Weekly Book Newsletter
19 May 2010

Inside the current issue: Borghino reports on the international copyright symposium x

In the combined May/June issue of Bookseller+Publisher, Jose Borghino, manager–industry representation at the Australian Publishers Association, reports from the International Publishers Association Copyright Symposium in... Read more

REDgroup launches Kobo ebook platform and $199 ereader x

REDgroup retail has launched its Kobo ereader and ebooks platform at an event in Sydney this morning. The ereader, now available from the group’s Borders... Read more

NSW Prem's awards 2010: winners announced x

The NSW Premier’s Literary Awards were announced on Monday night as part of the Sydney Writers’ Festival. The $10,000 Book of the Year Award went... Read more

'Manning Clark: A Life' wins National Biography Award x

Manning Clark: A Life (Allen & Unwin) by Brian Matthews has won the $20,000 National Biography Award, Australia’s richest prize for biographical writing and memoir,... Read more

Australian attendance at book fairs threatened by AusTrade funding cut: APA x

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) has expressed its disappointment at news that funding to Austrade’s Export Market Development grants (EMDG) has been drastically cut in... Read more

Lee, Michael to prepare report for BISG x

Jenny Lee of the University of Melbourne’s Publishing & Communications program has been appointed to prepare a report for the newly formed Book Industry Strategy... Read more

Bloomsbury Australia to launch in 2011 x

Bloomsbury has announced it will form Bloomsbury Australia, launching in January 2011. To be based in Sydney, the business will be led by managing director... Read more

SWF kicks off x

The Sydney Writers’ Festival was officially opened last night with some Persian poetry and a powerful opening address from Iranian-American writer and commentator Reza Aslan... Read more

Darwin Wordstorm 2010 writers festival wraps up x

The 2010 Darwin Wordstorm festival wrapped up on Sunday, having run from 13 May. The biennial festival, which alternates with the ‘Eye of the Storm’... Read more

'An Awkward Truth' wins NT History Book Award; NT Literary Awards announced x

The winner of this year’s Chief Minister’s Northern Territory History Book Award is An Awkward Truth by Peter Grose (A&U). The award was announced on... Read more

Josephine Ulrick winners announced x

The winners of this year’s Josephine Ulrick poetry and short story prizes have been announced. The winners are: Poetry First Prize ($10,000) ‘endtime’ by Nathan... Read more

Australian Romance Readers Association awards announced x

The Australian Romance Readers Association held its annual awards dinner at Sydney?s Castlereagh Hotel on Saturday night, with historical romance writer Anna Campbell named Favourite... Read more

Lawyer sues author, editor and PanMac for defamation x

Perth-based lawyer Lloyd Rayney has launched a defamation case against author Estelle Blackburn, editor Malcolm Brown and publisher Pan Macmillan Australia over a chapter in... Read more

Herald Sun: book pages 'going strong' despite arts coverage cuts x

Despite Melbourne’s Herald Sun newspaper cutting its daily arts coverage, announcing last week that two long-standing arts journalists have been made redundant, the paper’s books... Read more

Bolinda launches 'e-audiobook' service for libraries & book retailers x

Audiobook publisher Bolinda has launched Bolinda Digital, a new ‘e-audiobook’ service for both online book retailers and libraries. Bolinda Digital titles will appear on-screen in... Read more

ABA announces conference author guests x

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has announced further guests for the ABA national conference in July. ‘The conference will be the first place you can... Read more

PM's Literary Awards: judges announced x

The judges for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards have been announced. As previously reported in the Weekly Book Newsletter, the number of categories has increased... Read more

Songs for stories raises over $3000 in donations x

A group of musicians and authors, sponsored by the Sydney Writers’ Festival and The City of Sydney performed at the Sydney Town Hall on 15... Read more

Speech Pathology Australia award shortlists announced x

Speech Pathology Australia has announced the shortlist for its annual ‘Book of the Year’ Awards. The shortlisted titles are: Young Children Category I Spy Dad!... Read more

In brief x

Ned Kelly award shortlists announcedThe titles nominated for this year’s Ned Kelly Awards for crime writing have been announced. To see the full list, go... Read more

Around the world x

Among the many international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Nebula Award winners Hachette sales fall as Twilight... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘For mid-tier publishers this is a big hit’–Australian Publishers Association CEO Maree McCaskill on the effect of federal budget cuts to Austrade’s Export Market Development... Read more

On Fancy Goods this week x

On our Fancy Goods blog this week: B Owen Baxter reviews Killing Richard Dawson (Robin Baker, Pantera Press); Deborah Crabtree reviews Taller When Prone (Les... Read more

On tour x

May John Connolly, Hachette (The Whisperers) Neil Cross, S&S (Captured) Bob Franklin, Affirm (Under Stones)Julie Goodwin, Random House (Our Family Table) David Levithan, Text (Will... 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 was little movement on the bestseller charts, for Our Family Table (Julie Goodwin, Ebury) and House Rules (Jodi Picoult, A&U) stayed at the top.... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in 'Media Extra' x

After a couple of weeks of media coverage, Susan Maushart’s The Winter of Our Disconnect (Bantam) has reached the most mentioned spot on our chart.... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Sydney Writers’ Festival: 17-23 May NZ Post Children’s Book Awards... Read more

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