Weekly Book Newsletter
20 September 2006

Beware of Construct Data and Premium Recovery x

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

Grenville and Hyland on Booker shortlist x

As first annnounced in a WBN Special Bulletin last Friday, Australian authors M J Hyland and Kate Grenville have made the shortlist for this year’s Man... Read more

Vogel award to Castles x

Belinda Castles has been announced as the winner of this year’s Australian/Vogel Literary Award. Castles won the award–for an unpublished manuscript by a writer under... Read more

RiP Joachim Fest x

German historian and author Joachim Fest, best known for his biographies of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime, has died, aged 79. His book Inside... Read more

Copyright changes: draft regulations x

The Australian Government has released its draft recommendations for changes to the Copyright Act dealing with technological protection measures (TPMs). For more information, see this... Read more

Drop 'sedition', says Law Reform Commission x

The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) has recommended that the Australian Government drop the term ‘sedition’ from its anti-terror laws. Summarising the main outcome of... Read more

ABC Retail conference and awards x

ABC Enterprises hosted the 2006 ABC Retail Conference over three days in Sydney last week. The conference was attended by 170 delegates–ABC Shop managers, staff... Read more

Armstrong to leave Macmillan; Gill promoted x

Macmillan Publishers Australia has announced the resignation of Shane Armstrong as managing director of Macmillan Education Australia (MEA). After almost eight years with Macmillan, Armstrong... Read more

Encompass Infoshops for sale x

WA-based educational bookseller Encompass Infoshop is for sale. After starting Encompass Infoshop in 1994, owner Allen Gianatti has decided to put the business out to... Read more

Melbourne Prize finalists announced x

The finalists in the inaugural Melbourne Prize for Literature have been announced, along with the finalists for the Best Writing Award. The winner of the... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: The Advertiser’s Big Book Club Literary Event, which finishes up on 20... Read more

BWF wraps up x

The 2006 Brisbane Writers Festival wound up on Sunday, having run from 13 September. This was the 10th annual festival and the first for director... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

This week it’s all about the fairies: Rainbow Magic Funday Fairies. They’ve taken up all but the top spot in this week’s highest new entries... Read more

Christmas confidence high at Book City conference x

The 2006 annual conference of Book City franchisees was held in Melbourne on the weekend of 9 and 10 September, with the theme ‘working to... Read more

Finlay Lloyd launched x

Novelists Julian Davies and Robin Wallace-Crabbe; illustrator-bookbinder Phil Day; and bookseller Ingeborg Hansen have formed the publishing house Finlay Lloyd, which last week published the collection... Read more

ASA expands mentorship program x

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has announced it will be running an expanded mentorship program with funding of $150,000 from the Cultural Fund of... Read more

'Unseen Footprints' named Australian Christian Book of the Year x

Unseen Footprints by Sheridan Voysey (Scripture Union) has been named the 2006 winner of the Australian Christian Book of the Year award. Also shortlisted for... Read more

New Dymocks in NZ x

Dymocks has announced it will open a new store in the Westfield Queensgate Centre at Lower Hutt in New Zealand in early November. The franchise... Read more

Around the World: Round-up x

In news from our Around the World blog this week comes reports that Amazon is developing its own e-book reader; meanwhile Sony’s e-Reader will be... Read more

RiP Sasha Soldatow x

German-born writer Sasha Soldatow has died in Sydney, aged 58. His book Private: Do Not Open (Penguin) was one of the first explicitly gay works... Read more

RiP Kingi McKinnon x

Maori writer and popular young-adult author Kingi McKinnon has died at the age of 63. McKinnon wrote several award-winning novels about the experience of young... Read more

RiP Margaret Orbell x

Anthropologist and author Margaret Orbell has died at the age of 72. Orbell dedicated her career to the promotion of Maori literature. Her books include... Read more

 

 

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