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The following books have been shortlisted for the 2013 Books I Love Best (BILBY) children's choice awards for Queensland.
Books for Early Readers
Books for Younger Readers
6 May 2013 Melbourne: After more than 27 years at Penguin Australia, 22 at the helm of the Publishing Department Bob Sessions will retire from Penguin on 27 September 2013.
Gabrielle Coyne, CEO Penguin Australia said today “For over two decades Bob has played an integral role in shaping Penguin’s vibrant and diverse lists. He has been one of the defining figures of our industry and his commitment to Penguin and to the creative talent on which we all thrive is without question.
“He has tirelessly championed Australian talent – authors and illustrators – and his desire to see them succeed not only in Australia but internationally, is what has made him such a fine publisher and one for whom many owe a debt of gratitude.”
Bob Sessions said “It has been a privilege to work for the leading publisher for more than 27 years, along with colleagues who have proved themselves to be the best in the business.
“Publishing is a people business, and I have made many good friends along the way. I first came to Penguin in the 1970s, when Australian publishing was just beginning to find its feet. Since that time, Penguin Australia has been blessed with some fine leaders, and it has been inspiring to have been a part of the management of change, and part of the growing professionalism and internationalisation of the industry. Most important, however, have been the authors, many of whom I have worked with over a long period of time, and over many books. I am leaving Penguin, and its authors, in very capable hands, and will watch its progress with great interest as it enters an exciting new era.”
Bob Sessions’ distinguished publishing career began more than forty years ago. He was one of the inaugural recipients of the George Robertson Award for Services to the Australian Publishing industry. He was at the vanguard of Australia’s growth in local publishing and the list of authors with whom he has worked reads like a roll call of Australian writing talent. These writers include, but are by no means limited to: Phillip Adams, Pamela Allen, Thea Astley, Graeme Base, Geoffrey Blainey, Bryce Courtenay, Li Cunxin, Rob Drewe, Donald Horne, Paul Jennings, Elizabeth Jolley, Michael Leunig, Ruth Park and Amy Witting.
In addition to his role at Penguin, Bob has also, throughout his career been an active voluntary member on a number of industry associations and is currently Chair of the Course Advisory Committee for Graduate Diploma in Editing & Publishing at RMIT University.
The following books have been shortlisted for the 2013 REAL Awards, which also comprises the shortlist for the ACT's COOL Awards, NSW's KOALAs, NT's KROC Awards and Victoria's YABBAs.
Picture Story Books
Fiction for Younger Readers
Fiction for Older Readers
Fiction for Years 7-9
Congratulations to international bestselling Penguin author, Paul French, who has just won the 2013 Edgar Award – Best Fact Crime for Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a young Englishwoman haunted the last days of Old China.
The 2013 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honouring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2012 were announced by Mystery Writers of America at their 67th Gala Banquet in New York City on 2 May 2013
The 2013 Lantern program was revealed in Sydney last night by publisher, Julie Gibbs, and the star-studded line-up includes new books from old favourites, books from exciting newcomers and once-in-a-lifetime books from some of our most treasured Australians.
The full list is below:
- Almond Bar: 100 Delicious Syrian Recipes by Sharon Salloum: Heady spices, creamy tahini, tender lamb, fragrant rosewater and fresh, salty cheeses. Enter the exotic world of Syrian cooking with the chef from well-known Sydney eatery, The Almond Bar.
- The Garden at Stonefields by Paul Bangay: Celebrated landscape designer Paul Bangay tells the inspirational story of creating Stonefields, one of Australia’s most beautiful country gardens.
- Family Cooking by Justin North: Justin shares the recipes he loves to cook for his family, along with his insider tips on getting the kids involved and enjoying your time in the kitchen.
- Silvia’s Cucina by Silvia Colloca: Healthy and delicious Italian home cooking from passionate cook Silvia Colloca.
- Maggie’s Christmas by Maggie Beer: Maggie Beer shares her all-time favourite recipes and menus for entertaining family and friends during the festive season.
- 101 Moments of Joy and Inspiration by Meredith Gaston: Artist Meredith Gaston brings us words of inspiration, abundance and joy in this beautifully illustrated gift book.
- Love Italy by Guy Grossi: Join Melbourne restaurateur Guy Grossi as he travels around Italy in this joyful celebration of Italian food and the people who produce it.
- The Agrarian Kitchen by Rodney Dunn: The much anticipated first book from the founder of The Agrarian Kitchen in Tasmania.
- Naples: A Way of Love by Carla Coulson and Lisa Clifford: A photographic journey through the Naples most tourists never see.
- Jamie Durie’s Edible Garden Design by Jamie Durie: Jamie shows you how to create and maintain a vegie garden as visually stunning as it is practical.
- Obsessive Creative by Collette Dinnigan: An intimate insight into the life and work of the Australian fashion designer and fashion icon.
For more information, please visit the Lantern website penguin.com.au/lantern.
Penguin Books Australia has unveiled a criminal element in the next instalment of their bestselling Popular Penguins – 50 crime fiction classics by 38 acclaimed writers at the very top of their game.
With a nod to the design for Penguin’s original ‘Mystery and Crime’ series, these new titles have been dressed to kill with a sharp price of $9.95 and a bold green cover twist of the iconic Penguin triband.
Featuring perennial favourites this new collection also (re)introduces some of the most interesting and influential crime writers of all time as Peter Blake, Penguin Australia Sales Director explains;
“One of the questions most asked when we originally published the Popular Penguins was – would we be bringing back the Penguin green crime titles? And that question has kept cropping up ever since. We’re thrilled to say that this August we’ll be dressing a host of great crime writers in Penguin’s famous green livery. Edgar Wallace will be cheek-by-jowl with G.K. Chesterton; Michael Innes will rub shoulders with Scott Turow, while Sir Arthur Conan Doyle looks forward to chatting with Dashiell Hammett. As is the case with the original orange Popular Penguins, this promotion will allow a range of fabulous books and authors to be discovered by a fresh generation of readers, all of whom have a real treat in store.”
The Green Popular Penguins also showcase some of the key storylines, plot twists and character archetypes that have played an instrumental role in defining the evolution of the crime fiction writing genre across more than 160 years from the late 1800s to the turn of the 21st century. Beginning with the early Victorian pioneers of detective fiction (Edgar Allan Poe, Wilkie Collins, Arthur Conan Doyle and his brother-in-law EW Hornung); through the Edwardian advent of the modern mystery and all-action hero with a stiff upper lip (EC Bentley, Childers Erskine, John Buchan); and the establishment of the post WWI spy thriller (Edgar Wallace); to the introduction of the hard-boiled self-talking detective popularised during the post-war austerity (Raymond Chandler, Dashiel Hammett); and the legal dramas typical of the 1970s and 80s (John Mortimer, Scott Turow ); and finally to the psychological thrillers of the 2000s (Nicci French).
The Green Popular Penguins will be available for $9.95 from your favourite bookseller, on-line and in-stores from Wednesday 24 July 2013.
For a full list of tiles go to: www.penguin.com.au/green-popular-penguins
Congratulations to all our authors and illustrators shortlisted for this year’s Australian Book Industry Awards. With a total of 16 shortlist nominations and representation in every book category, as well as being nominated for Publisher of the Year, Penguin Books Australia is a strong contender for success at this year’s ABIAs. United Book Distributors have also been shortlisted for Distributor of the Year (a category which they’ve won for the past four years). See below for details of Penguin’s shortlist nominations. For the complete list, see: http://www.publishers.asn.au
Biography of the Year 2013
On Warne by Gideon Haigh
Jim Stynes: My Journey by Jim Stynes and Warwick Green
Book of the Year for Older Children (age range 8 to 14 years) 2013
Children of the King by Sonya Hartnett
After by Morris Gleitzman
Book of the Year for Younger Children (age range 0 to 8 years) 2013
Today We Have No Plans by Jane Godwin & Anna Walker
The Gobbledygook is Eating a Book by Justine Clarke and Arthur Baysting with illustrations by Tom Jellett
Sophie Scott Goes South by Alison Lester
Little Elephants by Graeme Base
General Fiction Book of the Year 2013
Jack of Diamonds by Bryce Courtenay
General Non-fiction Book of the Year 2013
The Essential Leunig: Cartoons from Winding Path by Michael Leunig
The People Smuggler: The True Story of Ali Al Jenabi, the Oskar Schindler of Asia by Robin De Crespigny
Illustrated Book of the Year 2013
What Katie Ate by Katie Quinn Davies
Literary Fiction Book of the Year 2013
Lola Bensky by Lily Brett
Newcomer of the Year 2013
The People Smuggler: The True Story of Ali Al Jenabi, the Oskar Schindler of Asia by Robin De Crespigny
Publisher Promotional Campaign of the Year 2013
Penguin Group Australia for The Australian Moment by George Megalogenis
Penguin Group Australia for The House of Memories by Monica McInerney
Publisher of the Year 2013
Penguin Group Australia
Distributor of the Year 2013
United Book Distributors
Penguin Australia would like fans of Isobelle Carmody’s Obernewtyn Chronicles to know that we have made the decision to move the Red Queen from its planned 2013 release to an unscheduled date. We’d like to take this opportunity to reassure everyone, that Isobelle remains absolutely committed to the Obernewtyn Chronicles. The series has been an enormous part Isobelle’s life for over 25 years, and we strongly believe Isobelle should take the time she needs to make this instalment, the very best yet.
A message from Isobelle Carmody:
I understand you have been waiting, impatiently or patiently, some of you for literally years. I thank you and I am touched and honoured that so many of you did not grow out of me, but have allowed Elspeth to visit you through the years. If you are one of these readers, then we have shared a long journey, and it is coming to an end. Forgive me for not rushing it but with each step, I am saying goodbye to a world I have loved.
Let me hone and polish and conclude this last book at my own pace, without furious pressure. I promise it will be a better book for it. And isn’t that what we all want, in the end? Not a book produced to fit a deadline, but a book that was worth waiting for.
A message from Laura Harris, Publishing Director, Penguin Young Readers:
I can understand how frustrating it must be to see Obernewtyn as incomplete, and I know many of Isobelle Carmody fans feel this way. I completely empathise with their disappointment over this latest announcement.
Unfortunately, it’s about fulfilling an artistic and truthful conclusion to the series, and inspiration and quality writing don’t always come as we expect it will. Isobelle would never be satisfied in pushing out an inferior piece of work, and we respectfully stand by her on this front.
Please note: The Red Queen refers to the unpublished final book in the Obernewtyn series. In North America, The Sending is published as two separate books, Part 1 titled The Sending and Part 2 titled The Red Queen.