This week’s book news includes a great festival line-up, some fabulous new authors for 2019 Australian Reading Hour and the shortlisted books for the Oscars of publishing.
New ambassadors for 2019 Australian Reading Hour announced
Australian Reading Hour has announced its ambassadors for the 2019 event. Rachael Johns and Benjamin Law have signed on as adult ambassadors, while Sally Rippin, Anthony Field, Mick Elliott, Karen Manbulloo, and Matt Stanton are the children’s ambassadors. This year, the children’s ambassadors will each contribute a book aimed at children from 0–9 years of age.
There will also be the Australian Reading Challenge, an online, interactive platform for readers to track their progress. Registrations opened on April 10, with the event on September 19.
2019 Scribblers Festival program announced
The second annual Scribblers Festival, which celebrates children’s literature and arts, will be held in Perth from May 8 to 12. Just announced is the full line-up of authors, illustrators and guests including mathematician Eddie Woo, scientist and science communicator Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, Alison Lester, Jacqueline Harvey, Dhonielle Clayton, Neal Shusterman, Celine Kiernan, Philip Ardagh, Matt Stanton, Jeremy Lachlan, Lynette Noni, Zoë Norton Lodge, Kate and Jol Temple, and Georgia Norton Lodge.
Awards and Prizes
Vicki Laveau-Harvie’s memoir The Erratics has been announced as the winner of the 2019 Stella Prize. The $50,000 Stella prize is a major literary award that celebrates Australian women’s writing and champions cultural change. See here for more information.
Andrada wins Anne Elder Award 2018 for ‘Flood Damages’
Australian Poetry has announced Eunice Andrada as the winner 2018 Anne Elder Award for her collection Flood Damages (Giramondo). The Anne Elder Award is awarded annually to the best sole-authored first book of poetry in Australia.
ABIA 2019 shortlist announced
The Australian Publishers Association announced the 2019 shortlist for the Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs). The 2019 shortlist includes some of the biggest names in the Australian book industry (which publishes over 7,000 new books annually) as well as some amazing new talent. See here for more information.