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Unity Books “re-charged” by selection as finalist for international excellence award

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Wellington independent bookshop Unity Books says it is honoured by its selection as one of three finalists in the International Bookstore of the Year category of this year’s London Book Fair International Excellence Awards.

“Our competition spans the globe, so this really is a great honour. Being shortlisted alone is a great endorsement of my team, our local and global customers, authors, and publishers and it’s a real boost to the NZ book trade which is so full of personality and generosity,” says Unity Books co-owner Tilly Lloyd.

“But it’s our customers who really set us apart. You should see them all in action. Nice work, Wellington book lovers.” She says she and her team at their Willis Street, Wellington shop have been ‘completely re-charged’ by the news.

Ms Lloyd and Unity’s international books buyer Marcus Greville will travel to London for the awards presentation which will be held on March 12 at the Olympia Conference Centre.

“This is a great opportunity to share with and learn from our colleagues and fellow bibliophiles who, like us, are working to give our customers the service and experience they deserve.”

The Bookstore of the Year is one of 17 categories in the London Book Fair International Excellence Awards which celebrates outstanding bookshops, innovative publishing, and ground-breaking initiatives in the industry. The award recognises excellence in a range of areas, including customer service, staff knowledge, events and innovation.

News from Unity Books – February 15
Wellington Indie book shop Unity Books is one of three bookshops in the world chosen as a finalist for the prestigious London Book Fair International Excellence Awards 2019. The other finalists are BOA Bookstore (Vietnam) and Fang Suo Commune (China).

The shortlist for The London Book Fair International Excellence Awards 2019 has been announced, with USA leading the way with five nominations, closely followed by Brazil and India with three each – and 26 countries represented. The awards ceremony will take place at The London Book Fair on Tuesday 12 March, 6.30pm at The Conference Centre, Olympia, London.

The awards, held in partnership with the UK Publishers Association (PA), celebrate publishing success in seventeen categories, representing the best publishing ambassadors, innovative publishing, and ground-breaking initiatives in the industry. In each award category, the judging panel was comprised of experts in that sector.

The new International Book Trade Journalist Award will see a tight contest between shortlisted Anja Sieg – Buchreport (Germany), Leonardo Neto – PublishNews (Brazil) and Porter Anderson – Publishing Perspectives (USA).

BOA Bookstore (Vietnam), Fang Suo Commune (China) and Unity Books (Wellington) Ltd (New Zealand) will all hope to take home the Bookstore of the Year, sponsored by Gardners.

Festivals across the world are nominated for Literary Festival of the Year, with Book Arsenal Literature Festival (Ukraine), International Literature Festival Utrecht (Netherlands) and Makassar International Writers Festival (Indonesia) all in the running. Virtual Reading Gym (South Africa) is nominated twice in the Educational Initiatives and Educational Learning Resources, supported by The China Publishing & Media Journal, categories.

Jacks Thomas, Director, The London Book Fair, said:
The breadth of the sixth International Excellence Awards’ shortlist, with its impressive count of 26 countries, highlights how the global book industry is going from strength to strength. The nominees all showcase the diverse talent working in the publishing industry today, and I am thrilled to give them the international platform at the Book Fair to showcase their success. I look forward to welcoming the shortlistees to The London Book Fair in March – best of luck to everyone.

Stephen Lotinga, Chief Executive, the Publishers Association, said:
We are proud to celebrate publishing success at this year’s International Excellence Awards. The geographical diversity of the shortlist reflects the growing strength of publishing markets across the globe. As well as celebrating all of these global publishing ambassadors, we look forward to awarding the Inclusivity in Publishing Award to a UK publisher at the Fair.

1 comment:

  1. Graham C Atkinson, 22. February 2019, 13:10

    Absolutely justified – congratulations