The five regional winners of the 2021 Postal Bookstore of the Year award were unveiled on Wednesday.
They are: Kerr’s Bookshop, Clonakilty, Cork (Munster); Little Acorns Bookstore, Derry (Ulster); Kenny Bookstore and Art Gallery, Galway (Connacht); Maynooth Bookstore, Kildare (Leinster) and The Company of Books, Ranelagh (Dublin)
Each regional winner will receive a certificate of recognition from the An Post Irish Book Awards. The winner will be nominated at the An Post Irish Book Awards on November 23, 2021 and will receive a € 5,000 prize for business services from An Post Commerce.
Each year, the annual literary event, which promotes Irish writing to the widest range of readers possible, brings together a large community passionate about books – readers, authors, booksellers, publishers and librarians – to recognize the best of the world. new and established Irish script. Talent.
The “Postal Bookstore of the Year” category was added to the award list this year to recognize the important role that independent bookstores and branches of local bookstore chains across the country play in helping their local communities find titles of their choice, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.
John Treacy, Chairman of the An Post Irish Book Awards, says:
“On behalf of the Irish Book Awards Board of Directors, I would like to congratulate the five regional winners in the An Post Irish Bookshop of the Year category. This year we wanted to thank bookstores across Ireland in this new category for the extraordinary impact they have had on their customers and communities in 2021. Ireland is blessed with many wonderful bookstores, chains and independents, so this christmas i urge readers to visit their local bookstores and support irish writers. The holy trinity of bookstores, writers and readers is a wonderful alliance that we can all support. “
Aoife Roantree, President of Bookselling Ireland, says:
“At Bookselling Ireland, we would like to warmly congratulate the regional Irish Bookstore of the Year winners from An Post. The five shortlisted bookstores were recognized for their passion, perseverance, creativity and hard work over the past 18 months. This new category reminds us that even in difficult times, the love and enthusiasm for books in Ireland is stronger than ever.
Commenting on the resilience of bookstores over the past year, David McRedmond, CEO of An Post, says:
“Booksellers have discovered a renewed sense of purpose in the pandemic: an oasis of calm and a source of ideas and dreams. These shortlisted bookstores love their customers and their communities, and are loved by them in return. At An Post, we are delighted to honor them ”
The winners of the 2021 An Post Irish Book Awards will be announced at an in-person ceremony on Tuesday 23 November at the Convention Center in Dublin. The event will also be televised live for those who cannot attend.
A one-hour special will air on RTÉ One television on Wednesday, December 8, exploring the six shortlisted books and authors for the An Post Irish Book Awards’ ‘Book of the Year 2021’, culminating in the reveal of the overall winner of this year.