Weekly Book Newsletter
22 February 2012

DVD Giveaway! x

Kathryn Bolkovac, a Nebraska police officer who accepts a well-paying UN peacekeeping job in Bosnia, begins work as part of a private corporate army, training... Read more

2012 APA Book Design Awards shortlists announced x

The shortlisted titles for this year’s Australian Publishers Association (APA) Book Design Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in the ‘Best Designed Cover of... Read more

S&S Australia sales 'slightly up' in 2011; ebook sales expected to reach 10% this year x

Net sales at Simon & Schuster (S&S) Australia were ‘slightly up’ on figures from 2010, according to managing director Lou Johnson. Johnson told the Weekly... Read more

Parsons Bookshop to close x

Parsons Bookshop in Auckland, New Zealand, will close in April. Owner Helen Parsons, who owns the independent store with her husband Roger, told the Weekly... Read more

Sportswriter closes bricks-and-mortar store, moves purely online x

Specialist sports bookshop Sportswriter closed as a bricks-and-mortar bookshop in December 2011 and is now operating as an exclusively online business. Owner Anne McAvaney told... Read more

Bookseller appointed to national retail council; ABA delegation meets with Government, Opposition in Canberra x

Peter Strong, owner of Smiths Alternative Bookshop in Canberra and executive director of the Council of Small Business of Australia (COSBOA), has been appointed as one... Read more

EWF launches new creative writing prize for undergraduates x

The Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) has launched a new creative writing prize with Monash University called the Monash University Undergraduate Prize for Creative Writing. The award... Read more

'Indecent' NZ book reclassified x

A book that was seized from a New Zealand bookstore by the New Zealand Internal Affairs Department in November 2011 has been reclassified as ‘unrestricted’... Read more

WA Sunday trading legislation introduced into parliament x

The Western Australian Government has introduced legislation in parliament which will allow ‘general retail shops’ across Perth’s metropolitan area to trade on Sundays between 11am and... Read more

In Brief x

Dymocks Children’s Charities launches seventh Book BankDymocks Children’s Charities launched its seventh Book Bank at La Perouse Public School in South-Eastern Sydney this week. Each... Read more

Around the World x

Among the many international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: B&N unveils new 8GB Nook tablet BML survey... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘At TOC I became much more conscious of one of the other seismic shifts that is taking place for publishers across the globe, something we... Read more

On Fancy Goods x

On Fancy Goods this week, we meet Laura Kroetsch, director of Adelaide Writers’ Week, take a look at the 60th annual APA Book Design Awards... Read more

Rights Round-up x

In rights news this week: SalesFiction–Allen & Unwin has sold French and Canadian rights for Autumn Laing (Alex Miller); Brazilian Portuguese rights have been sold... Read more

On tour x

February Glen Duncan, Text (Talulla Rising) Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne (through to March). Johan Harstad, UWA Publishing (Buzz Aldrin, What Happened to You in All... 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

CIA-trained assassin Mitch Rapp has been working through a list to eliminate the men responsible for the slaughter of 270 civilians. But, the hunted men... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in Media Extra x

In Alain de Botton’s Religion for Atheists (Hamish Hamilton), he argues that the supernatural claims of religion are entirely false, yet claims religions still have some... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Perth Writers Festival: 23-26 February Copyright Agency annual seminar, Melbourne:... Read more

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