Weekly Book Newsletter
10 September 2008

Toltz on Booker shortlist x

Australian author Steve Toltz has been shortlisted for this year’s Man Booker Prize for his novel A Fraction of the Whole (Hamish Hamilton). Toltz is... Read more

Bookseller and publisher support for Indigenous Literacy Day up 20-30% x

‘There was enormous excitement, energy and packed audiences talking about and celebrating Indigenous Literacy Day last week,’ according to Indigenous Literacy Project (ILP) manager Karen... Read more

Cowley, Mahy nominated for Astrid Lindgren award x

New Zealand authors Joy Cowley and Margaret Mahy have been nominated for this year’s Astrid Lindgren award. Cowley was a nominee for last year’s award,... Read more

Scribo to acquire new warehouse site following sale to PMP x

The Scribo Group will acquire a new warehouse site ‘large enough to accommodate our four businesses under one roof’ as part of the company’s business... Read more

Gorman leaves HC to become A&U CEO x

As reported in a WBN special bulletin last Wednesday, Robert Gorman has stepped down from his role as CEO of HarperCollins Australia and New Zealand in order to... Read more

Borghino, Powell new managers at APA x

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) has announced the appointment of Jose Borghino and Bruce Powell to the newly created positions of manager, industry representation, and... Read more

Uni of Western Sydney bookshops to be run by unsconnect x

The campus bookstores of the University of Western Sydney will be run by the not-for-profit company uwsconnect from November. The not-for-profit unswconnect, which was formed... Read more

New Holland, Random House merge in South Africa; no effect in Australia x

A merger between South African publisher Struik–owned by New Holland’s parent company–and Random House South Africa ‘should have no effect on business in Australia’, New... Read more

Australian writer held in Thailand for offences against the crown x

Melbourne author Harry Nicolaides has been arrested in Bangkok for the crime of ‘lese majeste’–offences against the crown. It is understood the charge is based... Read more

HarperCollins apologises for 'Daring Book for Girls' content x

HarperCollins has responded to claims that it has published material offensive to the Australian Indigenous community. The publisher ‘apologises unreservedly’ and ‘will replace this item... Read more

In brief x

New publishing and rights blogA new international publishing and rights blog ‘Beyond Hall 8′ is designed for readers in the international book trade. It is... Read more

Around the world x

Among the stories added to our Around the World blog in the last week: — La Plante accused of plagiarism: blames ‘research assistant’ — Rowling... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Closing date for EJ Brady Short Story Writing Competition, 12... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

It’s all about Stephenie Meyer again this week, although Kathy Reichs has put a dent in her domination of the Bestseller charts with Devil Bones... Read more

RiP Robert Giroux x

Editor and publisher Robert Giroux, of Farrar, Straus & Giroux, has died. He was 94.



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