It seems a bit early in the year to me to be choosing the book of the year, but the Book Award Tragic tells me that last night, in Sydney, the Australian Book Industry Awards (of which there are 18 in all) were awarded. The winners are chosen by 150 booksellers and publishers who voted online in April/May 2009.
You can read Book Award Tragic’s full run-down here. It’s a comprehensive and lovingly put-together list of all the winners and honourable mentions. Just let me tell you that the winner of the Book of the Year was The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas.