Weekly Book Newsletter
6 November 2008

Were to step down as SWF director x

Wendy Were has announced that she will not be renewing her contract as festival director of the Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF) for the 2010 festival... Read more

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

The five titles shortlisted for the $110,000 Australia-Asia Literary Award have been announced. The award, Australia’s richest, is open to any book-length work published in... Read more

WA prem's book awards category winners announced x

The category winners of this year’s Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards have been announced. The awards recognise the best 2007 book in each category by... Read more

The CAL Waverly Award for Literature shortlist announced x

The shortlist for the 2008 CAL Waverley Award for Literature, also known as ‘The Nib’, has been announced. This is the first year that Copyright... Read more

Board appointed for Melbourne Centre for Books x

Crikey publisher Eric Beecher will head up the inaugural board of the Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas. The centre is part of Melbourne’s winning... Read more

Scottish literary delegates to visit Melbourne x

Nineteen delegates from Scotland and northern UK will arrive in Melbourne on 9 November to meet with Melbourne’s literary community. The delegates are from trust... Read more

Random House launches YouTube channel x

Random House Australia has launched a YouTube channel with short book previews, teasers, author introductions and interviews. Random House marketing director Brett Osmond said the... Read more

Bates to receive 2008 Lady Cutler Award x

The Lady Cutler Award, which recognises distinguished service to children’s literature, primarily in NSW, has been awarded in 2008 to Di Bates. ‘I was so... Read more

Alexander elected to IFRRO board x

The Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) has announced that its CEO Jim Alexander has been elected to the Board of the international membership body for rights... Read more

In brief x

Ligare launches new Digital Print FacilityLigare will launch a new ‘state of the art Digital Print Facility (DPF)’ at its Riverwood plant on 19 November.... Read more

Around the world x

Among the stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Westfield charges shock UK retailers New CEO for Reed Elsevier B&N... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

The results for the Bestsellers are in for this week and Michael Connelly’s The Brass Verdict has made it to number one. The irrepressible Stephenie... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Istanbul Book Fair, Turkey, 1-9 November Inky Awards night, State... Read more

RiP Jacob Rosenberg x

Veronica Sumegi, publisher, Brandl & Schlesinger writes: ‘It is with great sorrow that we let you know that Jacob G Rosenberg died on Thursday morning... Read more

RiP Michael Crichton x

American author Michael Crichton has died, aged 66. Crichton wrote Jurassic Park, as well as Congo and Disclosure, all of which were adapted into films.

RiP Studs Terkel x

Pulitzer-prize winning US author Studs Terkel has died, aged 96. His books included Division Street: America and For The Good War: An Oral History of... Read more

RiP Milton Katseles x

Milton Katseles, acting teacher, director and founder of Skylight Books in Los Angeles has died, aged 75.



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