Weekly Book Newsletter
18 March 2009

Giveaway for subscribers: free film tickets! x

Be one of first to see Elegy starring Penelope Cruz and Ben Kingsley, based on the book The Dying Animal by Philip Roth. As a... Read more

Tsiolkas regional winner of Commonwealth Writers' Prize x

The regional winners of the 2009 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize have been announced. From a list of over 350 books, the four international judging panels have... Read more

Miles Franklin longlist announced x

The Miles Franklin Literary Award Longlist for 2009 has been announced. It consists of: Addition (Toni Jordan, Text) A Fraction of the Whole (Steve Toltz,... Read more

Penguin author's assets frozen by DPP x

The Western Australian Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has frozen the assets of Kingsley Flett, the co-author of Shadow Warrior, which details the criminal activities... Read more

A&R closes web retailing ahead of April relaunch x

Angus & Robertson (A&R) will launch a new and updated website in April, to be followed by similarly updated sites for Whitcoulls in New Zealand... Read more

Books Alive to run in September, supported by TV commercials x

The government-funded Books Alive campaign will run in September rather than August this year and will feature a series of television commercials promoting the initiative.... Read more

Stager wins Johnno Award x

Fiona Stager, co-owner of Avid Reader Bookshop and president of the Australian Booksellers Association, has won the 2009 Johnno Award, administered by the Queensland Writers... Read more

Battersby wins Shadows Award x

The Australian Shadows Award, Australia’s top horror fiction award, has gone to Western Australian author Lee Battersby for his novelette ‘The Claws of Native Ghosts’... Read more

Murdoch Books to publish children's list x

Murdoch Books has announced it will be ‘branching out into the exciting world of children’s book publishing’, and will be sourcing illustrations for one of... Read more

Australia Council announces new residencies program x

The Australia Council has announced a new initiative to support artists in creating residencies with non-arts businesses and industries. Connections Residency program is open to... Read more

Mason Publishing Scholarship announced x

A new publishing scholarship has been announced in New Zealand. The scholarship, endowed by the late Andrew Mason, who died in January, is in memory... Read more

In brief x

Goodall and Brophy joint winners of 2009 Calibre PrizeJane Goodall and Kevin Brophy are the joint winners of this year’s Calibre Prize for essay writing.... Read more

Around the world x

Among the many stories added to our around the world blog in the past week: Ebook gift cards: a good idea made too complex? Ebook... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: FictionAllen & Unwin has sold Commonwealth Writers’ Prize South East Asia and Pacific region winner The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas to... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Let me be clear. Absolutely clear. Not one word spoken in that session, either from the panelists or from the audience, was new or innovative.... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Raymond E Feist’s Wrath of a Mad God is number one in the Highest New Entries chart this week. It apparently contains the ‘cataclysmic end’... 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 Copyright... Read more

RiP Andrew Mason x

New Zealand editor Andrew Mason has died. Mason was literary editor of the Listener from 1981 to 1991, and worked for Bridget Williams Books. He... Read more

 

 

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