NO FRIEND BUT THE MOUNTAINS Wins Another Australian Award!

A special award of $10,000 was made to Manus Island refugee Behrooz Boochani for his book No Friend but the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison (Picador) at the 2019 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards yesterday.  Boochani’s book was not eligible for the regular awards, which require that authors be Australian citizens. The book won the top prize at the Victorian…

Nominations for the 2019 Eisner Awards!

The nominees for the 2019 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards have just been announced, and many of our clients are nominated in the graphic novel categories: MONK! by Moroccan author Youssef Daoudi (First Second) is nominated for an Eisner Award in the category Best Reality-Based Work.                  …

CITY OF SAINTS AND THIEVES Nominated for German Prize!

Natalie C. Anderson’s CITY OF SAINTS AND THIEVES has been nominated for the German Youth Literature Award 2019, the most prestigious and valuable prize the German children’s book industry gives out every year.Other nominees in the Young Adult Literature category include Neal Shusterman and Lauren Wolk, so Natalie is in stellar company!          …

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!  

THE PRINCE AND THE DRESSMAKER Wins in Angoulême!

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…