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Best First Fiction
The Pericles Commission Gary Corby
Mosquito Creek Robert Engwerda
The Old School PM Newton
Line of Sight David Whish-Wilson
The Ghost Of Waterloo Robin Adair
The Maya Codex Adrian d'Hage
Diggers Rest Hotel Geoff McGeachin
Love and Summer by William Trevor
Bomber County by Daniel Swift
Caravaggio by Andrew Graham Dixon
Reprobates by John Stubbs
A shortlist of six will be announced on 14 June.
The winner will be announced on 6 July at an event at the Royal Institute of British Architects, London.
The Midnight Zoo by Sonya Hartnett
The Life of a Teenage Body-Snatcher by Doug MacLeod
The Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta
The Red Wind by Isobelle Carmody
It's Bedtime, William! by Deborah Niland
The Deep End, by Ursula Dubosarsky, illustrated by Mitch Vane
My Uncle's Donkey by Tohby Riddle
Eve Pownall Award for Information Book
The Return of the Word Spy by Ursula Dubosarsky, illustrated by Tohby Riddle
Wicked Warriors & Evil Emperors: the True Story of the Fight for Ancient China by Allison Lloyd, illustrated by Terry Denton
For the full list of nominees in all categories, and for more information about the awards, see http://cbca.org.au/Shortlist_2011.htm
Penguin Australia, Chief Executive Gabrielle Coyne announced today the promotion of Ben Ball to the position of Publishing Director, Penguin General, a division made up of the imprints Viking, Michael Joseph, Hamish Hamilton and Penguin.
Ball, who was born in Melbourne, held numerous publishing positions in London before joining Penguin in January 2006. As a Director, he will join Children's and Young Adult's Publishing Director Laura Harris and Illustrated Books Publishing Director Julie Gibbs, completing the new commissioning and editorial leadership group across the three distinct Australian publishing divisions.
In the five years he has been at Penguin, Ball has published a broad range of books, working with authors such as Peter Carey, Peter Goldsworthy, Sonya Hartnett, Mathew Hayden, Chloe Hooper, Paul Kelly, Nam Le, Judith Lucy, Steve Toltz, Brenda Walker and Tim Winton.
Ben Ball said 'It's an honour and a delight to help lead this great publishing house. I'm fortunate enough at Penguin to work with wonderful authors and first-class colleagues, so I'm very energized by the prospect of tackling the challenges the industry has ahead of it in such fine company.'
Gabrielle Coyne said 'I'm delighted to have someone of Ben's calibre joining the new leadership group of the publishing division. Ben is a passionate advocate for books and writers. No-one is more serious nor committed to the curatorial role publisher's play, particularly when it comes to ensuring an author's work is enjoyed by as many people as possible in formats old and new.'
With Ben moving into this new role, he, Julie Gibbs and Laura Harris will now assume full responsibility for their Publishing divisions, reporting to Gabrielle Coyne.
Peter Yeldham's Glory Girl has been commended in the 2011 FAW National Literary Awards, in the Christina Stead Fiction category.
Further information on the category winners should be available shortly on the FAW website.
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 readerâ€™s mind. Gravel reveals Goldsworthy as a master of the telling situation, teasing out provocative narratives â€“ exploring such themes as vanity, obsession and compassion â€“ to provide powerful and unsettling insights into the human psyche, relationships and contemporary Australian life.
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:
Mary Victor Oâ€™Reeri