Weekly Book Newsletter
16 July 2008

Parallel importation review: terms of reference due in two to four weeks x

In the past week the Australian Publishers Association (APA) has met with both Minister for the Arts Peter Garrett and Brett Gale, chief of staff... Read more
 

'Midnight's Children' named 'best of the Booker' x

Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie (Vintage) has been named the winner of a public poll to determine the ‘Best of the Booker’. Rushdie’s novel beat... Read more
 

Greer and Burroughs to open MWF x

Germaine Greer and Augusten Burroughs will open this year’s Melbourne Writers’ Festival. Greer, whose essay On Rage is due to be published by MUP in... Read more
 

Fyfield wins Duncan Lawrie Dagger x

Frances Fyfield was announced the winner of the £20,000 (A$39,000) Duncan Lawrie Dagger for her novel Blood From Stone (Little, Brown) at an awards ceremony... Read more
 

Editor accreditation exam registrations open x

After a long process of refinement the first accreditation examination for editors wishing to be accredited by the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) is scheduled... Read more
 

Waverley award gets new sponsor in CAL, increased funding x

The Waverley Council’s literature award, formerly known as the Westfield/Waverley Library Award will now be known as ‘The Nib’: CAL Waverley Library Award for Literature.... Read more
 

Lonely Planet profitable despite loss: BBC annual report x

The BBC, which last year acquired a 75% controlling share in Lonely Planet, has released its annual report, which shows the travel publisher made a... Read more
 

In brief x

Call to ban Nitschke bookThe sisters of an Australian woman who committed suicide using the drug Nembutal, have called on Attorney-General Robert McClelland to ban... Read more
 

Around the world x

Among the stories added to our Around the World blog this week: The UK publication Publishing News announces it is to close Random House sells... Read more
 

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Crime and Justice Festival, Melbourne, 18-20 July Melbourne Festival of... Read more
 

Bestsellers this week x

It’s a female-centric Highest New Entries chart this week with Lipstick Jungle, Sex Lives of Australian Women and The Low GI Diet making the cut... Read more
 

RiP Sue Alexander x

Novelist and founding member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), Sue Alexander has died, she was 74. Her books included Behold... Read more
 

RiP Janwillem van de Wetering x

Dutch novelist Janwillem van de Wetering, best known for his ‘Amsterdam Cops’ series, has died, he was 77.
 

RiP Francis 'Phil' Englehardt, Jr x

Publisher and author Francis ‘Phil’ Englehardt, Jr., has died at the age of 53. He founded Revolution Booksellers in the US and wrote MotorcycleMan: Restless... Read more
 

RiP Hila Colman x

Author Hila Colman, who wrote more than 50 books for young adults, has died aged 98. Some of her titles included; The Girl from Puerto... Read more
 

 

 

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