Weekly Book Newsletter
29 April 2009

Google Settlement deadline extended to September x

The 5 May deadline for authors and publishers to remain in, object to, or opt out of the Google settlement has been delayed by four... Read more

Dymocks closes New Zealand head office x

Dymocks has closed its New Zealand head office, resulting in the redundancies of general manager Andrew Howard and retail business manager Doris Mousdale. ‘At the... Read more

Book City to rebrand as Collins Booksellers x

Collins Booksellers has announced that its Book City stores will re-brand to Collins Booksellers, commencing in June. ‘At this year’s conference, Collins Booksellers announced the... Read more

Parallel importation: media coverage, 278 submissions posted by Productivity Commission x

The 278 submissions so far posted on the Productivity Commission’s website in response to its draft recommendations on Australia’s parallel importation laws outnumber the 272... Read more

Wood wins Blake Dawson Prize for Business Literature x

Leonie Wood has been awarded the Blake Dawson Prize for Business Literature for Funny Business: The Rise and Fall of Steve Vizard (A&U). Wood was... Read more

Samson appointed Lonely Planet general manager Asia Pacific x

Lonely Planet has announced the appointment of Richard Samson is the publisher’s new general manager for the Asia Pacific region. ‘Richard has a very strong... Read more

Book trade employment off to a rough start for 2009 x

Compared to last year, the number of book trade jobs advertised in WBN has fallen significantly in the first quarter of 2009. According to a... Read more

Baker named Queensland's 2009 poet-in-residence x

Hinemoana Baker has been announced as Queensland’s 2009 Poet-in-Residence. New Zealand poet, musician, producer and creative writing teacher Baker will be based in Queensland from... Read more

Emerging Writers' Festival program launched x

The 2009 Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) program has been launched. The festival, which will take place from 22 to 31 May in Melbourne, will feature... Read more

Graham on Kate Greenaway Medal shortlist x

How to Heal a Broken Wing, by Australian author/illustrator Bob Graham (Walker Books), has been shortlisted for the 2009 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal. Graham previously... Read more

Lanagan and Leigh nominated for Shirley Jackson Awards x

Australian authors Margo Lanagan and Julia Leigh are among the finalists for this year’s Shirley Jackson Awards (US), given for ‘outstanding achievement in the literature... Read more

Quality not quantity at this year's London Book Fair x

WBN correspondent Lachlan Jobbins reports: While fair organisers have yet to release attendee numbers, stand holders at this year’s London Book Fair (LBF) generally felt... Read more

Booksellers encouraged to enter ABIA bookseller marketing award x

The year’s Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) will be held on Tuesday 23 June at the Sofitel Wentworth in Sydney. The awards will conclude the... Read more

In brief x

Warhaft leaves the Monthly Black Inc. publisher Morry Schwartz has announced the departure of Sally Warhaft, former editor of the Monthly magazine, which is also... Read more

Around the world x

Among the stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Google settlement delayed until September Amazon buys Lexcycle/Stanza Canadian e-reader platform... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week:  FictionLittle, Brown has acquired rights to George Dawes Green’s Ravens, for international publication in August 2009. Jaki Arthur of Hachette... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘They see [the book] as the petrol in the car, while we see it as the wine in the bottle’–Victoria Barnsley, publisher and CEO of... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Michael J Fox, he of Family Ties and Back to the Future TV and film fame, comes number one in the Highest New Entries this... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Buenos Aires International Book Fair, 23 April-11 May Australian Publishers... Read more

On Tour x

Authors on tour in May: David Ebershoff, Random House (The 19th Wife) Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, HarperCollins(The Thing Around Your Neck) Stuart MacBride, HarperCollins (Blind Eye) Tash... Read more



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