Weekly Book Newsletter
30 June 2010

Ruffino moves to Penguin in New York x

Penguin has appointed Dan Ruffino as group digital director in charge of Penguin’s global digital strategy, based in New York.  Ruffino will report to Penguin... Read more

ABA to launch local 'IndieBound' movement x

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has announced it has reached an agreement with the American Booksellers Association to ‘bring the IndieBound movement to Australia’. Established... Read more

S&S announces 'realigned' sales team; four reps made redundant x

Simon & Schuster has confirmed that, as part of a ‘realignment’ of its sales team, four sales positions have been made redundant. S&S Australia managing... Read more

Blackwood wins Greenaway Medal x

Australian illustrator Freya Blackwood has been announced as the winner of the 2010 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal, one of the world’s premier awards for illustration.... Read more

A&R Top 100 Announced x

Comedian and author Anh Do announced Angus & Robertson Top 100 at Melbourne’s Wheeler Centre last night. The Top 100 lists Australia’s favourite books, with 101,655 votes... Read more

Fatima Bhutto cancels festival appearance x

Afghan-born Pakistani journalist and writer Fatima Bhutto has pulled out of the Byron Bay Writers Festival, where she was due to appear as the keynote... Read more

Griffin Press continues to invest in Australian book printing x

Griffin Press, the Adelaide-based book-printing arm of PMP, has announced a significant new investment in equipment, reasserting its confidence in locally printed books. Griffin Press... Read more

Ubud authors announced x

The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival has announced some of its line-up this year. Confirmed authors include Anne Enright, William Dalrymple, Ma Jian, Kate Adie and Dewi... Read more

Kobo sells out for Whitcoulls in NZ x

Just over a month after its NZ launch, Whitcoulls has sold out of two shipments of the Kobo ereader and is taking pre-orders on a... Read more

Grand opening for new Gleebooks store x

Gleebooks at Dulwich Hill is opening its doors on Thursday 1 July at 5pm, followed by ‘a weekend of literary events with authors including Garth... Read more

ABR announces $5000 fellowship program x

The Australian Book Review (ABR) has announced the creation of a new ABR Patrons’ Fellowship program. The publication’s editor Peter Rose told the Weekly Book... Read more

NZ Book Council short film wins two awards at Cannes x

A short film produced by the New Zealand Book Council to promote books and reading has won two awards at the Cannes Lions International Advertising... Read more

In brief x

HarperCollins, Hardie Grant become RHYW publisher partnersReadHowYouWant (RHYW), which produces special formats of books such as DAISY and large print, has announced that HarperCollins Australia... Read more

Around the world x

Among the international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Russian book fair ends in fistfights Are children’s publishers... Read more

On tour x

July Ayaan Hirsi Ali, HarperCollins (Nomad: A Personal Journey through the Clash of Civilizations) Blanche d’Alpuget, MUP (Robert J. Hawke)Duncan Lay, HarperCollins (The Radiant Child)Kylie... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘How would the publishing industry change of agents switched from commission-based payment to billable hours? How would the publishing industry change if ALL publishers went... 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

Australia’s obsession with weight loss still translates into sales at the register, as seen by the latest diet book to hit the shelves is The... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in 'Media Extra' x

As expected, author Peter Temple had a great week of media coverage following his Miles Franklin win for Truth (Text). Sebastian Junger’s War (HarperCollins) and... Read more

On Fancy Goods x

On the Fancy Goods blog this week Matt Oliver reviews Annabel Crabb’s Rise of the Ruddbot (Black Inc.); Scott Whitmont chats to Boyd Anderson about... Read more

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Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Online Retailer Expo & Conference: 6-9 July 2010 Redmond Barry... Read more

RIP Norman Macrae x

Norman Macrae CBE, writer and editor for the Economist, has died aged 86. He wrote The 2024 Report: A Future History of the Next 40... Read more

RIP Carlos Monsivais x

Mexican writer Carlos Monsiváis has died aged 72. Monsiváis’ best-known works include Dias de guardar and Escenas de pudor y liviandad (Frivolity and Shame Scenes).

 

 

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