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Vampire Academy Graphic Novel and Bloodlines release date confirmed for Tuesday 23 August.
The shortlist for the 2011 Indie Awards has been announced and includes three bestselling Penguin titles as nominated by independent booksellers around the country for the following categories:
- Debut Fiction: The Old School by PM Newton
- Non-fiction: How to Make Gravy by Paul Kelly
- Children's: The Legend of the Golden Snail by Graeme Base
The Category winners and the Indie Book of the Year winner will be announced on 14 March.
For more information see http://www.indies.com.au/IndieAward.aspx
Penguin Group (Australia) wish to advise customers that UBD will begin processing orders on Monday 17 January. Queensland customers are advised to contact UBD customer service on 1800 338 836 should they require further information at this time. The Penguin office in Coronation Drive will also reopen on Monday 17 January.
Exciting news for Wimpy Kid fans!
Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules, will be released in Australian cinemas on April 14, 2011!
Can we wait that long?
The following seven titles are national winners:
Best First Book
The Crunch Time Cookbook by Michelle Bridges
Best Children and Family Cookbook:
The Great Aussie Family Cookbook by Kim Terakes
Best Local Cuisine Book:
Country Style, Country Chefs by Country Style
Best Arab Cuisine Book:
AblasÂ´s Lebanese Kitchen by Abla Amad
Best Entertaining Cookbook:
Feasting by Karen Martini
Best Cookbook Cover:
Just Add Spice by Ian Hemphill and Lyndey Milan
Best Culinary Travel Guides:
A Food LoverÂ´s Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela by Dee Nolan
Best Easy Recipes Book:
The Country Cookbook by Belinda Jeffery
Best Chinese Cuisine Book:
It Tastes Better by Kylie Kwong
It Tastes Better by Kylie Kwong
Penguinâ€™s Australian winners will compete against winners in the same category in other countries for The Best in the World.
The results will be announced on March 3, 2011 at the annual awards event on the first day of the Paris Cookbook Fair.
For more information please visit the Gourmand Cookbook Awards website
Paul Kellyâ€™s critically acclaimed memoir How to Make Gravy is now available as an iPhone/iPad App through iTunes. More than just an app, this is a reading experience.
The How to Make Gravy app brings to life the words, music and magic of one of Australiaâ€™s best loved singer/songwriters. Mirroring the unique structure of his memoir, this app will not only let you read the unabridged ebook of How to Make Gravy, it will also consult your iPod library, so you can listen to any versions of songs you might already have.
The first six songs referred to in the book are included to get you started. The app also contains a very personal video introduction by the iconic entertainer and six audio extracts.
The app builds on the already rich publishing program surrounding Paul Kellyâ€™s extraordinary memoir. As well as the hardback version of How to Make Gravy, there is the special edition slipcase package which contains the memoir along with the companion A-Z Recordings box set. This includes eight CDs of new live recordings of songs that form the bookâ€™s chapters and a 64-page booklet of colour photographs.
â€œThe publication of How to Make Gravy is the most innovative Iâ€™ve ever been involved with,â€ said Ben Ball, Publisher at Penguin. â€œPaulâ€™s vision has been to offer readers and listeners as many different ways as conceivable to engage with the words and music â€“ as physical objects, as an ebook or as an app. Itâ€™s a great example of whatâ€™s now possible and how the reading experience can be enhanced.â€
Paul Kelly said "The app is the format closest to my original conception of the book which is as much for the ears as the eyes."
How to Make Gravy has its genesis in a series of concerts first staged in 2004. Over four nights Paul Kelly performed, in alphabetical order, one hundred of his songs from the previous three decades. In between songs he told stories about them and from those stories grew How to Make Gravy, a memoir like no other.
The app is available for iPhone/iPad devices for $19.99 from iTunes.
For more information please contact:
Kim Noble. Publicity Manager, Penguin Group (Australia)
Ph 02 8204 3317 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org