Weekly Book Newsletter
20 June 2007

'Carpentaria' wins Miles Franklin x

This year’s Miles Franklin Literary Award has been won by Alexis Wright for her novel Carpentaria, published by Giramondo. The Miles Franklin is widely regarded... Read more

ABA conference: challenges and opportunities in a fast-changing world x

The 2007 Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) conference concluded on Tuesday afternoon after three stimulating days held at Melbourne’s Hilton on the Park hotel. The conference was opened... Read more

Digitisation critical for booksellers says EBF's Mc Namee x

This week’s Australian Booksellers Association conference had reaffirmed the importance of the digitisation debate for booksellers, according to European Booksellers Federation (EBF) president John Mc... Read more

ABA conference: trade day a hit x

The ABA conference program included Monday’s very well-attended trade display day, featuring over 70 publishers, distributors, non-book suppliers and service providers. There was a strong crowd all day,... Read more

Stager is new ABA president x

The AGM of the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) was held on the opening day of the 83rd ABA conference. The committee of the ABA for... Read more

'Salvation Creek' is booksellers' choice x

Susan Duncan’s Salvation Creek (Bantam) was announced as the winner of the 2007 Nielsen BookData Booksellers Choice Award at the Booksellers’ Dinner held as a... Read more

APA launches DataPage x

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) has launched a new ‘comprehensive title download service’, DataPage. The service, which was launched on 18 June at the ABA... Read more

Pearson takeover of Harcourt complete: companies to 'blend', some redundancies announced x

Pearson has received the necessary approvals from the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC) to allow it to finalise the acquisition of Harcourt Education in... Read more

Borders' strategic review 'progressing' x

Borders has announced that its ‘review of strategic alternatives’ for its Australia and New Zealand business is ‘progressing as planned’, with KPMG Corporate Finance preparing... Read more

Defamation precedent raises eyebrows x

Media commentators fear a ruling by Australia’s High Court that a restaurant review was defamatory has set an unwelcome precedent for reviewers in all fields.... Read more

Foley goes into Orbit x

Hachette Livre Australia publisher Bernadette Foley has been appointed the Australian publisher for the Orbit science fiction list. The new position, which is in addition... Read more

Flanagan and Perlman among authors to follow Christer to Random x

Richard Flanagan (pictured), Elliot Perlman, Kate Jennings and Georgia Blain are all reportedly set to move to Random House from Picador, following publisher Nikki Christer,... Read more

APA hits the road for series of forums x

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) has announced it will hold twice-yearly, state-based forums ‘where issues and ideas can be canvassed.’ ‘We welcome not just the APA... Read more

Knighthood for Rushdie and CBE for Humphries; Oz authors honoured x

Author Salman Rushdie will now be known as ‘Sir Salman’ after being knighted for his services to literature, announced in the UK Queen’s Birthday honours... Read more

'Meanjin' board sacked x

With the exception of chairwoman Kate Darian-Smith, the board of the literary magazine Meanjin has reportedly been dismissed by Melbourne University vice-chancellor Glyn Davis. The... Read more

McLeod joins UWA Press; Drakeford, de le Harpe depart x

The University of Western Australia Press (UWA Press) has announced the appointment of Kate McLeod as editorial manager and the departure of long-term staff members... Read more

A&U celebrates HP7 with competition to attend launch in London x

Allen & Unwin, which publishes the Harry Potter series in Australia, has announced a competition to win a trip to London to see J K... Read more

Books Kinokuniya wins recreational retailer award x

Sydney bookstore Books Kinokuniya was named Australian American Express Best Recreational Retailer last Tuesday at the 2007 National Rewards for Excellence Awards. Store manager Steve... Read more

Two Aussies in the running for International Horror Guild Awards x

Two Australian authors, Will Elliot and Terry Dowling, have made the shortlist of the International Horror Guild Awards in its auspicious thirteenth year. Elliot’s much-awarded... Read more

Petterson picks up IMPAC Dublin Literary Award x

Norwegian author Per Petterson has won this year’s IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for his novel Out Stealing Horses (Vintage), described as ‘a poignant and moving... Read more

Audies announced x

The winners of the 2007 Audies–the ‘Oscars of the audiobook industry’–were announced on 4 June at a gala ceremony hosted by Jim Dale, the narrator of the... Read more

Locus Awards announced x

The readers of American sci-fi and fantasy publication Locus Magazine have cast their votes in this year’s Locus Awards. Best science fiction novel went to Rainbows End (Vernor... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Crime thrillers, supernatural thrillers and straight-down-the-line thrillers feature in this week’s highest new entries chart. Maverick detective Harry Bosch is back in Michael Connelly’s The Overlook,... Read more

In brief x

Spielberg buys film rights to ‘The Unknown Terrorist’Steven Spielberg’s Dreamworks Studio has reportedly paid ‘a massive sum’ to secure the film rights to Richard Flanagan’s... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: announcement of the Miles Franklin Award on 21 June APA... Read more

Around the world x

Among the stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Is Amazon Kindle e-reader and e-book catalogue set for release? Questions... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘I’ve not yet met a bookseller who’s cynical or who’s lost their passion for books.’–Susan Duncan, on accepting the Booksellers Choice award for Salvation Creek... Read more

RiP Merv Storey x

Former bookseller Elaine Storey writes: ‘It is with great sadness that I inform the book trade that Merv Storey died in hospital on 9 June... Read more

RiP Richard Rorty x

American philosopher and writer Richard Rorty, whose large body of work includes the study of philosophy Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature (Princeton University Press)... Read more



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