Weekly Book Newsletter
30 March 2011

Inside the current issue: Focus on Geraldine Brooks x

In the April of Bookseller+Publisher magazine Portia Lindsay reviews the new novel from Geraldine Brooks, Caleb’s Crossing (Fourth Estate). In an interview with the reviewer,... Read more

Shaun Tan wins 2011 Astrid Lindgren Award, worth more than A$750,000 x

Australian author and illustrator Shaun Tan is the 2011 recipient of the world’s largest prize for children’s and young adult literature. The 2011 Astrid Lindgren... Read more

REDgroup administration: Gift cards must be redeemed by 3 April; Unsecured creditors 'unlikely' to receive dividends if companies liquidated x

Administrators Ferrier Hodgson announced last week that REDgroup Retail customers have until 3 April to redeem Angus & Robertson (A&R) and Borders gift cards in store. In a... Read more

Ball promoted at Penguin x

Penguin Australia has announced that publisher Ben Ball has been promoted to the position of publishing director, Penguin general. Penguin Australia CEO Gabrielle Coyne said... Read more

2010 ALS Gold Medal shortlist announced; Haskell, Bird receive A A Phillips Award x

The shortlist for this year’s ALS Gold Medal has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Apocrypha (Peter Boyle, Vagabond Press) Gravel (Peter Goldsworthy, Penguin) That... Read more

Malouf shortlisted for 2011 Man Booker International Prize x

Australian author David Malouf has been announced as one of the finalists for the 2011 Man Booker International Prize. Malouf has previously been shortlisted for the... Read more

2011 ABA Conference: Guest speakers announced; early registrations available this week x

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has announced the guest speakers for its conference and trade exhibition this year, entitled ‘Through the Looking Glass’, ahead of early-bird... Read more

Attendance, book sales up at 2011 Perth Writers' Festival x

Attendance figures were up by 10 percent and book sales were up by seven percent at this year’s Perth Writers’ Festival. Festival program manager Danielle Benda told the Weekly... Read more

Lightning Source Australia to open in Victoria by June x

Further to the article Ingram to open Australian Lightning Source operation in 2011, Ingram announced this week that it has selected Melbourne to be the home of... Read more

Bloomsbury to publish local authors x

At its official launch in Sydney last week, Bloomsbury confirmed it will be publishing Australian authors. Bloomsbury will publish The Great Disruption by Australian author... Read more

Spinifex Press celebrates 20 years x

Independent feminist publisher Spinifex Press is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The publisher, which is Australia’s only dedicated feminist publisher, was founded by Susan Hawthorne... Read more

Random House records revenue, digital growth in 2010; 'strong year' for Australian operations x

International publisher Random House has recorded a six percent increase in revenues, and a 26% increase in earnings before interest and taxes for the 2010... Read more

NZ travel book prize winners announced x

The winners of this year’s Whitcoulls Travcom Travel Book of the Year Award and the Whitcoulls Pictorial Travel Book of the Year Award have been... Read more

New imprint for Monash University Publishing x

Monash University Publishing announced last week that Monash Asia Institute Press (MAI Press) has become an imprint of Monash University Publishing. Monash University Publishing manager... Read more

Oz, NZ authors make 2011 White Ravens list x

A number of Australians, and one New Zealander, have been recognised on the 2011 White Ravens list for international children’s and youth literature. The following... Read more

ARRC2011: over 150 participants; award recipients announced x

More than 150 members of the bookselling and publishing community attended the second Australian Romance Readers Convention (ARRC) in Sydney over the weekend. Kate Cuthbert from... Read more

International publishers to visit Auckland x

Further to the article Additional guests announced for 2011 SWF VIP program; International guests to visit Auckland, Creative New Zealand has announced the names of... Read more

2011 NZ Science Book Prize shortlist announced x

The shortlisted for this year’s Royal Society of New Zealand Science Book Prize has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Kakapo: Rescued from the Brink... Read more

In brief x

Non-SPUNC titles available through Readings ebookstore Murdoch Books and Port Campbell Press are among the first non-SPUNC (Small Press Underground Networking Community) publishers to make titles available... Read more

Around the world x

Among the many international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Borders US seeks to pay US$8 million in... Read more

On Fancy Goods x

On Fancy Goods this week Paul Landymore reviews Little People (Jane Sullivan, Scribe) and Meredith Tate reviews The Wilful Eye: Tales from the Tower Volume... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: SalesFiction—Allen & Unwin has sold Danish rights for The Slap (Christos Tsiolkas) to Moller Forlag, as well as Hungarian rights... Read more

On tour x

April Tricia Brennan, Rockpool Publishing (The Map of the Soul) Sydney, Melbourne and the Sunshine Coast . Cristy Burne, Walker Books (Takeshita Demons) Perth and... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘I want to be a writer. I do not want to spend 40 hours a week handling e-mails, formatting covers, finding editors, etc. Right now,... 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

Detective Lindsay Boxer has finally married her boyfriend Joe, but has no time for a honeymoon when she is called in to investigate the brutal... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in Media Extra x

Tristan and Grace are staring at death while trapped in a car wreck in Bernard Beckett’s August (Text), and with little hope of rescue the... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Bologna Children’s Book Fair, Italy: 28-31 March Ten Days on... 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 Joe Bageant x

American author and political journalist Joe Bageant has died, aged 64. Bageant was the author of Deer Hunting with Jesus and Rainbow Pie (both Scribe).... Read more

RIP Diana Wynne Jones x

British author Diana Wynne Jones has died, aged 77. Among her many works were the ‘Dalemark Quartet’, the ‘Chrestomanci’ series, The Tough Guide to Fantasyland,... Read more



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