Awards

The annual ABA awards are ordinarily announced at the annual ABA conference gala dinner, in 2020 the awards will be announced virtually on July 8th 

The ABA Bookseller awards recognise the unique role played by booksellers in distributing learning, ideas, and literature to communities across the country and the Bestsellers' Choice Awards recognises three Australian new release books our booksellers have selected as their favourite hand-sells in the previous year.

ABA Text Publishing Bookseller of the Year Award

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 but also for their achievements within the book industry as well as the local and wider community. This award gives booksellers the chance to exhibit their retailing skills, and be recognised by their peers, the book industry, and the general community for their career achievements, innovation and outstanding performance in their stores. The recipient of the award will receive $1,000. 

We are thrilled to announce the ABA Text Publishing Bookseller of the Year 2020 shortlist:

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 will be announced July 8th.

 

ABA Penguin Random House Young Bookseller of the Year

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 exhibit their retailing skills, and be recognised by their peers, the book industry, and the general community 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. 

We are thrilled to announce the ABA Penguin Random House Young Bookseller of the Year 2020 shortlist:

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 will be announced on Wednesday, 8 July.

 

The Booksellers' Choice Awards

The Booksellers' Choice 2020 Book of the Year Awards recognises the books that booksellers most enjoyed reading and handselling during 2019.

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

The ABA Nielsen Adult Fiction Book of the Year 2020 shortlist is:

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 ABA Booksellers’ Choice Adult Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2020 shortlist is:

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 Kids’ Reading Guide Children's Book of the Year Award 2020 shortlist is:

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 winners will be announced on Wednesday 8 July.