Weekly Book Newsletter
4 August 2010

Inside the current issue: Kimberley Freeman on 'Wildflower Hill' x

In today’s rights news Hachette Australia reports it has sold US rights to Wildflower Hill by Kimberley Freeman in a pre-empt. Freeman will be known... Read more

REDgroup reports it is likely to breach banking covenants x

REDgroup retail, owners of Borders, Angus & Robertson and Whitcoulls, has reported that it is ‘likely to breach two out of three of its banking... Read more

Cengage acquires McGraw Hill secondary list x

Cengage Learning has announced it has acquired McGraw-Hill Australia’s portfolio of secondary school titles. The acquisition, effective 1 August 2010, was ‘an attractive portfolio fit... Read more

APA Australian Educational Publishing Awards 2010 winners announced x

This winners of the 2010 Australian Publishers Association (APA) Australian Educational Publishing Awards were announced today at an awards ceremony in Sydney. The overall winner... Read more

Age Book of the Year shortlist x

The shortlist for the 2010 Age Book of the Year awards has been announced. The winner of each category is awarded $10,000 with another $10,000... Read more

Dryden elected to International Booksellers Federation council x

The International Booksellers Federation (IBF), based in Brussels, has elected Derek Dryden, owner of Sydney’s Better Read Than Dead bookstore, to the IBF Council. Dryden... Read more

NZ Booksellers Choice Award shortlist x

The shortlist for the 2010 Nielsen BookData New Zealand Booksellers’ Choice Award has been announced. Booksellers throughout NZ were asked to nominate the books they... Read more

Brockhoff appointed head of fiction at Harpercollins x

HarperCollins has announced the appointment of Sue Brockhoff as head of fiction, effective immediately. Brockhoff will have responsibility ‘for the strategy and development of the... Read more

Ditmar awards shortlist: voting now open x

Voting for the Australian SF (‘Ditmar’) Award for 2010 is now open, and will remain open until one minute before midnight Perth time on Wednesday 1... Read more

Australian Christian Book of the Year shortlist x

The shortlist for the Australian Christian Book of the Year (ACBoY) award has been annnounced by the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Australia (SPCKA). The... Read more

Flintoff retires x

After 49 years in the book trade, Dennis Flintoff, the NSW sales consultant for Pearson Library, has retired. ‘The team at Pearson would like to... Read more

Onorato retires from James Bennett x

James Bennett has announced the retirement of promotions coordinator Annette Onorato. Onorato, who is retiring after more than 30 years with the company, will finish... Read more

In brief x

IPEd tenders for ‘Style Manual’The Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) has joined with Adelaide-based company Website Criteria and the Australian Graphic Design Association to submit... Read more

Around the world x

Among the many international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Barnes & Noble for sale Random House: ebooks... Read more

On Fancy Goods x

On our Fancy Goods blog this week, we round up the winners of this year’s New Zealand Book Design Awards, meet debut novelist Jon Bauer,... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: Nonfiction—Hachette Australia has sold True Spirit (Jessica Watson) to the US in a pre-empt, Germany at auction and also to... Read more

On tour x

August Jake Adelstein, Scribe (Tokyo Vice: A Western Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan) Jon Bauer, Scribe (Rocks in the Belly) Joe Bageant, Scribe... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘It’s not easy being a trade publisher in Australia these days […] Trade is terrible […] retailing in general is now in the worst state... Read more

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Stay in touch with us x

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Bestsellers this week x

Jasper Jones (Craig Silvey, A&U) tops the fastest movers chart this week after a flurry of new awards including Book of the Year and Literary... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in 'Media Extra' x

The Man Booker Prize longlist was a hot topic in the media this week. Most mentioned was Peter Carey’s longlisted book Parrot and Olivier in... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Australian Educational Publishing Award winners announced: 4 August The 34th... Read more

RIP Elliot Kastner x

Film producer Elliot Kastner has died, aged 80. He adapted many novels to film including Alistair MacLean’s Where Eagles Dare, William Inge’s Bus Riley’s Back... Read more



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