Weekly Book Newsletter
18 August 2010

Giveaway: win tickets to Songs for Stories! x

This year’s Songs for Stories concert to raise funds for the Indigenous Literacy Project will feature performances from Dan Sultan and his band, Megan Washington,... Read more

Inside the current issue: Christmas! x

Inside the September issue of Bookseller+Publisher you’ll find a round up of the local titles on offer for Christmas. You’ll also find more than 60... Read more

WA Prem's 2008 and 2009 shortlists announced x

The shortlist for the 2008 and 2009 Western Australian Premier’s book awards have been announced. The awards are being presented for both years following the... Read more

Queensland Prem's awards shortlists announced x

The shortlists for the 2010 Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Fiction Book Award Parrot and Olivier... Read more

Ned Kelly Awards 2010 shortlist announced x

The titles shortlisted for the 2010 Ned Kelly awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles are: True crime Crooks Like Us (Peter Doyle, Historic Houses Trust)... Read more

Jones leaves Kinokuniya to found Novel Concept x

Steve Jones has announced his resignation as general manager of Kinokuniya Bookstores of Australia to start his own marketing and business consulting business Novel Concepts. Jones’ final... Read more

2010 Get Reading! Campaign 'the most comprehensive ever' x

The 2010 Get Reading campaign will launch on 25 August with ‘the most comprehensive promotional campaign ever’, says director Cheryl Akle. This year’s campaign will... Read more

New EB101 ebook reader launched x

Australian-based IT and consumer electronics accessories company LASER Corporation has launched a new ebook reader, priced at $149.95. The company said ebook files and content... Read more

Romance Book of the Year winners announced x

The winners of this year’s Romance Book of the Year (R*BY) awards have been announced. The winners were: Long Romance: Mistletoe Magic (Sophia James, Mills... Read more

LIANZA Children's Book Awards 2010 winners announced x

The LIANZA (Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa) has announced the winners of its 2010 Children’s Book Awards. The winners are: LIANZA Russell... Read more

ASA critical of both parties as election looms x

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has expressed its disappointment that neither major party ‘has made any substantial policy announcements in direct support of artists... Read more

Fox preparing to sue MP x

Author Mem Fox is preparing to sue Liberal MP Daiv Pisoni, reports the Australian. Fox is reported to have engaged Adelaide firm Sykes Bidsrup following... Read more

Paper Plus Taupo and Take Note Caterton winners at Paper Plus awards x

Paper Plus Taupo and Take Note Carterton were awarded the National Store of the Year awards at the Paper Plus Group gala dinner held in... Read more

Inaugural Ngaio Marsh crime award shortlist announced x

The shortlist for the inaugural Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel has been announced. The finalists are: Cut and Run (Alix Bosco, Penguin) Burial... Read more

'Losing My Religion' named Australian Christian Book of the Year x

Losing My Religion (Tom Frame, UNSW Press) has been named the 2010 Australian Christian Book of the Year at this year’s Australian Christian Literature Awards,... Read more

Cheng named SCWBI Member of the Year x

Australian children’s author Christopher Cheng has been named 2010 member of the year by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), at its... Read more

In brief x

Shearer’s wins retail awardShearer’s in Leichhardt, Sydney, has won the Outstanding Specialised Retail Business award at the Inner West Local Business Awards. New book design... Read more

Around the world x

Among the many international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Doctorow wins DRM fight with Amazon, B&B and... Read more

On Fancy Goods x

On the Fancy Goods blog: We speak to comedian, television host and now author Charlie Pickering about his book Impractical Jokes (A&U), Chris McDonough reviews... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: Fiction—Sleepers Publishing has sold UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Australia and New Zealand) The Danger Game (Kalinda Ashton) to Tindal... Read more

On tour x

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

Quote of the week x

‘Simply holding a desire to be in print is not participation in the publishing industry. Readers are already reading and buying books so they are... 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

After sailing around the world, Jessica Watson has been touring the bookshops of Australia signing copies of her book True Spirit (Hachette), which is number... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in 'Media Extra' x

Ex-PM Kevin Rudd’s daughter Jessica Rudd graced the cover of the latest Good Weekend in promotion of her new novel Campaign Ruby (Text), and her... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: The Poetry of Science: 18 August Daylesford Words in Winter... Read more

RIP Elaine Koster x

Elaine Koster, the publisher and literary agent who discovered Stephen King, has died aged 69. As publisher of the New American Library in the 1970s,... Read more

 

 

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