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Most Underrated Book Award Edition

What's small, nerdy, fiercely independent and sometimes noisy? The Small Press Network's Most Underrated Book Award.

It's an anticipated annual tradition – always our last Next Big Thing event of the year – and it's the only peer-reviewed and proven preventative medicine for your chronic case of reader's FOMO.

Now in its seventh year, the Small Press Network’s Most Underrated Book Award celebrates independently published titles that deserve some extra attention. Previously, the award has gone to The Cook by Wayne Macauley, A Wrong Turn in the Office of Unmade Lists by Jane Rawson. Last year's winner was Living in Hope by the late Frank Byrne.

The 2019 shortlisted titles are Brontide by Sue McPherson (Magabala Books), Antidote to a Curse by James Cristina (Transit Lounge) and Songwoman by Ilka Tampke (Text Publishing), and the 2019 judging panel is Melissa Cranenburgh, Jane Rawson and Jackie Tang. 

We’ll hear readings from the shortlisted works, and our friends at Moat will bring the bar upstairs to help us toast a great year in independent publishing. Bring a tote bag, suitcase or shipping container; our bookseller for the event will be Readings.

Presented in partnership with Small Press Network.

Drinks available for purchase on the night.

Readings will be our bookseller at this event.

Who?

Portrait of Melissa Cranenburgh

Melissa Cranenburgh

Melissa Cranenburgh is a writer, broadcaster, editor and educator. She spent more than a decade in senior editing roles, including associate editor and acting editor of the Big Issue, and co-editor of the magazine's annual fiction edition. She now teaches in RMIT's Professional Writing and Editing courses, and hosts Triple R's flagship weekly book show, Backstory.

How much?

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The Next Big Thing

Want to meet tomorrow’s literary stars today? Let us introduce you.

Our long-running Next Big Thing series is our showcase for great new local talent. You’ll hear emerging writers reading from bold and adventurous work. Enjoy a delicious drink and a bite to eat at the Moat, while your future favourite authors knock your socks off.

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