ABA annual awards

Through a series of annual awards the Australian Booksellers Association celebrates the work of Australian booksellers and the books they love to sell. The annual ABA Bookseller awards recognise the unique role played by booksellers in distributing learning, ideas, and literature to communities and the Booksellers' Choice awards recognise the Australian new release books our booksellers have selected as their favourite hand-sells.

 

The ABA Text Publishing Bookseller of the Year award recognises an individual bookseller for their outstanding achievement in the past twelve months. The winner is not only identified for their exceptional performance within the bookshop that they work but also for their achievements within the book industry as well as the local and wider community. 

Congratulations to all of the ABA Text Publishing Bookseller of the Year 2020 shortlistees.

Michael Earp, The Little Bookroom
Kate Horton, Farrells Bookshop
Alison Huber, Readings Carlton
Krissy Kneen, Avid Reader 
Anna MacDonald, Paperback Bookshop
Rachel Robson, Berkelouw Books Leichhardt

The winner is.......

 The ABA Penguin Random House Australia Young Bookseller of the Year award recognises and rewards the excellence of a bookseller 35 or under and promotes bookselling as a career choice. This award gives booksellers the chance to exhibit their skills, and be recognised for their career achievements, innovation and outstanding performance in their stores. 

Congratulations to all of the ABA Text Publishing Bookseller of the Year 2020 shortlistees.

Anna Carles, Constant Reader Mosman
Suzanne Garcia, Mary Martin Bookshop
Nina Kempster, Harry Hartog Bondi
Claire Leyton, Paperchain Bookshop
Simon McDonald, Potts Point Bookshop
Amy Waddell, Dymocks Hobart

The winner is......

The ABA Nielsen Adult Fiction Book of the Year award recognises the adult fiction new release that booksellers most enjoyed reading, marketing and handselling during the previous year.

We believe it is a special award because it is decided by the people who care enough to personally recommend and put a book in the hands of the reading public. 

This award is proudly supported on the membership's behalf by Nielsen and the ABA.

Congratulations to all the ABA Nielsen Adult Fiction Book of the Year 2020 shortlistees.

The Wife and the Widow by Christian White (Affirm Press)
Bruny by Heather Rose (Allen & Unwin)
The Weekend by Charlotte Wood (Allen & Unwin)
Silver by Chris Hammer (Allen & Unwin)
There Was Still Love by Favel Parrett (Hachette Australia)
The Yield by Tara June Winch (Hamish Hamilton/PRH)

The 2020 winner is a tie!

Our big congratulations to There Was Still Love by Favel Parrett (Hachette Australia) and The Yield by Tara June Winch (Hamish Hamilton/PRH) joint winners of the 2020 ABA Nielsen Adult Fiction Book of the Year award.

Click in the videos below to hear from the winning authors.

The inaugural ABA Booksellers' Choice non-fiction book of the year recognises the non-fiction new release that booksellers most enjoyed reading, marketing and handselling during the previous year.

We believe it is a special award because it is decided by the people who care enough to personally recommend and put a book in the hands of the reading public. 

This award is proudly supported on the membership's behalf by the seasonal Booksellers' Choice guides.

Congratulations to all of the ABA Booksellers’ Choice Adult Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2020 shortlistees.

Kitty Flanagan's 488 Rules for Life by Kitty Flanagan (Allen & Unwin)
Your Own Kind of Girl by Clare Bowditch (Allen & Unwin)
See What You Made Me Do by Jess Hill (Black Inc.)
The Whole Fish Cookbook by Josh Niland (Hardie Grant Books)
Tell Me Why: The Story of My Life and My Music by Archie Roach (Simon & Schuster)
Sand Talk by Tyson Yunkaporta (Text Publishing)
 

The 2020 winner is See What You Made Me Do by Jess Hill (Black Inc.) Congratulations Jess!!

Click in the video below to hear from Jess.

The inaugural ABA Kids' Reading Guide book of the year award recognises the children's' new release that booksellers most enjoyed reading, marketing and handselling during the previous year.

We believe it is a special award because it is decided by the people who care enough to personally recommend and put a book in the hands of the reading public. 

This award is proudly supported on the membership's behalf by the Kids' Reading Guide.

Congratulations to all of the ABA Kids’ Reading Guide Children's Book of the Year 2020 shortlistees.

Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Ugly Animals by Sami Bayly (Lothian Children’s Books)
All The Factors of Why I Love Tractors by Davina Bell & Jenny Lovlie (illus) (Hardie Grant Egmont)
Young Dark Emu: A Truer History by Bruce Pascoe (Magabala Books)
Lunch at 10 Pomegranate Street by Felicita Sala (Scribble Kids Books)
Tiny Star by Mem Fox & Freya Blackwood (illus) (Puffin)
It Sounded Better In My Head by Nina Kenwood (Text Publishing)
  

The 2020 winner is Young Dark Emu: A Truer History by Bruce Pascoe (Magabala Books) Congratulations Bruce!!

Click in the video below to hear from Bruce.