There has been much excitement in the literary world this week with the Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) announcing their 2016 Book Awards shortlist. We were thrilled to see a familiar name amongst the authors. Our very own AWC presenter, Danny Parker, is shortlisted in the Book of the Year for Younger Children category with his acclaimed picture book, Perfect. Congratulations Danny!
From the media release:
A diverse national judging panel featuring representatives from all sectors of the book industry — publishers (large and small), retailers (bricks and mortar, and digital) media and festival organisers — compiled the shortlist of book excellence.
Winners will be announced at the ABIAs gala ceremony held at Art Gallery of NSW on Thursday 19 May 2016.
A-list presenters including Richard Flanagan, Jonathan Franzen, Gloria Steinem and Jeanette Winterson are announced today, with comedian extraordinaire Kitty Flanagan, to host the evening.
As the flagship event for the Australian Book Industry, the ABIAs showcase the talent and diversity of what is the 14th largest publishing industry in the world, generating $2 billion in annual revenue with more than 7,000 new titles published each year.
More than 1,000 businesses are engaged in the publishing industry, employing over 4,000 people, many in small enterprises. Over 20,000 people work in the broader industry that includes retailers and printers.
The ABIA 2016 Book Awards shortlist features books published between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015.
For the complete shortlist, check out the ABIA website.