Weekly Book Newsletter
18 May 2011

Inside the current issue: Publishers' picks from the second half x

In the June issue of Bookseller+Publisher we round up the titles due for release in the second half of the year that publishers are most... Read more

NSW Prem's Awards 2011: winners announced x

The winners of the 2011 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards were announced on Monday 16 May as part of this year’s Sydney Writers’ Festival. The Christina Stead Prize... Read more

Lonely Planet to cut up to 70 jobs, move web operations to UK x

Lonely Planet informed staff at its Melbourne office last week that as many as 70 jobs will be lost as part of a restructure that will result in the... Read more

Get Reading! funding to be cut by $1.6 million over four years x

Funding for the Get Reading! initiative will be cut by $1.6 million over the next four years. The funding cut outlined in the federal government’s... Read more

HarperCollins announces global supply chain partnership x

HarperCollins has announced a new global supply chain partnership with printer and distributor RR Donnelley, which will involve the US-based distributor RR Donnelley establishing print on demand operations... Read more

'Grand Obsessions' wins 2011 National Biography Award x

Grand Obsessions: The Life and Work of Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin (Lantern) by Alasdair McGregor has won this year’s $20,000 National Biography... Read more

Page working with ReadCloud to develop White Label ebook platform x

Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) president and owner of Pages & Pages Booksellers Jon Page has confirmed to the Weekly Book Newsletter that he is working with... Read more

SWF 2011 underway x

The 2011 Sydney Writers’ Festival was launched last night with a sell-out opening address from Pakistani poet and author Fatima Bhutto. Bhutto spoke on the... Read more

Tan heads to Sweden to accept Astrid Lindgren Award x

Australian author and illustrator Shaun Tan will travel to Sweden this week to collect the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, and more than A$750,000 in prize... Read more

2011 Romantic Book of the Year Award finalists announced x

The finalists for this year’s Romantic Book of the Year Award, known as the R*BY Awards, have been announced. The finalists are: Long Romance category:... Read more

2011 NZ Science Book Prize winner announced x

The 2011 Royal Society of New Zealand Science Book Prize has been awarded to Kakapo: Rescued from the Brink of Extinction by Alison Ballance (Craig... Read more

2011 NT Literary Awards winners announced x

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

In Brief x

Local publishers release fixed-layout ebooks HarperCollins Publishers, Murdoch Books and NewSouth Books have announced the release of fixed-layout ebooks in the Apple iBookstore this week. Fixed-layout ebooks replicate... Read more

Around the world x

Among the many international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: ‘The inevitable disappearance of the vast majority of... Read more

On Fancy Goods x

On Fancy Goods this week, Bec Kavanagh reviews Charlie Burr and the Three Stolen Dollars (Sally Morgan, Ambelin, Blaze & Ezekiel Kwaymullina, illus by Peter... 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

‘People forget the book is technology. The book itself, the printed artefact, is technology.’–Queensland Writers Centre CEO Kate Eltham discussing The Future of the Book... 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

Jamie’s 30-minute Meals (Jamie Oliver, Michael Joseph), an instructional cookbook designed for the time-poor chef, is still at the top of the bestsellers chart this... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in Media Extra x

In 1665 a young man from Martha’s Vineyard became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard. This is the story of Caleb’s Crossing (Geraldine... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Sydney Writers’ Festival: 16-22 May New Zealand Post Children’s Book... Read more

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