Weekly Book Newsletter
25 May 2011

Inside the current issue: Digital means 'asking more of the people you have' x

How is digital changing the way publishers work? According to Pan Macmillan’s head of digital publishing Victoria Nash, integrating digital publishing with traditional publishing processes... Read more

HarperCollins announces further details about restructure, staff changes x

HarperCollins has announced further details about the company’s recent restructure, including a number of key staff appointments. The publisher said in a statement this week... Read more

Sun shines on SWF x

The Sydney Writers’ Festival recorded its ‘second-largest SWF box office take ever’ in 2011, according to festival publicist Emma Noble. ‘We hit our box office... Read more

VIPs discuss digital, translation markets at industry forum x

Andrea Hanke reports from this year’s VIP program industry forum: Digital was a popular topic at the Australia Council sponsored Visiting International Publishing (VIP) forum,... Read more

Morrow awarded Beatrice Davis Fellowship x

Jane Morrow was announced as the recipient of the 2011/12 Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship at the Sydney Writers’ Festival on 19 May. The fellowship, which was... Read more

APA Book Design Awards winners announced x

The winners of this year’s Australian Publishers Association (APA) Book Design Awards were announced on 19 May as part of the Sydney Writers’ Festival. The... Read more

'A Man Melting' wins CWP Best First Book x

A Man Melting by New Zealand writer Craig Cliff (Random House NZ) is the winner of the £5,000 (approximately A$7630) best first book category of this year’s Commonwealth... Read more

Melb Uni Custom Book Centre partners with Lightning Source, plans to produce ebooks this year x

Books produced by the University of Melbourne Custom Book Centre (CBC) are now available through international retailers including Amazon and The Book Depository as a... Read more

Williamson wins 2011 Pascall Prize x

Geordie Williamson, chief literary critic at the Australian, has won this year’s Pascall Prize. The annual $15,000 Pascall Prize is awarded to ‘a critic whose... Read more

Kibble, Dobbie shortlists announced x

The shortlists for this year’s Kibble and Dobbie Literary Awards for women writers have been announced. The shortlisted titles for the $30,000 Nita B Kibble Literary Award... Read more

2010 Aurealis Awards: winners announced x

The winners of the 2010 Aurealis Awards have been announced. The winners are: Children’s fiction (told primarily through words)‘The Keepers’ series (Lian Tanner, A&U) Children’s fiction... Read more

Sydney Story Factory launched at SWF x

The Sydney Story Factory, a not-for-profit centre designed to help children and young adults with writing, was officially launched at the Sydney Writers’ Festival on... Read more

'SMH' Best Young Australian Novelists announced x

The winners of this year’s Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelists Awards were announced at the Sydney Writers’ Festival on 22 May. The winners... Read more

Record attendance at 2011 Auckland Readers and Writers Festival x

A record number of people attended this year’s Auckland Readers and Writers Festival, with attendance figures up by more than 20% on 2010 figures. More... Read more

2011 NZ Post Children's Book Awards winners announced x

The winners of this year’s New Zealand Post Childrens’ Book Awards were announced at an awards ceremony in Auckland on 18 May. The NZ Post... Read more

Graham, Mattingley nominated for 2012 Hans Christian Andersen Awards x

Bob Graham and Christobel Mattingley have been nominated as the Australian candidates for the 2012 Hans Christian Andersen Awards. The winner of the 2012 awards... Read more

Australians make 2011 Locus Awards shortlist x

A number of Australians have been shortlisted for the 2011 Locus Awards for science-fiction and fantasy writing, presented by the Locus Science Fiction Foundation. Zombies vs... Read more

Wells awarded Michael King Writers' Fellowship x

New Zealand author Peter Wells has been announced as this year’s recipient of the Creative New Zealand Michael King Writers’ Fellowship. Wells will use the NZ$100,000... Read more

In Brief x

More than 170,000 children register for National Simultaneous Storytime More than 170,000 children registered to participate in the annual National Simultaneous Storytime, hosted by the Australian Library and... Read more

Around the world x

Among the many international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Kirschbaum appointed to head Amazon’s NY publishing arm... Read more

On Fancy Goods x

On Fancy Goods this week, Cassandra Clare, author of ‘The Mortal Instruments’ series (Walker Books), answers a few questions, as does Fatima Bhutto, author of... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: SalesFiction—Random House has sold Who Sings for Lu (Alan Duff) to France. Nonfiction—Black Inc. has sold Turkish translation rights to... 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

‘Have just ploughed through five novels in a row by male Australian writers, each single one of which seemed to involve a man with thin... 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

The Throne of Fire (Rick Riordan, Puffin),  Book 2 of ‘The Kane Chronicles’, is top of the fastest movers chart followed by Water for Elephants... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in Media Extra x

Part one of the TV mini-series dramatisation of Tim Winton’s Cloudstreet (Penguin) screened on pay-TV channel Showtime on Sunday and became a recurring theme in... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Bayside Literary Festival: 20-27 May 2011 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards,... 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 Bob Gould x

Bob Gould, long-standing Sydney bookseller and political activist, has died aged 74. Joel Becker, Australian Booksellers Association, writes: Vale Bob Gould‘I was saddened to hear... Read more

RiP Maureen Molloy x

Neuropsychologist Dr Maureen P Molloy, an Australian pioneer in cognitive rehabilitation and a brain injury expert, has died aged 85. Molloy wrote Neuropsychological Rehabilitation: Recovery... Read more

RiP Joanna Russ x

Radical feminist writer and academic, Joanna Russ, best known for her feminist science-fiction classic The Female Man (1975), has died aged 74.   Russ won several... Read more

RiP Larry Matthews x

Larry Matthews, an author and artist who owned and ran {lanyop} lagniappe small art gallery in Dunedin, NZ, has died aged 50. Matthews’ writing appeared... Read more



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