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Penguin Group (Australia) wish to advise customers that UBD will begin processing orders on Monday 17 January. Queensland customers are advised to contact UBD customer service on 1800 338 836 should they require further information at this time. The Penguin office in Coronation Drive will also reopen on Monday 17 January.
Exciting news for Wimpy Kid fans!
Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules, will be released in Australian cinemas on April 14, 2011!
Can we wait that long?
The following seven titles are national winners:
Best First Book
The Crunch Time Cookbook by Michelle Bridges
Best Children and Family Cookbook:
The Great Aussie Family Cookbook by Kim Terakes
Best Local Cuisine Book:
Country Style, Country Chefs by Country Style
Best Arab Cuisine Book:
AblasÂ´s Lebanese Kitchen by Abla Amad
Best Entertaining Cookbook:
Feasting by Karen Martini
Best Cookbook Cover:
Just Add Spice by Ian Hemphill and Lyndey Milan
Best Culinary Travel Guides:
A Food LoverÂ´s Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela by Dee Nolan
Best Easy Recipes Book:
The Country Cookbook by Belinda Jeffery
Best Chinese Cuisine Book:
It Tastes Better by Kylie Kwong
It Tastes Better by Kylie Kwong
Penguinâ€™s Australian winners will compete against winners in the same category in other countries for The Best in the World.
The results will be announced on March 3, 2011 at the annual awards event on the first day of the Paris Cookbook Fair.
For more information please visit the Gourmand Cookbook Awards website
Paul Kellyâ€™s critically acclaimed memoir How to Make Gravy is now available as an iPhone/iPad App through iTunes. More than just an app, this is a reading experience.
The How to Make Gravy app brings to life the words, music and magic of one of Australiaâ€™s best loved singer/songwriters. Mirroring the unique structure of his memoir, this app will not only let you read the unabridged ebook of How to Make Gravy, it will also consult your iPod library, so you can listen to any versions of songs you might already have.
The first six songs referred to in the book are included to get you started. The app also contains a very personal video introduction by the iconic entertainer and six audio extracts.
The app builds on the already rich publishing program surrounding Paul Kellyâ€™s extraordinary memoir. As well as the hardback version of How to Make Gravy, there is the special edition slipcase package which contains the memoir along with the companion A-Z Recordings box set. This includes eight CDs of new live recordings of songs that form the bookâ€™s chapters and a 64-page booklet of colour photographs.
â€œThe publication of How to Make Gravy is the most innovative Iâ€™ve ever been involved with,â€ said Ben Ball, Publisher at Penguin. â€œPaulâ€™s vision has been to offer readers and listeners as many different ways as conceivable to engage with the words and music â€“ as physical objects, as an ebook or as an app. Itâ€™s a great example of whatâ€™s now possible and how the reading experience can be enhanced.â€
Paul Kelly said "The app is the format closest to my original conception of the book which is as much for the ears as the eyes."
How to Make Gravy has its genesis in a series of concerts first staged in 2004. Over four nights Paul Kelly performed, in alphabetical order, one hundred of his songs from the previous three decades. In between songs he told stories about them and from those stories grew How to Make Gravy, a memoir like no other.
The app is available for iPhone/iPad devices for $19.99 from iTunes.
For more information please contact:
Kim Noble. Publicity Manager, Penguin Group (Australia)
Ph 02 8204 3317 or email: email@example.com
Simon Johnson Award for Best Food Related Book
Stephanie Alexander's Kitchen Garden Companion by Stephanie Alexander
Fire by Christine Manfield
AAFP Award for Best Recipe Book Over $40
The Really Useful Cookbook by David Herbert
For more information please visit foodprofessionals.org.au/afma-2010-award-winners
Fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid head to SuperClubsPLUS Australia to register for a very special Skype event Friday 29 October 10am AEST with Jeff Kinney. Jeff's new book The Ugly Truth: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 5 is out 10 November.
SuperClubsPLUS Australia is the first Australian Cybersafe Social Learning Network, supported by Australian governments and specifically designed for young children and their teachers.
Pearson Australia Group is delighted to announce that it will be relocating to new premises in April 2012. More than just an office move, it will mean bringing together Penguin Group (Australia) and Pearson Australia, into a truly collaborative and creative space.
The new premises will be located in the heritage listed The Southern Goods Shed, which traverses the eastern boundary of Walker Corporationâ€™s 735 Collins Street development in Melbourne.
Central to public transport and part of a developing precinct, the building will be converted to retain the heritage listed features of the original building - high ceilings, clerestory windows, exposed trusses, brickwork and cast iron columns - whilst transforming the interior into a contemporary, light-filled, open office environment incorporating state-of-the-art technology.
The Goods Shed was built in 1889 and was renowned for its outstanding aesthetic and historical significance as the largest and most elaborate railway goods building in Victoria. Its huge scale and grand style reflect Melbourneâ€™s boom for almost a century and most of the materials for Victoriaâ€™s industries passed under its soaring, gabled roof.
Basso Project Management and architects BVN will work closely on the redevelopment of the new space. As a part of Pearsonâ€™s ongoing commitment to reducing its carbon footprint, the historic building upgrade is being designed to achieve a 5 star Green Star= Rating and use green principle for the office interiors.
â€œThis is an exciting precinct and a building that really suits the creative, collective nature of the Pearson Australia Group,â€ commented Chief Operating Officer, Dionne Higgins. â€œOur thanks go to Stuart Allison from CB Richard Ellis Global Corporate Services, who has helped to select and secure our tenancy in this great property.â€
Penguin Australiaâ€™s CEO, Gabrielle Coyne described it as an exciting move into a lively area. â€œItâ€™s an opportunity to work in an open plan environment which will naturally make us more collaborative. Residing under the same roof with Pearsonâ€™s Education business will also see us share ideas and collaborate in ways we canâ€™t even begin to imagine. Plus for Penguin, thereâ€™s a nice circular aspect to this â€“ we originally commenced trading in Australia in a tin shed nearby in South Melbourne in 1946, so it feels a little bit like coming home.â€
Pearson Australiaâ€™s CEO, David Barnett said the â€œThe Southern Goods Shed will be a great work space for our Melbourne-based Education teams, close to first-class amenities and public transport. In addition it will be wonderful to be housed, for the first time, in the same building as colleagues from Penguin. We look forward to exploiting the collaboration opportunities.â€
The 735 Collins Street development is the largest commercial mixed-use development in Australia, comprising five commercial towers alongside the refurbishment of the Southern Goods Shed, and a world class retail precinct fronting Collins Street.
Executive Chairman of Walker Corporation, Lang Walker, welcomed Pearson Australia Group to the new precinct, adding that he was delighted that a world-leading organisation had made the decision to move to this iconic new development.
â€œ735 Collins Street has unprecedented transport and retail amenity, creating a vibrant new quarters for the western end of Collins Street. We know that the Pearson Group Australia will thoroughly enjoy their new premises and being part of the 735 Collins Street precinct. Itâ€™s fantastic to be able to undertake a heritage restoration the size and scale of the Southern Goods Shed as part of this iconic new development â€“ it will set a new benchmark for environmentally sustainable, heritage restoration projects in Australia.â€
The $1 billion 735 Collins Street precinct is one of four major projects Walker Corporation has underway in Melbourne.
For more information please contact: Sally Bateman, Penguin Group (Australia) Ph 03 9811 2496 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tessa McMahon, Walker Corporation Ph: 02 8273 9678 or email:Tessa.email@example.com