Weekly Book Newsletter
14 September 2011

Inside the current issue: The food titles booksellers will be serving up this Christmas x

In the October issue of Bookseller+Publisher magazine editor Andrea Hanke puts together a guide to the best cookbooks coming out for Christmas 2011. See the... Read more

Hachette Australia announces management changes, redundancies x

Hachette Australia has announced changes to its Adult sales and marketing divisions, resulting in ‘the net loss of six permanent jobs’, according to managing director Malcolm... Read more

Local authors top bestsellers at BWF x

Popular children’s author Emily Rodda, former national gallery director Betty Churcher and debut-fiction author Anna Funder topped the bestseller list at this year’s Brisbane Writers... Read more

More than 45,000 attend MWF 2011 x

More than 45,000 people attended the 2011 Melbourne Writers Festival, held between 25 August and 4 September. Festival director Steve Grimwade told the Weekly Book... Read more

ANZ to sponsor Ubud Writers & Readers Festival x

The organisers of the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival in Bali, Indonesia, have announced a new partnership with the Australian and New Zealand Banking Group... Read more

ILF thanks Indigenous Literacy Day participants x

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) has thanked all members of the Australian book community who participated in the fifth annual Indigenous Literacy Day (ILD) on... Read more

Australia Council announces new grants for second books x

The Literature Board of the Australia Council for the Arts has announced a new grants program ‘for writers who are embarking on their second book’.... Read more

Digital, social media sessions popular at National Editors Conference x

Sessions about online writing, social media, and ‘new skills’ for editors were among the most popular events at the 2011 Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd)... Read more

2011 International Literature Festival Berlin focuses on Asia-Pacific region x

The program for this year’s International Literature Festival Berlin, which was launched on 7 September, focusses on the literature and culture of the Asian-Pacific region. Among... Read more

McPherson's reports nine percent drop in revenue x

Book printer McPherson’s Printing Group has recorded a nine percent drop in revenue and a 24% decline in pre-tax earnings in its printing division for the 2010-2011... Read more

Publication of 'ALR' to end in October x

The Australian Literary Review (ALR) will be published for the last time in October, reports Crikey. ALR editor Luke Slattery told Crikey that the monthly... Read more

New digital publishing service launched x

A new digital publishing service designed for publishers and government and academic agencies has been launched, called Xmplar. The business, which launched at the beginning... Read more

ASA among authors' groups suing US universities for copyright infringement x

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has joined forces with authors’ groups in the US and Quebec and eight individual authors to file a copyright... Read more

James Bennett partners with Ebrary x

Library supplier James Bennett has announced it has partnered with ebook supplier Ebrary in Australia. In a statement, James Bennett said libraries could now ‘seamlessly... Read more

McGraw-Hill to split into two companies x

International publisher McGraw-Hill has announced that the business will be divided into two companies in 2012. As part of a ‘Growth and Value Plan’ approved... Read more

In Brief x

Readings to donate 10% of profits to Readings FoundationReadings has announced that it will increase its annual contribution to The Readings Foundation, with the bookseller... Read more

Around the world x

Among the many international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Faber finance director killed in Kenya; wife kidnapped... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘This might sound suspiciously like we’re letting the market decide what books should get published. And you know what? That’s exactly what I’m saying. The... Read more

On Fancy Goods x

On Fancy Goods this week Rachel Edwards reviews Babylon (Stephen Sewell, Victory), Portia Lindsay reviews Big Porn Inc: Exposing the Harms of the Global Pornography... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: SalesNonfiction—Random House has sold The Butterfly Effect (Dannielle Miller) to China. Children’s/YA–Hardie Grant Egmont has sold UK rights to books... 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

Darren Lockyer’s self-titled autobiography (Random House), said to reveal the people, places and events which have shaped the rugby league icon’s life and career, is first... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in Media Extra x

Anna Funder’s Stasiland was a massive hit when it was released several years ago, so it’s no surprise that her debut novel All That I Am... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Indexing see Change: ANZSI Conference, Brighton, Vic: 12-14 September Brimbank... 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 Liz Riley x

The Australian Booksellers Association writes: ‘It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of our friend and colleague, Liz Riley.... Read more

RiP Bernard Smith x

Bernard Smith, renowned art historian and critic, has died aged 94. Smith taught at the University of Melbourne and was art critic for the Age... Read more

Rip Michael Stern Hart x

Michael Stern Hart, ebook pioneer and founder of Project Gutenberg, has died aged 64. Dr. Gregory B. Newby, CEO of the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive... Read more

 

 

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