Weekly Book Newsletter
20 January 2010

Giveaway--five copies of 'The September issue' up for grabs x

Thanks to Madman Entertainment the Weekly Book Newsletter is giving away five copies of The September Issue on DVD. ‘Anna Wintour, the legendary editor-in-chief of... Read more

Weekly Book Newsletter: Published Thursday next week x

Please note that due to the Australia Day public holiday on Tuesday 26 January, the Weekly Book Newsletter will be published a day late next... Read more

Williams on the Wheeler Centre x

The Wheeler Centre for Books Writing and Ideas in Melbourne announces its inaugural program today. Bookseller+Publisher magazine spoke to the Centre’s head of programming, Michael... Read more

Post-Christmas survey: A quiet December but sales up overall x

As reported in our Weekly Book Newsletter special bulletin on Friday, this year’s post-Christmas survey of booksellers and publishers revealed the trade experienced a quiet December,... Read more

Johnson appointed MD of Simon & Schuster Australia x

Simon & Schuster Inc. has announced that Lou Johnson has been appointed as the managing director of Simon & Schuster Australia (SSA), effective immediately. Johnson,... Read more

Milne appointed general manager at Leading Edge Books x

Leading Edge Group has appointed Simon Milne as general manager of Leading Edge Books. Milne, former CEO of the Co-op Bookshops, replaces Jayne Wasmuth, who... Read more

Loukakis appointed ASA executive director x

Angelo Loukakis, writer, publisher and editor of Australian Author, has been appointed executive director of the Australian Society of Authors. Loukakis, whose works include The... Read more

Westgarth Books opens x

New bookstore Westgarth Books opened just before Christmas in the Melbourne suburb of Northcote. Award-winning author Christos Tsiolkas spoke at the shop’s grand opening, which included... Read more

Newbery and Caldecott winners announced x

Newbery and Caldecott award winners for 2010 were announced at the American Library Association’s midwinter conference in Boston. The Newbery Medal goes to When You... Read more

'Baby's First Book (Boys)' recalled x

HarperCollins has announced the recall of Baby’s First Book (Boys) (ISBN 9780746087930), due to ‘inconsistent build quality in foreign-language of one batch’. HarperCollins states that... Read more

In brief x

Writers at the Convent full program releasedThe full program for the Writers at the Convent program has been released. The program for the writers festival,... Read more

Around the world x

Among the international book trade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: consumers punish publishers over Kindle delays with 1-star... Read more

Rights news x

A bumper week for children’s rights sales this week, including The Arrival (Shaun Tan, Hachette) to Sweden and Fighting Ruben Wolfe (Markus Zusak, Scholastic) to... Read more

On tour x

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

Quote of the week x

‘Short-sighted marketing practices have resulted in another lost sale. The deliberate delay of the Kindle version will *not* force me to buy the paper version... 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

Elizabeth Gilbert, bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love, has topped the charts again in the Highest New Entries this week at any rate–with Committed: A... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in 'Media Extra' x

Jasper Fforde’s Shades of Grey got the most mentions this week. Shannon Bennett’s food guidebook Shannon Bennett’s Paris, including his favourite three-star restaurants, bistros, bars... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Google Book Settlement–free seminar held by CAL, Sydney, 22 January... Read more

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RIP Patricia Kathleen Page x

Poet and painter Patricia Kathleen (P K) Page has died, aged 93. Her most recent release was a children’s book called The Sky Tree (Oolichan... Read more

RiP Georges Anglade and Mireille Neptune x

Georges Anglade and his wife Mireille Neptune have died in Haiti’s earthquake. Anglade was the founding President of PEN Haïti and a member of the... Read more

RiP William J Lederer x

American author William J Lederer who co-wrote The Ugly American with Eugene Burdick has died, aged 97.  



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