Weekly Book Newsletter
27 May 2009

Founders to leave Scribo x

Gordon and Gotch has announced that the three principals of book distributor The Scribo Group–Gary Cobbledick, Michael Rakusin and Dale Druckman–will be leaving the business.... Read more

REDGroup Retail announces support office restructure x

REDGroup Retail has announced a restructure of its support offices, with the Borders and Angus & Robertson teams relocating to one office in the CBD... Read more

'Another Time Past Created' Book of the Year at APA Book Design Awards x

Toyoko Sugiwaka was awarded the Lamb Print Best Designed Book of the Year for the book Another Time Past Created (Murdoch Books) at this year’s... Read more

SWF: festival-goers 'not just fair-weather friends' x

This year’s Sydney Writers Festival wound up on Sunday 24 May, having run from Monday 18 May. While many at this year’s festival commented that... Read more

Rein launches new early literacy program x

Indigenous Literacy Day patron Therese Rein yesterday launched a new early childhood literacy program that will see sets of board books being given to all... Read more

Coalition for Cheaper Books: list demonstrates 'ludicrous impact' of PIRs x

The Coalition for Cheaper Books, which includes the Dymocks bookselling chain, has released a price comparison of a number of books by authors who appeared... Read more

'Born or Bred': Fairfax accused of copyright breach x

Carleen Bryant, the mother of Martin Bryant, is reportedly suing Fairfax Media over the publication of Born or Bred? Martin Bryant: The Making of a... Read more

Naparstek is The Monthly's new editor x

Ben Naparstek, a 23-year-old, Melbourne-based recent university graduate, has been named the new editor of the Monthly. Morry Schwartz, publisher of the Monthly, told the... Read more

VIPs at SWF x

The Australia Council-sponsored Visiting International Publisher (VIP) program was again an important part of the Sydney Writers Festival (the annual VIP program alternates between the... Read more

Nahlous awarded Beatrice Davis fellowship x

Alexandra Nahlous was announced as the winner of the Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship at the Sydney Writers’ Festival on Thursday 21 May. The Fellowship will... Read more

Penguin/UBD to distribute Phaidon x

After 20 year, distribution of Phaidon Press titles is moving from Bookwise to Penguin/UBD. Penguin Books, in conjunction with United Book Distributors, will be taking... Read more

Lord Mayor's Creative Writing Awards x

A new creative writing initiative in Victoria–the Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Awards–was announced at the opening night of the Emerging Writers’ Festival in Melbourne on... Read more

Leigh wins Encore Award x

Sydney-based author Julia Leigh has won the £10,000 ($A20,383) Encore Award for a second novel for Disquiet (Penguin). Leigh beat out an international shortlist for... Read more

De Goldi wins 2009 New Zealand Post Book of the Year Award x

Kate De Goldi has been awarded the 2009 New Zealand Post Book of the Year Award for The 10pm Question (A&U), announced in a ceremony... Read more

Croggon wins Pascall Prize x

Alison Croggon, poet, author, and Melbourne theatre critic for the Australian and the blog Theatre Notes, has been awarded the 2009 Pascall Critic of the... Read more

In brief x

Schools program–Melbourne Writers’ FestivalThe Melbourne Writers’ Festival (MWF) has announced that its school program will take place in Federation Square from Monday 24 to Wednesday... Read more

Around the world x

Among the stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Alice Munro wins Booker International Publishing the booziest profession Ingram consolidates... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: FictionAllen & Unwin has sold US rights to Commonwealth Writers’ Prize winner The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas to Penguin (Viking),... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘In every company every year there were Australian books that were published that everyone knew would not make money. And they were published because those... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Jane Curry Publishing delivers the goods this week as My Mum’s Got Cancer takes pole position in the Highest New Entry charts. Written by Lucy... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: The Emerging Writers’ Festival, Melbourne, 22-31 May Bayside Literary Festival... Read more

RiP David Herbert Donald x

David Herbert Donald, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian of Lincoln, has died, aged 88.  



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