Weekly Book Newsletter
31 May 2006

A new chapter for The Next Chapter x

Sydney’s The Next Chapter Books-owned by Maurine Clear, Lyn Hogan and Richard Hogan-has announced that it has bought the long-established Books Etcetera store at Wahroonga... Read more

Another successful SWF winds up x

The 2006 Sydney Writers’ Festival wound up last Sunday, with a closing night address by Alain de Botton before an audience of over 2000 at... Read more

MWF gets bigger and better x

The Melbourne Writers’ Festival (MWF) has begun to announce some details of this year’s event, to be held from 25 August to 3 September. Among... Read more

Spotlight on new IR laws x

The debate on the Government’s new Work Choices legislation has turned to the retail sector in the past week, with the Labor Party and the... Read more

First Jewish Writers' Festival a success x

Over 500 people attended the inaugural Sydney Jewish Writers’ Festival, which was held from May 17-21. The festival was organised by The Shalom Institute at... Read more

FACP 'confident' about future x

As reported in WBN on 5 April, Fremantle Arts Centre Press (FACP) has been experiencing some financial difficulties. FACP’s publisher Ray Coffey has now released... Read more

Australia invited to be guest of honour at Taipei x

After the success of a picture book and artwork display at the 2006 Taipei Book Exhibition (TIBE) and at other venues in Taiwan, organised by... Read more

Aussie (and NZ) Gourmand winners x

The 2005 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards culminated with a gala presentation in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 20 May. Over 6000 books from 67 different countries... Read more

OZCO Emeritus Award for Langford Ginibi x

Eminent Aboriginal author and historian Ruby Langford Ginibi has been honoured with the 2005 Australia Council for the Arts Writers Emeritus Award. The Australia Council... Read more

ASA supports Law Reform Commission on sedition x

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has backed the recommendations of the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) that sedition should be removed entirely from the... Read more

Earls a multicultural champion x

Brisbane-based author Nick Earls has been named as Queensland’s 2006 Multicultural Champion. Earls, who migrated to Australia from Northern Ireland as a child in 1972,... Read more

Bertelsmann keeps it in the family x

Bertelsmann, the German-based parent company of Random House, which is controlled by the Mohn family, has again headed off a proposal to float the company... Read more

New dates for Jerusalem fair x

The biennial Jerusalem Book Fair has announced new dates for its 2007 event in order to prevent a clash with the rescheduled London Book Fair.... Read more

Le Prince Maurice Prize x

The winner of this year’s Le Prince Maurice Prize is Louise Dean for her debut novel Becoming Strangers (S&S). The Le Prince Maurice Prize is... Read more

SWETS ANNUAL RESULTS x

Royal Swets & Zeitlinger, the owner of Netherlands-based subscriptions company Swets Information Services, has announced its annual figures for 2005, showing an ‘outstanding performance,’ according... Read more

Thomas Nelson annual results x

US-based religious publisher Thomas Nelson has released its financial results for the year ending 31 March 2006. Both income and revenue increased six percent on... Read more

VNU BUYOUT SUCCESSFUL x

A group of private equity firms led by Valcom have been successful in their revised bid to take over VNU, the Netherlands-based owner of A... Read more

OUP CHANGES IN US x

Oxford University Press (OUP) has announced a major restructure at its US office, combining the trade and academic divisions. Trade publisher Ellen Chadosh, chief operating... Read more

AUDIES FOR HARRY AND 'HITCHHIKER'S' x

The winners of the Audies, the annual awards of the US-based Audio Publishers Association, have been announced. Winner of the audio book of the year... Read more

CAPE TOWN FULLY BOOKED x

The inaugural Cape Town Book Fair in South Africa begins in under a month, on 17 June, and the fair’s organisers—the Frankfurt Book Fair—are expecting... Read more

LBF PRICES ANNOUNCED x

The London Book Fair (LBF) has announced a new pricing structure to go with its change of venue to Earls Court in 2007, matching the... Read more

BEA x

This year’s Book Expo America (BEA) was held last week in Washington, DC. Reports in the US trade press indicate that the expo was generally... Read more

BORDERS TO EXPAND IN NZ x

Borders is set to open its third store in New Zealand, with Wellington’s Dominion Post newspaper reporting that the international bookselling chain is close to... Read more

NEW ZEALAND POST BOOK AWARDS ANNOUNCED x

The winners of the 10th annual New Zealand Post Book Awards 2006 were announced on Wednesday 17 May. The junior fiction award went to Hunter... Read more

GALLEY CLUB SHORTLIST 2006 x

This year’s Galley Club Awards shortlist has been announced, recognising the books of the highest standard of print and production. Winners will be announced at... Read more

MACQUARIE BACKS CWP x

The Macquarie Bank Foundation, a philanthropic arm of Macquarie Bank, has announced that it will support the 2007 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (CWP) to the value... Read more

ASIA PACIFIC WRITING PARTNERSHIP x

The Asia Pacific New Writing Partnership (APNWP) is a new international collaborative writing venture, showcasing new writing from and about Asia and the Pacific at... Read more

MINISTER WARNS OF RETAIL WORKER SHORTAGE x

Federal Workplace Relations Minister Kevin Andrews has warned that Australia is facing a shortage of up to 22,000 workers in the retail sector over the... Read more

NEW ABC TV BOOK SHOW x

The ABC has announced a new television book show, to be hosted by Jennifer Byrne. Byrne told the Sydney Morning Herald that ‘it makes me... Read more

AUSSIE WRITERS IN FRANCE x

Australia was the focus country this year at France’s prestigious Comedie du Livre festival, which was held last week. Ten Australian writers, including Luke Davies,... Read more

APA BOOK DESIGN AWARDS ANNOUNCED x

The Australian Publishers Association 54th Annual Book Design Awards were held at a ceremony at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney on 22 May as part... Read more

NSW PREM'S AWARDS x

NSW Premier Morris Iemma presented this year’s NSW Premier’s Literary Awards last night, naming Tim Flannery’s The Weather Makers (Text) as winner of both the... Read more

SWF UNDERWAY x

This year’s Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF) kicked off on Monday and will run throughout the week. Even before Tuesday night’s opening keynote address by UK... Read more

 

 

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