Weekly Book Newsletter
29 October 2014

Quote of the week

‘Sometimes in Australia, people pay far too much for books and that’s not very clever for what’s supposed to be the Clever Country’—Dymocks owner John... Read more

Wood, Weir appointed chairs of arts practice at Australia Council x

Author Charlotte Wood and Random House rights manager Nerrilee Weir have been appointed to the ‘strategic roles’ of chairs of arts practice at the Australia... Read more

Cowley appointed academic sales director at Cambridge University Press x

Michael Cowley has been appointed to the newly created position of academic sales director at Cambridge University Press. The publisher said in a statement that... Read more

‘Only the Animals’ wins inaugural Readings New Australian Writing Award

Ceridwen Dovey’s Only the Animals (Hamish Hamilton) has won the inaugural Readings New Australian Writing Award. Dovey’s novel was chosen from a shortlist of six for the $4000... Read more

People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year shortlist announced

The State Library of Queensland (SLQ) has announced the shortlist for the Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year award, part of the 2014 Queensland... Read more

YABBAs 2014 winners announced

The winners of the Young Australian’s Best Book Awards (YABBAs), Victoria’s children’s choice awards, have been announced for 2014. The winning titles are: Picture storybooks... Read more

French selected for NSW Senior Australian of the Year

Australian author Jackie French is a NSW finalist for the 2015 Senior Australian of the Year Award. French, the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2014-15, is... Read more

ASA to offer Edel Wignell Mentorship for children’s writers

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has announced a new mentorship for children’s writers. The Edel Wignell Mentorship is supported by the literary income of... Read more

Krien shortlisted for UK sports book award

Australian author Anna Krien’s Night Games (Black Inc.) is among the seven titles shortlisted for the 2014 William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award... Read more

Ampersand Project not awarded in 2014

Hardie Grant Egmont has announced that its Ampersand Project for unpublished YA authors will not be awarded this year. The publisher said in a statement... Read more

Bestsellers this week

Richard Flanagan’s Man Booker Prize-winning Narrow Road to the Deep North (Vintage) has climbed back up the bestsellers chart. The $32.95 trade paperback edition is the... Read more

Blake Poetry Prize 2014 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2014 Blake Poetry Prize has been announced. The shortlisted poems are: ‘Penumbra’ (Brady Collard) ‘Soulchat’ (MTC Cronin) ‘either, Orpheus’ (Dan Disney)... Read more

Booktopia makes ‘BRW’ Fast 100 for sixth year

Online bookseller Booktopia has been included in the Business Review Weekly Fast 100 list of fastest growing Australian companies for the sixth year running, with revenues of... Read more

Walkley Book Award 2014 longlist announced

The longlist for the 2014 Walkley Book Award has been announced.  The longlisted titles are: Breaking News: Sex, Lies and the Murdoch Succession (Paul Barry, A&U)... Read more

Currie returns to Avid Reader x

Chris Currie has returned to Brisbane’s Avid Reader in the newly created role of social media manager. Currie was previously the buyer for the store... Read more

Oz, NZ authors and illustrators on 2014 White Ravens list

A number of books by Australian and New Zealand authors and illustrators have been included in the 2014 White Ravens list for international children’s and... Read more

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

Aotearoa Māori Book Awards finalists announced

In New Zealand, 16 finalists in Massey University’s Ngā Kupu Ora Aotearoa Māori Book Awards have been announced. The awards, which include categories for arts, biography and... Read more

Kuwaiti author Mai Al-Nakib wins Edinburgh International Book Festival First Book Award

Kuwaiti author Mai Al-Nakib has won this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival (EIBF) First Book Award for her debut short-story collection The Hidden Light of... Read more

Kindle Scout crowdsourcing program opens for voting

In the US, Amazon has opened its Kindle Scout crowd-sourced publishing program for public vote. In October, Amazon invited authors to submit excerpts of their English-language romance, mystery, thriller, science-fiction or... Read more

Marvel adds comics to Kobo catalogue

Marvel has signed a deal with Kobo to add 250 digital comics to Kobo’s catalogue as fixed-layout illustrated ebooks, reports Digital Book World. Titles include franchises such as... Read more

HarperCollins announces weekly podcast program

HarperCollins has announced a weekly podcast program called ‘HarperCollins Presents’, featuring conversations with its authors. The global podcast program ‘promises new perspectives on the world... Read more

CWA Dagger 2014 winners announced

In the UK, the winners of the 2014 Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Dagger awards have been announced. Wiley Cash won the Goldsboro Gold Dagger for... Read more

IglooBooks partners with DreamWorks

In the UK, publisher IglooBooks has partnered with DreamWorks Animation Publishing Group to develop, distribute and sell books linked to Hollywood films, reports Financial Mail... Read more

Inaugural ‘Kirkus’ Literary Prize announced

US publication Kirkus Reviews has announced the winners of its inaugural literary prize. The fiction prize was presented to the ‘atmospheric romantic fiction’ Euphoria (Lily... Read more

Blloon ereading app launched in UK

Ereading app Blloon has launched in the UK and is using ‘gamification’ to engage young people, reports the Bookseller. The app was launched earlier this year by Thomas Leliveld, founder of the... Read more

Nature Publishing Group, Palgrave Macmillan release author insights survey

Nature Publishing Group (NPG) and Palgrave Macmillan have released public data from an author insights survey completed by more than 30,000 of their authors, reports the... 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

Libraries awarded Community Heritage Grants x

A number of libraries have received funding as part of the federal government’s 2014 Community Heritage Grants (CHG). In NSW, Fairfield City Library Service received... Read more

In brief

ALIA 2014 conference papers and presentations available online The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) 2014 National Conference papers and presentations, including the keynote addresses,... Read more

International library news

US appeals court reverses e-reserves copyright ruling In the US, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has issued its long-awaited ruling in the Cambridge University... 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

Is the 14/14-day territorial copyright agreement working?

In the talkback column in the latest issue of Books+Publishing magazine we asked several publishers and booksellers whether the 14/14-day territorial copyright agreement was working for them.... 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

Patrick Holland’s ‘Navigato’

With the poise and economy of expression of a Zen Buddhist kōan, Navigatio explores the worldly and metaphysical searchings of St Brendan of Clonfert, a... 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

Staff changes at CoInfo x

CoInfo has announced a number of staff changes. Cora Zeilinger has been promoted to sales manager for Australia and New Zealand, replacing Michael Cowley. Daniel Nash has... Read more

Cowley joins Cambridge x

Michael Cowley has been appointed to the newly created position of academic sales director at Cambridge University Press. (See news.)

Currie returns to Avid Reader x

Chris Currie has returned to Brisbane’s Avid Reader in the newly created role of social media manager. (See news.)

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

Staff changes at CoInfo x

We wish to advise that Michael Cowley will be leaving CoInfo to become Academic Sales Director at Cambridge University Press Australia. We thank Michael for... Read more

Text congratulates Graeme Simsion x

Text Publishing offers three resounding cheers for Graeme Simsion, whose debut novel The Rosie Project has now sold over 200,000 copies in print and ebook... Read more

MUP to release new and reprinted Gough Whitlam titles x

MUP is publishing several titles in commemoration of the life of Gough Whitlam. This will include updated editions of definitive biographies by Jenny Hocking, a... Read more

Michael Cowley joins Cambridge x

Cambridge University Press is pleased to announce that Michael Cowley will join the organisation on November 10 in the newly created position of Academic Sales... Read more

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