Weekly Book Newsletter
19 March 2008

ASA survey slams educational publishers x

Educational publishing in Australia is in trouble and authors are paying the price, according to an Australian Society of Authors (ASA) report released this week. The... Read more

Carroll and Foxlee win regional Commonwealth Writers' Prizes x

Steven Carroll has won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book in the South East Asia and South Pacific region for The Time We Have Taken... Read more

Hartnett wins Astrid Lindgren Award -- and over $800,000 x

As reported in a WBN Special Bulletin last week, Australian author Sonya Hartnett has been announced as the winner of this year’s Astrid Lindgren Memorial... Read more

Miles Franklin longlist x

As reported in a WBN Special Bulletin last week, the longlist for the 2008 Miles Franklin award has been announced. The nine novels selected are:... Read more

Jones on Orange longlist x

Australian author Gail Jones has been included on the longlist for this year’s Orange Prize for Fiction. Jones, the only Australian on the longlist, has... Read more

Two more fake 'memoirists' exposed x

The veracity of two more ‘misery memoirs’ has been called into question. Margaret Jones’s Love and Consequences (Riverhead US) and Misha Defonseca’s Surviving with Wolves (Piatkus)... Read more

Schwartz launches 'Slow TV' x

Schwartz Media, publisher of the Monthly magazine, Quarterly Essay and Black Inc., has launched a new internet TV venture, SlowTV (slowtv.com.au). SlowTV will deliver online video content–interviews,... Read more

NSW writers' centre contemporary fiction festival x

The NSW Writers’ Centre will present the 2008 Contemporary Australian Fiction Festival on Saturday 29 March, co-presented by the UTS Centre for New Writing. Guests... Read more

ABC fiction award shortlist x

Six novels have been shortlisted for the 2008 ABC Fiction Award. The six shortlisted authors come from three states: three from Victoria, two from New... Read more

Too deadly for school? x

An award-winning YA book has come under fire for its ‘sexual imagery’. A Lilydale High parent says that, with over 100 swear words, Phillip Gwynne’s... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Swancon 2008 – Australian national science fiction convention, 20-24 March,... Read more

Around the world x

Among the many international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Penguin US to launch ‘e-classics’ Borders reduces range to... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Number one in the Highest New Entries chart this week is Mr Paparazzi. This book details the world of paparazzi photographer Darryn Lyons, a ‘self-made... Read more

RiP Sir Arthur C Clarke x

British science fiction writer Sir Arthur C Clarke has died aged 90. Author of more than 100 fiction and nonfiction books, he came to fame... Read more



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