Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
18 February 2009

Giveaway for subscribers: free film tickets! x

Be one of the first to see The Reader starring Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes, based on the book by Bernhard Schlink. As a special offer... Read more

May deadline for rights holders to opt out of Google settlement x

As part of a court-ordered process, Google Book Search is currently notifying authors, publishers and other rights holders worldwide, of their legal rights and options... Read more

HarperCollins appoints more ABC staff x

HarperCollins has announced the appointment of former ABC Books staff members Brigitta Doyle, Belinda Bolliger and Jane Finemore to its new ABC Books division. Doyle,... Read more

Hachette appoints Morrison as children's publisher x

Hachette Australia has announced the appointment of Tegan Morrison to the role of children’s publisher. Morrison, who has been senior editor for children’s and young... Read more

Paper Plus appoints Mckenzie as group book buyer x

The New Zealand stationery and bookselling chain Paper Plus has announced the appointment of Joan Mackenzie to the position of group book manager. ‘We are... Read more

'A vintage year' for Hachette Australia x

Hachette Australia had a ‘vintage year’ in 2008, with sales up by 15%, managing director Malcolm Edwards told WBN. ‘Obviously, Stephenie Meyer had a lot... Read more

Australian Shadows Award finalists announced x

The Australian Horror Writers Association (AHWA) announced the finalists of the 2008 Australian Shadows Awards on Black Friday, February 13. Lee Battersby won the award,... Read more

ACLA board formed, funding secured x

As previously reported in WBN, the new Australian Children’s Literature Alliance (ACLA) has been formed to promote children’s literature. The Alliance will seek a national children’s... Read more

In brief x

Castlemaine Festival literature program announcedThe program for the Castlemaine Festival has been announced. The literature component includes Cate Kennedy, Alex Miller, Judith Rodriguez, Julie Gittus,... Read more

Around the world x

Among the many stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: redefine ‘the book,’ says TOC keynote US books sales down... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: FictionJenny Darling & Associates has sold Spanish rights to The Zookeeper’s War (Steven Conte, Fourth Estate) to DeBolsillo (Mondadori) and... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘I was reading a lot of Australian literary criticism and there was the complaint that Australians preferred film adaptations of Australian novels to the books... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

On the back of the film The Reader, the book of the same name by Bernhard Schlink hits number one in the Highest New Entries... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Jerusalem International Book Fair, 15-20 February Closing date for nominations... Read more

RiP Rob Pierce x

Murray St Leger, managing director of McGraw-Hill, writes: ‘McGraw-Hill Australia would like to pay tribute to the life of one of our authors, Professor Rob... Read more

RiP Ken Rowe x

Australian Ken Rowe, known as a ‘literacy warrior’ and chair of the National Inquiry into the Teaching of Literacy, has died in Victoria’s Black Saturday... Read more

RiP Jean Srnecz x

Jean Srnecz, senior vice president of merchandising for Baker & Taylor, has died.



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