Weekly Book Newsletter
12 November 2008

Publishers, booksellers respond to Productivity Commission terms of reference x

The Australian Publishers Association has declared it will be ‘very vocal in seeking to maintain the 1991 reforms to copyright laws’, following the release last... Read more

Moynahan appointed CEO HarperCollins ANZ x

HarperCollins has announced the appointment of Michael Moynahan as new CEO for Australia and New Zealand. Moynahan, currently managing director for Random House India and... Read more

Le awarded $140k Dylan Thomas prize x

One of the highest paying literary awards in the world, the Dylan Thomas Prize (worth £60,000/A$140,000), has been awarded to Melbourne-raised writer Nam Le, author... Read more

Borders Xmas catalogue prices some titles above RRP x

Borders has irked some publishers by pricing some books in its Christmas catalogues in Australia and New Zealand above recommended retail price (RRP). The New... Read more

Egmont UK increases HGE shareholding to 50% x

Egmont UK has increased it shareholding in Hardie Grant Egmont (HGE) to 50%, the company announced in a statement. Egmont UK has been a minority... Read more

ARW looks forward to a strong Christmas, despite loss x

While Angus & Robertson Whicoulls (ARW) has posted a $5.6-million full-year loss, managing director of the group Dave Fenlon told WBN the final figures represented... Read more

Uni Co-op Bookshop to run University of Queensland Bookshops x

The University of Queensland Press (UQP) has announced that the University Co-operative Bookshop Ltd (UCB) has been selected as the preferred tenderer for the operation... Read more

Romeril wins 2008 Patrick White Award x

This year’s Patrick White Award ($30,000) has gone to John Romeril, Melbourne playwright and screenwriter. ‘With the huge significance of his contribution to Australian literature,... Read more

Inky award winners x

The winners of the 2008 Inky Awards have been announced. The Inkys are Australia’s teen choice book awards, administered by the State Library of Victoria’s... Read more

Toltz on 'Guardian' first book shortlist x

The Guardian‘s first book award (£10,000/A$23,283) shortlist has been announced, and includes Australian author Steve Toltz’s A Fraction of the Whole (Hamish Hamilton). The other... Read more

University of Melbourne Book Industry Study: still time to participate! x

The University of Melbourne Book Industry Study, supported by the APA and Thorpe-Bowker, is now well underway and has seen strong participation by publishers from... Read more

A&R Ashfield closing x

Angus & Robertson Ashfield will be closing at the end of the year, after being run as a franchise for eight years by Samira Rezai-nia.... Read more

ACBA conference 'very successful'; Wiley, QUT awarded x

The annual Australian Campus Booksellers Association (ACBA) conference was ‘very successful’, ACPA president Graeme Connolly told WBN. The conference, which was held from 5 to... Read more

Penguin launches 'The Power of One Australian Hero Award' x

Penguin Australia has announced the creation of a new award to celebrate the 75th birthday of author Bryce Courtenay. The Power of One Australian Hero... Read more

NCELTR ceases publishing, titles to Macmillan Ed x

The National Centre for English Language Teaching and Research (NCELTR) publications has announced that it has ceased trading after 20 years of publishing. ‘NCELTR  is... Read more

Perth Writers' Festival program preview x

The general program for the Perth Arts Festival has been released, with the Perth Writers’ Festival component to follow on January 28. The writers’ festival... Read more

Around the world x

Among the stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Rowling endorses new Potter fan history More worries for Borders in... Read more

In brief x

Ubud Writers’ and Readers’ Festival attendance up 30%The 2008 Ubud Writers’ and Readers’ Festival in Ubud, Bali, ran from 14-19 October with its largest ever... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Never in all of the years I’ve been in business have I seen a worse outlook for the economy. And never in all my years... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Northern Notes Writers Festival 2008, 7-16 November Society of Editors... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

The ubiquitous James Patterson has struck again, with novel Cross Country gracing the top of both the Bestsellers and Highest New Entries charts this week.... Read more

RiP William Wharton x

Writer and artist William Wharton (real name Albert de Aime) has died. His novels included Birdy, Dad and A Midnight Clear.

RiP John Leonard x

American literary and cultural critic John Leonard has died. He was 69.

 

 

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