Weekly Book Newsletter
15 November 2006

Macquarie Dictionary cuts ties with Macquarie University x

The Macquarie Dictionary and Macquarie Library, the Macmillan-owned company that publishes it, have left Macquarie University after more than 25 years and moved to the... Read more

Marsden sells two million Tomorrows x

Publisher Pan Macmillan yesterday presented author John Marsden with an award in recognition of the fact that his ‘Tomorrow’ series has now sold two million... Read more

ASA claims author-publisher copyright splits unfair x

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has raised concerns that publishers are claiming an unfair cut of copyright earnings, in the wake of significant increases... Read more

Temple and Duggan awarded Ozco fellowships x

Writers Peter Temple (The Broken Shore, Text) and Laurie Duggan (The Passenger, UQP) have been named as the recipients of this year’s Australia Council Fellowship... Read more

Temple wins Colin Roderick Award x

Peter Temple’s crime novel The Broken Shore (Text) has been named the winner of the 2006 Colin Roderick Award for the best Australian book of... Read more

Senate copyright report released x

The Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee on the Copyright Amendment Bill has released its report. A link to the report can be found here.... Read more

Copyright conference a success x

The new copyright exceptions proposed by the government were the topic of discussion at Copyright Society function held on 7 November in Sydney, where speakers... Read more

Around the World: Round-up x

In news from our Around the World blog this week: the winner of Canada’s prestigious Giller Prize; a ‘challenging’ year for UK indie (and Text... Read more

Forster joins Curtis Brown x

Clare Forster, previously publisher–books for adults at Penguin, has joined Curtis Brown, Australia’s largest literary agency. The agency, which is based in Sydney, described Forster... Read more

2006 YABBAs announced x

The winning titles in this year’s YABBAs (Young  Australian Best Book Awards) were announced this morning. Dougal the Garage Dump Bear (Matt Dray, Penguin) was... Read more

Aussie and NZ authors make IMPAC Award longlist x

A number of books by Australian and New Zealand authors have been included in the 138-title longlist for the 2007 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Geraldine... Read more

'Asbestos House' wins Westfield/Waverly Library award x

Gideon Haigh’s Asbestos House (Scribe) is the winning title in this year’s Westfield/Waverly Library award for literature, worth $15,000, which recognises ‘research undertaken for the... Read more

Henderson to leave Random House x

Fiona Henderson, head of publishing for the Bantam and Doubleday imprints at Random House, has announced her resignation. As reported in WBN last week, Jane... Read more

Kiwi authors in France x

French literary festival Les Belles Étrangères is focusing on New Zealand this year. The 2006 festival, which runs from 13 to 26 November, will include... Read more

Fitzpatrick prize for Spinifex author x

Juggling Truths by Unity Dow (Spinifex) has been named runner-up in South Africa’s Percy FitzPatrick Award. ‘This is the fourth international award our authors have... Read more

Patrick White award to Lurie x

Morris Lurie has been announced as the recipient of the 2006 Patrick White Award. The award, which is worth $25,000, is presented each year to... Read more

Walkley finalists x

The finalists for this year’s Walkley Award for Best Nonfiction Book were announced last week. The three finalists are Neil Chenoweth for Packer’s Lunch (Allen... Read more

Tiffany makes Guardian first book award shortlist x

Carrie Tiffany’s Everyman’s Rules for Scientific Living (Picador) is one of five books in the running for the UK’s Guardian First Book Award. The award,... Read more

Another award for Flannery x

In the US, Tim Flannery has just been announced as the winner of the 2006 Lannan Literary Award for Nonfiction, in recognition of his ‘significant... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Two new sequels to those popular Australian dieting and cleaning bibles flank this week’s top 10. At number one is The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: the Asialink Yogyakarta Fundraiser on 16 November; the free-trade seminar... Read more

RiP Nick Vine Hall x

Pat Woolley from Wild & Woolley writes: Nick Vine Hall, the doyen of family history researchers in Australia, has died of cancer, aged 62. Among... Read more

RiP Liz (Betty) Collins x

Australian journalist and author Liz Collins has died at the age of 85. Her early published work includes the novels The Second Step and The... Read more

RiP Lucilla Andrews x

British author Lucilla Andrews, best known for her ‘hospital fiction’ romances (also published under the pseudonyms Diana Gordon and Joanna Marcus), has died of lung... Read more

RiP Ernestine Carey x

Ernestine Carey, co-author of the bestselling memoir Cheaper by the Dozen (various imprints), among other books, has died at the age of 98.



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