‘I found it a very curious and problematic choice … It’s a prize for literature, not for literature and songwriting’—Readings managing director Mark Rubbo responds to the decision to award Bob Dylan the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature
MUP congratulates Michelle Payne on winning ‘The Don’ award, announced at the Sport Australia Hall Of Fame’s 32nd Induction and Awards Gala Dinner on October 13. The award honours a current Australian athlete who, by their achievements and example over the last 12 months, are considered to have had the capacity to most inspire the nation.
Michelle’s memoir, Life As I Know It, written with John Harms (ISBN 9780522870145) is available to order via United Book distributors on 1800 33 88 36 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Allen & Unwin is delighted to announce that we have joined forces with Mac Park, creators of Boy vs Beast, to launch D-Bot Squad, a new high-concept adventure series aimed at young boys.
The super-exciting series about dinosaur robots will hit shelves in July 2017. It is aimed at new readers and promises to create a world kids will love, using words they can read.
Mac Park is the pen-name of Susannah McFarlane (Mac) and Louise Park. They first collaborated on the creation of the Zac Power Test Drive series and most recently on Boy vs Beast. Their combined Australian book sales are well over four million copies. Together they create books that kids love, are able to read and that their parents can trust.
‘The chance to work with Louise and Susannah, who combine expertise in early literacy and more than 25 years’ experience in consumer publishing with the ability to create exciting stories that kids love to read, is a wonderful opportunity for our children’s list,’ says Eva Mills, Allen & Unwin’s Children’s Publishing Director.
‘Louise and I are thrilled to be working with Allen & Unwin—who wouldn’t be?’ says Susannah. ‘We are loving working with them to create a new series that will engage both the youngest and most reluctant of readers. It’s what we love doing most.’
The series includes eight interconnected books. Books one to four will be published in July 2017; books five and six in October 2017; and books seven and eight in early 2018.
Thames & Hudson is thrilled that Tom Roberts and the Art of Portraiture by Julie Cotter has been shortlisted in the Non-fiction category of the 2016 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. This is the first time we have been recognised for this award and we see this a well-deserved recognition of Australian art. Our congratulations to the fine talents of both Julie and the editor, Jenny Zimmer. Congratulations to all the shortlisted authors!
NewSouth is delighted to congratulate authors shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. Lisa Gorton’s The Life of Houses (Giramondo) is up for the Ficton Award, Michael Farrell’s Cocky’s Joy (Giramondo) for the Poetry Award, and Jane Harrison’s Becoming Kirrali Lewis (Magabala) for the Young Adult Fiction Award.
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