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Fiona McFarlane's The Night Guest is one of five titles shortlisted for the LA times debut fiction award, the Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction. These annual awards for literary excellence have run since 1980, with winners to be announced on April 11.
See the website here for more information and a full list of finalists: http://events.latimes.com/bookprizes/
ABC1 Sunday, 23 Feb 9:30pm
Online viewing 23 Feb 11:00pm - 9 March 11:00pm
Seventeen Australian directors and a stellar cast re-imagine the hauntingly beautiful collection of short stories by Tim Winton.
Congratulations again to Fiona McFarlane, whose debut novel, The Night Guest, has been selected with eleven other titles for the 2014 Stella Prize longlist.
The Stella Prize, established in 2013, is awarded each year to recognise excellence in Australian women's writing. The shortlist will be announced on 20 March, and the winner at a special ceremony in Sydney on 29 April.
For more information, including the full longlist, visit the Stella Prize site here.
US singer Dolly Parton has chosen the start of her Blue Smoke tour in Melbourne to launch an exciting early childhood literacy initiative very close to her heart.
The Dolly Parton Imagination Library, run by United Way Australia in partnership with Penguin Books Australia and Rotary, aims to improve the literacy of children living in disadvantaged communities by delivering one free age-appropriate book per month directly to children from birth to five years old.
The range of picture books received by each child registered for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library has been carefully chosen by a panel of experts and includes classic favourites and bestselling titles by Australian and international authors such as Pamela Allen, Aaron Blabey, Lauren Child, Graeme Base, Eric Carle, Roald Dahl, Lynley Dodd, Mem Fox, Hazel Edwards, Eric Hill, Alison Lester, Tohby Riddle, Margaret Wild and Tim Winton.
Within the first six months of the Australian pilot program in 2013, more than 4000 age-appropriate quality books were delivered to 1,350 children in disadvantaged communities across Victoria (Noble Park, Ballarat, Portland, Doveton and Eumemmerring), New South Wales (North St Mary’s, Wyong and The Entrance) and Queensland (Acacia Ridge which was the first pilot centre).
“Penguin Australia’s involvement in the library, while replicating Penguin’s involvement in the US, Canada and UK is also something that aligns with our philosophies, which in turn are closely aligned with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. This shared philosophy is also very much in keeping with our belief that everyone – no matter what age, or where they live – should have access to stories and books. The power of storytelling, through music and through books can change lives; it has the power to educate, to entertain, to inspire. The importance of early childhood literacy preoccupies many of us as does the desire to connect writers, their stories and ideas with as many readers as possible. The Imagination Library helps make that happen.” said Gabrielle Coyne, CEO, Penguin Random House Asia Pacific.
Originally launched in the US in 1996 through Dolly Parton’s charitable Dollywood Foundation, The Dolly Parton Imagination Library currently delivers free books every month to 735,000 children globally. Dolly’s goal is to inspire a love of reading and learning among all children and so far more than 56,000,000 books have been gifted to children in the US, UK, Canada and Australia.
News Corp Australia’s first national promotion of the year features the much-loved Mr Men and Little Miss book series and will help to encourage more story time in households.
Commencing this Sunday 9 February there will be 14 timeless Mr Men and Little Miss classics to collect over two weeks, providing hours of reading fun for the whole family.
The campaign is being supported by a national TVC, radio advertisements and in-paper promotions.
When readers buy a paper from newsagents on 9 February, they will be able to receive the first book in the series Mr Tickle and the collector’s case for free. Books 2 to 14 in the series will be available until 22 February for $1 with the purchase of a News Corp Australia metro newspaper.
This book campaign was launched after research commissioned by News Corp Australia through Newspoll found:
- 60 per cent of parents want to read to their children more often
- The main barriers to reading to children more often were not having enough time (60 per cent) and often being too tired (56 per cent)
- Two thirds of the parents said that reading to their children was extremely important
- Parents believed in the benefits of reading to children with 72 per cent saying it helps improve parental bonding and 71 per cent saying it helps develop a child’s imagination and language skills.
News Corp Australia’s Group Director – Marketing, Damian Eales, said: “We are constantly looking for ways to add value to our readers’ experience. With this integrated editorial and retail circulation campaign, we are encouraging families to come back together for story time.”
The first book and slip case will be free with the purchase of The Sunday Telegraph, Sunday Herald Sun, Sunday Mail (SA), The Sunday Mail (QLD), The Sunday Territorian and The Sunday Tasmanian this Sunday. Subsequent books available for $1 with the purchase of The Daily Telegraph, Herald Sun, The Courier Mail, The Adelaide Advertiser, Geelong Advertiser, Gold Coast Bulletin, The Cairns Post, Townsville Bulletin, NT News and The Mercury.
The Sunday Times in WA will launch the promotion on 18 May over four weeks.
3 February 2014 Melbourne: Destiny Romance, Penguin’s digital first romance imprint, today announced plans to publish a range of Chick Lit books in 2014. The first of the books will launch on Valentine’s Day, 14 February, with plans to release further titles during the course of the year.
Commissioning Editors Sarah Fairhall and Carol George said "Destiny's new line of Chick Lit will showcase some fresh and highly original Australian voices. We are very proud to be introducing the next generation of talented writers to our readers. Each of our launch authors has a distinct style and view of contemporary life with all of its funny and heartfelt moments. We think they're very special."
With one set in a Manhattan publishing house, another behind-the-scenes of a glossy magazine and the third chronicling an unlikely affair, Destiny's Valentine's Day releases offer entertaining, interesting and insightful takes on modern life.
Three’s A Crowd by Sydney based author Edwina Darke.
Manhattan editor Elan Moore thinks her dreams have come true when she is asked to manage an upcoming celebrity memoir. Not only is her career taking off, but she has amazing friends, the perfect boyfriend and finally she's mastered the art of avoiding her mother. But when her oldest friend Luke comes back into her life, things start to get complicated. To make matters worse, celebrity author Rox Wriothesly has no intention of being managed. Elan soon realises that this 'opportunity' may be the catalyst that brings everything else crashing down around her.
Sex and the City meets The Devil Wears Prada in this smart and funny story of life and love in New York.
Irrepressible You by Georgina Penney, an Australian writer living in Brunei.
You don't become a notorious British celebrity without rubbing a few people the wrong way, which is why writer and comedian Ben Martindale has decamped to Australia until the latest media frenzy dies down.
When he meets Amy Blaine, a perky blonde who dresses like a 1950s pin-up girl, he knows he's hit the satirical jackpot. He begins to fill his weekly London column with snarky observations about her life, clothes, and even their most intimate moments. It doesn't occur to him that Amy, who is letting her guard down for the first time in her adult life, might be upset - after all, it's hilarious, and his readers love her!
It isn't until Amy discovers the extent of his betrayal that Ben begins to realise just how badly he's cocked up the best thing that ever happened to him. But is it too late?
Tweethearts by Melbourne based journalist, Nicole Haddow.
Jemima Starler loathes her job writing for the pregnancy magazine Placenta Monthly. To break the monotony, she writes scandalous tweets about the magazine industry as her secret online identity, Maghag. Thankfully, she also has her cute and talented housemate, Samson, to keep life interesting.
When her editor stoops to a new ethical low, Jemima's reputation is suddenly on the line. She must find a way to carve out a new career, but it's hard to focus when Samson's mixed signals are driving her crazy. And when her handsome housemate is plucked from obscurity to star on a new reality TV show, everything changes. It's time for Jemima to trust her feelings instead of believing what she sees online, but has she missed her chance?
Destiny Romance is Penguin’s digital first romance imprint. Since launching in August 2012, Destiny has published 36 romantic novels, all written by Australians.
For further information contact: Anna Esposito, Publicist, Penguin Books at Anna.Esposito@au.penguingroup.com
POPULAR STORIES WINNERS AT 2014 AACTA AWARDS
Baz Luhrmann’s visually spectacular interpretation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby has won 6 of the Feature Film categories at the 3rd annual Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards including:
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST FILM (Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin, Douglas Wick, Lucy Fisher and Catherine Knapman)
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTION (Baz Luhrmann)
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY (Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce)
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST LEAD ACTOR (Leonardo DiCaprio)
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR (Joel Edgerton)
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS (Elizabeth Debicki)
Robert Connolly’s beautifully produced The Turning also delivered a winner in the Feature Film category:
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST LEAD ACTRESS (Rose Byrne)
For more information: http://www.aacta.org/the-awards/3rd-aacta-awards/all-winners.aspx
Penguin authors have been shortlisted in each of the four categories for The Indie Awards 2014, as voted for by Australian Independent booksellers.
Congratulations to our authors for their following shortlist nominations:
- Eyrie by Tim Winton shortlisted for the Fiction Indie Award
- Murder in Mississippi by John Safran shortlisted for the Non-Fiction Indie Award
- The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane shortlisted for the Debut Fiction Indie Award
- Kissed by the Moon by Alison Lester shortlisted for the Children’s Indie Award
We’d also like to extend congratulations to Richard Flanagan for The Narrow Road to the Deep North, published by our colleagues at Random House, which has also been shortlisted in the Fiction Indie Award.
The Awards Ceremony will take place in Sydney on 26 March 2014 and also include the overall ‘Book of the Year’ winner.
For the full shortlist and more information on The Indie Awards: http://www.indies.com.au/IndieAward.aspx
Former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has been nominated for the Nobel peace prize.
The story of one of the greatest national security leaks in US history is examined in Glenn Greenwald's No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA and the Surveillance State, releasing in Australia from April 29, 2014.
In June 2013, reporter and political commentator Glenn Greenwald published a series of reports in the Guardian which rocked the world.
The reports revealed shocking truths about the extent to which the National Security Agency had been gathering information about US citizens and intercepting communication worldwide, and were based on documents leaked by former National Security Agency employee Edward Snowden to Greenwald.
Including new revelations from documents entrusted to Greenwald by Snowden, this essential book tells the story of Snowden and the NSA, explores the extraordinary cooperation between private industry and the NSA and examines the far-reaching consequences of the government's surveillance program, both in the US and abroad.
Stephanie Alexander has been appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) for 'distinguished service to education through the design and establishment of schools-based learning programs promoting improved food and eating choices for children, and as an author.' Founder of the Kitchen Garden Foundation, Alexander is a speaker and lobbyist for health and education forums for the food industry, government and health-related organisations.
View the complete list of Australian Day honours recipients here.