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2010 Ned Kelly Awards - shortlisted
16 Aug 2010

Best First Fiction:

Death and the Running Patterer by Robin Adair

Winners will be announced at the Melbourne Writer’s Festival on September 3 2010.

Experian Hitwise Number 1 Award winner for January - June 2010
10 Aug 2010 is an Experian Hitwise Number 1 Award winner for January - June 2010.

During this period, ranked No. 1 based on market share of visits among all Australian websites in the Hitwise Entertainment - Books and Writing industry.


The 2010 Galley Club Awards - shortlisted
06 Aug 2010

Category One

Sheetfed - Case bound book with RRP under $35

The Terrible Plop. Published by Penguin Group. Production by Marisa Bailey. Printing by 1010 Printing.

Webfed - Mono/duotone book/4c, case bound, no price limit

The Story of Danny Dunn. Published by Penguin Group Australia. Production by Nicole Brown. Printing by Griffin Press.

Category Ten

Non-standard - Non-retail publication (annual report, catalogue)

Lantern Catalogue 2009. Published by Penguin Group Australia. Production by Nicole Brown and Abigail Hockey. Printed by 1010 Printing.

The Age Book of the Year 2010 - shortlisted
02 Aug 2010


Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey

2010 Premier Print Benny Award Winner
02 Aug 2010

Cookbook Category

Thai Street Food by David Thompson

Longlist announced for Man Booker Prize 2010
28 Jul 2010

Parrot and Olivier by Peter Carey

The Betrayal by Helen Dunmore

Skippy Dies by Paul Murray 

The 2010 shortlist will be announced on Tuesday 7 September at a press conference at Man Group's London headquarters. The winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2010 will be revealed on Tuesday 12 October at a dinner at London's Guildhall and will be broadcast on the BBC Ten O'Clock News.

For more information visit:

2010 Prime Minister's Literary Awards Shortlist Announced
15 Jul 2010

Eight Penguin titles have been shortlisted for the prestigious Prime Minister’s Literary Awards including The Ghost at the Wedding by Shirley Walker (Non-fiction); The Museum of Mary Child by Cassandra Golds, Swerve by Phillip Gwynne, Jarvis 24 by David Metzenthen and Beatle meets Destiny by Gabrielle Williams (Young Adult fiction); The Terrible Plop by Ursula Dubosarsky and illustrator Andrew Joyner, Running with the Horses by Alison Lester and Tensy Farlow and the Home for Mislaid Children by Jen Storer (Children’s fiction).

The annual Prime Minister's Literary Awards celebrate the contribution of Australian literature to the nation's cultural and intellectual life and recognise literature's importance to our national identity, community and economy. For more information:

Party with Penguin - Penguin celebrates 75 years with 75 new Popular Penguins and a social advergame
05 Jul 2010

To celebrate Penguin’s 75th birthday, Penguin Books Australia has just published 75 new books in its bestselling Popular Penguins series.  To mark the occasion they’ve also released an online social advergame Penguin Party.

Penguin Party kicks off with a ballroom filled with characters and scenes from 75 Popular Penguins. The aim of the game is to match each of the 75 books with its representative party image.  Australian players who match all the book titles can enter into the competition to win 75 Popular Penguins and a hand-crafted Mark Tuckey recycled hardwood bookshelf.

Penguin Australia Marketing & Publicity Director Dan Ruffino said “We’ve been watching the gaming space closely and wondering how readers might embrace books in this arena.  We’re really delighted to be launching our first social advergame with the Popular Penguins series, particularly as part of Penguin’s 75th birthday celebrations.”

Developed by online game specialist, 3RD sense, Penguin Party tests a player’s knowledge of the Popular Penguins.  To help them match the titles, the player can view a description of each book, get hints, create a book wish list, save their progress and share Penguin Party with their friends on Facebook. Players who match all 75 titles can enter the competition.

Facebook adds a social dimension to the game, allowing Penguin Party players to share information about the game and the Popular Penguins with their Facebook friends. Players are rewarded for sharing the game with an extra ‘hint’ about one of the book titles and players who login using Facebook Connect can save their progress in the game. This means players can keep returning to the game until they match all 75 book titles.

“In Penguin Party we’ve incorporated all the features that make an online game fun and challenging,” said Colin Cardwell, CEO of 3RD sense. “The game is tailored to appeal to people who love the Popular Penguins, the design is fun and the game play is challenging and sticky, ensuring players will return to play again and again. Facebook integration makes it easy for players to both share the party with their friends and save the game.”

The Penguin Party launches today and the competition runs until Monday 16 August 2010.


Images/game screenshots are available here:

The game is available here:


To arrange an interview and/or for additional quotes please contact:

Penguin Books Australia: Sally Bateman, +61 3 9811 2496,

3RD sense: Suzie Cardwell, +61 2 8923 1202,

Stephanie Alexander named Victorian of the Year
01 Jul 2010

For more information please visit

Penguin Australia Announcement - New Marketing & Publicity Director for Penguin Australia
30 Jun 2010

Following the appointment of Dan Ruffino to the role of Penguin Group Digital Director based in New York, Penguin Asia Pacific CEO Gabrielle Coyne has announced that Sally Bateman will become Penguin Australia’s new Marketing and Publicity Director effective 1 September this year.

Sally joined Penguin in 1998 and since then has become a crucial part of Penguin’s marketing and publicity strategy. Currently General Manager, Marketing and Publicity, Sally and Dan have worked closely since 2003 when Dan joined the marketing team as Director. Together they have become a formidable force in the design, strategy and execution of Penguin’s marketing in Australia.

More recently, Sally has lead Penguin’s direct to consumer strategy ensuring that activities in this area have both lead the market and enhanced and complemented the traditional marketing and publicity approach.

“I am delighted that such an able, loyal and dedicated person as Sally is now going to lead the team and our efforts while also making a valuable contribution to the overall business as it evolves and changes at such a rapid and exciting rate,” said CEO Gabrielle Coyne.

Sally Bateman said “I am thrilled at the opportunity to lead the talented marketing & publicity team. I look forward to continuing to work closely with my colleagues across Penguin and with the media, booksellers, our authors, illustrators and agents.”


For more information please contact:
Anyez Lindop
Publicity Manager, Penguin Australia
Ph 03 9811 2512, email:


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Dark Horse by Honey Brown wins Best Adult Novel in 2014 Davitt Awards
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