Weekly Book Newsletter
1 September 2010

Fourth annual Indigenous Literacy Day today x

Thousands of school children, together with hundreds of bookshops and publishers, libraries and organisations around Australia will celebrate the fourth Indigenous Literacy Day today, 1... Read more

TitlePage: standalone ebook solution 'not viable' but platform upgrade planned to integrate ebook supply chain x

The Australian Publishers Association has advised that the TitlePage Management Group charged with providing business expertise to TitlePage has recommended to the APA Board that... Read more

'The Future is Now' ABA ebook seminar x

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) hosted a well-attended full-day seminar on ebooks yesterday in Sydney, titled ‘The Future is Now’. The day’s keynote speaker was... Read more

Queensland Premier's Awards 2010 winners announced x

J M Coetzee took out the top prize for fiction at the 2010 Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards last night for Summertime (Vintage), which judges described... Read more

Browne to replace Walker at REDgroup x

REDgroup Retail, owner of Borders, Angus & Robertson and Whitcoulls, has announced Rod Walker will step down from his role as executive chairman. The announcement... Read more

LP: Samson resigns due to ill health x

Lonely Planet has announced that Richard Samson, general manager, Asia-Pacific, has resigned from his position for health reasons. Samson has been battling a serious illness... Read more

'Encircled Lands' wins 2010 Book of the Year at the New Zealand Post awards x

The 2010 winners of the New Zealand Post Book of the Year awards, previously known as the Montana awards, have been announced. The overall winner... Read more

Nielsen BookData NZ Booksellers' Choice Award 2010 Winner announced x

Wonky Donkey (Craig Smith & Katz Cowley, Scholastic NZ) was announced as the winner of the annual Nielsen BookData New Zealand Bookseller’s Choice Award for... Read more

Thorpe-Bowker 2010 NZ Book Industry Awards x

The winners of the Thorpe-Bowker 2010 New Zealand Book Industry Awards were announced at the Booksellers NZ Conference Dinner in Auckland on Sunday 29 August.... Read more

'Lovesong' wins 2010 Age Book of the Year x

The winners of the Age Book of the Year Awards were announced on Friday 27 August at the opening of the Melbourne Writers Festival. Alex... Read more

'Anonymous Premonition' wins $25,000 Kate Challis RAKA Award x

Anonymous Premonition by Yvette Hold (UQP) has won this year’s Kate Challis RAKA Award. The $25,000 award for Indigenous creative artists is offered in a... Read more

Davitt Awards winners announced x

Allen & Unwin won all awards in the Sisters in Crime Australia’s 10th Davitt Awards for best Australian women’s crime writing, presented by Val McDermid... Read more

Davidson wins 2011 Peter Blazey Fellowship x

Robyn Davidson has won the 2011 Peter Blazey Fellowship for her work-in-progress ‘Self Portrait with Imaginary Mother’. The fellowship is awarded annually to writers in... Read more

2010 Inky Awards longlist announced x

The longlist for the 2010 Inky Awards has been announced. The Inkys are international awards for teenage literature, presented by Inside a Dog, a website... Read more

On Demand Acquires DPA x

Digital printer On Demand has acquired Digital Printing Australia (DPA). Print industry journal Print 21 Online reports that DPA directors Claude Lucchesi and Kirk Peterson... Read more

'Addition' film rights sold x

Text Publishing has announced that film rights to Toni Jordan’s Addition have been acquired by Buon Giorno Productions and Bruna Papandrea. The film is set... Read more

MWF joins international festivals to form 'The Word Alliance' x

The Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) is one of five international literary festivals that have formed The Word Alliance (TWA). TWA was launched by Edinburgh International... Read more

In brief x

Amsterdam on ‘Guardian’ first book longlist Things We Didn’t See Coming by Australian author Steven Amsterdam (Sleepers Publishing) has been longlisted for this year’s £10,000 (A$17,000)... Read more

Around the world x

Among the many international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Should writers pay for book reviews? ‘The digital... Read more

On Fancy Goods x

On the Fancy Goods blog this week, Angela Meyer reviews Bereft (Chris Womersley, Scribe), we talk to Toni Jordan about the numerous and varied book... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: Nonfiction—Random House has sold Hell on the Way to Heaven (Chrissie Foster & Paul Kennedy) to Italy, The Sixth Wave... Read more

On tour x

September Elif Batuman, Text (The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them) Christine Bongers, Random House (Henry Hoey Hobson)Steph Bowe, Text... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Online, our undies are hanging out for all to see’–A&U’s Elizabeth Weiss utilised the ‘undies drawer’ metaphor to try to liven up the topic of... 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

Sales of bestselling book Eat, Pray, Love (Elizabeth Gilbert, Bloomsbury) continue to gather steam, with the book topping the bestseller charts for the second week... Read more

Most mentioned: This week in 'Media Extra' x

Two books topped the most mentioned chart this week: Bereft (Chris Womersley, Scribe), a postwar tale of loneliness and suffering during the Spanish flu epidemic... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Beijing Book Fair: 30 August-3 September Melbourne Writers Festival: 28... Read more

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