ABIA 2021 Awards Winners

The 2021 Australian Book Industry (ABIAs) were announced on Wednesday 28 April at a star-studded simultaneous live and virtual event at Carriageworks, in association with the Sydney Writers’ Festival, and streamed LIVE on YouTube, hosted by musician and performer Casey Bennetto.

The awards are judged by an academy of more than 250 respected publishing industry figures, and they celebrate the most excellent of Australian writing, publishing and bookselling. The 2021 shortlist included some of the biggest names in the Australian book industry (which publishes over 7,000 new books annually) and this year’s winners are a top-shelf showcase of high-profile authors and amazing new talent. Without further ado, the Australian Publishers Association is thrilled to announce this year’s winners….

ABIA BOOK OF THE YEAR

  • Phosphorescence: On awe, wonder and things that sustain you when the world goes dark, Julia Baird (HarperCollins Publishers, Fourth Estate)

General Fiction Book of the Year

  • The Dictionary of Lost Words, Pip Williams (Affirm Press, Affirm Press)

General Non-fiction Book of the Year

  • Phosphorescence: On awe, wonder and things that sustain you when the world goes dark, Julia Baird (HarperCollins Publishers, Fourth Estate)

Literary Fiction Book of the Year

  • A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing, Jessie Tu (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)

All three books have been reviewed in these pages.  Our congratulations to the winners.

For the complete list, please go to http://abiaawards.com.au

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