Book Bizzo #18 For those not at the SWF, EWF or RWA Roadshow

In Bed With... (Anthology)
In Bed With… (Anthology)

Isn’t that just the most luscious cover? Designer Allison Colpoys (Penguin) was named young designer of the year at the Australian Publishers Association Book Design Awards last week. I picked up this book the last time I was in a bookstore, and the only reason I didn’t buy it was that I’m very picky with erotica. Here’s the blurb:

Hot sex, anywhere, anytime, anyone?

Here is the hottest, raunchiest collection of romance, love, fantasy and – let’s be honest – sex.

Designed to tantalise and tease, these quirky adult-only tales are sensual and surprising, always imaginative and unashamedly risqué. Featuring a sex addict, a Spanish percussionist, a topless gardener, a Kiwi farm-hand, virgins, prostitutes, ballerinas, college research assistants, new ladettes and a spanking dominatrix; these racy affairs, illicit liaisons, and kinky propositions will have you hot, bothered, and maybe in need of a lie down . . .

So slip under the covers with award-winning bestselling writers….

But there’s a kinky twist – to protect their identities, each writer uses an x-rated pseudonym (the name of their first pet and first street). Can you work out is who? And who wrote what?…

Entertaining and wickedly erotic, In Bed With… is a naughty collection of fiction provocateur guaranteed to have you blushing. Read it in bed, read it alone – or with someone you desire.

The SMH has pictures of some of the other award-winning covers.


Robinsons Bookshop (Frankston, Vic) hosts a high tea every third Sunday of the month. For bookings, call the Robinsons Cafe on 03 9783 6488. The cost is $25 per adult, $10 per child, and free for kids under 5. There are 3 sessions starting at 10am, noon and 2pm. High tea and books. *sigh*

Coming soon

Nalini Singh announced that she’s been contracted to write 4 more Psy/Changeling books and 2 more Guild Hunter books. Congrats to her, and YAY for us readers!

Dominic Knight, author of  Disco Boy, the newest keeper in my bookshelf, has been contracted to write another book. Knight will be talking about Disco Boy at the Sydney Writers Festival today (disregard the description of the book on the SWF site—they’ve made it sound like such a dirge when it’s really a lot of fun!) and debating the value of proper grammar tomorrow. Both events are free.

Discounts, contests and freebies

And don’t forget that Book Thingo readers can get $10 off at Fishpond when you spend more than $40. Use the promo code BOOKTHINGO at checkout. This offer applies only to new Fishpond customers and can be used once per person.

Online book buzz

Bookstore bizzo

According to Bookseller+Publisher, Reader’s Feast Bookstore in Melbourne now sells ebook readers, including the Cybook and the iLiad. B+P also says that there’s an urgent recall of Betrayed by PC Cast and Kristen Cast. I don’t have a subscription to B+P, so that’s all I know!

The SMH reports that Borders Australia (a division of REDgroup Retail) might finally have an online store later this year. And although it’s just a footnote in the article, his bit about parallel import restrictions was interesting:

In contrast with its competitor Dymocks, REDgroup has argued against the parallel importing of books.… Parallel importation is allowed in New Zealand, but Mr Fenlon [general manager of the A&R Whitcoulls division] said a ban in Australia would keep the local industry more robust. He added there was not a material difference in margins between the markets.

The digital future

Amazon announced the launch of Amazon Encore, and Dear Author makes some good points about what this might mean for publishing.

Publishers Weekly posted a round-up of Digital Book 2009, with some interesting feedback on what users want from ebooks, and also the growing adoption of ebooks in US libraries.

And speaking of libraries…

Check out this article on the ABC website: The vulgar modernisation of our libraries (via Libraries Interact). You can guess from the title what a wank it’s going to be. Thank god my library doesn’t tell people to shut up, because then they’d have to toss me out on a fairly regular basis.

Contrast that with Marieke Hardy’s address at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards in which she encourages people to devour, enjoy and create literature wherever we can. She quotes Stephen Fry:

“Words are your birthright. Unlike music, painting, dance and raffia work, you don’t have to be taught any part of language or buy any equipment to use it. Don’t be afraid of it, don’t believe it belongs to anyone else, don’t let anyone bully you into believing that there are rules and secrets of grammar and verbal deployment that you are not privy to. Don’t be humiliated by dinosaurs into thinking yourself inferior because you can’t spell broccoli or moccasins. Just let the words fly from your lips and your pen.”

What an awesome, awesome quote.

And other random stuff…

While we Aussies await the Productivity Commission’s report on parallel import restrictions, spare a thought for the Filipinos who are facing what has come to be known as The Great Book Blockade. It all started when a customs official decided to impose an import duty on a shipment of Twilight. Read the article for the full story, but to give you an idea:

Customs Undersecretary Espele Sales explained the government’s position to a group of frustrated booksellers and importers in an Orwellian PowerPoint presentation, at which she reinterpreted the Florence Agreement as well as Philippine law RA 8047, providing for “the tax and duty-free importation of books or raw materials to be used in book publishing.” For lack of a comma after the word “books,” the undersecretary argued that only books “used in book publishing” (her underlining) were tax-exempt.

It boggles the mind.

Finally, The Chaser is back at the ABC on Wednesday nights. Guess who has tickets to the taping? :-D

Save the date

18-24/5 — Sydney Writers Festival
22-31/5 — Emerging Writers’ Festival in Melbourne
23/5 — Romance Writers of Australia Roadshow at Good Earth Motel in Perth
23/5 — Richard Morgan at Gaslight, 3-4pm
27/5 — Richard Morgan at Pulp Fiction, 6.30pm
28/5 — Book reading and Q&A with Dominic Knight at Readings Carlton | Bookings: 03 9347 6633
29-30/5 — Literati 2009 at Gold Coast libraries (program)
30/5 — Bronwyn Parry at Broadbeach Library, 10am
8/7-12/7 — ASAL Common Readers and Cultural Critics at ANU/NLA
7-9/8 — Byron Bay Writers Festival
13-14/8 — Popular Romance Studies: An International Conference in Brisbane
14-16/8 — RWA National Conference at Sebel and Citigate Hotel in Brisbane
2-6/10 — National Young Writers’ Festival in Newcastle

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