Weekly Book Newsletter
12 August 2009

Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2009 shortlist announced x

Arts Minister Lynne Kosky announced the shortlisted titles for the 2009 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award on Monday 10 August. ‘This year’s shortlist features both established... Read more

The Age Book of the Year awards shortlist announced x

The shortlists for the 2009 Age Book of the Year Awards have been announced. The winners will be announced before Bernhard Schlink’s keynote speech at... Read more

Winners of the 2009 Australian Awards for Excellence in Educational Publishing announced x

The winners of this year’s Australian Publishers Association (APA) Australian Awards for Excellence in Educational Publishing were announced in Melbourne on Wednesday 5 August. The... Read more

ABA, APA, ALIA announce 'Rebuilding With Books' bushfire campaign x

The Australian Booksellers’ Association (ABA), Australian Publishers Association (APA) and Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) have announced a joint bushfire relief initiative, Rebuilding With... Read more

HarperCollins, Lonely Planet, publishers of the year at Dymocks national conference x

This year’s Dymocks annual national conference, held at the Radisson Resort Hotel on the Gold Coast from Sunday 9 August to Tuesday 11 August, was... Read more

Booktopia to bring book vending machines to Australia x

Online bookseller Booktopia has announced that it will soon start rolling out the Novel Vending Idea book-vending machines, with plans to install up to 200... Read more

Grimwade appointed new MWF director x

Steve Grimwade has been appointed the new director for the Melbourne Writers’ Festival. Grimwade, who is currently associate director, will take on the role following... Read more

'Record crowds' at relocated Byron Bay Writers Festival x

The Byron Bay Writers Festival (BBWF) ran last weekend, 7 to 9 August, with workshops from 3 August, at its new site at Belongil Fields,... Read more

Ned Kelly Awards shortlist announced x

The shortlists for the 2009 Ned Kelly Awards have been announced. ‘The Neds’ award crime writing in Australia. This year, a new award has been... Read more

'Liar' re-jacketed in US following criticism x

Bloomsbury in the US has announced that its edition of Australian author Justine Larbalestier’s new novel Liar (A&U), which has a black girl as its... Read more

Decker wins inaugural Random House Book Video Awards x

Random House Australia has announced the winner of its inaugural Book Video Awards. Todd Decker, who submitted a ‘book video’ of Nick Earls’ The True... Read more

HarperCollins: 2009 'a challenging year' x

HarperCollins parent company News Corporation has reported an operating income loss in its book publishing division of US$16 million (A$19 million) for the year ended... Read more

OUP reports increased turnover, increased local sales x

Oxford University Press has reported a rise in turnover to £578.7million (A$1156.8 million) for the year ended 31 March 2009 from £492.3 million (A$984.1 million)... Read more

New Zealand Digital Forum announces ebook seminar x

The New Zealand Digital Publishing Forum has announced it will hold a half-day ebook-making workshop. The workshop, entitled ‘How to Make an eBook: XML and... Read more

2009 LIANZA Children's Book Awards announced x

The winners of the LIANZA (Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa: Te Rau Herenga o Aotearoa) Children’s Book Awards were announced in Wellington... Read more

In brief x

HarperCollins announces new sci-fi short story competitionHarperCollins has announced a new science-fiction short story competition that will use its social network for unpublished authors, authonomy.com.... Read more

Around the world x

Among the international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Gaiman heads Hugo winners Reading makes Americans optimistic UK... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: FictionText has acquired rights to the long-awaited new novel by Booker Prize-winning author Yann Martel (Life of Pi). The as-yet-untitled... Read more

On Tour x

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

Bestsellers this week x

The film tie-in to My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult has cut a swathe though the Stephenie Meyer titles this week in the Bestseller charts,... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in 'Media Extra' x

As reported in this week’s Media Extra Thomas Keneally, author of Schindler’s Ark, has written another novel steeped in Europe’s past. Based on true events,... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: The Aireys Festival of Words, Aireys Inlet, Vic, 14-16 August... Read more

RiP Budd Schulberg x

American Budd Schulberg, who wrote the award-winning screenplay for On the Waterfront and novels What Makes Sammy Run? and The Harder They Fall has died,... Read more

RiP Tim Guest x

Writer Tim Guest has died, aged 34. He was the author of memoir My Life in Orange and Second Lives.



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