Weekly Book Newsletter
26 April 2007

This week's HP news: Unleash to give away up to 3000 copies; Borders' exclusive tie-ins; Cullen's letter x

Unleash Books has announced that it will give away up to 3000 free copies of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on its release day,... Read more

Miles Franklin shortlist and touring program x

As announced in a WBN Special Bulletin last week, the four titles shortlisted for the 2007 Miles Franklin Award are: Careless (Deborah Robertson, Picador) Carpentaria... Read more

NSW Premier's Literary Awards 2007 shortlists x

The shortlists for the 2007 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards have been announced. The winners will be announced on 29 May, during the Sydney Writers’ Festival.... Read more

Mary Ryan's welcomes new franchisees to its flagship store x

The original Mary Ryan’s bookstore, established in the Brisbane suburb of Paddington in 1970, has been sold as a franchise business. The new owners, Peter... Read more

LBF winds up, Bologna kicks off x

As the London Book Fair, which ran from 16 to 18 April, wound up last Wednesday, feedback on the new Earls Court venue in west... Read more

Bologna date change x

The organisers of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair have announced that the dates for the 2008 fair have changed. Instead of running immediately after the Easter break (25... Read more

Haigh wins BDW business lit prize x

Asbestos House (Scribe), Gideon Haigh’s examination of James Hardie and the controversies surrounding its compensation of those injured by exposure to asbestos, has won the... Read more

What's in a chain? x

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has confirmed that the definition of what constitutes a bookselling chain for the ‘Chain of the Year’ Australian Book Industry... Read more

New Holland buys Cadogan Guides x

New Holland has announced the purchase of Cadogan Guides from Morris Communications. ‘It’s exciting news,’ New Holland publicity manager Ian Dodd told WBN, adding that... Read more

'Society and environment' scrapped in new curriculum framework x

Victorian Premier Steve Bracks has launched a report on a national framework for school education, agreed to by all state and territory governments. ‘The Future... Read more

The 'Carnegie of Carnegies' x

The organisers of the Carnegie Prize have announced a provisional top 10 titles drawn from all those that have won the prestigious award since it... Read more

Ditmar awards shortlist announced x

The shortlist for the 2007 Australian Science Fiction Awards (also known as the Ditmars) has been announced. In the running for the best novel award... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: the Bologna Book Fair, which wraps up on 27 April... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

This week’s bestseller chart is brimming with potential Mother’s Day presents. There are taut dramas from Jodi Picoult and Kim Edwards; gripping thrillers from Wilbur... Read more

Around the world x

Among the stories added to our Around the World blog this week: Bidders circle Thomson Learning Bloomsbury teams with Libre Digital Google’s new copyright protection... Read more

RiP Dame Marie Clay (3/1/1926-13/4/2007): revered pioneer in reading intervention x

A group of prominent educational publishers writes: Australian educational publishing companies were saddened to learn of Dame Marie Clay’s passing on 13 April. Marie Clay... Read more

RiP Peter Jones x

Jean Dunn, on behalf of some former colleagues, writes: ‘Peter Jones, the long-time production manager of Melbourne University Press, has died at the age of... Read more

RiP David Halberstam x

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author David Halberstam has died in a car accident. Halberstam was renowned for books on the Vietnam war including The Making... Read more



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