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Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards Shortlist Announced
20 May 2016

We are delighted to announce that the following Penguin Random House authors have been shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards:

Suri’s Wall by Lucy Estela and Matt Ottley
Ollie and the Wind by Ronojoy Ghosh
Soon by Morris Gleitzman
The Pause by John Larkin
My Dog Bigsy by Alison Lester
Mr Huff by Anna Walker
Meet Weary Dunlop by Claire Saxby & illustrated by Jeremy Lord

Congratulations to our shortlisted authors and illustrators! The winners will be announced at an event in Sydney on 19 August.

Cloudstreet 25th Anniversary
07 Apr 2016

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Cloudstreet, Tim Winton’s sprawling, comic epic about luck and love, fortitude and forgiveness, and the magic of the everyday. However it may never have been published had it not been for the stranger who chased after Tim with the manuscript he’d left it on a bus in Rome. Since it was first published by McPhee Gribble on 1 April 1991 Tim Winton’s award-winning novel has been reimagined as a successful play, a major TV mini-series and now an opera.

“Even for those of us old enough to do so, it’s hard to remember the tone and texture Australian literature before Cloudstreet. It perennially tops the polls for the nation’s favourite book, but its impact is felt well beyond even that: Cloudstreet opened up new ways for us to see ourselves. And it’s 25 years young: as fresh, vital and exciting as day it first rolled off the press, with as much to offer our readers, writers and indeed nation as ever.” – Ben Ball, Publishing Director, Penguin Books Australia.

The State Opera of South Australia in association with Adelaide Festival Centre will premiere the opera Cloudstreet! with libretto by George Palmer and Tim Winton, music by George Palmer and directed by Gale Edwards in Adelaide on 12 May 2016. 

More than 2 million copies of Tim Winton’s books have been sold in Australia and no title has ever been out-of-print.

His next book, The Boy Behind the Curtain will be published by Penguin Random House late 2016. 

The Cook’s Table by Stephanie Alexander to be published November 2016
16 Mar 2016

Penguin Random House today announced that they were delighted to be publishing Stephanie Alexander’s first new book since 2012. The Cook’s Table, will be published in November 2016.

This very special book is a personal reflection of a lifetime of cooking from one of Australia’s most trusted cookbook authors. Featuring a stunning array of new recipes, each one has been chosen to reflect memorable meals and travels from Stephanie’s life. Arranged in menus, the recipe collections evoke a shared table with family and friends, and beckon the reader to create special occasions, following Stephanie’s inimitably approachable and practical advice.

Stephanie Alexander said, ‘This book has sprung from my desire to revisit memorable meals often enjoyed in equally memorable locations. Sharing food experiences has always made me happier than anything else. Anticipation is part of this, and that includes planning the menu. In planning my menu, I want to be away from the table as little as possible, so I have kept last minute stovetop cooking to a minimum. I don’t want to miss the best stories. I am hungry for the latest news and opinions. This is why in this book I have put effort into indicating what steps can be done in advance in the timetables that accompany every menu.’

Stephanie Alexander AO is regarded as one of Australia’s great food educators. Her reputation has been earned through her thirty years as an owner-chef in several restaurants, as the author of 14 influential books and hundreds of articles about food matters, and for her groundbreaking work in creating the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation. Stephanie’s kitchen bible The Cook’s Companion, originally published in 1996 and fully updated in 2014, is now in over half a million homes around Australia.

For more information:

Rhian Davies, Publicity Manager

03 8537 4585 / 0409 701 722

RDavies@penguinrandomhouse.com.au

DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: BOOK 11 TO BE PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 1 2016
11 Mar 2016

DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: BOOK 11 TO BE PUBLISHED BY PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE AUSTRALIA ON NOVEMBER 1, 2016

Twenty Publishers Worldwide to Release Alongside the United States; Bestselling Author Jeff Kinney to Continue World Tour 

March 10, 2016 — At least twenty international publishers will once again simultaneously publish and release Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Book 11 in the phenomenally successful children’s book series. An all-new original story by bestselling author Jeff Kinney, the book will go on sale in the United States and around the world on November 1, 2016. As the most anticipated book of the year everywhere, tens of millions of fans eagerly await this newest volume. There are now more than 165 million copies of the books in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series in print globally.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Book 11, originating from ABRAMS’s Amulet imprint, will go on sale for publishing houses in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Australia, Turkey, Greece, Japan, Brazil, Spain, Catalonia, Romania, Portugal, Hungary, Sweden, Latvia, Norway, and Taiwan, which joined forces for the first time for the simultaneous release of book 10. Israel and Korea have joined as new partners for the release of book 11. More on-sale publishing partners are expected to be announced soon. 

“In 2015 I had the chance to meet Wimpy Kid readers from all over the world. The tour was incredibly energizing, and I feel excited to keep writing for this generation of kids and for generations to come,” says Jeff Kinney. “I feel extremely lucky to be in a position where my work can reach millions of kids, and I see the eleventh book as a new beginning for Greg Heffley and Diary of a Wimpy Kid.”

This new book follows the enormous international acclaim of book 10, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School, which debuted at the top of bestseller lists around the world and has remained a number one bestseller since it was published on November 3, 2015. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School was one of the top-ranked titles—children’s or adult—of the year, and continues to dominate sales charts in 2016.

“No children’s book series has turned so many readers on to books as Diary of a Wimpy Kid has,” says Michael Jacobs, President and CEO of ABRAMS. “And no series has turned as many kids into readers as these books have. Once again we at ABRAMS and our publishing partners are thrilled to be able to bring Jeff’s new book to as many kids and as many readers as possible around the world at once.”

Kinney will continue his global tour throughout 2016 to build excitement for book 11. His international travels for book 10, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School, brought laughter and literacy around the world as Kinney began an unprecedented worldwide tour to meet and greet international readers. Working closely with publishers on five continents, Kinney was featured in major media outlets, met thousands of fans at sold-out events, and experienced local cultures.

The third annual Wimpy Kid Month, which was established in 2014, begins April 1, 2016, and is a celebration of reading, writing, and all things Greg Heffley. Beginning with April Fools’ Day and ending with the reveal of the cover of the latest book in the series, people everywhere will celebrate Wimpy Kid’s ability to get kids hooked on reading through events, social media, and much more. On April 28, the cover will be revealed to a live audience of Wimpy Kid fans in New York and through a webcast that will be presented live worldwide. It will then be available on www.wimpykid.com/virtuallylive. 

In April 2016, the first-ever theatrical adaptation of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, in production with the prestigious Minneapolis Children’s Theatre Company, will debut. Three movies based on the book series have grossed more than $250 million. Jeff Kinney has won five Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards and two Children’s Choice Book Awards. Books in the series have won numerous awards that were voted on by students and teachers around the globe. Wimpy Wonderland Island on poptropica.com, a virtual world for kids, remains one of the most visited pages on the popular website.

Kinney’s work has been widely praised for its ability to turn reluctant readers on to books. Published in 2007, the first Diary of a Wimpy Kid book was an instant bestseller, and just a year later, more than 100,000 copies were in print in the United States alone. The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series is a fixture on the USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, and IndieBound bestseller lists. It has remained on the New York Times bestseller list since the publication of the first book and through the release of book 10 for more than 466 weeks total, and for more than 362 on the series list. Wimpy Kid has been sold in more than 54 editions in 49 languages and appears on bestseller lists around the world. There are now more than 165 million books in the series in print around the globe.

For further information about Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Book 11, please contact Tina Gumnior, Publicity Manager at Penguin Random House Children’s on TGumnior@penguinrandomhouse.com.au  

 

THE COVER OF THE REDISCOVERED BEATRIX POTTER TALE, ILLUSTRATED BY QUENTIN BLAKE, IS REVEALED
01 Mar 2016

Beatrix Potter’s THE TALE OF KITTY-IN-BOOTS was recently rediscovered by Penguin Random House Children’s, over 100 years after it was originally written 


Melbourne – 1 March 2016

For the first time, Frederick Warne & Co., Beatrix Potter’s original publisher and an imprint of Penguin Random House Children’s, have revealed the cover of the rediscovered Beatrix Potter tale, illustrated by Quentin Blake. 

Quentin Blake said, ‘It seemed almost incredible when, early in 2015, I was sent the manuscript of a story by Beatrix Potter; one which had lain unpublished for a hundred years and which, with the exception of a single drawing, she had never illustrated. I liked the story immediately – it’s full of incident and mischief and character –and I was fascinated to think that I was being asked to draw pictures for it. I have a strange feeling that it might have been waiting for me.’

Jo Hanks, publisher at Penguin Random House Children’s, said, ‘As soon as we began the conversation about finding an illustrator, we knew it had to be Quentin Blake. It’s a challenging brief to illustrate a manuscript written over a hundred years ago by one of the world’s most beloved authors, but we knew that Quentin’s energy, rebelliousness and humour were in keeping with Beatrix’s own artistic sensibilities and therefore exactly what this fantastic book called out for.’

Frederick Warne & Co. is publishing THE TALE OF KITTY-IN-BOOTS in hardback on 1 September 2016, 150 years after Potter’s birth and just over a century after she penned the tale about the mischievous kitten.

ENDS
For further information about The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots, please contact Tina Gumnior, Publicity Manager at Penguin Random House Children’s on TGumnior@penguinrandomhouse.com.au 

Notes to Editors:
THE TALE OF KITTY-IN-BOOTS, a manuscript by Beatrix Potter, was rediscovered two years ago when Jo Hanks, publisher at Penguin Random House Children’s, stumbled across an out-of-print literary history about Beatrix Potter from the early 1970s. Hanks found in the book both a reference to a letter that Potter had sent her publisher in 1914, which referred to a story about ‘a well-behaved prime black Kitty cat, who leads rather a double life’, and an unedited manuscript of the tale.

A trip to the V&A archive, where many of Potter’s items are kept, revealed three manuscripts, handwritten in children’s school notebooks, one rough colour sketch of Kitty-in-Boots, a dummy book with some of the typeset manuscript laid out and a pencil rough of arch-villain Mr. Tod. Other letters in the archive revealed that Potter intended to finish the tale, but ‘interruptions began’ – and continued: from the beginning of the First World War, to marriage, to sheep farming, to colds. And so she never went back to the story.

A unique book like this needed not only a special moment to be revealed but also a special illustrator. Penguin Random House Children’s approached Quentin Blake, and he was thrilled to take on the project. 

About Quentin Blake
Quentin Blake is one of Britain’s most successful illustrators. He has illustrated nearly three hundred books and he was Roald Dahl’s favourite illustrator. He has won many awards, including the Whitbread Award and the Kate Greenaway Medal, and taught for over twenty years at the Royal College of Art. In 1999 he became the first ever Children's Laureate and in 2013 he was knighted for services to illustration.

About Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter is one of the world’s best-loved children’s authors, with her most famous creation The Tale of Peter Rabbit having sold in excess of 45 million copies globally since its initial publication by Frederick Warne & Co. in 1902. She personally oversaw the launch of subsequent products, making Peter Rabbit the oldest licensed character in history. Today over 2 million of her ‘little books’ are sold globally every year, and Peter Rabbit has appeared in books and products in more than 110 countries throughout the world

150 years after her birth, we celebrate an incredible woman, an artist, storyteller, botanist, environmentalist, farmer and businesswoman. Beatrix Potter was a visionary and a trailblazer. Single-mindedly determined and ambitious, she overcame professional rejection, academic humiliation and personal heartbreak, going on to earn her fortune and a formidable reputation. On her death, she left an incredible legacy of land and property to the care of the National Trust to ensure that future generations would continue to enjoy the countryside that she was so passionate about, as well as the much-loved characters and stories that were created over a lifetime.

NB: Penguin Ventures (part of the Penguin Random House group) together with licensing agency Silvergate Media manages Frederick Warne’s licensing programme based on the works of Beatrix Potter, and most notably Peter Rabbit. It remains one of the world’s longest-running and largest international literature-based licensing programmes, and Warne is committed to growing and protecting the Peter Rabbit™ brand.

David Malouf awarded Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature
01 Mar 2016

Congratulations David Malouf on receiving an Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature. Formerly the Writers’ Emeritus Award, this award acknowledges the achievements of eminent literary writers over the age of 60 who have made an outstanding and lifelong contribution to Australian literature.  

David Malouf AO is one of Australia’s greatest writers of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and libretti. He has achieved great acclaim both nationally and internationally and is respected by critics and readers alike. His novels include RansomThe Great World (winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ prize and the Prix Femina Etranger), Remembering Babylon (winner of the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award), An Imaginary Life, Conversations at Curlow Creek,Every Move You Make and his autobiographical classic 12 Edmondstone Street. His Collected Stories won the 2008 Australia-Asia Literary Award. His most recent books are A First Place and The Writing Life. Born in 1934, he was raised in Brisbane.

 

Past winners include the late Christopher Koch (2007), Herb Wharton (2012), Frank Moorhouse AM (2013), and Thomas Keneally (2015). 
For more informaion visit the Australia Council Awards website. 

Two Books from Jamie Oliver in 2016
19 Feb 2016

Michael Joseph is thrilled to announce that we will be publishing two books from Jamie Oliver in 2016. The first book will be around the subject of healthy eating for the family and the second title will be a long awaited Christmas book.

With further details around each title to be released in the following months, Jamie had this to say:

"Doing two books in one year is incredibly exciting. First up, there's my Family Super Food. I've had such a lot of positive feedback that it's inspired me to focus on the dishes that people really love but that perhaps aren't so healthy, and rewrite them so they fit into my super food philosophy to make them easy and accessible for everyone.

To end the year on a real high, there's my epic Christmas cookbook, which is the culmination of 17 years work of fine-tuning the ultimate in amazing recipes, tricks and tips that will deliver every time and support you in making that special time of year the very best it can be. I'll only do this book once, so it's been a long time in the making. I know you'll love it and hope you'll go back to it year after year."

Louise Moore, Managing Director of Michael Joseph says:

“It is every publisher’s dream to have an author like Jamie and to have two books in one year is truly a gift for us and his fans. I can’t wait to eat from the Family Super Food Book; and Christmas is such a stressful time for the cook in the family, so who better to hold your hand through the most important meal of the year.”

Family Super Food and Jamie’s Christmas will be published by Michael Joseph in 2016. More details to be announced.

Quentin Blake to illustrate rediscovered Beatrix Potter Tale
27 Jan 2016

 

Beatrix Potter’s THE TALE OF KITTY-IN-BOOTS was recently rediscovered by Penguin Random House Children’s, over 100 years after it was originally written

London – 26 January 2016

In September 2016, Frederick Warne & Co., Beatrix Potter’s original publisher and an imprint of Penguin Random House Children’s, will publish a brand-new tale by one of the world’s best-loved children’s authors, Beatrix Potter.

THE TALE OF KITTY-IN-BOOTS, a manuscript by Beatrix Potter, was rediscovered two years ago when Jo Hanks, publisher at PRH Children’s, stumbled across an out-of-print literary history about Beatrix Potter from the early 1970s. Hanks found in the book both a reference to a letter that Potter had sent her publisher in 1914, which referred to a story about ‘a well-behaved prime black Kitty cat, who leads rather a double life’, and an unedited manuscript of the tale.

A trip to the V&A archive, where many of Potter’s items are kept, revealed three manuscripts, handwritten in children’s school notebooks, one rough colour sketch of Kitty-in-Boots, a dummy book with some of the typeset manuscript laid out and a pencil rough of arch-villain Mr. Tod.

Other letters in the archive revealed that Potter intended to finish the tale, but ‘interruptions began’ – and continued: from the beginning of the First World War, to marriage, to sheep farming, to colds. And so she never went back to the story.

Jo Hanks said, ‘The tale really is the best of Beatrix Potter. It has double identities, colourful villains and a number of favourite characters from other tales (including Mr. Tod, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, Ribby and Tabitha Twitchit). And, most excitingly, our treasured, mischievous Peter Rabbit makes an appearance – albeit older, slower and portlier!’

 

QUENTIN BLAKE TO ILLUSTRATE THE REDISCOVERED TALE

A unique book like this needed not only a special moment to be revealed but also a special illustrator. PRH Children’s approached Quentin Blake, and he was thrilled to take on the project. 

Hanks continued, ‘As soon as we began the conversation about finding an illustrator, we knew it had to be Quentin Blake. It’s a challenging brief to illustrate a manuscript written over a hundred years ago by one of the world’s most beloved authors, but we knew that Quentin’s energy, rebelliousness and humour were in keeping with Beatrix’s own artistic sensibilities and therefore exactly what this fantastic book called out for. We couldn’t be happier that Quentin agreed to come on board, and we feel that combining these two world-class talents is something truly unique and at last the marvellous and wonderful THE TALE OF KITTY-IN-BOOTS can be enjoyed by readers everywhere.’ 

Quentin Blake said, ‘It seemed almost incredible when, early in 2015, I was sent the manuscript of a story by Beatrix Potter; one which had lain unpublished for a hundred years and which, with the exception of a single drawing, she had never illustrated. I liked the story immediately – it’s full of incident and mischief and character –and I was fascinated to think that I was being asked to draw pictures for it. I have a strange feeling that it might have been waiting for me.’

Frederick Warne & Co. is publishing THE TALE OF KITTY-IN-BOOTS in hardback on 1 September 2016, 150 years after Potter’s birth and just over a century after she penned the tale about the mischievous kitten.

 

ENDS

 

For further information, please contact Dorothy Tonkin, Head of Children’s Marketing and Publicity on DTonkin@penguinrandomhouse.com.au or 02 8923 9902

   

About Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter is one of the world’s best-loved children’s authors, with her most famous creation The Tale of Peter Rabbit having sold in excess of 45 million copies globally since its initial publication by Frederick Warne & Co. in 1902. She personally oversaw the launch of subsequent products, making Peter Rabbit the oldest licensed character in history. Today over 2 million of her ‘little books’ are sold globally every year, and Peter Rabbit has appeared in books and products in more than 110 countries throughout the world

150 years after her birth, we celebrate an incredible woman, an artist, storyteller, botanist, environmentalist, farmer and businesswoman. Beatrix Potter was a visionary and a trailblazer. Single-mindedly determined and ambitious, she overcame professional rejection, academic humiliation and personal heartbreak, going on to earn her fortune and a formidable reputation. On her death, she left an incredible legacy of land and property to the care of the National Trust to ensure that future generations would continue to enjoy the countryside that she was so passionate about, as well as the much-loved characters and stories that were created over a lifetime.

NB: Penguin Ventures (part of the Penguin Random House group) together with licensing agency Silvergate Media manages Frederick Warne’s licensing programme based on the works of Beatrix Potter, and most notably Peter Rabbit. It remains one of the world’s longest-running and largest international literature-based licensing programmes, and Warne is committed to growing and protecting the Peter Rabbit™ brand.

 

About Quentin Blake

Quentin Blake is one of Britain’s most successful illustrators. He has illustrated nearly three hundred books and he was Roald Dahl’s favourite illustrator. He has won many awards, including the Whitbread Award and the Kate Greenaway Medal, and taught for over twenty years at the Royal College of Art. In 1999 he became the first ever Children's Laureate and in 2013 he was knighted for services to illustration.

Indie Book Awards 2016 shortlist annoucement
19 Jan 2016

Congratulations to Penguin Random House authors shortlisted for the Indie Book Awards 2016

In the Fiction category, award-winning Sydney author Gail Jones has been shortlisted for her brave and brilliant novel, A Guide to Berlin  (Vintage), a title which references a Vladimir Nabokov short story of the same name and a story that traces the strength and fragility of our connections through biographies and secrets. In the Debut Fiction category, San Francisco based author, and former bookseller and publicist, Antonia Hayes, has been shortlisted for her critically acclaimed debut, Relativity (Viking), an irresistible novel about science, love, unbreakable bonds and irreversible acts.

In the new Young Adult category (introduced by popular demand) John Flanagan has been shortlisted for The Ranger's Apprentice origin story his fans have been waiting for, The Early Years 1: The Tournament at Gorlan (Random House), and Morris Gleitzman has been shortlisted for Soon (Viking), which continues the incredibly moving story of Felix, a Jewish boy still struggling to survive in the wake of the liberation of Poland after the end of World War Two.

Since 2008 Australian Independent Booksellers have celebrated 'the enormous depth and talent and range of literary talent in this nation' through their affectionately named Indie Book Awards. The Indie Book Awards recognize and reward the best Australian writing – as voted for by more than 170 independent booksellers across metropolitan and regional Australia. The Indie Book Awards 2016 category winners and the Book of the Year 2016 will be announced at an event in the Sydney CBD on Wednesday 23 March.


For the full shortlist and more information on the history and background of the Indie Book Awards, please see the dedicated website: http://www.indiebookawards.com.au/

 

 

 

Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature 2016 shortlists announced
11 Jan 2016

The shortlists for the 2016 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature have been announced. Congratulations to the Penguin Random House authors shortlisted in the following categories:

Fiction

Nonfiction

Young adult fiction

Children’s literature

The winners of this year’s awards will be announced on 27 February during the 2016 Adelaide Writers’ Week. One of the category winners will also receive the overall Premier’s Award. For more information, visit the awards website here.

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20 May 2016
Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards Shortlist Announced
We are delighted to announce that the following Penguin Random House authors have been shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards:

Suri’s Wall by Lucy Estela and Matt Ottley
Ollie and the Wind by Ronojoy Ghosh

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