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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27 Apr 2021

Best Small Publishers of the year

Small Publishers in Australia are innovative, creative and essential said our judging panel. The range of publishers represented on the shortlist, each with a unique focus and position within the cultural landscape of this country is testament to this. 2020 presented challenges and opportunities for the whole publishing industry – and it was no different […]

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26 Apr 2021

How to watch ABIA 2021 online!

The 2021 ABIA Virtual Awards star-studded event features Cate Blanchett, Malcolm Turnbull, Turia Pitt, Nat’s What I Reckon, Matthew McConaughey, Trent Dalton, Charlotte Wood, Casey Bennetto and many more. Plus a special live performance from musician Ash Grunwald! You can have a sneak peak at the program here. The book industry’s night of nights is NOT […]

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22 Apr 2021

Best Aussie book retailers of 2020 – innovative in the pandemic

Dominique Lamb, the CEO of the National Retail Association admires the ingenuity of Australian booksellers: COVID forced retailers of all stripes to bolster their digital services and booksellers were no different. Reading is a favourite pastime for many Australians and book retailers showed tremendous innovation to ensure shoppers were still able to get a book […]

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