Weekly Book Newsletter
26 November 2014

Christmas closing list: submissions due this Monday 1 December x

Publishers and distributors are asked to advise the Weekly Book Newsletter of their Christmas closing dates by 5pm this Monday 1 December. A full list will appear... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘We need writers who know the difference between production of a market commodity and the practice of an art’—Ursula K Le Guin warns against putting... Read more

Hamilton and Lawrence joint winners of 2014 Newcastle Poetry Prize

Debi Hamilton and Anthony Lawrence are the joint winners of the 2014 Newcastle Poetry Prize for their poems ‘Red Riding Hood Grows Old’ and ‘Itinerary’,... Read more

Dromkeen owners to host children’s book illustration exhibition, re-establish property as ‘events venue’ x

The Dromkeen Homestead in Riddells Creek, Victoria, and Books Illustrated Gallery will host the ‘John Barrow Collection of Australian Children’s Book Illustration’ exhibition from 7... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Literary agent Alex Adsett has sold world rights to an unnamed science-fiction novel by Tricia Sullivan to Gollancz (Orion and Hachette groups) in the... Read more

New Collins store opens in Caloundra x

A new Collins Booksellers franchise store and ABC Centre has opened in Caloundra on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. Owners Julie and David Fisher, who are new... Read more

Earp wins ABA Vic Rep of the Year

Michael Earp from Walker Books has won the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) Victorian Rep of the Year Award, narrowly beating runner-up Anthony Pizzinga from Random... Read more

Shortlist for 2014 Whitmore Press Manuscript Prize for poetry announced

The shortlist for the 2014 Whitmore Press Manuscript Prize for poetry has been announced. The shortlisted poets are: Bonny Cassidy Dan Disney Alison Flett Molly... Read more

‘Seizure’ novella editors announced

Seizure journal has announced the three editors for its 2015 Viva La Novella project. The successful applicants are Marisa Wikramanayake, Nicola Redhouse and Zoya Patel.... Read more

Australian, NZ authors on IMPAC Dublin 2015 longlist

A number of books by Australian and New Zealand authors have been longlisted for the 2015 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Books by Australian authors... Read more

‘Poetica’ among programs axed in ABC cuts

Poetica, the ABC Radio National program ‘dedicated to the performance of poetry’, has been axed as part of the cuts announced by ABC managing director... Read more

PM’s literary awards to be held in December; government ‘in discussion with broadcasters’ over telecast x

The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards may be telecast for the first time, with a spokesperson for the Prime Minister confirming to Books+Publishing that the government... Read more

Sisters in Crime Scarlet Stiletto Awards 2014 winners announced

The Scarlet Stiletto Awards, presented by Sisters in Crime to recognise short crime stories written by Australian women, were announced at a ceremony in Melbourne on 21... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Matthew Reilly’s latest novel The Great Zoo of China (Macmillan) has debuted in second place on the bestsellers chart and is this week’s highest new entry. It’s behind The... Read more

‘The Night Guest’ wins the Voss Literary Prize

Fiona McFarlane’s The Night Guest (Penguin) has been announced as the winner of the inaugural $6500 Voss Literary Prize. The Voss Literary Prize is dedicated... Read more

Spineless Wonders launches new short fiction series

Independent Australian publisher Spineless Wonders has announced plans for a new series that combines short stories with authors’ reflections on them. Publisher Bronwyn Mehan told Books+Publishing... Read more

WAYRBA 2014 winners announced

The winners of the 2014 West Australian Young Readers’ Book Awards (WAYRBA) have been announced. The winning books are: Picture books The Three Bears (Sort... Read more

Hachette acquires self-published children’s fantasy-adventure series

Hachette Australia has acquired a self-published children’s fantasy-adventure series from Brisbane brother and sister Nicholas and Alison Lochel. The four-book ‘Zarkora’ series ‘is the story... Read more

New Sydney bookshop selling zines and ‘independent publications’ x

A new bookshop specialising in zines and ‘independent publications’ opened in Sydney in late October. PRESS, located in The Corner Cooperative gallery in Chippendale, stocks... Read more

Spineless Wonders launches live readings with professional actors

Independent Australian publisher Spineless Wonders has launched a new series of events featuring live readings of short fiction by professional actors. ‘Little Fictions’ will be... Read more

ACT Book of the Year Award 2014 shortlist announced

The ACT Book of the Year Award 2014 shortlist has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: 18 Days: Al Jazeera English and the Egyptian Revolution... Read more

‘Birdee’ creators launch print edition of teen website x

The creators of teen website Birdee have announced they will publish a ‘quarterly tabloid newspaper for girls’ after research revealed there was demand for a... Read more

ILF launches parenting guide, republishes Australia’s first Aboriginal children’s book

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) will launch its latest community literacy project, a resource to help parents prepare their children for school, in Broken Hill... Read more

Quote of the week

‘Bundling has been talked about for some time, so we’re delighted to be in a position to test the theory, and see how results measure... Read more

Queensland Literary Awards 2014 shortlists announced

The shortlisted titles for the 2014 Queensland Literary Awards (QLA) have been announced by the State Library of Queensland (SLQ). The shortlisted titles are: Fiction... Read more

Farr wins ‘Sunday Star-Times’ short story award x

Australia-born, Wellington-based author Tracy Farr has won the open division of the Sunday Star-Times Short Story Awards for her story ‘Once Had Me’, reports Stuff.co. The... Read more

Hathorn receives ‘Alice’ award

The Society of Women Writers Victoria has announced Libby Hathorn is the recipient of its ‘Alice’ award. The society presents the trophy biennially ‘for a... Read more

ABC Retail launches website for smartphones x

ABC Retail has launched a new website that is optimised for smartphones. ‘Having a mobile retail experience for ABC Shop was a critical element in ABC Retail’s... Read more

Patterson launches ‘Save Our Books’ campaign

In the US, author James Patterson has launched a new campaign called ‘Save Our Books’ to increase support early childhood education and generate more funding... Read more

Goodreads members prefer books by own gender

Goodreads has published data analysis that shows its members prefer to read books by writers of their own sex, reports the Guardian. The data showed... Read more

PEN launches Fusion Emerging Writers Prize

PEN America has launched a new prize for emerging writers for ‘an unpublished work of nonfiction that addresses a global and/or multicultural issue’. The PEN/Fusion... Read more

Judge approves Apple settlement

In the US, judge Denise Cote has granted final approval to a settlement deal in Apple’s ebook price-fixing case, reports Publishers Weekly. Under the terms... Read more

French independent bookshop campaign launched

The French Booksellers Association has launched a national campaign for independent bookshops, reports the Bookseller. The campaign, which runs until the end of 2015, includes... Read more

Hachette to buy Black Dog & Leventhal

In the US, Hachette (HBG) has agreed to buy independent publisher Black Dog & Leventhal (BD&L), reports Publishers Weekly. Black Dog & Leventhal, which specialises in... Read more

Penguin Random House creates new PR director role for UK children's division

In the UK, Penguin Random House has announced it will create a new PR director role for the children’s division, following the departure of Adele... Read more

Oyster launches online literary journal

Ebook subscription service Oyster has launched a free online journal called the Oyster Review, which will publish original essays, reviews and interviews on books and... Read more

National Book Award 2014 winners announced

In the US, the winners of the 2014 National Book Award have been announced. The fiction award was presented to Redeployment (Phil Klay, Canongate), a short-story... Read more

Ladybird children’s imprint to drop gender-labelling

In the UK, Penguin Random House children’s book imprint Ladybird will no longer publish books labelled ‘for boys’ and ‘for girls’ in response to a... Read more

OUP partners with ed-tech start-up program

In the UK, Oxford University Press (OUP) has partnered with education technology start-up ‘accelerator program’ Emerge Education, reports the Bookseller. As part of the partnership,... Read more

US library develops ereader app

In the US, the Queens Library in New York has developed its own ereader app for Android and iOS, reports Good Ereader. The app gives... Read more

Costa Book Awards 2014 shortlists announced

In the UK, the shortlists for the 2014 Costa Book Awards have been announced. The books shortlisted in the novel category are: The Lives of... Read more

UK protest group launches Amazon boycott

In the UK, protest group Amazon Anonymous has launched a campaign urging consumers not to shop at Amazon this Christmas, reports the Bookseller. The group... Read more

Yarra Plenty Library launches YRead summer reading program

Yarra Plenty Regional Library in Melbourne has launched a youth summer reading program. The YRead program, which runs from 1 December to 1 February, encourages... Read more

International library news

Simon & Schuster drops ‘Buy It Now’ elending requirement In the US, Simon & Schuster is expanding its ebook lending program to all public libraries... Read more

Victorian Labor unveils $50m SLV plan

The Victorian Labor Party will contribute $50 million to upgrade the State Library of Victoria (SLV) as part of its state election campaign, reports the... Read more

NSW public libraries recognised in marketing awards x

The winners of this year’s NSW Public Library Marketing Awards have been announced. Dubbo’s Macquarie Regional Library has won an award for its Guinness World... Read more

International library news

US library develops ereader app In the US, the Queens Library in New York has developed its own ereader app for Android and iOS, reports... Read more

UNSW uses piracy-fine proceeds for student amenities x

The University of NSW is fining students for piracy and using the money raised to improve student amenities rather than giving it to the copyright owners, reports the Sydney... Read more

Behind closed doors: Rose Michael on the acquisitions process x

Ten years ago, as a lecturer in the publishing and communications program at the University of Melbourne, Rose Michael hosted a debate on the then-contentious... Read more

Cooking the books: behind the scenes with Hardie Grant Publishing online content editor Hannah Koelmeyer x

Hannah Koelmeyer is the online content editor for Hardie Grant Publishing’s Cooked website, which recently won an award for best consumer-facing website at the Bookseller’s Futurebook Innovation Awards. Koelmeyer... Read more

Nick Dyrenfurth’s ‘Mateship: A Very Australian History’ x

Surveys of Australians continue to show that ‘mateship’ is one of our country’s defining qualities. But what does it actually mean? In this provocative history,... Read more

Leisa Rayven’s ‘Bad Romeo’ x

Bad Romeo doesn’t quite shake off its Twilight fan-fiction origins, but author Leisa Rayven manages a funny, sexy narrative voice that lifts this book above its peers. Cassie... Read more

The Quarto Group distribution change x

Agency: The Quarto GroupISBN prefix: VariousOld distributor: UBDNew distributor: Murdoch BooksChangeover date: 01/03/2015

Starfish Bay Publishing distribution change x

Agency: Starfish Bay PublishingISBN prefix: 978-0-994100 Old distributor: N/ANew distributor: NewSouthChangeover date: Effective immediately

Focus Publishing distribution change x

Agency: Focus Publishing ISBN prefix: 978158510; 9780941051 Old distributor: CoinfoNew distributor: NewSouthChangeover date: Effective immediately

Visible Ink Press distribution change x

Agency: Visible Ink Press ISBN prefix: 97807808; 978 1-57859Old distributor: WoodslaneNew distributor: NewSouthChangeover date: Effective immediately

Thunder Bay Press distribution change x

Agency: Thunder Bay Press ISBN prefix: 97807924; 978157145; 978159223; 978160710; 978162686; 978 968-5308 Old distributor: PenguinNew distributor: NewSouthChangeover date: Effective immediately

Waterford Press distribution change x

Agency: Waterford Press ISBN prefix: 9781588355; 978162005 Old distributor: PenguinNew distributor: NewSouthChangeover date: Effective immediately

Blue Apple Books distribution change x

Agency: Blue Apple Books ISBN prefix: 978160905; 978 1-934706  Old distributor: Random HouseNew distributor: NewSouthChangeover date: Effective Immediately

Parkstone distribution change x

Agency: Parkstone International ISBN prefix: 978185995Old distributor: FuseNew distributor: NewSouthChangeover date: Effective immediately

Australia-China Publishing Forum: Deadline is 28 November 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

Children’s Literature returns to Dromkeen Homestead! x

Dromkeen Homestead’s new owners and Books Illustrated Gallery are celebrating the history of Dromkeen and Australia children’s literature with the opening of an exhibition of The... Read more

Hachette Australia Congratulates Shaun Tan x

Hachette Australia is thrilled to congratulate Shaun Tan on being shortlisted in the children’s book award category of the Queensland Literary Awards, for the wonderful Rules... Read more

Lonely Planet Offer Same Day Dispatch x

Lonely Planet will be offering same day dispatch on orders submitted before 12pm AEDT from, 1st – 23rd Dec Last orders dates for pre-Christmas delivery:... Read more

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