Awards: SCIBA; CWA Daggers; Readings YA

Finalists for the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association's 2018 Annual Book Awards, recognizing "the creative talent of Southern California writers, editors, illustrators and subject matter," can be seen here. The winners will be announced during SCIBA's Annual Trade Show, which takes place October 20-21 in Los Angeles.


The Crime Writers Association announced shortlists in 10 categories for its annual Dagger Awards, which can be seen here. Winners will be announced at CWA's Dagger Awards ceremony in London on October 25.


The winner of the AU$3,000 (about US$2,215) Readings Young Adult Prize is Amelia Westlake by Erin Gough.

Guest judge and author Melissa Keil said: "Amelia Westlake struck a chord with this reader, not solely because of its biting social commentary and blisteringly relevant, timely themes, but because of its delightful execution. Erin Gough's writing is steeped in humour, wit and warmth, and deftness of touch that allows her characters to navigate the ups and downs of a romantic comedy narrative, while at the same time finding their way through the complex, thorny issues that the novel raises."

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