Weekly Book Newsletter
14 March 2007

A 'spectacular' year for Hachette, says Edwards x

Reporting its full-year results, Hachette Livre’s parent company Lagardere said its ‘books segment enjoyed a year of solid growth,’ raising sales by 20% overall in... Read more

Random authors follow Palfreyman to A&U x

Jane Palfreyman, former executive publisher at Random House, has signed four titles since beginning in her new position of publisher at Allen & Unwin on... Read more

ABA, ASA critical of 'classification' bill x

Following the proposal by Minister for the Arts Senator Coonan to introduce legislation to apply classifications to all electronically published material, peak publishing industry bodies... Read more

Sutherland awarded Unwin fellowship x

Faye Sutherland, manager of the Co-op Bookshop at Macquarie University, has been awarded this year’s Unwin Trust Fellowship. Sutherland, who is the first academic bookseller to... Read more

Registrations for ABA conference open tomorrow x

Registrations for this year’s ABA conference open on Thursday 15 March. ABA and APA members will receive registration forms this week. On-line registration and downloadable... Read more

MWF announces first authors x

Rosemary Cameron, director of the Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF), has announced a number of the authors who will be attending this year’s festival. German novelist... Read more

Miles Franklin author tours go national x

The Miles Franklin Award has announced an expanded regional author tour program, thanks to sponsorship from CAL. Building on a successful tour of regional NSW... Read more

Desai, Flannery to attend 2007 Ubud writers festival x

The Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, now in its fourth year, has announced some of the guests who will be attending the 2007 festival, to... Read more

Biography prize shortlist x

The shortlist for this year’s National Biography Award has been announced. The six titles are: Arthur Tange (Peter Edwards, A&U) Mr Stuart’s Track (John Bailey,... Read more

Berlin residency for Lloyd Jones x

Author Lloyd Jones has been awarded the Creative New Zealand Berlin Writers’ Residency for 2007. Jones will spend a year in Berlin from August, where... Read more

February retail figures 'sluggish' x

February retail sales figures, as measured by the Cashcard Retail Activity Index, have dropped by 0.6% to $18.6 billion, leading the National Retail Association (NRA)... Read more

New record-keeping obligations for employers x

The Federal Government has issued a reminder to all employers that new record-keeping obligations required under the Work Choices legislation will be enforced after 27... Read more

Around the world x

Among the stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: US bookstore sales drop again Waterstone’s to close up to 30... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: two awards announcements–the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize regional winners and the... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

For scandals, both fictional and otherwise, look no further than this week’s top 10. Topping the charts is An Absolute Scandal, the latest page-turner from... Read more

RiP Jean Baudrillard x

French philosopher and postmodern theorist Jean Baudrillard has died at the age of 77. A fierce critic of modern consumer culture, Baudrillard published more than... Read more



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