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Penguin Australia has secured a partnership with the biggest game in the country, the Australian Football League, to launch a brand new series of books appealing to supporters of all ages. The new range of officially endorsed AFL titles includes activity, colouring and sticker books for junior AFL fans, and a series of “My First” books for pre-schoolers, as well as high profile biographies and AFL reference books.
The Penguin AFL program will launch in July 2013 with four junior titles; AFL Mascot Manor Colouring Book, AFL Sticker Activity Book, AFL My First Numbers Book and AFL My First Words Book, and will be supported by another four titles released in August, AFL Doodlepedia, AFL Ultimate Sticker Book, AFL My Little Library and AFL Game Day Touch and Feel – just ahead of the AFL finals season. Designed to tap into code and club loyalty each of these titles will be endorsed with the AFL logo, and include other recognisable Australian Rules images and illustrated with a variety of official team mascots and colours.
Other Penguin titles released in partnership with the AFL include an updated edition of Emma Quayle’s The Draft (June 2013), an illustrated celebration of the reigning AFL premiers, The Rise of the Swans: A Decade of Success 2003-2012 by Martin Blake (August 2013), and a junior edition of Shane Crawford’s That’s What I am Talking About (to be released in 2014).
Troy Lewis, General Manager, Penguin Brands & Licensing comments, “The biggest publisher combining with the biggest league in country is a game winning combination. The new series has titles for supporters of all ages, recognising that AFL fans love both their team and the game and they do so from a very early age.”
The AFL has unrivalled levels of awareness and engagement within Australia and is the fourth-best attended sporting competition in the world, on a per match basis, with more than 6.7 million people attending the 2012 Premiership season. Add to this an impressive weekly average TV audience of approximately 5 million, plus an 18 club membership base excess of 700,000, and more than 180,000 children participating in NAB AFL Auskick (the AFL’s introductory participation program), and it’s a sure bet that this will be one of the most exciting, accessible and popular Penguin Licensing partnerships for 2013.
For a list of tiles visit http://www.penguin.com.au/AFL-books
Retiring Penguin Publisher Bob Sessions has been awarded a Member (AM) in the General Division, in the 2013 Queen’s Birthday Honours, in recognition of his significant service to the Australian publishing industry.
A recent recipient of the Lloyd O’Neil Award, Bob Sessions is one of the industry’s most respected figures. Throughout a career spanning more than 40 years, Bob has nurtured many young writers and developed the talents of countless well-established writers, as well as given much time to training young editors and publishers. He has been active on industry associations and an articulate advocate in the media on issues that concern the industry.
As Anne O’Donovan acknowledged in her citation for Bob Sessions at the 2013 Australian Book Industry Awards, “He is interested in just about everything and his publishing reflects that. The sheer breadth of his publishing is astonishing – from children’s books that have become international bestsellers to award-winning literary fiction, including four Miles Franklin winners, through social history and biography to blockbusters and page turners; from cookbooks and garden books, to the sorts of books that shape the debate and contribute to what we now call the National Conversation. He has published with flair and distinction books that have entertained us, books that have made us think, books that have stimulated and amused our children.”
As previously announced, after 27 years with Penguin Australia, Bob will officially retire from Penguin on 27 September 2013.
Appointments to the Order of Australia confer the highest recognition for outstanding achievement and service. The Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the General Division is awarded for service in a particular locality or field of activity or to a particular group.
Celebrated comedian, TV writer and bestselling author Dawn French has popped into the Penguin head office in Melbourne to meet Penguin staff and sign copies of her most recent book, Oh Dear Silvia (on-sale 26 June 2013). Dawn is in Australia to film auditions for the new series of Australia’s Got Talent on which she is a judge and made time in her busy schedule to visit her Australian sales and marketing team at Penguin. Over afternoon tea she revealed, much to the delight of more than 100 staff, thoughts about her third novel which she hopes to start working on when she returns to the UK.
Congratulations to Jenny Halford who was named Penguin Sales Representative of the Year at the annual Penguin sales conference held in Lorne, Victoria this week. Jenny has been with Penguin for 13 years; first with the NSW/ACT sales team and for the past 8 years with the QLD sales team. This is the second time Jenny has received the Rep of the Year Award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the sales team and to the company.
“I was totally blown away and didn’t expect it at all. I was so stunned I didn’t thank any one properly. So I’d like to say thank you to all my colleagues – I didn’t do this on my own; you all help me so much and I’d really like to thank you all too.” Jenny Halford, Penguin Sales Representative of the Year, 2013.
The Commonwealth Book Prize has now selected its regional winners from the selected shortlisted titles.
Regional winners are listed here: http://www.commonwealthwriters.org/cbp-shortlist-2013/
We are pleased to advise that we have a finalist in the Daphne du Maurier Awards, a prestigious competition for suspense fiction in the United States.
Title: Burning Lies
Author: Helene Young
Category: Mainstream Mystery and Suspense
The winners will be announced on July 16.
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It was a triple bill for Penguin at the 2013 Australian Book Industry Awards ceremony in Sydney last week, beginning with My Journey by Jim Stynes and Warwick Green winning the Biography of the Year 2013. In a moving acceptance speech, Sam Stynes paid tribute to her late husband and noted the importance of sharing his journey through cancer with all Australians.
Jim’s co-writer and close friend, Warwick Green, said “My greatest hope in helping Jim write his book was that it would do his remarkable story justice. That it would connect with readers and hopefully inspire people facing adversity. The feedback I’ve received, and now this prestigious award, allow me to believe that we’ve managed to get across a true portrait of the man and his resilience.’’
Penguin Publisher Andrea McNamara who accompanied Sam and Warwick to the ABIA ceremony said “Jim was a man who was always going to leave his mark on people he worked with, whether it was in football or at Reach or in business. He was the consummate team player. Winning Biography of the Year would have thrilled him - a true team effort under very challenging circumstances. Working with both Warwick, a great friend of Jim’s, and Sam during the final stages of the book and then throughout the publicity campaign was a memorable experience. The book is a great legacy from a great man and that fact that it’s reached so many people is very gratifying.”
Anne O’Donovan presented Penguin Publisher Bob Sessions with the prestigious Lloyd O’Neil Award for outstanding service to the book industry during a career spanning more than 40 years.
In her citation Anne explained, “The author-publisher relationship is at the heart of publishing and this year’s Lloyd O’Neil Award recipient epitomises the best. Many people in publishing owe early encouragement of their careers to this publisher. His list of authors reads like a rollcall of Australian writing talent: Bryce Courtenay, Geoffrey Blainey, Phillip Adams, Pamela Allen, Donald Horne, Graeme Base, Paul Jennings, Barry Humphries, Ruth Park, Elizabeth Jolley, Ruth Cracknell, Li Cunxin, Amy Witting and Michael Leunig – to name a small selection. He is one of the true greats of Australian publishing.”
Speaking after the ceremony Bob Sessions revealed, “This award came as a total surprise - it's a strange feeling to gradually realise that the speaker is talking about you! There is no prize I would rather win - Lloyd O'Neil was a friend and mentor to me for many years and I greatly admired him and his publishing knowledge and instinct. It is humbling to be in such company as David Malouf, Ruth Park, John Marsden, David Gaunt and Margaret Fulton.”
Congratulations also to our colleagues at United Book Distributors who won Distributor of the Year for the fifth consecutive year.
Congratulations to our talented team of designers, illustrators and authors on their success at the 61st annual Australian Publishing Associations Book Design Awards. Held at held at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, it was a grand night for Penguin with our stunning book cover designs winning eight of the eleven categories as follows:
Best Designed Children’s Fiction
- The Children of the King – cover & internal design by Marina Messiha
Best Designed Children’s Non-Fiction
- Sophie Scott Goes South – cover & internal design by Tony Palmer
Best Designed Children’s Series
- Australian Children’s Classics – cover & internal design by Allison Colpoys
Best Designed Children’s Picture Book
- The Gobbledygook is Eating a Book – cover & internal design by Kirby Armstrong and Tom Jellett
Best Designed General Illustrated
- Things I Love – cover & internal design by Evi Oetomo
Best Designed Specialist Illustrated
- The Essential Leunig: Cartoons from a Winding Path – cover design by Adam Laszczuk and Michael Leunig, & internal design by Adam Laszczuk
Best Designed Children’s Cover
- The Dreadful Fluff – cover & internal design by Elissa Webb and Aaron Blabey
The Best Designed Book of the Year
- Things I Love – cover & internal design by Evi Oetomo
And congratulations to Evi Oetomo who is the 2013 APA Book Design Awards Young Designer of the Year.