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Anna Funder to present the 2013 Dymphna Clark Lecture
16 Oct 2013

Anna Funder, one of Australia’s most acclaimed and awarded writers, will deliver the annual Dymphna Clark Lecture on Thursday 17 October, 6.00pm at the Basement Theatre, Business and Economics Building (The Spot), 198 Berkeley St, Carlton.

Anna’s lecture entitled “Reading My Mind – and Yours A celebration of the act of the human imagination that is writing, and the act of the human imagination that is reading”, will be presented by the University of Melbourne and Manning Clark House.

Anna’s novel All That I Am won the Miles Franklin Prize along with eight other literary prizes in 2012, and spent over one and a half years on the bestseller list, several times at number 1. Anna’s non-fiction book Stasiland, hailed as ‘a classic’, won the 2004 Samuel Johnson Prize.  Both books have been international bestsellers and are published in 20 countries. Before turning to writing full-time in the late 1990's, Anna worked as an international lawyer for the Australian Government in human rights, constitutional law and treaty negotiation.

Hilma Dymphna Clark (1916 - 2000), wife of Professor Manning Clark, was a distinguished scholar in her own right. Fluent in eight languages, she lectured in German at the Australian National University in Canberra and established Manning Clark House in Forrest. She was a driving force behind the formation of the Aboriginal Treaty Committee and drafted the Council’s preamble for review by Parliament. Dymphna Clark’s major work is the translation of the botanist Charles Baron von Hugel’s New Holland Journals.

Event link: http://events.unimelb.edu.au/events/3499-dymphna-clark-lecture-by-anna-funder

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Book Cover:  All That I Am
Based on real people and events, All That I Am is a masterful and exhilarating exploration of bravery and betrayal, of the risks and sacrifices some people make for their beliefs, and of heroism hidden in the most unexpected places.
Based on real people and events, All That I Am is a masterful and exhilarating exploration of bravery and betrayal, of the risks and sacrifices some people make for their beliefs, and of heroism hidden in the most unexpected places.
Published: 29/08/2011
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781742534015
Price: $16.99
Book Cover:  All That I Am
Based on real people and events, All That I Am is a masterful and exhilarating exploration of bravery and betrayal, of the risks and sacrifices some people make for their beliefs, and of heroism hidden in the most unexpected places.
Based on real people and events, All That I Am is a masterful and exhilarating exploration of bravery and betrayal, of the risks and sacrifices some people make for their beliefs, and of heroism hidden in the most unexpected places.
Published: 21/03/2012
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143567516
RRP: $22.95
Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards 2013 winners
15 Oct 2013

The winners of the 2013 Speech Pathology Australia (SPA) Book of the Year Awards have been announced. This year’s awards were presented at a ceremony at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne on 15 October. Author Ursula Dubosarsky was inducted into the SPA Hall of Fame at the ceremony, in recognition of her ‘sustained and high quality contribution to Australian children’s literature’. Congratulations, Ursula! .

Congratulations also to our award winners in the following categories:

Lower Primary
Sophie Scott Goes South by Alison Lester

Upper Primary
After by Morris Gleitzman

Read more about this year’s awards here.

 

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Book Cover:  Sophie Scott Goes South
An adventure-filled picture book for younger readers based on best-selling and much-loved author Alison Lester's real experiences aboard an Antarctic expedition ship.
An adventure-filled picture book for younger readers based on best-selling and much-loved author Alison Lester's real experiences aboard an Antarctic expedition ship.
Published: 23/05/2012
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670880683
RRP: $29.95
Book Cover:  After
The next instalment of the story begun in the award-winning Once and Then and followed by Now.
The next instalment of the story begun in the award-winning Once and Then and followed by Now.
Published: 25/07/2012
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780670075447
RRP: $19.99
'Beneath the Darkening Sky' shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize
08 Oct 2013

Congratulations to Majok Tulba's Beneath The Darkening Sky, which has made the shortlist for the 2013 Dylan Thomas Prize. 

The award, which runs from Swansea in the UK, is for the best produced or published literary work in English by an author under 30. The winner receives £30,000, and will be announced in Swansea in November.

For more information, see the Dylan Thomas Prize website here.​​

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Book Cover:  Beneath the Darkening Sky
A searing new Australian literary talent with a novel combining McCarthy's The Road with Conrad's Heart of Darkness.
A searing new Australian literary talent with a novel combining McCarthy's The Road with Conrad's Heart of Darkness.
Published: 02/07/2012
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781926428420
RRP: $29.95
Book Cover:  Beneath the Darkening Sky
A searing new Australian literary talent with a novel combining McCarthy's The Road with Conrad's Heart of Darkness.
A searing new Australian literary talent with a novel combining McCarthy's The Road with Conrad's Heart of Darkness.
Published: 02/07/2012
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781742534770
Price: $19.99
Autobiography by Morrissey
07 Oct 2013

Autobiography by Morrissey

On 17 October 2013, Penguin Classics will publish Autobiography by Morrissey.

Steven Patrick Morrissey was born in Manchester on May 22nd 1959. Singer-songwriter and co-founder of the Smiths (1982-1987), Morrissey has been a solo artist for twenty-six years, during which time he has had three number 1 albums in England in three different decades.

Achieving eleven Top 10 albums (plus nine with the Smiths), his songs have been recorded by David Bowie, Nancy Sinatra, Marianne Faithfull, Chrissie Hynde, Thelma Houston, My Chemical Romance and Christy Moore, amongst others.

An animal protectionist, in 2006 Morrissey was voted the second greatest living British icon by viewers of the BBC, losing out to Sir David Attenborough. In 2007 Morrissey was voted the greatest northern male, past or present, in a nationwide newspaper poll. In 2012, Morrissey was awarded the Keys to the City of Tel-Aviv.

It has been said ‘Most pop stars have to be dead before they reach the iconic status that Morrissey has reached in his lifetime.’

Penguin Classics will publish in the UK & Commonwealth and Europe. Autobiography will be available in Australia from 18 October 2013.

Read more . . .

Penguin Remembers Tom Clancy
03 Oct 2013

Tom Clancy, the #1 bestselling author, died on October 1, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. He was sixty-six.

Read the statement below for more information.

Penguin Books USA.

Morris Gleitzman longlisted for 2014 UKLA Book Awards
03 Oct 2013

Morris Gleitzman is among a number of Australian authors longlisted for the 2014 UK Literacy Association (UKLA) Book Awards.

Morris has been longlisted in the category UK Literacy Association (UKLA) Book Awards: Seven to 11 years category for his novel After (Morris Gleitzman, Viking)

The shortlists will be announced in March 2014, followed by a winners announcement on 4 July at a ceremony at the University of Sussex.
For more information visit the UKLA website here.

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Book Cover:  After
The next instalment of the story begun in the award-winning Once and Then and followed by Now.
The next instalment of the story begun in the award-winning Once and Then and followed by Now.
Published: 25/07/2012
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781742536262
Price: $12.99
K-Zone and Total Girl Toy of The Year Awards shortlist
02 Oct 2013

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever, Lost World Circus: Secret Superhero and Juliet, Nearly a Vet: the Great Pet Plan made it into the shortlist of the K-Zone and Total Girl Toy of The Year Awards!

This year K-Zone and Total Girl received hundreds of entries in the three categories of Toys, Games and Books and to be shortlisted means that our three Puffin books are among the hottest in the country. 

Thousands of K-Zoners and Total Girls will be voting for their favourites and this year, kids are also able to use their votes to create wishlists that can be emailed straight to parents or Santa making choosing presents even easier.

Please follow the link and vote for the three PUFFINS on the shortlist:  http://toy-awards.com.au/  

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Book Cover:  Cabin Fever: Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Greg Heffley is in big trouble. School property has been damaged, and Greg is the prime suspect. But the crazy thing is, he's innocent. Or at least sort of.
Greg Heffley is in big trouble. School property has been damaged, and Greg is the prime suspect. But the crazy thing is, he's innocent. Or at least sort of.
Published: 16/11/2011
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143306641
RRP: $14.95
Book Cover:  Secret Superhero: The Lost World Circus Book 3
An electrifying new animal adventure series for middle readers from Justin D'Ath, author of the bestselling Extreme Adventures series.
An electrifying new animal adventure series for middle readers from Justin D'Ath, author of the bestselling Extreme Adventures series.
Published: 24/04/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143307280
RRP: $14.99
Book Cover: The Great Pet Plan: Juliet, Nearly a Vet (Book 1)
Books for children - new animal series for eight year olds to ten year olds by Rebecca Johnson, with gorgeous illustrations by local illustrator Kyla May.\r\n 
Books for children - new animal series for eight year olds to ten year olds by Rebecca Johnson, with gorgeous illustrations by local illustrator Kyla May.\r\n 
Published: 20/03/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143307044
RRP: $9.99
The Nib - Waverley Library Award for Literature - shortlisted
30 Sep 2013

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Book Cover:  Rendezvous with Destiny
'Rendezvous With Destiny is a fascinating and well-written account of a little-known chapter that was crucial to the course of WWII and to America's global leadership.' Henry Kissinger
'Rendezvous With Destiny is a fascinating and well-written account of a little-known chapter that was crucial to the course of WWII and to America's global leadership.' Henry Kissinger
Published: 22/05/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780670074877
RRP: $29.99
Book Cover:  Rendezvous with Destiny
'Rendezvous With Destiny by Michael Fullilove is a fascinating and well-written account of a little-known chapter that was crucial to the course of WWII and to America's global leadership.' Henry Kissinger
'Rendezvous With Destiny by Michael Fullilove is a fascinating and well-written account of a little-known chapter that was crucial to the course of WWII and to America's global leadership.' Henry Kissinger
Published: 22/05/2013
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781742537597
Price: $19.99
Book Cover:  On Warne
Gideon Haigh on Shane Warne is an irresistible pairing: 'the finest cricket writer alive' (The Australian) on the greatest cricketer of our times. The resulting masterpiece is as much about our fascination with Warnie as it is about the player himself.
Gideon Haigh on Shane Warne is an irresistible pairing: 'the finest cricket writer alive' (The Australian) on the greatest cricketer of our times. The resulting masterpiece is as much about our fascination with Warnie as it is about the player himself.
Published: 24/10/2012
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670076604
RRP: $35.00
Book Cover:  On Warne
Gideon Haigh on Shane Warne is an irresistible pairing: 'the finest cricket writer alive' (The Australian) on the greatest cricketer of our times. The resulting masterpiece is as much about our fascination with Warnie as it is about the player himself.
Gideon Haigh on Shane Warne is an irresistible pairing: 'the finest cricket writer alive' (The Australian) on the greatest cricketer of our times. The resulting masterpiece is as much about our fascination with Warnie as it is about the player himself.
Published: 24/10/2012
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781742534701
Price: $12.99
Penguin releases Who Lives Here? an interactive children's App
20 Sep 2013



WHO LIVES HERE? APP
Discover the Sights & Sounds of Animals from all across the World

Penguin Group is delighted to announce the release of the Who Lives Here? App for iPhone®, iPad® and iPod® touch, available now on the App Store®.
Designed by the award-winning creative agency Team Brickman in collaboration with Puffin Books, the Who Lives Here? App is an exciting new game that let’s young children learn the sights, sounds and words for animals from around the world.

Who Lives Here? features eight unique scenes and twenty-four moveable animals which offer hours of interactive entertainment and learning. It is the perfect game to encourage children to use their imagination and learn at the same time.

Keren Moran from Team Brickman said: “At Brickman we love to play and that’s why we make touch screen experiences that capture the imagination of kids and adults alike. We created this App to help children learn the sights and sounds of animals from all across the world. Whether it’s an octopus underwater or an owl from the North Pole. Kids will love the challenge of matching animals to their environment and interacting with animations and sounds.”

Key Features include:
• Learn through play: move the animals around the scene and tap for sounds and movement
• Moveable scene: tilt the device to move the landscape
• Early literacy: read and learn animal names and habitats as you play.
• Match the animal to the habitat: select the animals that belong in the location pictured
• Play along with your child or encourage them to play and learn on their own.

The Who Lives Here? App is available for AU$2.99 from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore.
Apple, the Apple logo, iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc.

For any further information please contact Tina Gumnior, Senior Publicist, Penguin Group (Australia) on 03 9811 2549 or tina.gumnior@au.penguingroup.com

Sharing Stories at Penguin
20 Sep 2013

Penguin Group (Australia) this month launches Sharing Stories, a special opportunity for readers of all ages to connect with authors and illustrators in conversation about imagination, inspiration and the art of storytelling.
 
Penguin has asked some of Australia’s favourite authors and illustrators to create original works of art on the theme of Sharing Stories – and to document the story behind the artwork’s creation, through videos, photographs and diary entries. Readers are invited to join the artists throughout the creative journey, and to share their own experiences  and thoughts about the stories created.
 
Sally Bateman, Marketing & Digital Director said: “We’re all familiar with the power of great stories, but it’s rare to get a chance to see how an author or illustrator turns a simple idea into something special.  We hope sharing stories will bring book lovers closer than ever to this part of the creative process.”
 
Sharing Stories takes place across all of Penguin Australia’s social media platforms. A new artwork will be showcased each month, introducing another artist’s perspective on how sharing stories has shaped their life and work.
 
The first Sharing Stories artist is Anna Walker, one of Australia’s most celebrated illustrators and storytellers. Anna’s beautiful work brings to life Jane Godwin's text in the picture books Starting School, All Through the Year, Today We Have No Plans and Little Cat and the Big Red Bus – each beloved for their whimsical, charming illustrations that capture the wonder of childhood.
 
In October, award-winning book designer Allison Colpoys shares her story, followed by Marc Martin creator of The Curious Explorer's Illustrated Guide to Exotic Animals A to Z in November.
 
Penguin Australia - Sharing Stories:
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Instagram: http://instagram.com/penguinbooksaus
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/penguinbooksaus
Google+: https://plus.google.com/+PenguinBooksAustralia
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National Biography Award shortlist announced
The State Library of NSW has announced the shortlist for the National Biography Award, which recognises ‘the continuing importance and value of life writing’. Congratulations to Gideon HaighThe winner will be announced on 4 August at an event at the State Library of NSW, which coincides with the beginning of the library’s Biography Week. Read more about the prize and Biography Week events here.

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