The 17th Annual Australian Book Industry Awards Winners Announced

The 17th Annual Australian Book Industry Awards Winners Announced

 

Winners of the 17th Annual Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) were announced at a star-studded ceremony at the Art Gallery of NSW on 25 May, hosted by witty MC Ben Jenkins in front of a sellout crowd.

 

The night showcased the extraordinary power of Australian stories to capture a worldwide audience.

The Gold ABIA for Book of the Year and ABIA Fiction Book of the Year went to Jane Harper for her internationally acclaimed novel, The Dry (Pan Macmillan Australia), a haunting crime novel set in a drought-stricken rural Australia.

This crowns a golden year for Harper after The Dry film option rights were snapped up by Reese Witherspoon’s Pacific Standard, and publication rights sold in more than 20 territories after fierce auctions.

 

Jimmy Barnes rocked the night after winning ABIA Biography of the Year for his revealing memoir, Working Class Boy (HarperCollins Australia). Barnes gave an emotional first reading of his new memoir, Working Class Man, to be released in October.

 

Internationally bestselling The 78-Storey Treehouse (Pan Macmillan Australia and Bolinda Audio) by Andy Griffiths and illustrator Terry Denton took out the inaugural ABIA Audiobook of the Year and ABIA Book of the Year for Younger Children.

 

 

In other highlights, ABIA  Publisher of the Year went to Pan Macmillan Australia with NewSouth Publishing awarded ABIA Small Publisher of the Year. Booktopia, Readings and Potts Point Bookshop won Book Retailer ABIAs.

 

During the night, literary great Thomas Keneally delivered a moving homage to one of Australia’s favourite storytellers, Di Morrissey on her induction into the ABIA Hall of Fame.  ABIA nominee Stan Grant delivered a blisteringly brilliant opening address on the theme of the night, Celebrating Australian Stories. Singer and ABIA nominee Holly Throsby delivered a mesmerizing and unforgettable performance in memoriam of book industry alumni.

 

APA CEO, Michael Gordon Smith congratulated all ABIA winners:

Congratulations to all the winners in a highly competitive year. The ABIAs recognise excellence across the book industry, uniting authors, publishers and retailers in celebration of our collective passion for sharing stories and ideas. To acknowledge the fastest-growing publishing sector on the planet we are particularly delighted to have launched the inaugural ABIA Audiobook of the Year in 2017.

 

An academy of more than 100 diverse and respected book industry figures selects the ABIA longlist.  The ABIA shortlist and winners are then chosen by expert judging panels.

 

Proudly presented by the APA, the ABIAs are made possible with major sponsors Audible, TheAustralian Women’s Weekly, JC Decaux and Media Super withsupport from Avant Card, Booktopia, John Fisher Printing, Nielsen Bookscan and Simpsons Solicitors.


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Lloyd O’Neil Award for Service to the Australian Book Industry

  • Di Morrissey

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Pixie O’Harris Award for Outstanding Commitment to Children’s Literature

  • Margaret Connolly

 

2017 ABIA BOOK AWARD WINNERS

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Gold ABIA for Book of the Year: chosen from pool of ABIA category winners

  • The Dry, Jane Harper, (Macmillan Australia, Pan Macmillan Australia)

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Biography Book of the Year

  • Working Class Boy, Jimmy Barnes, (HarperCollins, HarperCollins Publishers)

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Audiobook of the Year

  • The 78-Storey Treehouse, Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton, Narrator Stig Wemyss (Bolinda Audio, Bolinda Publishing)

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Book of the Year for Younger Children (age range 0 to 8 years)

  • The 78-Storey Treehouse, Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton, (Pan Australia, Pan Macmillan Australia)

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Book of the Year for Older Children (age range 8 to 14 years)

  • The Bone Sparrow, Zana Fraillon, (Lothian, Hachette Australia)

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General Fiction Book of the Year presented by The Australian Women’s Weekly

  • The Dry, Jane Harper, (Macmillan Australia, Pan Macmillan Australia)

12 General Non Fiction Book of the Year

General Non-fiction Book of the Year

  • The Road to Ruin: How Tony Abbott and Peta Credlin Destroyed Their Own Government, Niki Savva, (Scribe Publications)

13 Illustrated Book of the Year

Illustrated Book of the Year

  • Penguin Bloom, Cameron Bloom & Bradley Trevor Greive, (ABC Books, HarperCollins Publishers)

 

4 The Audible international book of the year

International Book of the Year presented by Audible

  • Commonwealth, Ann Patchett, (Bloomsbury Publishing, Bloomsbury)

15Literary Fiction Book of the Year

Literary Fiction Book of the Year

  • The Last Painting of Sara de Vos, Dominic Smith, (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)

14 Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year

Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year presented by Simpsons Solicitors

  • Fight Like a Girl, Clementine Ford, (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)

 

10 Small Publishers Adult Book of the Year

Small Publishers’ Adult Book of the Year

  • The Australian Native Bee Book, Tim Heard (Sugarbag Bees)

 

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Small Publishers’ Children’s Book of the Year

  • My Sister is a Superhero, Damon Young, illustrated by Peter Carnavas, (University of Queensland Press)

 

2017 ABIA BUSINESS AWARD WINNERS

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Publisher of the Year

Pan Macmillan Australia

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Small Publisher of the Year

NewSouth Publishing

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National Retailer

Booktopia

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Independent Retailer of the Year

Readings and Potts Points Bookshop

 

Ben Jenkins replaces Magda Szubanski as 17th Annual Australian Book Industry Awards MC

Ben Jenkins replaces Magda Szubanski as 17th Annual Australian Book Industry Awards MC

Writer, comedian and presenter on ABC TV’s The Checkout, Ben Jenkins will replace Magda Szubanski as MC of the 17th Annual Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) at Art Gallery of NSW on 25 May.

Jenkins is ‘absolutely stoked’ to host the ABIAs though ‘daunted’ to be replacing Szubanski. ‘Hopefully no one will know that I’m not her!’ said Jenkins.

Szubanski said she was ‘disappointed’ that she can no longer host the evening and thanked the ABIAs for their support.

‘Last year’s awards were a personal and professional highlight for me. I know it will be a fantastic night and send my best wishes to all the nominees,’ said Szubanski who won the 2016 Gold ABIA for Book of the Year and Biography Book of the Year for Reckoning: A Memoir (Text Publishing).

The ABIAs recently announced nominees Jimmy Barnes (ABIA Biography Book of the Year shortlist: Working Class Boy) and Holly Throsby (ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year shortlist: Goodwood)will perform on the big night to acknowledge a year when musician authors rocked the bestseller lists.

Acclaimed novelist Di Morrissey is to be inducted into the ABIA Hall of Fame with the Lloyd O’Neil Award presented by literary great Tom Keneally (Lloyd O’Neil Award recipient 1995). Top literary agent Margaret Connolly who has taken Australian writers and illustrators to local bookshops and the world, will also be honoured at the ABIAs with the Pixie O’Harris Award that recognises excellence and dedicated service to Australian children’s literature.

Stan Grant will open the gala ceremony with a celebration of Australian stories in all their forms, from Indigenous communities’ storytelling traditions that have been alive for thousands of years, to great Australian books published throughout the 21st century.

 

The ABIAs is the flagship ceremony celebrating the best and finest talent across the Australian book industry, proudly presented by the Australian Publishers Association. The ABIAs are made possible with major sponsors Audible, The Australian Women’s Weekly, JC Decaux and Media Super withsupport from Avant Card, Booktopia, John Fisher Printing, Nielsen Bookscan and Simpsons Solicitors.

 

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The Lloyd O’Neil Award Honour Roll

The Lloyd O’Neil award recognises outstanding service to the Australian Book Industry by an individual from within its ranks, including publishers, booksellers, authors and other industry representatives with exceptional long service to the industry.

Lloyd O’Neil was a pioneer of Australian publishing, beginning his career as a bookseller and becoming an insightful and talented publisher, printing popular mass market titles that captured the mood of the nation and developing hugely successful educational and travel lists.

2017 – Di Morrissey
2016 – Brian Johns
2015 – Mark Rubbo
2014 – Bryce Courtney
2013 – Robert Sessions
2012 – Ann Poublon
2011 – Margaret Fulton
2010 – Patrick Gallagher
2009 – David Gaunt
2008 – David Malouf
2007 – Peter Field
2006 – John Marsden
2005 – Sue Donovan
2004 – Jean Ferguson
2003 – Peter Carey
2002 – Maureen & Tony Wheeler
2001 – Brian Stonier
2000 – Bill Mackarell
1999 – Peter Milne
1998 – Joyce Nicholson
1997 – Morris West
1996 – Kevin Weldon
1995 – Thomas Keneally
1994 – Brian Clouston
1993 – Ruth Park
1992 – Michael Zifcak