Weekly Book Newsletter
23 November 2011

Agents: 'oddly unhurrying and not necessarily finding the best authors'? x

In his Unwin Trust Fellowship report Mark Richards compared the place of agents in the Australian and UK literary communities and found a perception, on... Read more

Changes at Thorpe-Bowker x

Thorpe-Bowker, publisher of the Weekly Book Newsletter, has announced that Bookseller+Publisher publisher Tim Coronel will be leaving the company at the end of 2011. Thorpe-Bowker has... Read more

Reader's Feast to reopen before Christmas x

Reader’s Feast Bookstore will reopen in a new location in Melbourne before Christmas. Store owner Mary Dalmau told the Weekly Book Newsletter that the newly... Read more

First ReadCloud ebookstore launched at Pages & Pages; more stores to launch over coming weeks x

Sydney-based independent bookseller Pages & Pages has become the first retailer to start selling ebooks using the ReadCloud platform, following the launch of its ebookstore... Read more

Fraser to retire from Pan Macmillan x

Pan Macmillan Australia has announced that publisher James Fraser will retire from the company at the end of this year. Fraser spent 25 years in... Read more

Falconer wins 2011 CAL Waverley Library Award for Literature x

Delia Falconer has won this year’s Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) Waverley Library Award for Literature for her book Sydney (NewSouth). Falconer was presented with the... Read more

Magabala announces new partnership with State Library of Queensland x

Magabala Books has announced a partnership with the State Library of Queensland (SLQ) to publish the winners of the kuril dhagun Indigenous writing fellowships. Under the... Read more

Merger proposed between OPUS Group and McPherson's Printing Group x

Book printers OPUS Group and McPherson’s Printing Group have proposed to merge and list on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX). The merger would involve parent... Read more

Random House Australia to launch Story-cuts x

Random House Australia has ‘a number of new digital publishing projects underway including the release and development of Story-cuts’, according to marketing and publicity director... Read more

Readings to open new specialist shop in 2012 x

Melbourne bookseller Readings will open a new store at the University of Melbourne’s new neuroscience facility, the Melbourne Brain Centre, in early 2012. Readings managing... Read more

Kinsella shortlisted for T S Eliot Prize x

Australian poet John Kinsella has been shortlisted for the 2011 T S Eliot Prize for Poetry. Kinsella’s Armour (Picador) is one of 10 collections shortlisted... Read more

OzCo VIP Program 2012 guests announced x

The Australia Council for the Arts has announced the guests for next year’s Visiting International Publishers (VIP) Program, to be held during Adelaide Writers Week in... Read more

Winners of the 2011 Whitley Awards announced x

The winners of the 2011 Whitley Awards, presented by the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales, have been announced. The Whitley Medal has been... Read more

2011 CLL Educational Publishing Awards winners announced x

The winners of the 2011 New Zealand Copyright Licensing Limited Educational Publishing Awards were announced in Auckland on 17 November. The winning and highly commended... Read more

Sutcliffe wins NZ Andrew Mason Prize x

Kylie Sutcliffe is the recipient of the inaugural Andrew Mason Prize for Most Promising Editor. The annual prize is offered by the Mason Publishing Trust... Read more

2011 Human Rights Literature Award shortlist announced x

The shortlist for this year’s Human Rights Literature Award, presented to a work of nonfiction by the Australian Human Rights Commission and sponsored by The... Read more

Tsiolkas nominated for Bad S-x Award for second time x

Australian author Christos Tsiolkas has been nominated for the UK Literary Review‘s Bad S-x in Fiction Award for the second year running. Tsiolkas’ novel Dead Europe,... Read more

In Brief x

Magabala Books honoured at regional community awardsIndigenous publisher Magabala Books was recently honoured at the 2011 Western Australian Regional and Community Achievement Awards. The publisher... Read more

Around the world x

Among the many international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Penguin US pulls ebooks from OverDrive Penguin US... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘We consciously decided to do something about how few [film and television] projects were being generated around our books and made it our business to... Read more

On Fancy Goods x

On Bookseller+Publisher‘s Fancy Goods blog this week Andrew Rankin reviews Among the Islands: Adventures in the Pacific (Tim Flannery, Text); Portia Lindsay reviews Forecast: Turbulence... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: SalesNonfiction—Random House has sold Sandakan (Paul Ham) to the United Kingdom; and Hot Relationships (Tracey Cox) to Romania. Children’s/YA—Random House... Read more

On tour x

November John Birmingham, Pan Macmillan/Get Reading (Angels of Vengeance) Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Hobart and Perth. Grahame Bond, NewSouth (Jack of all Trades) Sydney and... 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

In Inheritance (Doubleday), the conclusion to Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance cycle, the fate of an entire civilization rests on the shoulders of rider Eragon and his dragon,... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in Media Extra x

All five books on the most mentioned chart received equal mentions this week. Gillian Mears’ Foal’s Bread (A&U) appeared on the Most Mentioned list again, as... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: BookFest@Singapore 2011: 18-27 November Walkley Media Conference ‘Inventing the Future’:... 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 Verna Susannah Coleman x

Verna Coleman, librarian and biographer, has died aged 86. Coleman’s biographies include Miles Franklin in America: Her Unkown (Brilliant) Career (1981); The Last Exquisite, about... Read more

RiP Anne McCaffrey x

Fantasy novelist Anne McCaffrey, author of Restoree (1967) and the ‘Dragonriders of Pern’ series, has died aged 85. McCaffrey was the first woman to win a... Read more



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