDST


Hachette Australia Congratulates Shaun Tan x

Hachette Australia is thrilled to congratulate Shaun Tan on Rules of Summer being shortlisted in the children’s fiction category of the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards.

To order copies of Rules of Summer (ISBN: 9780734410672) please contact Alliance Distribution Services customer service on toll-free fax 1800-664-477 or tel (02) 4390 1300.




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