Weekly Book Newsletter
7 June 2006

Zadie Smith wins Orange Prize x

Zadie Smith has won the £30,000 (A$72,000) Orange Prize for Fiction for her third novel, On Beauty (Hamish Hamilton). Smith reportedly wept as she received... Read more

RiP Sue Fear x

Australian mountaineer Sue Fear is believed to have died while mountain-climbing in the Himalayas. Fear’s memoir Fear No Boundary: The Road to Everest and Beyond... Read more

RiP Werner Pelz x

German-born author, broadcaster and La Trobe University sociology lecturer Werner Pelz has died in Melbourne, aged 84.

Griffin Poetry Prize announced x

The winners of the international and Canadian Griffin Poetry Prizes were announced in Toronto on 1 June. The international prize went to Kamau Brathwaite’s Born... Read more

Montana New Zealand Book Awards finalists x

The finalists in the 2006 Montana New Zealand Book Awards have been announced, with 26 books selected across eight different categories. Finalists have also been... Read more

Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction shortlist x

The shortlist for the UK’s most valuable nonfiction award, the Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction, was announced recently. On the shortlist are Untold Stories (Alan... Read more

Environment Awards for Children's Literature announced x

The winners of the Wilderness Society’s annual Environment Awards for Children’s Literature were announced on Monday. The Big Picture Book (John Long, illustrated by Brian... Read more

'WBN' now online x

A LETTER TO WEEKLY BOOK NEWSLETTER SUBSCRIBERS … Almost 35 years to the day since its first issue (pictured above), book industry news service the Weekly... Read more

ABC administrators' report x

Worrells, the company administering the voluntary liquidation of remainder wholesaler Australian Book Centre (ABC), has released an update to creditors. The update advises that SV... Read more

Hachette goes into Orbit x

Hachette Livre has announced that the UK-originated science fiction and fantasy imprint Orbit will be launched in Australia and in the US. Hachette expects that... Read more

Miners on Pier 9 x

Murdoch Books has secured worldwide rights to publish a book about the Beaconsfield miners Todd Russell and Brant Webb. The details of the deal have... Read more

Beware of Construct Data x

Publishers and distributors that visit the Frankfurt or London Book Fairs are again warned to beware of correspondence from Austrian-based company Construct Data Verlag AG.... Read more

Canberra Readers and Writers Festival x

The fourth Canberra Readers and Writers Festival, organised by the ACT Writers’ Centre, will be held at the National Library of Australia from 25-27 August.... Read more

New stablemates for Brumby Books x

Distributor Brumby Books has announced that it has finalised distribution deals for a number of new overseas and local publishers, including Sounds True audiobooks, Amber... Read more

International prize for Senior x

Rose Senior, a lecturer at Curtin University in WA, has won the £2000 (A$4800) Ben Warren International House Trust Prize for The Experience of Language... Read more

Blackwell awarded for Singapore HQ x

Academic publisher Blackwell Publishing has been announced as one of the recipients of the International Headquarters (IHQ) Award. The award, established by the Singapore Economic... Read more

Daggers out for crime writers x

The shortlist for the UK-based Daggers awards for crime writing has been announced. There are six titles in the running for the main £20,000 (A$48,000)... Read more

Booker International judges announced x

The judging panel for the 2007 Man Booker International Prize has been announced. The chair of the panel will be US literary critic Elaine Showalter,... Read more

Fat advance for Oprah x

Daytime TV queen Oprah Winfrey has reportedly been paid a record advance for a new book on her weight woes-no-one is prepared to say exactly... Read more

New sponsor for Whitbread awards x

The UK-based Whitbread Book Awards are to be renamed the Costa Book Awards, reflecting a change of sponsor from hospitality group Whitbread to its retail... Read more

Collins Booksellers administrators' report x

Grant Thornton International, the company appointed as administrators over the Collins Booksellers company stores in April 2005, has released a third report into the company,... Read more

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



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