Weekly Book Newsletter
3 August 2011

Inside the current issue: Books by bike! x

Those at the recent Australian Booksellers Association annual conference may have heard about a community outreach program at Riverbend Books in Brisbane that takes the... Read more

REDgroup administration: date of second creditors' meeting announced; detailed financial reports released x

As reported in a Weekly Book Newsletter special bulletin on 27 July, REDgroup Retail administrators Ferrier Hodgson has announced that second creditors’ meetings will take place... Read more

REDgroup administration: New Zealand DOCA x

As reported in a Weekly Book Newsletter Special Bulletin on 27 July, REDgroup administrators Ferrier Hodgson will hold a ‘watershed’ creditors’ meeting in Auckland, New... Read more

Williams to replace Sharp as director of Wheeler Centre x

The Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas has announced the appointment of Michael Williams as director, replacing Chrissy Sharp. Sharp, who was appointed the... Read more

Visa 'can't perform function' of collecting GST for government on overseas purchases x

Global payments company Visa has told the Productivity Commission that it is not in a position to collect goods and services tax (GST) revenue on... Read more

2011 John Button Prize shortlist announced x

The shortlist for this year’s John Button Prize for writing on public policy has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Quarterly Essay 40: Trivial Pursuit:... Read more

2011 Ned Kelly Awards shortlists announced x

The shortlists for this year’s Ned Kelly Awards for Australian Crime Writing have been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Best First Fiction Prime Cut (Alan... Read more

MWF 2011 program launched x

As reported on Bookseller+Publisher online on 29 July, the program for the 2011 Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF), which runs from 25 August to 4 September,... Read more

BWF 2011 program launched x

The program for this year’s Brisbane Writers Festival (BWF), which runs from 7 to 11 September, was released on 30 July. As previously reported by... Read more

Griffin Press launches carbon calculator x

South Australian-based printer Griffin Press has launched a carbon calculator for book publishers to understand and make decisions about the carbon emissions generated through the... Read more

Pan Macmillan announces 'Manuscript Monday' submission process x

Pan Macmillan has announced that will now accept electronic manuscript submissions between 10am and 4pm each Monday as part of its manuscript submission process. As... Read more

'Blue Smoke' wins 2011 Book of the Year at NZ Post Book Awards x

The 2011 winners of the New Zealand Post Book of the Year awards were announced on 27 July. New Zealand Post Book of the Year... Read more

2011 Ngaio Marsh Award shortlist announced x

The shortlist for this year’s Ngaio Marsh Award for New Zealand crime fiction has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Blood Men (Paul Cleave, Random... Read more

Myer to offer free shipping online x

Department store Myer is expected to announce this week that it will offer free shipping to customers purchasing goods, including books, from its website, reports... Read more

In Brief x

Kobo to release ‘Touch Edition’ ereaderThe Weekly Book Newsletter understands Kobo is likely to release its new Touch Edition ereader locally in September. The new edition features... Read more

Around the world x

Among the many international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Macmillan leaves many African countries Amazon sales up... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘To some extent, we still have to rely on there being enough good will from customers who will take the effort to support the local... Read more

On Fancy Goods x

On Fancy Goods this week, Clive Tilsley reviews Spirit of Progress (Steven Carroll, Fourth Estate) Eloise Keating reviews Cargo (Jessica Au, Picador) and Meredith Tate... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: SalesFiction—Scribe has sold French rights to Bereft (Chris Womersley) to Éditions Albin Michel. Children’s/YA—Scholastic Australia has sold Chinese translation rights to... Read more

On tour x

August Robert Adamson, UQP (Surface to Air) Sydney and Melbourne. Joseph Braude, Scribe (The Honoured Dead) Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney. Paul Daley and Mike Bowers,... 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

Go the F**k to Sleep (Adam Mansbach, Text) tops the fastest movers chart this week, while also making an appearance on the bestsellers chart in... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in Media Extra x

Former Victorian police chief commissioner Christine Nixon is receiving plenty of attention for her book Fair Cop (Victory), which promises to candidly share the public... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up, as shown on our events calendar, include: Byron Bay Writers Festival: 5-7 August The Women’s College Writers’ Festival: 6 August The... 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 Joan de Hamel x

Joan de Hamel, children’s author, has died aged 87. She wrote Take the Long Path (1978); Hemi’s Pet (1985); The Third Eye (1987); Hideaway (1992);... Read more

RiP Eliseo Alberto x

Eliseo Alberto, exiled Cuban-born author, has died aged 59. Alberto published poetry collections and novels, and won the 1998 Alfaguara International Novel Prize. His most... Read more

RiP Leslie A Banks x

American novelist L A Banks, author of the Vampire Huntress Legend series and the Crimson Moon series, has died, aged 51.

 

 

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