Weekly Book Newsletter
2 December 2009

Next week: Last WBN for 2009 x

Next week’s WBN (9 December) will be the last for 2009. The first WBN for 2010 will be 6 January 2010. Any news or advertisements... Read more

Christmas 2009 closing times x

Unless otherwise indicated, businesses listed are not open on weekends or public holidays. Public holidays include: Christmas Day: Friday 25 December 2009 Boxing Day: Saturday... Read more

The Wheeler Centre: Centre for Books Writing and Ideas named after LP founders x

The Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas, a key component in Melbourne successful bid for UNESCO City of Literature status, is to be named The... Read more

'Churchill and Australia' wins Walkley nonfiction award x

Churchill and Australia (Graham Freudenberg, Pan Macmillan) has won the 2009 Walkley Nonfiction Book Award. The award, announced last Thursday 26 November, recognises ‘excellence in... Read more

2009 Inky winners announced x

Where the Streets Had A Name by Randa Abdel-Fattah (Pan Macmillan) is the winner of the $2000 2009 Golden Inky award, voted on by readers of... Read more

Beresford appointed Pearson chief information officer x

Pearson Australia Group has announced the appointment of Jenny Beresford as chief information officer (CIO) for the region. Beresford, who joins Pearson from the National... Read more

Bail to replace Derricourt at UNSW Press x

UNSW Press has announced the appointment of Kathy Bail as chief executive, replacing Robin Derricourt. Bail, who has been editor of the Australian Financial Review... Read more

Wasmuth to remain at Leading Edge until January x

Leading Edge Group has announced that Jayne Wasmuth will now remain in the role of general manager until late January, while a replacement is found.... Read more

Edwards receives 2009 ASA Medal x

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has awarded its 2009 ASA Medal to children’s author Hazel Edwards. Established in 2003, the biennial award recognises ‘an... Read more

Wrangles wins 2009 Scarlet Stiletto x

Victorian Amanda Wrangles has won the 2009 Sisters in Crime Scarlet Stiletto award, presented on Friday 17 November. Wrangles, a former hairdresser who only started... Read more

Central Book Services launches ECO e-reader offer, online book store x

Central Book Services will make ‘significant Australian content’ available to its ECO e-reader customers, through a new website at www.readwithoutpaper.com. In a special Christmas promotion,... Read more

New online ebook retailer eBookBop launches x

New online ebook retailer eBookBop has launched. The store at www.ebookbop.com.au has been developed by the recently formed Advantage Media Group. ‘We operate with less... Read more

New online bookseller TotallyBooks launches x

New online bookseller www.totallybooks.com.au officially launched on 1 December. The store, founded by managing director Rachael McKinney, is based in Sydney and will have an... Read more

REDgroup reiterates local success as Borders UK enters administration x

REDgroup Retail, owners of Borders in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, has reiterated that its stores remain ‘financially sound under private ownership’, following the announcement... Read more

Dymocks Brisbane reopens in new store x

Dymocks Brisbane has reopened in new premises in the Q&A Building on the corner of Albert and Elizabeth Streets. The store, which opened to the... Read more

Collins Booksellers Mackay opens x

Collins Booksellers has opened in Mackay. The store, which opened on 23 November, is located at the Sydney Street Markets and will be managed by... Read more

Nelson named Victorian ABA 'rep of the year' x

Janine Nelson of Random House Australia was named 2009 Victorian Sales Rep of the Year at the Australian Booksellers Assocaition (ABA) Victorian Branch Christmas Party... Read more

'Earth' wins 'best atlas' award x

The limited-edition giant atlas Earth, published by Millennium House, has won the ‘Best Atlas’ award at the 2009 International Cartographic Conference. ‘Millennium House is both... Read more

Grant appointed to CAL board, Johns steps down x

Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) has announced the appointment of Hardie Grant Publishing chief executive Sandy Grant as chair of its board. Grant, who has been... Read more

Readings Foundation announces first grant recipients x

Readings managing director Mark Rubbo has announced the first grants to be awarded by the recently created Readings Foundation. The Foundation, officially launched on the... Read more

In brief x

‘The Darwin Poems’ wins 2009 Wesley Michael Wright PrizeEmily Ballou has won the 2009 University of Melbourne/Wesley Michel Wright Prize for Poetry for The Darwin... Read more

Around the world x

Among the many international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Confusion as Borders UK enters administration Littell wins... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: SalesFiction–Allen & Uwnin has sold Lovesong (Alex Miller) in a pre-empt at Frankfurt Book Fair to HarperCollins Canada; Bulgarian-language rights... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘We are currently working with a number of publishers to try to get more Australian content into the site, as we really want to make... Read more

On tour x

Authors on tour from December to March 2010: December Matthew Reilly, Macmillan (The Five Greatest Warriors) Ray Martin, Random House (Ray: Stories of My Life)... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Bestselling author Bryce Courtenay has made it to the top of both the Bestsellers and Highest New Entries charts this week with his new novel... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in 'Media Extra' x

Peter Timms’ new book In Search of Hobart is being well-received and widely read on both sides of Bass Strait. The book looks at Hobart’s... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Internet Marketing of Books and Ebooks workshop, Auckland, 2 December... Read more

RiP Robert Holdstock x

Fantasy author Robert Holdstock has died, aged 61. Holdstock is best remembered for his ‘Ryhope Wood’ series, including the title Mythago Wood.



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