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2011 REAL Awards - shortlisted
11 May 2011

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.

Picture storybooks:

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

RBY Awards 2011 - shortlisted
10 May 2011

Romantic Elements

At Home with the Templetons by Monica McInerney

For more information visit

The 2011 Ned Kelly Awards - Nominated
05 May 2011

Best First Fiction

The Pericles Commission  Gary Corby

Mosquito Creek  Robert Engwerda

The Old School  PM Newton

Line of Sight  David Whish-Wilson

Best Fiction

The Ghost Of Waterloo Robin Adair

The Maya Codex Adrian d'Hage

Diggers Rest Hotel Geoff McGeachin

2011 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award - shortlisted
21 Apr 2011
2011 Orange Prize for Fiction - shortlisted
18 Apr 2011

Great House by Nicole Krauss

The winner will be announced June 8.

BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Non Fiction - longlisted
18 Apr 2011

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 Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards 2011 - shortlisted
12 Apr 2011

Older Readers

The Midnight Zoo by Sonya Hartnett

The Life of a Teenage Body-Snatcher by Doug MacLeod

The Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta

Younger Readers

The Red Wind by Isobelle Carmody

Early Childhood

It's Bedtime, William! by Deborah Niland

The Deep End, by Ursula Dubosarsky, illustrated by Mitch Vane

Picture Books

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

Ben Ball becomes Publishing Director of Penguin General
29 Mar 2011

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.

Glory Girl commended in the 2011 FAW National Literary Awards
29 Mar 2011

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.


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Announcing the release date for Kings Rising by C. S. Pacat
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