Weekly Book Newsletter
28 September 2011

Celebrating 2000 'Blue News' Wednesdays x

In 1971 Joyce Thorpe Nicholson was asked to a meeting of mainly educational publishers, who thought it would be a good idea for Thorpe to start... Read more

Hachette announces sales team redundancies x

Hachette Australia has announced that ‘a number of redundancies have occurred’ as a result of a restructure of its sales force. The restructure follows a... Read more

Heiss wins fourth Deadly Award for 'Paris Dreaming' x

Anita Heiss has won the 2011 Deadly Award for Outstanding Achievement in Literature for her novel Paris Dreaming (Bantam), announced on 27 September at a... Read more

New digital speculative fiction publisher launched x

A new independent Australian publisher, with a focus on speculative fiction and ebooks, has been launched.   Hague Publishing, which will officially begin accepting unsolicited... Read more

Final Borders store in Singapore closes; Pearson buys ANZ rights to use Borders name x

The remaining Borders store at Parkway Parade in Singapore closed this week, reports AsiaOne. The store closed on 26 September, following a 70% closing down... Read more

Colin Roderick Award shortlist announced x

The shortlist for this year’s Colin Roderick Award has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Singing Saltwater Country: Journey to the Songlines of Carpentaria (John... Read more

National Biography Award worth $25,000 in 2012 x

The State Library of New South Wales has announced that the prize money for the National Biography Award will increase from $20,000 to $25,000 in... Read more

Emerging Writers Festival to come to Brisbane x

The Emerging Writers Festival has been successful in its campaign to crowd-fund a special conference in Brisbane in October. The conference, to take place on... Read more

Sydney Story Factory finds home in Redfern x

The Sydney Story Factory, a not-for-profit centre designed to help children and young adults with writing, has announced that it has taken a lease on... Read more

Australians join 'Sober October' to support local bookshops x

Some Australian bookshops will receive donations from locals undertaking the UK-founded ‘Sober October’ campaign next month. Initiated by Kirsten Harrison and Stef Posavec, Sober October... Read more

'The Travelling Restaurant' named NZ IBBY Honour Book for Writing x

The Travelling Restaurant by Barbara Else (Gecko Press) has been selected by the New Zealand section of the International Board on Books for Young People... Read more

In Brief x

New Brisbane bookstoreA new bookstore opened in Brisbane’s South Bank in August. Scrumptious Reads is a temporary installation shop that sells food and drink titles... Read more

Around the world x

Among the many international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Espresso Book Machine meets Google Books Book Net... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘We compile it, print it on our duplicating machine, and post it, all from the office … by editing it myself and having one girl... Read more

On Fancy Goods x

On Fancy Goods this week, Scott Whitmont reviews Empire Day (Diane Armstrong, Fourth Estate), Amelia Vahtrick reviews Shift (Em Bailey, Hardie Grant Egmont) and Kimberley... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: SalesChildren’s/YA—Hardie Grant Egmont has sold Turkish rights to ‘The Phoenix Files’ series (Chris Morphew); Canadian rights to Shockwave and Blockbuster,... 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

The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Penguin) is a story told from the perspective of two African-American maids, Aibileen and Minny, who look after a white family... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in Media Extra x

Diane Armstrong’s Empire Day (Fourth Estate) is set in Sydney’s Bondi Junction in the late 1940s. It is a microcosm of changing Australia, and life... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Online Retailer Conference & E-commerce Expo: 26 – 29 September... 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 Sara Douglass x

Sara Douglass, bestselling Australian fantasy writer, has died.  The author twice won the Aurelius Award for Best Fantasy Novel. HarperCollins writes:  ‘Sara was the first Australian... Read more

RiP Brian Harris x

Brian Harris, founding Director of the Australian Branch of Cambridge University Press, has died aged 84. Cambridge University Press writes: ‘Brian’s association with Cambridge began... Read more



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