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.
ABA Penguin Random House Young Bookseller of the Year 2021 shortlist:
- Robert Albazi, Paperback Bookshop
- Eleni James, Neighbourhood Books
- Genevieve Kruyssen, Where the Wild Things Are
- Claire Leyton, Paperchain Bookstore
- Hannah Lunch, Bouquiniste Book Cafe Kiama
- Steph Parkin, Harry Hartog Narellan
Congratulations to all the shortlisted booksellers! The winners will be announced at 5:00 pm Sunday 20th June as part of the ABA conference in-person and live-streamed program.
1. Nominees must have worked as a bookseller for at least two years and must be working at least 20 hours per week.
2. The candidate must be aged 35 or under on 20th June 2021
3. The nominee can self-nominate or be nominated by a peer, employer, or colleague and work at an ABA member bookshop.
4. The judging is made by a panel. No correspondence will be entered into.
5. Not open to management committee (employees of ABA management committee can be nominated)
5. Previous winners are not eligible to be nominated.
6. CLOSING DATE: 5:00 pm Friday 14th May 2021.
2016: Amelia Lush, Better Read Than Dead
2015: Gerard Elson, Readings St Kilda
2014: Helene Byfield, Books Kinokuniya
2013: Louise Fay, Dymocks Adelaide
2012: Megan O'Brien, Shearers Bookshop