Weekly Book Newsletter
25 July 2007

HP7 'biggest-selling single book ever' x

With the global release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows now successfully achieved, it seems clear the book is breaking sales records around the... Read more

ABIA winners announced x

The 2007 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) were presented by the Minister for Arts and Sport, Senator George Brandis at a ceremony at the Sofietel... Read more

Books Alive 2007 launched x

The 2007 books Alive campaign was officially launched by Minister for the Arts and Sport George Brandis at the Australian Book Industry Awards in Sydney... Read more

OzCo Literature Board announces grants x

The Literature Board of the Australia Council has released its latest round of funding. A total of $746,012 was awarded to 74 applicants, in four... Read more

MWF program announced x

The program for the 2007 Melbourne Writers Festival was officially launched on Friday 20 July, and appeared in a special supplement as part of the... Read more

DPP to question Pan Macmillan publisher over Corby book x

Pan Macmillan nonfiction publisher Tom Gilliatt will be interviewed by the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in relation to the publication of convicted Australian... Read more

Madman official local distributor for Tokyopop manga x

Madman Entertainment has announced it is now the official local distributor of Tokyopop manga comics. Madman spokesperson Ben Pollock told WBN the deal was a... Read more

Speech Pathology Australia 'Book of the Year' awards announced x

Much-loved children’s author Mem Fox was inducted into Speech Pathology Australia’s Hall of Fame for her ‘significant contribution to children’s language and literature’ as part... Read more

In brief x

Little, Brown buys PiatkusThe Little, Brown Book Group has bought British independent publisher Piatkus. Founder Judy Piatkus will continue as MD until the end of the... Read more

Around the world x

Among the items added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Tug of rights: US and UK publishers continue to face off... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Not a lot of changes in the top 10 this week. Who Killed Channel 9? remains atop the table, with The Quickie, The Secret and... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘This is probably my most agreeable gig as the Minister for Arts’–Senator George Brandis, on presenting the Australian Book Industry Awards in Sydney last night. 

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Books at MIFF Breakfast in Melbourne, 26 July  Booksellers NZ... Read more

RiP George Melly x

George Melly, the English jazz singer, writer, wit, raconteur, surrealist and fly-fisherman, has died, aged 80. While known primarily as a performer, he also wrote a... Read more

RiP Jack Egan x

Patrick Gallagher writes: Jack Egan (1941-2007) was the type of author and editor publishers value deeply. The ultimate professional, meticulous with his facts, courteous to... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

The Heffley family is trapped indoors during a blizzard but when the snow melts, 13-year-old Greg is going to have to face the music after... Read more



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