Weekly Book Newsletter
4 April 2007

Christer joins Random House, Baker departs x

Random House has announced the appointment of Nikki Christer, former Picador publisher at Pan Macmillan, to the newly created position of deputy publishing director. The... Read more

ASA announces major new literary prize x

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has announced the creation of a new award for Australian fiction, made possible by a $1 million bequest by... Read more

AsiaLink touring program cancelled x

AsiaLink has announced that its Literature Touring Program, which has supported leading Australian writers to tour in Asia over the past nine years, will finish... Read more

ARW's owner in bid for Coles x

In what would be the biggest corporate takeover in Australian history, Wesfarmers (which owns the Bunnings DIY chain) and Pacific Equity Partners (PEP, owner of... Read more

HP7 artwork revealed x

Bloomsbury Publishing has released the cover illustrations and blurb for the final installment of the Harry Potter series. As with previous titles in the series,... Read more

Publishers hold AGM x

The Australian Publishers Association held its annual general meeting in Melbourne on Tuesday last week at the Camberwell offices of Penguin Books Australia. In her address,... Read more

MWF to move to Fed Square x

Rosemary Cameron, director of the Melbourne Writers Festival, has announced that the festival will move from its long-standing venue at the Malthouse to Federation Square... Read more

The Big Book Club launches in Qld x

The Big Book Club, a not-for-profit arts-based association that began in South Australia in 2003, has launched in Queensland. ‘We made the decision in 2005... Read more

Bonnier completes purchase of Five Mile Press x

Further to the majority shareholding it took in April 2004 (see WBN 21 April 2004), Bonnier Publishing UK (previously known as Autumn Publishing) has completed its acquisition... Read more

ABA conference early-bird offer ends tomorrow x

Those planning on attending this year’s Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) annual conference in June have only one day to take advantage of the ABA’s early-bird registration... Read more

Aduki Independent Press launches x

Publisher and creator of Aduki magazine Emily Clark has announced the launch of Aduki Independent Press, which will publish a range of nonfiction books and... Read more

Abu Dhabi Book Fair looks to the region, and the world x

The 17th Abu Dhabi Book Fair is in full swing this week, with over 400 exhibitors from 46 countries displaying their wares in a vast,... Read more

Shakespeare wins inaugural Tasmania Book Prize x

Nicholas Shakespeare In Australia (Vintage), a tale of his Tasmanian ancestry, has won the inaugural Tasmania Book Prize for the best book with Tasmanian content. The $25,000... Read more

Hart wins Anne Elder Award x

Poet Libby Hart has been awarded this year’s Anne Elder Award for her book of poems Fresh News from the Arctic (Interactive Publications). The prize,... Read more

Innes wins inaugural 'Meanjin'/Readings Novella Award x

Canberra-based author Margaret Innes, also known as the crime writer Alex Palmer, is the winner of the inaugural Meanjin/Readings Novella Award presented at the launch... Read more

Adamson wins second Grace Leven Prize x

Poet Robert Adamson has won his second Grace Leven Prize for The Goldfinches of Baghdad (Flood Editions). The award, Australia’s oldest annual poetry prize, is... Read more

Galaxy British Book Awards announced x

The winners of this year’s Galaxy British Book Awards, the ‘Oscars of the book trade’, have been announced. The Dangerous Book for Boys (Conn and... Read more

Kiriyama Prize winners announced x

Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman (Haruki Murakami, Random House) has won the fiction section of this year’s Kiriyama Prize with Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s... Read more

Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist announced x

The shortlist of titles in the running for the CAN$100,000 (A$101,000) Griffin Poetry Prize were announced yesterday. Finalists in the Canadian shortlist were: Airstream Land... Read more

Around the World x

Among stories added to our Around the World blog this week: Richard Branson speculated as potential buyer for Borders UK Scottish Publishers Association undergoes changes... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

There’s nothing like a popular movie or TV show to shift copies of the tie-in title, as this week’s bestselling titles–Rhonda Byrne’s guide to a... Read more

RiP Margaret Olds x

Millennium House writes: ‘It is with the saddest of hearts that Gordon Cheers advises that Margaret Olds, after having spent many weeks in hospital, has... Read more

RiP John Winch (1944-2007) x

Margrete Lamond, publisher at Little Hare Books, writes: ‘It is with great sadness that Little Hare Books joins John Winch’s family, the children’s book world... Read more



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