Weekly Book Newsletter
21 July 2010

Reader Giveaway: 'East of Ipswich' DVDs x

Michael Palin drew on his memories of family holidays in grey, provincial seaside resorts to write the screenplay for East of Ipswich, a coming of... Read more

Inside the current issue: a little romance x

Last year, Rosemary’s Romance Books in Brisbane won the Romance Writers of America Steffie Walker Bookseller of the Year Award. Owner Rosemary Potter wrote a... Read more

2010 PM's Literary Awards shortlist announced x

As reported in a Weekly Book Newsletter special bulletin, the shortlisted titles for the 2010 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards were announced by the Minister for... Read more

ASA recommends 35% minimum author royalty on ebooks x

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has recommended a minimum ebook royalty for authors of 35% of the publisher’s net receipts. The recommendation is contained... Read more

AWW to conduct 'international search' for new director x

Following the resignation of long-time festival director Rose Wight, Adelaide Writers’ Week will be ‘conducting an international search’ for a replacement, according to festival chief... Read more

MWF 2010 program launched x

The program for this year’s Melbourne Writers Festival, which runs from 27 August to 5 September 2010, has been launched. The festival’s first keynote address... Read more

Kogan launches $189 ereader x

Melbourne-based electronic goods company Kogan Technologies has announced it will sell its branded ereader for $189. Kogan communications manager Vuki Vujasinovic told the Weekly Book... Read more

'Age' A2 editor Heath to join MUP as associate publisher x

Melbourne University Publishing (MUP) has announced the appointment of the Age A2 editor Sally Heath as an associate publisher. Heath, who will take up the... Read more

Dyer sells Domain Books to Durack, retains Fairfield Books x

Heather Dyer has sold Domain Books in Melbourne to former staff member Cathy Durack. Durack, who worked at the store for several years, has brought... Read more

Lay wins Reader's Feast/Eureka Street Award at third Crime and Justice Festival x

The third Reader’s Feast Crime and Justice Festival was held over the weekend from 16 to 18 July at the Abbotsford Convent in Melbourne. Festival... Read more

AussieCon 4 Short Story Competition x

AussieCon 4, the 68th World Science Fiction Convention, which runs from 2 to 6 September in Melbourne, has announced the winners of the ‘Make Ready’... Read more

In brief x

HarperCollins gives $30,000 to Indigenous Literacy ProjectHarperCollins staff have raised funds for the Indigenous Literacy Project, through multiple charitable events, raising a total of $30,000. HarperCollins CEO... Read more

Around the world x

Among the many international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: ‘The trouble with Amazon’ #dearpublisher has Twitter atwitter... Read more

On Fancy Goods x

On the blog this week, Doris Mousdale reviews The Crime of Huey Dunstan (James McNeish, Text), Rachel Wilson reviews Spinning Out (Christine Darcas, Hachette Australia)... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: Sales Nonfiction–Black Inc. has sold The Shortest History of Europe (John Hirst) to RIPOL Classic (Russia) and Shanghai BBT (simplified... Read more

On tour x

July Deborah Abela, Random House (Grimsdon) Ayaan Hirsi Ali, HarperCollins (Nomad: A Personal Journey through the Clash of Civilizations) Blanche d’Alpuget, MUP (Robert J. Hawke)Joe... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘If the publisher’s split is a weak one, favouring the online retailer, that is not the author’s problem. Authors should not be expected to compensate... 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

Performing arts college Dother Hall is not quite the showbiz experience Tallulah was expecting, but once her mates turn up and they start their summer... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in 'Media Extra' x

Blanche d’Alpuget’s Hawke: The Prime Minister (MUP) sits at number one on the most mentioned chart this week. The release of this book coincides with... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: PANZ Book Design Awards 2010 winners announced: 22 July Inscribe... Read more

If you like us... x

Sign up for The Bookseller+Publisher Newsletter–delivered free to your inbox once a fortnight. You can also follow Bookseller+Publisher online on Twitter, become a Facebook fan or... Read more

RIP Laurie Clancy x

Melbourne fiction writer, academic and critic Laurie Clancy has died. Association for the Study of Australian Literature writes: ‘Clancy’s first novel was A Collapsible Man... Read more

RIP Steve Schneider x

Climate scientist and author Stephen Schneider has died, aged 65. A Stanford professor since 1992, he wrote several influential books on climate change in the... Read more



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