ABIA Awards 2021

April 29, 2021

Julia Baird’s Phosphorescence: On Awe, Wonder & Things that Sustain You when the World Goes Dark has won Book of the Year at the 2021 Australian Book Industry Awards, held on Wednesday night at Carriageworks in association with the Sydney Writers’ festival. The prestigious award was this year presented by screen star Cate Blanchett via livestream.

As a proud partner of the ABIA Awards for this year, Copyright Agency was honoured to sponsor the award for general non-fiction book of the year, which also went to Julia Baird for Phosphorescence. A sensational result for the Sydney author and journalist.

Casey Bennetto reprised his role as presenter of this year’s awards as audiences engaged by attending both in-person and online to celebrate the books of 2020, with the event live-streamed via YouTube.

The ABIA awards, held by the Australian Publishers Association in its fifth year celebrate the ‘Joy of Books’, and the diverse range of immense talent Australia has to offer in its writing, publishing and bookselling.

Last year, we relied upon books more than ever as we faced lockdowns and isolation. Spending most of our time indoors, books provided a much-needed form of escapism and comfort. The ABIAs celebrated this on the book industry’s night of nights amongst a stellar line up of authors, publishers and bookselling peers.

The longlist was voted for by the ABIA Academy, a group of publishers, booksellers, agents, media and industry representatives, while the shortlist and winners were chosen by nominated judging panels of industry experts.

See the full list of winners on the ABIA website, or rewatch the virtual awards event on YouTube.

Adam Suckling presents Julia Baird with the Copyright Agency sponsored award for General Non-Fiction Book of the Year. Image Credit: Monique Ferguson.

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