Weekly Book Newsletter
3 March 2010

Giveaway: one gold pass to the 'Happiness & its Causes' conference and workshops, valued at $1685! x

Thanks to the Vajrayana Institute you could be in the running for a four-day gold pass to the Happiness & its Causes conference–a premier event... Read more

Inside the latest issue of Bookseller+Publisher magazine: read the review before the launch x

Among the 33 adult and 26 children’s titles reviewed pre-publication in the March issue of Bookseller+Publisher magazine are two books that have just been launched... Read more

Malcolm Neil to leave ABA x

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has announced the resignation of CEO Malcolm Neil, effective 1 May 2010. ABA president Fiona Stager said in a statement:... Read more

Staff changes at WBN/Bookseller+Publisher x

The editorial team that produces the Weekly Book Newsletter, Bookseller+Publisher magazine and its supplements, Media Extra and the Fancy Goods blog is set to change... Read more

Adelaide Writers Week 2010 x

The 2010 Adelaide Writers Week kicked off on Sunday 28 February with a dedication to poet Thomas Shapcott. The strong crowds have enjoyed slightly cooler... Read more

Tan wins both children's literature award and SA Premier's award at AWW x

Shaun Tan has won both the $15,000 children’s literature prize and the $10,000 South Australian Premier’s award in this year’s Adelaide Festival awards for literature,... Read more

Perth Writers Festival 2010 x

The Perth Writers Festival 2010 has wrapped up after an inspiring, stimulating (and hot) four days on the University of Western Australia campus from 26... Read more

Gourmand World Cookbook Award winners announced x

The Gourmand World Cookbook Award, which honours the best food and wine books, announced its 2010 winners at the inaugural Paris Cookbook Fair. The winners... Read more

Random to print all local titles on FSC paper x

Random House Australia (RHA) has announced that from this month all of its Australian books will be printed on paper certified by the Forest Stewardship... Read more

A 'record year' for Pearson and Penguin in Australia x

Pearson has released preliminary full-year results for 2009, reporting a 45% increase in net profits. Pearson’s Australian businesses, Penguin Group (Australia) and Pearson Australia, both... Read more

Gleebooks to open in Dulwich Hill x

Independent bookseller Gleebooks will open a new store in Dulwich Hill, in the inner-west of Sydney. Located on Marrickville Road, the 160-square-metre store is scheduled... Read more

Bronwyn Bancroft receives Dromkeen Medal x

Renowned Indigenous artist Bronwyn Bancroft received the Dromkeen Medal on Saturday night, 27 February, at the annual Dromkeen Dinner. Each year, the medal is awarded... Read more

Blio: US exec visits x

John Bacon, vice-president of international sales and marketing for US-based book distributor Baker & Taylor (B&T), is in Australia this week. He is meeting with... Read more

Queensland Writers Centre anniversary x

On Tuesday 2 March, Queensland Writers Centre (QWC) celebrated its 20th anniversary in style at a gala event with the Queensland Premier and Minister for... Read more

New queer literary competition seeks entries x

Independent publisher Clouds of Magellan is running a novel competition for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) emerging writers. The competition seeks submissions of queer... Read more

Can Do Books re-opens x

Can Do Books has re-opened with a bookshop and adjoining warehouse in Hawthorn East, Melbourne. Chiefly a mail-order service, the business focusses on ‘creative living’... Read more

In brief x

Leading Edge ConferenceThe Leading Edge Books National Conference will be held this weekend, 6-8 March, in Hobart. Over 80 independent booksellers will be attending, and... Read more

Around the World x

Among the stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: publishers have a win in case agains Rapidshare Copyright, piracy and... Read more

Fancy Goods x

This week, our Fancy Goods blog hits the road and takes in both Adelaide Writers’ Week and the Perth Writers Festival: This year, due to... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Literature is […] popular, with seven per cent  of people writing a novel or short story, and five per cent of people have written poetry–that’s almost 900,000 Australians... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: SALESFiction:Allen & Unwin will launch its new UK imprint, A&U Atlantic, with Lovesong (Alex Miller). Allen & Unwin has also... 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

It’s a bit of a mixed bag this week with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson at number one in the Bestsellers,... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in 'Media Extra' x

Peter Goldsworthy’s keenly awaited next book Gravel has finally hit the bookshop shelves. This time around he’s written eight short stories. Lori Gottlieb also received... Read more

On tour x

Authors on tour in March include: Patrick Ness, Walker Books (Monsters of Men)Xinran, Random House NZ (Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother) NZ onlyDavid Finkel,... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Adelaide Writers Week, 28 February – 5 March Abu Dhabi... Read more

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RiP Rose Gray x

English chef and cookery writer Rose Gray has died, aged 71. She wrote The River Cafe Cookbook.

RiP Barry Hannah x

American writer Barry Hannah has died, aged 67. His works included Geronimo Rex and High Lonesome, a short story collection which garnered him a nomination... Read more



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