Weekly Book Newsletter
15 July 2009

August Bookseller+Publisher now online x

In the August issue of Bookseller+Publisher magazine: Angela Meyer rounds up Father’s Day titles, and also food and drink titles Matthia Dempsey reports on this... Read more
 

Productivity Commission recommends open market x

As reported in a WBN special bulletin yesterday, the Productivity Commission’s final report on Australia’s book parallel importation laws has been released, recommending the government... Read more
 

Joint winners for Prime Minister's Prize for Australian History x

Tom Griffiths and Robert Kenny have jointly been awarded the 2008 Prime Minister’s Prize for Australian History, for their books Slicing the Silence: Voyaging to... Read more
 

'The Slap' wins ALS Gold Medal x

The ALS Gold Medal for 2008 has been awarded to Christos Tsiolkas’ The Slap (A&U). The judges said of The Slap: ‘There is a raw... Read more
 

Inaugural John Button Prize longlist announced x

The longlist for the inaugural John Button Prize, worth $20,000, has been announced. The longlist features 31 titles, representing Australia’s best writing on politics and... Read more
 

McFarlane launches LemonFizz Media x

Susannah McFarlane, former co-owner and publisher of Hardie Grant Egmont, has announced the launch of her new company LemonFizz Media (LFM). The business, which McFarlane... Read more
 

HarperCollins announces restructure at Moss Vale Distribution Centre x

HarperCollins has announced that it is ‘restructuring the customer service and credit teams’ at the Harper Entertainment Distribution Services (HEDS) Moss Vale Distribution Centre. The... Read more
 

Behrendt named Indigenous Person of the Year x

Larissa Behrendt has been named Indigenous Person of the Year during the recent NAIDOC Week. The award was announced at the NAIDOC Week ball in... Read more
 

MUP unveils fully interactive ebook series U21 x

Melbourne University Publishing has announced its participation in a new series of ‘born digital’ fully interactive ebooks, designed to be read on screen. Universitas 21... Read more
 

NSW CBCA announces 2010 conference x

The New South Wales Branch of the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has announced it will be holding a two-day conference in Sydney on... Read more
 

Lewis, Levine and O'Shannessy up for New Zealand book design prize x

Carolyn Lewis, Spencer Levine and Keely O’Shannessy have been announced as the shortlisted designers for the inaugural Awa Press Young Designer of the Year Award.... Read more
 

In brief x

Barry to deliver Sydney PEN lectureMax Barry will give a lecture on ‘risk’ as part of the Sydney PEN Voices project, on 15 July in... Read more
 

Around the world x

Among the stories recently added to our Around the World blog (with many more to come!) Google settlement: what will happen if it’s rejected? Anderson’s... Read more
 

Rights round-up x

FictionNicola Barr at the Susijn Agency has sold Commonwealth rights, excluding Australia, to Steven Amsterdam’s Things We Didn’t See Coming, to Harvill Secker. The title... Read more
 

Quote of the week x

‘What does the recommendation to review subsidies "with a view to better targeting of cultural externalities" mean. Anyone?’–Meanjin twitter feed, approximately 4.30pm yesterday.
 

Bestsellers this week x

Snakes alive! Medusa by Clive Cussler gets top gong this week in the Highest New Entries chart. The title doesn’t relate to snakes however, but... Read more
 

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Sydney PEN presents: Max Barry on Risk – Sydney, 15... Read more
 

RiP Vasily Aksyonov x

Exiled author Vasily Aksyonov, who left the Soviet Union in 1980 and lived in the US for more than two decades, has died, aged 76.... Read more
 

 

 

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