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.
Penguin Group (Australia) this month launches Sharing Stories, a special opportunity for readers of all ages to connect with authors and illustrators in conversation about imagination, inspiration and the art of storytelling.
Penguin has asked some of Australia’s favourite authors and illustrators to create original works of art on the theme of Sharing Stories – and to document the story behind the artwork’s creation, through videos, photographs and diary entries. Readers are invited to join the artists throughout the creative journey, and to share their own experiences and thoughts about the stories created.
Sally Bateman, Marketing & Digital Director said: “We’re all familiar with the power of great stories, but it’s rare to get a chance to see how an author or illustrator turns a simple idea into something special. We hope sharing stories will bring book lovers closer than ever to this part of the creative process.”
Sharing Stories takes place across all of Penguin Australia’s social media platforms. A new artwork will be showcased each month, introducing another artist’s perspective on how sharing stories has shaped their life and work.
The first Sharing Stories artist is Anna Walker, one of Australia’s most celebrated illustrators and storytellers. Anna’s beautiful work brings to life Jane Godwin's text in the picture books Starting School, All Through the Year, Today We Have No Plans and Little Cat and the Big Red Bus – each beloved for their whimsical, charming illustrations that capture the wonder of childhood.
In October, award-winning book designer Allison Colpoys shares her story, followed by Marc Martin creator of The Curious Explorer's Illustrated Guide to Exotic Animals A to Z in November.
Penguin Australia - Sharing Stories:
The University of Canberra announced the winners of the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Awards on Thursday 19 September, 2013. The awards recognise the outstanding contributions the University’s alumni make in their communities and professions. Our congratulations go to Morris Gleitzman who received an Alumni Excellence Award (Faculty of Arts and Design).
Morris Gleitzman is an international bestselling children’s author whose books have been published in 20 countries. A professional writing degree graduate from the University, Mr Gleitzman has written over 35 successful children’s novels including the hugely popular Two Weeks with the Queen, the Wicked! and Deadly! series that he co-wrote with Paul Jennings and his four part-series on children in the holocaust. His latest novel is called Extra Time. All of his books have been shortlisted for or have won numerous children's book prizes both here and overseas.
The University of Canberra alumni network is made up of nearly 70,000 graduates, friends and former staff from the University of Canberra and the former Canberra College of Advanced Education.
Winner - True Crime
The People Smuggler: The True Story of Ali Al Jenabi by Robin de Crespigny
Winner - Best Fiction
Jamie Oliver returns to our television screens on CHANNEL TEN from Thursday, 5 September with a new food series Save with Jamie. This optimistic, inventive and super-helpful food series is packed with delicious recipes and amazing money saving tips and is inspired by Jamie's new cookbook, Save with Jamie: shop smart, cook clever, waste less. In Save With Jamie, Jamie Oliver shows how you don't need a massive budget to make great, delicious food.
Save With Jamie is about ‘making the most of your ingredients, embracing leftovers, using your freezer, loads of clever things that will help you ‘shop smart, cook clever, waste less.’
Jamie talks about Save with Jamie: shop smart, cook clever, waste less his new cookbook here.
Penguin Group (Australia) and Felice Arena have unveiled a new interactive and immersive online experience for children with the launch of AndyRoidHQ.com.
This innovative website designed around Felice Arena’s Andy Roid series of books is an exciting new publishing approach to extending the reading experience for children online. Best described as an interactive online comic book adventure Andy Roid HQ brings the 10 book series to life with 3-D style parallax animation, colour graphics and synchronised sound effects.
Sally Bateman, Marketing & Digital Director, Penguin Group (Australia) explains, “We saw a real opportunity to collaborate with Felice Arena and deliver an online reading experience to engage young readers beyond the pages of this series. Andy Roid HQ is entertaining, exciting – and different. A mix of the traditional and the new, it’s an interactive, online story combining old-fashioned, comic book adventure with cutting edge technology that is fast, fun, yet stays true to the series. ”
Felice Arena, creator of Andy Roid explains, “From the very beginning I was incredibly lucky to be able to workshop my ideas with the talented digital team at Penguin. I had enormous fun and creating the content for the 3D interactive comic story was pure superhero, full-on action, happy keyboard-tapping writing. Anyone who gets to write for a living is very blessed and it’s been it's an absolute bonus to be able to see my characters spring to life beyond the printed page.”
AndyRoidHQ.com features an exclusive new story, Andy Roid and the Jungle of Combat, displayed in a choice of modes (autoplay or animated by scrolling) which the user interacts with by choosing a multiple choice answer at cliffhanging moments to help Andy defeat his enemies. Featuring artwork by Chad McCown (who illustrated the Andy Roid books) this animation has been developed without using Flash and is supported across all major browsers and devices. The responsive design (Masonry architecture on the Drupal platform) adapts to different screen sizes.
Andy Roid is an action-packed series for young readers from Felice Arena, one of Australia's best-loved children's writers. Book 9: Andy Roid and the Missing Agent and Book 10: Andy Roid and the Avalanche of Evil are released on Wednesday 21 August 2013.
For more information please contact:
Anyez Lindop, Senior Manager, Marketing & Communications, Penguin Group (Australia) on +61 (0)419 008 556 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Tailor's Girl by Fiona McIntosh (Michael Joseph)
Publication date: 23 October, 2013.
From the bustling streets of post-Great War London to the idyllic 1920s Sussex countryside, this is a breathtaking story of passion and persistence from a phenomenal Australian storyteller about how true love can overcome incredible odds, even in the most extraordinary circumstances.
'Fiona McIntosh is an extraordinary storyteller and this historical fiction is a stunning example of her talent.' BOOK'D OUT
Read more about The Tailor's Girl here.
Congratulations to all our authors and illustrators for their success at the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards 2013.
Book of the Year: Younger Readers
Children of the King, Sonya Hartnett
Book of the Year: Early Childhood
Too Many Elephants in This House, Ursula Dubosarsky illustrated by Andrew Joyner - Honour Book
Crichton Award Winner
A Forest, Marc Martin
For more information about the awards, including a complete list of the winners go to the Children’s Book Council of Australia website.
Murder in Mississippi: The true story of how I met a white supremacist, befriended his black killer and wrote this book by John Safran (Hamish Hamilton)
Publication date: 25 September, 2013
When filming his TV series Race Relations, John Safran spent an uneasy couple of days with one of Mississippi’s most notorious white supremacists. A year later, he heard that the man had been murdered – and what was more, the killer was black.
At first the murder seemed a twist on the old Deep South race crimes. But then more news rolled in. Maybe it was a dispute over money, or most intriguingly, over sex. Could the infamous racist actually have been secretly gay, with a thing for black men? Did Safran have the last footage of him alive? Could this be the story of his life? Seizing his Truman Capote moment, he jumped on a plane to cover the trial.
Over six months, Safran got deeper and deeper into the South, becoming entwined in the lives of those connected with the murder – white separatists, black campaigners, lawyers, investigators, neighbours, even the killer himself. And the more he talked with them, the less simple the crime, and the world, seemed.
Murder in Mississippi is a brilliantly innovative true-crime story. Taking us places only he can, Safran paints an engrossing, revealing portrait of a dead man, his murderer, the place they lived and the process of trying to find out the truth about anything.
George Megalogenis has been honoured with the 2013 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Non-Fiction for his critically acclaimed work of contemporary history, The Australian Moment, How we were made for these times.
This is the third major award for this book which has previously won the 2012 Walkley Book Award and the 2012 Queensland Literary Award for Advancing Public Debate – Harry Williams Award.
In The Australian Moment Megalogenis tells the story of how we’ve come to be living in the Australian Moment. And with the global economy in crisis, you wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. Drawing on recently declassified documents and candid interviews with five of our previous Prime Ministers, The Australian Moment is packed with original insight, revealing how our leadership and community have underestimated each other’s contribution to the nation’s resilience. Australia has been lucky, but we’ve also been smart.
Watch the trailer here: http://youtu.be/j2C4x46F0n0
George Megalogenis is an author, commentator and journalist. He has 27 years' experience in the media, including over a decade in the Federal Parliamentary press gallery. He is a regular panellist on ABC TV's The Insiders. He is the author of Faultlines, The Longest Decade and Quarterly Essay 40: Trivial Pursuit – Leadership and the End of the Reform Era.
To be published by Knopf in the US and by Hamish Hamilton in the UK and Australia, The Circle is the hotly anticipated new novel by award-winning winning author and literacy advocate Dave Eggers.
Set in the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, what begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.
Dave Eggers is the founder of McSweeney’s, co-founder of 826 Valencia, and author of several critically acclaimed books including his nonfiction; What is the What? and Zeitoun; a collection of short-stories, How We Are Hungry?, and previous novels including A Hologram for the King, You Shall Know Our Velocity, and the international bestseller, Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius.