Weekly Book Newsletter
19 July 2006

RiP Mickey Spillane x

Hard-boiled crime writer Mickey Spillane, the creator of legendary private eye Mike Hammer, has died aged 88. Spillane’s first Mike Hammer book, I, the Jury... Read more

Caine Prize for Watson x

South African author Mary Watson has won this year’s £10,000 (A$23,300) Caine Prize for African Writing for her short story ‘Jungfrau’. The Caine Prize is... Read more

'Da Vinci' case goes to appeal x

Authors Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh have been granted leave to appeal the breach of copyright case they lost against Da Vinci Code author Dan... Read more

Plastic bag ban to begin with Victoria x

Victoria has announced a plan to phase out free plastic shopping bags by 2009. From 2009, retailers will be required to charge at least 10... Read more

Around the world: round-up x

In overseas news this week, Borders has confirmed that former Saks department store executive George Jones is the company’s new CEO; publisher reactions to UK... Read more

Damousi wins Ernest Scott Prize x

Joy Damousi, author of Freud in the Antipodes: The Cultural History of Psychoanalysis in Australia (UNSW Press) is the winner of the 2006 Ernest Scott... Read more

All aboard for Children's Book Week x

With Children’s Book Week approaching rapidly (19 to 25 August), the New South Wales branch of the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has announced... Read more

Where are the wild things' Melbourne! x

Film Victoria confirmed last week that a feature film based on Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s book Where the Wild Things Are (Random House) will be made... Read more

Tokyo book fair wraps up x

The 13th Tokyo International Book Fair wrapped up on Sunday 9 July after four busy days. The Fair attracted a record number of attendees: almost... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

It’s been a big week for pirates and boy wizards. Harry Potter has topped the bestseller charts once again with the release of the paperback... Read more

RiP John Ritchie x

John Ritchie, history professor, author and one of the longest serving editors of the Australian Dictionary of Biography (MUP), has died in Canberra, aged 65.... Read more

RiP Tsai-Hsien Chang x

Chinese language teacher and author Tsai-Hsien Chang has died in Melbourne, aged 86. Chang was the author of several English and Chinese language publications, including... Read more

Useful Tips for Subscribers #4: International news blog x

Want know what’s happening in book markets around the world? It’s now only a click away. Our new service includes an online overseas news ‘blog,’... Read more



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