Weekly Book Newsletter
22 October 2014

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

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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