Weekly Book Newsletter
10 June 2009

ABA concerned about proposed new award wage x

Retailing groups including the Australian National Retailers Association (ANRA) and Australian Retailers Association (ARA) are warning that new retail award wages, due to be implemented... Read more

Industry members on Queen's Birthday Honours list x

The 2009 Queen’s Birthday Honours List were announced Monday 8 June. Among the book industry-related individuals honoured with awards in the Order of Australia in... Read more

Dorsch, Black leave Simon & Schuster x

Three positions at Simon & Shuster (S&S) have been made redundant as the publisher restructures to meet the changing needs of the industry, according to... Read more

Eveston appointed Collins buying manager x

Collins Booksellers has announced the appointment of Louise Eveston to the position of buying manager Eveston has 13 years experience in the book industry, having... Read more

Campbell appointed Scribe 'editor at large' x

Scribe has appointed former Brisbane Writers’ Festival (BWF) director Michael Campbell ‘editor at large’. ‘The idea occurred to me when Michael came round to our... Read more

REDgroup Retail extends debt, working capital x

REDgroup Retail, the parent company of bookselling chains Angus & Roberston, Borders and Whitcoulls, has announced it has ‘completed negotiations to refinance its existing senior... Read more

Kibble to Kent; Dobbie to Thomas x

The 2009 Nita B Kibble Award for Women Writers ($25,000) has been awarded to Jacqueline Kent, for her book An Exacting Heart: the Story of... Read more

Byron Bay Writers' Festival line-up announced x

The full line-up for Byron Bay Writers Festival (BBWF) 2009 has been announced. The main program runs from 7 to 9 August, with workshops from... Read more

Archibald CEO at Fremantle Press x

Jenny Archibald has taken on the role of CEO Fremantle Press permanently, having been appointed in October 2008. Formerly deputy chair of the press, Archibald... Read more

Booktopia quadruples warehouse capacity x

Online Australian bookseller Booktopia has announced it will shortly quadruple the size of its office and warehouse. The bookseller will be moving from its current... Read more

Cotterill, Robowtham, Burkett and Clifford on Dagger shortlists x

The shortlists for several of the Dagger Awards, administered by the Crime Writers’ Association (UK), have been announced. Australian/British author (based in South East Asia)... Read more

2009 Ditmar award winners announced x

The 2009 Ditmar Awards for Australian science fiction, fantasy, and horror were presented on Sunday June 7 at Conjecture in Adelaide. The winners were: Best... Read more

BPANZ Book Design Awards shortlist announced x

The 2009 Book Publishers Association of New Zealand (BPANZ) Book Design Awards shortlist has been announced. Peter Gilderdale, convenor of judges for 2009 said: ‘The... Read more

Sir Julius Vogel Award winners announced x

The winners of the 2009 Sir Julius Vogel Awards for New Zealand science fiction, fantasy and horror have been announced. The winners in the literary... Read more

Dymocks Literacy Foundation rebrands x

The Dymocks Literacy Foundation (DLF) has announced it has rebranded to Dymocks Children’s Charities (DCC), with a new logo, ‘in a bid to increase corporate... Read more

In brief x

Brisbane Writers’ Festival ‘Word Play’ kids’ program launchedThe Brisbane Writers’ Festival program for young readers, writers and illustrators ‘Word Play’ has been announced. This year,... Read more

Around the world x

Among the stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: UK Agents welcome end of Amazon/Hachette dispute World Book Day UK... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: NonfictionUWA Press purchased the ANZ rights for the World Ocean Census: A Global Survey of Marine Life by Darlene Trew... Read more

On Tour x

Authors on tour in June and July: June Mark Schwarzer & Neil Montagnana-Wallace, Bounce Books (Megs and the Complete Left Foot) July Rupert Isaacson, Text... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘I’m sure people will start stealing books, but the question is do book publishers benefit from a world where people can get access to books... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

The Brain That Changes Itself by Norman Doidge is top of the Fastest Movers chart this week. This year’s Sydney Writers’ Festival bookshop (run by... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Smart 2009 Conference, Sydney, 10-11 June Cape Town Book Fair,... Read more

RiP Chris O'Brien x

Amruta Slee, publisher at HarperCollins writes: ‘On June 4, following a two and a half year battle with cancer, Chris O’Brien died at Royal Prince... Read more

RiP David Eddings x

American fantasy author David Eddings, best known for his ‘Malloreon’ and ‘Belgariad’ series, has died, aged 77.  



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