Behrouz Boochani Wins Australia’s Richest Literary Prize!

  NO FRIEND BUT THE MOUNTAINS, Kurdish-Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani’s memoir of life as a detainee on Manus Island’s detention camp (on Papua New Guinea) for more than five years, has won both the Victorian Premier’s Literary Prize 2019 for Literature and for Non-fiction.     The combined value of the two prizes is AU$125,000.   Previously, Behrouz had won Amnesty International Australia’s 2017…

He’s Waiting…

The Angoulême prize (“le Fauve jeunesse”) is waiting for his mistress to arrive!  


Jen Wang’s THE PRINCE AND THE DRESSMAKER, published in France by Akileos under the title Le Prince et la couturière, won the best kids’ book prize at the Angoulême international comics festival last week! (Read the announcement here.) Jen will be in France for a mini-tour from the 31st of January until the 9th of February….

MONK! – Best Jazz Book of 2018 in France!

The French edition of Youssef Daoudi’s graphic novel biography MONK! (First Second) has been selected Best Jazz Book of 2018 by the Académie du Jazz! For a selection of French reviews, click here. What a great way to start off the New Year!    

Graphic Novel News from First Second

There’s a lot happening, so this is long! CHECK, PLEASE! by Ngozi Ukazu is garnering major media buzz, with more to come! NPR Books says, “With Bitty’s ever-contagious optimism and Ukazu’s sprightly drawings, life inside this soap bubble is as nice as it should be everywhere else.” Read the full review here. Den of Geek calls CHECK, PLEASE!…

Everyone Likes a Fart!

NO ONE LIKES A FART by Zoe Foster Blake (Penguin Random House Australia) has just been chosen Children’s Picture Book of the Year at the Australian Book Industry Awards 2018! Penguin have sold over 60,000 copies in Australia alone since publication – it’s the fastest selling picture book in the history of Bookscan Australia! North American…

Eisner Nominees Announced

First Second has two books nominated in the Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17) category:           THE DAM KEEPER by Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi    and SPINNING by Tillie Walden. SPINNING is also nominated in the Best Reality-based Work category.  

Shaun Tan Has Done It Again!

Tok Tok Tok! Australian superstar Shaun Tan, has a new book, CICADA, coming out this summer, and it’s another great one! Books+Publishing has given it a 5-star review that you can read here. Shaun’s previous books have been published in many translations around the world, his animated film, The Lost Thing, won an Oscar, and…


Jo Sandhu’s middle-grade novel TARIN OF THE MAMMOTHS: THE EXILE has won the 2018 Readings Children’s Book Prize . This is the first book in a trilogy being published by Penguin Random House Australia.