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Fiona McFarlane announced as a winner of the Sydney Morning Herald Young Novelist of the Year Award
We are thrilled to announce that Fiona McFarlane has been announced as one of four winners of the Sydney Morning Herald Young Novelist of the Year Awards. The award recognises Fiona’s debut novel, The Night Guest, a mesmerising story about love, dependence, and the fear that the things you know best can become the things you're least certain about. Fiona was awarded the UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing at the 2014 NSW Premier's Literary Awards; The Night Guest has been shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award and the ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year.
At the announcement of the Awards this afternoon, Fiona said, "I'm utterly delighted to have been named a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist – it's so encouraging and gratifying to be acknowledged in this way."
Congratulations to Fiona for this wonderful and deserved accolade.
UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing
Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-fiction (joint winner)
The shortlist for the 2014 Miles Franklin Literary Award was announced this morning at the State Library of NSW. We are thrilled to announce that four Penguin Random House authors have been shortlisted for the prize, on a list of just six authors:
The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanagan (Vintage Australia)
The Night Guest, Fiona McFarlane (Hamish Hamilton)
Eyrie, Tim Winton (Hamish Hamilton)
All the Birds, Singing, Evie Wyld (Vintage Australia)
Fiona McFarlane attended this morning’s announcement and was honoured to be included in the shortlist
for this prestigious award. Fiona said, “I couldn’t be more delighted to have been shortlisted for the Miles
Franklin Literary Award. I’ve grown up admiring the prize and its shortlists, and to find myself there with my
first novel – among such amazing finalists – is an enormous honour.” A sentiment echoed by Evie Wyld,
“The Miles Franklin has been awarded to so many of my favorite writers – it's amazing just to be mentioned
in the same list as some of them this time.”
The winner will be announced on 26 June.
This is Australia's leading award for business literature, launched in 2004 by Ashurst Australia and the State Library of NSW.
For more info about the award, see the website here.
Congratulations to Cate Blake, Managing Editor, Penguin General, who has been awarded a new grant for Australian editors.
Cate has successfully applied for an Editorial Professional Development grant from the Australia Council for the Arts to enable her to attend the Yale Leadership Strategies in Book Publishing course.
Held at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut in late July, the week long course is designed to provide a comprehensive picture of where the publishing industry is today and focuses on equipping participants with practical skills that will enable them to think strategically about the future. The program includes speakers from US publishers and booksellers, and covers topics such as discoverability, innovation and managing organisational change.
For more information on the Yale Publishing Course: http://publishing-course.yale.edu/book
The following Penguin and Random House books have been shortlisted for the 2014 YABBA Awards:
Picture Story Books
Fiona The Pig's Big Day by Leigh Hobbs
Fiction for Younger Readers
Fiction for Older Readers
Fiction for Year 7-9
For more information please visit the YABBA website: http://yabba.org.au/2014-shortlist
Every year, young readers from all over New South Wales judge their very own literary awards. By voting in the KOALA awards they can reward the Australian children's books that have most inspired, amused, terrified, enlightened and engaged them.
Section 1 Picture Storybooks
Annie to the Rescue by Deborah Niland
Fiona the Pig's Big Day by Leigh Hobbs
Noah Dreary by Aaron Blabey
The Dreadful Fluff by Aaron Blabey
The Terrible Plop by Ursula Dubosarsky, illustrated by Andrew Joyner
Section 2 Fiction for Younger Readers
Andy Roid and the Tracks of Death by Felice Arena
Extra Time by Morris Gleitzman
Extreme Adventures: Monkey Mountain by Justin D'Ath
Our Australian GirlMeet Grace by Sofie Laguna, Lucia Masciullo
The Wishbird by Gabrielle Wang
Section 3 Fiction for Older Readers
Con-nerd by Oliver Phommavanh
Specky Magee and the Best of Oz by Felice Arena & Garry Lyon
Congratulations also to our colleagues, authors and illustrators over at Random House Australia for their shortlistings:
Section 2 Fiction for Younger Readers
Alice Miranda in Paris by Jacqueline Harvey
Section 3 Fiction for Older Readers
Brotherband: The Invaders by John Flanagan
My Life and Other Stuff I Made Up by Tristan Bancks, illustrated by Gus Gordon
Rangers Apprentice: The Royal Ranger by John Flanagan
The Ivory Rose by Belinda Murrell
Fiction for YEARS 7-9
The Whole of My World by Nicole Hayes
For more information about the Awards visit http://www.koalansw.org.au
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/