Weekly Book Newsletter
30 November 2011

Inside the current issue: Thirty-seven reviews x

In the Summer issue of Bookseller+Publisher we review 37 forthcoming Australian titles, including  those by established authors Peter Carey (The Chemistry of Tears, Hamish Hamilton,... Read more

Christmas closing list: Closes this Friday 2 December x

Publishers/distributors are asked to advise the Weekly Book Newsletter of their Christmas closing dates by COB this Friday 2 December. A full list will appear in... Read more

'King Brown Country' wins 2011 Walkley Award x

The winner of the 2011 Walkley Award for Best Nonfiction Book is King Brown Country: The Betrayal of Papunya (Russell Skelton, A&U). Skelton’s book beat shortlisted... Read more

APA digital rights seminar attracts 200 x

Charlotte Harper writes: Some 600,000 iPads have been sold in Australia and Amazon’s Kindle may have already gained a 60% share of the ereader market... Read more

Former A&R franchises in Bankstown, Merrylands rebrand; owners open third store x

Two former Angus & Robertson (A&R) franchise stores in Sydney’s south west are now operating as independent bookstores under the name Your Bookshop. The owners... Read more

Gray honoured with 2011 OzCo Emeritus Award x

Poet Robert Gray is the recipient of this year’s Australia Council for the Arts’ Writers’ Emeritus Award. Gray, who released his first collection of poetry... Read more

Ruffino to leave Penguin x

Galley Cat reports that Molly Barton will replace Dan Ruffino as Penguin’s Global Digital Director. Ruffino, who was appointed to the New York-based position in... Read more

Kent wins inaugural Writing Australia unpublished manuscript award x

National writing organisation Writing Australia has announced that Hannah Kent is the winner of the inaugural Writing Australia Unpublished Manuscript Award. Kent, who is deputy... Read more

Perkins, Elliot among winners of inaugural NZ arts awards x

Author Emily Perkins and illustrator David Elliot are among the winners of the inaugural Macquarie Private Wealth New Zealand Arts Awards, presented at a ceremony... Read more

CAVAL acquires Languages Direct x

Library services provider CAVAL has announced it has acquired Languages Direct. CAVAL acquired the specialist language library supply business from DA Information Services and said... Read more

Borders Singapore: staff, gift card holders likely to be repaid x

Former employees of Borders Singapore and gift card holders are likely to be paid the money owed to them following a decision by owner REDgroup... Read more

2011 COOL Awards winners announced x

The winners of this year’s Canberra’s Own Outstanding List (COOL) Awards, the children’s choice book awards for the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), have been announced.... Read more

Savage wins 2011 Scarlet Stiletto x

Angela Savage has won the 2011 Sisters in Crime Scarlet Stiletto Award, presented on 25 November in Melbourne. Savage, author of Behind the Night Bazaar... Read more

In Brief x

ABA holds meeting with Booksellers NZAustralian Booksellers Association (ABA) CEO Joel Becker and president Jon Page met with their counterparts from Booksellers New Zealand over... Read more

Around the world x

Among the many international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Smashwords adds services for literary agents Borders US... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘One issue we are still very much negotiating (though some publishers might refer to it as "arguing") is that of electronic files and security. Who... Read more

On Fancy Goods x

On our Fancy Goods blog this week, Dave Martus reviews The Sweet Spot (Peter Hartcher, Black Inc.), Shane Strange reviews the third annual fiction edition... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: SalesChildren’s/YA—Hardie Grant Egmont has sold UK rights to Whisper (Chrissie Keighery); Brazilian rights to the ‘Billie B Brown’ series (Sally... Read more

On tour x

December Mark Best, Hardie Grant (Marque) Melbourne and Perth. Becca Fitzpatrick, Simon & Schuster (Silence) Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Brenton E McKenna, Magabala Books (Ubby’s... 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 x

The Heffley family is trapped indoors during a blizzard but when the snow melts, 13-year-old Greg is going to have to face the music after... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in Media Extra x

Ahead of the bicentenary of his birth next year, Charles Dickens was all over the papers this week thanks to a new biography: Claire Tomalin’s... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: 2011 Guadalajara International Book Fair: On now, until 4 Dec... 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 Juliana Archbold (nee Bayfield) x

Juliana Archbold, president of The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Australia since 2003, has died aged 73. Archibold, who had an extensive... Read more

RiP Tom Wicker x

Tom Wicker, former New York Times columnist and author of around 20 books including A Time to Die: The Attica Prison Revolt, has died aged 85.

RiP Lana Peters x

Lana Peters (also known as Svetlana Alliluyeva), soviet dictator Josef Stalin’s only daughter, who defected to the West during the Cold War, has died aged... Read more

 

 

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