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 our Penguin Books UK colleagues for winning Best Publisher Website in the Futurebook Awards 2013 for roughguides.com. Previously won by Lonely Planet, the award saw stiff competition this year from the likes of HarperCollins, Faber & Faber, Bloomsbury and Canongate.
Announced at the recent awards ceremony, the website received excellent praise from the shortlisting panel. Judge Suw Charman-Anderson said the site 'really supports and develops the Rough Guides brand'. She added: 'Their community is focused on what travellers most often need—answers to questions—with good interactions from Rough Guides staff. The responsive design is excellent, working smoothly on computer, tablet or smartphone, with navigation that's intuitive to use no matter which device you are on.'
Also congratulations to our colleagues at Random House UK for winning the best digital marketing campaign for the 'Dead Good' website-based campaign.
For more information about the awards and the results please click here.
To mark the first anniversary of the passing of Bryce Courtenay AM, Penguin Books Australia has released a beautiful commemorative hardback edition of both his celebrated debut novel, The Power of One, and his powerful memoir,April Fool’s Day.
‘Throughout my writing life I have been mindful always that without readers, a writer doesn’t amount to much... may I use this occasion to thank you for your trust in me as a writer.’ - Bryce Courtenay, 2012 Foreword to the commemorative edition of The Power of One
First published in 1989, The Power of One is an unforgettable story of the triumph of the human spirit. This commemorative edition includes a Foreword written especially by Bryce Courtenay before his death in 2012, telling the story of how the brown and tattered manuscript of his ‘first practice book’ – infamously used as a doorstop – went on to become a worldwide bestseller.
Celebrated as one of Bryce’s most loved, enduring and life-affirming books, April Fool’s Day is his incredibly powerful memoir about the death of his youngest son Damon, at the age of 23, from medically acquired AIDS. First published in 1993, it has been credited with helping change the public perception of AIDS and the treatment of its victims.
The commemorative editions of The Power of One and April Fool’s Day by Bryce Courtenay are available for a limited time in hardback, published by Penguin, rrp $39.99.
Bryce Courtenay is the bestselling author of The Power of One, Tandia, April Fool’s Day, The Potato Factory, Tommo & Hawk, Solomon's Song, Jessica, A Recipe for Dreaming, The Family Frying Pan, The Night Country, Smokey Joe's Café, Four Fires, Matthew Flinders' Cat, Brother Fish, Whitethorn, Sylvia, The Persimmon Tree, Fishing for Stars, The Story of Danny Dunn, Fortune Cookie and Jack of Diamonds.
The CILIP Carnegie Medal Nominations for 2014
Heroic by Phil Earle (Penguin)
Nowhere by Jon Robinson (Puffin)
The Further Adventures of the Owl and the Pussy-cat by Julia Donaldson, Ilustrated by Charlotte Voake (Puffin)
The Longlist announcement is Tuesday, 4 February 2014, the Shortlist announcement is Tuesday, 18 March 2014 with the Winners will be announced in June 2014 (Date TBC). For more information about the Awards visit the website.
The prize is awarded for a book of literary merit which has been assessed as best demonstrating excellence in research published by an Australian author in the past 12 months. For more information, see the Waverley Library website here.
The prestigious award, which has a prize of €100 000 is made annually for literary merit to a book written in or translated into English. The shortlist is announced in April 2014, and the winner in June 2014, in Dublin.
Lola Bensky was nominated for the award by the State Library of Victoria.
The awards recognize and reward the extraordinary efforts people are making around the country to protect and promote human rights in Australia. The winner will be announced in Sydney on Tuesday 10 December 2013.
For more information, as well as a list of all the finalists, check out the awards website here.
The winners of the 2013 Kids Own Australian Literature Awards (KOALAs) have been announced. Congratulations to the authors of the Honour Books in the following categories:
Fiction for younger readers: Honour Book
Pizza Cake by Morris Gleitzman
Fiction for older readers: Honour Book
Thai-Riffic! by Oliver Phommavanh
Fiction for years 7 to 9: Honour Books
After by Morris Gleitzman
For more information please visit https://www.psychology.org.au/about/awards/childrens/
Global icon launches latest book for Movember
The iconic Mr. Men and Little Miss series will see the latest installment hit shelves this Movember with the launch of the first ever Mr. Mo story. The limited edition hardback has been added to the hugely popular collection to raise awareness for men’s health.
Engrained in popular culture and enjoyed by generations since 1971, each book in the classic series introduces the title character and his/her personality in a tale that conveys simple moral lessons.
True to form, the Mr. Mo story introduces readers to Mr. Mo – a polite, thoughtful and generous chap who, upon losing his moustache during a visit to the barbershop, discovers he has also lost all of his gentlemanly qualities.
Akin to the Movember ethos that every Mo Bro (a man who grows a Mo for Movember) must conduct himself in true gentlemanly fashion, Mr. Mo sees his manners return as his moustache grows back during Movember. Recruiting the support of his mates in Dillydale along the way, the story concludes with many favourite Mr. Men characters donning Mo’s.
“We’re extremely excited to have the support of a global icon this Movember. The Mr. Men series will resonate with Mo growers and supporters around the world, so it is an honour to have the first edition of Mr. Mo published in Australia thanks to Penguin Books. Coming to life in print, Mr. Mo will undoubtedly raise much needed awareness for men’s health around the country,” said Jeremy Macvean, Movember Country Director.
First created by Roger Hargreaves, who was inspired when his son asked what a tickle looked like, this series has grown to include 81 classic characters. Taking on his father’s legacy, Adam Hargreaves now pens and illustrates the series and collaborated with Movember Co-Founder Travis Garone on the one-off Mr. Mo story.
Traditionally printed in paperback, Mr. Mo is a rare hardback release for the Mr. Men series. The limited edition book will be launched in time for Movember and will see 20% of every sale donated to Movember to support prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health initiatives.
“Penguin is proud to partner with Movember to create a bespoke Mr. Mo story. Mr. Mo will be loved by booksellers and booklovers alike, delivering a great level of assistance to the Movember Foundation, helping them to continue their invaluable work,” said Troy Lewis, Head of Media, Brands & Entertainment.
Mr. Mo will be available in all good book retailers from 23 October for $4.99
For further information, images or interview opportunities, please contact:
Movember | Madeleine Farrelly – firstname.lastname@example.org or 0407 872 471
Penguin | Tina Gumnior – email@example.com or 0419 329 466
Penguin Teachers' Academy for iPad available now
AUSTRALIA, Melbourne - 17 October 2013: Penguin Australia today announced the release of the Penguin Teachers’ Academy publication for iPad, available as a free download from Newsstand.
The Penguin Teachers Academy publication gives teachers and librarians rich, engaging resources to assist with lesson preparation and classroom activities, in line with the needs of the Australian Curriculum.
Designed and developed in-house by Penguin Australia’s digital team, the Penguin Teachers' Academy publication provides:
- FREE subscription to Off The Shelf, the magazine for teachers and librarians
- FREE teaching notes for Puffin and Penguin picture books and novels
- Premium units of work containing lesson plans and activities, all tailored to the needs of the Australian Curriculum
- Enhanced digital content, combining text with video and audio.
Marketing Manager Tye Cattanach said: “Our goal has always been to provide teachers, librarians and educational support staff with professional reading and resources that are up-to-date and valuable. As a former librarian myself, I understand how time-poor teachers can be and their very real need for rich, relevant and practical teaching notes and units of work. The Penguin Teachers’ Academy publication for iPad means educators can find resources they trust and can use in their classrooms and libraries, in one easy-to-access place.”
Penguin Australia Marketing & Digital Director Sally Bateman said the development of the publication was part of Penguin’s ongoing digital strategy. ‘We’re continually challenging ourselves to find new and interesting ways to make our resources widely available, and of course innovative ways to promote the work of our authors and illustrators. We’re excited about the opportunity to connect with teachers and educators in this way.”
The Penguin Teachers’ Academy publication is available as a free download from Newsstand on iPad or from iTunes.
Penguin is home to some of education’s most celebrated and widely studied writers and illustrators, such as Pamela Allen, Alison Lester, Aaron Blabey, Graeme Base, Isobelle Carmody, Mem Fox, Morris Gleitzman, Sonya Hartnett, Melina Marchetta, Robert Newton and Tim Winton.
The Penguin Teachers’ Academy initiative launched in 2012. Its activities also include running a series of professional development workshops throughout the year.
For more information, please contact:
Tina Gumnior, Senior Publicist
(03) 9811 2549 or firstname.lastname@example.org