1 Jun 2021

Avid Reader: ABIA Bookshop of the Year

In conversation with owner Fiona Stager, Michelle Law and Christopher Currie by Connor Parissis Brisbane’s iconic bookstore, Avid Reader, was awarded 2021 Bookshop of the Year at the Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) in April. The award is testament to not only emerging as the centre of Brisbane’s reading culture but by being the centre […]

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4 May 2021

Mandy Macky – Dymocks store owner and bookseller of 30 years inducted into the book industry Hall of Fame

Mandy Macky, owner of Adelaide’s Rundle Mall Dymocks store, has been named the Lloyd O’Neil Award recipient for 2021 after 30 years as a bookstore owner and seller. The award, which celebrates extended and exemplary service by an individual in the book industry, comes ahead of her retirement. Mandy is said to be a generous […]

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4 May 2021

Pixie O’Harris Award recipient 2021 – Maryann Ballantyne

Jane Covernton who is a former publisher and was the Pixie O’Harris Award recipient in 2018, nominated this year’s Hall of Fame inductee, publisher Maryann Ballantyne from Wild Dog Books. Jane writes about Maryann’s career below. The Pixie O’Harris Award recognises book industry representatives who have worked consistently in the field of children’s literature, demonstrated commitment […]

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28 Apr 2021

Above and beyond in 2020: the best local bookshops of the year

Bookstores played an outstanding role in promoting Australian writing and contributing to their local communities said the ABIA judges. According to Robbie Egan, the CEO of the Australian Booksellers Association, ‘Bookshops will continue to survive because they are awesome. As far as I’m concerned bookshops are integral to their community and should continue to be […]

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27 Apr 2021

Meet ABIA Committee Member Dan Watts

Tell us a bit about yourself! How did you come to be where you are today? I think a career in publishing was preordained.  My mother was the children’s book publisher at Penguin through much of my childhood. On a daily basis she would bring home a carton of books from the returns pile at the […]

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