Weekly Book Newsletter
12 November 2014

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

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

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

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 last day with Macmillan will be 17th November.

Peter can be contacted at petethepublisher@gmail.com or phone 0414 888 421


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 commentary on local and international business and financial affairs written by an Australian author.

The range of subjects covered by the prize include corporate and commercial literature, histories, accounts and analyses of corporate affairs as well as biographies of business men and women. 

Books eligible for nomination must have been first published between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014, and be commercially available in Australia within this period.                                                                      

Nominations Close Friday 5 December 2014

More information and guidelines are available online: www.sl.nsw.gov.au …
Contact: awards.library@sl.nsw.gov.au
Tel: 02 9273 1582
Web: www.sl.nsw.gov.au …


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 award recognises the hard work and dedication Jackie has invested in a number of areas from her writing career to her advocacy for children with learning difficulties. Well known as a ‘wombat negotiator’, Jackie is also passionate about the conservation of wildlife and the planet and is a director of the Wombat Foundation that raises funds for wombat research. Jackie has published 140 books in 32 languages and received more than 60 literary prizes. She is also one of the few writers to win both literary and children’s choice awards. In her capacity as Australian Children’s Laureate, ‘Share a Story’ will be the primary philosophy behind Jackie’s two-year term.

In talking about the NSW Australian of the Year awards, Jackie said, ‘The young finalists were inspiring, and that is perhaps why children’s authors write for young people – to help them create the dreams and challenges and the future.’


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 positions at HarperCollins Publishers Australia as literary fiction associate publisher, commissioning editor and senior editor for seven years and at Random House as senior editor for four years. She has also freelanced as a fiction and non-fiction editor for most of Australia’s book publishers as ‘The Butler Edit’ at various times over the past 15 years and has mentored senior editors in the publishing industry as part of the Australia Council’s 2014 Residential Editorial Program.

Jo will be representing authors of literary and commercial fiction and non-fiction and is looking forward to partnering with the agency’s creative division in exploring film, television and stage rights in the books the agency represents.

She can be contacted on (02) 9319 7199 or email: jo.butler@cameronsmanagement.com.au.


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 Art Parade viewing of 70+ works by curators Susan McCulloch OAM and Emily McCulloch Childs.

Part art lecture, part theatre, this informative and lively event offers a great opportunity to acquire a wide range of fine quality Aboriginal art from more than 20 leading arts centres and support the work of an important cultural organisation. 10% of all proceeds go to the ILF.

Event details
Date: Sunday 16 November 2014
Time: 11am-6pm
Art Parade: 2pm
Drinks: 3.30pm
Venue: DMCPRmedia, 60 George St, Leichhardt, 2040
Free entry to exhibition and Art Parade
Parade seating: Limited seating. Bookings essential
RSVP: 7 November
Book online, email Debbie McInnes, or phone (02) 9550-9207
Preview the exhibition and catalogue online from 9 November.


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 a Wood, described by bestselling author of Billy Lynn’s Long Half-Time Walk, Ben Fountain, as ‘quite simply, one of the best novels I have ever read, and as close to perfect as any book I’m likely to encounter in my reading life.’ UK/Commonwealth rights were bought from Devon Mazzone at Farrar, Straus and Giroux, while ANZ rights were obtained from Gaby Naher at the Naher Agency. ‘Set in 17th century Holland, 1950s Manhattan and Sydney in 2000, At the Edge of a Wood is a breathtakingly accomplished story of art, forgery and deception which is both intelligent and utterly compelling,’ says Allen & Unwin’s trade publishing director Tom Gilliatt. Rights have also sold to Q Publishers in the Netherlands and Ullstein in Germany, with other deals imminent. Farrar, Straus and Giroux and Allen & Unwin will publish in 2016.


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 established non-book business with major retailers. The business is well known in the industry, with an established customer and supplier base, and stock.  The current owners are very happy to assist with the transition to the new owners.

Please direct all enquiries to Paul on 0412 238 401


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), publisher Editia is reprinting immediately. The title will be available for order through NewSouth Books from next week.

To order please contact TL Distribution. 

Ph: (02) 8778 9999 Email: orders@tldistribution.com.au


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 away by the choice of materials that were submitted last year. To find out how to submit your books and for a selection criteria, please contact Tina Raye, ILF Program Manager, on 02 9280 0644 or tina@ilf.org.au.


‘Hello! From Australia’ exhibition Bologna 2015 x

Oz children’s books selections revealed for the Hello! from Australia exhibition at Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2015.

Illustrations from 32 books have been selected out of 109 submissions from 24 Australian publishers for 2015 Hello! from Australia exhibition. 

The works, which celebrate and promote the vibrancy and variety of Australia’s children’s book illustrators and publishing, will be showcased at the 2015 Bologna Children’s Book Fair.

The exhibition is the seventh annual display of Australian children books to be displayed at the fair, and is an initiative of the Australian Publishers Association created in partnership with Books Illustrated, funded by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.

Details in the media release.


Set the Number of Results Shown on Titlepage x

In response to requests from users, TitlePage now has the ability to set the default number of search results displayed. This can be set in using the ‘Default display matches’ field in the ‘Search Preferences’ section of the ‘My Details’ tab. 




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