For THE GEOGRAPHY OF FRIENDSHIP to make the longlist for the 2019 Australian Book Industry Awards in the Small Publishers’ Adult Book of the Year category last month was exciting enough, but to hear today that it’s made the shortlist…now that takes excitement to a whole new level! Congratulations to all those authors shortlisted and longlisted across all 12 categories. What’s so good about these awards though is that they celebrate and acknowledge the great achievements of those who work within Australia’s publishing industry - the publishers, editors, publicists, booksellers, graphic designers, librarians, agents, media, and writers and readers. So hats off to everyone who contributes in their various ways to making the Australian literary landscape the vibrant, exciting and eclectic one that it is. The winners of the awards will be announced at a red carpet event at Sydney’s International Convention Centre on Thursday 2 May. Tickets for this event can be purchased here.