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ABA Booksellers’ Choice Book of the Year 2022 SHORTLIST

The ABA is thrilled to announce the shortlists for the ABA Booksellers’ Choice Book of the Year 2022 Awards.
These awards recognise the Australian books that booksellers most enjoyed reading and handselling during 2021. We believe this is a special award because it is decided by the people who personally care enough to put a book in the hands of the reading public.
The winners in each category will be announced at the ABA Gala Dinner and Awards Night on Sunday 12 June 2022 at The Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sydney.

ABA Nielsen BookData Booksellers’ Choice - Adult Fiction Book of the Year 
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)
ABA Nielsen BookData Booksellers’ Choice - Adult Non-Fiction Book of the Year
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)
ABA Kids' Reading Guide Booksellers’ Choice - Children's Book of the Year
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

Book now - Conference 2022


For details including the program outline and bookings visit

The ABA is very much looking forward to gathering everyone together and in-person for the first time in three years on 12th & 13th June 2022, at The Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sydney.

We are working on an exciting program that ranges widely and will look at issues such as sustainability and diversity within our industry plus cover aspects of our businesses and our place in our community and society.

We are bringing to you an array of great Australian authors from keynote speakers Amy Thunig and Angela Meyer who bring academic rigour to proceedings, through to ABA favourites such as Holly Ringland, Sophie Cunningham, Stephanie Bishop and Inga Simpson as well as plenty of exciting debut novelists. We will also hear from Gabrielle Wang, the 2022-2023 Australian Children's Laureate, Elaine Pearson, the Australia Director at Human Rights Watch, Anna Funder, our very special closing keynote and Wil Anderson will be our dinner guest speaker.

As well as loads of authors we will be hearing from fellow booksellers about best practice, from Louise Starke (CEO Hachette and head of the APA’s Trade Publishers Committee), Cat Colwell and Anna Burkey from the APA, and Olivia Lanchester from the Australian Society of Authors about various issues we are facing on an industry level.

The draft program is now available on the conference Program page

For ticketing information visit the Tickets page

Stay at the fabulous conference hotel, for details visit the Accommodation page

We can’t wait to see you in Sydney!


New member benefit


Member stores will have the opportunity to reduce their payment processing fees and help support the arts, thanks to a new partnership between the ABA and payment processing company ArtsPay

ArtsPay is a new for-purpose payment processing company that uses the fees from every transaction to support the arts. Its mission is to build a sustainable new source of funding for independent artists and small arts organisations.

Any member store which switches their payment processing to ArtsPay by 30 June 2022 will receive a reduction on their current merchant services fees (log in for details). 

“We are pleased to have secured this special arrangement for our members,” said ABA CEO Robbie Egan. “By joining ArtsPay, booksellers have an opportunity to raise money for the arts sector and save on their payment fees at the same time. ArtsPay will work with ABA members to tailor a solution that can achieve both these aims.”

“Like many small and medium businesses, bookstores have done it tough during COVID. We are pleased to offer them this special discounted rate that will help them recover from a very difficult two years, whilst also contributing to the recovery of our struggling arts sector at the same time,” said ArtsPay co-founder Alistair Webster. “By joining ArtsPay, Australian bookstores will be joining a growing community of businesses helping to grow a new source of support for the arts, including for the growth and development of Australian literature. The quicker they join, the quicker they can start reaping these savings, and helping the arts. We look forward to working with the ABA and its members through 2022.”

At least 50 per cent of the profits from ArtsPay will be distributed to small arts organisations and independent artists through a new charitable Foundation, the ArtsPay Foundation.

New member benefit

Couriers & Freight

ABA has an excellent member discount freight deal with digital freight management company Couriers and Freight.

Couriers and Freight is a comparison site that allows users to compare rates across multiply providers and then make pay as you go bookings. Users can either use the service for 'one-off' bookings or set up a pay as you go account with additional features such as stored addresses and reporting.  The website is backed up by a IRL customer service team that can assist with bookings.

This service is ideal for sending multiple box returns to publishers or for smaller packages when Australia Post delays are a concern.

For the member DISCOUNT code log in below or contact the office on 03 9859 7322 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

COVID-19 re-opening assets

A range of safe messaging point of sale including shelftalkers, A5 cards and A4 posters.

Booksellers' Choice update

You can view the latest guide on the Bookseller's Choice website

See the latest newsletters HERE.

All ABA-produced marketing material seeks the involvement and contribution of ABA booksellers in the curation of titles. Books promoted in the guides and newsletters are available to purchase at extra terms for Booksellers’ Choice members and supported via the ABA Love Your Bookshop and Kids’ Reading Guide social media channels.

More information and FAQs are available on the Booksellers Choice page

If you have any questions, contact Galina on email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., P: 0414 166 203. 


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