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2010 Aurealis Award - winner
Children's Fiction (told primarily through pictures)
The Boy and the Toy, by Sonya Hartnett, illustrated by Lucia Masciullo
2011 REAL Awards - shortlisted
The shortlist for this year's Reading & Enjoying Australian Literature (REAL) Awards, which acts as the shortlist for children's choice book award shortlists in the ACT (COOL Awards), NSW (KOALA Awards), NT (KROC Awards) and VIC (YABBAs), has been announced.
Enigma by Graeme Base
The Terrible Plop by Ursula Dubosarsky and Andrew Joyner
Fiction for older readers:
Specky Magee and the Best of Oz by Felice Arena and Garry Lyon
Thai-Riffic! by Oliver Phommovanh
Fiction for years 7-9:
Dancing in the Dark by Robyn Bavati
The Stone Key by Isobelle Carmody
Now by Morris Gleitzman
Girl Underground by Morris Gleitzman
Ben Ball becomes Publishing Director of Penguin General
Penguin Australia, Chief Executive Gabrielle Coyne announced today the promotion of Ben Ball to the position of Publishing Director, Penguin General, a division made up of the imprints Viking, Michael Joseph, Hamish Hamilton and Penguin.
Ball, who was born in Melbourne, held numerous publishing positions in London before joining Penguin in January 2006. As a Director, he will join Children’s and Young Adult’s Publishing Director Laura Harris and Illustrated Books Publishing Director Julie Gibbs, completing the new commissioning and editorial leadership group across the three distinct Australian publishing divisions.
In the five years he has been at Penguin, Ball has published a broad range of books, working with authors such as Peter Carey, Peter Goldsworthy, Sonya Hartnett, Mathew Hayden, Chloe Hooper, Paul Kelly, Nam Le, Judith Lucy, Steve Toltz, Brenda Walker and Tim Winton.
Ben Ball said “It’s an honour and a delight to help lead this great publishing house. I’m fortunate enough at Penguin to work with wonderful authors and first-class colleagues, so I’m very energized by the prospect of tackling the challenges the industry has ahead of it in such fine company.”
Gabrielle Coyne said “I’m delighted to have someone of Ben’s calibre joining the new leadership group of the publishing division. Ben is a passionate advocate for books and writers. No-one is more serious nor committed to the curatorial role publisher’s play, particularly when it comes to ensuring an author’s work is enjoyed by as many people as possible in formats old and new.”
With Ben moving into this new role, he, Julie Gibbs and Laura Harris will now assume full responsibility for their Publishing divisions, reporting to Gabrielle Coyne.
2010 Aurealis Awards finalists announced
SpecFaction NSW, organisers of the 2010 Aurealis Awards, have announced the finalists for the 2010 Aurealis Awards including the following Penguin titles:
CHILDREN'S FICTION (told primarily through words)
Haggis MacGregor and the Night of the Skull Moon, Jen Storer & Gus Gordon, Aussie Nibbles (Penguin)
CHILDREN'S FICTION (told primarily through pictures)
Night School, Isobelle Carmody (writer) & Anne Spudvilas (illustrator), Penguin Viking
The Boy and the Toy, Sonya Hartnett (writer) & Lucia Masciullo (illustrator), Penguin Viking
YOUNG ADULT Novel
The Midnight Zoo, Sonya Hartnett, Penguin
The Life of a Teenage Body-Snatcher, Doug MacLeod, Penguin
Behemoth (Leviathan Trilogy Book Two), Scott Westerfeld, Penguin
The winners of the 2010 Aurealis Awards and the Peter McNamara Award will be announced at the Aurealis Awards ceremony on 21 May.
More information is available at www.aurealisawards.com
2011 NSW Premier's Literary Awards Shortlist Announced
The shortlist for the 2011 Premier's Literary Awards has been announced and includes these following Penguin titles:
The Christina Stead Prize for Fiction ($40,000)
Parrot & Olivier in America by Peter Carey
The Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction ($40,000)
Tell Me The Truth: Conversations With My Patients About Life And Death by Ranjana Srivastava
Reading by Moonlight: How Books Saved A Life by Brenda Walker
The Ethel Turner Prize for Young People’s Literature ($30,000)
Saltwater Vampires by Kirsty Eager
The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta
The Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature ($30,000)
The Three Loves of Persimmon by Cassandra Golds
The 2011 People’s Choice Award: Register your vote here www.pla.nsw.gov.au/peoples-choice-award
Parrot & Olivier in America by Peter Carey
For more information see www.pla.nsw.gov.au
2011 Miles Franklin Literary Award Longlist Announced
Established by a writer to support and encourage authors of Australian literature, the Miles Franklin Literary Award is Australia’s oldest and most prestigious literary prize in its category. It is awarded to the novel of the year which is of the highest literary merit and presents Australian life in any of its phases.
The Longlist for the 2011 Miles Franklin Literary Award has been announced and includes two bestselling Viking titles:
The Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta
The Good Daughter by Honey Brown
The 2011 shortlist will be announced on 19 April in Sydney with the winner announced in June at an award event in Melbourne. The award event will take place at the State Library of Victoria on 22 June 2011. This year also sees the prize increase in value to $50,000, up from $42,000 in 2010.
SFWA announces the 2010 Nebula Award Nominees
New role for Bob Sessions at Penguin
After 27 years at Penguin, the last 22 at the helm of the Publishing department Bob Sessions is stepping down as Publishing Director. From 1 April 2011, Bob will assume the role of Publisher where he will work part time and oversee a small list of key Penguin authors including Graeme Base, Geoffrey Blainey, Bryce Courtenay, Li Cunxin and Fiona McIntosh.
An inaugural recipient of the George Robertson Award for distinguished service to the publishing industry, Bob Sessions is one of the industry’s most respected figures. He first joined Penguin in 1971, when the local publishing list was just starting. He rejoined in 1986, becoming Publishing Director in 1988. For the past two decades he has played an integral role in shaping Penguin’s editorial team and vibrant and diverse local publishing program.
An enthusiastic supporter of both children’s and adult publishing, Bob has worked closely in recent times with Phillip Adams; Graeme Base; Geoffrey Blainey; Paul Clitheroe; Bryce Courtenay; Morris Gleitzman; Elizabeth Jolley; Paul Jennings, Ruth Park and Michael Leunig.
Bob Sessions said: “I have very much enjoyed my time as Publishing Director of Penguin Australia and I’m delighted that my association with Penguin will continue in the role I cherish most, that of Publisher. I know the publishing team we have built has the talent, experience and flexibility to continue to grow our local publishing programme in what is a rapidly changing environment.”
Gabrielle Coyne, Penguin’s Chief Executive Officer said “Bob and I have been discussing his new role at Penguin for some time and I’m delighted that as Publisher, he will remain part of our group. On a personal note, Bob and I have worked together now for almost 20 years, and there is no one I can think of who has been and continues to be as passionate about our industry, our authors and our books.”
With Bob moving into this new role, Julie Gibbs, Laura Harris and Ben Ball will now assume full responsibility for their Publishing divisions, reporting to CEO Gabrielle Coyne.
For more information please contact:
Marketing & Publicity Director
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Shortlisted for the 59th Annual APA Book Design Awards 2011
The Best Designed Children's Cover of the Year sponsored by Xou Creative
The Midnight Zoo cover design by Tony Palmer
The Best Designed Children’s Fiction Book sponsored by 1010 Printing International
Kingdom of the Lost Book 1: The Red Wind cover and internal design by Marina Messiha
The Midnight Zoo cover and internal design by Tony Palmer
The Best Designed Children’s Non-fiction Book
Wicked Warriors and Evil Emperors cover and internal design by Adam Laszczuk
The Best Designed Cookbook sponsored by Kinokuniya
The Entire Beast cover and internal design by Daniel New
The Best Designed General Illustrated Book sponsored by Murdoch Books
Food, Fashion, Friends cover and internal design by Evi Oetomo
Shack cover and internal design by Allison Colpoys
What On Earth Are You Wearing? A Michipedia of Fashion cover and internal design by Ortolan
The Best Designed Non-fiction Book sponsored by Better Read Than Dead Bookshop
Reading by Moonlight cover design by Allison Colpoys, internal design by Allison Colpoys and Anne-Marie Reeves
Diary of a Wimpy Kid out now on Blu-ray disc and DVD combo, Zoo-wee Mama!
Based on the best-selling illustrated book by Jeff Kinney, the family comedy Diary of a Wimpy Kid is now available on Blu-ray disc and as a DVD combo pack from our friends at Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
The film chronicles the adventures of wisecracking pre-teen Greg Heffley, who must somehow survive the scariest time of anyone's life... middle school. Convinced it's the "dumbest idea ever invented," Heffley considers junior high school a place rigged with hundreds of social landmines, not the least of which are wedgies, swirlies, bullies, lunchtime banishment of the cafeteria floor and a festering piece of cheese with nuclear cooties that he must overcome to become popular. His diary - or "journal" - chronicles his thoughts, tales of family trials and tribulations, and (would be) schoolyard triumphs.
Riordan Cover Revealed
Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules the movie
Exciting news for Wimpy Kid fans!
Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules, will be released in Australian cinemas on April 14, 2011!
Can we wait that long?
2010 Kids Own Australian Literature Awards - Winner
Fiction for years 7-9
Boy Overboard by Morris Gleitzman
Jeff Kinney on Skype for SuperClubsPLUS
Fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid head to SuperClubsPLUS Australia to register for a very special Skype event Friday 29 October 10am AEST with Jeff Kinney. Jeff's new book The Ugly Truth: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 5 is out 10 November.
SuperClubsPLUS Australia is the first Australian Cybersafe Social Learning Network, supported by Australian governments and specifically designed for young children and their teachers.
Penguin and Pearson on the Move
Pearson Australia Group is delighted to announce that it will be relocating to new premises in April 2012. More than just an office move, it will mean bringing together Penguin Group (Australia) and Pearson Australia, into a truly collaborative and creative space.
The new premises will be located in the heritage listed The Southern Goods Shed, which traverses the eastern boundary of Walker Corporation’s 735 Collins Street development in Melbourne.
Central to public transport and part of a developing precinct, the building will be converted to retain the heritage listed features of the original building - high ceilings, clerestory windows, exposed trusses, brickwork and cast iron columns - whilst transforming the interior into a contemporary, light-filled, open office environment incorporating state-of-the-art technology.
The Goods Shed was built in 1889 and was renowned for its outstanding aesthetic and historical significance as the largest and most elaborate railway goods building in Victoria. Its huge scale and grand style reflect Melbourne’s boom for almost a century and most of the materials for Victoria’s industries passed under its soaring, gabled roof.
Basso Project Management and architects BVN will work closely on the redevelopment of the new space. As a part of Pearson’s ongoing commitment to reducing its carbon footprint, the historic building upgrade is being designed to achieve a 5 star Green Star= Rating and use green principle for the office interiors.
“This is an exciting precinct and a building that really suits the creative, collective nature of the Pearson Australia Group,” commented Chief Operating Officer, Dionne Higgins. “Our thanks go to Stuart Allison from CB Richard Ellis Global Corporate Services, who has helped to select and secure our tenancy in this great property.”
Penguin Australia’s CEO, Gabrielle Coyne described it as an exciting move into a lively area. “It’s an opportunity to work in an open plan environment which will naturally make us more collaborative. Residing under the same roof with Pearson’s Education business will also see us share ideas and collaborate in ways we can’t even begin to imagine. Plus for Penguin, there’s a nice circular aspect to this – we originally commenced trading in Australia in a tin shed nearby in South Melbourne in 1946, so it feels a little bit like coming home.”
Pearson Australia’s CEO, David Barnett said the “The Southern Goods Shed will be a great work space for our Melbourne-based Education teams, close to first-class amenities and public transport. In addition it will be wonderful to be housed, for the first time, in the same building as colleagues from Penguin. We look forward to exploiting the collaboration opportunities.”
The 735 Collins Street development is the largest commercial mixed-use development in Australia, comprising five commercial towers alongside the refurbishment of the Southern Goods Shed, and a world class retail precinct fronting Collins Street.
Executive Chairman of Walker Corporation, Lang Walker, welcomed Pearson Australia Group to the new precinct, adding that he was delighted that a world-leading organisation had made the decision to move to this iconic new development.
“735 Collins Street has unprecedented transport and retail amenity, creating a vibrant new quarters for the western end of Collins Street. We know that the Pearson Group Australia will thoroughly enjoy their new premises and being part of the 735 Collins Street precinct. It’s fantastic to be able to undertake a heritage restoration the size and scale of the Southern Goods Shed as part of this iconic new development – it will set a new benchmark for environmentally sustainable, heritage restoration projects in Australia.”
The $1 billion 735 Collins Street precinct is one of four major projects Walker Corporation has underway in Melbourne.
For more information please contact: Sally Bateman, Penguin Group (Australia) Ph 03 9811 2496 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tessa McMahon, Walker Corporation Ph: 02 8273 9678 or email:Tessa.email@example.com
Penguin Group (Australia) – Product Safety Recall
Penguin Group (Australia) is recalling all “My First Animals: Let's Squeak and Squawk” made available for sale from 7 April 2010 and “My First Numbers: Let’s Get Counting” made available for sale from 23 April 2010.
|ISBN 9781405356824 My First Animals: Let's Squeak and Squawk||ISBN 9781405359818 My First Numbers: Let’s Get Counting|
There have been no reported incidents in Australia. However, “My First Animals: Let's Squeak and Squawk” and “My First Numbers: Let’s Get Counting” have failed an international safety test and therefore we are withdrawing the products from sale in Australia. One of the tabs can be torn off and may cause a potential choking hazard.
What to Do - Customers
In order to prevent any accidents, we are contacting all of our customers to ask them to stop selling this title immediately and to return all existing stock for a full credit. Should a consumer return this title to a bookseller, the bookseller should credit the consumer in full and return the book to us in the usual way for a full credit.
Should customers have queries regarding this recall, they are advised to contact United Book Distributors Customer Service line on 1800 331 015.
What to Do - Consumers
Consumers can return “My First Animals: Let's Squeak and Squawk” and “My First Numbers: Let’s Get Counting” to their place of purchase for a full refund. Alternatively they can return these products to Penguin Group (Australia) directly c/o
My First Animals/My First Numbers Recall
Penguin Group (Australia)
250 Camberwell Rd, Camberwell VIC 3124
Penguin Group (Australia) apologises for any inconvenience this may cause.
Guardian Children's Fiction Prize - shortlisted
Puffin authors shortlisted for the UK Booktrust Teenage Prize
Charlie Higson's The Enemy and Zizou Corder's Halo have each been shortlisted for this year’s UK Booktrust Teenage Prize. Now in its eighth year, the Booktrust Teenage Prize is a national book prize that recognises and celebrates the best in contemporary writing for teenagers.
The winner will be announced in London on 1 November, 2010.
To view the shortlist, click here.