Weekly Book Newsletter
10 August 2011

Giveaway: Double Movie Pass x

In the Sydney suburb of Centennial Park, two nurses, a housekeeper and a solicitor attend to Elizabeth Hunter as her expatriate son and daughter convene... Read more

Inside the current issue: 27 reviews x

The September issue of Bookseller+Publisher includes 27 reviews of forthcoming Australian and New Zealand titles. Also in the issue, Kate Stephenson looks at the book... Read more

Woolworths-owned chains to sell Kindle in Australia x

Woolworths-owned chains Dick Smith, Big W, and Woolworths supermarkets will sell the Kindle ereader. Dick Smith and Big W, which are taking orders online for... Read more

Australia Council announces changes to publisher funding x

The Literature Board of the Australia Council for the Arts has announced an overhaul of the way it funds Australian publishers. The board has developed... Read more

Productivity Commission releases draft report on retail inquiry; recommends 'conditional move' to lower GST threshold x

The Productivity Commission has released a draft report on its public inquiry into the Economic Structure and Performance of the Australian Retail Industry. The report,... Read more

REDgroup administration: creditors in Oz, NZ support proposed DOCA x

Creditors of REDgroup Retail voted in support of the deed of company arrangement (DOCA) proposed by the group’s administrators at creditors’ meetings in Melbourne and... Read more

National Bookshop Day materials available x

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has made a number of documents and files available to booksellers in the lead up to the first National Bookshop Day... Read more

Age Book of the Year 2011 shortlists announced x

The shortlists for this year’s Age Book of the Year awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Nonfiction Sydney (Delia Falconer, NewSouth) A Three-Cornered... Read more

BBWF 2011: Sunshine, laughter and record book sales x

Festival goers were treated to three sunny and warm days at this year’s Byron Bay Writers’ Festival (BBWF), held between 5 and 7 August. On... Read more

Collins Griffith named 'Franchisee of the Year' at national conference x

Collins Booksellers held its national conference in Byron Bay between 7 and 9 August, with approximately 60 members of the Collins group in attendance.   Collins... Read more

Dymocks Burwood named 'Store of the Year' at national conference x

The Dymocks store in Burwood, NSW, was named Store of the Year at the 2011 Dymocks national conference, held this week. Simon & Schuster received... Read more

Australian Educational Publishing Awards 2011 Shortlist Announced x

The titles shortlisted for the 2011 Australian Publishers Association (APA) Australian Educational Publishing Awards have been announced. The shortlisted works are: Primary SchoolBest Student Learning... Read more

Blake Poetry Prize shortlist announced x

The shortlist for the 2011 Blake Poetry Prize has been announced by the NSW Writers’ Centre and the Blake Society. Shortlisted poems include: ‘Via Negativa... Read more

2011 LIANZA Children's Book Awards winners announced x

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

Finalists for Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust book awards annoucned x

As reported by Booksellers NZ, the finalists for the Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Book Award have been announced. The finalists are: Hidden Country: Having faith... Read more

In brief x

Crumb pulls out of Australia visitCartoonist Robert Crumb, who was due to visit Australia as part of the Graphic 2011 festival at the Sydney Opera... Read more

Around the world x

Among the many international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: UK government backs major copyright review US publisher... Read more

On Fancy Goods x

On Fancy Goods this week, Bec Kavanagh reviews The Bridge (Jane Higgins, Text), Sarina Gale reviews Harry Curry: Counsel of Choice (Stuart Littlemore, HarperCollins) and... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: SalesFiction—Allen & Unwin has sold Portuguese rights for When We Have Wings (Claire Corbett); Catalan rights for The Distant Hours... 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

Quote(s) of the week x

‘There is no right to profit from speech–not all books or newspapers find markets and audiences–but without a right to try to profit, the liberty... 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

Now You See Her (Century), James Patterson’s latest action thriller about a woman who has rebuilt her life after her perfect existence is shattered–only to... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in Media Extra x

Since 1989 the Australian wool industry has been cut to only a third of its size. Charles Massy explains the decline of the wool industry... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up, as shown on our events calendar, include: The Friends of the University Book Fair : 6-13 August Romance Writers of Australia... 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 Jenni Overend x

Jenni Overend, author of children’s books and poetry, has died aged 55. Her first book, Princess Grandma (1994) won the Australian Multicultural Book of the... Read more

RiP Nancy Wake x

Nancy Wake, author and decorated World War II French resistance fighter, has died in London aged 98. Wake wrote The Autobiography of the Woman the Gestapo called... Read more

RiP Dee Murch x

Dee Murch, New Zealand book designer and editor, has died aged 39. Murch worked in both a permanent and freelance capacity for New Holland Publishers for... Read more

RiP Les Kennedy x

Les Kennedy, Sydney journalist and co-author of Sins of the Brother: The Definitive Story of Ivan Milat and the Backpacker Murders (1998) and Granny Killer:... Read more

 

 

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