TOO MUCH LIP Wins the Miles Franklin!

Melissa Lucashenko’s powerful novel TOO MUCH LIP has won Australia’s prestigious Miles Franklin Prize. Congratulations on this well-deserved award, Melissa!  

Yet Another Prize for Boochani!

Behrouz Boochani’s NO FRIEND BUT THE MOUNTAINS has won the State Library of New South Wales’ 2019 National Biography Award! The award, worth AU$ 25,000, was announced on 12 August. The judges praised NO FRIEND BUT THE MOUNTAINS for its ‘poetic and epic writing’, calling it ‘profoundly important, an astonishing act of witness and testament…

First Second Authors Win Big in San Diego!

Three First Second authors took home a total of four coveted Eisner Awards at last week’s San Diego Comicon! In the category Best Publication for Kids (ages 9–12), the winner was Faith Erin Hicks’ THE DIVIDED EARTH, Volume 3 in the Nameless City Trilogy.           Then Jen Wang’s THE PRINCE AND…

TOO MUCH LIP Shortlisted for Miles Franklin Award!

The shortlist for the 2019 Miles Franklin Literary Award has just been announced, and Melissa Lucashenko’s TOO MUCH LIP, published by UQP, is one of the six finalists! The prize is worth $AU 60 000, and the winner will be announced on 30 July. Fingers crossed! 

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!