We are thrilled and delighted to discover that several JdM creators have been longlisted in the 2024 Indie Book Awards, across multiple categories!
The ‘Aus Indie Book Awards’ involve Australian independent booksellers nominating their favourite Australian books of 2023, and it’s a huge honour to be recognised via Longlisting.
From the press release: Since 2008, the Indie Book Awards have celebrated the best Australian writing; and who better to nominate and judge the best-of-the-best than indie booksellers! What makes indie booksellers uniquely placed to judge and recommend the best Aussie books of the past year is their incredible passion and knowledge, their contribution to the cultural diversity of the Australian reading public, by recommending beyond the big brands, and above all, their love of quality writing. The Awards recognise and celebrate indie booksellers and the crucial role they play in promoting and nurturing Australian literary talent.
Leanne Kadareanu, Head of Books at Leading Edge Retail, proud facilitator of the awards says, “We are thrilled to announce the Longlist for the Indie Book Awards 2024 – booksellers’ favourite Australian titles of the last year. Indie booksellers are known for their passion and their stores are vibrant hubs for book lovers of all ages. It’s their vast knowledge and expert recommendations that see their customers return again and again. So trust them when they declare these books as the best of the best”
The JdM creators longlisted this year, are;
DEBUT FICTION LONGLIST: The Visitors by Jane Harrison (Fourth Estate Australia)
CHILDREN’S LONGLIST: Neil, The Amazing Sea Cucumber by Amelia McInerney, illustrated by Lucinda Gifford (Affirm Press)
& Millie Mak the Maker by Alice Pung, illustrated by our own Sher Rill Ng (HarperCollins Australia)
YOUNG ADULT LONGLIST: Grace Notes by Karen Comer (Lothian Children’s Books)
Congratulations, one and all! The Shortlist will be announced on 17 January 2024, with the Category Winners and the Overall Book of the Year Winner being announced at a virtual awards event on Monday 25 March 2024.