Weekly Book Newsletter
14 July 2010

Inside the current issue: 2010 Father's Day titles x

Can it be that time of year already? Well, not quite, but Father’s Day isn’t far away. In the August issue of Bookseller+Publisher magazine editor... Read more
 

ABA conference 2010: sales down but booksellers energised x

The 86th annual Australian Booksellers Association conference was held over three days in Brisbane, starting last Sunday. ABA conference organiser Claire Pittman reports that attendance... Read more
 

Burgess to leave A&U, join RHYW x

Allen & Unwin sales director Chris Burgess will leave the company on 29 July to take up the position of general manager at ReadHowYouWant (RHYW).... Read more
 

Wight resigns from Adelaide Writers' Week x

After more than 17 years as the executive producer of the Adelaide Writers’ Week, Rose Wight has resigned suddenly, in protest at ‘insulting and unacceptable’... Read more
 

New ABA committee announced, Page appointed president x

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has appointed Jon Page of Pages & Pages in Mosman, Sydney, as its new president. Page takes over from Fiona... Read more
 

Rennie appointed Murdoch Books publishing director x

Murdoch Books has announced the appointment of Chris Rennie as publishing director. ‘As the current publisher of the trade, reference and language division at Lonely... Read more
 

Management buyout at Doubleday Australia x

The management team of membership-based retailer Doubleday Australia has purchased the company from its former owners Bertelsmann under the entity A&WN Trust. Doubleday Australia managing... Read more
 

A&U celebrates 20 years of independence x

Allen & Unwin celebrated 20 years as an independent Australian publisher with a very well-attended party in Sydney last Friday night. About 700 guests filled... Read more
 

'Ransom' wins ALS Gold Medal x

Ransom (David Malouf, Knopf) has been named the winner of this year’s ALS Gold Medal. Ransom beat The Darwin Poems (Emily Ballou, UWA Publishing); The... Read more
 

Higgins wins 2010 Text Prize for YA and Children's Writing x

Jane Higgins has won the 2010 Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing, for her ‘apocalyptic action novel’ The Bridge. Higgins’ novel will be... Read more
 

Quercus distribution to move to PanMac in 2011 x

UK-based independent publisher Quercus has announced that it is moving its Australian and New Zealand distribution from Murdoch Books to Pan Macmillan, commencing 1 January... Read more
 

AIATSIS to launch Stanner Award for Indigenous writers x

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) has announced the creation of a new award for an academic manuscript by an Indigenous... Read more
 

'National Year of Reading 2012' website launched x

A new website at www.love2read.org.au is now live in the lead-up to the National Year of Reading 2012. The National Year of Reading is an... Read more
 

NZ book design award renamed to honour Reid x

The Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) has announced that its premier design award for the best book has been renamed the Gerard Reid Award... Read more
 

Educational Publishing Awards 2010 shortlist announced x

The titles shortlisted for the 2010 Australian Publishers Association (APA) Australian Educational Publishing Awards have been announced. The shortlisted works are: Primary schoolPrimary educational website:... Read more
 

Australian author on Man Asian Literary Prize judging panel x

Australian author Hsu-Ming Teo, who was born in Malaysia before migrating to Australia in 1977 aged seven, has been named as one of the judges... Read more
 

In brief x

CAL Scribe Fiction Prize prizemoney increases to $15,000The prize money for the CAL Scribe Fiction Prize will increase from $10,000 to $15,000 in 2011. The... Read more
 

Around the world x

Among the many international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Frankfurt to see ‘largest LitAg ever’ RiP Harvey... Read more
 

On Fancy Goods x

On our Fancy Goods blog this week: Matthia Dempsey on Nicholas Carr’s forthcoming look at ‘how the internet is changing the way we think, read... Read more
 

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week Jenny Darling & Associates reports ‘a Danish translation sale for Dog Boy by Eva Hornung (Text), to Klim Forlaget’ and... 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)Joe Bennett, S&S (Hello Dubai)Isobelle Carmody,... Read more
 

Quote of the week x

‘It is impossible to compete with an organisation that is prepared to lose money’–Hachette Australia managing director Malcolm Edwards, referring to online bookseller The Book... 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

Stephanie Meyer’s new novella The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner (Hachette) has remained at number one on the bestseller chart for a whole month.... Read more
 

Most mentioned: this week in 'Media Extra' x

Justin Cronin’s novel The Passage was among the five titles that tied for top spot in our most mentioned chart this week (also up there... Read more
 

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Mildura Writers’ Festival: 15-18 July SPUNC professional development session: 15... Read more
 

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RiP Jessica Anderson x

Award-winning Queensland-born author Jessica Anderson has died, aged 93. Anderson won the 1978 Miles Franklin Literary Award for her novel Tirra Lirra By the River... Read more
 

RiP John Mckone x

Hachette Australia writes:‘Hachette Australia is saddened by the death of John Mckone last Thursday. ‘John brought his retirement forward earlier this year owing to ill health. In typical John... Read more
 

 

 

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