Weekly Book Newsletter
17 October 2007

Enright wins Man Booker x

The Gathering by Irish author Anne Enright (Jonathan Cape) has won the 2007 Man Booker Prize, beating New Zealand hope Lloyd Jones whose Mister Pip... Read more

Frankfurt organisers 'couldn't be happier' x

As this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair wrapped up last Sunday, Australian attendees and the fair’s organisers expressed strong satisfaction with how it has gone. ‘I walked around... Read more

Nobel Prizes for Lessing and Gore x

The 2007 Nobel Prizes were announced last week in Sweden. This year’s recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature is British writer Doris Lessing, at... Read more

TPA changes 'a step in the right direction for booksellers' x

Changes to the Trade Practices Act were passed recently by Federal Parliament, including the so-called ‘Birdsville amendment’ proposed by Queensland National Party Senator Barnaby Joyce.... Read more

ACCC examines Borders bids x

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has announced an ‘informal review’ into proposed bids for Borders by Angus & Robertson and by Dymocks. The... Read more

Bloom Partners seek input on ABA paper x

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has commissioned industry consultants Bloom Partners to prepare a ‘green paper’ to examine the arguments for and against the parallel... Read more

Tyle to head new children's imprint at Random House x

Random House Australia has announced the appointment of former UQP publisher Leonie Tyle as publisher of an as yet unnamed new children’s imprint. Linsay Knight,... Read more

New owner for Macleay Bookshop x

The long-established Sydney independent Macleay Bookshop has a new owner. The store, in the inner-city suburb of Potts Point, is now owned by Richard Stern and... Read more

ELR receives 'ongoing funding' x

The Federal Government has announced that the Educational Lending Right (ELR) scheme will receive ‘ongoing funding’. The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has welcomed the... Read more

Good year for Walker as website and multimedia arm launched x

Walker Books has reported strong results for 2006, with turnover up 11% to £53 million (A$116 million) and pre-tax profits up ‘slightly’ on last year... Read more

German prize for Zusak x

Australian author Marcus Zusak has picked up another prize: his YA novel The Messenger (Picador) has been named as the winner of the Youth Jury... Read more

Griffin Press receives FSC certification x

Griffin Press has announced its certification by FSC Australia. As part of the International Forest Stewardship Council, FSC Australia is designed to ensure the responsible... Read more

In brief x

German prize for de KretserThe LiBeraturpreis 2007 Prize has been awarded to Michelle de Kretser for her novel The Hamilton Case (Vintage). The author of... Read more

Around the world x

Among the stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: EU clears Egmont/Bonnier deal Oliveri resigns from Wiley/Blackwell German president attacked... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: New Zealand Library Week 15 – 21 October Walkley Award... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Can you imagine the scene? [I’m with] my Swedish publisher at a very, very formal dinner … an official, he said, “I’ve come to tell... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

The bestsellers are quite the mixed bag this mid-October week. Thriller Double Cross by James Patterson makes it to number one, followed by Those Faraday... Read more

RiP Steve J Spears x

Author, playwright and television writer Steve J Spears has died in Adelaide. Spears’ books included Mr Edmund, Big Wish and Froggie. He was 56.  



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