Weekly Book Newsletter
10 March 2010

Giveaway for subscribers--free film tickets! x

Thanks to Murdoch Books and Rialto Distribution the Weekly Book Newsletter is giving you a chance to see The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, based... Read more

Inside the current issue: the pick of Mother's Day titles x

The April issue of Bookseller+Publisher magazine reached subscribers last week. As well as reviews of 45 as-yet-unpublished Australian and New Zealand titles, the latest news... Read more

Neil to join REDgroup x

Current Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) CEO Malcolm Neil is to take up the role of group communications manager at REDgroup Retail. ‘The [ABA] Board would... Read more

A&U named publisher of the year at Leading Edge Books conference x

Allen & Unwin won this year’s publisher of year crown at the Leading Edge Books conference last weekend in Hobart. Also recognised at the conference... Read more

National Curriculum Draft Released Online x

An interactive draft of the national curriculum has been released online by the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), covering kindergarten to year 10... Read more

Apple confirms iPad will ship to Australia in April; 'iBooks' launch will follow x

Apple has confirmed that its new iPad device will be available in Australia in late April. The iPad will be available in wifi and wifi+3G... Read more

Authors protest China's decision to deny Dessaix visa as Australian Writers Week kicks off x

More than 90 people, including writers JM Coetzee, Tom Keneally, Christos Tsiolkas and Tim Flannery, have signed a letter organised by authors Charlotte Wood and... Read more

HarperCollins launches PoD program x

HarperCollins Australia has launched a Print on Demand (PoD) program. The publisher launched with a list of 140 books on 8 March, with more to... Read more

Nowra, Naperstek under fire for Greer essay x

The publication of a highly critical essay by Louis Nowra on Germaine Greer and her classic book The Female Eunuch has provoked strong criticism from... Read more

New-look Books Alive announces 'Get Reading' ambassadors x

Arts Minister Peter Garrett has announced the 10 new author ambassadors for the renamed Books Alive campaign ‘Get Reading’. ‘Alex Miller, Christos Tsiolkas, Craig Silvey,... Read more

Barbara Jefferis Award shortlist announced x

The Australian Society of Authors has announced the 2010 shortlist for the Barbara Jefferis Award. The award, valued at $35,000, honours Australian novels with high... Read more

Finalists for Australian Shadows Award for horror fiction announced x

The Australian Horror Writers Association (AHWA) has announced the 13 finalists for the 2010 Australian Shadows Award. The award, ‘the highest honour for horror, dark... Read more

NZ Post Children's Book Awards finalists announced x

The finalists in the 2010 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards have been announced: Picture book Cowshed Christmas (Gavin Bishop & Joy Cowley, Random House... Read more

HarperCollins appoints Monks as custom publisher x

HarperCollins Publishers has announced it will ‘branch out into custom publishing’, with the appointment of Suzanne Monks as custom publisher. ‘As custom publisher, Suzanne will broaden... Read more

New women's literacy project 'One Thousand' launched x

Author and Indigenous Literacy Day ambassador Tara June Winch has launched a new project to support women’s literacy. The One Thousand project (http://www.onethousand.org/) was launched... Read more

Australian development house launches 'Monocle' free ebook code x

Australian development house Inventive Labs has created a ‘new way to embed a "book" on any webpage with two lines of code’. Monocle is free... Read more

Oscars for film adaptations x

The 82nd Academy Awards honoured many films adapted from books, in the annual ceremony presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on... Read more

In brief x

Australian, New Zealand titles in running for international cookbook awardsThe International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) has announced the finalists in its Cookbook Awards. Stephanie... Read more

Around the World x

Among the many international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Canadian Booksellers Association lobbies to prevent Amazon expansion... Read more

Fancy Goods x

This week on Bookseller+Publisher’s Fancy Goods blog you can find out what Gleebooks bookseller David Gaunt and SBS newsreader Anton Enus are reading, read Matthia... Read more

Rights news x

In rights news this week: AcquisitionRandom House reports it has acquired the rights to former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s memoirs Tony Blair: The Journey,... 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

Quote of the week x

‘Whatever the great ebook definition is, it’s necessary as it ensures that we go from physical books to electronic books. Otherwise we’re going to end up with electronic... 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 continues to dominate the Bestseller charts with his three ‘Millennium’ trilogy books nabbing the top three spots. Belinda Alexandra’s Tuscan Rose comes in... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in 'Media Extra' x

Ever since Melina Marchetta wowed young adults with her book Looking for Alibrandi, she’s been a favourite author among teenagers. Her new book The Piper’s... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: New Zealand Post Writers and Readers Week, 9-14 March Emirates... Read more

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