Weekly Book Newsletter
7 September 2011

Inside the current issue: 'local touch' a winner for online-only booksellers x

While Amazon extends its global reach with its acquisition of the Book Depository, for several home-grown online booksellers, it’s the local touch that’s proving a... Read more
 

Dymocks to launch publishing arm, D Publishing x

Dymocks will launch a web-based publishing arm in October. To be called D Publishing, the business will allow users to upload draft manuscripts online ‘and... Read more
 

Fifth annual Indigenous Literacy Day today x

Booksellers, publishers, libraries, schools and other organisations across the country will celebrate the fifth Indigenous Literacy Day today, 7 September 2011. At the Brisbane Writers Festival... Read more
 

2011 Qld Premier's Literary Awards winners announced x

The winners of this year’s Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards were announced in Brisbane on 6 September. The winning titles in the book-related categories are: Fiction... Read more
 

2011 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards winners announced; 'That Deadman Dance' wins Victorian Prize for Literature x

The winners of this year’s Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards were announced in Melbourne on 6 September, with That Deadman Dance by Kim Scott (Picador) winning... Read more
 

Man Booker 2011 shortlist announced x

The shortlist for the 2011 Man Booker Prize has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: The Sense of an Ending (Julian Barnes, Jonathan Cape) Jamrach’s Menagerie... Read more
 

2011 Ned Kelly Awards winners announced x

The winners of this year’s Ned Kelly Awards for Australian Crime Writing were announced in Melbourne on 31 August. The Diggers Rest Hotel by Geoffrey... Read more
 

2011 NSW Premier's History Awards winners announced x

The winners of this year’s New South Wales Premier’s History Awards were announced at an event in Sydney on 5 September. The Australian History Prize ($15,000)... Read more
 

Borders Singapore placed under judicial management x

Borders Singapore has been placed under judicial management for six months, reports ChannelNewsAsia.  Judicial management is a form of administration in which a court-appointed officer takes... Read more
 

Spring Booksellers' Weekend cancelled x

The 2011 Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) Spring Booksellers’ Weekend has been cancelled because of insufficient bookings. ABA CEO Joel Becker told the Weekly Book Newsletter... Read more
 

2011 Australian Centre Literary Awards winners announced x

The winners of this year’s cultural awards from the University of Melbourne’s Australian Centre in the Faculty of Arts were announced on 2 September during... Read more
 

2011 Inky shortlist announced x

The shortlist for this year’s Inky Awards for teenage literature has been announced. The shortlisted Australian titles for the Gold Inky are: Graffiti Moon (Cath... Read more
 

'Island Magazine' seeks new funding x

The board of Tasmanian literary journal Island Magazine will meet in two weeks to develop a strategy to keep producing the magazine, following the decision... Read more
 

Faber announces partnership with Perseus to offer digital distribution services to Australian publishers x

Faber has announced a partnership with US distributor Perseus that will offer digital distribution services to publishers in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and... Read more
 

McKinnon, Williams win NZ CLL Writers' Awards x

The winners for the 2011 Copyright Licensing Limited (CLL) Writers’ Awards have been announced in New Zealand. The awards, which celebrate their 10th anniversary this year, are... Read more
 

'The 10pm Question' wins Corine International Book Award x

The 10pm Question by New Zealand author Kate De Goldi (A&U / Random House NZ) has won the Young Reader’s Award in the 2011 Corine... Read more
 

Screen Queensland to launch film adaptation development package at BWF x

Screen Queensland will launch a $40,000 development package for a literary work to be adapted for film or television at the 2011 Brisbane Writers Festival... Read more
 

Authors among signatories to open letter protesting ABC arts cuts; proposed changes to The Book Show x

A number of prominent Australian authors are among 59 signatories to an open letter sent to the board of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) protesting... Read more
 

20 new Wheeler Centre writers' fellowships announced x

The Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas in Melbourne has announced that it will offer 20 new writers’ fellowships in 2012. In her last... Read more
 

In Brief x

WA heARTlines festival underwayThe 2011 heARTlines festival for children’s literature and illustration in Mundaring, Western Australia, was officially launched on Friday 2 September. The biennial... Read more
 

Around the world x

Among the many international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: 2000 UK bookshops have closed in the past... Read more
 

Quote of the week x

‘As the Site Merchandiser for Google eBooks Australia, you are a self-starter who will ramp up quickly to build and maintain the merchandising program across... Read more
 

On Fancy Goods x

On Fancy Goods this week, Eloise Keating reviews House of Sticks (Peggy Frew, Scribe) and Clare Hingston reviews The Golden Door (Emily Rodda, Scholastic).
 

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: SalesNonfiction—HarperCollins Publishers has sold A Cook’s Guide (Donna Hay) to Germany. Children’s/YA—HarperCollins Publishers has sold and You Are A Star... 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

Bloodlines (Rachael Meade, Razorbill) is the first book in the ‘Bloodlines’ teen vampire romance series, a spin-off of Penguin’s ‘Vampire Academy’ series. The protagonist is... Read more
 

Most mentioned: this week in Media Extra x

Kate Grenville’s new novel Sarah Thornhill (Text) is continuing to generate interest, with her book again at the top of the most mentioned chart. Joining Grenville... Read more
 

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: ‘New Horizons for Editing and Publishing’, Australia’s National Editors biennial... 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 Rod Gibson x

Rod Gibson, writer, poet and performer affectionately known as the ‘Poet Lorikeet of the north coast’, has died aged 60. Gibson wrote poetry, short stories,... Read more
 

 

 

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