You've been waiting with bated breath and now it is here! The 2020 ABIA shortlist is out and wow! What a lineup of incredible talent.
Every year, the Australian Book Industry Awards brings together and celebrates the talents of not only authors and illustrators, but also the hardworking publishers that go out of their way to support such fine work. Without publishers, such talent might go undiscovered and the world of literature as we know it, would be a lesser place.
We look forward to seeing the humble newcomer make it big in children's literature; cheer when we experience the playful colours of unseen illustrators; marvel at the penmanship of seasoned writers and give thanks to the never-ending support, encouragement and belief of editors and their publishing houses.
Sponsored by some of the biggest publishing houses and businesses in the Literary industry; this year because of the CoVid19 situation, the ABIA Awards will go virtual - streaming the event LIVE, on YouTube at 4 pm - May 13th, 2020. Some of the categories you'll see celebrated will be: Audiobook of the Year; Biography Book of the Year, Illustrator of the Year; Bookshop of the Year; Publisher of the Year and so many more.
However, Rising Star of the Year is one award that will bring smiles to the faces of many - for without the young taking interest in literature - we have no awards.
I so look forward to the evening and will close up shop early, to enjoy these wonderful Awards.
...And, so should you. :)