Weekly Book Newsletter
25 March 2009

Publishers share their Mother's Day picks in April's Bookseller+Publisher x

In the April issue of Bookseller+Publisher magazine (viewable in e-magazine form here) Angela Meyer rounds up the titles publishers have on offer for Mother’s Day... Read more

Australians at Bologna and London Book Fairs x

Bookseller+Publisher magazine continues to support Australian publishers attending the Bologna Children’s Book Fair and the London Book Fair with our annual guide to Australian participants... Read more

Australian book trade critical of PC draft report x

As reported in a WBN special bulletin on Friday, the Productivity Commission has recommended that some of Australia’s ‘parallel importation restrictions’ (PIRs) be retained, but... Read more

O'Hara appointed BWF director x

As reported in a WBN special bulletin on Friday, the Brisbane Writers Festival (BWF) committee has announced the appointment of Jane O’Hara as artistic director.... Read more

NSW Prem's awards shortlists announced x

The shortlists for the NSW Premier’s Awards have been announced, worth a total of $320,000. In 2009, there were 640 entries received. To celebrate the... Read more

CBCA 2010 national conference cancelled x

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has announced that its planned 2010 conference has been cancelled. CBCA national executive president Marj Kirkland said the... Read more

Carey on Booker International shortlist x

Peter Carey is on the shortlist for the Man Booker International Prize, worth £60,000 (A$124,357). The prize is awarded biennially to an author of fiction... Read more

Adelaide and de Kretser on Orange longlist x

Australian authors Debra Adelaide (The Household Guide to Dying, Picador) and Michelle de Kretser (The Lost Dog, A&U) are among the 20 authors longlisted for... Read more

Novel Vending Australasia to launch book 'vending machines' x

Novel Vending Australasia has announced it will launch mini book vending machines in Sydney in April. General manager Robyn Gipters told WBN that the company... Read more

Book Pal and A&R strike deal to distribute self-published authors x

Self-publishing service company Book Pal Australia has announced a new partnership with Angus & Robertson. The distribution deal will mean readers can order the self-published... Read more

Online marketing portal launched at Leading Edge conference; UK operation to close x

This year’s annual Leading Edge Books conference, held from 21 to 23 March at Crowne Plaza in New South Wales’ Hunter Valley, attracted over 200... Read more

Baci Lounge bookstore launches in Brisbane x

Baci Lounge, a bookshop that offers coffee, food and wine, has launched in Brisbane. Established initially in Auckland [www.baci.co.nz] by Sharad Paul, the store runs... Read more

Costco confirms July opening for first Australian store x

The US discount chain Costco has confirmed its first Australian store will open in Melbourne’s Docklands in July. The store will employ 225 staff and... Read more

Australian bookseller scoops international romance award x

Brisbane bookseller Rosemary Potter, who runs Rosemary’s Romances, has received the 2009 Romance Writers of America Steffie Walker Bookseller of the Year Award. Beating the international... Read more

Australia Council announces new publishing mentorships x

The Australia Council has opened two new opportunities for young and emerging publishers. During a paid 18-month mentorship, successful candidates will work alongside publishing teams... Read more

VIP Program participants announced x

The Australia Council-sponsored Visiting International Publisher (VIP) program will be held this year in conjunction with Sydney Writers’ Festival (18 to 24 May). The list... Read more

HarperCollins to launch new It Books imprint x

HarperCollins is launching a new imprint in September, It Books, which will publish titles on the internet, style, sports and pop culture, with some titles... Read more

Harlequin to launch YA line x

Harlequin has announced it is releasing a new YA fiction line. Michelle Laforest managing director of Harlequin Enterprises Australia told WBN ‘Maria V Snyder’s Poison... Read more

In brief x

Wilson nominated for Pride of Australia medalSuzy Wilson, owner of Brisbane’s Riverbend Books and Teahouse, has been nominated for a Pride of Australia medal for... Read more

Around the world x

Among the many items added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Sony and Google offer 500,000 free e-books Bologna: numbers down... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: FictionHarperCollins has sold German rights to Frank Coates’s The Last Maasai Warrior. Text has sold Brazilian rights to Kenneth Cook’s... Read more

Quotes of the week x

‘How can the Government take seriously a ‘Discussion Draft’ that is so ideologically pre-determined that it says, words to the effect that: We really don’t... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Soul stealers and vampires dominate the charts this week. Predictably, Stephenie Meyer gets six books in the top ten Bestsellers chart, broken only by Cathy... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Brisbane Ideas Festival, 25-29 March Bologna Children’s Book Fair, 23-26... Read more

RiP John S Cheetham x

Psychologist and author John S Cheetham has died, aged 60. Cheetham was author of Grow Up! How to raise an adult by being one yourself... Read more

RiP Jean Battersby x

Dr Jean Battersby died on 26 February this year. Battersby was the first chief executive for the Australia Council for the Arts and a pioneering... Read more

RiP Geoff Moon x

New Zealand author and photographer Geoff Moon has died. He produced over 30 different titles including New Zealand Forest Birds and Their World, Bird Migration... Read more

RiP Millard Kaufman x

American author Millard Kaufman has died, aged 91. Kaufman wrote Bowl of Cherries and his second novel Misadventure will be published by McSweeney’s this year.



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