The Pixie O’Harris Award Honour Roll

Pixie O'Harris Honour Roll

The Award recognises publishers, editors, creators, booksellers, publicists and other industry representatives who have worked consistently in the field of children’s literature, demonstrated commitment beyond the call of duty, and who have developed a reputation for their contribution.

It is named in honour of children’s book author and illustrator, Pixie O’Harris (1903 – 1991), who had a longstanding career in publishing and painted many murals in hospital wards, health centres and schools.

2018 – Jane Covernton

2017 – Margaret Connelly
2016 – Jackie French
2015 – Celia Jellet
2014 – Angela Namoi
2013 – Dr Maurice Saxby AM
2012 – Ron McCarthy
2011 – Elizabeth O’Donnell
2010 – Tony Horgan
2009 – Helen Chamberlin
2008 – Kate Colle
2007 – Agnes Nieuwenhuizen
2006 – Julie Watts
2005 – Rosalind Price
2004 – Leonie McSweeney
2003 – Mark Macleod
2002 – Rayma Turton
2001 – Moira Robinson
2000 – Ann Haddon & Ann James
1999 – Joyce Oldmeadow
1998 – Margaret Hamilton
1997 – Barbara Ker Wilson
1996 – Robin Morrow
1995 – Pegi Williams
1994 – Myra Lee

Pixie O’Harris & Lloyd O’Neil Awards

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The 17th Annual Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) reveals 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) at next week’s gala ceremony on 25 May in Sydney.

Selling more than three million copies in her 25-year career, Morrissey is one of the most successful and prolific authors Australia has produced with 24 novels published by Pan Macmillan Australia (ABIA Publisher of the Year 2015), and three children’s books. Morrissey will join an elite group of Lloyd O’Neil Award author recipients including Peter Carey, John Marsden, Margaret Fulton and Bryce Courtenay.

Keneally reflected, “Di Morrissey, an old neighbour of mine, has not only distinguished herself through writing novels loved by hundreds of thousands of Australians but – let us not forget – made possible the publication of many books that may not have otherwise have appeared without her contribution to the Australian book industry.”

Trained as a journalist working in newspapers, magazines, television, film, theatre and advertising around the world, Morrissey found her true vocation as a novelist. It is hard to single out a signature Morrissey bestseller, however Tears of the Moon, set in Broome, remains a perennial Australian favourite.

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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.

For over 30 years, Connolly has developed a client list that includes some of Australia’s most distinguished novelists, poets, non-fiction authors, film-makers, children’s writers and illustrators, including Les Murray, Kate Jennings, David Ireland, Rachael Treasure, Julie Vivas, Kerry Argent, Stephen Michael King, Catherine Jinks, Phillip Gwynne and Margaret Wild; to newcomers who in their short careers are award-winners, such as Sara Acton and Lesley Gibbes. Connolly was one of the first agents to represent children’s book illustrators, with her remarkable client list a testament to her dedication and unerring eye for talent.

Internationally acclaimed author, Catherine Jinks (Evil Genius trilogy, Pagan Chronicles) said, “For Margaret Connolly, being a literary agent is more than just a job. It’s a vocation. Her work doesn’t end at negotiations and contracts; she counsels, comforts, encourages, promotes and stealthily supports her clients in a million different ways. For me, she’s been more like a mother than an agent – and she’s played the same role for Australian children’s books, having shepherded several generations of writers through their formative years and out onto the world stage. She is an integral part of the industry thanks to her unerring eye for quality and her belief in the eternal value of literature.”

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. 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.

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17TH ANNUAL AUSTRALIAN BOOK INDUSTRY AWARDS
The signature night 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 with support from Avant Card, Booktopia, John Fisher Printing, Nielsen Bookscan and Simpsons Solicitors.

THE LLOYD O’NEIL AWARD
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. This award that commemorates this exceptional figure recognises the long service of similarly outstanding individuals in the Australian book world.

THE PIXIE O’HARRIS AWARD
Pixie O’Harris MBE (born Rhona Olive Harris:15 October 1903 – 17 November 1991) was a Welsh-born Australian artist, newspaper, magazine and book illustrator, author, broadcaster, caricaturist and cartoonist, designer of book plates, sheet music covers and stationery, and children’s hospital ward fairy-style mural painter. She became patron to Sydney’s Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children in 1977. Pixie was also a friend and mentor to many authors and illustrators. Since 1994 the award in her name sponsored by HarperCollins Australia recognises distinguished and dedicated service to the development and reputation of Australian children’s books.

The ABIA 2017 Shortlist!

The Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) has revealed the 2017 best books of the year shortlist.

For the first time, the fastest-growing book publishing segment in the world is acknowledged with an ABIA for Audiobook of the Year.

Winners will be announced at the 17th Annual ABIAs, a night celebrating the finest talent in the book industry, on 25 May at the Art Gallery of NSW in Sydney, presented by the Australian Publishers Association (APA).

Live performances by acclaimed 2017 ABIA nominees Jimmy Barnes (ABIA Biography Book of the Year: Working Class Boy) and Holly Throsby (ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year: Goodwood) will acknowledge a year where musician authors rocked the bestseller lists.

The 17th Annual ABIAs will Celebrate Australian Stories in all forms, from Indigenous communities’ storytelling traditions that have been alive for thousands of years, to great Australian books published throughout the 21st century.

Benny Thomas, Chair of the 2017 ABIA book judging panel, comments:

This year the judging panel was thrilled with the quality of the submissions received. What was truly outstanding was the passionate commitment Australian publishers have towards their authors, and the quality of books submitted this year reflected that commitment. Not only do Australian publishers nurture and deliver new and exciting authors, but they take a long term view that supporting authors through highs, and lows, leads to great rewards – this was truly evident in this year’s outstanding shortlist.

Michael Gordon-Smith, CEO of the APA, comments:
Congratulations to all ABIA 2017 shortlisted authors and their publishers. The APA is proud to present the 17th Annual ABIAs that promotes book publishing excellence and acknowledges the finest homegrown talent across the book industry. It is a night to celebrate the books Australians love and our thriving local book industry that invests in Australian writers, creates culture and enhances our national literacy.

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

The complete 2017 ABIA Shortlist follows.

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2017 ABIA BOOK AWARDS SHORTLIST

biohraphy book of the year

Biography Book of the Year

  • Songs of a War Boy, Deng Adut and Ben Mckelvey, (Hachette Australia, Hachette Australia)
  • Life As I Know It, Michelle Payne and John Harms, (Melbourne University Publishing, Melbourne University Publishing)
  • The Hate Race, Maxine Beneba Clarke, (Hachette, Hachette Australia)
  • Working Class Boy, Jimmy Barnes, (HarperCollins, HarperCollins Publishers)
  • Victoria, Julia Baird, (HarperCollins, HarperCollins Publishers)

Audiobook of the year

Audiobook of the Year

  • Fight Like A Girl, Clementine Ford (Audible Studios, Audible Australia)
  • Make It Happen: Live Your Best Life, Michelle Bridges (Audible Studios, Audible Australia)
  • The 78-Storey Treehouse, Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton, Narrator Stig Wemyss (Bolinda audio, Bolinda Publishing)
  • The Good People, Hannah Kent, Narrator Caroline Lennon (Bolinda audio, Bolinda Publishing)
  • True Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia, David Hunt (Audible Studios, Audible Australia)

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

  • Circle, Jeannie Baker, (Walker Books, Walker Books)
  • The 78 Storey Treehouse, Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton, (Pan Australia, Pan Macmillan Australia)
  • Mr Chicken Arriva Roma, Leigh Hobbs, (Allen & Unwin Children’s, Allen & Unwin)
  • Charlie and the War Against the Grannies, Alan Brough, (Pan Australia, Pan Macmillan Australia)
  • What Do They Do With All the Poo from All the Animals at the Zoo?, Anh Do and Simon Mello, illustrated by Laura Wood (Scholastic Press, Scholastic Australia)

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

  • Wormwood Mire: A Stella Montgomery Intrigue, Judith Rossel, (ABC Books, HarperCollins Publishers)
  • The Bone Sparrow, Zana Fraillon, (Lothian, Hachette Australia)
  • Artie and the Grime Wave, Richard Roxburgh, (Allen & Unwin Children’s, Allen & Unwin)
  • Words in Deep Blue, Cath Crowley, (Pan Australia, Pan Macmillan Australia)
  • WeirDo #7 Mega Weird!, Anh Do, illustrated by Jules Faber, (Scholastic Press, Scholastic Australia)

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

  • Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty, (Macmillan Australia, Pan Macmillan Australia)
  • The Chocolate Tin, Fiona McIntosh, (Michael Joseph, Penguin Random House)
  • The One Who Got Away, Caroline Overington, (HarperCollins, HarperCollins Publishers)
  • The Dry, Jane Harper, (Macmillan Australia, Pan Macmillan Australia)
  • The Birdman’s Wife, Melissa Ashley, (Affirm Press)

General Non fiction

General Non-fiction Book of the Year

  • Talking to my Country, Stan Grant, (HarperCollins, HarperCollins Publishers)
  • Fight Like a Girl, Clementine Ford, (Allen & Unwin)
  • The Barefoot Investor, Scott Pape, (Wrightbooks, John Wiley & Sons)
  • Girl Stuff 8-12, Kaz Cooke, (Viking, Penguin Random House)
  • The Road to Ruin: How Tony Abbott and Peta Credlin destroyed their own Government, Niki Savva, (Scribe Publications)

Illustrated book of the year

Illustrated Book of the Year

  • The Bikini Body 28-Day Healthy Eating & Lifestyle, Kayla Itsine, (Macmillan Australia, Pan Macmillan Australia)
  • Smith & Daughters: A Cookbook (That Happens to be Vegan), Shannon Matinez & Mo Wyse, (Hardie Grant Books, Hardie Grant Publishing)
  • Penguin Bloom, Cameron Bloom & Bradley Trevor Greive, (ABC Books, HarperCollins Publishers)
  • Basics to Brilliance, Donna Hay, (HarperCollins, HarperCollins Publishers)
  • New York, Megan Hess, (Hardie Grant Books, Hardie Grant Publishing)

Audible International Book of the Year

Audible International Book of the Year

  • Commonwealth, Ann Patchett, (Bloomsbury Publishing, Bloomsbury)
  • Harry Potter & The Cursed Child, J.K. Rowling, (Little Brown, Hachette Australia)
  • The 8-Week Blood Sugar Diet, Michael Mosley, (Simon & Schuster Australia, Simon & Schuster Australia)
  • The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries From a Secret World, Peter Wohlleben, (Black Inc., Schwartz Publishing)
  • The North Water, Ian McGuire, (Scribner, Simon & Schuster Australia)

Literary Fiction Book of the year

Literary Fiction Book of the Year

  • The Good People, Hannah Kent, (Picador Australia, Pan Macmillan Australia)
  • The Last Painting of Sara de Vos, Dominic Smith, (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)
  • An Isolated Incident, Emily Maguire, (Picador Australia, Pan Macmillan Australia)
  • Goodwood, Holly Throsby, (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)
  • Between a Wolf and a Dog, Georgia Blain, (Scribe Publications)

Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year sIMPSONS LAWYERS

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

  • The Dry, Jane Harper, (Macmillan Australia, Pan Macmillan Australia)
  • The Midnight Watch, David Dyer, (Hamish Hamilton, Penguin Random House)
  • Fight Like a Girl, Clementine Ford, (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)
  • Music and Freedom, Zoe Morrison, (Vintage Australia, Penguin Random House)
  • Goodwood, Holly Throsby, (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)

Small Publishers' Adult Book of the Year copy

Small Publishers’ Adult Book of the Year

  • Offshore: Behind the Wire on Manus and Nauru, Madeline Gleeson, (NewSouth, NewSouth Publishing)
  • Saltwater, Cathy McLennan, (University of Queensland Press)
  • Position Doubtful: Mapping Landscapes and Memories, Kim Mahood, (Scribe Publications)
  • Poum and Alexandre, Catherine de Saint Phalle, (Transit Lounge, Transit Lounge Publishing)
  • The Australian Native Bee Book, Tim Heard (Sugarbag Bees)

Small Publishers' Children’s Book of the Year

Small Publishers’ Children’s Book of the Year

  • My Sister is a Super Hero, Damon Young, illustrated by Peter Carnavas, (University of Queensland Press)
  • The Secrets We Keep, Nova Weetman, (University of Queensland Press)
  • Steve Goes to Carnival, Joshua Button and Robyn Wells, (Magabala Books)
  • Crabbing with Dad, Paul Seden, (Magabala Books)
  • Even Mummy Cries, Naomi Hunter, illustrated by Karen Erasmus (Empowering Resources)