Weekly Book Newsletter
2 July 2008

Slatyer leaves Lonely Planet, Palmer acting CEO x

Judy Slatyer, CEO at Lonely Planet, has resigned from the role to take on the position of chief operating officer at global conservation organisation WWF.... Read more

'The Lost Dog' wins ALS Gold Medal x

The Lost Dog by Michelle De Kretser (A&U) has been named the winner of this year’s Australian Literature Society (ALS) Gold Medal for an outstanding... Read more

Indie Prize dates announced x

Leading Edge Books, the buying group of independent booksellers, has announced further details of its new ‘Indie Prize’. The prize, which will ‘honour an Australian... Read more

Gee creates speakers bureau x

Margaret Gee, the Sydney-based literary agent, has announced the creation of a speakers’ bureau. The bureau, which draws on Gee’s authors, includes such personalities as... Read more

New look for NZ's Paper Plus chain x

New Zealand’s Paper Plus chain stores are in the process of unveiling a new look. The multimillion-dollar overhaul began in Tauranga last week, as reported... Read more

Reeve wins Carnegie, Greenaway to Gravett x

Here Lies Arthur (Philip Reeve, Scholastic) and Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears (Emily Gravett, Macmillan) have won this year’s CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway... Read more

Canberra Writers' Festival appeals to writers x

The Canberra Writers’ Festival, held from 18 to 23 June, attracted large numbers, particularly to seminars and workshops, reports festival director Anne-Maree Britton. Seminars focussing... Read more

Galley Club Awards announced x

The 32nd annual Galley Club Awards for Excellence in Book and Magazine Production were presented in Sydney on 27 June. Awards included Australian Printed Book... Read more

APA educational awards shortlist announced x

The shortlisted titles for this year’s Australian Awards for Excellence in Educational Publishing have been announced. Presented each year by the Australian Publishers Association (APA),... Read more

Rushdie receives knighthood x

Salman Rushdie, whose novel The Satanic Verses famously resulted in a fatwa being placed on the author, has been knighted for his services to literature.... Read more

Books Alive clarifies publisher representation x

Following a story about the 2008 Books Alive list in last week’s WBN, Books Alive has clarified the information provided on publisher representation. The break-down... Read more

Christian book of the year shortlist announced x

The shortlist for the 2008 Australian Christian Book of the Year awards has been announced. The shortlisted titles, chosen from more than 50 titles submitted... Read more

In brief x

Atwood wins top Spanish literature prizeCanadian author Margaret Atwood has been awarded Spain’s prestigious Prince of Asturias Prize for literature, beating 32 nominees from 24... Read more

Around the world x

Among the stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Amazon/Hachette UK stand-off continues Penguin UK to consult on firm-sale moves... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Stephanie Plum, heroine of numerical proportions comes in at number one in the Bestsellers and Highest New Entries chart with Fearless Fourteen, Janet Evanovich’s latest... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Closing date for Max Afford Playwright’s Award, 4 July To... Read more

RiP Irina Baronova x

Irina Baronova, ballerina and author of Irina: Ballet, Life and Love (Penguin) has died. Penguin Australia writes: ‘Her many friends at Penguin were saddened by... Read more

RiP Leone Peguero x

Children’s author, BlueCatBooks publisher and mentor Leone Peguero has died.



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