Weekly Book Newsletter
3 September 2008

Victorian Prem's awards announced x

The winners of the 2008 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards were announced at an awards dinner at Melbourne’s Federation Square on Monday night, at the end... Read more

S& S to move distribution to UBD x

Simon & Schuster Australia (S&S) has announced that from April 2009 its titles will be distributed in the Australian and New Zealand markets by United... Read more

Indigenous Literacy Day kicks off x

Indigenous Literacy Day takes place around Australia today, with many booksellers and publishers donating a percentage of their day’s earnings to the Indigenous Literacy Project.... Read more

Melbourne Writers' Festival attendances up by 40% x

The 2008 Melbourne Writers’ Festival wrapped up on the weekend and by all accounts has been a success. Over 45,000 people attended, with box office... Read more

Donoughue retires from Wiley x

As foreshadowed in an announcement last year, Peter Donoughue has now retired as managing director of Wiley Australia. Wiley staff wish him ‘every happiness in his retirement in... Read more

Ned Kelly Awards announced x

Presented on Friday night in the Festival Club at the Melbourne Writers’ Festival, the Ned Kelly Awards honour Australian crime writing. The 2008 winners are:... Read more

Text Young Adult Prize winner announced x

Announced at the Melbourne Writers’ Festival on Saturday 30 August, the inaugural Text Young Adult Prize went to Richard Newsome for The Billionaire’s Curse. The... Read more

Mackellar wins Peter Blazey Fellowship x

The 2009 Peter Blazey Fellowship was announced on Thursday August 28 at the Melbourne Writers’ Festival. The award, worth $15,000, is for biography, autobiography or... Read more

New AFTRS course to turn writers into screenwriters x

The Australian Films Television & Radio School (AFTRS) has announced that it is offering a new course for ‘writers who may be experienced and talented in... Read more

Furore over CBCA winner is 'sensationalist reporting', says Ottley x

Matt Ottley has responded to criticism of his Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Picture Book of the Year Requiem for a Beast (Hachette Livre... Read more

Intrepid bookseller Macky returns, but not to bookselling x

Adelaide bookseller Bruce Macky, franchise owner of Dymocks Adelaide with wife Mandy, has returned home after almost a year at sea, circumnavigating the globe in... Read more

National Reading Day for Literacy and Numeracy Week x

As part of National Literacy and Numeracy Week which kicked off yesterday, National Reading Day also coincides with Indigenous Literacy Day today (Wednesday). Schools that... Read more

In brief x

‘The Moral Demands of Affluence’ wins Eureka Prize for Research in Ethics The Moral Demands of Affluence (Garrett Cullity, OUP) has won this year’s Australian... Read more

Around the world x

Among the many items added to our Around the World blog in the past week: E-textbooks no cheaper Penguin US signs ‘digi-novel’ series Spielberg confirmed... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Father’s Day is just around the corner and the charts are reflecting some early bird buying activity. Glenn McGrath – Line and Strength has been... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Indigenous Literacy Day, 3 September Closing date for Tasmania Book... Read more

RiP June James x

Kathie Herbert from Megalong Books writes: ‘June died peacefully on Monday 25 August after a long illness. She was 81 years of age. ‘June spent... Read more

RiP Dave Freeman x

Dave Freeman, co-author of 100 Things to Do Before You Die and Travel Events You Just Can’t Miss, has died, he was 47.



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