Anh Do Cleans Up

Popular comedian-turned-author Anh Do cleaned up at last night’s Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) presentation winning Book of the Year, Newcomer of the Year and Biography of the Year. In the latter category Anh Do shared first place with musician Paul Kelly.

In his popular memoir, The Happiest Refugee, Anh Do describes his family’s flight from Vietnam to Australia in a boat, their struggle to establish themselves in Australia and his career as a stand up comedian.

It is both ironic and inspirational that Anh Do had learning difficulties as a child and was in the remedial learning class at school, thinking he wasn’t smart. You can listen to his story in this ABC 702 radio interview with Adam Spencer.

The Happiest Refugee can be found on the Library’s shelves at 920 DO (or it will be eventually. Currently heavily reserved you will need to place your own reserve to read it. Ask a staff member to help if you don’t know how). It is also a NSW Premier’s Reading Challengetitle,  in the 7-9 list.

Here are the 2011 ABIA winners :

Book of the YearThe Happiest Refugee by Anh Do

Newcomer of the Year – The Happiest Refugee by Anh Do

Illustrated Book of the YearOur Family Table by Julie goodwin

Literary Fiction Book of the YearBereft by Chris Womersley

Book of the Year for Younger ChildrenNoni the Pony by Alison Lester

Book of the Year for Older ChildrenConspiracy 365 by Gabrielle Lord

Biography of the YearThe Happiest Refugee by Anh Do and How to Make Gravy by Paul Kelly

General Non-fiction Book of the YearTrue Spirit by Jessica Watson

General Fiction Book of the YearThe Distant Hours by Kate Morton

Other categories in industry and trade categories can be read here. And here is the shortlist for all categories.

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