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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
Younger Readers Award
Older Readers Award
For more information about the awards, visit www.wayrba.org.au
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:
House on the Hill by Estelle Pinney
The winners of the 2011 Sisters in Crime Davitt Awards were announced at the SheKilda Australian Women Crime Writers' Convention in Melbourne on 8 October.
The Davitt Awards are presented each year by Sisters in Crime for the best crime novels and true crime books by Australian women, published in the previous year. More information about the awards found on the Sisters in Crime website.
(London) September 20th, 2011-- Neil Young, one of the most iconic and important musical figures of the last half-century, will write his memoir, it was announced today.
Young's book, tentatively titled Waging Heavy Peace, has been acquired by Tony Lacey for Viking in the UK and by David Rosenthal for Blue Rider Press, an imprint of Penguin Group USA. The book is scheduled for publication in autumn next year. World print, eBook, and audio rights were acquired by Rosenthal from Elliot Roberts, Young's manager at Lookout Management in Los Angeles.
'I felt like writing books fit me like a glove; I started and I just kept going. That's the way my Daddy used to do it on his old Underwood up in the attic. He said, 'Just keep writing, you never know what will turn up',' Mr. Young said of his newest project.
At Viking in the UK, Tony Lacey commented:
'Neil Young has been making extraordinary, original music for over 40 years, and his influence goes deep across a couple of generations. It's a real privilege to be publishing his autobiography in the UK'
'Neil's extraordinary music and his influence on American culture is singular," said Rosenthal, who also acquired and published Bob Dylan's Chronicles, Vol. I. "This promises to be a revealing, intimate book that will provide the window into Neil's life and career that fans and admirers have always wanted.'
London, Thursday 15th September 2011 . . . Beatrix Potter’s publisher Frederick Warne today announces that they will be publishing a brand new Peter Rabbit story by Emma Thompson in September 2012.
The book, titled The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit, will be the 24th tale in the existing collection of Peter Rabbit stories. It is the first time that Frederick Warne has published an additional title to the series which Beatrix Potter wrote between 1902 and 1930.
Emma Thompson, Oscar-winning actress and screen writer, has a talent for creating engaging narratives with a dry humour similar to Potter’s own and is the perfect choice of author for this new Peter Rabbit tale which will be published 110 years after the original.
Emma said, 'I've always loved Beatrix Potter, as a child and then as a mother and all the years in-between as well. When Mr Rabbit invited me to write a further tale, I was more honoured than I can say. I hope I don't let him or his extraordinary creator down.'
Francesca Dow, MD of Penguin Children’s Books said, 'It is fitting that in a year that celebrates 110 years of Peter Rabbit we move this beloved character forwards and provide him with a brand new adventure. Children the world over have grown up enjoying these stories and now they can look forward to this exciting new addition to their collection. Emma’s writing is both fresh and original yet pays homage to Potter’s own unique style.'
In The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit, Peter’s adventures take him beyond the boundaries of Mr. McGregor’s garden, all the way to Scotland, where he meets the gentle giant Finlay McBurney, a distant Scottish relative. Emma was inspired to set the tale in Scotland by her knowledge of Beatrix’s childhood holidays there.