The search is officially underway to find the ‘An Post Bookstore of the Year’ for 2022. After a hugely successful inaugural year in 2021, the category is now back for the second consecutive year at the An Post Irish Book Awards, the annual literary event which celebrates and promotes Irish writing to the widest possible range of readers.
The “An Post Bookshop of the Year” category is designed to recognize the important role played by independent bookstores and local branches of bookstore chains in helping their local communities find and enjoy the titles they want. The new category was unveiled last year and thousands of votes were cast, with Kenny’s Bookshop in Galway crowned the overall winner.
Customers simply click on www.anpost.com/bookshopoftheyear to submit their nomination for their favorite bookshop. They will also have the opportunity to explain the reason for their choice. Readers can also participate by scanning the QR code at their favorite bookstore and following the instructions. Everyone who votes will be entered into a draw to win a €100 voucher.
Nominations for “An Post Bookstore of the Year” will close on September 2 at 5:00 p.m. The 12 bookstores across Ireland with the most votes will then be shortlisted and invited by the judges to submit a written submission.
Mystery shoppers will visit all 12 stores as part of the evaluation process. Following this, a shortlist of six stores will be finalized for “An Post Bookstore of the Year” and they will be officially announced on October 20. The overall winner will receive their trophy at the An Post Irish Book Awards event in November. 23. The winner will receive a trophy and a prize worth €5,000 from An Post Commerce.
Each year, the An Post Irish Book Awards bring together a huge community of book enthusiasts – readers, authors, booksellers, publishers and librarians – to recognize the best in new and established Irish writing talent and 2022 will be no different. Other categories for the An Post Irish Book Awards include Novel of the Year, Children’s (Junior and Senior), Cookery, Crime Fiction, Popular Fiction, Non-Fiction, Sports, Short Story, Poetry, teenagers and young adults and the Irish language.
John Treacy, Chairman of the An Post Irish Book Awards, said: “Bookshops are at the heart of the cultural and social life of their communities, and we introduced this category last year to recognize the important contribution they make not only to their communities and their readers. , but the important role they play in the Irish book industry. The holy trinity of bookstores, writers and readers is a wonderful alliance that we should all support, so I encourage everyone to support their local bookstore and vote for them in the An Post Bookshop of the Year category.
Aoife Roantree, Chair of Bookselling Ireland, says the organization is delighted to see the category return for the second year in a row. “I am delighted that the ‘An Post Bookshop of the Year’ award goes to this year’s An Post Irish Book Awards. Booksellers are unsung cultural heroes, working every day to connect readers with books they’ll love, to foster a love of reading in children and newcomers to the world of literature, and to support new writing and illustration skills as well as loyal readers. favourites. Please vote for your favorite bookstore, so we can all make sure to add them to our travel itineraries in the future!
David McRedmond, CEO of An Post, adds: “Our local bookstores are a truly essential aspect of our local communities. This was particularly evident during Covid, when they made a truly extraordinary impact by nurturing their customers and communities at a difficult time. This is why we created the category “An Post Bookshop of the Year” last year and, given the reception it has given to booksellers and their customers, we are delighted to renew it. This year. We really want bookshops across Ireland to be recognized and praised for the business acumen and creativity they use every day to reach and interact with different audiences. So if you love your local bookstore, be sure to vote for it to give it the recognition it deserves.
The shortlist for all categories of the An Post Irish Book Awards 2022 will be announced on Thursday 20 October, while the winners will be announced on Wednesday 23 November. A TV show will air on RTÉ One TV in December culminating in one of the winning titles of 2022 being announced as the ‘Post Irish Book of the Year 2022’.
An Post is also continuing its hugely successful #ReadersWanted campaign, celebrating the value and joy of reading and encouraging everyone to buy more books, more often. Just search the hashtag online to get involved.
More information on the awards can be found at www.anpostirishbookawards.ie