Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
14 May 2008

ABC denies plan to close shops x

The ABC has flatly denied a report in the Sydney Morning Herald that it would be closing its 43 stores around Australia. The report in... Read more

Budget 08: ABA, ASA response x

The 2008 federal budget contained no ‘significant new measures’ that would affect booksellers, according to the new CEO of the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) Malcolm... Read more

Five Mile recalls Farquharson true crime title x

The Five Mile Press has issued an urgent recall of the title Killer in the Family by true crime author Lindy Cameron. The book explores... Read more

Carey, Coetzee among the 'Best of the Booker' x

The public now has a chance to vote for ‘The Best of the Booker’ after the shortlist for the one-off celebratory award was released on... Read more

Big names in running for Gold Medal x

Several big names are in the running for the Australian Literary Society’s 2008 Gold Medal. The award for an ‘outstanding Australian literary work’, which celebrates... Read more

Abdel-Fattah wins Kathleen Mitchell Award x

Only six books were entered in this year’s $7500 Kathleen Mitchell Award for Young Writers, which was won by Randa Abdel-Fattah for Ten Things I... Read more

Pundyk wins Watermark Fellowship x

The author of The Honey Spinner (Murdoch Books), a nonfiction look at honey production around the world, has won the Watermark Fellowship. Grace Pundyk will... Read more

Boost for would-be 'book town' x

Victoria may not be too far away from its own Hay on Wye. Currently boasting five bookshops for its 1000 residents, the picturesque Gold Rush... Read more

In brief x

New literary agency opens in SydneyA new literacy agency was launched in Sydney this week by the novelist and former Hickson Associates literary agent, Gaby... Read more

Around the world x

Among the items added to our Around the World blog this week: Borders UK chief upbeat about the future of print UK booksellers attack ‘green... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Last day of the International Publishers Association’s 28th Congress, Seoul,... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Tim Winton’s lauded Breath gets pipped at the post by the relentless 4 Ingredients in the Bestseller charts this week, though it does come first... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Large publishers are in a position to become better booksellers than some retailers, and this will be increasingly apparent with the take-up of electronic content.’–Andrew... Read more

RiP Charles Ellis x

Charles Ellis, who served as president and CEO of John Wiley & Sons from 1990 to 1998, has died aged 72.

RiP Nuala O'Faolain x

Irish journalist and memoirist Nuala O’Faolain has died in Dublin aged 68. Her novels included My Dream of You and The Story of Chicago May.



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