Weekly Book Newsletter
17 March 2010

Giveaway for subscribers--'Genova' on DVD x

Thanks to Madman Entertainment the Weekly Book Newsletter is giving away five copies of the recent release, Genova, starring Colin Firth. ‘A haunting, eerie journey... Read more

Inside the current issue: Sleepers does it again x

With one of their first titles taking out last year’s Age book of the year award (Things We Didn’t See Coming, Steven Amsterdam), and The... Read more

'Range and diversity': Miles Franklin 2010 longlist announced x

The titles longlisted for this year’s Miles Franklin Literary Award have been announced. The longlisted titles are: Lovesong (Alex Miller, A&U) The Bath Fugues (Brian... Read more

'Siddon Rock' regional 'best first book' CWP winner x

Siddon Rock by Australian author Glenda Guest (Vintage) was announced on Thursday 11 March as the winner of the South East Asia and Pacific region... Read more

'The China Garden' wins 2010 Barbara Jefferis Award x

The China Garden by Kristina Olsson (UQP) is the winner of this year’s Barbara Jefferis Award. The award, administered by the Australian Society of Authors... Read more

'Getting Away With Murder' author sued for defamation x

Phil Cleary, author of the true crime title Getting Away With Murder (A&U) is being sued by barrister Dyson Hore-Lacy for defamation. Hore-Lacy, represented Julian... Read more

S&S Australia: Cubitt to head sales, Pandiella to head marketing and publicity x

Simon & Schuster Australia has announced the appointment of Kate Cubitt as head of sales and Anabel Pandiella as head of marketing and publicity following... Read more

Rakusin acquires Hale & Iremonger x

Former co-proprietor of Tower Books Michael Rakusin, has acquired the Hale & Iremonger list. Rakusin said he indeed to preserve the flavour of the list,... Read more

T.A.G. Hungerford Award prize money doubled x

The prize money for this year’s T.A.G. Hungerford Award has doubled to $12,000, following a decision by writingWA to match New Edition Bookshop’s $6000 investment... Read more

Cousins 'in battle' with Wilmoth, Pan Mac x

A memoir by AFL footballer Ben Cousins, which publisher Pan Macmillan reportedly wishes to publish this year, may be delayed. Melbourne’s Herald Sun newspaper claims... Read more

Collins Werribee named 'franchisee of the year' at national conference x

This year’s Collins Booksellers National Conference was held at the Marriot Hotel in Melbourne, earlier this week from 14-16 March. The key themes of the conference,... Read more

'Flying with Paper Wings' wins SANE Book of the Year Award 2010 x

Flying with Paper Wings: Reflections on Living with Madness by Sandy Jeffs (Vulgar Press) has won the SANE Book of the Year Award. The award... Read more

Albert Ullin wins Leila St John Award x

Albert Ullin OAM has received the annual Leila St John Award, presented by Victorian branch of the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA). ‘His outstanding... Read more

'Golden Boy' wins UK 'cricket book of the year' x

Golden Boy: Kim Hughes and the bad old days of Australian cricket (Christian Ryan, A&U) won Cricket Book of the Year at the British Sports... Read more

Publishing profits up at Torstar x

Torstar, the parent company of Mills & Boon, has reported its book publishing segment’s operating profit is up from C$67.5 million (A$72 million) in 2008... Read more

In brief x

Hyland, Catton on Orange Prize longlistM J Hyland (This is How, Text) and New Zealand author Eleanor Catton (The Rehearsal, A&U) are among the authors... Read more

Around the World x

Among the international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: British Airways cancels Bologna flights Wolf Hall wins US... Read more

Fancy Goods x

Among the posts this week on Fancy Goods, Andrew Wrathall rounds up some forthcoming book-to-film adaptations and we pick our favourites from the forthcoming batch... Read more

Rights news x

In rights news this week: AcquisitionFiction–Hodder & Stoughton has acquired two novels in a new series by John Grisham. The series will introduce the character... 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

‘Well, the Cleo nomination was always in the bag. The Miles was the surprise’–Jasper Jones author Craig Silvey’s tongue-in-cheek response to being longlisted for this... 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

There’s pirate treasure to be found in Clive Cussler’s seventh book in the ‘Oregon Files’ saga The Silent Sea and an Italian tale of passion,... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in 'Media Extra' x

Being awarded an honorary degree by a British university last year prompted Australian author Kathy Lette to explore her family history. Lette reflects on her... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include:   All Saints Literature Festival, WA, 17-19 March Bologna Children’s... Read more

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