Weekly Book Newsletter
16 September 2009

Reviewers impressed with publishers' Christmas offerings x

No less than 33 titles reviewed in the October issue of Bookseller+Publisher received four stars or more from our obviously very impressed reviewers. Among these... Read more

Hitwise top 10 causes controversy x

The recently released top 10 Hitwise listing for local websites visited by Australian interenet users in the ‘Shopping and Classifieds–Books’ category has caused some controversy... Read more

Random House to release 'The Lost Symbol' ebook locally x

An ebook version of Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol (Transworld), which went on sale in hard copy yesterday, will be available for purchase from the... Read more

Date for cabinet decision on Prod Comm report unclear x

The date on which the federal cabinet will make a decision on the recent Productivity Commission recommendations to remove Australia’s book parallel importation laws remains... Read more

2009 Vogel shortlist announced x

As announced in the Australian on Saturday 12 September, the shortlist for the 2009 The Australian/Vogel Literary Award has been chosen. The manuscripts shortlisted for... Read more

Finalists announced for $60,000 Melbourne Prize for Literature and $30,000 Best Writing Award x

The finalists for the 2009 Melbourne Prize for Literature and Best Writing Award have been announced. In the running for the $60,000 Melbourne prize for... Read more

Attendance up at 2009 BWF x

Attendance at this year’s Brisbane Writers’ Festival, which wrapped up on Sunday 13 September having run from the 9 September was 29,000, up from 28,000... Read more

Finch announces new memoir prize x

Finch Publishing has today launched a new annual nonfiction award for Australian authors. The Finch Memoir Prize will be awarded to an unpublished nonfiction manuscript... Read more

Gleitzman shortlisted for Guardian children's fiction prize x

Then by Morris Gleitzman (Viking) has been shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. ‘To succeed in writing about the Holocaust with a light touch... Read more

Webster appointed Universal Publishers MD x

Following the announcement that it has acquired Universal Publishers (UP), Hardie Grant has announced the appointment of Ian Webster as managing director of UP. ‘Ian... Read more

Paine manager of the year, A&U North Adelaide store of the year at REDgroup annual conference x

REDgroup retail held its annual conference last week from 7 to 11 September, at Shed 14, in Melbourne’s Docklands. ‘This was the first time that all the REDgroup... Read more

Pearson announces alliance with VIP Tone x

Pearson Australia has announced a partnership with online platform provider VIP Tone. ‘VIP Tone’s EduTone XchangeTM Platform provides single sign-on authentication for teachers, students and... Read more

Melbourne University Bookshop to merge SPP Medical and UPB Professional bookshops in 2010 x

The University of Melbourne has announced it will establish a ‘new and exciting’ bookstore in early 2010. The bookstore, which will merge the recently acquired... Read more

'Australian Library News' launches website x

WBN‘s sister publication Australian Library News (ALN) has launched a new website at www.librarynews.com.au. The site contains information about ALN, the only independent, weekly news... Read more

Cooke wins British Medical Association book award x

Infectious Diseases: Atlas, Cases, Text (Robin A Cooke, McGraw-Hill Education Australia) has won the British Medical Association (BMA) Medical Book Competition’s BMA Illustrated Book Award,... Read more

In brief x

‘Twilight’ books removed from some school librariesLibrarians in some primary schools have reportedly removed Stephanie Meyer’s ‘Twilight’ series from shelves and asked parents not to... Read more

Around the world x

Among the many international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Authors taking pay cuts as advances fall Patterson... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: Rights soldFiction—Random House has sold German language rights in Paul Cleave’s forthcoming crime title Blood Men to Heyne Verlag.  Nonfiction–Random... 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

‘It can only be good for all of us if more people are in the stores’–Carolyn Reidy, CEO of Simon & Schuster in the US,... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

There has been something of a respite from Stephanie Meyer titles this week and as we wait for the Dan Brown phenomena to take over... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in 'Media Extra' x

Tracey Chevalier, author of Girl with a Pearl Earring, topped the Most Mentioned chart in Media Extra this week with her new novel Remarkable Creatures.... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Books Alive 2009–author events–Toni Jordan & Gretel Killeen, Noosa, QLD,... Read more

RiP W S Rendra x

Indonesian poet, writer, dramatist, cultural activist and theatre director, W S Rendra has died, aged 73.

RiP Jim Carroll x

American poet, diarist and musician Jim Carroll has died, aged 60. His most famous work is The Basketball Diaries.

RiP Ian Norrie x

English bookseller and author Ian Norrie has died, aged 82. He wrote, among others, The Business of Lunch: A Bookman’s Life and Travels.

 

 

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