Weekly Book Newsletter
25 June 2008

'The Time We Have Taken' wins Miles Franklin x

As reported in a WBN special bulletin on Thursday night, The Time We Have Taken by Steven Carroll (Fourth Estate) is the winner of the... Read more

Books Alive: this year's list x

While the list cannot be published here until the campaign kicks off on 27 July, most booksellers should now be aware of the 50 books featured... Read more

Angus & Robertson Pitt Street closes x

Angus and Robertson (A&R) in Pitt Street Mall, Sydney, closed on Sunday due to major redevelopment of several properties in the mall being undertaken by... Read more

A&U expands New Zealand team x

Allen & Unwin New Zealand has appointed Nicola McCloy to the newly created role of commissioning editor. The appointment means that New Zealand titles currently... Read more

Costco to open in Australia mid-2009 x

Costco, the US wholesale chain, has announced that it will open its first Australian outlet in Melbourne’s Docklands by mid-2009. The arrival of the retailer... Read more

Plastic bags to be banned in SA x

Legislation introduced to the South Australian parliament aims to ban most lightweight plastic bags from supermarkets and other shops by May next year. The proposed... Read more

Super merger creates new Media Super fund x

Two industry superannuation funds, Print Super and Just Super, have announced they will merge on 1 July to create the new industry fund Media Super.... Read more

Wiley overall revenue up 36% x

John Wiley & Sons has announced that revenue for the fiscal year 2008 ‘increased 36% over the previous year to US$1.7 billion’ (A$1.78 billion). Revenue... Read more

Victorian government to pay CAL $3 million x

CAL (Copyright Agency Limited) has reported that it and the Victorian government have ‘entered into a six-year retrospective agreement woth almost $3 million’. The agreement... Read more

In brief x

Dymocks debate raises funds for literacyThe Dymocks Literacy Foundation held its annual fundraiser last Thursday, at a debate event where guests Adam Spencer, Rob Carlton,... Read more

Around the world x

Among the stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: romance fans attack MSNBC over ‘bodice-ripper’ slur Amazon promo helps debut novel... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Stephanie Meyer’s books are by far and away the quickest off the mark this week with Twilight, New Moon and Eclipse taking first, second and... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Closing date for the Blake Poetry Prize, 27 June Writing... Read more

RiP Jane McGrath x

Jane McGrath, wife of cricketer Glenn McGrath with whom she wrote A Love For Life, passed away this week, aged 42.  

RiP Tasha Tudor x

American author and illustrator Tasha Tudor has died aged 92 in Vermont, USA. She illustrated nearly 100 books, the most recent being The Corgiville Christmas... Read more



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