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The finalists for this year’s Davitt Awards, presented by Sisters in Crime Australia for the best crime and mystery books by Australian women in 2012, have been announced. Congratulations to our finalists in the following categories:
• After the Darkness by Honey Brown
• In Her Blood by Annie Hauxwell
• The Mistake by Wendy James
• Burning Lies by Helene Young
• The Double Life of Herman Rockefeller by Hilary Bonney
A shortlist will be released in late July and the winners announced in Melbourne on 31 August. For more information go to Sisters in Crime.
Congratulations to all our authors longlisted for this year’s Ned Kelly Awards for crime writing.
Best fiction category
- Blackwattle Creek by Geoffrey McGeachin
Best first fiction category
- In Her Blood by Annie Hauxwell
True Crime category
- Carl Williams by Adam Shand
- The Devil’s Cinema by Steve Lillebuen
- The People Smuggler by Robin De Crespigny
The shortlist for this year’s awards will be announced on 2 August during the Byron Bay Writers Festival. For the first time this year, the winners will be announced during the Brisbane Writers Festival in September. In previous years, the awards have been presented as part of the Melbourne Writers Festival, which is held in August and September.
For more information about the awards, visit the Australian Crime Writers Association website here.
The shortlist in Australia’s pre-eminent prize for biographical writing and memoir, has been announced today by the State Library of NSW.
Congratulations to Robert Drewe shortlisted for the $25,000 National Biography Award 2013 for Montebello: A Memoir.
The winner will be announced on Monday 5 August at 11am at a special free event at the State Library. The announcement will mark the beginning of the State Library’s inaugural Biography Week 5 – 11 August 2013. For more information visit The State Library of NSW.
Congratulations to Cassandra Golds, winner of the 2013 Nance Donkin Award for an outstanding woman author in Australia who writes books for children.
The Western Australian Premier's Book Awards are run by the State Library of Western Australia. Awards are given in Fiction, Poetry, Non-fiction, Western Australian History, Children's Books, Writing for Young Adults, Scripts and Digital Narrative categories. An overall winner is awarded the Premier's Prize.
Culture and the Arts Minister John Day today announced the shortlist for the Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards. Voting also opens today for the People’s Choice Award sponsored by The West Australian.
Congratulations to all our shortlisted authors in the following categories:
Sophie Scott Goes South by Alison Lester (Viking/Penguin)
Young Adult Fiction
Night Beach by Kirsty Eagar (Penguin)
Montebello by Robert Drewe (Hamish Hamilton/Penguin)
CEO MARKUS DOHLE ANNOUNCES PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE GLOBAL LEADERSHIP TEAM
BERTELSMANN & PEARSON FINALIZE MERGER TRANSACTION
(July 1, 2013)—The global senior executive team for Penguin Random House was announced today by Chief Executive Officer Markus Dohle, following the closing of the transaction by shareholders Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA and Pearson this morning to formally establish the venture. Bertelsmann owns 53% and Pearson 47% of the company. Penguin Random House will combine the adult and children's fiction and nonfiction print and digital trade book publishing businesses of Penguin and Random House in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and India; Penguin's trade publishing activity in Asia and South Africa; Dorling Kindersley worldwide; and Random House's companies in Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, and Chile. Random House's German-language publishing group, Verlagsgruppe Random House, is outside the venture, and remains part of Bertelsmann, continuing to report to Mr. Dohle.
Between mid-February and early June, in order of review, Penguin Random House received governmental merger control approval in the U.S., New Zealand, Australia, the European Commission, Canada, South Africa, and China, all without condition.
Penguin Random House will employ more than 10,000 people across five continents. It will comprise nearly 250 editorially and creatively independent imprints and publishing houses that collectively publish more than 15,000 new titles annually. Its publishing lists include more than 70 Nobel Prize laureates and hundreds of the world's most widely read authors.
Effective with today's closing, Markus Dohle, Chairman and CEO of Random House worldwide since 2008, assumes the position of CEO, Penguin Random House, and John Makinson, head of the Penguin Group worldwide since 2002, takes on the position of Chairman of Penguin Random House. The Penguin Random House Board appointments were announced separately by Bertelsmann and Pearson this morning.
Mr. Dohle said, "Today, Penguin and Random House officially unite to create the first truly global trade book publishing company. As separate companies, we have long performed outstandingly by every benchmark; as colleagues, we will share and apply our passion for publishing the best books with our enormous experience, creativity, and entrepreneurial drive. Together, we will give our authors unprecedented resources to help them reach global audiences—and we will provide readers with unparalleled diversity and choice for future reading. Connecting authors and readers is, and will be, at the heart of all we strive to accomplish together."
John Makinson said, "Penguin Random House starts life today as a freshly minted company, but also as a creative enterprise that will draw on the greatest legacies in the history of book publishing. That heritage will help to frame the culture and personality of Penguin Random House as we place our extraordinary shared resources at the service of our authors, our customers, our readers, and our colleagues. It is an exciting day for all of us."
In announcing his senior executive appointments, Mr. Dohle said, "Our global and local leadership comprises proven executives drawn from both sides of the company who are inclusive and collaborative with colleagues in their decision making and who fully support our publishers and our authors in realizing their vision and objectives for our books."
Effective immediately, the following newly appointed executives report to Mr Dohle, who additionally serves as CEO for the Penguin Random House U.S. company: Coram Williams, previously CFO for the Penguin Group, will serve in a dual capacity as Chief Financial Officer for Penguin Random House, in the U.S. and worldwide. Mr. Williams will also oversee the self-publishing business Author Solutions.
David Shanks has stepped down as CEO, Penguin Group (USA). He will serve as Senior Executive Advisor to Mr. Dohle and the U.S. executive team.
Madeline McIntosh, formerly Chief Operating Officer, Random House U.S., becomes President and Chief Operating Officer of Penguin Random House in the U.S.
Brad Martin, formerly President and CEO of Random House of Canada, is appointed CEO of Penguin Random House in Canada.
Tom Weldon assumes responsibility for Penguin Random House in the U.K. as CEO. He was previously Chief Executive Officer, Penguin Group UK.
Gail Rebuck will become Chair of the Penguin Random House U.K. Board.
Ian Hudson will serve as Deputy CEO of Penguin Random House U.K., a position he previously held at Random House UK. Separately, he will oversee Penguin Random House's operations in Australia, New Zealand, India, South Africa, and Asia in his capacity as Chief Executive Officer, Penguin Random House International (English Language).
Gabrielle Coyne will be CEO of Penguin Random House Asia Pacific and Gaurav Shrinagesh will be CEO of Penguin Random House India. Ms. Coyne previously served as CEO of Penguin Group Asia Pacific, and Mr. Shrinagesh as Managing Director of Random House India. Stephen Johnson will continue to lead Penguin Books South Africa. They will all report to Mr. Hudson.
Also, continuing in their current capacities:
Núria Cabutí, Chief Executive, leads the company in Spain and Latin America; it will operate under the name Random House Mondadori.
John Duhigg, Chief Executive, Dorling Kindersley, is responsible for the Dorling Kindersley (DK) business worldwide.
Mr. Dohle announced the appointments of three executives with Penguin Random House global corporate responsibilities: Frank Steinert will be the company's Chief Human Resources Officer, Stuart Applebaum will lead communications, and Milena Alberti will oversee corporate development, each having served in similar capacities at Random House. All will also have responsibility in the U.S. for their respective corporate functions.
Mr. Dohle also announced the newly formed Penguin Random House Global Executive Committee to work together with him to set the company's strategic, operational, and publishing direction and priorities. The Committee's members are:
Núria Cabutí; Gina Centrello, President and Publisher, Random House Publishing Group; Tony Chirico, President, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group; Gabrielle Coyne; John Duhigg; Leslie Gelbman, President, Mass Market Paperbacks, Penguin Group U.S.; Ian Hudson; Barbara Marcus, President and Publisher, Random House Children's Books; Brad Martin; Maya Mavjee, President and Publisher, Crown Publishing Group; Madeline McIntosh; Sonny Mehta, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group; Susan Petersen Kennedy, President, Penguin Group U.S.; Andrew Phillips, Chief Executive Officer, Author Solutions; Frank Steinert; Don Weisberg, President, Penguin Young Readers Group U.S.; Tom Weldon; and Coram Williams.
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Penguin Random House
Penguin Random House is the world's first truly global trade book publisher. It was formed on July 1, 2013, upon the completion of an agreement between Bertelsmann and Pearson to merge their respective trade publishing companies, Random House and Penguin, with the parent companies owning 53% and 47%, respectively. Penguin Random House comprises the adult and children's fiction and nonfiction print and digital trade book publishing businesses of Penguin and Random House in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and India, Penguin's trade publishing activity in Asia and South Africa; Dorling Kindersley worldwide; and Random House's companies in Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, and Chile. Penguin Random House employs more than 10,000 people globally across almost 250 editorially and creatively independent imprints and publishing houses that collectively publish more than 15,000 new titles annually. Its publishing lists include more than 70 Nobel Prize laureates and hundreds of the world's most widely read authors.
For more information please contact Australia: Sally Bateman, Marketing & Digital Director, Penguin Group (Australia) Ph +61 419 515 879, email: email@example.com
OR New Zealand: Yvonne Thynne, Publicity Manager, Random House NZ Ph+64 9 984 6173, email: YThynne@randomhouse.co.nz
Below you'll also find an extended bio for Gabrielle Coyne, the new Chief Executive Officer of Penguin Random House Asia Pacific.
Gabrielle Coyne has worked in the Australian publishing industry for more than twenty years. She began her career at Penguin in 1990 in the marketing department, and became Marketing Director in 2000. In 2003 she was appointed Managing Director of Penguin Australia, and in 2006, New Zealand was added to her remit. She was appointed CEO of Penguin Group Asia Pacific in October 2009 and has overseen the Penguin operations in Australia, New Zealand, China, South Korea, Singapore and Malaysia.
A passionate supporter of the industry, Gabrielle has held various positions on boards in the Australian publishing community. Most recently she was Vice President of the Australia Publishers' Association (APA), and while no longer on the board she is a member of the Trade Publishers Committee of the APA. She is currently a founding board member of the Wheeler Centre; a Victorian Government initiative and the centrepiece of Melbourne's designation as a UNESCO City of Literature, a member of World Vision's Business Advisory Council of Australia and an Advisory Councillor of the Victorian branch of the Australian Industry Group.
The Romance Writers of Australia has announced the finalists in the 2013 Romantic Book of the Year (Ruby) competition for published novels. The winners will be announced at the RWA annual conference this year to be held in Fremantle.
Congratulations to all our finalists nominated in the following categories.
Bride by Mistake by Anne Gracie (Penguin/Michael Joseph)
Uncovered by Love by Madeline Ash (Destiny Romance)
The Ella winner is announced at the RWA national conference in August this year. For more information, see the RWA blog here.
The cover for the highly anticipated new novel from Tim Winton, Eyrie has been revealed ahead of publication on 14 October 2013.
To be published in hardback and as an ebook, Eyrie is a heart-stopping, groundbreaking novel for our times – funny, confronting, exhilarating and haunting.
Eyrie has been designed by John Canty, Senior Designer, Penguin Books Australia.
Tim Winton will be touring on publication – for all media queries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Tour details including dates and booking information for Tim Winton’s events will be announced in August.
For more information please see Tim Winton’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/timwintonauthor