Weekly Book Newsletter
6 April 2011

Inside the current issue: Introducing Pan Mac's new Plum imprint x

In the May issue of Bookseller+Publisher Andrea Hanke interviews Mary Small, publisher of Pan Macmillan’s newly launched lifestyle imprint Plum. The first Plum title, due... Read more

REDgroup administration: 25 A&R stores to terminate franchise agreements x

As reported by Bookseller+Publisher online yesterday, 25 Angus & Robertson (A&R) franchises have announced that they have formally terminated their franchise agreements with the REDgroup... Read more

REDgroup administration: 12 more A&R stores to close; Whitcoulls airport stores sold x

The administrators of REDgroup Retail have announced a further 12 Angus & Robertson stores will close. A statement from administrators Ferrier Hodson released on Thursday 31... Read more

2011 Get Reading! campaign launched x

The 2011 Get Reading! campaign was launched in Sydney yesterday, with the release of the ’50 Books You Can’t Put Down’ list. This year’s campaign will... Read more

Delahunty appointed Writing Australia national director x

Former Victorian Arts and Education minister Mary Delahunty has been appointed national director of Writing Australia. In a statement from the organisation this week, interim... Read more

2011 Tasmanian Book Prizes winners announced x

Tasmanian author Richard Flanagan has won the top award at this year’s Tasmania Book Prizes, presented as part of the Ten Days on the Island... Read more

Sydney Writers' Festival program announced x

The program for the 2011 Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF) is now available in print and on the website (www.swf.org.au), and tickets are on sale. International... Read more

Productivity Commission releases retail inquiry issues paper x

The Productivity Commission has released an issues paper to assist interested parties in making submissions to its inquiry into the Australian retail industry. The Commission... Read more

Graham shortlisted for 2011 Kate Greenaway Medal x

Australian author Bob Graham has made the shortlist for the 2011 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal, which is presented each year for distinguished illustration in children’s... Read more

Two Australian authors nominated in romance awards x

Romance Writers of America (RWA) has announced two Australian finalists for the 2011 RITA Awards. The authors nominated (both in the Contemporary Series Romance category)... Read more

TB Clarke launches new retail business, website x

Remainders company TB Clarke has launched a new retail venture for consumers, AllBooks4Less. The new retail business is in addition to the company’s existing wholesale business,... Read more

Hema closes Auckland office x

The New Zealand sales and distribution office of Hema Maps closed on 31 March. The Australian company, which produces a range of travel-related products including guidebooks,... Read more

Registrations open for 2011 National Editors Conference x

The NSW Society of Editors announced last week that registrations have opened for the 2011 National Editors Conference, ‘New Horizons for Editing and Publishing’. The... Read more

Aussie Author Month kicks off x

The inaugural Aussie Author Month has been launched and will run until the end of April. The campaign, which is designed to support and promote... Read more

Wheeler Centre/SLV: Children's Book Festival x

An estimated 10,000 children and parents flocked to the inaugural Children’s Book Festival in Melbourne on Sunday, and event co-hosted by The Wheeler Centre and State... Read more

In Brief x

Children’s book to raise money for Christchurch All proceeds from the sale of a new children’s book will be donated to the Red Cross to... Read more

Around the world x

Among the many international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Shatzkin: is print now a subsidiary right? HMV... Read more

On Fancy Goods x

On Fancy Goods this week Meredith Tate reviews The Dream of the Thylacine (Margaret Wild, illus by Ron Brooks, A&U) and the May edition of... 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 WA.... Read more

(Romantic) quote(s) of the week x

‘When you ask someone to marry you in the acknowledgements page of your book, you really hope that she’ll say yes. Luckily, she did, and... 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

Hazel Bannock, heir to a major global oil corporation, has a crisis on her hands when her teenage daughter Cayla is kidnapped by pirates who... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in Media Extra x

Imagine if Jesus had a rebellious, clever sister. Such is the world that author Leslie Cannold has created in her new novel The Book of... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: ‘The Waterhole’ – An exhibition of original artwork by Graeme... 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 Liz Lohmeyer x

Allen & Unwin writes:‘Allen & Unwin are extremely saddened by the death of Liz Lohmeyer. Liz was a truly amazing person, full of enthusiasm, boundless... Read more

RiP Tony Barrell x

Journalist, author, and multi-award winning ABC documentary maker, Tony Barrell, has died aged 70. Tim Curnow, Literary Agent, writes:‘Born in England he started work in... Read more



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