Weekly Book Newsletter
24 August 2011

Giveaway: Double Movie Pass! x

It is 15th July 1988. Emma and Dexter meet for the first time on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate... Read more

Inside the current issue: Book trade jobs ads rise x

In the current issue of Bookseller+Publisher Kate Stephenson looks at the job advertisements from the Weekly Book Newsletter, discovering that while the number of positions advertised... Read more

REDgroup: 20 former A&R franchises become independent, join Leading Edge x

Twenty former Angus & Robertson (A&R) franchise stores are now trading as independent bookstores, with Leading Edge Books confirming to the Weekly Book Newsletter that... Read more

APA confirms TitlePage Plus to be launched 'prior to Christmas' x

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) and RR Bowker have confirmed they have ‘signed a Heads of Agreement for the migration of TitlePage to Bowker’s platform... Read more

Pan Mac launches digital-only imprint Momentum x

Pan Macmillan Australia has announced the launch of its first digital-only imprint, Momentum. The imprint, which will operate separately to Pan Macmillan, will be run... Read more

2011 QLD Prem's Literary Awards shortlists announced x

The shortlists for this year’s Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in the book-related categories are: Fiction Book Award Caleb’s Crossing... Read more

Australian Educational Publishing Awards 2011 Winners Announced x

The winners of the 2011 Australian Publishers Association (APA) Australian Educational Publishing Awards have been announced. The winners are: Overall Joint Winner 2011 Yarning Strong... Read more

2011 CBCA Book of the Year Awards winners announced x

As reported in a Weekly Book Newsletter special bulletin on Friday 19 August, the winners of this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of... Read more

National Bookshop Day 2011: Fun, creativity and book sales x

Bookstores around Australia celebrated the country’s first National Bookshop Day on Saturday 20 August, and the day was filled with fun, creative promotional events and significant increases... Read more

REDgroup administration: Proof of Debt Register for Australian creditors now available x

REDgroup Retail administrators Ferrier Hodgson has made a Proof of Debt Register of creditors for the Australian group of companies available online. The document, which... Read more

Red Hill Publishing to cease trade publishing x

Red Hill Publishing has announced that it will cease its trade publishing activities. The business, owned by author and former HarperCollins publisher Sally Collings and her... Read more

Tan wins Hugo Award x

Australian illustrator Shaun Tan has won the ‘best professional artist’ category at this year’s Hugo Awards for science-fiction, announced on 20 August at the 2011... Read more

'Economics for Life' named Australian Christian Book of the Year x

Economics for Life: An economist reflects on the meaning of life, money and what really matters (Ian Harper, Acorn Press) has been named the Australian... Read more

'Blood Men' wins 2011 Ngaio Marsh Award x

Blood Men by Paul Cleave (Random House NZ) has won this year’s Ngaio Marsh Award for New Zealand crime fiction, announced on 21 August at... Read more

Kidman, Bellich and Bland win 2011 NZ PM's Literary Awards x

The winners of the 2011 New Zealand Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement were announced in Wellington on 22 August. Dame Fiona Kidman was awarded... Read more

2011 Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Book Awards winners announced x

The God Revolution by Keith Hill (Attar) has won the NZ$10,000 (A$7900) 2011 Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Book Award, announced in Auckland on 19 August. Mary... Read more

Preparations underway for Indigenous Literacy Day x

Booksellers, publishers, schools, libraries and other organisations across Australia are taking part in the fifth Indigenous Literacy Day on Wednesday 7 September 2011, as well... Read more

HarperCollins finds 'rewards' in 'a challenging and difficult' year x

HarperCollins Australia and New Zealand has told the Weekly Book Newsletter that the company experienced tough conditions throughout the last financial year, but was rewarded... Read more

ACCC 'monitoring' Amazon acquisition of The Book Depository x

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has announced that it is currently ‘monitoring’ the proposed acquisition of UK-based online bookseller The Book Depository by... Read more

Future of Borders Singapore uncertain x

News reports in Singapore this week suggest that the future of Borders stores in the country is uncertain. The Straits Times reported on 20 August... Read more

In Brief x

New name for Victorian Writers’ CentreThe Victorian Writers’ Centre has announced that the organisation will be renamed Writers Victoria. The announcement follows a recent survey... Read more

Around the world x

Among the many international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: is self-publishing too selfish? ‘freelance’ settlement dismissal could... Read more

Quote(s) of the week x

‘The nomination of this book, in my view, is a profound reaffirmation of the values that distinguish us from those who want to terrorise others’–Queensland... Read more

On Fancy Goods x

On Fancy Goods this week, we take a look at reviews for some of the winners in this year’s CBCA Book of the Year Awards including... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: SalesNonfiction—HarperCollins has sold Politically Incorrect Parenting and Mothers Raising Sons (Nigel Latta) to the UK. Children’s—HarperCollins has sold Goodnight, Mice!... Read more

On tour x

August Robert Adamson, UQP (Surface to Air) Sydney and Melbourne. Steve Bedwell, Rockpool (Baby Owner’s Manual) Sydney and Melbourne. Joseph Braude, Scribe (The Honoured Dead)... 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 (James Patterson, Century) tops the bestsellers chart for the second week running, again followed by Jamie’s 30-minute Meals (Jamie Oliver, Michael Joseph)... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in Media Extra x

In Tom Campbell’s Fold (Bloomsbury), five friends, each in their 40s, meet monthly in each other’s houses for a ‘friendly’ game of poker. Nick Earls’... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Australian Children’s Book Week: 20-26 August Edinburgh International Book Festival:... Read more

Stay in touch with us x

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RiP Dennis Turner x

Dennis Turner, New Zealand artist and book illustrator, has died aged 86. Books illustrated by Turner included Tavern In The Town (1957) by James McNeish, The... Read more

RiP Paul Lockyer, John Bean and Gary Ticehurst x

Paul Lockyer, veteran ABC journalist, has died aged 61 in a helicopter crash, along with camera operator John Bean and pilot Gary Ticehurst. Bridgitta Doyle,... Read more

RiP Dame Christine Cole Catley x

Dame Christine Cole Catley, publisher, author and journalist, has died in Auckland aged 88. Dame Catley founded the publishing company Cape Catley, in 1973, and... Read more



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