Weekly Book Newsletter
9 April 2008

ABA Conference: register now! x

Registrations are now open for the 2008 Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) conference, to be held in Melbourne from 15–17 June. ‘Early-bird’ discounts have been extended... Read more
 

Gail Jones on IMPAC shortlist x

Dreams of Speaking by Gail Jones (Vintage) is one of eight titles on the shortlist for the €100,000 (A$160,000) IMPAC award, the world’s richest single... Read more
 

SWF program announced x

‘The broad idea of vision’ will underpin this year’s Sydney Writers Festival program, says artistic director Wendy Were. ‘More than ever, it feels as though... Read more
 

McFarlane leaves Hardie Grant Egmont x

Susannah McFarlane is stepping down as managing director of Hardie Grant Egmont, the business she helped found and develop in 2002. ‘The rapid growth of the... Read more
 

Beaumont appointed as CEO of Five Mile Press x

The Five Mile Press has announced the appointment of Lesley Beaumont to the position of CEO. David Horgan, the previous CEO and founder of The Five... Read more
 

Drake leaves Dymocks to join Big W x

Dymocks has announced the resignation of buying manager Meredith Drake. ‘Meredith has been with us for over seven years and during this time has contributed... Read more
 

New Zealand YA novel shines at Bologna x

Bernard Beckett’s YA sci-fi epic Genesis is one of the big hits of this year’s Bologna Children’s Book Fair, selling to Quercus for £100,000 (A$202,500), the... Read more
 

Leading Edge announces the Indie Award x

Leading Edge Books has finalised the plans for its new book prize, to be called the Indie Award. The award, for ‘the best Australian book... Read more
 

Joint Collins/Book City conference 'a major success' x

The first joint annual conference for Collins Booksellers and Book City franchisees was held at Palm Cove in Queensland late last month. ‘A full business-oriented... Read more
 

Early birds flock to Byron Bay x

Early bird three-day passes are now available for the Byron Bay Writer’s Festival and are selling in ‘record’ numbers. To be held on 25-27 July,... Read more
 

Dowling wins Shadows Award x

Terry Dowling’s short story ‘Toother’ has won the Australian Shadows Award for best horror story of 2007. Published in Eclipse 1 (Night Shade Books), Dowling’s tale... Read more
 

Shoppers embracing the web: study x

Half of 50 Australian shoppers research products online before purchasing in-store, a study from Google and Monash University has revealed. The study also found that... Read more
 

Pulitzer Prize winners x

Junot Díaz has been announced as the winner of this year’s Pulitzer prize for fiction for his novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao... Read more
 

Borders completes refinancing; Pershing's bid for international stores raised x

Borders Group has announced that it has finalised its new financing agreement with Pershing Square Capital Management, its largest shareholder, under ‘terms more favorable than... Read more
 

Jose to co-chair Harvard Aust Studies program x

Novelist Nicholas Jose will share Harvard University’s Chair of Australian Studies from 2009, along with scientist Alison Bashford. The post at one of the US’... Read more
 

HDS renames x

HDS Retail Asia Pacific, which operates airport retail outlets including NewsLink, Relay and Watermark Books, has changed its name to Lagardère Services Asia Pacific. Lagardère... Read more
 

Waiting for German award x

Waiting for Mummy by Korean author Lee Tae-Jun and illustrator Kim Dong-Seong, published in Australia by Melbourne-based independent publisher Wilkins Farago, is on the shortlist for the picture-book... Read more
 

In brief x

Miles Franklin and NSW Prem’s shortlists next weekThe shortlists for both the Miles Franklin Award and the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards will be announced next... Read more
 

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: London Book Fair, London, 14-16 April Galley Club of Sydney... Read more
 

Around the world x

Among the items added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Anger growing at Amazon PoD moves New global list for HarperCollins... Read more
 

Bestsellers this week x

Underbelly: The Gangland War has finally been knocked off its bestseller perch and is superseded by Jodi Picoult’s new release–A Change of Heart. Picoult is... Read more
 

RiP John Button x

Former ALP Senator John Button has died. He served as the Minister for Industry and Commerce under Labor prime ministers Bob Hawke and Paul Keating.... Read more
 

 

 

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