Weekly Book Newsletter
8 June 2011

Inside the current issue: Reviewers' top picks x

The July issue of Bookseller+Publisher contains reviews of 29 forthcoming titles. To see which ones our reviewers liked best, see the round-up on our Fancy... Read more

REDgroup administration: Employee entitlements secured; Remaining Oz Borders stores to close; Supanews bids for A&R; Mackenzie returns to Whitcoulls x

Following the announcement last week that the remaining Australian Borders stores will close down, REDgroup administrators Ferrier Hodgson have confirmed that they will be able... Read more

NZ named Country of Honour for 2012 Frankfurt Book Fair x

The organisers of the Frankfurt Book Fair announced on Thursday 2 June that New Zealand will be the guest of honour at the 2012 Frankfurt... Read more

Murdoch Books announces downsizing, key senior appointments x

Murdoch Books has announced ‘a raft of key appointments’, following a ‘downsizing and restructure of its workforce’. The changes follow the appointment of owner Matt... Read more

2011 John Button Prize longlist announced x

The longlist for this year’s John Button Prize for writing on public policy has been announced. The longlisted titles are: Disconnected (Andrew Leigh, UNSW Press)... Read more

Lonely Planet to create up to 30 new jobs in London x

Lonely Planet has confirmed that it will create up to 30 new jobs in the UK as part of the restructure of its web operations,... Read more

REDgroup highlights online growth in submission to Productivity Commission; More than 90 submissions received x

REDgroup Retail has highlighted the growth in online bookselling and the pressure faced by Australian retailers in its submission to the Productivity Commission’s public inquiry into... Read more

Sir Julius Vogel Awards winners announced x

The winners for this year’s Sir Julius Vogel Awards, presented by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand, have been announced. The winning... Read more

2011 LIANZA Children's Book Awards shortlists announced x

The shortlists for this year’s Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) Children’s Book Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles are: LIANZA... Read more

Speech Pathology Australia 2011 Book of the Year shortlists announced x

The shortlists for the 2011 Speech Pathology Australia (SPA) annual Book of the Year awards have been announced. This year the awards include a category... Read more

'The Tomorrow Book' wins Environment Award for Children's Literature x

The Tomorrow Book by Jackie French and Sue deGennaro (HarperCollins) has won the 2011 Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children’s Literature. The Wilderness Society announced... Read more

Random House, SPUNC ebooks available through Booku x

Random House ebooks are now available through Australian ebookstore Booku and will soon be joined by ebooks from members of the Small Press Underground Networking Community (SPUNC). Booku... Read more

Victorian Young Readers Program to end this month x

The Victorian Government’s Young Readers Program will end this month after funding for the program was not renewed in the recent state budget. The Young... Read more

Asialink 2011 residencies x

Asialink has opened applications for its 2012 residencies. The recipients of Asialink’s 2011 residencies and the projects on which they are working are: Andy Jackson,... Read more

Apple reveals iCloud x

Apple has unveiled a ‘cloud’ service that allows ebooks to be shared more easily across a user’s Apple devices.  According to Apple CEO Steve Jobs,... Read more

In Brief x

Google Books Settlement status conference rescheduled for JulyIn the US, Judge Denny Chin has rescheduled a status conference for the Google Books Settlement for 19... Read more

Around the world x

Among the many international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Gruffalo creator is new UK Children’s Laureate Unbound... Read more

On Fancy Goods x

On Fancy Goods this week Kate Sunners reviews All I Ever Wanted (Vikki Wakefield, Text); Jarrah Moore reviews Love, Honour and O’Brien (Jennifer Rowe, A&U);... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: Sales Nonfiction—Random House has sold Thriving (Michael Grose) to China; and Positive  Food for Kids  (Jenny O’Dea) to Russia. Children’s/YA-–Random House... Read more

On tour x

June Kevin J Anderson, Orbit (‘Terra Incognita’ series) Sydney and Perth. Alan Bissett, Newsouth (Boyracers) Melbourne and Brisbane. Tim Bonyhady, A&U (Good Living Street) Melbourne,... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Typically, managers and advisors to Private Equity Funds work in partnership with the management teams of their portfolio companies to help those businesses maximise 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

After two weeks at the top of the bestseller chart, the 11th Sookie Stackhouse novel Dead Reckoning (Charlain Harris, Hachette) has slipped to second place.... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in Media Extra x

The new novel by Man Book Prize-winning author Aravind Adiga, Last Man in Tower (Atlantic Books), is a darkly comic story of greed and murder in... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up, as shown on our events calendar, include: Continuum 7, speculative fiction and pop culture convention, Melbourne: 10 – 13 June Woodend... 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 Hans Keilson x

German-born Jewish author and psychoanalyst Hans Keilson has died, aged 101. He wrote The Death of the Adversary and Comedy in a Minor Key. In... Read more

RiP Lilian Jackson Braun x

Journalist and mystery writer Lilian Jackson Braun has died, aged 97. Braun created the popular ‘The Cat Who’ mystery series. Her first book, The Cat... Read more

RiP Josephine Hart x

Josephine Hart, novelist and poetry ambassador, has died, aged 69. Hart’s works include bestselling novel Damage (1991) and The Truth About Love (2009).

 

 

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