Weekly Book Newsletter
8 October 2008

Winton wins inaugural 'Indie' award x

Independent booksellers of Australia have voted Tim Winton’s Breath (Hamish Hamilton) their inaugural ‘Indie’ Award winner for 2008. The author of the ‘Best Australian Book’... Read more

Four Book City stores close; several to open x

Book City Glendale and Book City Lake Macquarie have closed. Both were run by franchisee Jean-Marc Biram. Book City Mackay has also closed. Book City... Read more

Learning Media staff face job cuts; chief executive to step down x

Learning  Media, the New Zealand company responsible for the publication, production, marking and sale of educational materials ‘particularly to the Ministry of Education’, anticipates some... Read more

Happy 90th birthday to Michael Zifcak x

Family, friends and many colleagues from the book trade joined Michael Zifcak (pictured with his wife Ludmila) in Melborune last week to celebrate his 90th... Read more

ABR announces details of John Button readers' award x

The Australian Book Review (ABR) has announced the details of a new prize to commemorate John Button. The most popular article published in ABR in... Read more

Tibet objections force atlas to print in Hong Kong x

Earth, the new out-sized atlas from Millennium House, has been printed in Hong Kong to avoid a possible embargo by China, Millennium House managing director... Read more

'Introduction to bookselling' ABA course a success x

In its second year the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) Introduction to Bookselling course, staged in Melbourne last weekend, attracted 25 participants from Western Australia, Queensland,... Read more

Jones, Oliver and Smither win NZ PM's awards x

The winners of this year’s New Zealand Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement have been announced. Receiving $60,000 each for their contribution to New Zealand... Read more

In brief x

Donoughue enters the blogospherePeter Donoughue, former managing director of John Wiley and Sons in Australia, has created a new blog Pub Date Critical (click here). In... Read more

Around the world x

Among the stories added to our Around the World blog this week: The iPhone is beating the Kindle as a popular e-book reader First pictures... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘We’re surrounded by savage booksellers hungry and desperate to indent everything in sight. Their whole perverted purpose is quite simple–it’s to eat us until we... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Closing date for the Age short story competition, 10 October... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Brisingr by the young Christopher Paolini has come up trumps in the Bestsellers and the Fastest Movers charts this week. Top spot in the Highest... Read more

RiP Dirk Zimmer x

American illustrator Dirk Zimmer has died aged 64. Zimmer illustrated nearly 40 books and was best known for such works as In a Dark, Dark... Read more

RiP Hayden Carruth x

American poet Hayden Carruth has died, he was 87. Carruth, who wrote more than 30 books, won the 1996 National Book Award for Poetry for... Read more

RiP Adelaide Trigg x

Adelaide Caroline Marston Trigg, co-founder of the Haunted Book Shop in Alabama, USA has died. She was 89. The store was named after the Christopher... Read more



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