Weekly Book Newsletter
6 May 2009

Carey moves to Penguin; new novel due in November x

Penguin Australia has announced it will publish Peter Carey’s forthcoming novel Parrot and Olivier in America. Carey, whose most recent novels His Illegal Self, Theft... Read more

MUP annual deficit includes $2 million 'exceptional write-down' x

  Melbourne University Publishing (MUP) has posted a deficit of $2.9 million for 2008, according to the University of Melbourne’s annual financial report.   The report... Read more

Indigenous Literacy Project patron Rein to launch new early literacy program x

This year’s Indigenous Literacy Project campaign will kick off with an official launch by patron Therese Rein on 26 May. The morning event, to be held... Read more

George Robertson awards recognise service to the industry x

Long-serving industry members were honoured for their service to the book industry at the second annual Australian Publishers Association (APA) George Robertson awards, held in... Read more

Sydney Writers' Festival industry events announced x

The Visiting International Publishers (VIP) program takes place during the Sydney Writers’ festival, which runs from 18 to 24 May, 2009. Editors, publishers and agents... Read more

Christian distributor launches 'Independent Distribution Solutions' x

Christian book and music distributor CMCA has announced the establishment of a new distribution arm, Independent Distribution Solutions (IDS). IDS Oceania, based in Geelong, will... Read more

MWF begins search for new director x

The Melbourne Writers’ Festival has commenced its search for a candidate to replace current director Rosemary Cameron. Cameron, who was appointed director of the festival... Read more

New Zealand Digital Publishing Forum announces conference x

The recently formed New Zealand Digital Publishing Forum has announced it will hold a digital publishing conference in Auckland in June. The conference, to be... Read more

Auckland prepares for Writers and Readers Festival x

The Auckland Writers and Readers Festival kicks off next Wednesday 13 May, running until 17 May. Guests include Debra Adelaide, Monica Ali, Tash Aw, Mohammed... Read more

Clunes book fair attracts the crowds x

The annual Clunes Book Town event held from 2 to 3 May attracted ‘a very good turnout’ and saw the town overrun with secondhand books,... Read more

Ron Abbey's Bookhouse closes online presence x

Ron Abbey’s Bookhouse, which moved online in 2006, has closed. The bricks and mortar store was opened by Ron Abbey in Bowral, in the Southern... Read more

Queensland Writers Centre/Hachette launch 2009 Manuscript Development Program x

The Queensland Writers Centre (QWC) and Hachette Australia manuscript development program for fiction writers in 2009 has now opened. Emerging Australian authors who are unpublished... Read more

In brief x

Parallel importation debate continuesMainstream media coverage of the debate surrounding the Productivity Commission’s study of parallel importation continued this week, with an op ed piece... Read more

Around the World x

Among the stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: US Justice Dept. launches antitrust inquiry into Google Books up to... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: FictionRandom House has sold Cemetery Lake by Paul Cleave to France; previous licenses include the United Kingdom and Germany. Text... Read more

Quote of the week x

There are many more people who would be interested in a general-purpose tablet than in an e-book reader […]. But if the PC and smartphone... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

True Colours by Lisa Davies graces the top of the Highest New Entries chart this week. The biography centres on Lauren Huxley who was beaten... 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... Read more

RiP Marilyn French x

American novelist and academic Marilyn French has died, aged 79. She wrote seven books including The Women’s Room and A Season in Hell.  



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