Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
14 January 2009

Post-Christmas survey x

WBN is currently completing its annual post-Christmas survey, ringing booksellers around the nation to see how the industry fared in the Christmas sale season. We... Read more

Walker leaves ABC Retail; Neal to A&U x

ABC Enterprises has confirmed that Doug Walker, the general manager of ABC Retail, left his position on 6 January. ABC Centres manager Christine Falconer is... Read more

Johnstone appointed SWF publicist x

Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF) director Wendy Were has appointed Helen Johnstone as the publicist for the 2009 Festival, replacing Andy Palmer.   Previously a publicist for... Read more

Three 'mini festivals' to replace Canberra Readers' and Writers' Festival x

Three ‘mini festivals’ will replace the Canberra Readers’ and Writers’ Festival this year, according to ACT Writers Centre director Anne-Maree Britton. ‘Basically, we’ve got two-and-a-half... Read more

Boab Books vandalised x

West Australian bookseller Eric Ladhams had a distinctly unmerry Christmas, after vandals broke into his store. Boab Books lost around $50,000 worth of stock when... Read more

In brief x

Australians chart well in UK for 2008Several Australian authors did well in the UK in 2008. The Bookseller reports that Kate Morton’s The Forgotten Garden... Read more

Around the world x

Among the stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Waterstones cuts jobs Taylor wins Diamond Dagger Small press sues Borders... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: NonfictionHarperCollins has acquired ANZ rights to the new Bill Granger book Feed Me Now! to be published in April 2009;... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘If the Government truly believed literacy could be improved by dropping book prices, it could simply remove the GST. Everyone happy: authors, publishers, retailers, consumers.... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

It comes as no surprise that Stephenie Meyer is still hogging the Bestseller list, this time with New Moon (Little, Brown) as top gun, and... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up this month, as shown on our events calendar, include: Unwin Trust Fellowship applications close – 30 Jan Applications close for APA... Read more

RiP Alan Leutenegger x

Alan Leutenegger, former director of Collins Publishers, passed away on 8 December.

RiP Richard Seaver x

Richard Seaver, founder and president of Arcade Publishing in the US, has died, aged 82. ‘Seaver had been instrumental in finding Samuel Beckett a US... Read more

RiP Tony Mott x

Tony Mott, a well known publisher whose career included many years at Penguin, and who founded the Bantam paperback imprint at Transworld in the UK,... Read more

Rip John Neuhaus x

Theologian and author Richard John Neuhaus has died. His works include his final book, American Babylon: Notes of a Christian Exile, to be published in... Read more

RiP Mick Imlah x

The poet Mick Imlah, whose volume of poetry The Lost Leader was shortlisted for the TS Eliot prize, has died, aged 52.



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