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2011 Ned Kelly Award - winner
02 Sep 2011

The Diggers Rest Hotel by Geoffrey McGeachin has won the 2011 Ned Kelly Award for Best Fiction. The awards were announced at MWF on Wednesday 31 August.

The Crime Writers Association of Australia was set up in the mid 1990s to promote and encourage Australian crime writing through the establishment of the Ned Kelly Awards.

Further information can be found on the Ned Kelly Awards website.

Australian Family Therapists' Award for Children's Literature
02 Sep 2011

Books useful for therapists

Young Readers/Picture Book

It’s Bedtime, William! by Deborah Niland
The imaginary lion assists William to understand how difficult he can be to get to sleep.

Love From Grandma by Jane Tanner
A lovely story about the relationship between grandparent and grandchild, and how connections can be fostered across distances.

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Book Cover:  Love from Grandma

Emily loves spending time with Grandma.  They dance, have tea parties and work together in Grandma's garden.  But when Emily's family moves to the city, she has to leave her beloved grandma behind.  Grandma gives Emily a strawberry plant to remind her of the fun they have together.  In summer, when the strawberries are red, it will be time for Grandma to visit . . .

A warm and reassuring...

Emily loves spending time with Grandma.  They dance, have tea parties and work together in Grandma's garden.  But when Emily's family moves to the city, she has to leave her beloved grandma behind. ...

Published: 29/08/2011
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143505082
RRP: $14.95
2011 NSW Premier’s History Awards - shortlisted
24 Aug 2011

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Book Cover:  Our Australian Girl: Meet Rose (Book 1)
Historical childrens book set in Melbourne, Meet Rose, is part of the Our Australian Girl series.
Historical childrens book set in Melbourne, Meet Rose, is part of the Our Australian Girl series.
Published: 31/01/2011
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143305361
RRP: $14.95
Book Cover:  Scout

As the Scout sails from England, Kit Lovell cries for the life she is leaving and the life she could have had. Her father was a sea captain who went down with his ship before she was born. Now her mother is to marry a stranger, a lighthouse keeper in the remote colony of South Australia.

As the Scout sails from England, Kit Lovell cries for the life she is leaving and the life she could have had. Her father was a sea captain who went down with his ship before she was born. Now her mother...

Published: 30/08/2010
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143204589
RRP: $17.95
National Bookshop Day: 20 August 2011
19 Aug 2011

​The Australian Booksellers Association has announced a new initiative, National Bookshop Day, to celebrate 'bookshops, their contributions to the local community and to Australian literature, culture and society'. The first National Bookshop Day is being held on Saturday, 20 August; for more information refer to the ABA website.

The Children's Book Council of Australia Book of The Year Awards 2011 - Winners
19 Aug 2011

Older Readers Book of the Year 2011

Winner

The Midnight Zoo by Sonya Hartnett

Honoured

The Life of a Teenage Body-Snatcher by Doug MacLeod

Younger Readers Book of the Year 2011

Winner

The Red Wind by Isobelle Carmody

Picture Book of the Year 2011

Honoured

My Uncle's Donkey by Tohby Riddle

Eve Pownall Book of the Year 2011

Winner

The Return of the Word Spy by Ursula Dubosarsky, illustrated by Tohby Riddle

For more information please visit the CBC website

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Book Cover: The Midnight Zoo
Under cover of darkness, two brothers cross a war-ravaged countryside carrying a secret bundle. One night they stumble across a deserted town reduced to smouldering ruins. But at the end of a blackened street they find a small green miracle: a zoo filled with . . .
Under cover of darkness, two brothers cross a war-ravaged countryside carrying a secret bundle. One night they stumble across a deserted town reduced to smouldering ruins. But at the end of a blackened street they find a small green miracle: a zoo filled with . . .
Published: 02/08/2010
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670074051
RRP: $24.95
Book Cover: The Life of a Teenage Body-Snatcher
Thomas Timewell is sixteen and a gentleman. When he meets a body-snatcher called Plenitude, his whole life changes.
Thomas Timewell is sixteen and a gentleman. When he meets a body-snatcher called Plenitude, his whole life changes.
Published: 28/06/2010
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143203919
RRP: $17.95
Book Cover: The Return of the Word Spy: A funny and fantastic voyage into language, grammar and beyond...
Packed with cartoons, games, facts and puzzles, The Return of the Word Spy continues the Word Spy's fascinating journey through the English language.
Packed with cartoons, games, facts and puzzles, The Return of the Word Spy continues the Word Spy's fascinating journey through the English language.
Published: 04/05/2010
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670073542
RRP: $24.95
2011 Asher Literary Award - shortlisted
17 Aug 2011

The Old School by P. M. Newton

For more information please vist the website australian-centre.unimelb.edu.au/prizes-awards

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Book Cover: The Old School
'The writing is razor-sharp and the dialogue sizzles with tough-as-nails authenticity. Newton is a writer to watch.'  Matthew Reilly
'The writing is razor-sharp and the dialogue sizzles with tough-as-nails authenticity. Newton is a writer to watch.'  Matthew Reilly
Published: 30/05/2011
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143204015
RRP: $24.95
Penguin Australia announces new Licensing Division
15 Aug 2011

Penguin Australia announces new Licensing Division

Melbourne, Australia - 1 August 2011: Penguin Group (Australia) has announced a new licensing division, within its Brands & Licensing team who will work with Penguin’s award-winning authors, illustrators and brands to develop merchandise programs.

The team will be responsible for developing strategic and commercial third-party merchandise programmes that enhance the presence of key local and international properties and extend the reading experience.

General Manager, Brands & Licensing Troy Lewis said it was an exciting initiative for Penguin Australia.

'We’re looking forward to working with Penguin’s bestselling authors and illustrators, local and international licensees and retail partners to establish a focused licensing programme for each property and within the established scope of each brand.  Our global reach uniquely positions us to leverage international opportunities, resources and brands, which makes this an exciting opportunity.'

With offices in 15 countries around the world, Penguin is one of the world’s leading consumer publishing businesses.  Penguin publishing comprises the following well known imprints: Allen Lane, Fig Tree, Hamish Hamilton, Michael Joseph, Penguin, Penguin Classics, Puffin, Viking, Ladybird, Sunbird, Frederick Warne and BBC Children’s Books.

Penguin is part of the international media company Pearson plc.

For media enquiries please contact:

Anyez Lindop

Ph 03 9811 2512 or email: anyez.lindop@au.penguingroup.com

For licensing enquires please contact:

Reagan Croucher

Ph 03 9811 2675 or reagan.croucher@au.penguingroup.com

2011 Age Book of the Year Award - shortlisted
15 Aug 2011

When Horse Became Saw by Anthony Macris has been shortlisted in the nonfiction category for the Age Book of the Year Award 2011.

For more information visit booksellerandpublisher.com.au

2011 Ned Kelly Awards - Shortlisted
02 Aug 2011

Best First Fiction

Line of Sight by David Whish-Wilson

The Old School by PM Newton

Best Fiction

The Diggers Rest Hotel by Geoffrey McGeachin

True Crime

Wasted by Ross Honeywill

The Crime Writers Association of Australia was set up in the mid 1990s to promote and encourage Australian crime writing through the establishment of the Ned Kelly Awards. nedkellyawards.com

Winners are announced during the Melbourne Writers' Festival.

2011 Nita B Kibble Literary Awards for Women Writers - winner
27 Jul 2011

The Kibble Literary Award for the work of an established Australian female writer was presented to Brenda Walker for her memoir Reading by Moonlight.

For more information please visit perpetual.com.au/kibble

Related Books

Book Cover:  Reading by Moonlight: How Books Saved a Life
Shortlisted for the 2011 NSW Premier's Literary Awards, The Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction.
Shortlisted for the 2011 NSW Premier's Literary Awards, The Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction.
Published: 28/03/2011
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143205227
RRP: $24.95

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 10 to be Published Simultaneously Worldwide on November 3, 2015.
Unprecedented Global Release Sets the Stage For Biggest Around-the-World Author Tour Ever NEW YORK, NY, March 26, 2015—At least eighteen international publishers will unite to simultaneously release and publish a milestone volume in the blockbuster Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. Book 10, an all-new original story by bestselling author Jeff Kinney, will go on sale in more than 90 countries around the world on November 3, 2015. As one of the most anticipated books of the year everywhere, fans will herald its arrival.

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