Weekly Book Newsletter
12 September 2007

A&R shows willingness to negotiate x

Now that the 31 August ‘extended deadline’ for supplier negotiations with Angus & Robertson has passed, it appears that considerable progress has been made–if not... Read more
 

Visa delay threatens author appearance at BWF x

British citizen Abdul Bari Atwan, author of The Secret History of Al Qu’Ida (Little, Brown), may be unable to attend the Brisbane Writers Festival as... Read more
 

Booksellers lose sales during APEC x

Sales at several bookstores in Sydney’s CBD have been negatively affected by the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, held there from 2 to 9... Read more
 

'Magnificent' response to inaugural Indigenous Literacy Day x

The inaugural Indigenous Literacy Day held last week saw successful events held around the country to raise money for the Fred Hollows Foundation’s work to... Read more
 

'Mister Pip' tipped for Booker as shortlist released x

Mister Pip�by New Zealander Lloyd Jones (Text/Penguin NZ) is one of six titles on the shortlist for the 2007 Man Booker Prize. The other shortlisted... Read more
 

Queensland Prem's Literary Awards announced x

The winner’s of this year’s Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards were presented last night by Queensland Premier Peter Beattie, in what is likely to be his... Read more
 

Rosalind Price retires from A&U x

After more than twenty years as children’s book publisher at Allen & Unwin, Rosalind Price has announced her retirement. A&U chairman Patrick Gallagher commented: ‘After... Read more
 

ABA to offer Introduction to Bookselling workshop x

The NSW branch of the ABA is to host an introductory two-day workshop for mid-level bookshop staff and new store owners early in November. Organised... Read more
 

James Halliday wins Louis Roederer International Book of the Year 2007 x

James Halliday has been announced as the winner of the prestigious Louis Roederer International Book of the Year 2007 for his Wine Atlas of Australia (Hardie... Read more
 

NSW Premier's History Awards shortlists announced x

The shortlists for the�NSW Premier’s History Awards have been announced. There are seven categories, each�worth $15 000. The�shortlisted titles are: Australian History Prize Black Founders:... Read more
 

Beijing yet to become 'must-attend' event for Oz publishers x

This year’s Beijing International Book Fair wound up last week, having run from 30 August to 3 September While international publishers including HarperCollins, Penguin and... Read more
 

Hugo Award winners announced x

The winners of the 2007 Hugo Awards were announced at the 65th World Science Fiction convention in Japan on 1 September. Rainbows End (Vernor Vinge,... Read more
 

In brief x

Concern at commercialisation of textbooks in NSWThe New South Wales Opposition has expressed concerns that the State Government is allowing corporations to market their products... Read more
 

Around the world x

Among the stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week are: Polish author jailed for murder Hachette Livre UK woos European... Read more
 

Quote of the week x

‘The ABA Conference was comprised largely of old, grey, tired booksellers’–Derek Dryden seeks young, colourful, energetic booksellers to attend his ABA-sponsored workshop.
 

Bestsellers this week x

If you have had a discussion recently with a man that seems more than usually knowledgeable on issues such as how to apply first aid... Read more
 

RiP Madeleine L'Engle x

The New York Times has reported that children’s writer and author of A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle, has died. She was 88.  
 

RiP Anita Roddick x

Anita Roddick, author and the founder of the Body Shop cosmetics store, has died after suffering a brain haemorrhage. Anita wrote numerous books including Business... Read more
 

 

 

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