Weekly Book Newsletter
5 August 2009

Giveaway for subscribers-- Asterix DVD box sets x

Thanks to Madman Entertainment, WBN is giving away three DVD box sets, each valued at $70, containing all eight original Asterix animated films. Asterix books... Read more

ALP working group to consider Prod Comm report x

As reported in a WBN special bulletin on Thursday, the Australian Labor Party (ALP) will establish a working group to ‘consider the matters raised in... Read more

PC report: the horror (and the romance) x

Members of the Australian Horror Writers Association (AHWA) and Romance Writers of Australia (RWA) have joined in protest against the Productivity Commission’s recommendation to remove... Read more

Booksellers NZ proposes membership changes x

Booksellers New Zealand is preparing draft changes to its constitution, which would enable a restructure of membership to include retailers only. The changes were proposed... Read more

Victory Books, new MUP imprint x

Victory Books is a new commercial imprint being launched in September by Melbourne University Publishing (MUP). Victory Books is ‘proudly commercial’, according to MUP CEO and publisher-in-chief... Read more

Brisbane Writers festival program released x

The program for the Brisbane Writers Festival (BWF), which runs from 9 to 13 September, has been announced. The theme of this year’s festival is... Read more

Retail sales 7.9 per cent up on last year x

Retail sales in Australia in June 2009 were 7.9% up on June 2008, said Inside Retailing, citing figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics... Read more

Pilger wins Sydney Peace Prize x

Author, journalist and filmmaker John Pilger has been awarded the 2009 Sydney Peace Prize. Pilger was awarded the prize for ‘enabling the voices of the powerless... Read more

Tan and Lanagan nominated for World Fantasy Award x

Australian authors Shaun Tan and Margo Lanagan have made the nomination list for the 2009 World Fantasy Award. Lanagan’s Tender Morsels (A&U) is nominated in... Read more

Ligare turns 30 x

Ligare, the Riverwood, NSW-based book printer, is celebrating 30 years in business. Ligare began as a small hand-binding company in Surry Hills, in 1979. By... Read more

ABA plans state branch meetings x

Following the announcement of regular meetings to be held by the Victorian branch, the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has announced plans to organise regular state... Read more

Around the world x

Among the stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: US ebook prices fall to under US$10 ‘The perfect bookstore’: but... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: FictionHachette Australia reports that Blood Ties by Pamela Freeman has sold to Portugal and the ‘Death Works’ trilogy by Trent... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘The ISBN standard united the industry from author royalty statement to store shelf and, while I emphasise the ISBN is far from dead, there are... Read more

On tour x

Authors on tour from August to November: August Gareth Morgan, Scribe (Poles Apart: Beyond the Shouting, Who’s Right About Climate Change?) Rupert Isaacson, Text Publishing... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Jodi Picoult’s My Sister’s Keeper is top of the Fastest Mover chart this week–which may have something to do with the recent release of the... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: ‘Literary Subscriptions’ at the State Library of Victoria, 6 August... Read more

RiP Simon Karlinsky x

American author, editor and translator Simon Karlinsky has died, aged 84.



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