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Prior to writing full-time Anna trained as an international and human rights lawyer, and continues to pursue her interest in justice, frequently speaking in public on issues from free speech to the rights of both citizens and non-citizens (refugees). Her main interests are in balancing the rights and freedoms of individuals with our collective responsibilities to each other, and with the role of courage and compassion in civil society.
“I’m inspired by people of conscience and courage; this is reflected in my books, which are about people who stand up for what they believe, no matter the consequences.” – Anna Funder
Anna is a member of PEN International and is deeply involved with the International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN), a global network of cities offering safe havens for persecuted writers. This not only rescues that writer from often very dangerous circumstances in their home country, but sends a signal to repressive regimes around the world that attempts to silence free speech will not be successful. Anna’s interest in free speech and free expression is also local - she was a founding supporter of the Sydney Story Factory, established in Redfern, Sydney to support literacy and learning among children.
Anna currently lives in New York City with her husband and three children and is working on her next book.
The winners of the sixth annual Children's Choice Book Awards were announced May 13 at a ceremony in New York City hosted by the Children's Book Council (USA). Book of the Year awards went to:
We’re delighted to share the excellent news that Herman and Rosie has been chosen as the Read Aloud book for National Literacy and Numeracy Week 2013. This year students from every primary and secondary school in Australia will join together at 2pm EST on Wednesday 31 July to read aloud from Herman and Rosie by the talented Gus Gordon as part of a simultaneous nation-wide celebration of literacy. Set in New York, this gorgeous picture book is a story of friendship, of life in the big city, and of what can happen when you follow your dreams.
'Quirky, soulful and alive . . . a book to treasure, like a favourite song.' Markus Zusak, author of The Book Thief
For comprehensive Teachers’ Notes: www.penguin.com.au/educationcentre
Gus Gordon is an illustrator and author of more than 70 books for children. His illustrations are acclaimed for their loose and energetic line work, mixed media and humour, and his writing is always anthropomorphic – where animals take the place of humans in the narrative. Gus's first picture book, Wendy, is about a motorcycle-riding stunt chicken and was selected as a Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Notable Book in the 2010 Book of the Year Awards.
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.