Weekly Book Newsletter
21 January 2009

ABA changes position to oppose open market x

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has changed its position on the question of an open market, recommending Australia retain its territorial copyright. ‘The management committee... Read more

Miller wins Chinese literary award x

The Landscape of Farewell by Alex Miller (A&U) has been awarded the Annual Best Foreign Novels, 21st Century Award in Beijing. Miller is the first... Read more

Australian self-published author jailed for three years in Thailand x

Following his arrest for lese-majeste (offences against the crown) in Thailand, Australian writer Harry Nicolaides has been given the minimum sentence of three years jail... Read more

Writers at the Convent program released x

The program for the second annual Writers at the Convent festival, organised by Reader’s Feast bookstore, has been announced. On February 13, 14 and 15,... Read more

Finch Publishing moves to HarperCollins x

Finch Publishing has announced that from 1 April this year it will be represented by HarperCollins Publishers Australia. HEDS currently warehouses and fulfils all Finch... Read more

Telecom NZ to close online shopping site Ferrit x

Telecom New Zealand has announced it is closing its online shopping venture Ferrit. Ferrit, an online retail aggregator, included books from stores such as Whitcoulls... Read more

Around the World x

In news from our Around the World blog this week: Espresso Book Machine debuts in UK American Booksellers Association CEO to step down Barnes &... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week:   FictionHachette Australia has sold Sasha by Joel Shepherd to Italy. Margaret Gee reports: ‘my German sub-agent Bastian Schluck sold... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Going through all this again is torture for the trade. Old warriors are hiding behind remainder bins. Industry heads are speechless with disbelief and boredom.... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

In what could be a welcome break from the Stephenie Meyer-induced frenzy currently in the charts, word-nerds can note that the Australian Oxford Mini Dictionary... Read more

Vale Alan Leutenegger x

Robert Fisher writes: ‘Alan Leutenegger, who died last month after a short illness, came to the book industry in 1974 when the paperback distribution side... Read more

RiP Earl Gleaves x

Michelle Brasington of Thames & Hudson writes: ‘Thames & Hudson is sad to announce the death of our former long-time South Australian agent, Earl Gleaves.... Read more

RiP Kevin Meade x

Kevin Meade, a journalist in the Queensland bureau of the Australian, has died, aged 57. His book, Heroes before Gallipoli: Bita Paka and that One... Read more

RiP John Mortimer x

Author John Mortimer has died, aged 85. Mortimer was best known as the author of Rumpole of the Bailey. He also wrote Paradise Postponed and... Read more

RiP Peter Bowron x

Peter Bowron, group managing director of the Random House Group in the UK has died. Bowron worked for Hodder & Stoughton as a graduate trainee... Read more

RiP Adrian Mitchell x

British poet and playwright Adrian Mitchell has died, aged 76. At his death Mitchell had just completed three works to be published next year: Tell... Read more

RiP Hortense Calisher x

American author Hortense Calisher has died aged 97; she wrote the novel Mysteries of Motion.



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