Weekly Book Newsletter
5 November 2009

Prime Minister's Literary Awards: 2009 winners announced x

The winners of the 2009 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards for fiction and nonfiction were announced on Monday 2 November by Minister for the Arts Peter Garrett,... Read more

Stead, Turner and Walker winners of 2009 NZ PM's literary awards x

The winners of the New Zealand Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement were announced last week. C K Stead was awarded the prize for fiction;... Read more

Adelaide Writers' Week announces 2010 line-up x

Adelaide Writers’ Week has released the list of participating writers for 2010. Among the international guests are Audrey Niffenegger (US); Richard Dawkins, Andrea Levy, Jim... Read more

VIP program Adelaide 2010: first guests announced x

The Australian Council for the Arts has announced the first comfirmed guests of its Visiting International publishers (VIP) program at Adelaide Writers’ Week 2010. Those... Read more

Tan, Lanagan 2009 World Fantasy Award winners x

Shaun Tan and Margo Lanagan have both been successful at the 2009 World Fantasy Awards, presented at the World Fantasy Convention in the US over... Read more

Fisher resigns from ASA x

Jeremy Fisher has announced his resignation from the position of Executive Director of the Australian Society of Authors (ASA). Fisher, who has been a vocal... Read more

Digital Publishing Seminar in Australia x

The Australian Publishers Association has announced it will host a digital publishing seminar in Australia early next year, as a new joint initiative with the Australia Council... Read more

Is REDGroup considering a stock-market float? x

Speculation is growing in the financial press that PEP, the private-equity owners of REDgroup, which in turn owns Angus & Robertson, Whitcoulls in NZ and Borders... Read more

Australian, New Zealand authors on IMPAC longlist x

Several Australian and New Zealand authors are among those whose works have been longlisted for the 2010 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Longlisted titles include:... Read more

'The Nib' CAL Waverley Library Award for Literature 2009 shortlist announced x

The shortlist for the 2009 CAL Waverly Library Award, also know as ‘The Nib’, has been announced. This year’s shortlisted works are: Tom Wills (Greg... Read more

Random House NZ acquires Longacre Press x

Random House NZ has announced it has purchased independent publisher Longacre Press. Longacre, which was established in 1994, will become an imprint of Random House... Read more

Cheng receives 2009 Lady Cutler Award x

Christopher Cheng is the winner of the 2009 Lady Cutler Award. The Award recognises distinguished service to children’s literature, primarily in NSW and is administered... Read more

Northern Territory Literary Award Winners x

The Northern Territory Library has announced the winners of the 2009 Northern Territory Literary Awards. The winners are: Bookshop Travel Short Story Award: Castronomy (Barbara... Read more

'The Rehearsal' shortlisted for 'Guardian' first book award x

The Rehearsal by New Zealand author Eleanor Catton has been shortlisted for this year’s Guardian First Book Award. Reporting the shortlist, Guardian arts correspondent Mark... Read more

Kay Craddock reopens in former premises x

Kay Craddock Antiquarian Bookseller has returned to the ‘Paris end’ of Melbourne’s Collins Street, where the store reopened on Wednesday, 4 November. Kay Craddock became the... Read more

Springer titles to be available via PoD x

Springer Verlag, one of the world’s largest publishers of books in the science, technology, and medicine (STM) sector, has announced that it is making over... Read more

In brief x

ABR launches redeveloped website The Australian Book Review (ABR) has launched a new-look website ‘fully redeveloped in keeping with recent scrutiny of the magazine’s design’.... Read more

Around the world x

Among the international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: UK ‘bestsellers’ selling fewer copies Macmillan US contract sparks... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: SalesNonfiction–Scribe has sold North American rights of Small Wonders: How Microbes Rule Our World (Idan Ben-Barak) to Basic Books, Italian... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Young Australian author Matthew Reilly casts aside Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol and other contenders for first place with The Five Greatest Warriors nabbing top... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: ACBA annual conference, Brisbane, 4-6 November Room to Read event–Books:... Read more

On Tour x

Authors on tour from November to March 2010: November Susan Duncan, Random House (A Life on Pittwater) Ben Elton, Random House (Meltdown)Danny Buderus, Random House... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in 'Media Extra' x

The wife of the late and legendary Douglas Adams, author of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trilogy, has sanctioned Eoin Colfer to write the... Read more

RiP Heather McKenzie x

Fergus Barrowman, publisher, Victoria University Press writes:(From the Booksellers NZ website) ‘We are tremendously sad to tell you of the sudden death of Heather McKenzie,... Read more

RiP Claude Levi-Strauss x

French anthropologist, philosopher and author Claude Levi-Strauss has died, aged 100. Among other titles, he wrote a four-volume work called Mythologiques about the structure of... Read more

 

 

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