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Michelle Bridges, Australia’s straight-talking TV celebrity trainer who has changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of Aussies as our most influential health and fitness expert and bestselling non-fiction author, will be touring nationally in February 2014 for her new books Superfoods Cookbook and Get Real!
Michelle will travel to five states and make six public appearances as part of this national tour. These appearances will include presentations by Michelle and inspirational stories from members of her 12 Week Body Transformation program, displays of Michelle’s ONEactive apparel and equipment range sold exclusively through Big W stores, book signings and the unique opportunity for fans to meet Michelle face to face.
SYDNEY: THURSDAY 6 FEBRUARY, 2014
12pm Public appearance: Westfield Warringah Mall Center Court followed by an in store appearance at BIGW Old Pittwater Rd, Brookvale NSW 2100
GOLD COAST: FRIDAY 7 FEBRUARY, 2014
3pm Public appearance: Robina Town Centre
an in store appearance at BIG W Robina Town Centre
19 Robina Town Centre Drive, Robina QLD 4226
BRISBANE: SATURDAY 8 FEBRUARY, 2014
12pm Public appearance: Westfield Chermside Center Court followed by an in store appearance at BIG W Westfield Chermside, Hamilton Rd, Chermside QLD 4032
MELBOURNE: SATURDAY 15 FEBRUARY, 2014
12pm Public appearance: Westfield Fountain Gate Center Court followed by an in store appearance at BIG W Westfield Fountain Gate, 352 Princes Hwy, Fountain Gate, VIC 3805
ADELAIDE: THURSDAY 20 FEBRUARY, 2014
12pm Public appearance: Westfield Tea Tree Plaza Centre Court followed by
an in store appearance at BIG W Westfield Tea Tree Plaza, 976 North East Rd, Modbury SA 5092
PERTH: SATURDAY 22 FEBRUARY, 2014
12pm Public appearance: Westfield Whitford City Centre Court followed by
an in store appearance at BIG W Westfield Whitford City, Whitfords Ave, Hillarys WA 6025
LAUNCESTON: SATURDAY 1 MARCH, 2014
A ticketed event hosted by Birchalls Bookshop, Launceston. Tickets: $10 including afternoon tea.
4pm appearing at Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery Inveresk, 2 Invermay Road, Inveresk TAS 7248
For more information and to make a booking contact: Denise Tilley (General Manager), Birchalls Bookshop, Launceston
Ph: (03) 6331 3011 Em: firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to all our authors nominated for an Australian Romance Readers Association Award in the following categories:
Favourite Short Category Romance – proudly sponsored by Harlequin Australia
- The Love Deception by Jennifer St George
Favourite Historical Romance – proudly sponsored by Bronwen Evans
- Letter From a Rake by Sasha Cottman
- London’s Last True Scoundrel by Christina Brooke
- The Autumn Bride by Anne Gracie
- The Border Laird’s Bride by Allison Butler
- The Greatest Lover Ever by Christina Brooke
- Untamed by Anna Cowan
Favourite Contemporary Romance - proudly sponsored by Escape Publishing
- Heartland by Cathryn Hein
Favourite Romantic Suspense – proudly sponsored by Imogene Nix
- Half Moon Bay by Helene Young
Favourite Continuing Romance Series – proudly sponsored by Harlequin Australia
- The Westruthers series by Christina Brooke
Favourite Australian Romance Author 2013 - proudly sponsored by Booktopia
- Anne Gracie
- Cathryn Hein
- Christina Brooke
- Helene Young
- Kelly Hunter
And the finalists for the Members’ Choice categories are
Favourite Cover from a romance published in 2013
- Half Moon Bay by Helene Young, Viking/Penguin
Favourite New Romance Author for 2013
- Anna Cowan
- Sasha Cottman
Several Penguin Australia titles have been selected for iBooks Best of 2013. Showcasing picks chosen by the iBooks Editorial team, this feature celebrates the year's best books and forms part of iTunes Best of 2013, highlighting the best music, TV shows, movies, books, and podcasts. Congratulations to all our authors appearing in the showcase.
iBooks Best of 2013: This Year’s Best
Murder in Mississippi by John Safran
Eyrie by Tim winton
Untamed by Anna Cowan
Also Best of Kylie Kwong has been selected for inclusion in the App Store Best of 2013 in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and Taiwan.To check out the App Store Best of 2013 feature visit: AppStore.com/BestOf2013
For more information about iTunes Best of 2013 go to iTunes.com/iBooksBestof2013
The awards were announced at a gala dinner in Sydney on Tuesday 10 December. This is the second year in a row that Penguin has won the prestigious award, with Robin DeCrespigny winning in 2012 for The People Smuggler.
For more information, including a list of winners oin other categories, see the Human Rights Awards site here.
Madness: a Memoir by Kate Richards (Viking), On Warne by Gideon Haigh (Hamish Hamilton) and The Australian Moment by George Megalogenis (Viking) have all been shortlisted in the non-fiction category for the 2014 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature.
The winner in each category receives $15 000, and goes into the running for the prestigious South Australian Premier's Award – a further $25 000. The awards will be announced 1 March 2014. For more information, as well as a complete shortlist for all of the categories, check out the Arts SA website here.
Bryce Courtenay Australia’s bestselling author ran ‘The Last Class’ writing workshop just months before he passed away.
For Bryce’s millions of readers, this film delivers a rare, up-close and personal experience charged with emotion in never before seen footage.
‘The Last Class’ records Bryce’s original insights into how he wrote 21 bestsellers in 23 years.
For writers, this film will give you the confidence and motivation to start writing your own novel, family memoir, or work of nonfiction. You may also discover how to inject more energy into your business presentations.
‘The Last Class’ offers you the chance to hear from a master storyteller, a gifted teacher, and much loved Australian author.
“My dream is that this beautiful film will inspire you to reach out and discover your own ‘Power Of One’.” - Christine Courtenay AM
Last day for shipping Christmas orders - 17 December 2013
Delivery in time for Christmas to the post codes below is not guaranteed.
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The 2013 Myer Christmas Animated Windows have been unveiled today in the Bourke Street Mall revealing a beautifully animated tribute to a much-loved children’s book, ‘Gingerbread Friends’. Myer CEO Bernie Brookes, alongside the Face of Myer, Jennifer Hawkins, unveiled the 2013 Myer Christmas Animated Windows to an excited crowd, eager to be amongst the first to see this year’s top-secret theme revealed.
Santa Claus made a spectacular entrance abseiling down the seven story facade of Myer Melbourne with a troop of elves in tow. Singing sensation, Marina Prior, wowed the audience with her rendition of the classic song ‘Angels we have heard on high’ from the 2013 Spirit of Christmas CD.
This year’s Windows showcase a number of technological developments to add to the visitor’s overall enjoyment and experience. QR codes will feature on every Christmas window to access behind the scenes video footage of the windows in production. Visitors just simply hold up any smartphone to the QR code, follow the instructions, and then will be able to access exclusive footage showing how the Windows come to life, from inspiration right through to the final creation. There are also narrated video storyboard screens in each window which will add a new layer of detail to the book’s plot.
Bernie Brookes, Myer CEO, is thrilled with this year’s Windows and hopes that visitors will enjoy the enchanting characters in ‘Gingerbread Friends’.
“This story is a delightful tale that I know children and adults of all ages will enjoy, everyone will just fall in love with the story of Gingerbread Friends. For so many people, over the past 58 years, visiting the Myer Christmas Animated Windows has become a family tradition during the festive season. We take great pride in evolving this tradition by introducing new technologies to further enhance the incredible craftsmanship of the Windows and continue to delight and surprise our customers,” said Mr Brookes.
‘Gingerbread Friends’ by the renowned American children’s author, Jan Brett, tells the charming tale of Gingerbread Baby as he sets out on an adventure to find a friend of his own. Gingerbread Baby heads to the local bakery in search of a kindred spirit, only to be chased away by a hungry mama mouse, and a long line of creatures, to take refuge back at home. To his great surprise Gingerbread Baby finds that he already has a whole host of friends at home.
Over the past 20 years the team at Stage One, led by John Kerr, have been responsible for the Myer Christmas Animated Windows, from the inspiration, through to creation and the tricky task of installation in the windows of Myer Melbourne. This year’s Windows have been in production for seven months with 40 artisans contributing over 17,000 hours of labour to create the whimsical world of Gingerbread Baby with little more than raw materials such as clay, timber, steel and fabric.
A long-standing tradition for many families, the Myer Christmas Animated Windows are visited by an estimated 1.2 million visitors from Australia and overseas each year.
The Myer Christmas Animated Windows are available for viewing from Friday 8 November to Sunday 5 January 2014 from 7:30am – 1:00am daily (with sound stopping from 10:00pm daily out of respect for our city neighbours).
After viewing the windows, Myer Melbourne has a range of FREE Christmas activities in store. Customers can go to level 6 to visit Santaland where children can ride the Santaland Express, have their photo taken with Santa and post their Christmas wish-list letters to the North Pole.
For further information please contact:
Jade Rudder - Myer PR Specialist t: 03 8667 6876 m: 0438 101 317 e: Jade.Rudder@myer.com.au
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The shortlists for the 2014 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards have been announced. Congratulations to both Tim Winton and Gideon Haigh, shortlisted in the following categories:
Fiction: Eyrie by Tim Winton, Hamish Hamilton)
Nonfiction: On Warne by Gideon Haigh, Hamish Hamilton
Congratulations also to Random House's Richard Flanagan for his shortlisting for The Narrow Road to the Deep North.
The winners of the awards will be announced at a ceremony in January.
Penguin's Gavin Burbidge (along with Amanda Wildsmith from Hardie Grant) is a joint winner of the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) Victorian Rep of the Year Award. The Award was presented at the ABA Victorian Christmas Party last night. Congratulations, Gavin!
Congratulations also to Anthony Pizzinga from Random House who was named runner-up at this year’s award.