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This year is the 45th anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which was published in 1969. It is a perennial favourite with children and adults alike. Eric Carle's imaginative illustration and clever cut-out detail charts the progress of a very hungry caterpillar as he eats his way through the week.
March 20, 2014 is “The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day” a day of global celebrations to mark this special occasion. Forty five years after it was first published, The Very Hungry Caterpillar remains a bestseller and frequently tops Best Books for Children lists.
Happy birthday, Very Hungry Caterpillar!
Frost signed to create a classic:
Designer Vince Frost inks book deal with Penguin
Vince Frost, founder and Executive Creative Director of Sydney-based agency Frost*, has signed a book deal with Penguin.
Slated to launch in the second half of 2014, the book will be a lifestyle title drawing on Frost’s expertise and global reputation as one of the most recognised designers in the world today.
This will be the second published book from Frost, who designed a 500 page tome called Frost* (sorry trees), to accompany a retrospective exhibition of his graphic design work at the Sydney Opera House in 2006.
The new publishing deal with Penguin will see Frost author a book aimed at a broader consumer market.
“This is an incredibly exciting opportunity,” said Frost. “I have always believed that design is a critical aspect of every part of our lives and has the power to be positively transformative. It will be a wonderful challenge to see where these ideas will take me with this book”.
Frost* has had a long term, ongoing relationship with Penguin, through projects such as the design of a number of award-winning cookbooks and the development of the brand and website for the Penguin Lantern lifestyle imprint.
Publisher Julie Gibbs is expecting great things from the deal with Frost*.
“I’ve worked with Vince for many years and he is a unique and inspirational talent. There is a great deal of interest in Australia and abroad in both his work and his perspective and Vince is passionate, insightful and illuminating. I know he’ll produce a book that is really dynamic”.
In the early 1990’s Frost became the youngest ever Associate Director at London’s famous Pentagram studio, before setting up his own London business, Frost* Design. In 2004, lured by the lifestyle, Frost made the move to Sydney where today he runs an agency of 40 people.
An Executive Committee member of D&AD (Design and Art Directors, London), a member of the AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale, Switzerland), and an Honorary Fellow of the ISTD (International Society of Typographic Designers, London), Vince Frost plays an active role in the global design community. Many awards have come his way, including D&AD silvers, golds from the New York Society of Publication Designers, gongs from the New York and Tokyo Art Directors’ Clubs and awards from the Society of Environmental Graphic Design.
The shortlist for this year’s Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) Nielsen BookData Booksellers Choice Award has been announced. The award recognises Australian new-release titles that booksellers most enjoyed reading, marketing and handselling during the past year.
Congratulations both our shortlisted authors, Tim Winton for Eyrie and Alison Lester for Kissed by the Moon. Congratulations also to Richard Flanagan shortlisted for The Narrow Road to the Deep North published by our colleagues at Random House Books Australia.
ABA members will now have the opportunity to vote for their favourite shortlisted title. The winner will be announced during the ABA conference on 18 May in Melbourne.
Tweethearts is set inside the magazine world, which sounds like a pretty crazy place…
Publishing houses are like no other workplace I’ve experienced. I’ve seen plenty of drama, big characters, and absurd situations. My time in magazines was overwhelmingly positive. These days I write the odd feature from afar, but I miss the chaos and the energy.
You send up magazines riotously in Tweethearts.
Absolutely! I have been guilty of taking magazine life way too seriously so it was great to mess around and fictionalise that world to the point where it’s a bit ridiculous.
Our heroine, Jemima, is unhappy working at Placenta Monthly – have you ever had a job you’ve loathed?
It’s often been a case of taking the good with the bad. I might’ve had the odd difficult colleague, worked long days or had bosses I didn’t see eye to eye with, but there was usually a silver lining: celebrity interviews, beautiful fashion shoots and invitations to some great events.
The magazine’s relentless drive for circulation sees it treat a celebrity ruthlessly – did you ever see this happen?
I’ve never seen a celebrity treated the way one is in Tweethearts, but that’s not to say it doesn’t happen. People gobble up celebrity gossip. I’ve also monitored some big social media accounts and watched what online communities say about celebrities – I imagine it would be hard to brush off the nasty tweets and Facebook messages.
Tweethearts gives us a glimpse of the glamorous side of magazine life – could you describe your favourite ‘glam’ moment?
One of my favourites was the time I somehow ended up in a five-star Queensland hotel with a python slithering around my neck while I sipped a glass of champagne. I’ve also been to some fancy cocktail parties. But there have been plenty of times I’ve pumped out a story from the couch in my slippers, too!
Twitter plays an important role in Jemima’s life – yours too?
Twitter is an amazing tool – it’s a constant stream of breaking news and witty thoughts. It’s also helped me to build a strong online community of writers that I can talk to and learn from. But, like Jemima, I’ve been addicted at times. When I first started using it I tweeted whatever sprang to mind and I had a few online arguments, too. I’ve finally learnt to think before I tweet and take breaks from it to silence the chatter.
What if I said, “Not one more tweet – ever!” How would you feel?
I’ve been tweeting consistently for five years now so I’d really miss it if I had to stop. I might be able to quit posting my own tweets, but I can’t imagine life without people who tweet great thoughts, stories and ideas.
The TV talent show in Tweethearts manipulates the contestants’ lives outrageously. You’ve worked in reality TV, was it really that bad?
While, like Jemima, I did work in a small van attached to the back of the studio, the rest of my experience was nothing like it is in Tweethearts. It was great fun. The contestants were well looked after and were always in good spirits. But I went out to the contestant house a few times and wondered how these people of varying ages from a mix of backgrounds managed living together 24/7 and working in a sometimes stressful situation.
At first Jemima resists her feelings for her gorgeous housemate, Samson. Have you ever been tempted to turn a friendship into a romance?
I’ve never had the precise experience Jemima has with Samson. Most of my great romances have flourished fast. But I do know exactly what it feels like to tell a guy I’m keen on him and run the risk of a squashed heart – I’m always an ineloquent mess.
Where was Tweethearts written?
It was written in both of the places it’s set: Sydney and Melbourne. I started writing it on the balcony of my wild and wonderful four-bedroom Potts Point sharehouse and finished it in my writing chair in Melbourne. Parts of it were also written in bed, on planes and in cafes.
Describe yourself in three words?
Impatient. Excited. Dreamer.
5 March 2014: Melbourne: Penguin Group (Australia) today launches the second installment of True Stories, the online immersive reading destination, with a dynamic new experience based on John Safran’s bestselling true-crime book Murder in Mississippi.
True Stories is a reading experience that goes beyond the page. Each True Story is inspired by a Penguin publication, bringing it to life through audio, video, images, maps and interactivity.
In Murder in Mississippi, John Safran recounts how he met a white supremacist, befriended his black killer and wrote his first book. It is an engrossing portrait of a dead man, his murderer, the place they lived and the process of trying to find out the truth about anything.
True Stories gets under the skin of the book, exploring the layers of John Safran’s adventure in Mississippi. Beautifully crafted video, audio and photographic stills immerse the audience in the sights and sounds of the United States’ Deep South, and bring them face to face with the main characters. These highlights include material taken from Safran’s personal research notes and interviews with the people he hoped could lead him to the truth.
True Stories: Murder in Mississippi is presented in four chapters, which can be explored in linear fashion or independent of one another. The chapters focus on Richard Barrett, the white supremacist who John Safran first met while filming his Race Relations TV series; Vincent McGee, the black man accused of killing Barrett; the shocking and bizarre elements of the murder itself; and the atmospheric twists lent by the setting of Mississippi.
Kylie Robertson, Penguin’s Creative Director - Digital said: “True Stories is a destination for a new kind of reading experience. The mix of interactivity and layered content is a unique way of placing the reader in the very centre of the storytelling experience.”
Stylish and compelling, True Stories: Murder in Mississippi is a dynamic companion to the book that has been hailed by Eddie Perfect as “In Cold Blood for our generation.”
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Destiny Romance, Penguin Australia’s digital first romance imprint, today launched a podcast series for romance lovers.
Commencing monthly, Heart to Heart will feature host Kat Mayo of Book Thingo who will present current romance news, exclusive discussions with authors and prominent members of the romance world, live readings and book reviews.
In the first episode, Heart to Heart’s inaugural guest is the renowned US blogger and author Sarah Wendell, co-creator of the Smart Bitches Trashy Books website. She discusses trends in romance, the essentials of a good romance novel and whether the passion for reading erotic romance has peaked.
There is also a steamy extract from Irrepressible You by Georgina Penney, and Kat covers all the latest romance news including an announcement about an appearance by the author of the controversial Untamed, Anna Cowan, at Melbourne’s Wheeler Centre.
“We are excited to have a new platform to share exclusive interviews, information and ideas with the romance community”, said Commissioning Editors Sarah Fairhall and Carol George.
About the host:
Kat Mayo runs Book Thingo, a book blog where Australian readers talk about romance novels, authors and events. She is the editor of Booktopia’s Romance Buzz newsletter and has written and reviewed for Books+Publishing. She loves to talk about romance books and has been interviewed on 2SER and quoted in The Big Issue and the (sydney) magazine, where she was pictured surrounded by stacks of Mills and Boon books. Kat has been a panelist for events run by the Romance Writers of Australia and City of Sydney Library, and she is active member of the Australian Romance Readers Association.
Destiny Romance is Penguin Australia’s digital first romance imprint. Since launching in August 2012, Destiny has published 40 romantic novels, all written by Australians. Destiny Romance has finalists in five categories of the upcoming Romance Readers of Australia awards.
Conflux Inc., organisers of the 2013 Aurealis Awards, have announced this year’s finalists. Congratulations to Isobelle Carmody a finalist in the Best Children’s Book category for Kingdom of the Lost, Book 2: The Cloud Road.
Winners of the 2013 Aurealis Awards will be announced at the Aurealis Awards ceremony, on the evening of Saturday 5 April, 2014.
For more information about the Awards to view the complete list of finalists visit www.aurealisawards.com
The Ashurst Prize for Business Literature: 2013 shortlist announced
Boom by Malcolm Knox has been shortlisted for this year's $30 000 Ashurst Prize (previously the Blake Dawson Business Literature Prize). The winner will be awarded at a dinner in Sydney on Thursday 8 May. For more information click here.
Susan Sandon, Managing Director of Cornerstone, has acquired rights to Paulo Coelho’s new novel, ADULTERY, acting on behalf of Hutchinson at Cornerstone, Hamish Hamilton in Australia and New Zealand, and Random House India. The six figure acquisition, with separate deals for each territory, was struck with Mônica R. Antunes at Sant Jordi Asociados. ADULTERY will be published this August simultaneously with Knopf in the US.
ADULTERY is a thought-provoking novel about the blurred lines between love and infatuation, adventure and self-sabotage. Linda is happily married to a wealthy man, has two children and works as a journalist – she knows she is lucky which only makes her unhappiness more confusing. While being afraid of change, she is also terrified of life continuing as it is. A meeting with a politician, and ex-boyfriend, ignites a side of her she thought had been shut-down with far-reaching consequences for everyone. The inspirational message for the reader is that you need to discover the passion in the life you have, not the life you imagine.
Ben Ball, Publishing Director Penguin General said, “I'm thrilled to be able to announce that we're publishing the new novel of Paulo Coelho, one of the world's most loved writers. The publication of ADULTERY in August 2014 will be a major event for us, and we'll be publishing in cooperation with Penguin Random House worldwide. It's wonderful to have such an accomplished and exciting writer on our Hamish Hamilton list.”
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