Weekly Book Newsletter
29 April 2010

Reader Giveaway: DVDs from Text Publishing x

Text Publishing recently released two titles examining the effects of war: The Pacific and Zero Hour. Now the publisher is giving Weekly Book Newsletter readers... Read more

Inside the current issue: 75 reviews x

Inside the May/June combined issue of Bookseller+Publisher magazine readers will find 75 reviews of forthcoming Australian and New Zealand titles, including such highly anticipated books... Read more

HarperCollins announces local ebook list x

HarperCollins has announced that ‘over 100 books by Australian authors are available to the international market through the HarperCollins eBook program’. ‘Ebooks present a wonderful... Read more

REDgroup announces reconfigured executive team, reports first half profit increase of $8.8 million x

REDgroup Retail, which owns Borders, Whitcoulls and Angus & Robertson in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, has announced a reconfiguration of its executive team, including... Read more

Seale to take on additional responsibilities for Southeast and Northern Asia x

Random House Australia managing director Margie Seale will take on additional responsibilities for identifying business opportunities for the publisher in Southeast and Northern Asia. Seale... Read more

Small publishers move on ebooks: Exisle, Black Dog announce e-lists x

Small Australian publishers appear to be moving on ebooks, with Black Dog Books and Exisle Publishing both confirming they have entered the market. Exisle Publishing... Read more

ABA confirms additional conference speakers x

Literary blogger and former Bookseller+Publisher acting editor Angela Meyer and ‘author, blogger and tweeter’ John Birmingham will appear at this year’s Australian Booksellers Association (ABA)... Read more

ALS Gold Medal shortlist announced x

The shortlist for the ALS Gold Medal has been announced. The titles in the running for the annual award, presented by the Association for the... Read more

Kibble and Dobbie shortlists announced x

The shortlists for this year’s Kibble and Dobbie awards were announced on Tuesday 27 April. The titles in the running for this year’s $30,000 Nita... Read more

McFarlane joins Allen & Unwin x

Allen & Unwin has announced the appointment of former Pan Macmillan children’s book publisher Anna McFarlane as ‘publisher, books for children and teenagers’. ‘I’m thrilled... Read more

Ryckmans appointed consulting publisher at HarperCollins x

HarperCollins Australia has announced the appointment of former Random House senior publisher Jeanne Ryckmans as ‘consulting publisher’. Ryckmans will work on both the nonfiction and... Read more

'The Big Fella' wins Blake Dawson business prize x

The Big Fella: The Rise and Rise of BHP Billiton (Peter Thompson & Robert Macklin, Random House) is the winner of this year’s Blake Dawson... Read more

Australian titles win international cookbook awards x

Winners of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Cookbook Awards were announced at the IACP conference in Portland, Oregon. Several Australian and New Zealand... Read more

Day to leave HarperCollins NZ x

HarperCollins New Zealand has announced the resignation of New Zealand publishing manager Lorain Day. ‘During her ten years with the company Lorain has built a... Read more

WA libraries to receive almost $3 million more to buy books x

The Western Australian state government has announced increased funding for books for libraries in the state. Culture and Arts minister John Day said council-run libraries... Read more

In brief x

Nam Le wins PEN/Malamud AwardNam Le has added the PEN/Malamud Award to his impressive list of prizes awarded for his debut publication, The Boat (Penguin).... Read more

Around the world x

Among the many international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Figes admits to negative Amazon reviews Bologna visitor... Read more

On Fancy Goods this week x

On our Fancy Goods blog this week: Matthia Dempsey attends the launch of the program for this year’s Emerging Writers Festival; in the light of... Read more

On tour x

May John Connolly, S&S (The Whisperers) Bob Franklin, Affirm (Under Stones)Julie Goodwin, Random House (Our Family Table) David Levithan, Text (Will Grayson, Will Grayson)Bill McKibben,... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Some independent publishers are way out in front, some less so. Just as some big publishers are more advanced than others. It’s a mixed bag’–Black... 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

Last week’s three top bestsellers: Our Family Table (Julie Goodwin, Random House), House Rules (Jodi Picoult, A&U), and 9th Judgement (James Patterson, Century) remain in... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in Media Extra x

As the nation stopped to honour our Anzac soldiers this weekend, the book world was abuzz with new Anzac titles. The most mentioned chart usually... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Williamstown Literary Festival: 26 April-2 May Australian Publishers Association AGM:... Read more

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RIP Deirdre O'Donnell x

Deirdre O’Donnell (née Hill), Australian Society of Authors (ASA) executive secretary from 1971-1981, has died aged 84. Robert Pullan, ASA chair writes: ‘With one phone... Read more

RIP Peter Porter x

Brisbane-born poet Peter Porter (OAM) has died in London, aged 81. Picador publisher Rod Morrison writes: ‘Picador would like to pay tribute to one of... Read more

RIP Alice Miller x

Psychoanalyst and author Alice Miller has died, aged 87. Miller caused a sensation in 1981 with the publication of The Drama of the Gifted Child,... Read more

RIP Alan Stilltoe x

UK author Alan Sillitoe has died, aged 82. His novels included Saturday Night and Sunday Morning and The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, both... Read more

 

 

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