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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.

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

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2014 Voss Literary Prize shortlist
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