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We are delighted with the news today that three Penguin Random House authors have been longlisted for the 2015 Miles Franklin Literary Award.
Golden Boys by Sonya Hartnett, The Golden Age by Joan London and Here Come the Dogs by Omar Musa represent the diversity of Australian life and its cultural and physical landscape, past and present; we are very proud to see our authors acknowledged in this way.
Sonya Hartnett stars in True Stories: Close to Home
Visit the official site for Omar Musa - Here Come the Dogs
Unprecedented Global Release Sets the Stage For Biggest Around-the-World Author Tour Ever
NEW YORK, NY, March 26, 2015—At least eighteen international publishers will unite to simultaneously release and publish a milestone volume in the blockbuster Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. Book 10, an all-new original story by bestselling author Jeff Kinney, will go on sale in more than 90 countries around the world on November 3, 2015. As one of the most anticipated books of the year everywhere, fans will herald its arrival.
In November, bestselling author Jeff Kinney will embark on an unprecedented tour around the world, a first for the series. Jeff will be featured in international media and will meet tens of thousands of fans during author events held in major venues. All publicity, marketing, and social-media promotions will be coordinated on a global scale with all publisher partners.
“For me, the most surprising thing about Diary of a Wimpy Kid has been how kids of different cultures around the world have embraced Greg Heffley,” says Jeff Kinney. “I’m very excited that we’re able to simultaneously publish in so many languages, and I’m eager to meet as many fans as I can across the world.”
Diary of a Wimpy Kid book 10—originating from ABRAMS's Amulet imprint—will go on sale for publishing houses in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Australia, Turkey, Greece, Japan, Brazil, Spain, Romania, Portugal, Hungary, Sweden, Taiwan, Lithuania, Latvia, and Norway. A striking, original new teaser image Jeff Kinney featuring Greg Heffley accompanies this release.
“Few series have the staying power of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and fewer still have the global reach that these books have achieved,” says Michael Jacobs, president and CEO of ABRAMS. “We, and our publishing partners around the world, are thrilled to be able to bring Jeff's new book, the tenth in this ongoing series—a milestone in itself—to as many kids as possible around the world at once.”
The cover of book 10 will be revealed in New York City on April 27 at 9:30 a.m. EST by Jeff Kinney with XM Sirius satellite radio’s kids’ host Absolutely Mindy, to a live audience of Wimpy Kid fans and through a webcast available worldwide live. It will then be available on www.wimpykid.com.
The second annual Wimpy Kid Month, established in 2014, begins April 1 and is a celebration of reading, writing, and all things Greg Heffley. Beginning with April Fool’s Day and ending with the reveal of the cover of the latest book in the series, people everywhere will celebrate Wimpy Kid’s ability to get kids hooked on reading through events, social media, and much more.
Published in 2007, the first Diary of a Wimpy Kid book was an instant bestseller, and just a year later, more than 100,000 copies were in print in the United States alone. With each subsequent book, in-print numbers continue to grow exponentially both here and abroad. The ninth book, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, sold over 2 million copies in all formats around the world in its first week. There are more than 150 million copies of the series in print.
The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series has been a fixture on the USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. The series has remained on the New York Times bestseller lists since the publication of the first book, for more than 400 weeks total, and more than 300 on the series list. The books have been sold in more than 44 territories in 42 languages. Published by Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS, Kinney’s work has been widely praised for its ability to turn reluctant readers on to books. Jeff Kinney was named one of Time magazine’s most influential people in the world. Three movies based on the book series have grossed more than $250 million internationally. The book series won four Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, and Jeff Kinney won two Children's Choice Book Awards. Books in the series have won numerous awards voted on by students and teachers around the globe. The Wimpy Kid Island (Wimpy Wonderland) on poptropica.com, a virtual world for kids, remains one of the most visited on the site.
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GO SET A WATCHMAN is set during the mid-1950s and features many of the characters from TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD some twenty years later. Scout (Jean Louise Finch) has returned to Maycomb from New York to visit her father Atticus. She is forced to grapple with issues both personal and political as she tries to understand both her father’s attitude toward society, and her own feelings about the place where she was born and spent her childhood.
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Congratulations to our Penguin Random House authors who were winners at the 2015 Indie Awards, announced last night in Sydney.
Don Watson received the Indie for Non-Fiction for his The Bush, an exploration into bush as it was and as it now is: the triumphs and the ruination, the commonplace and the bizarre, the stories we like to tell about ourselves and the national character, and those we don't.
Sonya Hartnett’s Golden Boys was the winner in the Fiction category, which the Australian Book Review described as: 'An absorbing, fiercely elegant and tangibly believable novel that raises questions about our responsibility to bear witness – and details the complex obstacles to doing so.'
The Indies, as they are affectionately known, are the awards hosted by the 170+ independent Australian booksellers that make up Leading Edge Books. Each year they select their favourite Australian titles for the Indie Book Awards.
Congratulations to both authors on this wonderful achievement.
Despite our best endeavours, we have not received sufficient explanation from Ms Gibson, author of The Whole Pantry recipe book, in response to recent allegations. As such, we have been left with no other option but to stop supplying the book in Australia. We remain hopeful that we will receive the formal assurances we have requested in the coming days.
It is with immeasurable sadness that we announce that author Sir Terry Pratchett has died at the age of 66.
Larry Finlay, MD at Transworld Publishers:
"I was deeply saddened to learn that Sir Terry Pratchett has died. The world has lost one of its brightest, sharpest minds.
In over 70 books, Terry enriched the planet like few before him. As all who read him know, Discworld was his vehicle to satirize this world: he did so brilliantly, with great skill, enormous humour and constant invention.
Terry faced his Alzheimer's disease (an 'embuggerance', as he called it) publicly and bravely. Over the last few years, it was his writing that sustained him. His legacy will endure for decades to come.
My sympathies go out to Terry's wife Lyn, their daughter Rhianna, to his close friend Rob Wilkins, and to all closest to him."
Terry passed away in his home, with his cat sleeping on his bed surrounded by his family on 12th March 2015. Diagnosed with PCA1 in 2007, he battled the progressive disease with his trademark determination and creativity, and continued to write. He completed his last book, a new Discworld novel, in the summer of 2014, before succumbing to the final stages of the disease.
We are so proud to see Joan recognised amongst an impressive selection of Australian women writers for a novel described as ‘a seamlessly shifting blend of poetry, pathos and humor’ by The Washington Post.
The winner of the $50,000 prize will be announced in Melbourne on 21 April.
The 2014 Australian Romance Readers Awards were announced in Canberra on 7 March and we are delighted to announce that two Penguin Random House authors have won in their nominated categories:
Favourite Historical Romance
The Winter Bride, Anne Gracie (Penguin Books Australia)
Favourite Romantic Suspense
Safe Harbour, Helene Young (Penguin Books Australia)
The awards were chosen by members of the Australian Romance Readers Association (ARRA).
Congratulations Anne and Helene.
The finalists for the 2014 Aurealis Awards were announced today and we are delighted to announce that two Penguin Random House authors have been nominated in three categories:
Best Fantasy Novel
Afterworlds, Scott Westerfeld (Penguin Books Australia)
Best Young Adult Novel
Afterworlds, Scott Westerfeld (Penguin Books Australia)
Best Children’s Fiction
Slaves of Socorro: Brotherband #4, John Flanagan (Random House Australia)
Established in 1995, the Aurealis Awards recognise the achievements of Australian science fiction, fantasy and horror writers. Winners will be announced on 11 April at University House, Canberra.
Congratulations to our finalists.
Jamie Oliver is planning a Food Revolution in Australia and he wants everyone to help him.
Join one of the world’s best-loved chefs and food revolutionaries, Jamie Oliver, as he makes his Sydney Opera House debut in the Concert Hall on Sunday 29 March.
In an Ideas at the House first, Jamie Oliver will cook live on stage, promising to both entertain and educate about his Food Revolution to inspire everyone – mums, dads, kids and teens – to get back to basics and cook good food from scratch. Getting kids into the kitchen to cook using fresh ingredients is a key part of both Jamie’s Food Revolution and his Opera House shows.
The harsh reality is that our kids are growing up overweight and malnourished from a diet of processed foods and junk. Today's children will be the first generation ever to live shorter lives than their parents. With less cooking at home and more processed and fast food, Australia has become one of the unhealthiest nations on Earth.
But now it's time for change.
It's time to stand up for real food and fight for better food education.
Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution is an international movement aiming to fight obesity and diet-related disease with better food education for all. At its heart is a powerful strategy to get people cooking again and keep cooking skills alive.
Jamie Oliver said, "I’ve been working in Australia for 15 years now and recently, through the amazing work of my Ministry of Food Centres and trucks, as well as my partnership with Woolworths, I’ve really got to know and understand the scale of the problem in your beautiful country. You guys have access to such incredible fresh produce but still there are millions of Australians who don’t know how to feed themselves and their families properly. This show is designed to inspire real change so I hope you’ll join me and together we’ll make a real positive difference, while having loads of fun at the same time.”
Sydney Opera House Head of International Development and Senior Producer of Ideas at the House, Danielle Harvey, said, “Our Ideas at the House audiences love talking about food, health and sustainability. In the last three years, Michael Pollan, Yotam Ottolenghi and Alice Waters have taken to Sydney Opera House stages to share their visions. We are excited to see Jamie Oliver join the roll call to inspire kids and their families to get cooking.”
Obesity and diet-related disease is on the rise in Australia and the statistics are frightening:
· Obesity has overtaken smoking as the leading cause of premature death and illness
· 63% of adults & 26% of children are overweight or obese
· Only 5.5% of adults eat the recommended daily intake of both fruit and vegetables
· Less than 1 in 3 (30%) children aged 5–14 meet the daily fruit and vegetable consumption
Ideas at the House is Sydney Opera House’s talks and ideas program. It presents ideas, conversation and debate from leading thinkers and culture creators. Ideas at the House online extends the reach of live events with unique content.
As well as a year-round program of inspiring events, Ideas at the House features the annual festivals All About Women and the Festival of Dangerous Ideas.
WHAT: Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution LIVE at the Sydney Opera House
WHEN: 29 March 2015, 10am & 1pm
WHERE: Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House
TICKETS: Concessions from $30 & Adults from $49