Weekly Book Newsletter
12 November 2014

Brisbane Airport offers Brisbane-related books to G20 delegates

Brisbane Airport Corporation has selected 20 books about Brisbane and by Brisbane authors that will be displayed in the departure lounge for G20 delegates and... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘I would warmly welcome Amazon or The Book Depository setting up a warehouse in Australia because it would be a fair fight’—Pages & Pages co-owner Jon... Read more

Butler joins the Cameron Creswell Agency, Cameron’s Management x

Freelance editor and publishing consultant Jo Butler has joined the Cameron Creswell Agency and Cameron’s Management as a literary agent. Butler joins the company on... Read more

Phillips resigns as Macmillan director to launch consulting business x

After 42 years with Pan Macmillan, Macmillan director Peter Phillips has resigned from the publisher to run his own book industry consulting company. Phillips told... Read more

‘Fish-Hair Woman’ wins Philippine National Book Award

Merlinda Bobis’ Fish-Hair Woman (Spinifex Press) has won a Philippine National Book Award in the category of Best Novel in a Foreign Language (English). Bobis... Read more

Reading Matters 2015 authors announced

US authors Laurie Halse Anderson and Sara Farizan and UK author Sally Gardner are among the guests attending next year’s Reading Matters conference. The 2015... Read more

KOALAs 2014 winners announced

The winners of the 2014 Kids Own Australian Literature Awards (KOALAs) have been announced. The winning titles and honour books in each category are: Picture... Read more

Down wins inaugural Henry Handel Richardson Writing Competition

Melbourne writer Jennifer Down has won the inaugural Henry Handel Richardson Writing Competition for her short story ‘Pressure Okay’.  The competition, judged by Helen Garner... Read more

CLNZ Educational Publishing Awards 2014 winners announced

The winners of this year’s Copyright Licensing New Zealand (CLNZ) Educational Publishing Awards have been announced. Best Resource in Primary Education went to Connected 2013... Read more

‘The Lifted Brow’ appoints new print editors

Melbourne-based publisher and literary magazine The Lifted Brow (TLB) has appointed three new editors for its flagship print magazine. Jointly editing TLB in 2015 will be founding editor of... Read more

Audible launches free audiobook promotion on its Australian store

Amazon-owned audiobook retailer Audible has launched a promotion on its Australian website offering a free audiobook collection. The audible.com.au site, which went live on 15 January, is... Read more

The Book Depository in talks to establish local supply x

Amazon-owned, UK-based online retailer the Book Depository is working to establish a direct supply with publishers in Australia. Books+Publishing understands that the retailer has been... Read more

Scarlet Stiletto Awards 2014 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2014 Scarlet Stiletto Awards has been announced. Twenty-seven short stories by 23 women have been nominated for the awards, which recognise short crime... Read more

Human Rights Nonfiction Literature Award 2014 shortlist announced

The shortlist for this year’s Human Rights Nonfiction Literature Award has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: The Black War: Fear, Sex and Resistance in... Read more

Flanagan shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year

Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Vintage) has been shortlisted for the 2014 Waterstones Book of the Year in the UK. Flanagan’s... Read more

French wins NSW Senior Australian of the Year

Australian author Jackie French has been presented with this year’s NSW Senior Australian of the Year Award. French is the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2014-15... Read more

Author alleges plagiarism in Picador bio

Author Paul Gorman has alleged that Vivienne Westwood, a biography of the British fashion designer written by herself and Ian Kelly (Picador), plagiarises his book... Read more

Mantel, Gilbert to participate in Perth Writers Festival, 2015 line-up announced

The Perth Writers Festival has announced a number of authors appearing at its 2015 event. Among the international guests participating in the festival, which runs... Read more

Scribe 2014 nonfiction prize shortlist announced x

Scribe has announced the shortlisted titles for its second annual nonfiction prize for young writers. The prize, run in conjunction with Express Media, offers the... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Family Food, the latest cookbook from TV-chef and health-food advocate Pete Evans (Plum), is the highest new entry on this week’s bestsellers chart, debuting in third... Read more

Melbourne City of Literature launches travel fund x

The Melbourne City of Literature office has announced a new $3000 travel fund to support writers, editors, publishers and librarians. The funding will enable anyone... Read more

Castro wins 2014 Patrick White Literary Award

Author and playwright Brian Castro is the 2014 recipient of the Patrick White Literary Award. Castro was presented with the $24,000 award on 7 November.... Read more

Avid Reader offers free books to G20 leaders

Avid Reader Bookshop is offering world leaders attending the G20 Summit in Brisbane in November a collection of free books with the proviso that they must... Read more

Chandler wins 2014 Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing

Jo Chandler has won this year’s Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing for her piece ‘TB and Me: A Medical Souvenir’, first published in the... Read more

Authors announced for Australian Writers Week in China

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... Read more

Lanagan, McFarlane joint winners of 2014 Barbara Jefferis Award

Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan (A&U) and The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane (Penguin) are the joint winners of the 2014 Barbara Jefferis Award. The... Read more

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

Xoum memoir optioned for film x

The film rights for Lenuta Hellen Nadolu’s memoir Give Me Courage (Xoum) have been optioned for film by producer Stuart Quin in association with production... Read more

Neale wins 2014 NZ Beatson Fellowship

The New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) has announced that Dunedin-based author and poet Emma Neale is the winner of the 2014 Peter and Dianne Beatson Fellowship.... 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

Debut novel wins 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize

In Canada, Sean Michaels’ debut novel Us Conductors (Random House Canada) has won the C$100,000 (A$101,400) 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize, reports Publishers Weekly. The judges... Read more

FT Business Book of the Year Award winner announced

In the UK, Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century (Belknap Press) has won the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award.  Piketty’s book, a ‘nearly 700-page... Read more

Amazon releases ‘best books’ of 2014

Amazon has released its ‘best books’ lists for 2014, and has ranked Australian author Liane Moriarty’s novel Big Little Lies (Pan Macmillan) in ninth position in its top 100 list.... Read more

Blurb launches ‘Dream Team’ marketplace of publishing experts

Self-publishing service provider Blurb has launched its ‘Dream Team’ marketplace to help authors discover freelance editors and designers to finalise their books, reports Venture Beat. The... Read more

Inaugural Daphne Award winners announced

The winners have been announced for the inaugural Daphne Awards, launched by literary website Bookslut to reappraise the results of controversial book awards starting in... Read more

Ferris wins Dylan Thomas Prize

US author Joshua Ferris has won the International Dylan Thomas Prize for his novel To Rise Again at a Decent Hour (Viking). Ferris was presented... Read more

Lemony Snicket’s ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ to be adapted for Netflix

Lemony Snicket’s ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ (HarperCollins) will be adapted into a drama series by Paramount for distribution through online streaming service Netflix, reports the Bookseller.... 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

Australian Red Cross donates archives to Melbourne Uni

Photographs, records and other objects from the Australian Red Cross national and Victorian archives and heritage collection have been donated to the University of Melbourne... Read more

ARC grant awarded for expansion of Australasian Legal History Libraries x

The Australasian Legal Information Institute’s (AustLII) proposed expansion of the Australasian Legal History Libraries has received matched funding in the latest round of grants announced... Read more

International library news x

Petition underway to save London’s Imperial War Museum Library In the UK, over 4300 people have signed a petition to stop the closure of the... 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

Doing the deed: Sex in YA literature x

‘For those of us who were teenagers before the early 2000s, the pickings were slim when it came to books that showed characters talking about... 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

Jackie French’s ‘Birrung: The Secret Friend’ x

The setting is Sydney Cove, 1790. When Barney Bean catches the eye of the ‘Indian’ girl adopted by the colony’s chaplain, he has no idea... 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

Butler joins the Cameron Creswell Agency, Cameron’s Management

Freelance editor and publishing consultant Jo Butler has joined the Cameron Creswell Agency and Cameron’s Management as a literary agent. (See news.)

Phillip resigns as Macmillan director to launch consulting business x

After 42 years with Pan Macmillan, Macmillan director Peter Phillips has resigned from the publisher to run his own book industry consulting company. (See news.)

‘The Lifted Brow’ appoints new print editors x

The Lifted Brow (TLB) has appointed three new editors to replace Sam Cooney. (See news.)

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

Peter Phillips Launches Industry Consulting Company x

After 42 years of service with Macmillan Peter Phillips has resigned and started his own book industry consulting company “Outside of a Dog P/L.” Peter’s... Read more

Call For Entries: 2014 Ashurst Business Literature Prize x

Nominations are now being accepted for the Ashurst Business Literature Prize, Australia’s largest and most important award for business literature. The prestigious $30,000 award aims to recognise the highest standards of literary... Read more

HarperCollins Publishers congratulates acclaimed author and Australian Children’s Laureate Jackie French x

HarperCollins Publishers congratulates acclaimed author and Australian Children’s Laureate Jackie French who has been named the 2015 NSW Senior Australian of the Year. This well-deserved... Read more

Butler appointed literary agent at The Cameron Creswell Agency/Cameron’s Management x

Jo Butler has joined The Cameron Creswell Agency/Cameron’s Management as literary agent as of 4 November, replacing Sophie Hamley. Prior to this, Jo Butler held... Read more

ILF: A Salon Show for Indigenous Literacy x

A day-only salon exhibition of vibrant new Aboriginal art from around Australia to assist in raising funds for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. Featuring a unique... 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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