Weekly Book Newsletter
8 February 2012

Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature 2012 shortlists announced x

The shortlists for the 2012 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature, which include a young adult category for the first time this year, have been announced.... Read more

ALS Gold Medal longlist announced x

The longlist for the 2012 ALS Gold Medal has been announced. In announcing the award the judges said they wanted ‘to make special mention of... Read more

Sales of '50 Books You Can't Put Down' increase by 115% during 2011 'Get Reading!' campaign x

Sales of the titles on the 2011 ’50 Books You Can’t Put Down’ Get Reading! list increased by 115% during last year’s campaign, compared to... Read more

Curry to leave Quarto x

Jane Curry will finish in her position as managing director of Global Publishing and Quarto Marketing Australia next month to return to her own business,... Read more

Johnston steps down as director of Wakefield Press x

Stephanie Johnston has stepped down from her position as director of Wakefield Press. Johnston, who purchased the South Australian-based independent publisher in 1991, stepped down... Read more

2012 NZ Writers and Readers Week program released x

The program for the 2012 New Zealand International Arts Festival Writers and Readers Week, which will be held in Wellington between 9 and 14 March, has... Read more

APA announces successful applicants for 2012 Residential Editorial Program x

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) and the Literature Board of the Australia Council for the Arts have announced the editors selected to attend the 2012... Read more

Blake Dawson Business Literature Prize 2012 shortlist announced x

The shortlist for this year’s Blake Dawson Business Literature Prize has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Into the Woods: The Battle for Tasmania’s Forests (Anna... Read more

Book illustrators recognised in Illustrators Australia awards x

A number of book illustrators have been recognised in the Illustrators Australia (IA) Australian and New Zealand illustration Awards. More than 100 illustrators participated in... Read more

A&U extends 'Friday Pitch' to children's/YA authors x

Allen & Unwin has announced that children’s and YA submissions will now be accepted as part of its already established ‘Friday Pitch’ program. Established in 2006,... Read more

New National Franchise Program launched x

The Fair Work Ombudsman has launched a free national franchising service called the National Franchise Program (NFP), which is designed to strengthen the Australian franchising... Read more

OZ authors named in USBBY annual list of outstanding international books x

A number of titles by Australian authors have been selected for the 2012 United States Board of Books for Young People (USBBY) list of Outstanding... Read more

In Brief x

Robb named 2012 CAL Nonfiction Writer-in-Residence at UTSAustralian writer Peter Robb has been named as the inaugural Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) Nonfiction Writer-in-Residence at the... Read more

Around the World x

Among the many international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Books-a-Million, Indigo join ban on Amazon Publishing titles... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘It is good to be the only major English-speaking country whose publishing industry actually did not suffer a decline in 2011 versus 2010,’–Publishers Association of... Read more

On Fancy Goods x

On Fancy Goods this week, we meet touring author Alain De Botton, Katie Horner reviews Currawalli Street (Christopher Morgan, A&U) and Carody Culver reviews The Grimstones:... Read more

Rights Round-up x

In rights news this week: SalesFiction–The Mary Cunnane Agency has sold world English ex-ANZ rights to The Honey Thief by Najaf Mazari and Robert Hillman... Read more

On tour x

February Katherine Howell, Pan Macmillan (Silent Fear) Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane (including regional). Carrie Tiffany, Picador (Mateship with Birds) Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide. Janette... 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

Tennis stars’ autobiographies dominate the top of the fastest movers chart this week with Australian Open 2012 finalist Rafael Nadal’s memoir, Rafa: My Story (Rafael Nadal... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in Media Extra x

Carrie Tiffany’s Mateship with Birds (Picador) is set on the outskirts of an Australian country town in the 1950s. A lonely farmer trains his binoculars... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Perth International Arts Festival, WA: 10 February to 3 March. Writers... 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 Wislawa Szymborska x

Wislawa Szymborska, Nobel Prize-winning Polish poet, has died aged 88. Szymborska published around 20 volumes of poetry, some of which have been translated. Works available in... Read more



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