Weekly Book Newsletter
7 October 2009

PM's awards to be announced in November x

The winners of the 2009 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards will be announced on Monday 2 November. The second annual award ceremony will be a lunchtime... Read more

'Wolf Hall' wins 2009 Man Booker Prize x

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (Fourth Estate) has won the 2009 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. Mantel’s novel was the favourite to win the prize... Read more

Derricourt to retire from UNSW Press x

UNSW Press managing director Robin Derricourt has announced he will stand down from the position in February 2010. Derricourt, who has completed 13 years in... Read more

Worldcon 2010 to be held in Melbourne x

The 2010 ‘WorldCon’ science-fiction, fantasy and horror convention, will be held in Melbourne in 2010.  ‘Aussiecon 4’ will be held at the Melbourne Convention and... Read more

Meyer tops A&R Kids' Top 50 poll x

Stephanie Meyer has topped yet another chart, with her ‘Twilight’ series coming in at number one on Angus & Robertson’s 2009 Kids’ Top 50 poll.... Read more

'Monthly' review 'a disgrace' according to Ball x

A review of the biography The Making of Julia Gillard (Jacqueline Kent, Viking) in the Monthly has drawn criticism from Penguin publisher Ben Ball, reports... Read more

New joint venture to digitise NZ books x

A new venture in New Zealand aiming to digitise New Zealand books has so far attracted 300 books from 30 publishers, reports Scoop. New Zealand’s... Read more

NZ Book Month kicks off x

New Zealand Book Month, which runs through October, has kicked off with a gala launch in Auckland, hosted by Buddle Findlay. ‘There’s plenty to get... Read more

ASA: 'zero days' effectively a removal of territorial copyright x

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has backed the Australian Publishers Association in rejecting a proposed compromise position on parallel importation. ‘We certainly support the... Read more

Powles named 2010 Robert Burns Fellow x

Auckland novelist Michele Powles has been named the 2010 Robert Burns Fellow. Powles, the director of New Zealand Book Month, which kicked off last week,... Read more

In brief x

iMinds launches ‘MindTracks’New Australian audio publisher iMinds has launched a collection of short nonfiction general knowledge ‘tracks’ that can be purchased and downloaded through iTunes... Read more

Around the world x

Among the many international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Wilson leaves Headline UK after only 5 months... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week:   SalesFiction–Translation rights to The Book of Love (Phillipa Fioretti, Hachette) have been sold to Random House Germany. Text has sold... Read more

On Tour x

Authors on tour from October to March 2010: October Emily Maguire, Picador (Smoke in the Room)Monica Mayhem, Random House (Absolute Mayhem)Don Watson, Random House (Bendable... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘The pet theory is that the enlightened, the sophisticated, the cosmopolitan, the cultured, the international, the universal attitude is to leave the Australian literary field... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol keeps the numerous Stephanie Meyer titles at bay in the Bestsellers at number one this week, Irish writer Marian Keyes’... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in 'Media Extra' x

This week was a great one for local authors, among them Emily Maguire. Her new novel Smoke in the Room did very well on MX‘s... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, Bali, 7-11 October 4th IPEd... Read more



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