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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.
The Canberra’s Own Outstanding List COOL Awards, are the Australian Capital Territory’s annual children’s choice awards. The winners of this year’s awards were selected from the Reading & Enjoying Australian Literature (REAL) Awards shortlist, which also acts as a shortlist for the children’s choice awards in New South Wales (KOALAs), the Northern Territory (KROC Awards) and Victoria (YABBAs).
Fiction Younger Readers: Pizza Cake by Morris Gleitzman, Puffin
Fiction Years 7-9: After by Morris Gleitzman, Viking
The COOL Awards are administered by Libraries ACT. For more information, visit the Libraries ACT website here.
Congratulations to our Penguin Books UK colleagues for winning Best Publisher Website in the Futurebook Awards 2013 for roughguides.com. Previously won by Lonely Planet, the award saw stiff competition this year from the likes of HarperCollins, Faber & Faber, Bloomsbury and Canongate.
Announced at the recent awards ceremony, the website received excellent praise from the shortlisting panel. Judge Suw Charman-Anderson said the site 'really supports and develops the Rough Guides brand'. She added: 'Their community is focused on what travellers most often need—answers to questions—with good interactions from Rough Guides staff. The responsive design is excellent, working smoothly on computer, tablet or smartphone, with navigation that's intuitive to use no matter which device you are on.'
Also congratulations to our colleagues at Random House UK for winning the best digital marketing campaign for the 'Dead Good' website-based campaign.
For more information about the awards and the results please click here.
To mark the first anniversary of the passing of Bryce Courtenay AM, Penguin Books Australia has released a beautiful commemorative hardback edition of both his celebrated debut novel, The Power of One, and his powerful memoir,April Fool’s Day.
‘Throughout my writing life I have been mindful always that without readers, a writer doesn’t amount to much... may I use this occasion to thank you for your trust in me as a writer.’ - Bryce Courtenay, 2012 Foreword to the commemorative edition of The Power of One
First published in 1989, The Power of One is an unforgettable story of the triumph of the human spirit. This commemorative edition includes a Foreword written especially by Bryce Courtenay before his death in 2012, telling the story of how the brown and tattered manuscript of his ‘first practice book’ – infamously used as a doorstop – went on to become a worldwide bestseller.
Celebrated as one of Bryce’s most loved, enduring and life-affirming books, April Fool’s Day is his incredibly powerful memoir about the death of his youngest son Damon, at the age of 23, from medically acquired AIDS. First published in 1993, it has been credited with helping change the public perception of AIDS and the treatment of its victims.
The commemorative editions of The Power of One and April Fool’s Day by Bryce Courtenay are available for a limited time in hardback, published by Penguin, rrp $39.99.
Bryce Courtenay is the bestselling author of The Power of One, Tandia, April Fool’s Day, The Potato Factory, Tommo & Hawk, Solomon's Song, Jessica, A Recipe for Dreaming, The Family Frying Pan, The Night Country, Smokey Joe's Café, Four Fires, Matthew Flinders' Cat, Brother Fish, Whitethorn, Sylvia, The Persimmon Tree, Fishing for Stars, The Story of Danny Dunn, Fortune Cookie and Jack of Diamonds.
The CILIP Carnegie Medal Nominations for 2014
Heroic by Phil Earle (Penguin)
Nowhere by Jon Robinson (Puffin)
The Further Adventures of the Owl and the Pussy-cat by Julia Donaldson, Ilustrated by Charlotte Voake (Puffin)
The Longlist announcement is Tuesday, 4 February 2014, the Shortlist announcement is Tuesday, 18 March 2014 with the Winners will be announced in June 2014 (Date TBC). For more information about the Awards visit the website.
The prize is awarded for a book of literary merit which has been assessed as best demonstrating excellence in research published by an Australian author in the past 12 months. For more information, see the Waverley Library website here.
The prestigious award, which has a prize of €100 000 is made annually for literary merit to a book written in or translated into English. The shortlist is announced in April 2014, and the winner in June 2014, in Dublin.
Lola Bensky was nominated for the award by the State Library of Victoria.
The awards recognize and reward the extraordinary efforts people are making around the country to protect and promote human rights in Australia. The winner will be announced in Sydney on Tuesday 10 December 2013.
For more information, as well as a list of all the finalists, check out the awards website here.