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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 2010 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.
Nomination forms can be downloaded from brycecourtenay.com
168 candidates from more than 60 countries world-wide are nominated for world's largest children's literature award, totalling 5000000 SEK (approx 480,000 EURO.)
More than 100 expert organisations from all over the world have nominated candidates for the 2010 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. Among the nominees are contemporary authors, illustrators, oral storytellers and promoters of reading. The award is given in memory of Astrid Lindgren, author of the much-loved Pippi Longstocking, in recognition of outstanding life-time achievements in the fields of children's and young adult literature.
The winner or winners will be announced at 13.00 CET, March 24, 2010 from the birth-place of Astrid Lindgren in Vimmerby, Sweden. The annonucement will be broadcasted live online at www.alma.se/en.
For a complete list of nominees, visit www.alma.se/en.
Finalists for the Best Writing Award 2009 are:
Chloe Hooper - The Tall Man, Hamish Hamilton/Penguin
Myfanwy Jones - The Rainy Season, Viking
Nam Le - The Boat, Hamish Hamilton/Penguin
This year's finalists will also be eligible for the $3000 Civic Choice Award 2009, supported by Readings Books Music & Film and Hardie Grant Books. The public can either cast their vote at www.melbourneprizetrust.org, from today, for a finalist to win the Civic Choice Award 2009 or at the finalist exhibition in November.
Then, by Morris Gleitzman has been shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize.
The winner will be announced on Thursday 8th October.
Visit guardian.co.uk/books/guardianchildrensfictionprize for more.
Penguin Books Australia has won the Hitwise award for most popular website in the Entertainment - Books and Writing category.
The Hitwise award covers the period from January - June 2009, where penguin.com.au was ranked #1 based on monthly average market share.
First launched in 1998, the Penguin website now attracts in excess of 250,000 unique visitors a month. Along with penguin.com.au, there are more than 40 standalone sites which offer exclusive content, extracts, author interviews and behind the scenes information and recommendations.
From penguin.com.au you can read a live stream from Penguin's Twitter account or watch any of the 50+ author videos on Penguin TV via YouTube - including the new Penguin Presents documentary series just launched, which will profile some of Penguin's best known Australian writers.
The first episode in the series hits the website this month featuring Rachael Treasure and a new episode featuring Bryce Courtenay will follow in coming months.
Marketing & Publicity Director Dan Ruffino, said the team were thrilled to see Penguin's popularity growing at such a rapid rate online. "We're continually looking at how we can improve our websites, and challenging ourselves to find new and interesting ways to bring our books to life online, so it's terrific to have this recognition from Hitwise, and to know that people are really responding to what we're doing on penguin.com.au."
Hitwise is the leading online competitive intelligence service. Twice a year Hitwise awards the 10 most popular websites across some 160+ categories based on the average monthly market share.
Penguin was also named the Hitwise winner in the Entertainment - Books and Writing category in 2006, 2007 and 2008.