Weekly Book Newsletter
5 July 2006

Industry awards shortlist x

The APA-sponsored Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) have announced the shortlisted entries for 14 of the 18 awards. Shortlisted and winning entries in these awards... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Well, it’s no secret who the winners are this week. Cathy Kelly’s Past Secrets (HarperCollins) enjoys top place for the third week in a row.... Read more

Indigenous Writers' Festival a success x

The NSW Writers’ Centre’s first Indigenous Writers’ Festival, held on 24 June as part of the 2006 NAIDOC week, was a wonderful success, according to... Read more

Australian Book Wholesalers commence trading x

Australian Book Wholesalers (ABW), a new sales, marketing and distribution company, commenced business on 1 July. The ABW team includes former Australian Book Centre (ABC)... Read more

RMIT secondhand bookshop closes x

The secondhand bookshop run by the RMIT University Student Union has closed following the introduction of voluntary student unionism (VSU). The not-for-profit bookshop, which was... Read more

A winning window display at Shearer's Bookshop x

Shearer’s Bookshop in Sydney’s Leichardt has taken out this year’s Miles Franklin Literary Award shortlist window display competition. To see a photo of the winning... Read more

RiP Barbara Epstein x

Barbara Epstein, the founding joint editor of the New York Review of Books, has died, aged 76.

Harry tops A&R kids' Top 50 x

The ‘Harry Potter’ series has been voted Australian children’s favourite read in an Angus & Robertson poll of more than 23,000 readers. J K Rowling’s... Read more

The buzz on new children's book newsletter x

The first issue of new online monthly newsletter Buzz Words was launched on 1 July by author and editor Dianne Bates. The newsletter, which will... Read more

MWF expands school program x

The Age Melbourne Writers’ Festival has announced an expanded schools program for the 2006 festival. The program will include sessions for students in Years 5... Read more

2006 Mary Gilmore Award x

The 2006 Mary Gilmore Award for a first book of poetry published in the preceding two calendar years has been awarded to David McCooey for... Read more

Greg Day wins ALS Gold Medal x

The Australian Literature Society (ALS) has awarded its ALS Gold Medal for an outstanding literary work to Greg Day for his novel The Patron Saint... Read more

Useful Tips for Subscribers #2: Logging in x

Some subscribers have asked us if there’s a way of avoiding having to log in to the website each time they visit. The answer is... Read more

ABC cans Alan Jones bio; other publishers line up x

ABC Books has cancelled the publication of a biography of controversial broadcaster Alan Jones by renowned Four Corners investigative journalist Chris Masters, following an ‘appraisal’ by... Read more

A&R expansion plan x

Angus & Robertson (A&R) has announced plans to open over 45 new stores by the end of next year. Recently appointed general manager Dave Fenlon,... Read more

Global deal for Canavan x

Australian fantasy author Trudi Canavan is one of the first authors to benefit from the recent announcement that the Little, Brown sci-fi/fantasy imprint Orbit–now owned... Read more

Byng enters two Aussies for Booker x

Jamie Byng, the founder of the Edinburgh-based independent publisher Canongate, has told the Age that he has used his two nominations for this year’s Man... Read more

Review into rules for franchises x

The Federal Government has announced a review into a number of key sections of the Franchising Code of Conduct. The review is aimed at strengthening... Read more

Media Extra: what's hot x

The book media has sunk its teeth into the hoo-hah surrounding this year’s Miles Franklin Award-winner, Roger McDonald. Despite a whopping seven mentions by our... Read more

Meet the Literary Editors: Ray Chesterton x

In the third of a series of interviews with the literary editors of Australia’s major book media, conducted for MX by Alae Taule’alo, we meet... Read more



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