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The Australia Post Legends Award
21 Jan 2010

Six Australian novelists - Peter Carey, Bryce Courtenay AM, Thomas Keneally AO, David Malouf AO, Colleen McCullough AO and Tim Winton - will have the rare honour of featuring on this year's Australia Day stamp series, to be released today.

The Australia Post Legends Award honours living Australians who have made a lasting impression on our national identity and character.

The authors will be presented with the Australia Post Australian Legends Award for 2010 in recognition of the outstanding contribution they have made, through their novels, to Australia's social and cultural life.

The Legends will feature on 12 x 55c stamps, a first day cover, a set of maxicards and a prestige booklet. A commemorative biography, Novel Lives: Legends of the Written Word, by Jason Steger accompanies the stamp issue.

The stamps and book can be purchased at participating Australia Post outlets or on-line at

Writers' Workshop with Bryce Courtenay
13 Jan 2010
  • Date: Monday 15 February - Friday 19 February 2010

  • Time: 9 am to 4 pm (workshop)

  • Location: Macquarie University North Ryde campus

  • Cost: AUD $2,800 including GST (students/pensioners & early bird discounts available)

  • RSVP: Friday 29 January 2010. Please note, places are limited.

If you would like more information about the workshop, or if you would like to register, please contact:
Shireen Brooks: email or phone +61 2 9850 4271 or visit

ACT Book of the Year Award
07 Jan 2010

Penguin's A Guide to the Birds of East Africa by Nicholas Drayson has won the ACT Book of the Year Award.

The ACT Cultural Council considered the book to be a 'charming and observant novel with an effective and sustained lightness of tone'. The award recognises and rewards quality contemporary literary works including fiction, nonfiction and poetry, and is valued at $10,000.

ACT Book of the Year - The nominated book must have been published in 2009 for the first time and written by an author who resides in the ACT.

Further information available at

Dr Miriam Stoppard, has been awarded an OBE for services to health care and charity in the New Year Honours list.
06 Jan 2010

Health writer, broadcaster and agony aunt Dr Miriam Stoppard has become an OBE for her services to healthcare and to charity in the New year Honour list.

She began her writing and broadcasting career in the early 1970s and became a world-leading authority on childcare and women's health.

Dr Stoppard has published over 50 books and has a column in The Daily Mirror.

For more information on her books please visit our Parenting website.

Kinokuniya Cookbook of the Year for 2009
23 Dec 2009

Thai Street Food by David Thompson has won the Kinokuniya Cookbook of the Year for 2009.

The Tall Man has been picked as a book of the year by the following:
16 Dec 2009

Ali Smith (in Scottish paper the Sunday Herald): 'delivered with lucidity, restraint and an echoing deliberation that gives this book a sense of grace.'

The Globe & Mail:

Colm Tóibín:

Dwight Garner in the New York Times:

Brian Schofield:


Aurealis Awards 2009 - Shortlisted
10 Dec 2009

Best Horror Novel

Red Queen by HM Brown

Best children's (8-12 years) long fiction

Tensy Farlow and the Home for Mislaid Children by Jen Storer

A Ghost in My Suitcase by Gabrielle Wang

Best children's (8-12 years) short fiction/illustrated work/picture book

Enigma by Graeme Base

Best young adult long fiction

The Museum of Mary Child by Cassandra Golds

Leviathan Trilogy: Book One by Scott Westerfeld

For further information, please visit


Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2009 - Shortlisted
04 Dec 2009

The following titles have been shortlisted for Australia in the following categories:

Wild Food, Juleigh Robins: Best Cookbook for Food Professionals category.

My Greek Family Table, Maria Benardis: Best Mediterranean Cuisine Book category.

Thai Street Food, David Thompson: Best Foreign Cookery category.

The winner in each country will compete against winners in other countries in the same category for 'The Best In the World'.

Results announced on Thursday February 11, 2010 at the Paris Cookbook Fair.

For further information, please visit


Popular Penguins Hit 1 Million Sales
02 Dec 2009

Sales of the Popular Penguin series pass the magical million mark in Australia

Isabel Allende's Eva Luna today became the 1,000,000th book in the Popular Penguin series to hit the Australian market. The 1,000,000th order was placed by local independent bookseller Berkelouw Books in Bowral in regional New South Wales.

The Popular Penguin series has been a sales triumph in Australia. The series was launched with 49 titles in September 2008, and another 50 titles were added by popular demand in July this year, including nine by Australian writers.

Sales Director Peter Blake said he was delighted by the success of the series. "It's great to see so many new readers across all age groups have discovered the joys of the Penguin backlist, from Austen to Kerouac; from Chandler to Capote."

Such is the popularity of the Popular Penguin series, that Penguin Australia now has over 8,000 fans on its Popular Penguin Facebook page - 5,000 of these joining after the 50 new books hit stores in July. As of the end of November, there have been 150,000 unique visitors to


Books of the Year
27 Nov 2009

The Tall Man by Chloe Hooper has been listed on the website as one of Colm Tóibin's books of the year.

Book critic Dwight Garner from the New York Times has listed the book in his Top Ten Books of the Year.



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Dark Horse by Honey Brown wins Best Adult Novel in 2014 Davitt Awards
Dark Horse by Honey Brown, was named Best Adult Novel in the 14th annual presentation of honours for crime books by Australian women.For more infomation on the awards visit the Sisters in Crime website:

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