Weekly Book Newsletter
4 March 2009

Lonely Planet cuts 'up to 50' jobs, IT and online affected x

As reported in a WBN special bulletin last week, Lonely Planet has announced that it will be ‘making up to 50 roles redundant across its... Read more

Burgess joins A&U, Wasmuth to Leading Edge x

As reported in a WBN special bulletin last week, Allen & Unwin has announced the appointment of Leading Edge Books general manager Chris Burgess to... Read more

APA survey finds Australian prices 'often cheaper' x

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) says the results of its most recent comparative survey of book prices in Australia and overseas ‘again shows the weakness... Read more

Libraries create disaster response role, book industry 'poised to assist' in long-term bushfire relief effort x

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has appointed a disaster recovery support officer to coordinate its response to disasters such as floods and bushfires.... Read more

HarperCollins to launch new Blue Door imprint x

HarperCollins has announced it will launch a new imprint in June 2009. Blue Door, established by UK publisher Patrick Janson-Smith, who was responsible for launching... Read more

Brays Books celebrates 40 years x

Brays Books in Balmain is celebrating 40 years of operation. Founded by Philip Bray and Margaret Bray and now owned and managed solely by Philip,... Read more

'Stand-out year' for Harlequin x

Despites losses suffered by parent company Torstar, Harlequin has recorded a strong fourth quarter worldwide, with sales of C$126 million (AU$154 million) up over 18... Read more

Crowe wins Margaret Mahy Medal x

New Zealand’s top children’s literature prize, the Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal, has been awarded to natural history writer and photographer Andrew Crowe. The annual award... Read more

NZ Post Book Awards 2009 finalists announced x

The finalists for the 2009 New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults have been announced. The finalists in the four categories are:... Read more

Dromkeen Medal presented at annual dinner x

The annual Dromkeen Dinner, a fundraising event hosted by the Dromkeen Society, was held at Dromkeen on Saturday 28 February. Jane Stanley, Dromkeen education officer,... Read more

In brief x

Hanrahan and Dennett become sole owners of Rockpool Publishing Lisa Hanrahan and Paul Dennett are sole owners of Rockpool Publishing after purchasing shares from Gary... Read more

Around the world x

Among the stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: O’Neill wins PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Klein wins inaugural Warwick Prize... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: FictionScribe has acquired the first English-language rights to 640-page Spanish ‘literary page-turner’ El Mapa Del Tiempo (The Map of Time),... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Last year when we had the pleasure of hosting the magnificent Germaine Greer at an event in Melbourne, our marketing manager, Emily Harms, had the... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

A New Earth: Create A Better Life by Eckhart Tolle is the ‘highest new entry’ this week. Tolle’s approach is to ‘let go of fear,... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Brussels Book Fair, 5-9 March, Belgium To view these and... Read more

Vale Sandy Campbell x

As reported in last week’s WBN Sandy Campbell passed away on the 19 February. Margaret Hamilton writes: ‘Sandy was a passionate advocate for the CBCA, both... Read more

RiP Kilmeny Niland x

Andrew Berkhut head of publishing at Scholastic Australia writes: ‘Talented illustrator, Kilmeny Niland, the daughter of Ruth Park and D’arcy Niland passed away last week.... Read more

RiP Conchita Cintron x

Chilean bullfighter Conchita Cintron, author of Memoirs of a Bullfighter, has died, aged 86.

RiP Philip Jose Farmer x

Science-fiction author Philip José Farmer has died, aged 91. Farmer is best known for his ‘Riverworld’ series including To Your Scattered Bodies Go, The Fabulous... Read more

RiP Bill Holm x

Bill Holm, poet and essayist, has died, aged 65. His books included Coming Home Crazy, Boxelder Bug Variations, Playing the Black Piano, The Windows of... Read more



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