Weekly Book Newsletter
11 November 2009

Parallel importation decision: no change to current legislation x

As reported in a WBN special bulletin this morning, Competition Minister Craig Emerson has announced ‘the Government has not accepted the Productivity Commission’s recommendation to... Read more

Farmer wins 2009 Patrick White Literary Award x

Beverley Farmer is the winner of this year’s $25,000 Patrick White Literary Award. ‘Farmer is not a prolific writer but rather an intense, meditative and... Read more

PMP launches book retail website x

The PMP printing group, which acquired the Scribo distribution business under its Gordon & Gotch subsidiary earlier this year, will launch a new retail website... Read more

Walkley Nonfiction Book Award shortlist announced x

The titles shortlisted for this year’s Walkley Nonfiction Book Award have been announced. In the running for the award are: Churchill and Australia (Graham Freudenberg,... Read more

Ihimaera apologises for unacknowledged passages in new novel x

Penguin New Zealand publishing director Geoff Walker has said The Trowenna Sea by Witi Ihimaera (Raupo) will not be withdrawn from sale, following the author’s... Read more

Black Dog Books moves sales and distribution to Murdoch x

Murdoch Books has announced it will be responsible for sales and distribution of Black Dog Books titles from 1 February 2010. ‘New titles publishing from... Read more

Booktagger to partner with bookshops x

Social networking book site Booktagger has launched a new affiliate program that will reward users whose recommendations lead to a book sale. ‘Community members recommend... Read more

OUP, QUT Bookshop, winners at ACBA annual conference x

The Australian Campus Booksellers Association (ACBA) held its annual national conference last week in Brisbane. The conference, which ran from 4 to 6 November at... Read more

McGee-Sippel wins 2009 'Deadly' x

Lorraine McGee-Sippel is the winner of the 2009 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Deadly Award for outstanding achievement in literature. McGee-Sippel is the author of... Read more

In brief x

Canberra to host Spring Poetry FestivalThe ACT Writers Centre will host a Spring Poetry Festival this weekend from 13 to 15 November. The festival will... Read more

Around the World x

Among the international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Amazon launches ‘Kindle for PC’ app Google Settlement extension... 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

Quote of the week x

‘Well, we’ll just start drinks early I guess’–Australian Campus Booksellers Association (ACBA) president Graeme Connolly after a presentation on the parallel importation debate failed to... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Fantasy fans will be happy that Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson’s The Gathering Storm has reached number one in the Highest New Entries and number... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in 'Media Extra' x

Peter Carey continues his reign of the Most Mentioned chart in MX this week. His new book Parrot and Olivier in America has been receiving... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Information evening for the Professional Writing and Editing course at... Read more

RiP Esther Hautzig x

Author Esther Hautzig has died, aged 79. She wrote The Endless Steppe: Growing Up in Siberia as well as A Gift for Mama and A... Read more

 

 

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