By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson
Four Continents RepresentedThe winners of this year’s London Book Fair International Excellence Awards are to be featured in some of the show’s upcoming digital programming on June 29.
Produced each year in partnership with the UK’s Publishers Association, these honors are designed to “celebrate publishing achievement across seven categories, recognizing those organizations and individuals demonstrating remarkable originality, creativity, and innovation within the industry.”
Our May coverage of the eighth annual shortlist is here.
International Excellence Awards 2021 Winners
Audiobook Publisher of the Year
- Findaway Voices (USA)
Bookstore of the Year
- Cărturești (Romania)
Educational Learning Resources
- Karadi Path Education Company (India)
Library of the Year
- Ghana Library Authority (Ghana)
Literary Translation Initiative
- Editora Trinta Zero Nove (Mozambique)
Rights Professional Award
- Nora Mercurio at Suhrkamp Verlag (Germany)
Inclusivity in Publishing Award
This award is supported by the Publishers Association and is eligible for entries only from the United Kingdom.
- Hachette UK
‘Celebrate the Innovation’
In a prepared statement, Stephen Lotinga, CEO of the Publishers Association, is quoted saying, “Congratulations to the hugely deserving winners. It’s inspiring to see the great work happening in the books industry around the world–especially in such challenging circumstances.”
And Andy Ventris, director of London Book Fair, says “After a year which has impacted every corner of the book world, it’s more important than ever that we celebrate the innovation and creativity being shown by the global publishing community in the face of unprecedented challenges.
“All of the winners of this year’s International Excellence Awards demonstrate the ingenuity and talent in the industry today.”
The Coronavirus in the United Kingdom
In its 6:23 a.m. ET update (1023 GMT), the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center has the United Kingdom at seventh place in the world for caseload, with 4,510,597 infections. The market is now sixth in the world for COVID-19 deaths, after the United States, Brail, India, Mexico, and Peru, at 128,057 fatalities in a population of 67 million.
As Damien Gayle at The Guardian has reported, “The 21 June target for scrapping England’s remaining coronavirus restrictions appears increasingly under threat, as a senior government adviser said the country was in the early stages of a third wave.”
Tim Ross is writing for Bloomberg that “Boris Johnson’s government is likely to keep tight limits on international travel for the weeks ahead, denting hopes of a major summer revival for aviation and tourism businesses which have been hammered by the pandemic.”
Reuters London is reporting a Wednesday tally of 4,330 new cases, UK-wide recipients of one dose of vaccine standing at 39,585,665.
More from us on the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic is here.