Weekly Book Newsletter
3 June 2009

States and territories oppose changes to parallel importation laws x

Premiers and chief ministers from Australia’s states and territories have announced their opposition to ‘significant changes’ to Australia’s parallel importation laws at a meeting of... Read more

Dymocks to close flagship Auckland store x

Dymocks has announced it will close its company-owned flagship Auckland store. The store, which is located in Queen Street in Auckland’s CBD, is due to... Read more

ABIA shortlist announced x

The shortlist for this year’s Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) has been announced. The shortlist is as follows: Chain Bookseller of the Year 2009, sponsored... Read more

Tsiolkas' 'The Slap' to be adapted for TV x

Matchbox Pictures has announced that it has secured the rights to Christos Tsiolkas’ The Slap (A&U), to be adapted for television. Matchbox Pictures’ Tony Ayres... Read more

McGills Melbourne to close x

The Melbourne bookshop McGills, which has been trading for 149 years, will close this Friday 5 June. ‘It’s fair to say we’ve been struggling for... Read more

CMS Bookstore to close x

The Church Missionary Society (CMS) has announced that the CMS Bookstore in Brisbane, in its current form, will close. CMS first started a book room... Read more

Montana New Zealand Book Awards finalists announced x

The Montana New Zealand Book Awards celebrate the best books written and illustrated by New Zealanders each year. Awarded in the fields of fiction; poetry;... Read more

ASA announces mentorship recipients x

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has announced the 20 successful applicants for its 2009/10 round of mentorships. The ASA received over 260 entries in... Read more

Lonely Planet launches 'Back to the Traveller's Bible' campaign x

Lonely Planet has launched a ‘Back to the Traveller’s Bible’ campaign, to promote its comprehensive guidebooks and encourage travel in current economic conditions. Partners in the campaign... Read more

R*BY finalists announced x

The Romance Writers of Australia (RWA) has announced the finalists for the 2009 R*BY Awards, this year expanded to four categories. The finalists are: Short... Read more

Retail sales up 0.3% in April x

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has reported that retail sales rose 0.3% in April to $19.351 billion from $19.296 billion in March, seasonally adjusted.... Read more

ABA to participate in retail tenancy 'crisis meeting' x

The Australian Booksellers Association has joined the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) in calling on the federal government to bring retailers and landlords together at a... Read more

Emerging Writers' Festival wraps up x

The Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) concluded on Sunday 30 May, having run from 22 May in Melbourne. Festival director David Ryding told WBN: ‘The festival... Read more

Reading Matters Conference 2009 x

The Reading Matters Conference–Australia’s leading youth literature event for professionals and young people–was held from the 28 to the 30 May at the State Library... Read more

Black Duck Books becomes MacLean's Booksellers x

Max and Amanda Shirley took over Black Duck Books, in Toronto, New South Wales, on Monday 1 June, renaming it MacLean’s Booksellers. The Shirleys have... Read more

BEA: bookseller attendance down 10-15% x

Derek Dryden, owner of Better Read Than Dead, reports on this year’s Book Expo America: ‘Book Expo America closed in New York on Sunday after an... Read more

In brief x

Allen & Unwin joins UK Independent Publishers Guild Allen & Unwin has joined the UK-based Independent Publishers Guild (IPG). IPG executive director Bridget Shine said... Read more

Around the world x

Among the stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Google to sell ebooks Salinger sues over ‘Catcher’ sequel Hachette UK... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week:  FictionHarperCollins has sold Covet by Tara Moss to Spain after Moss’ successful author tour there; The Sea Between by Carol... Read more

Quotes of the week x

‘Subscriptions and consumer online purchasing and advertising, there’s per-page printing at public access terminals in libraries … there’s a whole lot of new ways for... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

It was only a matter of time before much-lauded book The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas reached the top of the charts, in this case the... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival of the Arts, NSW, 4-8 June... Read more

RiP Julie Darragh x

Sarah Foster from Walker Books writes: ‘It is with great sadness that I advise of the tragic and sudden death of Julie Darragh, former Queensland... Read more

RiP Peter Taylor x

Patrick Gallagher, executive chairman of A&U, writes: ‘We remember Peter Taylor as one of Allen & Unwin’s most professional and energetic authors, and are deeply... Read more

RiP Terry Sturm x

Terry Sturm, literary scholar at the University of Auckland and leading critic of Australasian literature, has died, aged 67. He wrote An Unsettled Spirit: The... Read more



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