Weekly Book Newsletter
5 September 2007

ABA commissions report on parallel importation x

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has commissioned a ‘green paper’ to study the impact on its membership of the parallel importation of books. The report,... Read more

'Strong' 2007 Books Alive campaign wraps up x

The 2007 Books Alive campaign, which ran nationally through the month of August, was a ‘strong’ one, according to Books Alive project director Brett Osmond.... Read more

Vic Prem's Awards x

The Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards were announced in Melbourne on Monday night. With a total prize pool of $195,000 awarded in 11 categories, Victorian Premier... Read more

Melbourne Writers' Festival winds up x

After 10 days of panels, workshops, conversations and book launches, the 2007 Melbourne Writers’ Festival wrapped up on Sunday 2 September. According to organisers, the... Read more

Ned Kelly Award winners announced x

The winners of the 2007 Ned Kelly Awards–Australia’s premier prizes for crime writing–were announced on 29 August by the Crime Writers’ Association of Australia, in... Read more

Countdown to Brisbane Writers Festival x

Following hot on the heels of the Melbourne Writers’ Festival, Brisbane will next week play host to an impressive line-up of international and local authors... Read more

Berkelouw Books bidding for Borders? x

The Berkelouw Books chain has ‘emerged as a strong contender’ to buy the Australasian operations of the Borders bookselling chain, according to a report in... Read more

Lonely Planet trials downloadable chapters x

Lonely planet has launched a trial of ‘Pick and Mix’, a new product that enables travellers to purchase individual chapters from Lonely Planet guidebooks. More... Read more

'Faith & Duty' wins Christian Book of the Year award x

Faith & Duty: The John Anderson Story, Paul Gallagher’s biography of the former Deputy Prime Minister (Random), has been announced as Christian Book of the Year for... Read more

Uni of Melbourne to appoint new 'Meanjin' editor x

The University of Melbourne has announced it will commission a short external review to ‘provide advice to the Meanjin board on the literary magazine’s intellectual... Read more

In brief x

OUP acquires Beazer PublishingOxford University Press (OUP) has acquired Beazer Publishing. Beazer, founded in 1994 by Margaret Beazer, specialises in texts for Legal Studies and... Read more

Around the world x

Among the stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Borders’ 2nd quarter: sales up, but still making a loss Family settles... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘$195,000: that’s almost a living wage for someone at Macquarie Bank … almost’–MC John Doyle (aka ‘Rampaging Roy Slaven’) commenting on the total prize pool... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Conn Iggulden & Hal Iggulden’s Dangerous Book for Boys: Australian Edition proved to be a hit for Father’s Day, coming in at number two this... Read more

RiP Austin Donnelly x

Lesley Beaumont of John Wiley & Sons Australia writes: ‘It is with regret that we heard late last week of the passing of one of... Read more

RiP Julia Briggs x

The Guardian reports that Julia Briggs, literary scholar and ‘champion of women’s writing and children’s literature’, died on 16 August 2007.



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