Weekly Book Newsletter
20 May 2009

Tsiolkas wins Commonwealth Writers' Prize x

Christos Tsiolkas has won the Overall Best Book Award for The Slap (A&U) in the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (CWP), announced on Saturday at the Auckland... Read more

2009 NSW Premier's Literary Awards announced x

The 2009 NSW Premier’s Literary Award winners have been announced. Nam Le won both the Book of the Year Award ($10,000) and the UTS Glenda... Read more

RedGroup launches new websites: A&R first, Borders and Whitcoulls coming soon x

RedGroup Retail–the group that operates over 250 Angus & Robertson, Whitcoulls and Borders stores in Australia and New Zealand–has started a multi-million-dollar push to revamp... Read more

Dymocks Lambton Quay closes, new Wellington store will open 'as soon as possible' x

Dymocks will open a new store in the Wellington CBD area ‘as soon as possible’, following the closure of its Lambton Quay franchise on Monday,... Read more

Random House: new website a hub for digital marketing initiatives x

Random House Australia (RHA) has unveiled its new website in a ‘soft launch’, with bugs to be ironed out in coming weeks and further developments... Read more

Auckland Writers and Readers Festival attendance up 89% x

The Auckland Writers and Readers Festival (AWRF) concluded on Sunday, having run from 13 to 17 May. The organisers have called it a ‘momentous success’... Read more

Eye of the Storm 2009: NT Writers' Festival attracts 3000 x

Eye of the Storm: the 2009 Northern Territory Writers’ Festival concluded on 4 May, having run from 1 May in Mparntwe/Alice Springs. Workshops, panels, readings,... Read more

Gary Allen recalls V8 Supercars Yearbook x

Publishing 101 and its distributor Gary Allen, has recalled the book 2008 V8 Supercars Yearbook (Wensley Scott), requesting returns of any unsold stock from booksellers.... Read more

'SMH' Best Young Australian Novelists announced x

The winners of this year’s Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) best young Australian novelists awards were announced in a unanimous decision. The winners were: Nam Le... Read more

New look ABC shop opens in Sydney x

ABC Commercial has launched a ‘new look’ concept store at Bondi Junction in Sydney. The store, which was unveiled last Friday, is the first of... Read more

Dymocks opens temporary Brisbane store; new Sydney store to open in June x

Dymocks has reopened in Brisbane in a small temporary store ‘almost diagonally opposite’ the old Edwards street store. ‘It’s about fifty metres across the road... Read more

Collings launches new 'fee-for-service' publishing venture x

Author and former HarperCollins associate nonfiction publisher Sally Collings has announced the launch of a new publishing venture with her husband Robert Collings. The venture,... Read more

New Australian book networking site launches x

A new, Australian-owned site called The Reading Room is joining the slate of book networking sites in existence. The creation of Kim Anderson (former Southern... Read more

Judges for 2009 Prime Minister's Literary Awards announced x

The judging panel for the 2009 Prime Minister’s Literary awards has been announced. Six cultural and literary experts will form two panels for fiction and... Read more

Books Alive registrations 'up on last year' x

Following the renewal of funding for the Books Alive campaign for another four years, announced in last week’s federal budget, director Cheryl Akle reports the... Read more

Queensland writers on rail tour x

Some of Queensland’s best authors will participate in community events across the state, riding a Q150 steam train from 1 to 6 June. The authors... Read more

In brief x

Two bookshops close in LismoreDymocks CEO Don Grover confirmed the closure of the Dymocks store in Lismore in New South Wales, telling WBN the Lismore... Read more

Around the world x

Among the stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Scribd to open internet store Kindle publishing now open to blogs... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: FictionRandom House has sold Stillwater Creek by Alison Booth to France (Stillwater Creek is a recent acquisition for Random House... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Good writing exists in public notices or on heartbreaking lost dog posters. It exists where you find it. It is not beholden to its surroundings.... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

As the nights draw in and cats find warm places to curl up (in the southern realms of Australia at any rate), crime lovers and... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: 2009 Sydney Writers’ Festival, 18-24 May Warsaw International Book Fair,... Read more

 

 

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