Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
5 August 2015

Shirley Barrett’s ‘Rush Oh!’ x

Screenwriter and director Shirley Barrett has mixed fact and fiction to tell the story of the whaling community of Eden in New South Wales in... Read more

Charlotte Wood’s ‘The Natural Way of Things’ x

The latest novel from the author of Animal People and Love and Hunger is a powerful story of misogyny and corporate control taken to disturbing... Read more

RiP Kat Muscat

Kat Muscat, a Melbourne writer and former editor of the magazine Voiceworks, has died, aged 25. Adolfo Aranjuez, who was deputy editor of Voiceworks during... Read more

RiP Hugh Stretton x

Australian author and social theorist Hugh Stretton has died, aged 91. Stretton was the author of several works on social theory and economics, including Australia... Read more

International library news x

UK report finds decrease in children’s library attendance; librarians dispute findings In the UK, an annual survey of children’s cultural and sporting activities has found that... Read more

NSW library to loan out science resource kits x

Wagga Wagga City Library in NSW has partnered with the Riverina Science Hub to loan out science resource kits, reports the Daily Advertiser. The kits,... Read more

SLQ launches ‘Ideas Box’ for remote community x

The State Library of Queensland (SLQ) has created a portable ‘Ideas Box’ for the residents of Mapoon in Far North Queensland, reports the Brisbane Times.... Read more

Noosa library costs have more than doubled in eight years, says mayor x

According to Queensland’s Noosa Shire mayor Noel Playford, library service costs have more than doubled in eight years, from 7% of general rates ($1.8 million... Read more

NZ’s tiny libraries captured in BBC documentary x

A new BBC radio documentary tells the stories of New Zealand’s tiniest libraries, reports the New Zealand Herald. The Search for Tiny Libraries in New... Read more

International library news x

Google partnership to increase Birmingham Library’s opening hours In the UK, Google is moving its ‘Digital Garage’ training program into the Library of Birmingham, resulting... Read more

NZ library installs self-service facilities with Maori language option x

Palmerston North City Library in New Zealand has installed ‘smart serve desks’ that can operate in a variety of languages, including te reo Maori, reports... Read more

Mackay City Library to move to new premises x

Mackay City Library in North Queensland will be relocated to the top floor of the iconic ‘Dome’ building in the CBD after building owner David... Read more

Video created the publishing star x

A number of high-profile vloggers have recently announced book deals. Danielle Binks finds out whether the trend is taking off in Australia. Read her article... Read more

Publishing job ads in decline x

The publishing industry has seen a steady drop in job ads advertising in the Weekly Book Newsletter over the past few years, with publishers attributing... Read more

‘SRB’ announces new editor x

The Sydney Review of Books (SRB) has appointed Catriona Menzies-Pike as its new editor. (See news.)

Torney appointed SLV CEO x

The State Library of Victoria has appointed ABC news director Kate Torney as its new CEO. (See news.)

SPN appoints new staff x

The Small Press Network has appointed  Lefa Singleton Norton as its conference manager for the 2015 Independent Publishing Conference, and Hannah Cartmel as its membership manager. (See news.)

Society of Editors (NSW): Social media strategies for editors x

The Society of Editors (NSW) Inc. will run a one-day professional development workshop on social media campaigns with author and The Community Crew CEO Laurel... Read more

Hardie Grant Publishing to Publish Andrew McConnell ‘Supernormal’ Book x

Hardie Grant Publishing is pleased to announce it will publish Andrew McConnell’s next cookbook Supernormal, with recipes from the renown Melbourne restaurant alongside photographs from Earl Carter—including behind-the-scenes images on the restaurant and its characters, as well as scenes from Tokyo, a long-time source of inspiration for McConnell and his Flinders Lane eating house. Available November 2015.

For more details contact your Hardie Grant rep or order through UBD on orders@unitedbookdistributors.com.au or 1800 338 836.


Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Awards 2015 x

Writers, poets, graphic novelists: the Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Awards are open for submissions in five categories.

This is your chance to win up to $6,000 and gain recognition for your writing.

The awards are for emerging writers residing in Victoria and close Monday 31 August.

All details can be found at: melbourne.vic.gov.au/lmcwa.

Fire up your laptops, sharpen your pencils, fill your fountain pens . . . and get writing!


Scribe Congratulates Chigozie Obioma x

Scribe is delighted to congratulate Chigozie Obioma, whose brilliant debut, The Fishermen (ISBN: 9781925106442; RRP: $29.99), has been longlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize. 

Chigozie will be visiting Australia for the Byron Bay Writers Festival (7-9 August), and will also appear at Avid Reader bookshop in Brisbane on 5 August.

To order copies of The Fishermen, please contact United Book Distributors on orders@unitedbookdistributors.com.au or 1800 338 836.


All Your Adult Colouring Needs at Hardie Grant Publishing x

Hardie Grant Publishing is Australia’s largest publisher of adult colouring books with the best-selling Decorative Designs (9781782433439) and Fabulous Flowers (9781782433422) overall numbers 4 and 5 in Bookscan charts;  over 70 titles with 38 titles available now; several international best-sellers; 41% market share and lots of available stock. Contact your Hardie Grant sales rep for a full colour brochure and more details.

To order contact UBD Customer Service on 1800 338 836 or orders@unitedbookdistributors.com.au


Product Recall: Lonely Planet Israel & Palestinian Territories 8 (9781742208046) x

Due to printing issues Lonely Planet’s Israel & Palestinian Territories 8th edition (9781742208046), released for sale in July 2015, is recalled from sale effective immediately.

Stock should be returned to Lonely Planet for credit.  

We apologise for the inconvenience this will cause. A new edition of this title will now be available in October 2015 (new ISBN 9781760342760).   The new edition details will appear in Lonely Planet’s December 2015 frontlist order form.

For further information regarding the credit process please contact Lonely Planet Customer Service on 1300 133 083 or at sales@lonelyplanet.com.au or consult with your Lonely Planet account manager.


‘Good Muslim Boy’ to Be Made Into Film x

Hardie Grant Publishing is pleased to announce that Osamah Sami’s book Good Muslim Boy is to be turned into a major motion picture Ali’s Wedding, directed by Tony Ayres, to be released in 2016. Author Osamah joins producer Andrew Knight at the Wheeler Centre on the 7 October to talk about the journey from page to screen, and also appears at the Melbourne Writers’ Festival this year.

To order contact UBD Customer Service on 1800 338 836 or orders@unitedbookdistributors.com.au


Marketing Changes at UQP x

Rachel Crawford has been appointed Marketing Coordinator at UQP, and commenced the role on July 28. Rachel has recently returned to Brisbane from New York, where she gained a broad experience in the publishing industry. Her email is rachelc@uqp.uq.edu.au




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