The Leading Edge Books program for the 2017 conference was held over two and a half days from 19-21 March at the Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa. The opening address was delivered by crime writer Jock Serong, whose new book On the Java Ridge which was published by Text last September.
Under the theme of Share Our Stories the Leading Edge Books Conference included networking opportunities as well as member and supplier forums. The agenda also featured presentations supporting small business, discussions on group specific and industry issues along with key supplier sessions and a number of author presentations.
Leading Edge Books is a national buying and marketing group behind 170+ Australian independent bookstores which is made up of over 1000 independent retailers throughout Australia across different retail sectors. For the first time in four years, the Awards Dinner on Monday, 20th March included the announcement of the Indie Book Awards 2017 Category Winners and Book of the Year winner.
The Indie Book Awards recognises and rewards the best Australian writing as chosen by Australian Independent Booksellers. The Awards celebrate the enormous depth and range of writing talent in Australia. The Awards differ from other literary awards because they are chosen by independent booksellers who are renowned for their love of books and reading, support new and emerging Australia authors and foster a love of quality writing.