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2010 ALS Gold Medal - shortlisted
25 Mar 2011

Gravel by Peter Goldsworthy has been shortlisted for the 2010 ALS Gold Medal, awarded annually for an outstanding literary work in the preceding calendar year.

Here's what the judges had to say about Gravel:

These distinctive and perfectly crafted exercises in the short story form work as well individually as they do as a collection, and linger in the reader’s mind. Gravel reveals Goldsworthy as a master of the telling situation, teasing out provocative narratives – exploring such themes as vanity, obsession and compassion – to provide powerful and unsettling insights into the human psyche, relationships and contemporary Australian life.

Further information on the ASAL website.

The Power of One Australian Hero Award - shortlist
25 Mar 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 greater good is an inspiration 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 initiative between Bryce Courtenay and Penguin Books Australia.

The following people have been shortlisted for The Power of One Australian Hero Award:

Sean Nash

Tamara Bligh

Tina Paterson

Carol Cooke

Brian Cox

Andrew Hughes

Sean Willmore

Geoff Cohn

Mary Victor O’Reeri

Gulghotai Bezhan

2010 Aurealis Awards finalists announced
22 Mar 2011

SpecFaction NSW, organisers of the 2010 Aurealis Awards, have announced the finalists for the 2010 Aurealis Awards including the following Penguin titles:

CHILDREN'S FICTION (told primarily through words)
Haggis MacGregor and the Night of the Skull Moon, Jen Storer & Gus Gordon, Aussie Nibbles (Penguin)

CHILDREN'S FICTION (told primarily through pictures)
Night School, Isobelle Carmody (writer) & Anne Spudvilas (illustrator), Penguin Viking
The Boy and the Toy, Sonya Hartnett (writer) & Lucia Masciullo (illustrator), Penguin Viking

YOUNG ADULT Novel
The Midnight Zoo, Sonya Hartnett, Penguin
The Life of a Teenage Body-Snatcher, Doug MacLeod, Penguin
Behemoth (Leviathan Trilogy Book Two), Scott Westerfeld, Penguin

The winners of the 2010 Aurealis Awards and the Peter McNamara Award will be announced at the Aurealis Awards ceremony on 21 May.
More information is available at www.aurealisawards.com

2011 NSW Premier's Literary Awards Shortlist Announced
17 Mar 2011

The shortlist for the 2011 Premier's Literary Awards has been announced and includes these following Penguin titles:

The Christina Stead Prize for Fiction ($40,000)

Parrot & Olivier in America by Peter Carey

The Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction ($40,000)

Tell Me The Truth: Conversations With My Patients About Life And Death by Ranjana Srivastava

Reading by Moonlight: How Books Saved A Life by Brenda Walker

The Ethel Turner Prize for Young People’s Literature ($30,000)

Saltwater Vampires by Kirsty Eager

The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta

The Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature ($30,000)

The Three Loves of Persimmon by Cassandra Golds

The 2011 People’s Choice Award: Register your vote here www.pla.nsw.gov.au/peoples-choice-award

Parrot & Olivier in America by Peter Carey

For more information see www.pla.nsw.gov.au

2011 Orange Prize for Fiction Longlist Announced
17 Mar 2011

The Orange Prize for Fiction, the UK's only annual book award for fiction written by a woman has announced the 2011 longlist. Celebrating its sixteenth anniversary this year, the Prize celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women's writing throughout the world.

The Longlist for the Orange Prize for Fiction has been announced and includes two Viking titles: 

Great House by Nicole Krauss

The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer  

The Orange Prize for Fiction Shortlist announcement will be announced on 12 April, and the winner announced at a ceremony on 8 June.

For more information see orangeprize.co.uk

2011 Miles Franklin Literary Award Longlist Announced
17 Mar 2011

Established by a writer to support and encourage authors of Australian literature, the Miles Franklin Literary Award is Australia’s oldest and most prestigious literary prize in its category. It is awarded to the novel of the year which is of the highest literary merit and presents Australian life in any of its phases.

The Longlist for the 2011 Miles Franklin Literary Award has been announced and includes two bestselling Viking titles:  

The Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta

The Good Daughter by Honey Brown

The 2011 shortlist will be announced on 19 April in Sydney with the winner announced in June at an award event in Melbourne. The award event will take place at the State Library of Victoria on 22 June 2011. This year also sees the prize increase in value to $50,000, up from $42,000 in 2010.

2011 Barbara Jefferis Award - shortlisted
11 Mar 2011
IACP Cookbook Awards - Finalists
08 Mar 2011

General

The Country Cookbook by Belinda Jeffery

Literary Food Writing

A Food Lover's Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela by Dee Nolan

Single Subject

Salades by Damien Pignolet

Further information can be found at the IACP website.

SFWA announces the 2010 Nebula Award Nominees
04 Mar 2011

Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy

Behemoth: Leviathan book 2 by Scott Westerfeld

For more information visit sfwa.org

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

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