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LBF International Excellence Awards winners announced

London Book Fair (LBF), in association with the UK Publishers Association, has announced the winners of the International Excellence Awards.

The bookstore of the year award went to Fang Suo Commune in Guangzhou, China, chosen from a shortlist that included Unity Books in Wellington, New Zealand, and BOA Bookstore in Vietnam.

‘Fang Suo is … breathtaking in scale and conception,’ said the judges. ‘A vast range and constant activities and events … that gives you a glimpse of what bookstores of the future will be.’

A special mention was given to Yemen Bookshop, which was praised for ‘importing and promoting books and multicultural understanding in extraordinarily difficult circumstances, where the mere fact it is there and functioning is remarkable’.

Other award-winners include:

Library of the year

  • Espoo City Library (Finland)

Literary festival

  • Book Arsenal Literary Festival (Ukraine)

International book trade journalist

  • Publishing Perspectives editor-in-chief Porter Anderson (US)

Literary translation initiative

  • Tulika Publishers (India)

Literary agent

  • Astier-Pecher Literary & Film Agency founder and director Pierre Astier (France)

Rights professional

  • Clavis Publishing foreign rights key account manager Rose Janssens (Belgium)

Academic and professional publisher

  • De Gruyter (Germany)

Audiobook publisher of the year

  • Booklava (UAE)

Educational initiatives

  • Tata Trusts (India)

Educational learning resources

  • Virtual Reading Gym (South Africa)

Simon Master chairman’s award

  • Jessica Kingsley Publishers founder Jessica Kingsley (UK).

LBF director Jacks Thomas said, ‘The International Excellence Awards always remind us of the innovative, important and inspiring work being done by all those in the global publishing community. From translators in India and librarians in Finland to literary festivals in Ukraine and literary agents in France, these awards show the breadth of talent working in the publishing industry around the world today.’

The awards were announced on the first day of LBF, which runs from 12-14 March. For more information on LBF, visit the website.



Category: International news