Weekly Book Newsletter
2 April 2008

CBCA shortlist announced x

As first reported in a WBN Special Bulletin, the shortlisted titles in this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year awards have... Read more

Educational publishers and authors critical of ASA report x

Educational publishers have hit back at the recent Australian Society of Authors report on their sector, with one publisher describing it as ‘long on overblown... Read more

Malcolm Neil is new CEO of ABA x

Malcolm Neil has been appointed as the new CEO of the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA). Neil has worked as a publishers rep; was the manager... Read more

Hartnett to open 2008 CBCA national conference x

The 9th national conference of the Children’s Book Council of Australia, to be held in Melbourne from 2 to 4 of May, will be opened... Read more

Another 'spectacular year' for Hachette x

Hachette Livre’s parent company, Lagardere, has reported a ‘fine performance’ for 2007, with earnings before interest and tax up by 9.4%. Locally, the managing director... Read more

'Feather Man' wins Barbara Jefferis Award x

Feather Man, poet Rhyll McMaster’s debut novel (Brandl & Schlesinger), has won the inaugural Barbara Jefferis Award. Founded by the late ABC film critic John Hinde... Read more

'Mr Pip' wins Kiriyama prize x

Pacific Rim Voices has announced the winners of the 12th annual Kiriyama Prize. New Zealand author Lloyd Jones’ novel Mister Pip (Text/Peng NZ) is this... Read more

ABC fiction prize winner x

The winner of this year’s ABC Fiction Award is Adelaide-based high-school teacher Kain Massin for his novel God for the Killing. God for the Killing... Read more

Anita Heiss is new chair of ASA x

Anita Heiss has been elected as the chair of the Australian Society of Authors (ASA). Heiss is the award-winning author of a wide range of... Read more

New ASA group for graphic novelists x

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has launched an education and advocacy group for graphic novel writers and artists. The ‘Comics/Graphic Novels Portfolio’ will ‘actively... Read more

Biography prize shortlist x

Six ‘wonderfully diverse’ titles have been shortlisted for the $20,000 National Biography Award 2008, the State Library of NSW announced today. The shortlisted books are:... Read more

Booksellers doing it better online x

Online book sales are flourishing compared other areas of online retail, but booksellers could be doing better still, according to a new report. In a... Read more

Contemporary fiction festival 'a wonderful success' x

The contemporary fiction festival held last weekend by the NSW Writers’ Centre was ‘a wonderful success,’ the Centre’s acting director Arabella Lee has told WBN.... Read more

Big retailers lead the way on maternity leave x

Department store Myer and discount supermarket ALDI have both announced that they will offer staff paid maternity leave for the first time. ALDI will offer... Read more

Dymocks continues to donate for literacy x

Dymocks’s seven-year-old charity arm, the Dymocks Literacy Foundation, is to donate 2,652 books to ten pre-schools and special needs schools along the Gold Coast. Titles... Read more

Reader's Feast gets medieval with SLV x

Melbourne’s Reader’s Feast Bookshop has stepped back in time in its role as the official bookseller to the State Library of Victoria’s (SLV) new exhibition... Read more

Construct Data warning x

In the lead-up to this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair, the trade is again warned to by wary of approaches from Austrian-based company Construct Data Verlag... Read more

In brief x

Clark wins ABR poetry prizeRoss Clark has been announced as the winner of the fourth Australian Book Review (ABR) poetry prize his poem ‘Danger: Lantana.’... Read more

Around the world x

Among the many items added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Agents ‘lazy’ about new media rights Tintin heads for the... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Bologna Children’s Book Fair, Bologna, 31 March-3 April Deadline for... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

The rhyming maestro Dr Seuss is back in the charts with Horton Hears a Who, number one in the Fastest Mover chart this week. For... Read more

RiP Alan Collins x

The University of Queensland Press writes: UQP would like to offer their condolences to the family and friends of Alan Collins. Alan Collins, who passed... Read more

RiP Robert Fagles x

Robert Fagles, the Princeton University professor emeritus who was famous for his translations of Homer and Virgil, died on March 26. He was 74.



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