What a lot of lovely things happened this week. Let's work backwards...
Boori Monty Pryor and Jan Ormerod won the Prime Minister's Literary Award, Children's Fiction for Shake A Leg!!
Three million cheers for Boori and Jan and Shake A Leg!
Big congratulations also to Laura Buzo and Joanne Horniman for being shortlisted in the Young Adult section for Good Oil and About a Girl respectively.
The shortlist for this year's Australian Book Industry Awards* was announced. And we're thrilled by the nice long list of our books.
Book of the Year for Younger Children
Noni the Pony by Alison Lester
Book of the Year for Older Children
Hamlet by Nicki Greenberg
Museum of Thieves: The Keepers Book 1 by Lian Tanner
International Success of the Year 2011
Tales From Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan
Hooray hooray hooray for Alison, Nicki, Lian and Shaun.
And huge congratulations to Mothership authors Anh Do, Peter Robb and Kate Morton.
A cheer also for all of us Onions - Melbourne and Sydney and NZ and London - and our nomination for Publisher of the Year.
Karen Healey's fabulous new book The Shattering was launched into the world by Lili Wilkinson at the always-convival Readings Carlton.
The Shattering is tense and creepy and funny and sad, and set in a niiiice hot New Zealand summer - so the very thing to take your mind far away from chilly Melbourne.
Hurrah for Karen and The Shattering!
The Cake-maker Virtuoso did it again. This time a quince and cardamom** custard cake. Just Look at those layers! Masterful.
* Some call the ABIAs the Oscars of the bookworld. Only it's a sit down dinner - so maybe more like the Golden Globes (which always look a lot more fun).
** We long ago identified the fact that there was unrest in the House over the cardamom/cardamon spelling, but because this cake was so delicious, we will grant the C-MV her preferred spelling.