Catch up on all the latest news from Penguin Books Australia including award winning authors, illustrators, designers, publishers and other publishing industry and book related news.
Congratulations to Cate Blake, Managing Editor, Penguin General, who has been awarded a new grant for Australian editors.
Cate has successfully applied for an Editorial Professional Development grant from the Australia Council for the Arts to enable her to attend the Yale Leadership Strategies in Book Publishing course.
Held at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut in late July, the week long course is designed to provide a comprehensive picture of where the publishing industry is today and focuses on equipping participants with practical skills that will enable them to think strategically about the future. The program includes speakers from US publishers and booksellers, and covers topics such as discoverability, innovation and managing organisational change.
For more information on the Yale Publishing Course: http://publishing-course.yale.edu/book
The following Penguin and Random House books have been shortlisted for the 2014 YABBA Awards:
Picture Story Books
Fiona The Pig's Big Day by Leigh Hobbs
Fiction for Younger Readers
Fiction for Older Readers
Fiction for Year 7-9
For more information please visit the YABBA website: http://yabba.org.au/2014-shortlist
Every year, young readers from all over New South Wales judge their very own literary awards. By voting in the KOALA awards they can reward the Australian children's books that have most inspired, amused, terrified, enlightened and engaged them.
Section 1 Picture Storybooks
Annie to the Rescue by Deborah Niland
Fiona the Pig's Big Day by Leigh Hobbs
Noah Dreary by Aaron Blabey
The Dreadful Fluff by Aaron Blabey
The Terrible Plop by Ursula Dubosarsky, illustrated by Andrew Joyner
Section 2 Fiction for Younger Readers
Andy Roid and the Tracks of Death by Felice Arena
Extra Time by Morris Gleitzman
Extreme Adventures: Monkey Mountain by Justin D'Ath
Our Australian GirlMeet Grace by Sofie Laguna, Lucia Masciullo
The Wishbird by Gabrielle Wang
Section 3 Fiction for Older Readers
Con-nerd by Oliver Phommavanh
Specky Magee and the Best of Oz by Felice Arena & Garry Lyon
Congratulations also to our colleagues, authors and illustrators over at Random House Australia for their shortlistings:
Section 2 Fiction for Younger Readers
Alice Miranda in Paris by Jacqueline Harvey
Section 3 Fiction for Older Readers
Brotherband: The Invaders by John Flanagan
My Life and Other Stuff I Made Up by Tristan Bancks, illustrated by Gus Gordon
Rangers Apprentice: The Royal Ranger by John Flanagan
The Ivory Rose by Belinda Murrell
Fiction for YEARS 7-9
The Whole of My World by Nicole Hayes
For more information about the Awards visit http://www.koalansw.org.au
30 April 2014 Auckland:
Penguin Random House today announced a new leadership structure in New Zealand with Margaret Thompson appointed to the newly created position of Managing Director, Penguin Random House New Zealand.
Gabrielle Coyne, Chief Executive Officer Penguin Random House Asia Pacific, said, “I am delighted Margaret has accepted this important new role. Along with her wide ranging experience, Margaret brings a strong mix of publishing acumen, matched with an unwavering sales optimism and flair.”
Margaret Thompson’s career in publishing spans more than 30 years across Australia and New Zealand. She has been Managing Director of Penguin New Zealand since 2005. In 2007 Margaret steered the acquisition of Reed Publishing and in 2009 led Penguin’s acquisition of Mallinson Rendell Publishing; the originating publisher of Lynley Dodd, author of the global bestselling Hairy Maclary books, which have now sold over 9 million copies worldwide.
Margaret Thompson said, “I am delighted to accept this position and look forward to leading the Penguin Random House team to create an exciting new company which will continue to be committed to local publishing, supportive of our authors and booksellers and focused on maintaining a vibrant and creative presence in New Zealand.”
With Margaret’s appointment, Karen Ferns Joint Managing Director of Random House Australia and New Zealand will sadly leave the company on 16 May.
Karen has made an invaluable contribution to Random House growing the sales and company over many years. Highly respected within the publishing industry, Karen has been a passionate advocate for New Zealand and New Zealand publishing. She joined Random House New Zealand as Sales and Marketing Director in 1999 and was appointed Managing Director in 2008. In 2012 she was appointed Joint Managing Director of Random House Australia and New Zealand.
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The 14th Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) shortlists have been announced today revealing a stellar list of nominees that includes 15 Penguin Random House authors. The ABIAs celebrate Australia’s finest and most popular writers and have been compiled by a panel of more than 100 booksellers and publishers.
International Book of the Year:
Hard Luck: Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney (Puffin)
General Fiction Book of the Year:
Elianne by Judy Nunn (William Heinemann Australia)
Literary Fiction Book of the Year:
Eyrie by Tim Winton (Hamish Hamilton)
The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane (Hamish Hamilton)
The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan (Vintage Australia)
General Non-fiction Book of the Year:
Murder In Mississippi by John Safran (Hamish Hamilton)
Illustrated Book of the Year:
Love Italy by Guy Grossi (Lantern)
Biography of the Year:
A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley (Viking)
Ned Kelly: The Story of Australia’s Most Notorious Legend by Peter FitzSimons (William Heinemann Australia)
Madness: A Memoir by Kate Richards (Viking)
Everything To Live For: The Inspirational Story of Turia Pitt by Turia Pitt with Libby Harkness (William Heinemann Australia)
Book of the Year for Younger Children (age range 0 to 8 years):
Kissed By The Moon by Alison Lester (Viking)
Book of the Year for Older Children (age range 8 to 14 years):
The Kensington Reptilarium by NJ Gemmell (Random House Australia Children’s)
Alice-Miranda In Paris by Jacqueline Harvey (Random House Australia Children’s)
Ranger’s Apprentice 12: The Royal Ranger by John Flanagan (Random House Australia Children’s)
The winners of the prestigious annual ABIAs will be announced on Friday 23 May in Sydney. For more information: http://abiawards.com.au/
Penguin Australia is delighted to have acquired the highly anticipated second novel by Steve Toltz, Quicksand, to be published in Australia and New Zealand next year.
Quicksand will also be published in the UK and elsewhere in the Commonwealth by Sceptre in 2015.
Steve Toltz burst onto the international literary scene in 2008 when his critically acclaimed debut novel, A Fraction of the Whole was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Guardian First Book Award.
Ben Ball, Publishing Director, Penguin General explains the hype surrounding this acquisition, “You haven't read a novel like Quicksand before, even if you've read A Fraction of the Whole. A comedy about calamity, it's a novel about risks (in love, in work, in art, in life) that takes risks - funny, dark, affirming, insightful, and compelling on every page. Steve is a genuinely unique talent, and his new novel confirms him as one of the most original and fearless writers in the language. Quicksand revives our sense of what the novel can do.”
The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green today reached number one on the Nielsen BookScan charts, more than two years after its initial publication.
Launched on January 12, 2012 in Australia, it has steadily climbed the BookScan charts, now having sold over 147,000 copies locally. Internationally, the book has over a million copies in print and has been adapted into over twenty languages. It has been a New York Times, USA Today and Amazon bestseller.
It was critically acclaimed upon release with Time magazine calling it ‘damn near genius.’
John Green said ‘I am so excited that The Fault in Our Stars has reached #1 in Australia. I’m tremendously grateful to my Australian readers and for the continuous support of Penguin Australia.’
Penguin Young Readers Australian publisher Laura Harris, who acquired the novel attributes the word of mouth success of The Fault in Our Stars to the readers: ‘This phenomenon has been created by the readers themselves, they have insisted their friends read it, their parents read it, their teachers read it.’
The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green's most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love. John Green is the award winning author of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns and Will Grayson, Will Grayson.
The novel has been adapted for film, with Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort set to star in the June 5, 2014 release from 20th Century Fox Australia.
The Fault in Our Stars is published by Penguin Australia
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Congratulations to both Malcolm Knox and Iain McCalman recently commended in the FAW Excellence in Non-Fiction Awards. Established in 1978, this is an award for a non-fiction book of sustained quality and distinction with an Australian theme, first published in Australia.
Boom: The underground history of Australia from gold rush to GFC by Malcolm Knox
The Reef: A passionate history
Penguin Books are deeply saddened by the death of author Sue Townsend, the beloved creator of Adrian Mole. Sue passed away peacefully in Leicester after suffering a stroke aged 68, surrounded by her family.
'Sue Townsend will be remembered as one in a handful of this country’s great comic writers. We were so proud to be her publishers. She was loved by generations of readers, not only because she made them laugh out loud, but because her view of the world, its inhabitants and their frailties was so generous, life affirming and unique’ said Tom Weldon, CEO Penguin Random House UK.
Congratulations to Fiona McFarlane and Kate Richards who continue to garner Award accolades with their long-listing for the prestigious Dobbie Literary Award for a first time published Australian woman author.
The Dobbie Literary Award is one of two Awards, which alongside of the Kibble Literary Award comprise the Kibble Literary Awards for Women Writers, celebrating excellence in the works of women writers of fiction or non-fiction classified as 'life writing'.
The shortlist will be announced on Wednesday 4 June 2014.
For more information visit: http://www.perpetual.com.au/kibble/index.htm