‘Words matter and while the loss of the word “arts” from the title of a department has been described as a technicality by the Minister in response to the outcry, the symbolic importance of our nation’s cultural identity has clearly not been considered by the Morrison government.’—The WA Chamber of Arts and Culture responds to the federal government’s decision to absorb the arts department into the new Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications ‘super-department’.
Walker Books Australia is delighted to acquire Suzy Zail’s first picture book. Arabella’s Alphabet Adventure is a picture book for 3–7 years old, about an ABC board book who longs to be taken seriously.
Suzy has had great success with her recent YA novel, I am Change, which has recently been longlisted for the Indie Awards.
Arabella dreams of being read by adults. Instead she has 26 letters and is relegated to the bottom shelf of the children’s section of the library, where she endures the humiliation of being scribbled on and torn. When Arabella finds herself on the returns trolley next to a travel guide, she slips inside and travels to Africa. Arabella sees much of the world but shares it with no-one. Not once is she read. Lonely and exhausted, she returns home with a newfound appreciation for the children who cradle her. No longer dreaming of paragraphs, Arabella is proud to sit on the lowest shelf of the library and share her alphabet.
Patti Patcha is concluding a terrific 2019 as Text’s sales coordinator. She has relished the chance to connect with ‘the wonderful booksellers this country is lucky enough to have.’ Thanks Patti, from all at Text!
Commencing in January, Stef Italia will take up the position of sales manager. Stef has been an indispensable and skilful member of the Text team, across various roles, since 2016. She brings years of bookselling and publishing experience to her new position. Contact: Stefanie.Italia@textpublishing.com.au
ReadHowYouWant is pleased to announce that Library AV NZ has been appointed to act as its exclusive distributor for its range of Dyslexic Books in New Zealand. This will take effect from 1 January 2020.
Library AV has demonstrated its passion for the product and its marketing expertise in the schools and libraries in New Zealand and will make a significant impact on the sales of these titles in that market.
ReadHowYouWant’s range of Large Print, Daisy and Braille titles will continue to be represented in New Zealand by its existing library supplier channels.
Allen & Unwin and Murdoch Books are excited to announce that they will be the sales, marketing, publicity and distribution partner in Australia and New Zealand for the Welbeck Publishing Group as of 1 May 2020. Welbeck is a newly formed UK based publishing company co-owned by Marcus Leaver and Mark Smith which earlier this year acquired Carlton Books—currently distributed in ANZ by Hardie Grant Books.
‘We are delighted to be working with Marcus and Mark once again on this new publishing venture. They both have a track record of publishing wonderfully successful books with an eye on the ANZ market.’—Robert Gorman CEO Allen & Unwin.
‘Since we established Welbeck it has been our intention to work with Allen & Unwin so we can publish our books most effectively in Australia and New Zealand. The A&U team have been excellent partners to both me and Mark in our previous companies and we very much look forward to working with them to similar effect again.’—Marcus Leaver Executive Director Welbeck Publishing Group.
Welbeck would like to thank Hardie Grant Books for all their support of the Carlton Books list and request that customers continue to order from Hardie Grant until 30 April 2020. Carlton Books titles invoiced by HEDS will not be accepted by United Book Distributors (UBD) for return. Authorised returns relating to orders placed with Hardie Grant Books should be sent to Harper Entertainment Distribution Services (HEDS) by 30 June 2020. From 1 May 2020, all orders for Carlton Books and Welbeck Publishing Group titles should be sent to UBD (email@example.com) or please see your Allen & Unwin/Murdoch Books Account Manager.
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