Weekly Book Newsletter
21 May 2008

'Lost Dog' has its day x

Michelle de Kretser pocketed $50,000 at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards on Monday, winning both the Christina Stead Prize for fiction ($40,000) and Book of the... Read more

Prize money doubled at NSW Premier's Literary Awards x

Total prize money across the 11 award categories in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards has been doubled to $290,000, the state’s arts minister announced at the awards on Monday... Read more

SWF kicks off x

This year’s Sydney Writers Festival officially kicked off with an address by Jeanette Winterson at the Sydney Opera House last night, with an opening party held later in a... Read more

OzCo makes publisher travel funding 'more flexible' x

The Australia Council for the Arts has announced changes to make the travel funding it provides to publishers ‘more flexible.’ BOOKED: International Travel Fund for... Read more

Carroll and Foxlee miss out on 2008 CWP x

The overall winners of the 2008 Commonwealth Writers’ Prizes were announced on Sunday 18 May at the Franschloek Literary Festival in South Africa. The Book... Read more

Hartnett to take Sweden by storm x

Sonya Hartnett flies to Sweden this week to collect the Astrid Lingren Memorial Award–and around A$844,000–from HRH Crown Princess Victoria in a lavish awards ceremony. The... Read more

Corbys may receive proceeds from overseas release of autobiography x

The autobiography of convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby is be released overseas and on Amazon by Mainstream Publishing. Proceeds from My Story (Pan Macmillan) were... Read more

70,000 take part in National Simultaneous Storytime x

This year’s National Simultaneous Storytime took place around Australia at 11am today. The national event, which sees 70,000 Australian children at almost 900 locations enjoy... Read more

In brief x

More Ozlit in NSW schools?Future NSW Year 10 students will have to have studied at least four Australian books, poems or plays under changes proposed... Read more

Around the World x

To see the details of all the international booktrade stories we’ve noted in the past week, see our Around the World blog. 

Bestsellers this week x

Somewhat predictably, Tim Winton’s Breath hit number one in the Bestsellers and Fastest Movers charts this week. Fellow Australian icon, albeit in the musical sense,... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Sydney Writers’ Festival, Sydney, 19-25 May APA Book Design Awards... Read more

Vale Nuala O'Faolain x

Mary Dalmau manager of Reader’s Feast writes on the passing of Nuala O’Faolain: ‘When Nuala O’Faolain visited our bookstore in Melbourne, Australia on the release... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Pete Evans’ Family Food (Plum) is this week’s fastest mover, having jumped from sixth to first spot on the top 10 bestsellers chart. The rest of the... Read more



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