Weekly Book Newsletter
14 April 2010

Inside the current issue: S&S and Random House on innovative marketing campaigns x

The popularity of Stephenie Meyer’s ‘Twilight’ series has recently been rubbing off on repackaged classic Wuthering Heights in the UK, but local publishers have been... Read more

'Siddon Rock' wins CWP best first book; 'Solo' wins best book x

Siddon Rock by Australian author Glenda Guest (Vintage) is the winner of the ₤5000 (A$8,250) best first book award in this year’s Commonwealth Writers Prize. Solo... Read more

Book Industry Strategy Group: trade responds to group makeup, terms of reference x

As reported in a Weekly Book Newsletter special bulletin on Friday, Federal Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr has announced the membership and terms of reference... Read more

SWF program announced, printed guide delayed x

As reported in a Weekly Book Newsletter special bulletin on Friday, this year’s Sydney Writers Festival program has been announced, along with a $151,500 increase... Read more

The Book Depository makes 250,000 ebooks available to Australia x

UK-based online book retailer The Book Depository has launched an ebooks catalogue, including a quarter of a million titles that can be purchased by Australian... Read more

Melb Uni launches Custom Book Centre x

The University of Melbourne launched its Custom Book Centre last week. The Centre is a joint venture between the Melbourne University Bookshop and the university’s... Read more

Penguin confirms cookbook pulped x

Penguin pulped 7000 copies of the Pasta Bible (ISBN 9780143011071) earlier this month due to a typo that could be considered offensive.   Sally Bateman general manager... Read more

'Marzipan and Magnolias' wins inaugural Finch Publishing Memoir Prize x

Marzipan and Magnolias by first-time author Elizabeth Lancaster is the winner of the inaugural Finch Publishing memoir prize. Lancaster’s manuscript was chosen from 75 manuscripts... Read more

Calibre Prize shortlist announced x

The Australian Book Review has announced the shortlist for this year’s ‘Calibre Prize for an Outstanding Essay’. The shortlisted works are: ‘The Shadow on the... Read more

Le Cordon Bleu Awards 2010 x

The nominees for the 2010 Le Cordon Bleu World Food Media Awards have been announced. Awards will be presented to winners on 3 May at... Read more

In brief x

ABA Conference program releasedThe Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has launched the full program guide for its 2010 national conference. The 86th ABA Conference & Trade... Read more

Around the world x

Among the international booktrade stories added to the Around the World blog in the past week: Pulitzer Prize winners IMPAC shortlist Shatzkin: 25% of all... Read more

Fancy Goods: 'Ten Hail Marys'; David Musgrave interview and we revisit CWP winner 'Siddon Rock' x

New posts on our Fancy Goods blog this week include: Review of Ten Hail Marys (Kate Howarth, UQP): ‘Howarth is a natural storyteller, combining powerfully... Read more

On tour x

April Anthony Puttee, Sid Harta (Dream Raider: A Johnny Marsh Adventure)Carole Wilkinson, Black Dog Books (‘Dragonkeeper’ and ‘Ramose’ series)Chris Bryett, A&U (Over The Top)Clive Small,... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘A non-US publisher will be able to reach half the US market without needing an operation of any kind in the States. This is a... 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

Jodi Picoult’s novel House Rules (Allen & Unwin), about a teenager with Asperger’s arrested for murder, remains at number one on the bestseller chart. Number... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in Media Extra x

Yann Martel, author of Booker prize-winning novel The Life of Pi (Canongate), is back with Beatrice and Virgil (Text), again about a man on a... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Closing date for Bayside Writing competition 15 April 2010 Closing... Read more

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RIP Jill Midolo x

Children’s literary critic Jill Midolo has died, aged 62. Ms Midolo acted as a judge for the Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Awards... Read more

RIP William Mayne x

British children’s author William Mayne has died aged 82. The Guardian called him ‘one of the most highly regarded writers of the postwar "golden age"... Read more



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