Weekly Book Newsletter
25 February 2009

Publishers off to an impressive start for 2009 x

Australia’s publishers are off to a flying start to 2009, according to Bookseller+Publisher‘s reviews pages. Among the most highly rated titles for the issue was... Read more

APA, ASA launch website in territorial copyright campaign x

The Australian Publishers Association (APA), Australian Society of Authors (ASA), Australian Literary Agents’ Association (ALAA) and the Printing Industries Association of Australia have launched a... Read more

Australia-Asia Literary Prize suspended x

The Australia-Asia Literary Award, worth $110,000 is under review and will not be held this year. State Arts Minister John Day told the West Australian that... Read more

Newly appointed Noll will oversee ABC Shops and Centres; HarperCollins appoints more former ABC Books staff x

ABC Commercial has announced the appointment of Alun Noll to the position of general manager–multi-channel retailing. Noll, whose role will include responsibility for ABC Commercial’s... Read more

Commonwealth Writers' Prize regional shortlists announced x

The authors whose works have been shortlisted for the South East Asia and the Pacific region for this year’s Commonwealth Writers’ Prize hail from Australia,... Read more

Laville-Moore appointed director A&U NZ x

Allen & Unwin has announced the appointment of Melanie Laville-Moore to the role of New Zealand director. Laville-Moore has been in the role of New... Read more

Bramble appointed manager of Monash ePress x

University librarian Cathrine Harboe-Ree has announced the appointment of Jo Bramble as the new Manager of the Monash University ePress. The ePress, established in 2003,... Read more

Asialink literary residencies announced x

Eight 2009 literature residencies have been awarded by Asialink, from a total of 40 residencies awarded in the areas of visual arts, arts management, performing... Read more

Creative Industries Innovation Centre launched x

The federal government has launched the Creative Industries Innovation Centre (CIIC), designed to assist small and medium-sized businesses in the creative industries sector to make... Read more

Second annual Writers at the Convent draws more than 4000 x

The second annual Writers at the Convent festival ran from 13 to 15 February at the Abbotsford Convent in Melbourne. The event, organised and hosted... Read more

In brief x

Barratt relocates for new Borders roleFormer Borders regional manager for New Zealand Justin Barratt, has relocated to Melbourne, Australia, to take up a role that... Read more

Around the world x

Among the many stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Atwood admits leaping ‘into a dog’s breakfast’ in festival boycott... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week:  FictionA&U sold UK rights to Tender Morsels (Margo Lanagan) to Random House UK where the book will be published as... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘The impact of the open market in New Zealand has been somewhat muted by the Australian conditions, but the introduction of an open market there... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Dexter by Design by Jeff Lindsay graces the top of the Highest New Entries chart this week. For those not in the know, the ‘Dexter’... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Reed Gift Fairs – Sydney, 21-25 February The Death Mook... Read more

RiP Sandy Campbell x

Rowenna Brown CBCA (NSW) committee member writes: ‘Children’s literature has lost one of its most passionate and dedicated advocates this week. Sandy Campbell spent her... Read more

RiP Alfred A Knopf Jr. x

American Alfred A Knopf Jr. who helped found Atheneum Publishers in 1959, has died, aged 90.

RiP Christopher Nolan x

Irish author Christopher Nolan has died, aged 43. His works included, Damburst of Dreams, Under the Eye of the Clock and The Banyan Tree.

Richell Prize longlist announced

The longlist for Hachette Australia’s inaugural Richell Prize for Emerging Writers has been announced. The longlisted authors are: Sally Abbott Toni Bartlett Alice Bishop Lyndel... Read more

 

 

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