Weekly Book Newsletter
16 April 2008

Giveaway for subscribers: free film tickets! x

Be the first to see The Edge of Heaven – a German/Turkish film that won the Best Screenplay prize and the Ecumenical Jury Prize at... Read more
 

Bookseller+Publisher Online website maintenance on Thursday 17 April x

Bookseller+Publisher Online (www.booksellerandpublisher.com.au/) will be offline for a few hours on Thursday afternoon, 17 April, for essential site upgrades and maintenance. The scheduled outage will... Read more
 

Miles Franklin shortlist announced tomorrow x

The shortlist for this year’s Miles Franklin Award will be announced on Thursday 17 April. Look out for a WBN Special Bulletin as soon as... Read more
 

ABA Conference: registrations close this Friday! x

Registrations for the 2008 Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) conference close this Friday, 18 April. This year’s conference will be held over three days, 15-17 June,... Read more
 

Lonely Planet defends guidebooks x

Claims that a Lonely Planet contributor plagiarised and made up large sections of three guidebooks, widely reported in the mainstream media in recent days, have been ‘taken... Read more
 

Random House launches new children's imprint x

Random House Australia unveiled its new children’s imprint last week. To be headed up by former UQP publisher Leonie Tyle, ‘Woolshed Press’ will be ‘courageous,... Read more
 

Wilkins to leave Thorpe-Bowker; new publisher announced x

After almost six-and-a-half years with the company, Andrew Wilkins has resigned as publisher and deputy general manager of Thorpe-Bowker. He will leave the company on... Read more
 

Aussie publishers demand rights at LBF x

At one of the opening sessions at this year’s London Book Fair (LBF), a number of Australian publishers have called for an end to British... Read more
 

Aussie cookbooks score in Gourmand Awards x

The Gourmand Awards for 2008 have been presented at a ceremony in London, with seven Australian food and wine books receiving prizes, placing Australia ‘in... Read more
 

NSW Prem's awards shortlist announced x

The NSW Premier’s Literary Awards shortlist was announced today. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Christina Stead Prize for fiction ($20,000): Diary of a... Read more
 

Biographies of Napoleon and 'nobodies' share prize x

Biographies of Napoleon and two of ‘history’s nobodies’ have been named joint winners of this year’s National Biography Award. University of Newcastle historian Philip Dwyer... Read more
 

Overington wins business writing award x

Australian journalist Caroline Overington has won this year’s $30,000 Blake Dawson Prize for Business Literature for her account of the $290 million Iraqi oil-for-food scandal.... Read more
 

Shortlist for Kibble and Dobbie Awards announced x

This year’s shortlists for the Nita B Kibble Literary Award for Women Writers and the Dobbie Encouragement Award have been announced. Shortlisted for the awards... Read more
 

'Capote' screenwriter to adapt Nix book? x

Author Garth Nix looks set to bring his novel Sabriel to the big screen, with plans the possible film of the first book in the... Read more
 

OzCo committed to supporting 'the literary sector' x

The Australia Council’s market development section has reiterated its commitment to ‘an increased investment in literature that responds to the growth and current momentum of... Read more
 

Lonely Planet launches YouTube channel x

Lonely Planet has launched a travel channel on YouTube. Located at www.youtube.com/lonelyplanet, the channel will feature the best of the travel videos currently showing on... Read more
 

Poetry Centre Anzac festival x

The recently established Australian Poetry Centre will host its inaugural National Festival in Castlemaine, Victoria, this Anzac Day weekend. Each year the festival will move to... Read more
 

Dymocks reopens in Doncaster x

Dymocks has reopened its ‘bigger and better’ Doncaster store after renovations. The ultra-modern design is intended to complement the ‘new contemporary look’ of the Westfield... Read more
 

Hans Christian Andersen awards to Schubiger and Innocenti x

The winner of the 2008 Hans Christian Andersen Awards were announced at the Bologna Book Fair on 31 March. This year the author award went... Read more
 

Children's authors call for action in Darfur x

Fourteen children’s authors, including J K Rowling, Michael Morpugo, Judy Blume and R L Stein, have written an open letter calling for politicians to ‘act... Read more
 

In Brief x

New NZ book review websiteNZ-based Scoop Media has launched The Scoop Review of Books online at http://books.scoop.co.nz. The site, edited by Jeremy Rose, will promote... Read more
 

Around the world x

Among the stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: ‘Misha’ publisher fights to overturn US$33 million judgement Penguin frontlist goes... Read more
 

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: London Book Fair ends today, 16 April To view these... Read more
 

Bestsellers this week x

This Charming Man, the new offering from Marian Keyes–the Irish writer who can do no wrong in the chick-lit world–takes top spot in the Highest... Read more
 

Quote of the week x

‘I spend more on alcohol and catering than I ever have on placing an ad in the newspaper’–ABA president and Avid Reader proprietor Fiona Stager... Read more
 

RiP Greg Dening x

Australian historian and writer Greg Dening who was described an ‘inspiring teacher and passionate scholar’ has died aged 76.
 

 

 

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