Weekly Book Newsletter
16 August 2006

HarperCollins annual results; Australia & NZ 'very strong' x

HarperCollins has again reported a record annual result, its ninth consecutive year of growth, with worldwide sales of US$1.3 billion (A$1.65 billion) for 2005-06 and... Read more

BWF guest list and program released x

The Brisbane Writers’ Festival (BWF) has released the full program and guest-list for this year’s Festival, to be held from 13-17 September. With more than... Read more

Davitt Awards shortlist x

Sisters in Crime has announced the shortlist for this year’s Davitt Awards for the best crime books by Australian women published during 2005. Sisters in... Read more

BILBY and KOALA shortlists x

The shortlists for the NSW Kids Own Literature Awards (the KOALA awards) and Queensland’s Books I Love Best Yearly (BILBY awards) have been announced. The... Read more

Vic Prem's Award shortlist x

The shortlist for this year’s Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards was announced at the state Library of Victoria last week by Victorian Minister of Arts Mary... Read more

Carey, Grenville and Hyland on Booker longlist x

Three of the nineteen novels on the longlist for this year’s Man Booker Prize are by Australian authors. Theft: A Love Story by Peter Carey... Read more

Around the World: round-up x

In news from our ‘Around the World’ blog this week, one of the world’s largest libraries–the library of the University of California–joins Google’s library project,... Read more

RiP Michael Sellers x

Michael Sellers, the son of comedian Peter Sellers, has died. Sellers wrote two memoirs about the difficult relationship he had with his father: PS I... Read more

RiP Murray Bookchin x

American author, environmentalist and anarchist Murray Bookchin has died, aged 85. Bookchin was the author of over 20 books on environmental and political topics, and... Read more

RiP Leon Morris x

Australian theologian and biblical scholar Leon Morris has died, aged 92. Morris wrote more than 50 books that have sold nearly two million copies worldwide... Read more

Grass reveals Nazi past x

Nobel Prize-winning German author Günter Grass is weathering a storm of controversy over revelations that he served in the infamous Nazi SS during WWII. Grass,... Read more

Printer awarded for limited-edition book x

Printer Ducor Group has been announced as the winner of the 2006 Heidelberg Australia Award for Marsupials of Australia, volume 3: Kangaroos, Wallabies and Rat-kangaroos... Read more

Court challenge to banned Islamic books x

The NSW Council of Civil Liberties has launched a legal challenge to the recent banning of two books by the Classification Review Board. The Council will... Read more

Remainder Fair 2007 dates announced x

The Overstocks and Remainders Fair (OARF) has announced the dates and venue for its 2007 event. OARF will be held at Melbourne’s Rydges Carlton Hotel... Read more

HarperCollins launches 'browse inside' in Australia x

HarperCollins, which announced late last year that it was digitising its entire catalogue (see WBN 4 January 2006), has now launched ‘Browse Inside’, the first... Read more

The first Tasmanian Book Fair a success x

The first Tasmanian Book Fair was held in Hobart on Sunday, as part of Tasmanian Living Writers’ Week. The fair, which included a meet-an-author program,... Read more

Fair dates suit Australia x

While the timing of next year’s London Book Fair (LBF) within a week of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair means children’s publishers in the UK... Read more

Romantic Book of the Year awards x

The winners of this year’s Romance Writers of Australia Romantic Book of the Year awards have been announced. The winner of the long romance section... Read more

WBN Online a hit with readers x

A letter to WBN subscribers The new online WBN service has now been in operation for about two months and we would like to share with... Read more

'Business as usual' for Australian airport booksellers x

In the wake of the recently uncovered terrorist plot to detonate explosives on several US-bound flights out of the UK, increased flight security measures have... Read more



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