Weekly Book Newsletter
6 November 2014

Oz children’s books announced for Bologna exhibition x

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) has announced the children’s books to be featured in the ‘Hello! from Australia’ exhibition at the 2015 Bologna Children’s Book Fair. Illustrations from 32 titles... Read more

A&U acquires new novel from US-based Australian author

Allen & Unwin has acquired Australian and New Zealand (ANZ) and UK/Commonwealth rights to Australian author Dominic Smith’s new novel At the Edge of a... Read more

Quote of the week

‘No one has time to read everything—or the money—so when you do pick up a book, you want to know it’s the right one’—Cheryl Akle... Read more

Book Group Australia for sale x

Book Group Australia, a ‘well established family-owned business specialising in wholesaling, remainders, direct marketing and publishing’, is up for sale. The Sydney-based business was established in... Read more

Victorian Community History Awards 2014 winners announced x

The winners of this year’s Victorian Community History Awards were announced at a ceremony in Melbourne on 20 October. The winners in the book-related categories... Read more

Hachette Australia appoints fiction publisher x

Hachette Australia has appointed Rebecca Saunders to the newly created role of fiction publisher. Saunders is currently based in the UK as deputy publisher of... Read more

‘Overland’ Victoria University Short Story Prize 2014 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2014 Overland Victoria University Short Story Prize for New and Emerging Writers has been announced. The shortlisted stories are: ‘Harbinger’ (Stevi-Lee... Read more

Kent shortlisted for UK National Book Awards

Australian author Hannah Kent has been shortlisted for the International Author of the Year Award in this year’s National Book Awards in the UK. Kent,... Read more

Australia Post opens US postal-forwarding service

Australia Post has opened ShopMate, an international postal-forwarding service in the US, reports Inside Retail. The ShopMate website allows Australian shoppers to buy goods from... Read more

MidnightSun crowdfunds first children’s book

Adelaide-based publisher MidnightSun will publish its first children’s book in February 2015 following a successful crowdfunding campaign. One Step at a Time, written by Jane... Read more

Writers Vic, Hares & Hyenas nominated for ‘rescue my site’ funding

Writers Victoria and Melbourne-based bookseller Hares & Hyenas are among the businesses nominated for funding from ‘Kochie’s Business Builders’ $100K Rescue My Site’ competition. Writers Victoria... Read more

SWF launches first ever children’s writers festival

The Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF) will hold its first dedicated children’s festival from 14 November to 4 December 2014. The Children’s Festival of Moving Stories features... Read more

WA Government expands Christmas trading hours

Perth retailers are allowed to trade for extended hours during the Christmas period after changes to trading hours by the Western Australian Government Department of... Read more

New online literary journal ‘CTD’ launched

A new online literary journal, Connect the Dots (CTD Journal), has been launched and is now open for submissions. Originally developed as a project for... Read more

Dunne joins Express Media

Express Media has appointed Fiona Dunne as creative producer. ‘Fiona has experience across a number of festivals, events, and organisations, most recently through her work... Read more

McNamara, Burns appointed ABR Fellows

The Australian Book Review (ABR) has appointed two new ABR Fellows. ‘The current ABR Ian Potter Foundation Fellowship (the third to be supported by The... Read more

Brett wins French literary award

Australian author Lily Brett has become the first Australian to win the French literary award Prix Medicis Etranger. The award, which is given to the... Read more

AusRomToday Reader’s Choice Awards 2014 nominees announced

The nominees for the inaugural AusRomToday Reader’s Choice Awards have been announced. Administered by the recently launched AusRomToday website, the awards are intended to showcase Australian romance... Read more

Akle launches Better Reading website

Cheryl Akle announced the launch of new ‘independent book recommendations and news site’ Better Reading on 3 November 2014. The website at www.betterreading.com.au has been... Read more

Gifford wins inaugural Five Mile Press illustrator prize

Lucinda Gifford has won the inaugural Five Mile Press Illustrator Prize. Five Mile publisher Kay Scarlett said the judges of the prize felt Gifford had... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Vintage) continues its climb up the charts since being awarded the Man Booker Prize. It is up... Read more

Clunes Booktown for Kids festival this weekend x

Clunes’ inaugural Booktown for Kids festival will be held this weekend in the central Victorian town of Clunes with a Schools’ Day on Friday 31 October... Read more

Hachette Australia promotes staff in management restructure x

Hachette Australia has promoted a number of staff in its sales and product, marketing and publicity, and Australian publishing divisions. In sales and product, Daniel... Read more

Jill Bruce wins 2014 Lady Cutler Award

Children’s book author and former teacher-librarian Jill Bruce is the winner of this year’s Lady Cutler Award, presented by the New South Wales branch of... Read more

Shortlist for inaugural Voss Literary Prize announced

The shortlist for a new Australian literary prize has been announced. The Voss Literary Prize is a new award dedicated to the memory of historian... Read more

Momentum partners with Tablo to find best novels in progress

Australian online publishing platform Tablo has announced a partnership with Pan Macmillan digital publishing imprint Momentum to discover ‘future bestselling authors while they’re still writing... Read more

SPN conference academic program finalised, award date announced x

The Small Press Network (SPN) has confirmed the final program for the academic day of its 2014 conference, to be held in Sydney on Thursday... Read more

Macquarie Uni project to explore changes to the book industry

A new three-year research project funded by the Australian Research Council and undertaken by academics at Sydney’s Macquarie University will examine the impact of the... Read more

Australian Writers Week authors announced

The Australian Embassy Beijing has announced that A J Betts, Maxine Beneba Clarke, Tim Cope, Brooke Davis and Damon Young will be the guest authors at Australian... Read more

Croome named Tasmania’s Australian of the Year

Rodney Croome, gay rights activist and former editor of literary journal Island, is Tasmania’s Australian of the Year. Croome was commended as ‘a champion of lesbian,... Read more

HarperCollins Canada to outsource fulfilment

HarperCollins Canada has announced changes to its fulfilment and back-office operations and that CEO David Kent will leave the company at the end of 2014,... Read more

Penguin Random House UK to close French and German offices

Penguin Random House (PRH) UK will close two offices covering markets in Belgium, Netherlands, Luxemburg, France and Germany as part of an international restructure of its... Read more

Samuel Johnson Prize 2014 winner announced

Helen Macdonald’s H is For Hawk (Jonathan Cape) has become the first memoir to win the Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction, worth £20,000 (A$36,556), reports... Read more

Blumhouse Books imprint announced x

In the UK, Doubleday and Vintage Books, imprints of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, have created the imprint Blumhouse Books in a collaboration with film... Read more

Irish Book Awards shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2014 Irish Book Awards have been announced. The titles shortlisted for Novel of the Year are: Nora Webster (Colm Tóibín, Picador), The... Read more

Online gaming platform Black Crown to shut down

In the UK, Penguin Random House (PRH) is shutting down the online narrative gaming platform Black Crown due to a lack of revenue, reports the... Read more

US airport installs digital library kiosks

San Antonio International Airport in Texas has unveiled two ‘first of a kind’ digital library kiosks, reports the San Antonio Business Journal. The US$26,000 kiosks... Read more

International library news x

Tablets overtake ereaders among US public library readers, report finds The Library Journal’s fifth annual Ebook Usage in U.S. Public Libraries report has found that... Read more

SLNSW to run pilot program to deliver local digital content x

The State Library of NSW (SLNSW) is launching a pilot program to investigate how libraries can best deliver local digital content to communities. SLNSW communications... Read more

NLA welcomes bill to extend legal deposit to digital publications

The National Library of Australia (NLA) has welcomed the introduction of a Bill that will extend legal deposit to include digital publications. The Civil Law... Read more

Fit, fed & informed: Tim White on the trend for healthy lifestyle titles x

‘The boundaries of what is a diet and what is a lifestyle are ever-changing because of trends in cuisine, ingredients, ideas about physical (and mental)... Read more

Lynette Noni’s ‘Akarnae: The Medoran Chronicles Book One’ x

This is another book about ‘young people at magic school’, which we’ve seen a lot of in the post-Harry Potter market. To be fair, the... Read more

Staff changes at Hachette x

Hachette Australia has promoted a number of staff, including: Daniel Pilkington, Elise Winton, Penny Evershed and Naomi Gaskell in the sales department; Christine Fairbrother, Anna Egelstaff, Kelly Morton... Read more

Dunne joins Express Media x

Fiona Dunne has been appointed creative producer at Express Media. (See news.)

Australia-China Publishing Forum: Call for expressions of interest x

The Australian Embassy Beijing is calling for expressions of interest from publishing professionals from all business areas to attend the Australia-China Publishing Forum in Beijing... Read more

Major New Acquisition for Allen & Unwin in ANZ and UK x

Allen & Unwin are thrilled to announce that they have acquired UK/Commonwealth and ANZ rights to Australian author Dominic Smith’s novel At the Edge of... Read more

Business for sale: Book Group Australia x

This is a great opportunity to purchase a well established family-owned business specialising in wholesaling, remainders, direct marketing and publishing.  We also have a well... Read more

Editia Reprinting ‘Kevern write a book’ x

Due to the overwhelming media buzz around Kevern write a book: The best of @Rudd2000 by Scott Bridges and Stephen Owen (ISBN 978-0-9924825-8-9; RRP $24.99),... Read more

Book Submissions for ILF x

It’s that time of year again when our Foundation is calling for submissions for our relevant programs, Book Buzz and Book Supply. We were blown... Read more

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