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Penguin UK Goes Retro with Covers

Penguin is reissuing 36 recent bestsellers in the classic Penguin paperback look to mark its Publisher of the Year win at the British Book Awards, according to the Bookseller‘s Alison Flood. Its initial print run for the series totals 815,000 copies. The “Penguin Celebrations” titles, ranging from Pat Barker‘s REGENERATION to Donna Tartt‘s THE SECRET HISTORY to Meg Rosoff‘s HOW I LIVE NOW, will be published on 6th September in six of the classic Penguin designs given “a modern reworking” by Penguin Press art director Jim Stoddart. They are slightly larger than the original Penguin pocket size in B format, and all books are priced at £7.99.

“We wanted to celebrate being Publisher of the Year, not just through marketing but also through our publishing,” said publishing director Tony Lacey. He said the look had “a hint of retro as well as being chic” and added that the pricing point was a “homage” to the original Penguin principle of a uniform paperback pricepoint of sixpence (though the percent difference between then and now is rather staggering…)

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Orner Awarded VCU Prize: Carnegie Medal to Rosoff

Virginia Commonwealth University’s First Novel Prize has been awarded to Peter Orner for THE SECOND COMING OF MAVALA SHIKONGO. Orner beat out finalists Justin Tussing, Marie Arana and Peter C. Brown for the $1000 cash prize, which will be given to Orner in a ceremony later this year.

Meanwhile, the Times reports that Meg Rosoff is the winner of the Carnegie Medal for her latest novel, JUST IN CASE. The Carnegie does not offer a cash prize, but is sought-after by children’s writers because of its unique judging process. Unlike other literary awards, which seek submissions from publishers, the Carnegie is rooted in the professional expertise of librarians across the country, who nominate titles. “For a panel of librarians to agree that it deserves this historic medal is just amazing: I’m thrilled, honoured and astonished,” said Rosoff. Similarly, the “Carnegie of Carnegies” for readers’ favorite novel among the Carnegie Award winners was given to Philip Pullman for his 1995 novel NORTHERN LIGHTS.

Penguin To Launch Website By Teens For Teens

The Bookseller reports that Penguin Books UK is to invest a five-figure sum in a book website for teenagers, to be run by a teen editorial board. The site will be launched in September and is aimed at readers aged from 13 to 18. The move follows research by Penguin which showed that three out of four teenagers get their information about books from the internet. “We found that conventional marketing won’t reach them but that we could reach this audience online,” said Puffin publicity director Adele Minchin.

The Penguin-branded website will cover titles from across the group, including Penguin-branded teenage titles from the Puffin list. Teen authors at Puffin include Meg Rosoff, Melvin Burgess and Nick Hornby. Penguin and youth marketing agency Livity are currently recruiting nine teenagers aged from 16 to 18 to form a London-based editorial team, and additional contributors from outside the capital. The team will spend a month developing the website with Puffin and Livity before taking control.