Weekly Book Newsletter
11 June 2008

Borders purchase: ARW to complete 'full strategic review' before any integration x

Angus & Robertson Whitcoulls (ARW), which announced on Friday that it will acquire 100% of Borders’ Australia/New Zealand/Singapore operations, will need to ‘complete a full... Read more

Murray replaces Friedman as HarperCollins global CEO x

Brian Murray, head of HarperCollins Australia for three years from 2001, has been appointed CEO of HarperCollins Worldwide, following the resignation of Jane Friedman. Murray,... Read more

Queen's birthday honours announced x

The late James Kemsley, a Ginger Meggs cartoonist for 23 years, was among the authors and artists to receive recognition in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.... Read more

SLV Fellowships announced x

The State Library of Victoria (SLV) has announced the recipients of its annual Creative Fellowships, worth a total of $185,000. Now in their sixth year,... Read more

NSW government to cut red tape on Sunday trading x

The New South Wales state government plans to amend current trading laws to allow all retailers to trade on Sundays. Under existing legislation, most NSW... Read more

Tremain wins Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction x

Rose Tremain’s 10th novel The Road Home (Vintage) has won this year’s Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction, worth £30,000 (A$62,000). The novel is about an... Read more

Griffin Poetry Prize announced x

The winners of this year’s Griffin Poetry Prize were announced at a colourful Caribbean-themed awards in Toronto on 4 June. Notes From the Air: Selected... Read more

Environment Awards for Children's Literature announced x

The winners of the Wilderness Society’s annual Environment Awards for Children’s Literature have been announced. Going Bush (Nadia Wheatley & Ken Searle, A&U) took out... Read more

Montana New Zealand Book Awards finalists announced x

The Montana New Zealand Book Awards celebrate the best books written and illustrated by New Zealanders each year. Awarded in the fields of fiction, poetry,... Read more

In brief x

Tara June Winch to be mentored by Nobel laureateAuthor Tara June Winch (Swallow the Air, UQP) has been selected for a year-long mentoring program through... Read more

Around the world x

Among the items added to our Around the World blog in the past week: attendance well down at BEA are e-books any greener than print?... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘We quite often have a reputation of being expensive, i.e. selling at RRP. But my buyers and I search around for some great books at... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Sidney Poitier’s memoir The Measure of a Man has grabbed pole position in the Fastest Movers chart this week. The Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Smart 2009 Conference, Sydney 10-11 June Shaun Tan in conversation... Read more

 

 

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