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The Indie Awards Chosen by Australian independent booksellers, this new $19,000 prize will honour an Australian author for the best book of the past twelve months.

The award is being managed by Leading Edge Books, a group of independent bookstores with member stores across Australia, both metropolitan and regional, including many of Australia's iconic independent bookshops. The award demonstrates independent booksellers' commitment to Australian books and writers, with over 120 bookshops working together to sponsor this annual award.

The Indie Book Awards 2011 shortlist has been announced.  Independent booksellers from across the country have nominated their favourite books from 2010 in four categories – Fiction, Debut Fiction, Non-Fiction and Children’s.  The shortlist is:

• Fiction:  Bereft by Chris Womersley, Indelible Ink by Fiona McGregor, When Colts Ran by Roger McDonald,That Deadman Dance by Kim Scott

• Non-fiction:  The Happiest Refugee by Anh Do, How to Make Gravy by Paul Kelly, The Well at the World's End by A.J.Mackinnon, Street Fight in Naples by Peter Robb

• Debut FictionRocks in the Belly by Jon Bauer, Book of Lost Threads by Tess Evans, The Legacy by Kirsten Tranter , The Old School by P.M.Newton

• Children’s:  Museum of Thieves: The Keepers Book 1 by Lian Tanner, Mirror by Jeannie Baker, The Very Bad Book by Andy GriffithsThe Legend of the Golden Snail by Graeme Base

The winners and the Indie Book of the Year will be announced on March 14th.

Indie Category Winners 2009

Jasper Jones: A Novel | The Virtuoso | The Tall Man: Death and Life on Palm Island | Pearl Verses the World

Fiction & Book of the Year: Jasper Jones, by Craig Silvey- Late on a hot summer night in 1965, Charlie Bucktin, a precocious and bookish boy of thirteen, is startled by an urgent knock on the window of his sleep-out. His visitor is Jasper Jones, an outcast in the regional mining town of Corrigan. Rebellious, mixed-race and solitary, Jasper is a distant figure of danger and intrigue for Charlie. More

Debut Fiction: The Virtuoso by Sonia Orchard- 'Looking back- I realise I'd always been waiting for the arrival of Noel Mewton-Wood. His entrance occurred with such ease that I began to believe he'd always been there- standing in the wings- long before I'd even laid eyes on him.' London, November 1945: at a bohemian party a young music student meets the charismatic concert pianist Noel Mewton-Wood. The two immediately become lovers and the affair unleashes an overwhelming passion as grand and sublime as the music they both love. More

Nonfiction: The Tall Man, by Chloe Hopper - In 2004 Cameron Doomadgee, a 36-year-old resident of Palm Island, was arrested for swearing at a white police officer. Within 45 minutes he was dead. The main suspect was well respected Senior Sergeant Christopher Hurley. This is the story of what happened, the trial, and the Aboriginal myths around the case. More

Children's Book: Pearl Verses the World, by Sonia Orchard and Sally Murphy (Illustrator)- At school, Pearl feels as though she is in a group of one. Her teacher wants her to write poems that rhyme but Pearl’s poems don’t. At home, however, Pearl feels safe and loved, but her grandmother is slowly fading, and so are Mum and Pearl. When her grandmother eventually passes away, Pearl wants life to go back to the way it was and refuses to talk at the funeral. But she finds the courage to deliver a poem for her grandmother that defies her teacher’s idea of poetry – her poem doesn’t rhyme; it comes from the heart. More

Tim Winton's, Breath , Wins the Inaugural $19,000 Australian ‘Indie’ Award' winton_tim

breath_cover7th October- Australia’s independent booksellers have awarded he 2008 Indie Award to Tim Winton for his novel Breath. The $19,000 prize for the Best Australian Book of the past 12 months has been donated entirely by over 120 independent booksellers across the country, underlining their commitment to Australian books and writers. Tim Winton said independent booksellers have supported him throughout his career:

“I’m very pleased to have had the support of independent booksellers for the last 25 years and I've never felt that more vividly than this year. There are few countries in the world where a literary novel from a regional writer will be embraced so widely in the local book trade and fewer still where that novel can reach the widest possible audience with the aid of small, grass roots and independent bookshops.

2008 Shortlist

AUSTRALIA’S INDEPENDENT BOOKSELLERS SHORT LIST WINNERS FOR THE INAUGURAL ‘INDIE’ AWARD Australia’s independent booksellers have selected the four short listed titles for their major new prize, The Indie Award. The $19,000 prize will honour an Australian author for the best book of the past twelve months, with the winner to be chosen by independent booksellers and announced on Monday 6th October 2008.

The four shortlisted titles for the inaugural Indie Award are:

addition_coverDebut Fiction: Addition by Toni Jordan (Text Publishing) Judges Comments: It’s a love story with a difference, sensitive and bold in its approach to mental illness, it is both entertaining and thought provoking…This remarkable novel is cleaver, funny and tender; it ticks all the right boxes and will appeal to a broad readership…I believe Jordan is a fresh, brave and clever new voice in Australian literature who will continue to bring quality work to the reading public…

Book Description:

Addition is novel about being in love with numbers. The main character is Grace Vandenburg - damaged and screwy, but not a victim: she's quick-witted, flirtatious and headstrong. She's not the least bit sentimental but she may be about to lose count of the number of ways she can fall inbreath_cover love. Debut novel from an Australian author.

Fiction: Breath by Tim Winton (Penguin Group Australia) Judges Comments: The rhythm of breathing and ebb and flow of the ocean pervade every sentence of Winton's recent masterpiece...We watch, mesmerized, with baited breath, the unfolding of a warm, dark drama as age and youth, fear and courage, friendship and bitter anger play out in an elemental story amongst cave sized waves and intense human encounters that engulf and churn souls in a blinding spray…

Book Description:

When paramedic Bruce Pike arrives too late to save a boy found hanged in his bedroom he senses immediately that this lonely death is an accident. Pike knows the difference between suicide and misadventure. He understands only too well the forces that can propel a kid toward oblivion. Not just because he's an ambulanceman but because of the life he's lived, the boy he once was, addicted to extremes, flirting with death, pushing every boundary in the struggle to be extraordinary, barely knowing where or how to stop. So begins a story about the damage you do to yourself when you're young and think you're immortal. In his first novel for seven years, Tim Winton has achieved a new level of mastery. Breath confirms him as one of the world's finest storytellers, whose work is both accessible and profound, relentlessly gripping and deeply moving.

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american_journeysNon - Fiction: American Journeys by Don Watson (Random House Australia) Judges Comments: Watson’s American road trip is all you would expect – immensely readable, witty and acerbic – all recorded with a fine ear and a sharp pen…A wonderful, witty insight into what makes American the country we love and hate, I think this is Watson's best book…Through his wonderful prose Watson really draws us into his experiences and brings to life the many contrasts of what it is that makes America the nation it is, warts and all…

Book Description:

In May 2005, on a sudden impulse, Don Watson took a train called The Southwest Chief from Chicago to Los Angeles: like a woodworm, he thought, drilling a tiny groove into the bark of the republic. Long before it reached LA, Watson had decided to catch more trains to more places in America. The Southwest Chief had cast an irresistible spell: long days with the American landscape and American towns and American history unfolding on the outside, while on the inside a tiny particle of the American people talked among themselves. Here was a unique and seductive means of peering into the United States. Five months later, Watson had returned with a plan to travel everywhere that a train could take him. The result is this charming, witty and above all fascinating book -- an extraordinary portrait of the most powerful democracy on earth, home to the best and worst of everything. This is no rant about America -- there have been many such books in recent years -- more an authentic snapshot of what America is and what it means. Here is Watsons reaction to the experience of American life laid bare, from frustration to fury, affection to amusement, anger to anxiety.Only in America are the most extreme contradictions possible. Only with Don Watson as our guide can we see the true character of Uncle Sam.

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tales_from_outer_suburbiaChildren’s Book: Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan (Allen & Unwin) Judges Comments: The text and the illustrations have a depth that will reach a wide audience on many different levels making it perfect and satisfying for not only children but also young adults and grown ups alike…The words and images blend seamlessly to create luminous tales that weeks later still make the reader smile…

Book Description:

Do you remember the water buffalo at the end of our street? Or the deep-sea diver we found near the underpass? Do you know why dogs bark in the middle of the night? Shaun Tan, creator of The Arrival, The Lost Thing and The Red Tree, reveals the quiet mysteries of everyday life: homemade pets, dangerous weddings, stranded sea mammals, tiny exchange students and secret rooms filled with darkness and delight. Fifteen intriguing illustrated stories about the mysteries that lurk below the surface of suburban life.

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