Weekly Book Newsletter
9 September 2009

2009 Queensland Premier's Literary Awards winners announced x

This winners of this year’s Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards were announced last night, 8 September 2009. Chloe Hooper followed up her wins in the Victorian... Read more

Coetzee shortlisted for third Booker x

Summertime by Australian author J M Coetzee (Knopf) has been shortlisted for the 2009 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. The full shortlist is: The Children’s... Read more

Indigenous Literacy Day 2009: $150,000 raised to date x

This year’s Indigenous Literacy Day, held last Wednesday 2 September to support the Indigenous Literacy Project (ILP), revealed ‘a wave of support and goodwill right... Read more

Prod Comm debate coverage continues x

As the date of an expected cabinet decision on the future of parallel importation restrictions approaches, mainstream media coverage of the debate continues. MUP publisher... Read more

Bligh announces new 'State of Writing' initiative: Qld Writers Centre to relocate x

Queensland Premier and Minister for the Arts Anna Bligh last night announced a new initiative that will connect various literary organisations in the state. The... Read more

S&S launches new Australian website x

Simon & Schuster Australia (S&S) has announced the ‘soft launch’ of its new Australian website. The new website at www.simonandschuster.com.au is ‘the first step’ in... Read more

Murdoch Books restructures sales and marketing team x

Murdoch Books has announced a restructure of its sales and marketing team. Mary-Jayne House has been promoted to the newly created role of sales and... Read more

NZ Book Design Awards--winners announced x

The winners of this year’s Book Publishers Association of New Zealand were announced on Thursday 3 September. The best book award went to the popular... Read more

Cochrane, Wong, win Janet Frame Awards x

The winners of this year’s Janet Frame Awards have been announced. Geoff Cochrane was the winner for poetry and Alison Wong for fiction. The Wellington... Read more

Hachette Australia: all titles to be FSC or PEFC x

Hachette Australia has announced that, from November, all titles under its Hachette Australia imprint will be printed on either FSC or PEFC paper. The publisher will... Read more

HarperCollins to introduce second new release date each month x

HarperCollins Publishers has announced it will be introducing a second ‘new title’ release each month. The publisher will be changing the delivery date of its new... Read more

Objections filed as Google Settlement opt out deadline passes x

Microsoft, Yahoo and the German government are among the many entities to have filed an objection to the Google Settlement ahead of the extended deadline... Read more

Haskell replaces Salusinszky as chair of Literature Board x

Arts Minister Peter Garrett has announced the appointment of Dennis Haskell as chair of the Australia Council Literature Board, for a three-year term. Haskell replaces... Read more

A&U, Black Inc. and Exisle partner with RHYW x

ReadHowYouWant (RHYW) has announced new partnerships with publishers Allen & Unwin, Black Inc. and Exisle to create ‘accessible formats’ of the publishers’ titles. RHYW, which re-purposes... Read more

CUP to publish Australian maths product worldwide x

An Australian ‘online, interactive, full curriculum learning system’ has been selected by Cambridge University Press as its global flagship ICT mathematics resource. Created over nine... Read more

Ex Libris Book Fair celebrates 10 years x

Dale Campisi of Arcade Publications reports: Port Fairy’s annual Ex Libris Book Fair celebrated 10 years last weekend 5-6 September. The festival drew hundreds of... Read more

In brief x

Hardie Grant acquires Universal PublishersPlease note that in a story in last week’s WBN our heading incorrectly referred to Hardie Grant purchasing Universal Publishing. In... Read more

Around the world x

Among the many international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Kerr wins 125,000 Euro crime prize Amazon to... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: Rights soldFiction–Hachette Australia has sold As Darkness Falls and Dark Country (Bronwyn Parry) to the UK and The Book of... Read more

On Tour x

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

Quote of the week x

‘It brings books back to life and creates a new market for books that have been languishing on bookshelves for years. From an author’s point... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Crime author Kathy Reichs has done the unthinkable! This week she has knocked Stephenie Meyer off her comfy number one spot in the Bestsellers chart... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in 'Media Extra' x

Australian authors J M Coetzee and Cate Kennedy were neck-and-neck for the top place on the Media Extra Most Mentioned chart this week. These weren’t... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Overload Poetry Festival, 4-13 September Australian Copyright Council–2009 training program–Adelaide,... Read more

RiP Keith Waterhouse x

British author and journalist Keith Waterhouse has died, aged 80. His most famous work was the novel Billy Liar.



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