Weekly Book Newsletter
16 March 2011

Inside the current issue: reviewers' top picks x

Our reviewers’ top picks from the April issue of Bookseller+Publisher include books by Craig Sherborne, Favel Parrett, Adrienne Ferreira and Cate Kennedy. For more information on... Read more

REDgroup Administration: Convening period for second meetings of creditors extended; REDgroup NZ for sale; More info for prospective buyers released x

The Federal Court of Australia has this week extended the period within which administrators Ferrier Hodgson must convene a second meeting of creditors for the... Read more

'The Happiest Refugee' wins 2011 Indie Award x

The Happiest Refugee by Anh Do (A&U) has won the overall Book of the Year Award at this year’s Indie Awards. Do’s book, which also... Read more

2011 Unwin Trust Fellowship recipient announced x

Joel Naoum from Pan Macmillan has been awarded the 2011 Unwin Trust UK-Australia Fellowship. Naoum was chosen for the fellowship, which is supported by the Unwin Charitable... Read more

A&U named publisher of the year at 2011 Leading Edge Books conference x

Allen & Unwin has been voted publisher of the year by independent booksellers across the country for the second year in a row. The publisher... Read more

ABA announces inaugural 'National Bookshop Day' x

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has announced a new initiative this week to celebrate Australian ‘bricks and mortar’ bookselling. National Bookshop Day will be held for... Read more

Oz, NZ authors nominated for 2011 Astrid Lindgren Award x

Four Australians and two New Zealanders have been nominated for the 2011 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, which will be announced at the end of this... Read more

Murdoch Books distribution to move from ADS to HarperCollins x

Murdoch Books has announced this week that HarperCollins Publishers has been appointed to manage all warehousing and distribution functions for the publisher in Australia and... Read more

Change of date, venue for 2011 Booksellers NZ conference x

Booksellers New Zealand has announced that the date and venue for the Association’s 2011 conference have changed. This year’s conference will now be held at... Read more

Bookstores for sale in Tasmania, NSW x

Three independent bookstores in Hobart, Tasmania, and one independent bookstore in Mudgee, New South Wales, are currently for sale. In Hobart, booksellers Ann and Edward... Read more

Pan Mac launches new imprint x

Pan Macmillan has announced the launch of its new Australian lifestyle imprint, Plum, which covers publishing in food, wine, gardening, home, design, travel and craft.... Read more

Hardie Grant Egmont announces price initiatives to support booksellers x

Hardie Grant Egmont has announced a number of initiatives this week designed to support booksellers by addressing price concerns. The publisher said in a statement... Read more

In Brief x

Yass bookstore closes down The Little Dog Bookshop in Yass, NSW closed down in February. The bookshop, which opened in September 2007, was the first... Read more

Around the World x

Among the many international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: 2011 Orange Prize longlist announced Borders US to... Read more

On Fancy Goods x

On Fancy Goods this week we have reviews of Alan Carter’s crime novel Prime Cut (Fremantle Press) and Jeannie Baker’s Indie-award-winning picture book Mirror (Walker Books),... Read more

On tour x

MarchNicole Alexander, Random House (A Changing Land) Sydney, Regional NSW and Regional QLD.Jeffrey Archer, Pan Macmillan (Clifton Chronicles: Only Time Will Tell) Melbourne, Perth and... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘The interest and growing expertise in the digital field among younger members of the industry bodes well for Australian publishing in our rapidly changing business’–judges... 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

Topping the bestsellers chart this week is Danielle Steel’s 44 Charles Street (Bantam)–the story of a woman whose life intertwines with three strangers after she is... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in 'Media Extra' x

Peter FitzSimons’ Batavia (William Heinemann), the true story of mutiny aboard the Dutch East India Company ship which struck a reef 80 kilometres off the... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: NZ Book Month: 1-31 March The Bookworm International Literary Festival,... Read more

Stay in touch with 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 Firgal Adams x

James Herd, media services manager for McGraw Hill, writes:   ‘The publishing industry lost one of its most endearing and larger than life characters recently when... Read more

RiP Yvonne du Fresne x

Author Yvonne du Fresne has died in Wellington NZ, aged 81. Du Fresne wrote several novels and collections of short stories including Farvel and other... Read more



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