Weekly Book Newsletter
1 April 2009

CBCA 2009 shortlist announced x

As reported in a special WBN bulletin yesterday, the shortlist for this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year awards has... Read more

ABA: PC recommendations could increase book prices x

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has claimed that the Productivity Commission’s proposed changes to Australia’s book parallel importation laws  ‘are in danger of putting upward... Read more

Hachette Australia closes Melbourne office x

Hachette Australia has closed its Melbourne office. The office, which produced the company’s Lothian Children’s Books, closed on 31 March. The closure comes after the retirement of... Read more

'The Spare Room' wins ASA Barbara Jefferis Award x

Helen Garner has been awarded the 2009 Australian Society of Authors (ASA) Barbara Jefferis Award ($35,000) for The Spare Room (Text). The award, which was... Read more

'I am Melba' wins National Biography Award x

The winner of the 2009 National Biography Award, worth $20,000, is Ann Blainey for I Am Melba (Black Inc.) ‘Ann Blainey has had to peel... Read more

ABC Fiction Award discontinued, two entrants 'commended' x

Though the ABC Fiction Award was not given this year, two titles were commended by ABC Books—Nanu Grewal’s Twenty Twelve and Peter Menadue’s Crooked House.... Read more

Bologna 'subdued' but still successful for Australian attendees x

The 46th annual Bologna Children’s Book Fair has drawn to a close. There were many Australian publisher representatives and agents in attendance, which ran from... Read more

Australian Writers' Week in Beijing: readers 'hungry' for foreign stories x

Several Australian authors and publishers have participated in the second Australian Writers’ Week in Beijing and Chengdu, China, from 16 to 20 March. In attendance... Read more

SWF program announced x

The 2009 Sydney Writers’ Festival Program has been launched. Festival director Wendy Were said the festival would offer a ‘wide-ranging’ program, including events exploring ‘ideas... Read more

Auckland Writers & Readers Festival program released x

The full program for the Auckland Writers & Readers Festival, which will run from 13 to 17 May, has been released. ‘I can confidently say... Read more

MWF announces first guests x

Melbourne Writers Festival has revealed two of the authors booked for this year’s festival (MWF), to take place 21-30 August, 2009. Muriel Barbery is the... Read more

Borders to open in Robina, QLD x

Borders will open a new store in Robina on the Gold Coast this week. Borders Asia Pacific managing director John Coote said the ‘two-level, 1800sqm... Read more

ASA: reports surplus at AGM x

The Australian Society of Authors’ (ASA) Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on Saturday 28 March at Redfern Town Hall, Sydney. The new committee of... Read more

Shortlist for inaugural NZ Science Book Prize announced x

The five titles shortlisted for the inaugural Royal Society of New Zealand Science Book Prize have been announced. The titles in the running for the... Read more

In brief x

Webcke’s book backShane Webcke’s book Hard Road (Macmillan), which the author last week requested be pulped, will now be published as planned and will arrive... Read more

Around the world x

Among the stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Google Book Search ‘all about the orphans’ Bloomsbury sees sales and... Read more

Rights round up x

In rights news this week:  FictionHachette Australia has sold ‘The Castings Trilogy’ by Pamela Freeman to France and Ember and Ash by Pamela Freeman to... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘If anything, the recommendations are in danger of putting upward pressure on all new titles as publishers seek to maximize their returns during the 12-month... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Russell Brand, British actor, comedian and former radio talk show host–until an unfortunate incident occurred on live radio–has reached number one in the Fastest Movers... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Bangkok International Book Fair, 26 March -6 April Ten Days... Read more

RiP Irina Sibley x

Irena Sibley, artist and children’s book writer and illustrator, has died. Her first book Rainbow was published as both a children’s book and hand-made artist’s... Read more

RiP John Hope Franklin x

US historian and author John Hope Franklin has died, aged 94. He wrote From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African-Americans and Mirror to America.



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