Weekly Book Newsletter
18 November 2009

Vampire manga giveaway! x

Thanks to Madman Entertainment, WBN is giving away some vampire books with a difference. To be in the running for one of two eight-title packs of... Read more
 

PIR debate: Dymocks calls for booksellers summit x

Dymocks CEO Don Grover is calling for a booksellers meeting to discuss and launch a campaign for reform to the industry, following the Government’s rejection last... Read more
 

Amended Google Settlement to include only Australian, US, UK and Canadian rights holders x

Works by Australian rightsholders are among the significantly reduced number of titles affected by the Google Settlement, after an amended Settlement was filed in the... Read more
 

Books Alive to become 'Get Reading'; Akle reappointed x

The Books Alive campaign will be renamed ‘Get Reading’ after wide industry consultation and the use of the phrase as a slogan during the 2009... Read more
 

REDGroup to launch new 'A&R Extra' store concept x

REDGroup Retail, the owner of Angus & Robertson (A&R), Borders Asia-Pacific and Whitcoulls (NZ), has announced it will launch a new ‘A&R Extra’ concept store in Sydney... Read more
 

Murnane wins Melbourne Prize, 'The Boat' wins Best Writing Award x

Gerald Murnane was announced as the winner of this year’s Melbourne Prize for Literature last Wednesday 11 November, with Nam Le picking up the Best... Read more
 

Ihimaera receives NZ$50,000 laureate despite plagiarism controversy x

New Zealand author Witi Ihimaera, whose failure to acknowledge passages from other authors in his recent novel The Trowenna Sea (Raupo) has caused controversy recently,... Read more
 

ABA announces 2010 conference dates x

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has announced it will hold its annual national conference next year in Brisbane, from Sunday 11 to Tuesday 13 July.... Read more
 

Booktopia among top 100 fastest growing Australian businesses x

Online Australian bookseller Booktopia has been named one of the top 100 fastest-growing companies in Australia. Booktopia was included in the BRW (Business Review Weekly)... Read more
 

ACT Book of the Year Award shortlist announced x

The shortlist for this year’s ACT Book of the Year Awards has been announced. Twenty-three nominations were received for the $10,000 award, which recognises ‘excellence... Read more
 

Brooks wins US$40,00 Peggy V Helmerich award x

Australian-born author Geraldine Brooks has been announced as the winner of this year’s Peggy V Helmerich Distinguished Author Award. The US$40,000 (A$42,800) award will be... Read more
 

NZ book industry alliance formed x

Several New Zealand book industry organisations have formed an alliance to promote books in the country. The National Library of New Zealand, the Publishers Association... Read more
 

Griffith REVIEW and Text launch new emerging writers prize x

Text Publishing and the Griffith REVIEW have announced the creation of a new prize for emerging writers. The GREW Prize offers a week’s residency at... Read more
 

YABBA award winners announced x

The winners of this year’s YABBA Victorian children’s choice book awards have been announced. The winners were: Fiction Years 7-9: Then (Morris Gleitzman, Viking) Fiction... Read more
 

Pantera Press launches x

Former UNSW Press director John Green has launched the new publishing house Pantera Press. The Press, which will launch its first titles in May next year,... Read more
 

University of Adelaide launches e-press x

The University of Adelaide has launched its own e-press. The University, which has published scholarly works under various guises since the 1920s (including the Hassell... Read more
 

In brief x

Australian Children’s Literature Alliance website launchedThe Australian Children’s Literature Alliance (ACLA) has launched its website at http://www.acla.org.au/. The site features an events calendar of upcoming children’s... Read more
 

Around the world x

Among the many international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Su Tong wins Man Asia Prize Random US... Read more
 

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: Fiction–Fremantle Press has sold Italian-language rights to The Edge of the World (Marcella Polain) to Gingko edizioni. Nonfiction–Murdoch Books has... Read more
 

On tour x

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

Quote of the week x

‘I think it’s a shame that a minister makes comments such as "go buy your books overseas"’–Australian Publishers Association CEO Maree McCaskill, responding to comments... Read more
 

Bestsellers this week x

The unthinkable has happened–there’s not one Stephenie Meyer title in the Bestsellers chart (top ten) nor the top five of the Highest New Entries or... Read more
 

Most mentioned: this week in Media Extra x

Barbara Kingsolver, author of The Poisonwood Bible, received all manner of mentions in Media Extra this week. Her new book, The Lacuna, has been keenly... Read more
 

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: ABA NSW & Publishers 2009 Christmas Party, Glebe, NSW, 18... Read more
 

RiP Steve Evans x

Bob Bryant from Quarto Marketing Australia writes: ‘Steve Evans, managing director of QED Publishing, has died in London after battling cancer for the past eight... Read more
 

RIP Donald Harington x

Author, art historian and former professor Donald Harington has died, aged 73. He wrote 15 novels about a fictional town called ‘Stay More’. His last... Read more
 

 

 

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