2014 ABIAs Guest Presenters Announcement!

We’re excited to reveal the guest presenters of the 2014 Australian Book Industry Awards.

Beloved and celebrated Australian novelist Thomas Keneally will be joined by some distinguished writers from the far flung corners of the globe to present awards. Eleanor Catton, Emma Donoghue, Cornelia Funke and Amy Tan are all in the country as the guests of the Sydney Writers Festival.

It is perhaps fitting that these writers who have extensive experience in winning awards should be so generously willing to present them. Between them, they have won two Man Booker Prizes, a Miles Franklin and an Audie, been selected for Time Magazine’s annual 100 Most Influential People list and appeared on far too many shortlists to detail here.

On the subject of shortlists, New Zealand’s Eleanor Catton is nominated in our very own Literary Fiction Book of the Year category this year for her excellent novel THE LUMINARIES.

Emma Donoghue’s ROOM became an international sensation when it was published in 2010 and was shortlisted for the Man Booker and Orange Prizes. Her latest FROG MUSIC is, ‘a multifaceted murder mystery set in San Francisco, 1876’

As a child, Cornelia Funke wanted to be an astronaut. Luckily for kids everywhere, she instead became a novelist, penning more than 40 books including the internationally acclaimed INKHEART fantasy trilogy. German-born Cornelia joins us from her home in the US.

Amy Tan is probably best known for THE JOY LUCK CLUB, the tale of four Chinese-American families in San Francisco who share their stories over a game of mah-jong, that was made into a hugely successful film. Amy has written numerous NEW YORK TIMES bestsellers, two children’s books and many essays and short stories, and been translated into 35 languages along the way. She lives in California.

The multi-award-winning novelist, playwright and non-fiction writer Thomas Keneally is an Australian household name and, as such, needs little introduction.

We are thrilled that Eleanor, Emma, Cornelia, Tom and Amy can join us at the newly reinvented 2014 Australian Book Industry Awards on Friday 23 May.