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Simon & Schuster Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of Sheila Vijeyarasa to the position of finance & commercial director.
Sheila has extensive experience in the publishing industry, recently as Harlequin Australia’s deputy CFO. She has also held positions at Random House Australia as head of commercial and recently worked with the Merivale Group as head of finance.
‘I am delighted to be joining Simon & Schuster, a publisher with a rich history of cultural influence and commercial publishing success,’ said Vijeyarasa.
‘I’m passionate about Australian authors and am looking forward to contributing to Simon & Schuster’s ambitions for its local publishing.’
Dan Ruffino, Simon and Schuster Australia’s managing director added:
‘I’m thrilled we’ve been able to secure the services of Sheila. Her impressive qualifications and publishing experience are the perfect fit for us as we embark on the next phase of our strategy.’
Vijeyarasa will commence her appointment on 10 October.
We are pleased to announce that The Five Mile Press (ABN 91 005 966 245) is changing its company name to Bonnier Publishing Australia, effective from 1 October 2016. Please update your records to reflect our new name.
Our business has been part of the global Bonnier group for many years and our new name and branding in Australia reflects this. There is no change to company ownership or management, our ABN or ACN. Under the new company name of Bonnier Publishing Australia remain our local publishing imprints of Five Mile (children’s) and Echo (adult).
We are also moving offices and will be operational at Level 6, 534 Church Street, Richmond from Monday, 19 September 2016. Please note that our office will be closed for relocation on Friday, 16 September. Our new contact line is +61 3 9421 3800.
Jeanne Ryckmans has resigned from her position as publisher of Nero Books after three and a half years building the imprint. During her tenure, Ryckmans was responsible for publishing many outstanding projects including The Voice: My Story, by Ray Warren and Andrew Webster; Body Lengths, by Leisel Jones and Felicity McLean, Nona & Me by Clare Atkins, Gloria Steinem’s My Life on the Road and the forthcoming Peter Moody biography by Helen Thomas. Proprietor Morry Schwartz said ‘Jeanne has made an important and significant contribution to the success of Nero and the establishment of our Sydney office. We wish her the very best of luck with this next stage in her career.’
The Indigenous Literacy Foundation would like to thank all the participating booksellers, publishers and authors, including the Australian Booksellers Association and Leading Edge, for their support during Indigenous Literacy Day (ILD) on Wednesday 7 September.
$150,000 was pledged in Great Book Swap campaigns and over 20,000 school students, libraries and organisations joined together to hold a Great Book Swap in the lead-up to ILD and on the day itself.
In one remote Aboriginal community on Cape York Peninsula, ILD was celebrated at the Child Care Centre at the Pormpur Paanthu Aboriginal Corporation: ‘The kids were so excited. One of them came up to me and said: “Thank you miss. I love my book”,’ said Erin Kendall, the director at the Centre.
Hardie Grant Egmont’s Ampersand Prize aims to find brilliant debut novels by young adult and middle-grade writers across all genres. The winner receives a contract, an advance and editorial development to bring their book to market.
The most recent winner, Cally Black, will release her sci-fi thriller and debut novel, In the Dark Spaces, in May 2017.
Ampersand Prize submissions are currently open and will close this Friday, 16 September. For more details and to book, visit the webpage here.
NewSouth is thrilled to have a wide range of titles shortlisted for the QLD Premier’s Literary Awards 2016. Up for the History Book Award is Armenia, Australia and the Great War (NewSouth), Australia’s Boldest Experiment (NewSouth), Gay Sydney (NewSouth) and The Oldest Foods on Earth (NewSouth). Shortlisted for the Non-fiction Book Award is Offshore (NewSouth) and Small Acts of Disappearance (Giramondo), and up for the Fiction Book Award is One (Transit Lounge).
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