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The Best Designed Children’s Fiction Book sponsored by 1010 Printing International
The Midnight Zoo cover and internal design by Tony Palmer
The Best Designed Children’s Non-fiction Book - Joint Winner
Wicked Warriors and Evil Emperors cover and internal design by Adam Laszczuk
The Best Designed General Illustrated Book sponsored by Murdoch Books
Shack cover and internal design by Allison Colpoys
Brian Cox wins The Power of One Australian Hero Award 2011
Bryce Courtenay and Penguin Group Australia congratulate Brian Cox, Founder of the Melbourne Alcoholics Recovery Centre, on winning the 2011 Power of One Australian Hero Award.
Brian, a recovered alcoholic himself, has spent the past 17 years helping problem drinkers by providing a therapeutic environment which lends growth to individual responsibility and the best of opportunities to recover from alcoholism/dependency. Currently the Melbourne Alcoholics Recovery Centre manages 20 beds across 4 houses for men who are recovering from alcohol addiction, and this Award will enable MARC to provide a similar crisis house service for women.
“It would be difficult for me to exaggerate how pleased I am that Brian Cox, who founded the Melbourne Alcoholics Recovery Centre 17 years ago, is the recipient of this year's Power of One Award. Especially as this Award will enable him to extend his program and help women to recover from their addiction. Alcoholism is something most of us have been touched by at some point, and it is Brian and people such as him who should receive the accolades and honours when these are given out. Simply, thank you Brian. I am humbled and honoured to be able, along with my publisher Penguin, to contribute a small part of the help you need. Congratulations, Bryce Courtenay.”
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.
Grand Obsessions wins The National Biography Award
Alasdair McGregor has won the 2011 National Biography Award for his critically acclaimed book, Grand Obsessions: The Life and Work of Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin.
The National Biography Award was established in 1996 to encourage the highest standards of writing biography and autobiography and to promote public interest in these genres. The award is administered and presented by the NSW State Library on behalf of the award’s benefactors, Geoffrey Cains and Michael Crouch AO. Australia’s richest prize for biographical writing and memoir, the winner receives $20,000 in prize money.
“In a notable year for Australian biography and memoir, Grand Obsessions is as much a book about architecture as it is about two extraordinarily talented people in our history,” said Noelle Nelson, Acting NSW State Librarian & Chief Executive.
On accepting the award, Alasdair McGregor said: "I couldn't think of two more interesting, demanding and endlessly fascinating characters about whom to write."
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The shortlist for this year's Reading & Enjoying Australian Literature (REAL) Awards, which acts as the shortlist for children's choice book award shortlists in the ACT (COOL Awards), NSW (KOALA Awards), NT (KROC Awards) and VIC (YABBAs), has been announced.
Enigma by Graeme Base
The Terrible Plop by Ursula Dubosarsky and Andrew Joyner
Fiction for older readers:
Specky Magee and the Best of Oz by Felice Arena and Garry Lyon
Thai-Riffic! by Oliver Phommovanh
Fiction for years 7-9:
Dancing in the Dark by Robyn Bavati
The Stone Key by Isobelle Carmody
Now by Morris Gleitzman
Girl Underground by Morris Gleitzman
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