Weekly Book Newsletter
26 August 2009

Amsterdam wins 'Age' Book of the Year Award x

Steven Amsterdam was announced as the overall winner of the 36th Age Book of the Year Award at the opening of the Melbourne Writers Festival... Read more

CBCA Book of the Year winners announced x

The winners of this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) awards have been announced. The winning and honour books are: Book of the Year:... Read more

Books Alive kicks off x

Books Alive 2009 starts today, 26 August, and runs to 30 September. A free guide, 50 Books You Can’t Put Down, has been distributed to... Read more

Hall wins Text Young Adult Prize x

Melbourne bookseller Leanne Hall has won the 2009 Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing, with her debut novel This is Shyness, announced on... Read more

Dart to leave Pearson x

Peter Dart, information services director at Pearson, is leaving the business to pursue other interests. Dart, who has been with the business for 25 years,... Read more

'Earth' wins top mapping award x

Earth, published by Millenium House, has been named the world’s most detailed atlas, winning both the Best Book Based Award and the Best Overall Map... Read more

Inky Awards--longlist announced x

The longlist for the third annual Inky Awards has been announced by the State Library of Victoria’s Centre for Youth Literature, via its youth reading website... Read more

QLD Premier's Literary Awards--shortlist announced x

The shortlist for the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards has been announced. Last year’s Emerging Queensland Author Manuscript winner, Amy Barker, launched her debut novel Omega... Read more

REDGroup announces new NZ staff x

REDgroup Retail–owners of Angus & Robertson, Whitcoulls and Borders–has announced the appointment of former Dymocks New Zealand general manager Andrew Howard to the position of... Read more

Readings celebrates 40 years x

Readings’ 40th anniversary was celebrated on Monday night at Experimedia in the State Library of Victoria. Alongside the celebrations, Readings has launched an anthology–Readings and Writings: 40... Read more

ABA and APA continue lobbying on parallel importation x

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) and Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) are continuing their lobbying efforts in Canberra ahead of an expected Cabinet decision on the... Read more

MWF: parallel import debate x

As reported in a WBN Special Bulletin last Friday, the Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) added to its line-up a special debate on the Productivity Commission... Read more

Davitt Awards--winners announced x

The winners of the 9th annual Sisters in Crime Davitt Awards have been announced. The Davitt Awards are for the best crime novels and true... Read more

NZ Society of Authors calls for NZ Government action on the Google Settlement x

The New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc.) is demanding action from the NZ government on the Google Book Settlement as the 4 September... Read more

Increased responsibilities for Egmont vice-president x

Rob McMenemy, senior vice president of Egmont UK, USA and Hardie Grant Egmont (HGE) in Australia, and member of the HGE board, has been appointed... Read more

In brief x

Random House New Zealand receive environmental accreditationRandom House New Zealand has received Gold-level accreditation from Enviromark, an environmental accreditation scheme. The Random House NZ office... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘It’s a nonsense to use the music industry as a shining example of what happens if you introduce parallel imports. Oh, and a warning if... 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

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: NonfictionBlack Inc. has sold Chinese translation rights to John Hirst’s The Shortest History of Europe, dramatic. Children’s Scholastic has sold... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

The ‘red edged’ version of the ever-popular Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer has been released, and that, it seems, is enough reason to propel it... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in Media Extra x

A plethora of Irvine Welsh’s old tales–from magazines, articles, out-of-print anthologies and the like–have been brought together to make a new book of old stories,... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: CBCA Book Week, 22-28 August Lu Rees Archives of Australian... Read more

Around the world x

Among the many stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Bologna dates change Sony teams with US indies; announces Epub... Read more



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