Weekly Book Newsletter
4 February 2009

Macquarie Dictionary reader giveaway! x

To celebrate the announcement of Macquarie Dictionary’s Word of the Year 2008, WBN is giving away 10 six-month subscriptions to the Macquarie Dictionary online! Each... Read more

Rolley appointed guest SWF director x

The Sydney Writers’ Festival has announced the appointment of Chip Rolley as a guest artistic director for 2010, with current director Wendy Were to return... Read more

Campbell steps down as BWF director x

The Brisbane Writers Festival (BWF) has announced that Michael Campbell will not be renewing his contract as festival director. Campbell has directed the festival since... Read more

Evans leaves PMP x

Brian Evans has left PMP Limited, owner of PMP Print, after three years as CEO of the company. PMP chairman Graham Reaney said that he... Read more

Reader's Digest cuts staff x

Reader’s Digest has cut a number of positions, worldwide. A company spokesperson told Publisher’s Weekly, the company would not be closing any businesses and that... Read more

Post-Christmas sales stronger than expected x

Post-Christmas retail spending was stronger than expected, according to figures from the Australia Retailers Association (ARA) which indicate consumers spent $6.5 billion between Boxing Day... Read more

Dymocks acquires controlling share of sandwich bar chain x

The Dymocks bookselling chain has announced that it has acquired an 80% stake in Healthy Habits, a ‘30-strong Australian owned and operated’ sandwich bar franchise.... Read more

Park wins 2008 Dromkeen Medal x

New Zealand-born author Ruth Park has been named the recipient of the 2008 Dromkeen Medal. Born in 1917, Park began writing early, contributing stories and... Read more

TAG Hungerford Award winner announced x

Natasha Lester was presented the TAG  Hungerford Award for fiction in Perth last week for her manuscript What is Left Over, After. Lester, who has... Read more

Braunias and Novitz receive Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellowship x

Steve Braunias and Julian Novitz have been announced as joint winners of this year’s Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellowship. Each writer will receive a $20,000 grant,... Read more

The Merimbula Bookshop gets new name and owners x

Merimbula Bookshop, an independent store on the far south coast of New South Wales, has been taken over this week by Michelle Delle Vergin and... Read more

In brief x

Companion of the Order of Australia for BandlerIn addition to several other industry figures recognised in this year’s Australia Day honours list, author Faith Bandler... Read more

Around the world x

Among the stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Book Expo Canada cancelled UK book output up in 2008 Google... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: SALES FictionAnne Beilby at Text reports the sale of The Beginner’s Guide to Living (Lia Hills) to Motibo in Greece;... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘The proponents of the current protectionist regime rely on inaccurate, often emotive arguments including the alleged number of Australian titled books produced in Australia. The... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Josie Rusher’s Robert Pattinson: True Love Never Dies comes in at number one in the Highest New Entries chart this week. For anyone unaware who... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: ‘Scribble’ – Canberra Young Readers’ and Writers’ Festival, Canberra, 6-7... Read more

RiP Jim Powe x

Australian author and photographer Jim Powe has died. His book Trains and Railways of Australia was released by New Holland in October last year.

RiP Christopher Hibbert x

English historian and author Christopher Hibbert has died, aged 84. His books included The Destruction of Lord Raglan, George IV: Prince of Wales, 1762-1811 and... Read more

RiP Johannes M Simmel x

Austrian writer Johannes M Simmel has died, aged 84. He was the author of The Stuff Dreams are Made Of and It Can’t Always Be... Read more



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