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News  •  14 August 2023


Penguin Random House AU celebrates first-ever Penguin Noir event

On 9 August 2023, Penguin Random House AU hosted our first-ever in-house author event for Penguin Noir: A Crime Author Showcase.

What do you get when you put crime authors Amanda Hampson, Benjamin Stevenson, Candice Fox, Darcy Tindale, Kerryn Mayne and Margaret Hickey in one room?

A fabulously thrilling night, of course! 

A panel of authors sitting onstage at Penguin Noir event.
Author panel. From left to right: Margaret Hickey, Benjamin Stevenson, Kerryn Mayne, Amanda Hampson, Darcy Tindale and Candice Fox.

The inaugural Penguin Noir event, hosted by the Penguin Random House Australia (PRH AU) team, featured an afternoon and evening of tasty treats, exclusive gifts, gripping entertainment, and plenty of books. In addition to two sold-out in-person events, an evening livestream allowed bookworms from around the country to join in the fun. The night consisted of a trivia game, author panel, penguin-themed treats and merch, concluding with the opportunity for readers to purchase books. After hearing from the authors, readers were eager to read and purchased nearly one hundred books at the in-person events.

Three event attendees pose in front of an orange mugshot-themed photo wall.
Penguin Noir attendees pose for a 'mugshot' with the penguin.
Photo of a table of crime novels.
Event attendees had the opportunity to purchase books by the authors.

‘I look forward to reading all of the books!’ said one attendee, Denise. ‘Please keep me in the loop for the next one!’

Another bookworm, Carolyn, shared that she could’ve spent another two hours at the event. She ‘loved every minute [and] wanted to hear so much more from the authors. You could hear a pin drop in the room as people hung on every word.’

Authors also loved the event and, having debriefed at breakfast the following morning, ‘agreed that [they] could have stayed all day chatting,’ according to author Amanda Hampson.

Benjamin Stevenson echoed the sentiment. ‘On behalf of the authors, we all felt very well looked after - so thank you!’

Authors Darcy Tindale (left) and Benjamin Stevenson (right) pose for a photo at the signing table.

While this Penguin Noir event was the first of its kind hosted by PRH AU, it certainly won’t be the last!

Stay tuned for more upcoming events, and subscribe to our newsletter for up-to-date announcements.   

Featured Titles

Broken Bay
From the author of the bestselling and award-winning Cutters End and Stone Town, a captivating new crime novel featuring Detective Mark Ariti.
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Everyone On This Train Is A Suspect
The eagerly awaited follow-up to the international bestseller EVERYONE IN MY FAMILY HAS KILLED SOMEONE - another deliciously witty locked room mystery, for fans of Richard Osman and Anthony Horowitz.
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Lenny Marks Gets Away With Murder
Kerryn Mayne’s stunning debut is an irresistible novel that’s both chilling and charming, suspenseful and uplifting. And, of course, simply unforgettable…
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The Tea Ladies
A wickedly witty cosy crime novel set in Sydney in the swinging sixties, ideal for fans of Richard Osman and Bonnie Garmus.
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The Fall Between
From an exciting new voice in Australian crime fiction, a captivating and atmospheric rural thriller introducing Detective Rebecca Giles.
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Fire With Fire
Candice Fox’s heart-pounding thriller: a couple hold the LAPD to ransom in a desperate attempt to find their missing daughter.
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