Weekly Book Newsletter
19 November 2008

WBN Christmas closing list--3 December x

Publishers/distributors are asked to advise WBN of their Christmas closing dates by Friday 28 November 2008. A full list will appear once only in WBN... Read more

Productivity Commission announces submission deadline x

Following the release of the terms of reference for its parallel importation study the Productivity Commission has announced a deadline of 20 January 2009 for... Read more

Chamberlin to retire x

Hachette Australia has announced the retirement of Helen Chamberlin, publisher of the Lothian Children’s Books imprint. Chamberlin, who has been with Hachette since Lothian Books... Read more

Collins to open Hill of Content in Sydney x

A Sydney version of Melbourne’s well-known Hill of Content bookstore will be opened by Collins Booksellers in Balmain in early December. Collins Booksellers managing director... Read more

Hughes longlisted for inaugural Warwick Prize x

Australian author John Hughes is one of 20 authors longlisted for the inaugural Warwick Prize, worth £50,000 (A$115,000). The prize, run by the University of... Read more

Australian and New Zealand authors on IMPAC longlist x

Australian and New Zealand authors are well represented on this year’s International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award longlist. Among those listed are Steven Carroll; J M... Read more

Pattrick wins Mansfield Prize x

The 2009 New Zealand Post Mansfield Prize has gone to Jenny Pattrick. The prize is worth NZ$100,000 (A$85,000) and involves travel and accommodation in France... Read more

YABBA winners announced x

The YABBAs (Young Australian Best Book Award) were announced this week in Victoria. Best picture storybook went to Uno’s Garden (Graeme Base, Viking); fiction for... Read more

SLV Summer Read program launched x

The State Library of Victoria has launched the Summer Read program for 2008. A selection of 20 titles which celebrate the diversity of Victorian writing... Read more

In brief x

Book and newspaper sales up 20.5% on 2007Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures for September indicate books are bucking the flat national retail trend. While... Read more

Around the world x

Among the many stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Initial court approval for Google settlement Prepare for the ‘either/and’... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘As such a dominant player in the online world, Google will now occupy a unique gateway position that, if abused, could easily create a de... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

A familiar street name (to Melbournians at any rate) and now book is atop the Highest New Entries chart this week–Lygon St by Michael Harden.... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: ABA (NSW)/publishers Christmas party, 19 November Moscow International Book Fair,... Read more

RiP Ivan Southall x

(8/6/1921 – 15/11/2008) Penguin Group Australia writes: ‘His many friends and admirers at Penguin Group (Australia) noted with sorrow the passing of Ivan Southall in... Read more

RiP Fred Newman x

Fred Newman, co-founder of Publishing News and the British Book Awards has died, aged 76.



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