Awards: London Book Fair Names International Excellence Shortlists

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Seventeen nations are represented in eight categories, with Greece making its debut in London’s International Excellence Awards competition.

At the 2019 London Book Fair International Excellence Awards. Image: Publishing Perspectives

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

New This Year: A Children’s and YA Publishers Award
Organizers of London Book Fair (April 5 to 7) has announced the shortlists in the ninth edition of its International Excellence Awards this morning (March 4).

This year’s shortlistees represent 17 nations. Greece is appearing among them for a first time.

The Spanish market has the largest number of shortlistees (three categories), followed by the United States, Egypt, and France, each with two nominations.

Among the categories, a “Children’s and Young Adult Publishers Award” is new and likely to be warmly welcomed, in light of how prominent younger readers’ content is in the world industry.

Probably among the most watched is Audiobook Publisher, a shortlist that includes Copenhagen’s Saga Denmark as well as two of the world’s largest publishing-house-based audiobook producers, Penguin Random House Audio and Macmillan Audio, both in the United States.

Andy Ventris

In a comment on today’s release of the news, London Book Fair director Andy Ventris is quoted, saying, “The publishing industry has done remarkable work over the past year, managing to tell new stories and deliver books to readers in the face of COVID-19, supply chain issues and other notable challenges.

“The dedication and passion for books shown throughout the global trade is truly inspiring, and we’re delighted to recognize some of the most innovative companies, initiatives, and individuals from around the world in this year’s International Excellence Awards shortlists.

”We wish all our shortlistees the very best of luck, and look forward to announcing the winners of the International Excellence Awards at this year’s London Book Fair, as we come together in person to reconnect at Olympia London in April.”

This series of awards, as you’ll remember, annually recognizes eight categories of organizations and people from many parts of the world, all deemed to demonstrate “passion, creativity, and ingenuity” in various aspects of world publishing. Jury panels are drawn from specialists within each category. The winners are announced during the run of the trade show, with a precise date and time for this year’s event still to be publicized.

International Excellence Awards 2022 Shortlists

The Audiobook Publisher of the Year

  • Macmillan Audio (USA)
  • Penguin Random House Audio (USA)
  • Saga Egmont (Denmark)

The Bookstore of the Year Award

  • La Mistral (Spain)
  • Norli Universitetsgata (Norway)
  • Rahva Ramat Viru Store (Estonia)

The Educational Learning Resources Award

  • Caramel Tree (Canada)
  • Editions Animées (France)
  • Hamilton House Publishers (Greece)

The Library of the Year Award

  • City of Johannesburg (South Africa)
  • “Fran Galovic” Koprivnica Public Library (Croatia)
  • House of Wisdom (UAE)

The Rights Professional Awards (sponsored by Sharjah Book Authority)

  • Anna Soler-Pont, The Pontas Agency (Spain)
  • Fatimah Abbas, Fatimah Abbas Literary Agency, FALA (Egypt)
  • Gray Tan, Grayhawk Agency (Taiwan)

The Children’s and Young Adult Publishers Award

  • Damla Publishing (Turkey)
  • Thierry Magnier (France)
  • Tulika Publishers (India)

The Literary Translation Initiative Award

  • Al Kotob Khan (Egypt)
  • Europe Comics (Belgium)
  • Institut Ramon Llull (Spain)

Eligible for entries from the UK only:
Inclusivity in Publishing Award

  • Knights Of
  • Bloomsbury
  • Saqi Books

Also to be announced at the event naming the winners of these awards will be the new laureate of the London Book Fair Lifetime Achievement Award.

This is Publishing Perspectives’ 42nd publishing awards and/or book awards report published in the 45 days since our 2022 operations began on January 3.


More from Publishing Perspectives on London Book Fair is here, more on world publishing’s book fair and trade show events is here, and more from us on publishing and book awards is here.

More from us on the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on international book publishing is here.

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Porter Anderson

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Porter Anderson is a non-resident fellow of Trends Research & Advisory, and he has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with CNN.com, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.

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