Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
3 December 2014

Rebecca Starford’s ‘Bad Behaviour’ x

Being a 14-year-old girl can be brutal, and Bad Behaviour is Melbourne-based editor Rebecca Starford’s memoir of a harrowing year spent at a posh boarding school’s bush... 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

Marshall and Ihimaera to share NZ writers’ residency x

New Zealand authors Owen Marshall and Witi Ihimaera have been chosen as the 2015 Randell Cottage Writers in Residence. The selection panel chair Vincent O’Sullivan... Read more

‘Inside Retail’ launches New Zealand newsletter x

Retail industry news source Inside Retail has launched a sister site Inside Retail New Zealand. In a statement, Inside Retail said the site is ‘a... Read more

Melbourne Poets Union competition winner announced x

Carmel MacDonald-Grahame has won the 2014 Melbourne Poets Union International Poetry Competition for her poem ‘Wreck’. MacDonald-Grahame was presented with a cash prize of $1500 at Collected... 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

International library news

Arizona State Library launches ‘Reading Arizona’ ebook platform The Arizona State Library has launched an ebook platform featuring over 500 books about the state of... Read more

NSW Public Libraries Association proposes Day of Action to protest lack of funding

The NSW Public Libraries Association (NSWPLA) is planning a Day of Action for Friday 5 December to draw attention to the need for increased library... Read more

Grafton’s new library doubles visitor numbers in six months

Visitor numbers have doubled in six months following the opening of the new $8 million library in Grafton in NSW, reports Government News. According to... Read more

Sydney’s first beach library launches in Coogee

More than 1000 books and magazines are available to beachgoers in Coogee through Sydney’s first free beach library, reports the Daily Telegraph. The Coogee Beach... 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

A splendid assortment: Denise Tilley on the history of Birchalls in Launceston x

In 1844 Birchalls opened in Launceston, Tasmania, with an advertisement in the local paper promising a ‘splendid assortment of books, stationery, fancy goods, etc’. The... 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

Smiddy joins Australian Book Designers Association x

Claire Smiddy has been appointed manager of the Australian Book Designers Association (ABDA). (See news.)

Meyer joins the Five Mile Press x

Author, editor and Literary Minded blogger Angela Meyer has been appointed commissioning editor at the Five Mile Press. (See news.)

Ruffino appointed MD of S&S x

Dan Ruffino has been appointed managing director of Simon & Schuster Australia, replacing Lou Johnson, who announced her resignation in September. (See news.)

Australian Book Design Awards 2015: Call for Entries x

The 2015 Australian Book Design Awards are now open for entries. The awards are open to any book designed and published for the first time in... Read more

Children’s Publishing Committee Christmas Party x

The Children’s Publishing Committee of the Australian Publishers Association is holding its Annual Christmas get-together. When: 5-7pm, Thursday 11 DecemberWhere: Penguin Group Australia, 707 Collins Street,... Read more

‘It Happened in a Holden’ reprint due Wed 10 Dec x

It Happened in a Holden is proving to be a favourite gift this Christmas. It has just gone out of stock, but a local reprint is landing at Random House on Wednesday 10 December. It Happened in a Holden is the third title Affirm Press have reprinted this year, along with Bully for Them and The Strays. We want to thank all our fabulous booksellers for their support this year, and wish you a happy and successful Christmas.

Orders to Random House customer service:
Ph: 1800 222444
Email: customerservice@randomhouse.com.au


Vale P D James x

Allen & Unwin share Faber’s sadness at the loss of one of the world’s finest writers. We grew to know her through the great pleasure of bringing her later work to market throughout Australia and New Zealand, including her most recent novel Death Comes to Pemberley, the BBC TV adaptation of which is currently screening on ABC One on Friday evenings. Spreading the word of the delights and satisfaction to be had in reading a P D James book has been a privilege and it has been an honour to have been of service to this acclaimed Faber author and her marvellous creation, Inspector Adam Dalgliesh. 

In August 2010, Allen & Unwin celebrated her 90th birthday with bookseller events across Australia and New Zealand and P D James was particularly delighted to receive photographs from a celebratory event in the heart of Australia in Alice Springs.


Nero signs two-book deal with Western Bulldogs captain Bob Murphy x

Nero is proud to announce a two-book deal with the Western Bulldogs’ captain, Robert “Bob” Murphy. Murphy has been aptly described as: “An elite rebounding defender with silky skills and a big heart for his football club”. The popular veteran player will enter his 16th season as the new skipper of a club he has served for more than half his life. His regular column in The Age has illustrated his strong pedigree as a writer with his poetic, entertaining and whimsical reflections on football, teammates, music, his family and everything else in between. Murphy is one of those rare players who is adored by supporters of all teams and by those who simply love the game and its characters. 

Bob Murphy’s first book, Murphy’s Lore: Tales from the West, a collection of Bob’s much-loved columns from The Age, will be published in April 2015.



Peter Phillips to Represent Virtusales Publishing Solutions x

Peter Phillips has been appointed by Virtusales Publishing Solutions to represent the company in Australia and New Zealand for all matters relating to Biblio3 and BiblioLIVE. Current Australian publishers using the Biblio suite of software include Penguin Random House, Hachette and Pan Macmillan. Peter’s role will be to provide a local contact to existing customers and develop the market for Virtusales.

Peter, who previously worked on the Pan Macmillan BiblioLIVE project, said “I was impressed with Biblio the minute I first saw it, the more I got to know it the more I realised what an easy to use and flexible system it is. Its modular structure makes it suitable for all sizes of publisher.”

Phil Turner, CEO of Virtusales, said “We worked very successfully with Peter during the Macmillan project and when he showed interest in representing us in the Australian and New Zealand markets we jumped at the chance. Pan Macmillan implemented the Bibliographic, Production, Contracts, Rights and Royalties modules, which gave Peter an excellent, first hand understanding of Biblio’s capabilities in the marketplace.”

Enquiries about Virtusales various solutions can be directed to Peter at peter@virtusales.com or mobile 0414 888 421


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 John Barrow Collection of Australian Children’s Book Illustration on Sunday December 7.

This will be the first showing of the John Barrow collection which includes original artworks by some of Australia’s well-known illustrators including Graeme Base, Ann James, Alison Lester, Bob Graham, Terry Denton, Jane Tanner, Julie Vivas and many more. The collection features work from the modern classic era of Australian Children’s Literature, 1980-2004.
This is an opportunity for creators, publishers, booksellers, teachers, librarians and other children’s literature enthusiasts to revisit Dromkeen, reminisce with some vintage books and illustration and gain insight into the future vision for the homestead.

The John Barrow Collection Australian Children’s Book Illustration collected between 1988 and 2004
To be opened at 2 pm
Followed by refreshments and a tour of Dromkeen Homestead with Bernadette Joiner

Dromkeen Homestead
1012 Gisborne-Kilmore Rd
Riddells Creek VIC 3431

RSVP by December 1 to Ann Haddon
(03) 9534 7751




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