Weekly Book Newsletter
25 November 2009

'WBN' Christmas closing list--2 December x

Publishers/distributors are asked to advise WBN of their Christmas closing dates by COB Friday 27 November 2009. A full list will appear once only in WBN on... Read more

Google Settlement: judge sets new deadlines for opting in, fairness hearing x

Text Publishing and MUP are new plaintiffs in the Google Settlement following changes to the proposed Settlement announced last week. Australian Society of Authors board... Read more

Wasmuth to leave Leading Edge; Rowe appointed GM x

Jayne Wasmuth has announced that she will step down as general manager of Leading Edge Books. Wasmuth, who said she was leaving to pursue other... Read more

HarperCollins announces 'new area', staff appointments x

HarperCollins will establish a new area within the company, charged with ‘finding ambitious innovative solutions’, HarperCollins CEO Michael Moynahan has announced. ‘As we pursue growth in... Read more

'The Land that I Came Through Last' wins CAL Waverley Library Award x

The Land I Came Through Last (Robert Gray, Giramondo), has won this year’s CAL Waverley Library Award for Literature. Gray’s family memoir was among 160... Read more

Ihimaera offers to buy back books x

New Zealand author Witi Ihimaera (The Whale Rider, Raupo) has offered to buy back all the remaining copies of The Trowenna Sea (Raupo), reports the... Read more

'Breath' to be adapted for film x

Film rights to Tim Winton’s Miles Franklin-winning novel Breath (Penguin) have been acquired by Australian actor Simon Baker and producer Mark Johnson. ‘Baker, who has... Read more

Reid to step down at Pindar NZ x

Custom publisher Pindar New Zealand has announced that managing director Gerard Reid is ‘stepping down from active management of the business’, due to ill health.... Read more

James on Costa Poetry Award shortlist x

Angels Over Elsinore by Clive James (Picador) is on the shortlist for the Costa Poetry Prize, awarded as part of the 2009 Costa Book Awards.... Read more

Booksellers NZ to adopt new constitution in April 2010 x

Booksellers NZ has announced the ratification of its new constitution, which will come into effect on 1 April 2010. The new constitution reflects a decision... Read more

'Bunny Munro' on Bad S-x Award shortlist x

Nick Cave’s novel The Death of Bunny Munro (Text) has been named as a finalist in this year’s Bad S-x in Fiction Award. ‘At Text... Read more

Di Pietro named NSW ABA overall 'rep of the year' x

Di di Pietro was the winner of the overall ‘rep of the year’ award at this year’s Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) annual NSW Christmas party... Read more

Nolan joins CAL, McCaul takes up newly created position x

Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) has announced the appointment of Eloise Nolan to role of rightsholder relations manager. Nolan has been appointed to the position to... Read more

Perth to introduce extended trading hours x

The Western Australian government will allow more Perth retailers to extend their shopping hours from January next year. The extended hours will apply to large... Read more

'Bookglobe' online bookseller launched x

Bookglobe Bookshop, an online bookseller based in Sydney, has been launched. The online store, founded by director John Phillip Harding, is a general bookstore with... Read more

In brief x

Readings wins music retailing ARIAReadings Carlton in Melbourne is the winner of the 2009 ARIA Retailer of the Year Award for best independent specialist in... Read more

Around the world x

Among the many international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week:   B&N moves to block investor Is Borders... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: SalesNonfiction–UQP has sold French rights to The Kiss of Saddam (Michelle McDonald) to Editions Jean-Claude Gawsewitch/Balland and Polish rights of... 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

‘At Text we still hold firm to that old maxim that bad s-x is like bad pizza–it’s never that bad,’ Nick Cave’s Australian publishing team... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

High-profile male authors have taken over the charts this week with Matthew Reilly’s The Five Greatest Warriors coming in at number one in the Bestsellers,... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in 'Media Extra' x

Shrinking the World: The 4000-Year Story of How Email Came to Rule Our Lives by John Freeman made the top of the Most Mentioned chart... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: ABA Victorian branch 2009 Christmas party, Melbourne, 25 November Inky... Read more



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