Weekly Book Newsletter
2 September 2009

Victorian Premier's Literary Awards--winners announced x

The Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards were presented at a dinner last night at Zinc, Federation Square, Melbourne. Premier John Brumby, who presented the awards, noted... Read more

Hooper wins inaugural John Button prize x

Chloe Hooper has been awarded the inaugural John Button Prize for The Tall Man (Penguin), presented during the Melbourne Writers Festival. Hooper told an audience... Read more

Ned Kelly Awards 2009 x

The winners of the 2009 Ned Kelly Awards were announced on Friday 28 August, during the Melbourne Writers Festival. Best first fiction went to Nick... Read more

Australian Centre Literary Awards announced x

The five national cultural awards from the University of Melbourne’s Australian Centre in the Faculty of Arts were presented to six winners from across Australia,... Read more

Catton on 'Guardian' First Book Award longlist x

New Zealand author Eleanor Catton is on the longlist for the Guardian First Book Award, worth £10,000 (A$19,300), for The Rehearsal (Granta). The award honours... Read more

Third annual Indigenous Literacy Day kicks off x

Today is the third annual Indigenous Literacy Day, with fundraising events taking place around the country and many booksellers and publishers donating a percentage of... Read more

Melbourne Writers Festival 2009 wraps up x

Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) 2009 has ended, with record ticket sales in excess of $581,000 and over 50,000 people attending over 350 events over the... Read more

Digital publishing program at MWF x

A full-day digital publishing program was held for the industry and public on Thursday 28 August during the Melbourne Writers Festival. The daytime events were... Read more

iPhone ebook version of Cave's 'The Death of Bunny Munro' x

An iPhone version of Nick Cave’s The Death of Bunny Munro has been released for download, worldwide, by Cave’s UK publisher Canongate, in cooperation with... Read more

if:book--new Australian institute of the future of the book x

Kate Eltham, CEO of the Queensland Writers Centre, announced on Thursday during the Melbourne Writers Festival digital publishing program that Australia is to have its... Read more

Hardie Grant acquires Universal Publishers x

Hardie Grant Publishing has announced it has agreed to acquire Universal Publishers from Sensis. Established as Gregory’s in Sydney in 1934 and with the addition... Read more

Cabinet split on PC report x

The cabinet response to the Productivity Commission’s recommendation that Australia remove parallel import restrictions on books may come sooner than originally anticipated, with some indications cabinet... Read more

NZ government stays out of Google Settlement issue x

As the 4 September deadline for opting into or out of the Google Settlement approaches, the New Zealand Society of Authors has expressed shock that... Read more

Booksellers NZ announces major changes to annual awards x

Booksellers New Zealand (Booksellers NZ) has announced that the New Zealand Book Awards will next year feature ‘fewer categories, more judges and bigger prizes’, following... Read more

First New Zealand ebooks launched x

The New Zealand Electronic Text Centre (NZETC), affiliated with Victoria University in Wellington, has launched a collection of 1150 free downloadable ebooks. The ebooks, which... Read more

Five-year phase-in for penalty rate a 'small win' for booksellers x

The Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard has recommended the Australian Industrial Relations Commission (AIRC) give retailers five years to phase in a 200% Sunday penalty... Read more

Flanagan named national literacy ambassador x

Author John Flanagan was announced as the 2009 National Literacy Ambassador during the current National Literacy and Numeracy Week (NLNW), by Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard. The... Read more

ACLA website will be launched in October x

The newly formed Australian Children’s Literature Alliance (ACLA) has announced that its website will be launched in October. ‘The website will be a "one-stop shop"... Read more

Colin Roderick Award--shortlist announced x

The shortlist for the Colin Roderick Award, for the best book on an Australian topic published in 2008, has been announced. The Award received a... Read more

Brisbane prepares for Writers Festival x

The Brisbane Writers Festival (BWF) kicks off next Wednesday 9 September, running until Sunday 13 September, with over 250 local and international writers. The festival... Read more

Australian Christian Literature Awards x

The 2009 Australian Christian Literature Awards (for a Christian work by an Australian author, published in Australia) have been announced. The first place prize for Book of... Read more

AWGIE award winners announced x

The Australian Writer’s Guild (AWG) Annual AWGIE Awards were held in Sydney last week. Patricia Cornelius received the Richard Wherrett Prize for excellence in playwriting,... Read more

In brief x

Prime Minister’s shortlist coming soonThe fiction and nonfiction shortlists for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards will be announced by Minister for the Arts Peter Garrett... Read more

Around the world x

Among the many stories from the international book scene added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Ebooks could kill hardbacks, warns... Read more

Rights x

In rights news this week: FictionHarperCollins has sold Kylie Chan’s ‘Dark heavens’ trilogy to the UK; Linda Jaivin’s A Most Immoral Woman to Hungary; Karen... Read more

On Tour x

Authors on tour from September to November: September Jeb Brugmann, UQP, (Welcome to the Urban Revolution) Joris Luyendijk, Scribe (Fit to Print) Phillip Karl, Cadmos... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘We should never forget that a language isn’t just a dialect, it is a whole way of looking at the world, the universe…’–author Richard Flanagan... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Crime writer, forensic anthropologist and academic Kathy Reichs’ 206 Bones comes number one this week in the Highest New Entries chart. The White Queen by... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in Media Extra x

Thomas Keneally’s fervour for Australian history has resulted in what will be a three-volume series entitled ‘Australians’. The first volume Australians: Origins to Eureka has... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Indigenous Literacy Day, 2 September Digital Publishing Forum–workshop, forum and... Read more

RiP Ted Kennedy x

Senator Ted Kennedy has died, aged 77. As well as his forthcoming memoir True Compass, Kennedy wrote various other titles including Decisions for a Decade:... Read more

RiP Dominick Dunne x

Author and journalist Dominick Dunne has died, aged 83. His books include, An Inconvenient Woman and A Season in Purgatory. Too Much Money: A Novel,... Read more

RiP Karla Kuskin x

Author and illustrator Karla Kuskin has died, aged 77. She wrote many books for children including Soap Soup; In the Middle of the Trees and... Read more

RiP Fred Brenchley x

Author and editor Fred Brenchley has died, aged 67. One of his best known books was Stoker’s Submarine.

RiP Sheila Lukins x

Sheila Lukins, co-author of The Silver Palate Cookbook and The New Basics Cookbook has died, aged 66.



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