Weekly Book Newsletter
9 January 2008

WBN post-Xmas survey x

WBN will be hitting the phones later this week to gauge the trade’s reaction to Christmas–was it a good season for booksellers and publishers? If... Read more

ACCC delays announcement on A&R Borders bid x

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has  postponed its decision on the proposed bid for Borders’ Australian stores by Angus & Robertson. The ACCC... Read more

VIP guests announced for Adelaide x

The Australia Council-sponsored Visiting International Publisher (VIP) program will be held this year in conjunction with Adelaide Writers’ Week. The list of confirmed participants to... Read more

Hardie Grant seals SBS deal x

Broadcaster SBS has announced that it has appointed Hardie Grant as its new books partner, along with a similar arrangement for music with Universal. SBS... Read more

Perth Writers' Festival program announced x

Catherine O’Flynn, whose novel What Was Lost (Scribe, February) recently won the UK’s Costa First Novel Award, will be among the guests at this year’s... Read more

Yusuf wins Iremonger award x

The winner of the 2007 Iremonger award for writing on public issues was announced in December. The winning manuscript proposal is Once Were Radicals by... Read more

APA accreditation for Macquarie publishing course x

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) has accredited the Macquarie University Post-graduate Diploma in Editing & Publishing, making it the second tertiary publishing course in the... Read more

New MD for Elsevier Australia x

Rob Kolman has been appointed as the managing director of Elsevier Australia. Kolman comes to Elsevier Australia from Reed Business Information (RBI) in The Netherlands,... Read more

Human rights award for IAD Press title x

Alone on the Soaks: The Life and Times of Alec Kruger, co-authored by Alec Kruger and Gerard Waterford, published by Alice Springs-based Indigenous publisher IAD... Read more

Reader's Feast donates a library to The Portsea Camp x

Melbourne’s Reader’s Feast Bookstore has donated a library consisting of 800 new books to The Portsea Camp, a not-for-profit children’s charity that assists disadvantaged and... Read more

Orbit/QWC speculative fiction manuscript development program x

Following last year’s announcement that Hachette’s speculative fiction imprint Orbit was setting up an Australian division, Orbit and the Queensland Writers’ Centre have announced a... Read more

International guests for Storylines festival x

New Zealand’s Storylines festival has announced that UK author/illustrator Babette Cole and Australian author Carole Wilkinson will head the guest-list for its 2008 event. Storylines... Read more

In brief x

Blake Dawson business literature prize shortlistFour book have been shortlisted for the 2007 Blake Dawson prize for business literature. They are National Market, National Interest... Read more

Around the world x

Among the stories recently added to our Around the World blog: Seinfelds sued over cookbook plagiarism claims Winning author refuses Nestle Prize cheque Man Booker... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: • Closing date for the Josephine Ulrick Literature Prize and... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

That stalwart, the Guinness Book of Records, has probably broken some records itself as it comes in a healthy second in the bestsellers this week.... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘This woman is another kind of nut. You know, she thinks she invented vegetables. And she is accusing my wife of stealing her mashed-up carrots’–comedian... Read more

RiP George MacDonald Fraser x

Author and creator of the Flashman series, George MacDonald Fraser, has died aged 82.

 

 

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