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30 April 2014 Auckland:
Penguin Random House today announced a new leadership structure in New Zealand with Margaret Thompson appointed to the newly created position of Managing Director, Penguin Random House New Zealand.
Gabrielle Coyne, Chief Executive Officer Penguin Random House Asia Pacific, said, “I am delighted Margaret has accepted this important new role. Along with her wide ranging experience, Margaret brings a strong mix of publishing acumen, matched with an unwavering sales optimism and flair.”
Margaret Thompson’s career in publishing spans more than 30 years across Australia and New Zealand. She has been Managing Director of Penguin New Zealand since 2005. In 2007 Margaret steered the acquisition of Reed Publishing and in 2009 led Penguin’s acquisition of Mallinson Rendell Publishing; the originating publisher of Lynley Dodd, author of the global bestselling Hairy Maclary books, which have now sold over 9 million copies worldwide.
Margaret Thompson said, “I am delighted to accept this position and look forward to leading the Penguin Random House team to create an exciting new company which will continue to be committed to local publishing, supportive of our authors and booksellers and focused on maintaining a vibrant and creative presence in New Zealand.”
With Margaret’s appointment, Karen Ferns Joint Managing Director of Random House Australia and New Zealand will sadly leave the company on 16 May.
Karen has made an invaluable contribution to Random House growing the sales and company over many years. Highly respected within the publishing industry, Karen has been a passionate advocate for New Zealand and New Zealand publishing. She joined Random House New Zealand as Sales and Marketing Director in 1999 and was appointed Managing Director in 2008. In 2012 she was appointed Joint Managing Director of Random House Australia and New Zealand.
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The 14th Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) shortlists have been announced today revealing a stellar list of nominees that includes 15 Penguin Random House authors. The ABIAs celebrate Australia’s finest and most popular writers and have been compiled by a panel of more than 100 booksellers and publishers.
International Book of the Year:
Hard Luck: Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney (Puffin)
General Fiction Book of the Year:
Elianne by Judy Nunn (William Heinemann Australia)
Literary Fiction Book of the Year:
Eyrie by Tim Winton (Hamish Hamilton)
The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane (Hamish Hamilton)
The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan (Vintage Australia)
General Non-fiction Book of the Year:
Murder In Mississippi by John Safran (Hamish Hamilton)
Illustrated Book of the Year:
Love Italy by Guy Grossi (Lantern)
Biography of the Year:
A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley (Viking)
Ned Kelly: The Story of Australia’s Most Notorious Legend by Peter FitzSimons (William Heinemann Australia)
Madness: A Memoir by Kate Richards (Viking)
Everything To Live For: The Inspirational Story of Turia Pitt by Turia Pitt with Libby Harkness (William Heinemann Australia)
Book of the Year for Younger Children (age range 0 to 8 years):
Kissed By The Moon by Alison Lester (Viking)
Book of the Year for Older Children (age range 8 to 14 years):
The Kensington Reptilarium by NJ Gemmell (Random House Australia Children’s)
Alice-Miranda In Paris by Jacqueline Harvey (Random House Australia Children’s)
Ranger’s Apprentice 12: The Royal Ranger by John Flanagan (Random House Australia Children’s)
The winners of the prestigious annual ABIAs will be announced on Friday 23 May in Sydney. For more information: http://abiawards.com.au/
Penguin Australia is delighted to have acquired the highly anticipated second novel by Steve Toltz, Quicksand, to be published in Australia and New Zealand next year.
Quicksand will also be published in the UK and elsewhere in the Commonwealth by Sceptre in 2015.
Steve Toltz burst onto the international literary scene in 2008 when his critically acclaimed debut novel, A Fraction of the Whole was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Guardian First Book Award.
Ben Ball, Publishing Director, Penguin General explains the hype surrounding this acquisition, “You haven't read a novel like Quicksand before, even if you've read A Fraction of the Whole. A comedy about calamity, it's a novel about risks (in love, in work, in art, in life) that takes risks - funny, dark, affirming, insightful, and compelling on every page. Steve is a genuinely unique talent, and his new novel confirms him as one of the most original and fearless writers in the language. Quicksand revives our sense of what the novel can do.”
The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green today reached number one on the Nielsen BookScan charts, more than two years after its initial publication.
Launched on January 12, 2012 in Australia, it has steadily climbed the BookScan charts, now having sold over 147,000 copies locally. Internationally, the book has over a million copies in print and has been adapted into over twenty languages. It has been a New York Times, USA Today and Amazon bestseller.
It was critically acclaimed upon release with Time magazine calling it ‘damn near genius.’
John Green said ‘I am so excited that The Fault in Our Stars has reached #1 in Australia. I’m tremendously grateful to my Australian readers and for the continuous support of Penguin Australia.’
Penguin Young Readers Australian publisher Laura Harris, who acquired the novel attributes the word of mouth success of The Fault in Our Stars to the readers: ‘This phenomenon has been created by the readers themselves, they have insisted their friends read it, their parents read it, their teachers read it.’
The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green's most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love. John Green is the award winning author of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns and Will Grayson, Will Grayson.
The novel has been adapted for film, with Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort set to star in the June 5, 2014 release from 20th Century Fox Australia.
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Congratulations to both Malcolm Knox and Iain McCalman recently commended in the FAW Excellence in Non-Fiction Awards. Established in 1978, this is an award for a non-fiction book of sustained quality and distinction with an Australian theme, first published in Australia.
Boom: The underground history of Australia from gold rush to GFC by Malcolm Knox
The Reef: A passionate history
Penguin Books are deeply saddened by the death of author Sue Townsend, the beloved creator of Adrian Mole. Sue passed away peacefully in Leicester after suffering a stroke aged 68, surrounded by her family.
'Sue Townsend will be remembered as one in a handful of this country’s great comic writers. We were so proud to be her publishers. She was loved by generations of readers, not only because she made them laugh out loud, but because her view of the world, its inhabitants and their frailties was so generous, life affirming and unique’ said Tom Weldon, CEO Penguin Random House UK.
Congratulations to Fiona McFarlane and Kate Richards who continue to garner Award accolades with their long-listing for the prestigious Dobbie Literary Award for a first time published Australian woman author.
The Dobbie Literary Award is one of two Awards, which alongside of the Kibble Literary Award comprise the Kibble Literary Awards for Women Writers, celebrating excellence in the works of women writers of fiction or non-fiction classified as 'life writing'.
The shortlist will be announced on Wednesday 4 June 2014.
For more information visit: http://www.perpetual.com.au/kibble/index.htm
Penguin Australia and the Indigenous Literacy Foundation are the only two Australian winners at the London Book Fair International Book Industry Excellence Awards.
The International Book Industry Excellence Awards, held in association with the UK Publishers Association, celebrate global excellence and recognise the best companies and individuals in the international book publishing industry. The winners were announced at London Book Fair on 8 April 2014 for 15 award categories including academic publishing, the supply chain, education, children’s publishing and digital innovation.
Penguin Australia has won The International Educational Learning Resources Award for the Penguin Teachers’ Academy Newsstand App.
Penguin Australia was the first trade book publisher to release an App for Newsstand in 2013, with the release of the Penguin Teachers’ Academy Newsstand App for iPad and iPad mini. The App gives teachers and librarians rich, engaging resources to assist with lesson preparation and classroom activities, in line with the needs of the Australian Curriculum.
Designed and developed in-house by Penguin Australia’s digital team, the App provides free subscription to Off The Shelf, a magazine for teachers and librarians and free teaching notes for Puffin and Penguin picture books and novels, as well as premium units of work containing lesson plans and activities, all tailored to the needs of the Australian Curriculum, plus enhanced digital content, combining text with video and audio.
The Newsstand app provides teachers, librarians and educational support staff with valuable up-to-date professional reading and resources, servicing their need for rich, relevant and practical teaching notes and units of work. The Penguin Teachers’ Academy Newsstand App means educators can find resources they trust and can use in their classrooms and libraries in one easy-to-access place.
For more on Penguin Teachers’ Academy visit: http://penguineducation.wordpress.com/
Congratulations also to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation who have won The International Education Initiatives Award.
For more information visit: http://www.londonbookfair.co.uk/awards
The achievements of today’s leading Australian writers have been recognised with the announcement today of the shortlists for the 2014 NSW Premier's Literary Awards. Congratulations to all of our shortlisted authors.
Glenda Adams Award for New Writing
The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane
Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction
On Warne by Gideon Haigh
Rendezvous with Destiny by Michael Fullilove
People’s Choice Award – voting is now open, and will close at midnight on Friday 16 May 2014. The 2014 winner will be chosen by the people of NSW from the shortlist for the 2014 Christina Stead Prize. Details will be posted on the State Library of NSW website www.sl.nsw.gov.au/premiersliteraryawards
Congratulations to all our authors and illustrators shortlisted for the Book of the Year Awards. The winners will be announced during Book Week 2014 Saturday 16 – Friday 22 August.
The First Third by Will Kostakis
I'm a Dirty Dinosaur by Janeen Brian, Illustrated by Ann James
Baby Bedtime Mem Fox, Illustrated by Emma Quay
Kissed by the Moon by Alison Lester
The Treasure Box by Margaret Wild, Illustrated by Freya Blackwood
Congratulations also to our colleagues over at Random House Australia for Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse Near, shortlisted in the Older Readers category and for Meet Captain Cook by Rae Murdie, Illustrated by Chris Nixon, shortlisted for the Eve Pownall Award.