Weekly Book Newsletter
4 May 2011

REDgroup administration: Six more A&R stores to close; Further redundancies expected at Oz head office; Bennetts chain sold in NZ x

REDgroup Retail administrators Ferrier Hodgson announced on 27 April that a further six Angus & Robertson stores will close as part of the administration process.... Read more

Demetriou to leave HarperCollins as part of restructure x

HarperCollins Publishers has announced that chief operating officer Jim Demetriou will finish in his position at the end of the week as part of a company... Read more

Dymocks major sponsor, official bookseller for 2011 MWF x

The Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) has announced a new partnership with Dymocks, with the bookselling chain becoming a major sponsor of the event. The Dymocks... Read more

Griffin Press launches global print network x

Griffin Press has launched a new global printing collaboration with printers in Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States, which will allow simultaneous book... Read more

Bookstores close after NZ tornado x

A number of New Zealand bookstores are currently closed following the tornado which hit Auckland on 3 May. Whitcoulls has advised that the Whitcoulls store... Read more

2011 George Robertson Awards announced x

The 2011 recipients of the George Robertson Awards for distinguished service to the Australian publishing industry were announced in Melbourne on 28 April, following the... Read more

2011 NT Literary Awards finalists announced x

The finalists for this year’s Northern Territory Literary Awards have been announced. The shortlisted writers in the book-related categories are: $1000 Dymocks Arafura Short Story... Read more

In Brief x

2011 Calibre Prize winners announcedThe Australian Book Review (ABR) and the Copyright Agency Limited have announced that the 2011 Calibre Prize will be shared by... Read more

Around the World x

Among the many international booktrade news stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: is it time for ads in books?... Read more

On Fancy Goods x

On Fancy Goods this week Max Oliver reviews Shooting Stars and Flying Fish (Nancy Knudsen, A&U), Bookseller+Publisher intern Meaghan Dew reviews Dead Reckoning (Charlaine Harris,... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: SalesFiction—HarperCollins has sold Tuscan Rose (Belinda Alexandra) to the UK and US; Song of the Winns (Frances Watts) to the... Read more

On tour x

May Daniel Altman, Black Inc. (Outrageous Fortunes) Sydney. Georgia Blain, Random House (Too Close to Home) Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Leslie Cannold, Text (The Book... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘What’s not to like about a business with strong sales, an iconic brand that’s been in New Zealand for over one hundred years, a nationwide chain? It’s... 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

Leading up to Mother’s Day, Donna Hay’s cookbook, A Cook’s Guide (HarperCollins), compiled from a decade’s worth of the best ‘How to cook’ columns from the... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in Media Extra x

Even though Australian author Geraldine Brooks lives in America and her fiction is increasingly about American history, her books are still as popular as ever... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Varuna Open Day: 7 May Australia Council Client meetings with... 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 Neil Ryan x

Neil Ryan, formerly managing director of Longman Cheshire, has died aged 81. Ray O’Farrell writes:‘If Stanley Unwin’s description of publishing as "a profession for gentlemen"... Read more

RiP Ernesto Sabato x

Ernesto Sabato, the Argentine writer of El Túnel (‘The Tunnel’) has passed away in Buenos Aires, aged 99.   Sebato also authored On Heroes and Tombs (1961)... Read more

RiP Jean MacLeod x

Jean MacLeod, Britain’s oldest romantic novelist who is believed to have written around 130 novels for Mills & Boon, has died in Britain, aged 103.



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