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2012 Indie Awards - shortlisted
25 Jan 2012

Debut fiction

All That I Am by Anna Funder

The Indie Awards recognise independent booksellers' favourite Australian authors from the past 12 months.

DK unveils revolutionary interactive reading experience
20 Jan 2012

DK unveils revolutionary interactive reading experience built with Apple’s innovative iBooks

DK today announced the publication of four revolutionary illustrated multimedia books using Apple's innovative iBooks, available now on the iBookstore. Heralding a new standard of illustrated eBooks, the four titles - My First ABC, Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Life, DK Natural History: Insects and DK Natural History: Mammals-Carnivores -combine video, sound, 3-D models, galleries and animations for the first time in a digital book form. These new DK books are based on titles that have sold over one million copies in more than 20 languages. A fifth title, Baking, will be launched in February with more to follow in the coming months.

Created by a team of DK award-winning editors and designers, information on the screen springs to life to bring fresh insight and excitement to a whole range of subjects and interests that encourage learning in the home.
Features include:

  • A 3-D model of a velociraptor skeleton
  • An animation showing the step-by-step formation of a fossil
  • A movie of a tiger hunting and a brown bear catching salmon
  • Microscopic images of insects’ eyes and wings
  • The sound of a Madagascan hissing cockroach

John Duhigg, Deputy CEO of DK, said: “Today represents a giant leap for how illustrated books will work in the digital world. The experience these new iBooks provide is thoroughly immersive and will encourage all those with a natural curiosity to get excited about the world around them in a bold new way. This is a significant moment for illustrated content and, particularly for DK who has always been at the forefront of digital innovation. Imaginative use of technology, design and editorial is at the heart of everything that DK does so we’re thrilled to be a part of this exciting launch”

John Duhigg, Deputy CEO of DK, is available for comment. For more information please contact, Rachel Kempster at DK US on 0011-1-646-674-4051.

Penguin To Publish Jim Stynes’ Story
16 Jan 2012

“We were honoured when in July last year, Jim Stynes chose Penguin to be the publishers of his inspirational story. Jim has made a real difference to other people’s lives throughout his football career, his work with Reach and now his journey with cancer. He always tells it like it is – he stands tall when facing life’s biggest challenges, and is generous in sharing what he has learnt along the way. This book will bring all of that and more to readers later this year.”  Andrea McNamara, Publisher

Jim Stynes’ Story, by Jim Stynes, Michael Joseph, rrp $39.95 will be published in September 2012.

For media enquiries place contact Anyez Lindop on 03 9811 2512.

Gourmand Best ​in the World competition - shortlisted
09 Jan 2012

Two Lantern titles have been shortlisted for the Gourmand Best ​in the World competition in two categories.

Guillaume: Food for Friends by Guillaume Brahimi has been shortlisted in the Australia/Pacific category, while The Art of Pasta by Lucio Galletto and David Dale has been shortlisted in the Italian Cuisine category.

Winners will be announced 6 March 2012 in Paris.

Related Books

Book Cover:  Guillaume: Food for Friends
In his long-awaited debut cookbook, celebrated chef Guillaume Brahimi creates exceptional food for friends in some of Australia's most beautiful houses.
In his long-awaited debut cookbook, celebrated chef Guillaume Brahimi creates exceptional food for friends in some of Australia's most beautiful houses.
Published: 28/03/2011
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781921382291
RRP: $79.99
Book Cover: The Art of Pasta
For the more adventurous cook, Lucio's executive chef Logan Campbell has contributed some contemporary interpretations of classic pasta dishes, including rabbit cannelloni with Jerusalem artichoke sauce and beetroot gnocchi with pancetta and goat's cheese.
For the more adventurous cook, Lucio's executive chef Logan Campbell has contributed some contemporary interpretations of classic pasta dishes, including rabbit cannelloni with Jerusalem artichoke sauce and beetroot gnocchi with pancetta and goat's cheese.
Published: 03/10/2011
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781921382284
RRP: $59.95
The Power of One Australian Hero Award
21 Dec 2011

Celebrating people who are dedicated to helping others in our community

The Power of One Australian Hero Award rewards and recognises one special person whose commitment to the great er good is an inspirat ion to those around them. A prize of $50,000 will be presented by Bryce Courtenay to the winner of The Power of One Australian Hero Award to assist that person to continue their work in the community. This annual award is a joint initiat ive between Bryce Courtenay and Penguin Books Australia.

'The power of one is the decision to make a difference without expecting recognition.' Bryce Courtenay

Nominations open - 21 December 2011
Nominations close - 5pm Friday 2 March 2012
Shortlist notified - Friday 30 March 2012
Winner announced - Friday 27 April 2012

Download the application form here

2011 WAYRBA Winners
07 Dec 2011

Younger Readers Award

The Ugly Truth: Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Older Readers Award

Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

For more information about the awards, visit www.wayrba.org.au

Related Books

Book Cover: The Ugly Truth: Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Greg Heffley has always been in a hurry to grow up. \r\nBut is getting older really all it's cracked up to be?\r\nVisit the Australian Diary of a Wimpy Kid Facebook page
Greg Heffley has always been in a hurry to grow up. \r\nBut is getting older really all it's cracked up to be?\r\nVisit the Australian Diary of a Wimpy Kid Facebook page
Published: 10/11/2010
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143304999
RRP: $14.95
2011 Cool Awards - Winner
30 Nov 2011

Fiction for year 7-9

Now by Morris Gleitzman.

Related Books

Book Cover:  Now
The gripping finale to the dramatic series that began with Once, continued with Then and is . . . Now.\r\nAuthor interview
The gripping finale to the dramatic series that began with Once, continued with Then and is . . . Now.\r\nAuthor interview
Published: 03/05/2010
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780670074372
RRP: $19.95
The Cilip Carnegie Medal - Nominated
14 Nov 2011

Related Books

Book Cover:  Between Shades of Gray
A long overdue voice for the hundreds of thousands of Lithuanians, Latvians and Estonians who will never have the chance to tell their stories.
A long overdue voice for the hundreds of thousands of Lithuanians, Latvians and Estonians who will never have the chance to tell their stories.
Published: 28/03/2011
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143205418
RRP: $19.95
Out of stock
2011 Young Australian's Best Book Awards (YABBA) - Winner
10 Nov 2011

Fiction Years 7-9:

Now by Morris Gleitzman

Related Books

Book Cover:  Now
The gripping finale to the dramatic series that began with Once, continued with Then and is . . . Now.\r\nAuthor interview
The gripping finale to the dramatic series that began with Once, continued with Then and is . . . Now.\r\nAuthor interview
Published: 03/05/2010
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780670074372
RRP: $19.95
National Year of Reading 2012
02 Nov 2011

Get involved in Australia's biggest book group and vote for your favourite book

Voting opens on the 1 November 2011 and closes on the 6 January 2012, and it's really simple. To vote online visit the ABC website or drop in to your local library or book shop and fill in a voting slip.

Penguin books in the list include:

The Harp in the South novels by Ruth Park

House on the Hill by Estelle Pinney

The Tall Man by Chloe Hooper

Three Dog Night by Peter Goldsworthy

The Hunter by Julia Leigh

Cloudstreet by Tim Winton

Visit the website for more information.

Related Books

Book Cover:  Three Dog Night
Is it possible to be too much in love? After ten years in London, Martin Blackman returns to Adelaide with his wife and fellow psychiatrist Lucy, blissfully happy. But then he introduces her to his old friend Felix, once a brilliant surgeon, now barred from practising and changed beyond recognition. In the complex triangle that develops, Martin must decide just how far he is prepared to go for Felix...
Is it possible to be too much in love? After ten years in London, Martin Blackman returns to Adelaide with his wife and fellow psychiatrist Lucy, blissfully happy. But then he introduces her to his old...
Published: 09/08/2004
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780140281033
RRP: $24.95
Out of stock
Book Cover: The Hunter
Uncompromising and compelling, Julia Leigh's stunning first novel does not give up any of its secrets easily. The Hunter is a haunting tale of obsession that builds to an unforgettable conclusion.
Uncompromising and compelling, Julia Leigh's stunning first novel does not give up any of its secrets easily. The Hunter is a haunting tale of obsession that builds to an unforgettable conclusion.
Published: 07/09/2011
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143565215
RRP: $19.99
Book Cover:  Cloudstreet
Winner of the Miles Franklin Award and recognised as one of the greatest works of Australian literature, Cloudstreet is Tim Winton's sprawling, comic epic about luck and love, fortitude and forgiveness, and the magic of the everyday.
Winner of the Miles Franklin Award and recognised as one of the greatest works of Australian literature, Cloudstreet is Tim Winton's sprawling, comic epic about luck and love, fortitude and forgiveness, and the magic of the everyday.
Published: 05/01/1998
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780140273984
RRP: $26.99
Book Cover: The Harp in the South Trilogy PMC

'Ruth Park . . . that steady glow at the heart of Australian literature.' Ruth Cracknell

Three of Ruth Park's best loved books – Missus , The Harp in the South and Poor Man's Orange – are brought together in this volume, tracing the saga of the Darcy family over thirty years. The story has its beginnings in the awkward courtship of dreamily innocent Margaret Kilker and unwilling hero Hugh...

'Ruth Park . . . that steady glow at the heart of Australian literature.' Ruth Cracknell

Three of Ruth Park's best loved books – Missus , The Harp in the South and Poor Man's Orange – are brought...

Published: 02/03/2009
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143180159
RRP: $29.99
Book Cover: The Tall Man: Death and Life on Palm Island

The story of a death, a policeman, an island and a country

The Tall Man  is the story of Palm Island, the tropical paradise where one morning Cameron Doomadgee swore at a policeman and forty minutes later lay dead in a watch-house cell. It is the story of that policeman, the tall, enigmatic Christopher Hurley who chose to work in some of the toughest and wildest places in Australia, and of the...

The story of a death, a policeman, an island and a country

The Tall Man  is the story of Palm Island, the tropical paradise where one morning Cameron Doomadgee swore at a policeman and forty minutes...

Published: 09/09/2009
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143010661
RRP: $24.95

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Celebrating Where Song Began
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