Weekly Book Newsletter
11 March 2009

Sharp appointed director of CBWI x

The board for the Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas (CBWI) has announced the appointment of Chrissy Sharp as director. The announcement comes after Caro... Read more

2009 Perth Writers Festival a 'runaway success' x

The Perth Writers Festival 2009 was a ‘runaway success’, according to program manager Katherine Dorrington. ‘We are thrilled with how successful this year’s Perth Writers... Read more

Barbara Jefferis Award shortlist announced x

The shortlist for the second annual Barbara Jefferis Award, worth $35,000, has been announced. The titles in the running for the prize, which is open... Read more

National Biography Award 2009 shortlist announced x

The shortlist for the National Biography Award 2009, worth $20,000, has been announced. From a record 58 entries in biographical and memoir writing, six were... Read more

ALS Gold Medal shortlist announced x

The shortlist for the ALS Gold Medal, Australia’s oldest literary award, has been announced for 2009. The titles in the running are: Her Father’s Daughter ... Read more

'Terrific result' for Penguin x

Penguin has achieved a strong set of results, with profits up 26% to £93 million (A$206 million) and sales up seven percent to £903 million... Read more

Central Book Services and On Demand announce joint initiative x

The book wholesaler Central Book Services (CBS) and digital printer On Demand have announced the launch of the joint initiative Central On Demand, a service... Read more

Beijing prepares for Australian Writers' Week x

Some of Australia’s most renowned authors and publishers will be participating in the second Australian Writers’ Week in Beijing and Chengdu, China from 16 to... Read more

Boffins celebrates 20 years x

Technical and specialist bookshop Boffins Bookshop, in Perth, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Boffins was one of five bookshops in Perth’s West End when it... Read more

Book City Tuncurry changes name, joins Leading Edge x

Book City Tuncurry has changed its name to The Great Lakes Bookshop. The change of name at the store Howard and Kate Dixon have operated... Read more

Australian Industry Group, SA and Vic governments support status quo on parallel imports x

The Australian Industry Group has become the most recent body to lodge a Productivity Commission submission in favour of retaining the current laws pertaining to... Read more

APA survey: a bookseller responds x

In response to last week’s story on the Australian Publishers Association (APA) survey of book prices, a bookseller writes … ‘Using the same standards of... Read more

In brief x

Koenig NSW Woman of the YearAuthor of Paper Cranes: A Mother’s Story of Hope, Courage and Determination (Exisle) Cheryl Koenig, has been named NSW Woman... Read more

Around the World x

Among the stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Agents Twitter themselves into trouble Borders US cuts over 700 staff... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: FictionRandom House has sold Den of Wolves by Luke Devenish to Turkey. Agent Christopher Schelling has sold rights to Things... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘If books are imported in commercial quantities to a value of more than $1000 then it is feasible to [charge consumers GST on the package].... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry is this week’s ‘fastest mover’. Barry won the Costa Novel Award for this book which tells of a relationship... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Somerset Celebration of Literature, Mudgeeraba, QLD, 16-20 March Australian Writers’... Read more

Vale Kilmeny Niland x

As reported in last week’s WBN, Kilmeny Niland passed away on 27 Febrary. Agent Tim Curnow writes: ‘Kilmeny and I first met in the early... Read more

RiP Barbara Parker x

American author Barbara Parker has died, aged 62. She wrote 12 mystery novels, including Suspicion of Innocence.



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