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2011 Miles Franklin Literary Award Longlist Announced
17 Mar 2011

Established by a writer to support and encourage authors of Australian literature, the Miles Franklin Literary Award is Australia’s oldest and most prestigious literary prize in its category. It is awarded to the novel of the year which is of the highest literary merit and presents Australian life in any of its phases.

The Longlist for the 2011 Miles Franklin Literary Award has been announced and includes two bestselling Viking titles:  

The Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta

The Good Daughter by Honey Brown

The 2011 shortlist will be announced on 19 April in Sydney with the winner announced in June at an award event in Melbourne. The award event will take place at the State Library of Victoria on 22 June 2011. This year also sees the prize increase in value to $50,000, up from $42,000 in 2010.

2011 Barbara Jefferis Award - shortlisted
11 Mar 2011
IACP Cookbook Awards - Finalists
08 Mar 2011

General

The Country Cookbook by Belinda Jeffery

Literary Food Writing

A Food Lover's Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela by Dee Nolan

Single Subject

Salades by Damien Pignolet

Further information can be found at the IACP website.

SFWA announces the 2010 Nebula Award Nominees
04 Mar 2011

Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy

Behemoth: Leviathan book 2 by Scott Westerfeld

For more information visit sfwa.org

New role for Bob Sessions at Penguin
24 Feb 2011

After 27 years at Penguin, the last 22 at the helm of the Publishing department Bob Sessions is stepping down as Publishing Director.  From 1 April 2011, Bob will assume the role of Publisher where he will work part time and oversee a small list of key Penguin authors including Graeme Base, Geoffrey Blainey, Bryce Courtenay, Li Cunxin and Fiona McIntosh.

After 27 years at Penguin, the last 22 at the helm of the Publishing department Bob Sessions is stepping down as Publishing Director.  From 1 April 2011, Bob will assume the role of Publisher where he will work part time and oversee a small list of key Penguin authors including Graeme Base, Geoffrey Blainey, Bryce Courtenay, Li Cunxin and Fiona McIntosh.

An inaugural recipient of the George Robertson Award for distinguished service to the publishing industry, Bob Sessions is one of the industry's most respected figures.  He first joined Penguin in 1971, when the local publishing list was just starting.  He rejoined in 1986, becoming Publishing Director in 1988.  For the past two decades he has played an integral role in shaping Penguin's editorial team and vibrant and diverse local publishing program.

An enthusiastic supporter of both children's and adult publishing, Bob has worked closely in recent times with Phillip Adams; Graeme Base; Geoffrey Blainey; Paul Clitheroe; Bryce Courtenay; Morris Gleitzman; Elizabeth Jolley; Paul Jennings, Ruth Park and Michael Leunig.

Bob Sessions said: 'I have very much enjoyed my time as Publishing Director of Penguin Australia and I'm delighted that my association with Penguin will continue in the role I cherish most, that of Publisher. I know the publishing team we have built has the talent, experience and flexibility to continue to grow our local publishing programme in what is a rapidly changing environment.'

Gabrielle Coyne, Penguin's Chief Executive Officer said 'Bob and I have been discussing his new role at Penguin for some time and I'm delighted that as Publisher, he will remain part of our group.  On a personal note, Bob and I have worked together now for almost 20 years, and there is no one I can think of who has been and continues to be as passionate about our industry, our authors and our books.'

With Bob moving into this new role, Julie Gibbs, Laura Harris and Ben Ball will now assume full responsibility for their Publishing divisions, reporting to CEO Gabrielle Coyne.

For more information please contact:

Sally Bateman

Marketing & Publicity Director

Ph 03 9811 2496 or email: sally.bateman@au.penguingroup.com

Shortlisted for the 59th Annual APA Book Design Awards 2011
23 Feb 2011

The Best Designed Children's Cover of the Year sponsored by Xou Creative

The Midnight Zoo cover design by Tony Palmer

The Best Designed Children’s Fiction Book sponsored by 1010 Printing International

Kingdom of the Lost Book 1: The Red Wind cover and internal design by Marina Messiha

The Midnight Zoo cover and internal design by Tony Palmer

The Best Designed Children’s Non-fiction Book

Wicked Warriors and Evil Emperors cover and internal design by Adam Laszczuk

The Best Designed Cookbook sponsored by Kinokuniya

The Entire Beast cover and internal design by Daniel New

The Best Designed General Illustrated Book sponsored by Murdoch Books

Food, Fashion, Friends cover and internal design by Evi Oetomo

Shack cover and internal design by Allison Colpoys

What On Earth Are You Wearing? A Michipedia of Fashion cover and internal design by Ortolan

The Best Designed Non-fiction Book sponsored by Better Read Than Dead Bookshop

Reading by Moonlight cover design by Allison Colpoys, internal design by Allison Colpoys and Anne-Marie Reeves

VA News - 9 February 11
09 Feb 2011

Bloodlines cover revealed

Book Cover: Bloodlines

VA News - 6 February 11
06 Feb 2011

Vampire Academy Graphic Novel and Bloodlines release date confirmed for Tuesday 23 August.

2011 Indie Book of the Year Shortlist
27 Jan 2011

The shortlist for the 2011 Indie Awards has been announced and includes three bestselling Penguin titles as nominated by independent booksellers around the country for the following categories:

The Category winners and the Indie Book of the Year winner will be announced on 14 March.

For more information see http://www.indies.com.au/IndieAward.aspx

Riordan Cover Revealed
17 Jan 2011

Check out the cover of Throne of Fire, the second book in Rick Riordan's The Kane Chronicles series. You can also read the first chapter - bonus! Throne of Fire will be in stores from May 2.

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Dark Horse by Honey Brown wins Best Adult Novel in 2014 Davitt Awards
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