Weekly Book Newsletter
12 January 2011

'True Grit' Giveaway x

Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Josh Brolin star in the latest Coen brothers’ movie. Fourteen-year-old Mattie Ross’ father has been shot in cold blood by the... Read more

Inside the current issue: The ones to watch in 2011 x

In the Summer issue of Bookseller+Publisher we round up the titles Australian publishers are expecting big things from in 2011. New books from authors including... Read more

Post-Christmas survey: have you completed it yet? x

The Weekly Book Newsletter is currently completing its annual post-Christmas survey to see how the industry fared in the Christmas sale season. We will publish the... Read more

Online retailer first Oz bookseller to sign up with Google x

Online bookstore Booktopia is the first Australian bookseller to enter into a partnership with Google to sell ebooks, reports The Canberra Times. According to the... Read more

Gauder resigns from REDgroup Retail x

Jerome Gauder has resigned from his position as Australian managing director of REDgroup Retail. Gauder, who has been with the group since 1996, was responsible... Read more

Changes announced to 2011 Prime Minister's Literary Awards x

Federal Arts Minister Simon Crean announced a series of changes to this year’s Prime Minister’s Literary Awards last week. A statement from the Minister said... Read more

QLD bookstores close in face of rising flood waters; QWC, SLQ and UQP also closed x

Bookstores in Queensland are among retail businesses that have been affected by the devastating floods currently sweeping across the state. The Weekly Book Newsletter understands that... Read more

Scribo acquisition 'yet to deliver on its promise' says PMP; G&G revenue falls 4.6% in 2009-10 x

PMP, the owner of book distributor The Scribo Group, has admitted its acquisition of the distribution business in September 2008 ‘has yet to deliver on... Read more

Booksellers, retail associations welcome new Productivity Commission inquiry x

Bookselling and retailing organisations welcomed the Federal Government announcement in December that the Productivity Commission will conduct an inquiry into the future of the Australian retail sector... Read more

REDgroup joins coalition of retailers calling for GST reform x

REDgroup Retail has entered the debate about foreign retailers being exempt from collecting GST on some Australian purchases, joining a coalition of some of the... Read more

'The Circle of Silence' wins Walkley x

Shirley Shackleton won the 2010 Walkley Book Award for The Circle of Silence: A Personal Testimony Before, During and After Balibo (Murdoch Books), announced at the Walkley... Read more

Oldmeadow appointed director of Dromkeen Foundation; will oversee editorial, relationships at ASO x

Scholastic Australia has announced the appointment of John Oldmeadow as the new director of the Dromkeen Foundation. As part of his new role Oldmeadow will... Read more

National consumer laws introduced; new responsibilities for retail businesses x

New national laws to protect consumers and ensure fair trading across Australia came into effect on 1 January this year. The new Australian Consumer Law... Read more

Newbery and Caldecott, Printz 2011 winners announced x

This year’s Newbery and Caldecott award winners have been announced. The Newbery Medal goes to Clare Vanderpool for her debut novel Moon over Manifest (Random... Read more

Munro wins 2010 Johnno Award x

Craig Munro is the recipient of the 2010 Johnno Award. Munro is a well-known author, the former publishing manager at University of Queensland Press (UQP)... Read more

Melb Uni announces 'Melbourne Summer Reading' initiative; first-year students to all read 'The Boat' x

Melbourne University has announced that it will launch a new literary initiative for the 2011 academic year called Melbourne Summer Reading. First-year students across all... Read more

OzCo launches Writing Australia x

The Literature Board of the Australia Council for the Arts has announced that five Australian state-based writers’ centres have joined together to form a national... Read more

National Gourmand Cookbook Awards winners announced x

The national winners in the 2011 Gourmand Cookbook Awards were announced in December. The Australian Best Cookbook of the Year was awarded to Bentley: Contemporary... Read more

NZ authors feature in New Year Honours List x

A number of New Zealand authors and members of the literary community have been appointed to the New Zealand Order of Merit in recognition of... Read more

In brief x

New NZ award for children’s book illustrators The New Zealand Arts Foundation announced the establishment of a new award for children’s book illustrators in December. The... Read more

Around the world x

Among the many international booktrade stories recently added to our Around the World blog: One in five UK libraries to close B&N has its best... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Applications open for the 12th Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship in... Read more

On tour x

  JanuaryAlison Booth, Random House (The Indigo Sky)Katherine Howell, Pan Macmillan (Violent Exposure)Jane Hawking, Palgrave Macmillan (Travelling to Infinity)Katrina Beikoff, Finch Publishing (No Chopsticks Required)Sally... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘We have all been shocked by the images and news coming out of Queensland. Our hearts go out to all those affected by the floods:... 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

Last Sacrifice (Rachel Mead, Razorbill), the sixth and final book in the ‘Vampire Academy’ series, tops the bestsellers chart this week followed by The Ugly... Read more

Most mentioned x

The first edition of Media Extra for 2011 will be published on Monday, 17 January. To find out which books were mentioned in the media... Read more

Stay in touch with us x

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RiP Ruth Park x

Penguin publishing director Bob Sessions writes: ‘I was very saddened to hear that my dear friend Ruth Park has passed on. She held a very... Read more

RiP Harvey McQueen x

Poet, anthologist and educator Harvey McQueen has died aged 76. His most recent book, These I Have Loved (Steele Roberts Publishing Ltd), presenting 100 of his... Read more

RiP Elisabeth Beresford x

Children’s author Elisabeth Beresford has died aged 84.  Elisabeth Beresford is best known as the creator of The Wombles. The Wombles books were first published... Read more

RIP Don Grady x

Don Grady, a New Zealand author of 12 books, has died aged 81. His last book on the Edwin Fox ship received funding from the... Read more

RIP Dick King-Smith x

Dick King-Smith, the British author of many popular children’s books, has died aged 88. His 1983 book The Sheep-Pig was made into the Australian film Babe.

 

 

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