Weekly Book Newsletter
22 April 2009

Thanks for your patience x

WBN apologises for the delay in delivering this week’s newsletter. This was due to unforeseen technical difficulties. We appreciate your patience–WBN

Miles Franklin shortlist announced x

As reported in a WBN special bulletin last week, the shortlist for the Miles Franklin award has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Breath (Tim... Read more

New Dan Brown in September x

Random House Australia has announced the publication date of Dan Brown’s new novel The Lost Symbol as 15 September, 2009. The announcement was made yesterday... Read more

Dymocks petition attracts 18,000 as PC submissions close x

Final submissions to the Productivity Commission on its study of Australia’s book parallel importation laws have now been lodged, with the overwhelming majority of those... Read more

Children's authors protest outside Dymocks x

Children’s authors took to the streets in Brisbane last week on Thursday 16 April, in protest against the ‘Coalition for Cheaper Books’, and its stance... Read more

Australian book sales grow in first quarter, but it's all vampires x

Nielsen BookScan has released sales figures for the first 12 weeks of 2009 (to 21 March), showing that the market grew by a very healthy... Read more

LBF: 'better than expected' so far x

WBN correspondent Lachlan Jobbins reports: Despite grim economic forecasts and slightly lower registrations (The Bookseller reported registrations down by 2% on last year), the Australians... Read more

S&S: 3% decline overall, but second-best sales year locally x

Simon & Schuster reported a sales decline of 3% in 2008, to US$857.7 million (AU$1216 million), according to Publisher’s Weekly, though fourth-quarter revenues were slightly... Read more

In brief x

Readings to open at SLVAs reported in a WBN special bulletin last week, Readings Books, Music & Film announced that it is to open a... Read more

Around the world x

Among the many items added to our Around the World blog in a big update this week: firebombers plead guilty to attacking publisher’s house Pulitzer... Read more

Rights round-up x

FictionScribe Publications’ fiction acquisitions editor, Aviva Tuffield, has acquired actor Katie Wall’s debut novel I Say Tomato, a romantic comedy about an Australian actress trying... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Whatever authors want, this is old-fashioned protectionism that helps producers by penalising consumers. The book industry is lucky the Productivity Commission was uncharacteristically kind. End... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Some big names (and none ending in Meyer) are out in force on the top of the charts this week. Wilbur Smith, he of many... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Kuala Lumpur International Book Fair, 17-26 April World Book and... Read more

RiP James D Houston x

US author James D Houston author of Continental Drift, Snow Mountain Passage and Farewell to Manzanar has died, aged 75.

RiP J G Ballard x

Novelist J G Ballard has died, aged 78. His novels included Crash, Empire of the Sun, The Wind from Nowhere and The Drought.



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