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 in partnership with Hardie Grant Publishing is thrilled to announce a new Bookseller of the Year award.

The ABA Hardie Grant Children's Publishing Bookseller of the Year award recognises individual children's specialist booksellers for their outstanding achievements in the past twelve months. The winner will not only be identified for their exceptional performance within the bookshop that they work in but also for their achievements within the book industry as well as the local and wider community. This award gives booksellers the chance to be recognised by the book industry for innovation, excellence and career achievements. The recipient of the award will receive $1,000. 

 

The ABA Text Publishing Bookseller of the Year award recognises an individual bookseller for their outstanding achievement in the past twelve months. The winner will not only be identified for their exceptional performance within the bookshop that they work in but also for their achievements within the book industry as well as the local and wider community. This award gives booksellers the chance to be recognised by the book industry for innovation, excellence and career achievements. The recipient of the award will receive $1,000. 

 

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 for young people. This award gives booksellers the chance to be recognised by the book industry for their career achievements, innovation and outstanding performance in their stores as well as the local and wider community. The recipient of the award will receive $1,000. 

 

The ABA Nielsen BookData Booksellers’ Choice - 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. 

ABA Nielsen BookData Booksellers’ Choice - Adult Fiction Book of the Year shortlist:


After Story by Larissa Behrendt (UQP)
Dark as Last Night by Tony Birch (UQP)
The Way It Is Now by Garry Disher (Text Publishing)
Devotion by Hannah Kent (Picador Australia)
Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy (Hamish Hamilton)
Love & Virtue by Diana Reid (Ultimo Press)

 

The ABA Nielsen BookData Booksellers’ Choice - Adult Non-Fiction Book of the Year award 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. 

ABA Nielsen BookData Booksellers’ Choice - Adult Non-Fiction Book of the Year shortlist:


Whole Notes by Ed Ayres (ABC Books)
Love Stories by Trent Dalton (HarperCollins Australia)
Sex, Lies and Question Time by Kate Ellis (Hardie Grant Books)
Toxic: The Rotting Underbelly of the Tasmanian Salmon Industry by Richard Flanagan (Penguin)
My Year Of Living Vulnerably by Rick Morton (HarperCollins Australia)
Recipe for a Kinder Life by Annie Smithers (Thames & Hudson Australia)

 

The ABA Kids' Reading Guide Booksellers’ Choice - Children's Book of the Year award recognises the childrens' 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. 

ABA Kids' Reading Guide Booksellers’ Choice - Children's Book of the Year shortlist:


The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Peculiar Pairs in Nature by Sami Bayly (Lothian Children's  Books)
Tomorrow is a Brand-New Day by Davina Bell & Allison Colpoys (Illustrator) (Scribble)
Dragon Skin by Karen Foxlee (Allen & Unwin)
Somebody's Land: Welcome to Our Country by Adam Goodes, Ellie Laing & David Hardy (illustrator) (Allen & Unwin)
Rabbit, Soldier, Angel, Thief by Katrina Nannestad (ABC Books)
Heroes, Rebels and Innovators: Inspiring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People from History by Karen Wyld & Jaelyn Biumaiwai (illustrator) Lothian Children's Books