Weekly Book Newsletter
10 January 2007

WBN survey shows a merry Christmas for 98% of booksellers x

Australia’s booksellers have had another strong Christmas, with over 40% of respondents to WBN‘s post-Christmas survey saying that the season was ‘excellent’, and two-thirds reporting... Read more
 

Around the World: Round-up x

In news from our Around the World blog since our last issue: HarperCollins publisher Judith Regan sacked in the wake of the O J Simpson... Read more
 

Bestsellers this week x

As we found during our post-christmas survey of the trade, one bookseller’s dissapointment is another’s bestseller. Many of the titles that appear on the bestsellers... Read more
 

In memoriam Neil Curtis x

The staff at Harcourt Education extend their heartfelt condolences to the family and loved ones of Neil Curtis, an extremely talented and much loved illustrator.... Read more
 

Beale wins Storylines award x

New Zealand author Fleur Beale has won the 2007 Storylines Gaelyn Gordon Award for a Much-loved Book for her first novel for children Slide the... Read more
 

Auckland Writers & Readers Festival goes annual x

Beginning this year, the Auckland Writers & Readers Festival will become an annual event, expanding to a four-day program, including readings, workshops, poetry events, panel... Read more
 

Bent wins Scarlet Stiletto x

South Australian playwright and script editor Roxxy Bent has won Sisters in Crime’s 13th Scarlet Stiletto Award by taking out the HarperCollins-sponsored first prize of... Read more
 

New Sunshine Coast awards and festival x

Plans for a  month of events to ‘nurture, showcase and celebrate the literary arts’ to be held on the Sunshine Coast in June this year... Read more
 

Manning Clark House awards x

Kate Crawford was the winner of the individual 2006 Manning Clark House National Cultural Award for Adult Themes: Rewriting the Rules of Adulthood (Macmillan), with... Read more
 

Konemann name change x

German publisher Tandem has announced its Könemann list will be renamed Ullmann, following the departure from the company on 18 December of consultant Ludwig Könemann,... Read more
 

Profile buys Serpent?s Tail x

Independent UK publisher Profile Books has bought fellow independent publisher Serpent’s Tail for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition will add fiction to Profile’s list. ‘This... Read more
 

Salzmann buys out Madison Press Books x

Madison Press Books, the ‘book packager’ behind titles including Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall’s Sexual Intelligence and Being a Girl (both Hardie Grant),... Read more
 

'No impact' on Bookwise as AMS files for bankruptcy x

Adelaide-based distributor Bookwise is confident about its future, despite its US-based parent company Advanced Marketing Services (AMS) filing for bankruptcy under the US Chapter 11 law.... Read more
 

Harry Potter 7 title announced, July release' x

J K Rowling has announced that the title of the seventh and final Harry Potter will be Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Bloomsbury has... Read more
 

'End of Poverty' wins Iremonger Award x

Social entrepreneur and Anglican clergyman Nic Frances has been announced as the recipient of the 2006 Iremonger Award for Writing on Public Issues for his submission... Read more
 

Liquidator wraps up Technical Bookshop x

Melbourne’s Technical Bookshop closed its doors on 23 December last year, after trading under family ownership since 1941. The business went into voluntary administration in... Read more
 

RiP Maurie Craven x

Mary Dalmau and Rosie O’Connor of Reader’s Feast write: It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Mr. Maurie Craven on Sunday... Read more
 

AMS bankruptcy hits Australian publishers x

US-based Advanced Marketing Services declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy on 30 December, owing publishers worldwide over US$100 million (A$124 million). AMS owns a number of book-related... Read more
 

 

 

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