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Catch up on all the latest news from Penguin Books Australia including award winning authors, illustrators, designers, publishers and other publishing industry and book related news.

Butterfly shortlisted for the 2009 Colin Roderick Award
23 Sep 2010

Butterfly by Sonia Hartnett

The winner will be announced at the annual dinner of the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies, held in Townsville on Thursday 4th November 2010.

Guardian Children's Fiction Prize - shortlisted
21 Sep 2010

Now by Morris Gleitzman

For the complete list and for more information about the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize please visit the Guardian online.

David Foster Wallace, The Pale King, publishing April 2011
15 Sep 2010

Penguin Australia will be publishing the highly anticipated posthumous novel by David Foster Wallace, The Pale King, in April 2011.

Featuring a cover created by Wallace’s widow, Karen Green, a painter and visual artist, The Pale King is set at an IRS tax-return-processing centre in the mid-1980s, and revolves around a crew of entry-level processors and their attempts to do their job in the face of soul-crushing tedium.

Puffin authors shortlisted for the UK Booktrust Teenage Prize
09 Sep 2010

Charlie Higson's The Enemy and Zizou Corder's Halo have each been shortlisted for this year’s UK Booktrust Teenage Prize. Now in its eighth year, the Booktrust Teenage Prize is a national book prize that recognises and celebrates the best in contemporary writing for teenagers.

The winner will be announced in London on 1 November, 2010.
To view the shortlist, click here.

2010 Man Booker Prize Shortlist
08 Sep 2010

Peter Carey has made the Man Booker shortlist for the fourth time with his novel Parrot and Olivier in America.

He has previously won the Booker for The True History of the Kelly Gang (2001) and Oscar and Lucinda (1988) and was also shortlisted for Illywhacker (1985).  

This year’s shortlisting comes at a time when his first novel, Bliss, written 30 years ago, has become a smash hit as an opera at the Edinburgh Festival.

“Parrot and Olivier in America was such a long and risky journey, this makes me feel like I've reached the shore I dreamed of finding. What great news to wake up to.”

“I'm delighted that one of our greatest writers has been recognised for one of his best books. It's easy to take for granted a writer who's been a major feature of our literary landscape for so long, but this shortlisting helps show that Peter's lost none of his magical ability to write books of outstanding literary merit that are at the same time immensely enjoyable.” – Ben Ball, Publisher, Penguin Australia 

The winner will be announced in London on 12 October.

For more information:

2010 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards Shortlist
06 Sep 2010

Congratulations to both Peter Carey and Brenda Walker both shortlisted for the 2010 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards.

The Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction

Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey

The Nettie Palmer Prize for Non-Fiction

Reading by Moonlight: How Books Saved a Life by Brenda Walker

The Prize for Young Adult Fiction

Raw Blue by Kirsty Eagar

The winners are announced on Tuesday 28 September. For a complete list of the shortlisted titles, click here

Diary of a Wimpy Kid in Australian cinemas September 23
03 Sep 2010

Diary of a Wimpy Kid chronicles the adventures of wise-cracking pre-teen Greg Heffley, who must somehow survive the scariest time of anyone's life... middle school.
View the movie trailer at
Find Wimpy Kid Australia on Facebook

2008 and 2009 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards Winners
02 Sep 2010

Congratulations to Chloe Hooper’s The Tall Man which not only won the Non-fiction category ($15,000) of the 2008 Western Australian Premier's Literary Awards, but also took the Book of the Year prize worth $25,000.

Congratulations also to Iain McCalman for Darwin's Armada winning the Non-fiction category of the 2009 Western Australian Premier's Literary Awards.
For a complete list of the winners across both years' awards, click here.

The Age Good Food Guide 2011 Winners
31 Aug 2010

The Age Good Food Guide 2011 awards have been announced. Congratulations to the following Chef's Hat Winners:
Guy Grossi's Grossi Florentino
George Calombaris' The Press Club & Maha
Abla Amad's Abla's
Karen Martini's Melbourne Wine Room
Read the complete list of winners here.

CBCA Book of the Year 2010 winners
20 Aug 2010

The winners and honour books are:
Older Readers

Jarvis 24 by David Metzenthen

Younger Readers
Honour books:

Running with the Horses by Alison Lester


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Penguin True Stories named an AIMIA Awards Finalist
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