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Autumn Awards + Book News

March was a huge month for books, with the winners of the Indie Book Awards announced, the Bologna Children’s Fair returning to an in-person format, and longlist reveals from both the the ABIAs and ABDA. Read on for a round up of our top book news this Autumn.

Still Life wins the 2022 Indie Book Award for Illustrated Non-Fiction

On March 22nd, the winners of this year’s Indie Book Awards were announced. The Indie Book Awards are selected every year by Australian independent booksellers in six categories.

We are so thrilled to announce that our very own Still Life by Amber Creswell-Bell was name the winner of the Indie Book Award for Illustrated Non-Fiction. The full list of winners can be viewed here.

BRAW Amazing Bookshelf Exhibition at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair

This year the Bologna Children’s Book Fair returned to an in-person format for the first time since the pandemic began. Among other attractions at the fair was the BRAW Amazing Bookshelf, which showcased 100 books that were greatly admired by the judges and came very close to winning the 2022 Bologna Ragazzi Award.

Included in this this exhibition of publishing gems was This Small Blue Dot by Zeno Sworder, along with A History of Music for Children and The People’s Painter.

ABIA Longlist

Last week, this year’s Australian Book Industry Award longlist was announced. Among the nominations in the Illustrated Book of the Year category were our own Still Life by Amber Creswell Bell and A Life In Pattern by Anna Spiro. The Tiny Explorers by Kat Macleod was also nominated in the Children’s Book of the Year category.

The shortlist of the ABIAs will be announced on Monday 23rd May and the winners will be announced at the publishing industry’s Awards night on Thursday 9 June – a red carpet Ceremony held at the International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney.

ABDA Longlist

Last but not least, the Australian Book Designers Association recently announced the ABDA longlist. This year marks the 70th year of the awards, and we’re so pleased to see so many Thames and Hudson Australia titles on the list, as well as plenty from our distributed publishers. Congratulations to all authors longlisted!

Thames & Hudson Australia

Smith Street Books


Gallery of NSW

  • Archie 100 by Natalie Wilson – Best Designed Fully-Illustrated Book Under $50

The Shortlist will be announced in early April 2022 and the winners will be announced on Friday June 3 at The Craft & Co in Melbourne.

Posted on March 30, 2022