Weekly Book Newsletter
28 January 2009

Visontay appointed ABC Books publisher at HarperCollins x

HarperCollins has announced the appointment of former Sydney Morning Herald journalist Michael Visontay as publisher of the newly formed ABC Books division of HarperCollins. Visontay... Read more

Ferguson among industry figures acknowledged in Australia Day honours x

Former bookseller and two-time Australian Booksellers Association ABA president Jean Ferguson has been recognised with a medal in the general division (OAM) in this year’s... Read more

Aurealis Award winners announced x

The winning Australian science fiction, fantasy and horror titles in this years Aurealis Awards have been announced. The 13th annual Aurealis Awards ceremony was held... Read more

'On the Jellicoe Road' wins Michael L Printz Award x

On the Jellicoe Road (known as Jellicoe Road in the US) by Melina Marchetta (Viking) has won the 2009 Michael L Printz Award in the... Read more

Productivity Commission still processing submissions x

The Productivity Commission has now received more than 120 submissions to its study on the laws governing the parallel importation of books in Australia. The... Read more

'I Am Not Esther' wins Gaelyn Gordon Award x

I Am Not Esther by Fleur Beale (Longacre Press) has won the 2009 Storylines Gaelyn Gordon Award in New Zealand. Established in 1997 to commemorate... Read more

Newbery to Gaiman, Caldecott to Krommes x

The recipients of some of the most prestigious awards in children’s literature were announced on 26 January at an American Library Association mid-winter meeting in... Read more

Blake Dawson business literature prize shortlist announced x

Four books have been shortlisted for the 2008 Blake Dawson prize for business literature. They are Rupert’s Adventures in China (Bruce Dover, Viking); Good Things... Read more

In brief x

Costco to open at second Melbourne locationSpeculation in Melbourne indicates that the US retailer Costco has secured a second Victorian site ahead of a mooted... Read more

Around the World x

Among the many stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: PW editor-in-chief sacked Barry wins Costa iPhone ‘will all but... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: Children’sClaire Pretyman at Scholastic reports the sale of The Princess and the Packet of Frozen Peas (Tony Wilson & Sue... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘QBD The Bookshop would be one of the biggest winners should this change happen, as we have the size to source stock from overseas and... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Unless you have been living under a rock for while–which sounds rather enticing, not to say cool in this Melbourne heat–you will be familiar with... Read more

RiP John Updike x

US novelist John Updike has died of lung cancer, aged 76. His most famous works were from his Rabbit series, including the novels Rabbit is... Read more

RiP William DeWitt Snodgrass x

American poet William DeWitt Snodgrass has died. He won the 1960 Pulitzer Prize for his first book of poems, Heart’s Needle. Selected Poems: 1957-1987 was... Read more

RiP Les Phillabaum x

Les Phillabaum, long-time director of Louisiana State University Press has died, aged 73. During his time at LSU Press he published A Confederacy of Dunces... Read more

RiP Malcolm MacPherson x

American journalist and author Malcolm MacPherson, has died, aged 65. He wrote Roberts Ridge, reportage about one of the bloodiest battles of the war in... Read more

RiP John Fairfax x

British poet John Fairfax, who co-founded the creative writing community Arvon, has died, aged 78. Fairfax wrote Bone Harvest Done and Adrift on the Star-brow... Read more

RiP Stanley Fisher x

American psychologist and author Stanley Fisher has died, aged 81. Fisher was the author of Discovering the Power of Self-Hypnosis.

RiP Valentine Vallis x

Central Queensland poet and author Valentine Vallis has died. He wrote the poem ‘The Ballad of Changi Chimes’.  



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