Weekly Book Newsletter
19 September 2007

A&U to leave ADS x

Allen & Unwin has announced that it will leave Alliance Distribution Services from 1 January 2009 and move its distribution to the Pearson-owned United Book... Read more

Visa delay garners BWF 'massive' coverage x

The 2007 Brisbane Writers Festival wound up on Sunday 16 September, having run from 12 September. Author Abdel Bari-Atwan, whose late arrival due to delays... Read more

Vogel winner dreams of Magda x

This year’s Vogel/Australian Literary Award has been presented to 34-year-old Melbourne-based writer Stefan Laszczuk for his second novel I Dream of Magda, which is inspired by the... Read more

A&R launches new branding at annual conference x

The annual Angus & Robertson conference was held from 9 to 11 September at Melbourne’s Testra Dome. Approximately 300 people attended, including company store managers,... Read more

HarperCollins 'publisher of the year' at Book City annual conference x

The Book City bookselling chain launched a new logo and store branding at its annual franchise conference, held in Melbourne last weekend. HarperCollins was named... Read more

World invited to 'Think Australian' x

With the Frankfurt Book Fair only two weeks away, international publishers and agents can now access information on the Australian book trade online following the launch... Read more

ASA Medal awarded to Glenda Adams x

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has awarded its 2007 ASA Medal to the late Glenda Adams. The medal was presented at a ceremony in... Read more

New e-book standard x

A single e-book standard is a step closer after the Members of the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) voted overwhelmingly in favour of accepting the... Read more

Many more writers festivals on their way x

Following the recent Brisbane Writers Festival, several other festivals are due to kick off in coming days: Inaugural Manly writers festival this SundayThe inaugural Writers... Read more

LIANZA Awards x

The Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) has presented its annual children’s book awards as part of the 2007 LIANZA conference held... Read more

Sponsorship awards for NZ Post and Buddle Finlay x

Two book-related award sponsorships in New Zealand have been recognised with major awards. Law firm Buddle Finlay was recently declared the overall winner at the... Read more

In brief x

Spotlight abandons AWAsNational fabric retailer Spotlight has announced that it will negotiate a new collective agreement with its 6500 employees rather than deal with the... Read more

Around the world x

Among the stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Fair use ‘worth more to the economy than copyright’ Authors secure... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Publishing is a satisfying and self-fulfilling occupation, which may sound better at a dinner party than "dentist" or "sanitary inspector".’–Philip Kogan, co-founder of UK publisher... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

How much murder, misdemeanour and mayhem is too much? Not nearly enough, according to the bestseller chart this week. Kathy Reich’s Bones to Ashes grasps... Read more

RiP Trevor Glover x

Penguin Books Australia writes: ‘It is with much sadness that Penguin Australia notes the passing of Trevor Glover in London on 12 September after a... Read more

RiP Robert Jordan x

Author Robert Jordan, best known for his ‘Wheel of Time’ series of fantasy novels, has died of a rare blood disease aged 58.



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