Weekly Book Newsletter
22 October 2014

Quote of the week x

‘The stats show that the Booker Prize judging panels are almost always made up of posh people and their chairperson is almost always very posh... Read more

Successes celebrated at ‘solid’ 2014 Frankfurt Book Fair x

Nerrilee Weir, rights manager for Random House Australia, writes: The 2014 Frankfurt Book Fair was held in unseasonably balmy and rainy weather, making the pre-fair... Read more

VicArts grant recipients announced

Arts Victoria has announced its latest round of VicArts grant recipients. The program will provide $1.4 million in funding for 88 new creative projects by... Read more

Most Underrated Book Award 2014 shortlist announced

The Small Press Network (SPN) has announced the shortlist for this year’s Most Underrated Book Award (MUBA). The shortlisted titles are: Gardens of Fire (Robert... Read more

Three Dymocks stores to open in November x

Two new Dymocks stores in Queensland and one new store in Victoria are scheduled to open in November. The Queensland stores will be located in the regional... Read more

Kostakis, Berry win 2014 Inky Awards

The winners of the 2014 Inky Awards, presented by the Centre for Youth Literature, were announced at the State Library of Victoria on 21 November.... Read more

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. Spiteri-James told Books+Publishing she is... Read more

Australians nominated for 2015 Carnegie, Greenaway medals

The nominations for the 2015 Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medals, presented by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) in the UK, have... Read more

Bestsellers this week

The Blood of Olympus: Heroes of Olympus (Rick Riordan, Puffin) is Percy Jackson’s final battle. It’s in first place on the bestsellers chart and the... Read more

Goldsworthy to join Affirm Press x

Freelance editor Kate Goldsworthy will join the editorial team at Affirm Press. Publisher Martin Hughes told Books+Publishing that Goldsworthy has been appointed editor in a... Read more

New owners for Fullers Launceston x

Independent Tasmanian bookseller Fullers Bookshop Launceston has new owners. Business partners Michael French and Ash Campbell have purchased Fullers Launceston from previous owner Clive Tilsley,... Read more

PM’s Literary Awards shortlists announced

The shortlists for this year’s Prime Minister’s Literary Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each of the categories are: Fiction A World of... Read more

Radio NZ to broadcast reading of ‘The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt’

Tracy Farr’s novel The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt (Fremantle Press) will be broadcast as a 12-part reading on Radio New Zealand (RNZ), beginning... Read more

Sexton appointed head of programming at the Wheeler Centre

The Wheeler Centre has announced the appointment of Emily Sexton as head of programming. Sexton has been creative producer and co-CEO of Melbourne’s contemporary art... Read more

Authors announced for Adelaide Writers’ Week

Adelaide Writers’ Week has announced the line-up for its 2015 festival. Among the international guests are UK authors John Lanchester, Michel Faber, Esther Freud and... Read more

Staff changes at The 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

Screen Australia announces funding for book-to-film adaptations x

A film based on the comic memoir Lost Cat by US author Caroline Paul (illus by Wendy MacNaughto, Bloomsbury) is the latest book-to-film project to receive funding from... Read more

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

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

S&S, Amazon sign ‘version of agency pricing’ deal

In the US, Simon & Schuster and Amazon have signed a sales agreement for the publisher’s print and digital books that has been described by... Read more

Bertelsmann to acquire Relias Learning

Multinational media company Bertelsmann will acquire US elearning provider Relias Learning, reports the Bookseller. Bertelsmann said in a statement that it will spend ‘in the... Read more

UK survey finds cheap ebooks boosts overall reading

A UK survey conducted by market research company Mintel has found that one in four (26%) ebook buyers are reading more because ebooks are cheaper than paperbacks.... Read more

IPA releases report on global publishing markets

The International Publishers Association (IPA) has released its annual report on global publishing markets. The survey of 42 countries has found mostly negative growth in... Read more

Sales down, profits up at WHSmith

UK book chain WHSmith has recorded a 9% year-to-year rise in pre-tax profits in its annual results for the year ending 31 August, reports the Bookseller. The chain’s... Read more

McSweeney’s to seek non-profit status

US publisher McSweeney’s will seek status as a non-profit organisation from next year, reports Publishers Lunch. In a statement on its website, McSweeney’s said: ‘A nonprofit... Read more

Attendance dips at 2014 Frankfurt Book Fair

Attendance at the Frankfurt Book Fair (FBF) is down for the second year in a row, but only ‘modestly’, reports Publishers Weekly. FBF officials have... Read more

National Book Award finalists announced

In the US, the National Book Award has announced the finalists in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young people’s literature. In fiction the finalists... Read more

‘The Visitors’ wins 2014 Not the Booker Prize x

The Visitors by Simon Sylvester (Quercus) has won this year’s Not the Booker Prize. The award, which is run by the Guardian in the UK and voted... 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

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

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

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... Read more

‘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... Read more

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... Read more

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... Read more

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... Read more

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