Weekly Book Newsletter
22 October 2008

Frankfurt: record crowds, but some exhibitors note a slow-down x

The 2008 Frankfurt Book Fair has concluded, with organisers celebrating the fair’s 60th anniversary with record attendance numbers. However, on the floor, standholders’ feelings were... Read more

Frankfurt: Rights managers and agents bootcamp x

Andrew Wilkins reports from Frankfurt:  Agents and rights managers made a beeline for last week’s 22nd International Rights Directors Meeting, an essential professional development event held each... Read more

Kohler new chair of Melbourne University Publishing board; MUP 'travelling well', says Adler x

Financial journalist Alan Kohler will succeed Robert McKay as Melbourne University Publishing’s chair of the board of directors in December. Kohler, who has been a... Read more

A&R unveils new 'concept stores' to appeal to women and family demographic x

Angus & Robertson (A&R) has launched two new ‘concept stores’ in Melbourne at Knox City and Fountain Gate. ‘This is not just about a new... Read more

Espresso Book Machine for Melbourne Uni x

Following Angus and Robertson’s announcement of the instalment of the first retail Espresso Book Machine (EBM), The University of Melbourne is set to install the... Read more

$110,000 Australia-Asia Literary Award longlist announced x

The longlist for the Australia-Asia Literary Award, formerly the West Australian Premier’s Literary Award, has been announced. The award, which at $110,000 is Australia’s richest,... Read more

VIP Program: Heyward and Darling step down; Duffy and Hamley appointed x

UQP publisher Madonna Duffy, and literary agent Sophie Hamley of the Cameron Creswell Agency have joined the Visiting International Publishers (VIP) program committee. They join... Read more

Harpercollins new imprint HarperStudio coming to Oz x

HarperStudio, a nonfiction imprint of HarperCollins run by Bob Miller in the US, is branching out to the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Carole Tonkinson,... Read more

Indigenous Literacy Day 2008 raises $185K to date x

This year’s Indigenous Literacy Day, held on Wednesday 3 September, has raised $185,000 to date. Chair of ILD David Gaunt said the Indigenous Literacy Day... Read more

NSW Premier's History Awards shortlist announced x

The shortlist for the NSW Premier’s History Awards has been announced. The shortlisted titles were chosen from 268 audio/visual and book entries. Each of the... Read more

Walkley nonfiction award longlist announced x

The longlist for the Walkley Award for Best Nonfiction Book was announced along with all finalists for the 53rd Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism... Read more

APA announces new digital publishing training x

The APA has announced a new limited-place workshop to provide training on digital publishing. Publishing in the Digital Space: the E-ssentials is a two-day workshop... Read more

RMIT to offer Master of Communication (Book Publishing) x

A Master of Communication (Book Publishing) program has been added to RMIT’s course offerings in 2009. The program will be available to students who have... Read more

In brief x

New Koorong book storesKoorong, the Christian booksellers, have opened a new store in Springwood, a suburb of Brisbane. The store manager is David Perry. Koorong... Read more

Around the world x

In news from our Around the World blog this week: Coehlo celebrates selling 100 million books Shatzkin and ‘the Copernican change’ British Library acquires Hughes... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Maybe, depending on the book, publisher and category’–a Frankfurt-goer on whether books are ‘recession proof’. 

Bestsellers this week x

Kathy Lette’s new book To Love, Honour and Betray (Till Divorce Us Do Part) has claimed the ‘fastest mover’ tag this week in the charts,... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Belgrade International Book Fair, Serbia, 20-26 October Helsinki Book Fair,... Read more

RiP Eleanor Spence x

Australian children’s author Eleanor Spence has died aged 80. Her books included The Switherby Pilgrims and Jamberoo Road and The Green Laurel.

RiP Pat Kavanagh x

The UK literary agent Pat Kavanagh has died. She represented a list of high-profile authors including Joanna Trollope, Robert Harris and John Irving.  



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