Weekly Book Newsletter
13 January 2010

Page to screen: forthcoming book-to-film adaptations x

As Fantastic Mr Fox delights movie-goers around the nation, and sales of the Roald Dahl classic get a boost too, Bookseller+Publisher magazine has tracked down... Read more

Giveaway--five copies of 'Ponyo' up for grabs x

Thanks to Madman Entertainment the Weekly Book Newsletter is giving away five copies of the underwater adventure Ponyo on DVD. Sosuke discovers a goldfish named... Read more

Post-Christmas survey x

The Weekly Book Newsletter is currently completing its annual post-Christmas survey, ringing booksellers around the nation to see how the industry fared in the Christmas... Read more

Maramenides appointed Five Mile Press managing director x

The Five Mile Press has announced the appointment of Alexandra Maramenides as managing director. Maramenides, formerly children’s rights director at Simon & Schuster UK, joins... Read more

CAL announces free Google Book Settlement seminars x

Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) has announced it will be hold two free seminars in Melbourne and Sydney to discuss the implications of the Google Book... Read more

New Mary Martin Bookshop opens in Norwood x

Mary Martin Bookshop owners Sarita and Justin Chadwick have opened a second Mary Martin Bookshop in Norwood, South Australia.  The store, which opened on 12... Read more

Sleepers to launch Almanac iPhone app x

Sleepers publishing has announced that it will develop an iPhone app based on its annual Sleepers Almanac collection. Sleepers publisher Louise Swinn told the Weekly... Read more

HarperCollins New Zealand to retain NZ distribution long term x

HarperCollins Publishers renewed the lease on its Auckland distribution centre in New Zealand on a long-term basis, as reported by Bookman Beattie late last year.... Read more

Writers at the Convent 2010 guests announced x

Some of the guests for this year’s Reader’s Feast Writers at the Convent festival, to be held from 12 to 14 February at Melbourne’s Abbotsford... Read more

In brief x

A&R Lithgow customer wins $10,000 New York A&R competitionAngus & Robertson Lithgow customer Kerry Brice has won a trip to New York as part of... Read more

Around the world x

Among the international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: UK authors demand 75-85% royalties on ebooks US book... Read more

Rights round-up x

More than 40 rights sales and 10 acquisitions, including a biography of Nick Cave, a Christmas title by First Dog on the Moon and Bernard... Read more

On tour x

Authors on tour in January include: Harvey Milkman, Footprint Books (Craving for Ecstasy and Natural Highs: A Positive Approach to Mood Alteration)Paul Miller, Footprint Books... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘It’s a very difficult business. But in many ways, I like the fact that it’s a difficult business. Otherwise, people who want to make money–by... Read more

Got news? x

If you’ve got news you think would be of interest to Weekly Book Newsletter readers, let us know by emailing bookseller.publisher@thorpe.com.au.

Bestsellers this week x

Dan Brown gets his time in the sun this week with The Lost Symbol at number one in the Bestseller charts. Stieg Larsson and Stephenie... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in 'Media Extra' x

Australian authors had a good start to the year when it came to media coverage. Quite a few mentions went to Peter Corris’ Torn Apart,... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Reading Across the Pacific symposium, Sydney, 14-15 Jan Closing date... Read more

RiP Denise Greig x

Sally Bird from Calidris Literary Agency writes: ‘I am deeply saddened to advise that author Denise Greig died suddenly on 26 December, 2009, in Sydney.... Read more

RiP Rachel Wetzsteon x

American poet Rachel Wetzsteon has died, aged 42. Her works include three volumes of poetry, The Other Stars, Home and Away and Sakura Park. She... Read more

Vale Mary Daly x

Susan Hawthorne of Spinifex Press writes: ‘Spinifex Press notes with sadness that Mary Daly (1928-2010) died on 3 January aged 81. Mary was a giant of the... Read more



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