Weekly Book Newsletter
18 April 2007

Anzac Day holiday next Wednesday x

Due to the Anzac Day public holiday on Wednesday 25 April, next week’s WBN will be sent on Thursday 26 April. However, the deadline for... Read more

Miles Franklin shortlist announced on Thursday x

The shortlist for this year’s Miles Franklin Award will be announced tomorrow, Thursday 19 April. WBN will send subscribers a special bulletin as soon as... Read more

CBCA shortlist announced x

The books shortlisted for this year’s CBCA Book of the Year Awards were announced yesterday at a ceremony hosted by the Governor of Victoria David... Read more

Potter article sparks bookseller outrage x

An article on Harry Potter discounting that appeared in the ‘QWeekend’ magazine of Queensland’s Courier Mail on Saturday has raised the ire of booksellers nationwide... Read more

More books to be banned under new censorship laws? x

State and territory attorneys-general have agreed to a request by federal Attorney-General Philip Ruddock to investigate how they can more closely restrict material that advocates... Read more

Wiley celebrates 200 years in style x

The Australian arm of John Wiley & Sons celebrated its parent company’s 200th birthday at a special celebratory dinner last night at Brisbane’s Marriott Hotel.... Read more

Thorpe-Bowker launches 'Innovation+Technology' magazine x

Thorpe-Bowker has launched another supplement to Bookseller+Publisher magazine with the first issue of Innovation+Technology (‘I+T‘), which is being distributed with the April/May issue of Bookseller+Publisher.... Read more

Publishers' career development fund x

Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) has announced a new Publishers’ Career Development Fund that will offer $50,000 in grants each year. The fund will offer publishers... Read more

SWF goes green x

The Sydney Writers Festival (SWF) has announced it will offset all carbon emissions from this year’s festival, as well as introducing a ‘range of initiatives... Read more

Funtastic takeover talks end x

A potential takeover bid for Funtastic has been called off. Talks between Funtastic’s major shareholder, childcare provider ABC Learning, and ‘an unnamed third party’ have... Read more

New corporate sponsor for 'ABR' x

Peter Rose, editor of the Melbourne-based literary magazine Australian Book Review (ABR), has announced that financial management business Ord Minnett is the magazine’s new and... Read more

Peter Carey on Man Booker International list x

As announced in a WBN Special Bulletin last week, Peter Carey is among the 15 authors on the judges’ list of contenders for the second... Read more

'Shantaram' rights to Pan Mac x

The rights to Gregory David Roberts’ autobiographical epic Shantaram and a new book, The Mountain Shadow, have been purchased by Pan Macmillan, where they will... Read more

A&R releases its latest Top 100 x

The 2007 Angus & Robertson Top 100 Book List was released on Tuesday with the ‘Harry Potter’ series taking out the top spot, followed by... Read more

'First Tuesday Book Club' advance title notification x

In the forthcoming episode of the ABC’s ‘First Tuesday Book Club’, to be screened on 1 May, the following feature titles will be announced: The Raw Shark Texts... Read more

'One Story Many Brisbanes' winners announced x

The 10 winning works in this year’s ‘One Book Many Brisbanes’ short story competition were announced by Brisbane Lord Mayor Campbell Newman on 11 April.... Read more

National curriculum a step closer x

State and territory education ministers and the federal minister for education Julie Bishop have negotiated a deal that will see all states and territories develop... Read more

LBF underway x

The 2007 London Book Fair (LBF) is currently underway. Early reports suggest that the new venue at Earls Court has been received much more warmly... Read more

Pulitzer Prize-winners announced x

The winners of the annual Pulitzer Prizes were announced on Monday at a luncheon at Columbia University. Books honoured in the Letters, Drama and Music section... Read more

Orange prize shortlist announced x

The six titles shortlisted for the 2007 Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction were announced in London yesterday. The shortlisted titles are: Half of a Yellow... Read more

Second Life Book Fair x

Second Life, the ‘virtual world’ that is currently one of the most popular sites on the internet, has announced the inaugural Second Life Book Fair... Read more

IPA supports WTO piracy complaint against China x

The International Publishers Association (IPA) has supported a case filed against China at the World Trade Organisation by the United States, which includes allegations of... Read more

Gardners launches digital warehouse x

UK-based book wholesaler Gardners has announced that it will expand its services to include a ‘digital warehouse’. The digital warehouse will allow publishers to link... Read more

New owners for Calder Books x

Veteran British publisher and bookseller John Calder has announced that he has chosen Alessandro Gallenzi and Elisabetta Minervini of Alma Books to take over his... Read more

ACAP 'milestone' x

The ACAP (Automated Content Access Protocol) Project has announced that it has passed a ‘major milestone’ following a recent meeting in London. ACAP is a... Read more

Around the world x

Among the stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Da Vinci Code appeal fails Sterling in Vietnam Second round of... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: the London Book Fair, which finishes up on 18 April the... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

The kids are reclaiming the charts this week, with the sixth Specky Magee title (released to coincide with the kick-off of the 2007 footy season)... Read more

RiP Kurt Vonnegut x

American novelist Kurt Vonnegut, a hero of the 1970s counter-culture, best known for his anti-war novel Slaughterhouse Five (Vintage), has died of brain injuries after... Read more



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