Weekly Book Newsletter
24 February 2010

Giveaway for subscribers: free film tickets! x

Thanks to Random House Australia, the Weekly Book Newsletter is giving you a chance to see A Single Man, Tom Ford’s directorial debut starring Julianne... Read more

Inside the current issue: the 2010 children's titles to watch x

The March issue of Bookseller+Publisher includes the first issue of Junior Bookseller+Publisher for 2010. As well as reviews, news and interviews, Junior rounds up the... Read more

Commonwealth Writers Prize regional shortlists announced x

The shortlist for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, South East Asia and Pacific, has been announced. The Best Book nominees are: Summertime by J M Coetzee... Read more

Senator Carr: Retailers a critical part of the supply chain x

The input of book retailers ‘must be considered’ by the recently announced Book Industry Strategy Group, Senator Kim Carr has confirmed. Following the announcement last... Read more

CAL under pressure x

Following articles published in the Australian newspaper, the Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) has defended its payments to its staff and to rightsholders. Despite being established by... Read more

'A Darker Music' by Maris Morton wins inagural CAL Scribe prize x

Scribe has announced that A Darker Music by Maris Morton is the winner of its inaugural CAL Scribe Fiction Prize. Morton, who was born in... Read more

APA Book Design Awards: shortlists announced x

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) has announced the titles shortlisted in this year’s Book Design Awards. The books shortlisted were chosen from 420 submissions. The... Read more

Visontay appointed 'Australian Author' editor x

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has announced the appointment of Michael Visontay as editor of the ASA’s journal Australian Author. Visontay, who takes up... Read more

Cain leaves HarperCollins x

Mel Cain, associate publisher–nonfiction at HarperCollins has announced she will leave the company to move to the US. Cain, who has spent almost 18 years... Read more

Celarc to establish Ligare New Zealand as OPUS expands x

Ligare founder Richard Celarc will establish Ligare New Zealand following a move to the country this month. ‘There’s no more exciting time to be in... Read more

McNear appointed buying manager at Collins Booksellers x

Collins Booksellers has announced the promotion of Jenny McNear to the position of buying manager. ‘Collins Booksellers is delighted with Jenny’s appointment to the Collins... Read more

Barbara Ramsden award submissions announced x

The titles in the running for the Barbara Ramsden award for excellence in editing have been announced. The award, a joint activity of the Fellowship... Read more

S&S Australia to launch local version of US 'partners' site x

Simon & Schuster Australia will launch a localised version of the website for ‘partners’ launched recently by its US counterpart. Managing director Lou Johnson has confirmed... Read more

S&S reports a successful year locally; 'a difficult year' worldwide x

The 2009 financial year was Simon & Schuster’s most successful in Australia and New Zealand since the phenomenal success of The Secret in 2007, according... Read more

ACT Writers Centre discontinues festivals x

ACT Writers Centre will not be holding a Writers Festival this year. The organisation held three small-sized festivals last year, the smaller festivals replacing the... Read more

In brief x

New Zealand Post Writers and Readers weekNew Zealand Post Writers and Readers Week runs 9-14 March in Wellington. The week kicks off with the Gala... Read more

Around the world x

Among the many international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Google Settlement: judge unable to rule on Fairness... Read more

Fancy Goods x

‘Considered from a wider book industry point of view, it was disappointing how little consideration was given to retailers, readers and authors, and how much... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: SalesFiction—Random House has licensed Blood Men and The Cleaner (Paul Cleave) to Brazil. Australian Literary Management has sold rights to... 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

‘I think the WBN is at risk of boring its readers, and Hachette in danger of pumping up its own tyres, as this has been... 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

Jumping on the vampire bandwagon, Hourglass by Claudia Gray overtakes the three Stieg Larsson titles this week in the Bestsellers–appearing at number one, it is... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in 'Media Extra' x

The top five books in our Most Mentioned chart all received the same number of mentions this weekend. This included two bushfire-related titles. Jane O’Connor’s... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: O’Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing conference, New York, 22-24... Read more

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