Weekly Book Newsletter
11 January 2012

Inside the current issue: A year in reviews x

Over three quarters of the books reviewed in Bookseller+Publisher magazine last year were released simultaneously as ebooks, while 56% of all adult books reviewed were... Read more

Please complete our post-Christmas survey x

The Weekly Book Newsletter is currently completing its annual post-Christmas survey. If your store has not yet been surveyed, please complete the survey online here (booksellers).... Read more

Murdoch Books announces staff changes, redundancies x

Murdoch Books has announced a number of key staff changes and four redundancies, in a restructure designed to ‘position Murdoch Books for the new year... Read more

Weldon Owen to close Australian Office x

The head office of children’s publisher Weldon Owen will be relocated from Australia to London over the next six months. Current Weldon Owen managing director... Read more

D Publishing announces a further update to its contract x

Dymocks’ new publishing arm D Publishing, launched late last year, has announced a further update to its author contract. Michael Allara, Dymocks general manger, ecommerce,... Read more

Adyar Bookstore closing this month; hopes to reopen in new location x

Alternative Sydney bookstore Adyar Bookshop will close in its current location at the end of this month. Store manager Warren Wickman told the Weekly Book... Read more

Espeseth wins 2012 CAL Scribe Fiction Prize x

Amy Espeseth has won the 2012 Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) Scribe Fiction Prize for her manuscript Trouble Telling the Weather. Espeseth will receive a cash... Read more

Tredinnick wins inaugural Montreal International Poetry Prize x

Australian poet Mark Tredinnick was awarded the inaugural Montreal International Poetry Prize, worth approximately $48,500, for his poem ‘Walking Underwater’ in December 2011.   Tredinnick’s poem was selected from... Read more

Wagner leaves Scribe x

Former digital publishing co-ordinator at Scribe Publications Tamsin Wagner has left the company. Wagner, who had worked at Scribe for close to eight years, finished in... Read more

AsiaLink 2012 residencies announced x

The recipients of Asialink’s 2012 residencies have been announced. The recipients of the Arts Management residencies related to writing, and the projects they will work... Read more

Ereaders stolen during break-in at Pages & Pages x

Cash and 12 Cumulus ereaders were stolen from Pages & Pages Booksellers in Mosman, NSW on 1 January. Store manager, and president of the Australian... Read more

Man Asian Literary Prize 2011 shortlist announced x

The shortlist for the 2011 Man Asian Literary Prize was announced on 10 January. The shortlisted titles are: The Wandering Falcon (Jamil Ahmad, Pakistan, Hamish... Read more

OZ, NZ books nominated for 2011 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards x

Australian books have featured heavily in the wine and drinks categories of the 2011 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. Hardie Grant Australia has been named Best... Read more

New owner for Authors' Agent literacy agency x

Brian Cook, publishing consultant and proprietor of the Manuscript Appraisal Agency, is the new owner of the Authors’ Agent literacy agency. Cook announced that he... Read more

Govt announces OzCo review x

Federal Arts Minister Simon Crean announced an independent review of the Australia Council for the Arts in December 2011, the first major review of the... Read more

NYR2012: Walker Books partnership, state ambassadors announced x

Walker Books has announced a partnership with the National Year of Reading 2012 (NYR2012) in the lead-up to the official launch of the initiative on... Read more

In Brief x

Eligibility criteria for OzCo publishing grants now onlineEligibility criteria and application details for publishing grants from the Literature Board of the Australia Council for the... Read more

Around the World x

Among the many international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Cleric calles for Rushdie to be banned from... Read more

Quote of the Week x

‘Some independent shops have reported not a bad Christmas–after all, shoppers have to go somewhere’–Nielsen general manager Shaun Symonds on Christmas book sales without REDgroup... Read more

On Fancy Goods x

On Fancy Goods so far this year, Alex Adsett considers the third draft of the D Publishing contract, Heather Dyer interviews Gillian Mears on Foal’s... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: Sales Children’s/YA–Fremantle Press has sold North American rights, including English language and bi-lingual editions, to Michael Thompson’s picture book, The... Read more

On tour x

January James Duigan, Kyle Books (Clean and Lean Cookbook) Sydney. David Sedaris, Hachette (Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk) Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Sydney and Brisbane. Kirsten Tranter, Fourth... 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 the lead up to the 2012 Olympics in London, a key member of the Games’ organising committee is ruthlessly murdered. The London branch of... Read more

Media Extra: Returns Monday x

The first Media Extra of 2012 will be published this Monday, 16 January. If you would like to receive Media Extra to find out which titles... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Lockyear Arts Festival: 13-16 January Midsumma Festival: 15 January to 5... 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 David Bateman x

David Bateman, founder of David Bateman Publishing in New Zealand in 1979, has died.  Bateman was a life member of PANZ, and was active on... Read more

RiP Christopher Hitchens x

Christopher Hitchens, author, literary critic and journalist, has died aged 62. Hitchens authored 17 books, including God Is Not Great (2007), The Trial of Henry Kissinger,... Read more

RiP Ronald Searle x

Ronald Searle, renowned British cartoonist and creator of St. Trinians and Molesworth, has died aged 91. Searle spent over three years in a prisoner-of-war camp... Read more

RiP Simms Taback x

Simms Taback, children’s book author and illustrator best known for his version of There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly and Joseph Had... Read more



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