Weekly Book Newsletter
3 December 2014

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

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

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... Read more

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... Read more

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... Read more

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