Weekly Book Newsletter
11 May 2011

Inside the current issue: Reviewers' top picks x

The June issue of Bookseller+Publisher includes 27 reviews of forthcoming Australian and New Zealand titles. You can read some of the highest rated titles here.... Read more

REDgroup administration: Employees at Australian distribution centre and head office made redundant x

REDgroup Retail administrators Ferrier Hodgson have confirmed that close to 40 employees at the company’s Australian distribution centre and head office were made redundant last... Read more

'Who wants to be a Billionaire?' wins Blake Dawson Business Literature Prize x

Who wants to be a Billionaire? The James Packer Story by Paul Barry (A&U) is the winner of this year’s $30,000 Blake Dawson Business Literature... Read more

ASA seeks legal advice over unpaid author speaking events x

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has sought legal advice on behalf of a number of its members who have not been paid for speaking... Read more

New awards to be presented at ABA conference x

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has announced that two new awards will be presented at the 2011 ABA conference, to be held in Melbourne on 24... Read more

Booku reports strong sales in first two months; Sells 11 ebooks per 100 pbooks x

Australian ebook retailer Booku has reported strong sales in its first two months, with close to 2000 ebooks sold since its launch in March. Booku... Read more

SWF 2011: Chinese author denied permission to attend, events cancelled x

The Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF) has announced that Chinese author Liao Yiwu has been denied permission to leave China to attend this year’s festival for ‘security... Read more

Loney wins 2011 Janet Frame Literary Trust Award x

New Zealand-born poet, printer and editor Alan Loney is the recipient of the 2011 Janet Frame Literary Trust Award, worth NZ$10,000 (approximately A$7350).  Loney, who... Read more

Google Shopping launches in Australia x

Google Shopping is now available to Australian consumers, following the launch of the product search engine last week. The service, which was officially launched at... Read more

2011 REAL Awards shortlist announced x

The shortlist for this year’s Reading & Enjoying Australian Literature (REAL) Awards, which acts as the shortlist for children’s choice book award shortlists in the... Read more

Griffiths launches 'Reading with Children' x

Children’s book author Andy Griffiths launched a new book in two Northern Territory communities as part of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation’s Book Buzz initiative. The book,... Read more

In Brief x

Oz, NZ titles nominated for David Gemmell Legend AwardsA number of Australian and New Zealand titles have been shortlisted for the 2011 David Gemmell Legend Awards... Read more

Around the world x

Among the many international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: ‘The publisher is now much more than the... Read more

On Fancy Goods x

On Fancy Goods this week Kate O’Donnell reviewsThe Dead I Know (Scot Gardner, A&U), Andrea Hanke interviews S J Watson on Before I Go to... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week:  SalesFiction–Scribe has licensed UK rights to Little People (Jane Sullivan) to Allen & Unwin UK for publication in the first... 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

‘A big chunk of the blame for why the publishing industry is as slow-moving, old-fashioned and afraid of change as it is lies at the... 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

Caleb’s Crossing (Geraldine Brooks, HarperCollins), a novel inspired by Caleb Cheeshahteamauk, the first Native American to graduate from Harvard, is top of the fastest movers... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in 'Media Extra' x

Georgia Blain tells the story of up and coming playwright Freya and architect Matt, who move with their young daughter to an inner-city suburb that... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Auckland Writers & Readers Festival: 11-15 May Publishers’ Forum at... Read more

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