Freya Blackwood, Kristin Weidenbach, Timothy Ide and Marc Martin win Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Awards
Well done to Freya Blackwood, Kristin Weidenback and Timothy Ide, and Marc Martin who have been awarded 2013 CBCA awards in their respective categories. THE TERRIBLE SUITCASE (Scholastic Omnibus) (written by Emma Allen and illustrated by Freya) won the Early Childhood category. Meanwhile TOM THE OUTBACK MAILMAN (written by Kristin and illustrated by Tim) won the Eve Pownall Book of the Year. Marc's A FOREST (Penguin Viking) was awarded the Crichton Award for New Illustrators. Big congratulations all round.
Huge congratulations to both Bruce Pascoe and Libby Gleeson who have won prestigious 2013 Prime Minister's Literary Awards. Bruce took out the Young Adult Fiction category for his novel FOG A DOX (Magabala Books), which is described as a tale of "courage, acceptance and respect". Libby's book, RED (Allen & Unwin), which follows a young girl alone and unable to remember her identity in the aftermath of a devastating cyclone, was awarded the Children's Fiction prize.
We are very happy to share the news that THE HUSBAND'S SECRET by Liane Moriarty is featured not once, twice, but THREE times on The New York Times' Best Sellers lists. It's #16 on the E-book and the Combined Print & E-book lists and #17 on the Print Hardcover list:
Liane Moriarty THE HUSBAND'S SECRET - New York Times Best-Seller!
What an amazing achievement. Congratulations, Liane!
We've received the wonderful news that Lily Chan has been awarded the 2013 Dobbie Award for her powerful memoir TOYO (Black Inc). Blending the intimacy of memoir with an artist’s vision, TOYO is the story of a remarkable woman, a vivid picture of Japan before and after war, and an unpredictable tale of courage and change in today’s Australia. It is a very deserving winner. Congratulations, Lily!
We would like to extend our biggest congratulations to Markus Zusak as we have just heard that THE BOOK THIEF has reached sales of THREE MILLION copies in the USA alone. What an amazing achievement. Production for the silver screen adaptation of the much-loved tale has recently wrapped in Berlin. We can't wait to see it!
THE 26-STOREY TREEHOUSE (Pan Macmillan) by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton has been awarded 2013 ABIA Book of the Year for Older Readers. This continues a winning streak for the side-splittingly funny series: THE 13-STOREY TREEHOUSE won this same category at the 2012 ABIA awards and also took out the Best Fiction for Olders Readers category at the 2012 COOL, KROC and KOALA awards.
In yet another honour for Gideon Haigh, ON WARNE has been awarded Best Cricket Book of the Year at the 2013 British Sports Book Awards. Gideon had this to say: "As a cricket lover, I feel very blessed to have lived in Shane Warne's era; as a journalist, I feel immensely fortunate to have had him as a subject. Some of his luck now appears to have rubbed off on me. The British Sports Books aren't quite the Ashes, but for a writer they're getting close. I won't be defeatist and say that this is the best cricket result an Australian will obtain this summer. But for me it's a very happy one".