Catch up on all the latest news from Penguin Books Australia including award winning authors, illustrators, designers, publishers and other publishing industry and book related news.
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.
The winners of the 2013 Kids Own Australian Literature Awards (KOALAs) have been announced. Congratulations to the authors of the Honour Books in the following categories:
Fiction for younger readers: Honour Book
Pizza Cake by Morris Gleitzman
Fiction for older readers: Honour Book
Thai-Riffic! by Oliver Phommavanh
Fiction for years 7 to 9: Honour Books
After by Morris Gleitzman