Weekly Book Newsletter
31 August 2011

Inside the current issue: 'Junior Term 3' x

Inside the Term 3 issue of Junior Bookseller+Publisher, you’ll find 14 reviews of children’s and YA books publishing in September to November, as well as... Read more

ACCC undertaking 'informal review' of Amazon's Book Depository acquisition, submissions sought x

Further to its announcement that it was ‘monitoring’ the proposed acquisition of the UK-based online book retailer the Book Depository by Amazon, the Australian Competition and... Read more

'Indelible Ink' wins Age Book of the Year x

The winners of the 2011 Age Book of the Year awards were announced on 25 August at the opening keynote address of the Melbourne Writers Festival. Indelible... Read more

2011 NSW Premier's History Awards finalists announced x

The shortlisted titles for this year’s New South Wales Premier’s History Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in the book-related categories, each worth $15,000,... Read more

'There Goes the Neighbourhood' wins 2011 John Button Prize x

There Goes the Neighbourhood: Australia and the Rise of Asia by Michael Wesley (NewSouth) has won this year’s John Button Prize for public policy writing.... Read more

Digital platform from Cengage Learning gives campus booksellers opportunity to sell ebooks x

Campus booksellers are being given the opportunity to sell electronic versions of textbooks as a result of a new digital platform launched by Cengage Learning... Read more

Vision Australia ceases production of new audio titles x

Vision Australia has confirmed to the Weekly Book Newsletter that it has ceased production of new audiobook titles. Vision Australia audio publishing sales and marketing... Read more

Tasmanian government cuts all funding for 'Island Magazine' x

Arts Tasmania has discontinued its funding of Tasmanian literary journal Island Magazine. Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings, who is also the state’s Arts Minister, announced the... Read more

Writing Australia launches program, unpublished manuscript award x

National writing organisation Writing Australia has officially launched its program, with details about a new award for unpublished manuscripts, a national conference, and an author... Read more

New Zealand Book Design Awards 2011 winners announced x

The winners of the Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) Book Design Awards were announced on 25 August. The winning titles are: Gerard Reid Award for... Read more

Thames & Hudson announces price changes x

Thames & Hudson Australia has announced this week that it will introduce ‘significant changes to the pricing of all imported books’. The publisher said in... Read more

Booksellers, libraries celebrate Children's Book Week 2011 x

Bookshops, schools and libraries around Australia celebrated Children’s Book Week, which wrapped up on the weekend, having run from 20 to 26 August. Organised by... Read more

Emerging Writers Festival launches 'crowd-funding' campaign to run Brisbane mini-conference x

The Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) may be coming to Brisbane. EWF director Lisa Dempster told the Weekly Book Newsletter that the festival hoped to run... Read more

2011 Ernest Scott Prize winners announced x

A Merciless Place: The Lost Story of Britain’s Convict Disaster in Africa and how it led to the Settlement of Australia by Emma Christopher (A&U) and A... Read more

2011 Family Therapists' Awards winners announced x

The winners of the 24th Australian Family Therapists’ Awards for Children’s Literature have been announced. The winner of the main prize, worth $1000, is Diary... Read more

PMP records $11.3 million net loss for fiscal 2011; 'overall drop' in print volumes for Griffin Press x

PMP, parent company of closing book distribution business The Scribo Group and printer Griffin Press, has recorded a net loss of $11.3 million for the... Read more

Centre for the Book to be established at NZ university x

A Centre for the Book will be established at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, reports Beattie’s Book Blog. The University will join... Read more

In Brief x

2011 Get Reading! campaign launchedThis year’s Get Reading! campaign, which will run until 30 September, was officially launched this week. A new website for the campaign has... Read more

Around the world x

Among the many international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Monbiot: academic publishing is ‘pure rentier capitalism’ and... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Murdoch pays his journalists and editors, and his companies generate much of the content they use. But the academic publishers get their articles, their peer... Read more

On Fancy Goods x

On Fancy Goods this week, Fiona Stager reviews Sarah Thornhill (Kate Grenville, Text), David Gaunt reviews All That I Am (Anna Funder, Hamish Hamilton) and... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: SalesChildren’s/YA—Hardie Grant Egmont has sold UK, US, Canadian and German rights to Shift (Em Bailey); six further titles in the... Read more

On tour x

September Diane Armstrong, HarperCollins (Empire Day) NSW, Queensland and Victoria. Jay Bahadur, Scribe (Deadly Waters) Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Peter Baines, Macmillan (Hands across 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

One Day (David Nicholls, Hachette), a novel about friendship and love spanning two decades, now adapted to film, is at the top of the fastest... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in Media Extra x

It wasn’t just the stories about the Melbourne Writers Festival that placed Kate Grenville’s novel Sarah Thornhill (Text) at the top of our most mentioned... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Melbourne Writers Festival: 26 Aug – 4 Sept September Ballarat... Read more

Stay in touch with us x

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RiP Sandra Hyde x

Romance writer Sandra Hyde (published as Sandra Hyatt), has died in Auckland aged 46. Hyde was attending the Romance Writers New Zealand (RWNZ) conference, when... Read more

RiP William Bridson Green x

William Bridson Green, novelist and writer of screenplays and theatre pieces, has died aged 71. Green helped found the creative writing course at RMIT, where he... Read more

RiP James Henry Kimmel Sangster x

James Sangster British screenwriter best known for screenwriting the 1950s classic horror films The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), Horror of Dracula (1958), and The Mummy... Read more

RiP Samuel Menashe x

Samuel Menashe, American poet and recipient of the Poetry Foundation’s Neglected Masters Award, has died aged 86. Menashe’s books include No Jerusalem But This (1971),... Read more



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