The winning authors and illustrators for the 2019 Indies Choice Book Awards and the E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards, as voted on by independent booksellers nationwide, will be honored at the upcoming ABA Indies Choice Awards ceremony at BookExpo.
This year's BookExpo will be held May 29–31 at the Javits Convention Center in New York City. The ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 30, from 1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. on the Javits Center’s Choice Stage. Formerly the Celebration of Bookselling Lunch, this year’s awards will be presented in a new format on the trade show floor. Featured authors will be signing books in the ABA Member Lounge (Booth 2962) exclusively for ABA members following the event.
The 2019 Indies Choice Book Award winners, reflecting the spirit of independent bookstores nationwide, are:
ADULT FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR
- Circe: A Novel by Madeline Miller (Lee Boudreaux Books)
ADULT NONFICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR
- Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover (Random House)
ADULT DEBUT BOOK OF THE YEAR
- There There: A Novel by Tommy Orange (Knopf)
AUDIOBOOK OF THE YEAR
- Circe: A Novel by Madeline Miller, read by Perdita Weeks (Hachette Audio)
YOUNG ADULT BOOK OF THE YEAR
- The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (HarperTeen)
The winners of the E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards, reflecting the playful, well-paced language, the engaging themes, and the universal appeal embodied by E.B. White’s collection of beloved books, are:
E.B. WHITE READ-ALOUD AWARD – MIDDLE READER
- Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
E.B. WHITE READ-ALOUD AWARD – PICTURE BOOK
- We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins (Disney-Hyperion)
INDIE CHAMPION AWARD
The Indie Champion Award is presented to the author or illustrator who booksellers feel understands the importance of independent bookstores to their communities at large and has a strong personal commitment to foster and support the mission and passion of independent booksellers. This year’s winner is:
PICTURE BOOK HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
Indie booksellers chose these three classic picture books for induction into the Picture Book Hall of Fame.
- The Circus Ship by Chris Van Dusen (Candlewick)
- Grandfather’s Journey by Allen Say (HMH Books for Young Readers)
- Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears by Verna Aardema, Leo and Diane Dillon (illus.) (Dial Books)
The winners and honor books in all categories with the exceptions of Indie Champion and Picture Book Hall of Fame were chosen from titles appearing on the Indie Next Lists in 2018, with additional titles for the E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards nominated by bookseller members of the ABC Children’s Group at ABA.
The Indies Choice and E.B. White winners in attendance at the ABA Indies Choice Book Awards on Thursday, May 30, at BookExpo are invited to autograph their books at a happy hour from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the ABA Member Lounge immediately following the ceremony. Select Indies Introduce authors will also be signing books at the happy hour.
No tickets are required at this popular, free event. Questions about the awards should be addressed to ABA Director of Development and Publisher Relations Matthew Zoni.
Complete details about ABA programming at BookExpo are available on BookWeb.org.