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Thursday, February 20, 2020

THIS JUST IN: Unity Books shortlisted for International Bookstore of the year

Beloved Unity Books in Auckland's High Street has made it to the shortlist of three to be in the running for International Bookstore of the Year 2020. The shop's been running since 1989 and is the only surviving independent bookstore in Auckland's CBD.

Owner operator, Jo McColl said it was a real honour and fantastic to be acknowledged especially at a time when digital media is so demanding of our attention. 

The LBF International Excellence Awards 

A record 29 countries have been shortlisted for the London Book Fair International Excellence Awards 2020.
The awards, held in partnership with the UK Publishers Association, celebrate publishing success in 16 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.
Colombia, Croatia, Mozambique, Uganda and Yemen have been shortlisted for the first time, with the US, India, Egypt, Canada, Germany and New Zealand all receiving multiple nominations.
Yemen Bookstore, Estonia's Rahava Raamat AS and 2019 shortlistee Unity Books in New Zealand, are in the running for Bookstore of the Year, sponsored by Gardners.
Rights Professional of the Year, sponsored by Sharjah Book Authority, sees Tuomas Sorjamaa from agency Finnish Ferly go up against Stephanie Barrouillet from SB Rights Agency in Israel and Mexico's Gabriel Nieto from Planeta while festivals across the world are nominated for Literary Festival of the Year, with Frankfurt liest ein Buch, Croatia's Festival of World Literature and Indonesia's Macassar International Writers’ Festival (Indonesia), all in the running.
Indian company Karadi Path Education Company has received nominations in two categories – The Education Initiatives Award and The Education Learning Resources Award – while Karadi Tales (also shortlisted in 2019) is in the running for Audiobook Publisher of the Year Award.
The winners of several other awards will also be presented on the night including the Simon Master’s Chairman Award and the Association for Publishing Education (APE) Student Awards. The London Book Fair Lifetime Achievement Award will also be presented at the ceremony.
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