Australian Book Industry Awards 2018: Star-studded night features Julia Gillard, best Australian authors and overseas guests

Australian Book Industry Awards 2018: Star-studded night features Julia Gillard, best Australian authors and overseas guests

Known as the ‘Oscars’ of the book industry, the Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) 2018 were held in Sydney last night with a star-studded cast of authors and dignitaries,  including former Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Pulitzer Prize-winning US author Jennifer Egan (pictured right).

The gala dinner was hosted by ABC TV’s Ben Jenkins and Zoe NortonLodge. The awards were judged by an academy of over 250 respected publishing industry figures to celebrate the best of Australian writing, publishing and bookselling.

One of the biggest winners of the night was Australian publishing sensation Jessica Townsend for her children’s fantasy debut Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Hachette Australia).

Nevermoor picked up three awards including the major award of the night, The Gold ABIA for the Book of the Year, along with the Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year and Book of the Year for Younger Readers (7-13).

Jessica (pictured below receiving the award from Julia Gillard) gave a humorous and humble speech in which she said receiving awards was familiar territory as she’d once won ‘Most Compliant Employee Award’ in a previous job.

For the second year in a row, the Biography Book of the Year was awarded to music legend Jimmy Barnes for the second instalment of his bestselling autobiography, Working Class Man (HarperCollins), with sales of over 120,000 copies.

Michael Robotham, took home the General Fiction Book of the Year for his thriller, The Secrets She Keeps (Hachette Australia). In his moving speech he revealed that only five weeks ago he had undergone major heart surgery. His surgeon, he said, would not have been too pleased about all the excitement of the night!

Hachette Australia were big winners of the night. Another of their books took out Literary Fiction of the Year – Sarah Schmidt’s haunting re-imagining of the Lizzie Borden murders, See What I Have Done (Hachette Australia).

General NonFiction Book of the Year was awarded to The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman’s Extraordinary Life in Death, Decay & Disaster, by Sarah Krasnostein (Text Publishing).

Suzy Wilson, owner of Brisbane’s Riverbend Books and the founder of the groundbreaking Indigenous Literary Foundation (ILF), was awarded the Lloyd O’Neil Award for Outstanding Service to the Australian Book Industry, presented by ILF patron Dame Quentin Bryce. Bryce’s homage to Wilson’s tireless efforts in bringing books to remote communities brought the crowd to its feet.

The Pixie O’Harris Award for Outstanding Commitment to Children’s Literature was awarded to Jane Covernton. The award was presented by legendary children’s writer Mem Fox. Fox paid tribute to Conventon for taking up her now iconic Possum Magic following numerous rejections.

Illustrated Book of the Year went to Maggie’s Recipe for Life, Maggie Beer and Professor Ralph Martins (A Julie Gibbs Book for Simon & Schuster Australia, Simon & Schuster Australia). In her delightful speech Beer thanks her good fortune in meeting Martins and paid tribute to their fortuitous friendship.

International Book of the Year, presented by Jennifer Egan who had just flown in from New York, went to Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesa Cavallo (Penguin Random House Australia).

Small Publishers’ Adult Book of the Year went to The Australian Bird Guide, Peter Menkhorst, Danny Rogers, Rohan Clarke, Jeff Davies, Peter Marsack and Kim Franklin (CSIRO Publishing, CSIRO Publishing)

We’re delighted that our Podcast sponsor, Bolinda audio, won the award for Audiobook of the Year for The 91-Storey Treehouse, written and illustrated by Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton, and narrated by Stig Weymss. In her acceptance speech Bolinda audio’s Rebecca Hermann paid tribute to the truck drivers and parents who have long been dedicated to audio books. She urged others to do the same because, as those who have discovered them know, audio books ‘change lives’.

Small Publishers’ Children’s Book of the Year was won by It’s OK to Feel the Way You Do, Josh Langley (Big Sky Publishing, Big Sky Publishing)

Book of the Year for Older Children (ages 13+) was Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology, Amie Kaufman, Melissa Keil, Will Kostakis, Ellie Marney, Jaclyn Moriarty, Michael Pryor, Alice Pung, Gabrielle Tozer, Lili Wilkinson and Danielle Binks (HarperCollins Publishers, HarperCollins Publishers)

Children’s Picture Book of the Year (ages 0-6) was won by No One Likes a Fart, Zoë Foster Blake (Viking – AU YR, Penguin Random House Australia)

Publisher of the Year: HarperCollins Publishers

Small Publisher of the Year: Thames & Hudson

Australia National Retailer: Dymocks

Independent Retailer: Readings

Rising Star of the Year Shalini Kunahlan (Marketing Manager, Text Publishing)

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        Synopsis

        Morrigan Crow is cursed. Born on an unlucky day, she is blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks - and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on Eventide.But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor.It's there that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city's most prestigious organisation: the Wundrous Society. In order to join, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an extraordinary talent that sets them apart. Except for Morrigan, who doesn't seem to have any special talent at all.To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests - or she'll have to leave the city to confront her deadly fate.#10 in the Top 50 Kids' Books 2019 - Older Readers
        Jessica Townsend
        About the author

        Jessica Townsend

        Jessica Townsend lives on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. She was a copywriter for eight years, and was once the editor of a children's wildlife magazine for Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo. Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow is her first novel.

        Books by Jessica Townsend

        Julia Gillard
        About the author

        Julia Gillard

        Julia Gillard was sworn in as the 27th Prime Minister of Australia on 24 June 2010 and served in that office until June 2013. Previously, following the Australian Labor Party's victory at the 2007 Federal Election, Ms Gillard served as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations and Social Inclusion. Ms Gillard was born in Barry, Wales in 1961. She is the daughter of a nurse and aged care worker. Her family migrated to Australia in 1966 and she grew up in Adelaide.Ms Gillard developed Australia's guiding policy paper, Australia in the Asian Century. Ms Gillard delivered nation-changing policies including reforming Australia education at every level from early childhood to university education, creating an emissions trading scheme, improving the provision and sustainability of health care, aged care and dental care, commencing the nation's first ever national scheme to care for people with disabilities and restructuring the telecommunications sector as well as building a national broadband network.In foreign policy, Ms Gillard strengthened Australia's alliance with the United States, secured stronger architecture for the relationship with China, upgraded Australia's ties with India, and deepened ties with Japan, Indonesia and South Korea. Ms Gillard has represented Australia at the G20, including winning Australia's right to host the 2014 meeting, the East Asia Summit, APEC, NATO-ISAF and chaired CHOGM. Under Ms Gillard's leadership, Australia was elected to the United Nations Security Council.In October 2012, Ms Gillard received worldwide attention for her speech in Parliament on the treatment of women in professional and public life.After departing politics, Ms Gillard has accepted roles as honorary Professor of Politics at University of Adelaide and Nonresident Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development at Brookings Institution.In March 2014 Ms Gillard was appointed as chair of a global education program that aims to get the world's poorest children into school. The Global Partnership for Education is an international initiative made up of nearly 60 developing countries, donor governments, international organisations, the private sector and civil society groups.

        Books by Julia Gillard

        Jennifer Egan
        About the author

        Jennifer Egan

        Jennifer Egan is the author of A Visit From The Goon Squad, winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for FictionThe Keep, Look at Me, The Invisible Circus, and the story collection Emerald City. Her stories have been published in The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, GQ, Zoetrope, All-Story, and Ploughshares, and her non-fiction appears frequently in The New York Times Magazine. She lives with her husband and sons in Brooklyn.

        Books by Jennifer Egan

        Michael Robotham
        About the author

        Michael Robotham

        Michael Robotham has twice won Australia’s Ned Kelly Award for best crime novel, for Lost (2005) and Shatter (2008). He was shortlisted for the CWA Steel Dagger in 2007 and 2008. His bestsellers have been translated into twenty-two languages, and have been praised by David Baldacci, Val McDermid and Stephen King.

        Books by Michael Robotham

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