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(London) September 20th, 2011-- Neil Young, one of the most iconic and important musical figures of the last half-century, will write his memoir, it was announced today.
Young's book, tentatively titled Waging Heavy Peace, has been acquired by Tony Lacey for Viking in the UK and by David Rosenthal for Blue Rider Press, an imprint of Penguin Group USA. The book is scheduled for publication in autumn next year. World print, eBook, and audio rights were acquired by Rosenthal from Elliot Roberts, Young's manager at Lookout Management in Los Angeles.
'I felt like writing books fit me like a glove; I started and I just kept going. That's the way my Daddy used to do it on his old Underwood up in the attic. He said, 'Just keep writing, you never know what will turn up',' Mr. Young said of his newest project.
At Viking in the UK, Tony Lacey commented:
'Neil Young has been making extraordinary, original music for over 40 years, and his influence goes deep across a couple of generations. It's a real privilege to be publishing his autobiography in the UK'
'Neil's extraordinary music and his influence on American culture is singular," said Rosenthal, who also acquired and published Bob Dylan's Chronicles, Vol. I. "This promises to be a revealing, intimate book that will provide the window into Neil's life and career that fans and admirers have always wanted.'
London, Thursday 15th September 2011 . . . Beatrix Potter’s publisher Frederick Warne today announces that they will be publishing a brand new Peter Rabbit story by Emma Thompson in September 2012.
The book, titled The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit, will be the 24th tale in the existing collection of Peter Rabbit stories. It is the first time that Frederick Warne has published an additional title to the series which Beatrix Potter wrote between 1902 and 1930.
Emma Thompson, Oscar-winning actress and screen writer, has a talent for creating engaging narratives with a dry humour similar to Potter’s own and is the perfect choice of author for this new Peter Rabbit tale which will be published 110 years after the original.
Emma said, 'I've always loved Beatrix Potter, as a child and then as a mother and all the years in-between as well. When Mr Rabbit invited me to write a further tale, I was more honoured than I can say. I hope I don't let him or his extraordinary creator down.'
Francesca Dow, MD of Penguin Children’s Books said, 'It is fitting that in a year that celebrates 110 years of Peter Rabbit we move this beloved character forwards and provide him with a brand new adventure. Children the world over have grown up enjoying these stories and now they can look forward to this exciting new addition to their collection. Emma’s writing is both fresh and original yet pays homage to Potter’s own unique style.'
In The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit, Peter’s adventures take him beyond the boundaries of Mr. McGregor’s garden, all the way to Scotland, where he meets the gentle giant Finlay McBurney, a distant Scottish relative. Emma was inspired to set the tale in Scotland by her knowledge of Beatrix’s childhood holidays there.
The Old School by PM Newton, has been awarded joint winner of the 2011 Asher Literary Award, for a woman writer whose work carries an anti-war theme.
PM Newton shares the award with Roberta Lowing for her poetry collection Ruin published by Interactive Publications.
Further information about the award is available at the University of Melbourne's Australia Centre website.
The Diggers Rest Hotel by Geoffrey McGeachin has won the 2011 Ned Kelly Award for Best Fiction. The awards were announced at MWF on Wednesday 31 August.
The Crime Writers Association of Australia was set up in the mid 1990s to promote and encourage Australian crime writing through the establishment of the Ned Kelly Awards.
Books useful for therapists
Young Readers/Picture Book
It’s Bedtime, William! by Deborah Niland
The imaginary lion assists William to understand how difficult he can be to get to sleep.
Love From Grandma by Jane Tanner
A lovely story about the relationship between grandparent and grandchild, and how connections can be fostered across distances.
Young People’s History Prize
Our Australian Girl: Meet Rose by Sherryl Clark
Scout by Nicole Pluss
The Australian Booksellers Association has announced a new initiative, National Bookshop Day, to celebrate 'bookshops, their contributions to the local community and to Australian literature, culture and society'. The first National Bookshop Day is being held on Saturday, 20 August; for more information refer to the ABA website.
Older Readers Book of the Year 2011
The Midnight Zoo by Sonya Hartnett
The Life of a Teenage Body-Snatcher by Doug MacLeod
Younger Readers Book of the Year 2011
The Red Wind by Isobelle Carmody
Picture Book of the Year 2011
My Uncle's Donkey by Tohby Riddle
Eve Pownall Book of the Year 2011
The Return of the Word Spy by Ursula Dubosarsky, illustrated by Tohby Riddle