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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.

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

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.

Queensland Floods
12 Jan 2011

Penguin Group (Australia) wish to advise customers that UBD will begin processing orders on Monday 17 January.  Queensland customers are advised to contact UBD customer service on 1800 338 836 should they require further information at this time.  The Penguin office in Coronation Drive will also reopen on Monday 17 January. 

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules the movie
05 Jan 2011

Exciting news for Wimpy Kid fans!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules, will be released in Australian cinemas on April 14, 2011!

Can we wait that long?

Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2010
16 Dec 2010

The following seven titles are national winners:

Best First Book
The Crunch Time Cookbook by Michelle Bridges

Best Children and Family Cookbook:
The Great Aussie Family Cookbook by Kim Terakes

Best Local Cuisine Book:
Country Style, Country Chefs by Country Style

Best Arab Cuisine Book:
Ablas´s Lebanese Kitchen by Abla Amad

Best Entertaining Cookbook:
Feasting by Karen Martini

Best Cookbook Cover:
Just Add Spice by Ian Hemphill and Lyndey Milan

Best Culinary Travel Guides:
A Food Lover´s Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela by Dee Nolan

Best Easy Recipes Book:
The Country Cookbook by Belinda Jeffery

Best Chinese Cuisine Book:
It Tastes Better by Kylie Kwong

5.A Sustainable:
It Tastes Better by Kylie Kwong

Penguin’s Australian winners will compete against winners in the same category in other countries for The Best in the World.

The results will be announced on March 3, 2011 at the annual awards event on the first day of the Paris Cookbook Fair.

For more information please visit the Gourmand Cookbook Awards website

2010 Costa Book Awards - shortlisted
29 Nov 2010

Costa First Novel Award

The Temple-Goers by Aatish Taseer

Costa Novel Award

Skippy Dies by Paul Murray

2011 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award - longlisted
17 Nov 2010

Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey

Mother's Day by Laurence Fearnley

Access Road by Morris Gee


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18 Sep 2014
Young novelist Majok Tulba announced as winner of 2014 Kathleen Mitchell Award
Sudanese-Australian writer goes back to his roots to deliver a dark and moving story 17 September 2014 Majok Tulba has been announced as the 2014 winner of the Kathleen Mitchell Award for young novelists.Sudanese-Australian writer Mr Tulba was presented with the award for his debut novel, Beneath the Darkening Sky, by The Trust Company, part of Perpetual, as trustee of the award.

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