Weekly Book Newsletter
3 December 2014

Quote of the week x

‘The month-on-month double-digit growth in children’s books has been absolutely wonderful! A joy to think that children and their parents still value books and reading,... Read more

Christmas closing list: Final chance to submit dates x

Publishers and distributors have one more chance to advise the Weekly Book Newsletter of their Christmas closing dates by 5pm this Friday 5 December. If your business doesn’t... Read more

Smiddy joins Australian Book Designers Association

Claire Smiddy has been appointed manager of the Australian Book Designers Association (ABDA). Smiddy previously held positions at the Wheeler Centre, the Victorian Premier’s Literary... Read more

Christmas closing list 2014 x

Last day of business in 2014 First day of business in 2015 Alliance Distribution Services Closed public holidays only Andrew McMeel Publishing Friday 19 December... Read more

Final ‘Weekly Book Newsletter’ for 2014 next week

Next week’s Weekly Book Newsletter on 10 December will be the last for 2014. The first Weekly Book Newsletter for 2015 will be published on... Read more

Please complete our pre-Christmas survey

Books+Publishing is currently conducting its annual pre-Christmas survey of booksellers and publishers. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey online. BooksellersIf you are... Read more

Meyer joins Five Mile Press

Author, editor and Literary Minded blogger Angela Meyer has been appointed commissioning editor at the Five Mile Press. Meyer will be working on the publisher’s... Read more

Wevers wins Royal Society of New Zealand Pou Aronui Award x

Lydia Wevers has been awarded the 2014 Pou Aronui Award by the Royal Society of New Zealand for being ‘a tireless and effective champion of... Read more

Ruffino appointed MD of S&S

Dan Ruffino has been appointed managing director of Simon & Schuster Australia, replacing Lou Johnson, who announced her resignation in September. Ruffino has worked in... Read more

ABC’s ‘The Book Club’ announces Classic Beach Books list

The ABC’s The Book Club announced the results of its Classic Beach Books poll on 2 December. The top 10 book are: The Thorn Birds... Read more

Melbourne extends Christmas trading hours

Melbourne retailers are allowed to trade for extended hours in the lead-up to Christmas, reports Inside Retail. The Strand Melbourne, Melbourne Central, Emporium Melbourne, QV Melbourne,... Read more

New publisher Horror Australis to launch with Lovecraft anthology

New genre publisher Horror Australis will publish its first title in 2015. Cthulhu: Deep Down Under is an anthology of fiction about H P Lovecraft’s... Read more

Australia Council publishing delegation to visit India in 2015

Six Australian publishers will visit India in January as the Australia Council’s first delegation to the country. An Australia council spokesperson told Books+Publishing the delegation would... Read more

Tasmanian Writers Festival will not run in conjunction with Ten Days in 2015 x

The Tasmanian Writers Festival will not run in conjunction with the Ten Days on the Island Festival in 2015. The writers festival has run as... Read more

Halpin wins new award for book ‘with a Jewish theme’

Ross Halpin has won the inaugural Rosalind Sharbanee Meyer Writers Award. The award, worth $1000, is planned to be an annual prize for books ‘with... Read more

Giveaway: Blue Note 75th Anniversary CD set x

Thames & Hudson has published Blue Note: Uncompromising Expression by Richard Havers—the first official illustrated history of the label—to coincide with the iconic brand’s 75th... Read more

YA journal ‘Viewpoint’ to cease publication

The YA journal Viewpoint will cease publication in 2014 due to ‘changing circumstances’, the publication announced in its final edition. Viewpoint was established by Pam Macintyre and... Read more

Australia Council ‘new work’ grants announced

The Australia Council has announced the successful applicants in its ‘new work’ grant categories. Fiona McFarlane (The Night Guest, Penguin) and Courtney Collins (The Burial,... Read more

Dunedin named a UNESCO City of Literature

Dunedin in New Zealand has been designated a UNESCO Creative City of Literature. The city is one of four newly designated Cities of Literature, the... Read more

Bookworld introduces flat-rate postage fee x

Bookworld has introduced a flat-rate delivery fee of $5.50 per order, as of 1 December 2014. The online retailer announced in an email to customers... Read more

Readings Foundation awards $123,880 in grants for 2015

The Readings Foundation has announced nine Victorian organisations that will share $123,880 worth of grants. The grant recipients are: Somebody’s Daughter Theatre: $10,000 to ‘add... Read more

David Harold Tribe Fiction Award winner announced

Novelist and poet John A Scott has won the David Harold Tribe Fiction Award for his short story ‘Picasso: A Shorter Life’. The award, worth $12,000,... Read more

PM’s Literary Awards to be broadcast on Sky News and SBS, reports ‘Australian’

The 2014 PM’s Literary Awards will be broadcast by Sky News and SBS, according to a report in the Australian. The Australian reports that the ceremony,... Read more

Bestsellers this week

Jamie Oliver is climbing up the bestsellers chart in the lead-up to Christmas. Three of his titles are among the week’s fastest movers, with Jamie’s Comfort... Read more

Inaugural AusRomToday Reader’s Choice Awards winners announced

The winners of the inaugural AusRomToday Reader’s Choice Awards have been announced. The winners in each category are: Best new author:J L Perry Best established... Read more

‘Chart Collective’ launches ‘Longer Light’ online publishing project

The Chart Collective, a not-for-profit publishing venture supported by the Lifted Brow, has launched an online publishing project that explores summer rituals. The ‘Longer Light’ series will... Read more

Screen Australia announces funding for book-to-film adaptations; nonfiction from Garner and Law among the projects

A film based on Helen Garner’s nonfiction book Joe Cinque’s Consolation (Pan) is the latest book-to-film project to receive funding from Screen Australia. The film will be... Read more

‘Night Games’ wins UK sports book award

Night Games by Australian author Anna Krien (Black Inc.) has won the 2014 William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award in the UK. Krien’s... Read more

RiP P D James

British crime fiction author P D James has died, aged 94. James was best known for her series of detective novels starring policeman and poet... Read more

O’Neill replaces Gleeson on Copyright Agency board

Journalist and author Helen O’Neill has been appointed to the board of the Copyright Agency, replacing children’s book author Libby Gleeson. ‘[O’Neill] arrives at a... Read more

Avid Reader to open children’s bookshop

Brisbane’s Avid Reader Bookshop has announced plans to open a dedicated children’s bookshop next to its West End store. The new store, to be called... Read more

Wright wins 2014 Waverley Library Award

Clare Wright has won the 2014 Waverley Library Award for Literature, known as the ‘Nib’, for her book The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka (Text). Wright was... Read more

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

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

Penguin Hotline to offer gift book recommendations

In the UK, Penguin has created a Penguin Hotline to offer gift book recommendations, reports Shelf Awareness. The hotline, staffed by more than 300 Penguin employees, was... Read more

World Book Night 2015 UK and Ireland titles announced

The titles selected for next year’s World Book Night in the UK and Ireland have been announced. Special editions of 20 books will be handed... Read more

Goodreads Choice Awards 2014 winners announced

The winners of the Goodreads Choice Awards Best Books of 2014 have been announced. The winners include Landline by Rainbow Rowell (Orion) in the Best... Read more

James Daunt: Waterstones ‘close to breaking even’

In the UK, Waterstones managing director James Daunt has revealed in an interview with financial website This Is Money that the bookselling chain is ‘now... Read more

New Deaver thriller audiobook only

Jeffery Deaver’s most recent work The Starling Project will not be printed but ‘was conceived, written and produced as an original audio drama for Audible’,... Read more

‘The Miniaturist’ wins Waterstones Book of the Year

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton (Picador) has been named as the Waterstones Book of the Year. Burton’s novel was chosen from a shortlist of eight that... Read more

Shortlist for the 2015 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature announced

The shortlist for the US $50,000 (A$59,000) 2015 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: The Lowland (Jhumpa Lahiri, Bloomsbury),... Read more

Irish Book Awards 2014 winners announced

The winners of the 2014 Irish Book Awards were announced at a ceremony in Dublin on 26 November. Debut novelist Mary Costello won Novel of... Read more

‘Young Skins’ wins ‘Guardian’ First Book Award

Debut Irish author Colin Barrett has won the £10,000 (A$18,467) Guardian First Book Award for his short story collection Young Skins (Jonathan Cape), reports the Bookseller. Barrett’s... Read more

UK National Book Awards 2014 winners announced

The winners of this year’s UK National Book Awards have been announced. Among the winners are UK Author of the Year David Nicholls (Us, Hodder)... Read more

Curtis Brown launches online book group

In the UK, literary agency Curtis Brown is launching an online book group that offers readers a chance to read pre-publication books from the agency’s... Read more

Simon & Schuster drops ‘Buy It Now’ elending requirement

In the US, Simon & Schuster is expanding its ebook lending program to all public libraries by dropping its ‘Buy It Now’ merchandising requirement to... 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

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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