Weekly Book Newsletter
10 February 2010

Giveaway for subscribers: free film tickets! x

The Weekly Book Newsletter is giving you a chance to see the film Precious, based on the novel of the same name (originally released as... Read more

Inside the current issue: Penguin celebrates 75 years with 75 new Popular Penguins x

It’s been 75 years since Allen Lane founded Penguin Books. In 2010, Penguin Australia is celebrating this milestone with the release of 75 new Popular Penguins... Read more

WA prem's awards: Asia award discontinued, prem's award to receive additional funding x

The West Australian Premier’s Australia-Asia Literary Award (AALA), the revamped Western Australian Premier’s Literary Award that was launched in 2008, has been discontinued. Following a review of... Read more

Hardie Grant Egmont acquires Little Hare Books x

Hardie Grant Egmont (HGE) has announced it has agreed to purchase children’s publisher Little Hare Books (LHB). ‘We have always been fans of Little Hare,... Read more

Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature 2010 shortlists announced x

The awards shortlists for the 2010 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature have been announced. The nominated works in each category are as follows: Children’s literature... Read more

Dymocks announces partnership with Vii to enhance loyalty program x

Bookselling chain Dymocks has announced a partnership with Melbourne-based ‘customer loyalty specialist’ Vii. Under the partnership, Vii will provide a new platform for Dymocks’ Booklover... Read more

Hunter joins UQP x

UQP has announced the appointment of John Hunter in the role of sales manager. ‘John will be known to many booksellers from his previous roles... Read more

Wi5: Page reports on 'valuable experience' x

Jon Page, manager of Sydney’s Pages & Pages and vice-president of the Australian Booksellers Association, was among some 500 booksellers who attended the fifth annual American Booksellers... Read more

APA announces successful applicants for Residential Editorial Program 2010 x

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) and the Literature Board of the Australia Council for the Arts have announced the editors selected to attend this year’s... Read more

Griffiths Booksellers, Collins Point Cook close x

Collins Booksellers Geelong, which traded under its historical name Griffiths Booksellers, is to close after almost 100 years. Manager Kate Hunter told the Geelong Advertiser the... Read more

McGraw-Hill global revenue drops, 'excellent year' locally x

McGraw-Hill Companies, parent company of McGraw-Hill Australia, has reported a decline in revenue at McGraw-Hill Education of 9.5% for 2009. Revenue dropped to US$2.1 billion... Read more

Yelich, Laing named Buddle Findlay Sargeson fellows x

Sonja Yelich and Sarah Laing are joint winners of this year’s Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellowship. Each will spend five months at the Sargeson Centre in... Read more

In brief x

Berkelouw Books to open in CronullaBerkelouw Books will open a new store in Cronulla, New South Wales. The planned new store follows the addition of... Read more

Around the world x

Among the international book news items added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Amazon/Macmillan stand-off ends; Hachette to adopt ‘agency model’... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: SalesFiction–Mainland Chinese rights for Rhyll McMaster’s Feather Man (Brandl & Schlesinger) have sold to Anhui Literature and Art Publishing House, through Andrew Nurnberg Associates. Nonfiction–Random... Read more

On tour x

Authors on tour in February include: Patrick Ness, Walker Books (Monsters of Men)Katherine Howell, Macmillan (Cold Justice)Michael Goldfarb, Scribe (Emancipation: How Liberating Europe’s Jews from... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘We’re willing to accept lower return for ebook sales as we control the value of our product–books, and content in general. We’re taking the long... 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

Stieg Larsson stays top of the Bestsellers this week with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire in first... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in 'Media Extra' x

Carmel Bird has generated quite a bit of interest with her new novel Child of the Twilight and it shows in the number of mentions... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Paris Cookbook Fair, 12-15 February Writers at the Convent, Abbotsford,... Read more

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