London Book Fair: The 2023 International Excellence Awards

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London Book Fair’s International Excellence Awards, a smaller program this year, features winners from Turkey, the UK, and the USA.

At the 2019 London Book Fair International Excellence Awards program. This year’s winners will be honored at an invitational reception. Image: Publishing Perspectives, Porter Anderson

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

Sustainability, Inclusivity, Audiobooks, Bookstore
As Publishing Perspectives readers know, the International Excellence Awards are London Book Fair‘s annually acknowledge good work in various locations, although this year’s group of honors is smaller than anticipated.

As you may recall, the submissions request in November included a Library Award and a Literary Translation Initiative Award. Publishing Perspectives has learned, however, that too few entries were received in those two categories, so the program in 2023 will honor—in addition of its Lifetime Achievement Award for Klaus Flugge—and four additional categories. Those four do include the new Sustainability Initiative Award, giving us these recognitions.

The winners will be fêted during an invitational reception at the fair on April 19.

International Excellence Award Winners 2023

Sustainability Initiative

  • Bloomsbury Publishing (United Kingdom): In choosing Bloomsbury, jurors commended the publisher’s “holistic approach … which covers their operations and their influence within staff, suppliers and through the content they publish.” Specifically, the jurors mentioned Bloomsbury’s solar-powered offices and “passionate” staffers “who appear eager to embrace the changes needed to achieve net zero.”

For more on London Book Fair’s new Sustainability Lounge, see our interview with Elsevier’s Rachel Martin.

Bookstore of the Year

  • Minoa (Turkey): In their selection of Istanbul’s independent bookstore Minoa, jurors referred to the facility’s beauty and cited the store as “a labor of love, serving their community through a team valued by both Minoa’s owners and its customers.” The store will reach its 10th year of operation in 2024, and features a cafe-brasserie in its Beşiktaş Akaretler location. In 2020, the company opened new locations in Maslak and in Nişantaşı and Levent. Inventory runs at about 45,000 titles in Turkish and English.

Audiobook Publisher of the Year

  • Macmillan Audio (United States): Jurors cited Macmillan’s “breadth of their publishing and their commitment to diversity and new voices,” as well as the company’s casting workshops and support of audiobook readers in building their careers. Three of the recently announced Audie Awards for this year have gone to Macmillan, in categories of Female Reader, Nonfiction, and Young Adult.

Inclusivity in Publishing (Eligible only for entries from the United Kingdom)

  • Bonnier Books (United Kingdom): This is a second inclusivity award for Bonnier, led by Perminder Mann, the first having been handed to the publisher in 2020. Jurors said the company has “embedded inclusivity in their values and genuinely invested in making an impact across their organization.” The panel also commended Bonnier Books’ focus on “improving access to those from lower socio-economic backgrounds to the sector; their efforts to remove financial barriers for those starting out; and to increasing equity in family policies.”

Gareth Rapley

In a prepared statement, London Book Fair’s new director Gareth Rapley is quoted, saying, “Year after year, the book industry proves itself to be innovative and resilient during challenging times, and our 2023 winners represent an inspiring array of talent, from bookstores creating community hubs to major publishers advocating for greener and more inclusive working environments to those advancing the limits of audio production.

“We look forward to spotlighting our winners at The London Book Fair 2023.

More coverage relative to the 2023 London Book Fair:

London Book Fair and Bologna: 2024 Trade Show Dates Conflict Resolved
London Book Fair: Klaus Flugge To Receive London’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Interview: Rachel Martin on London Book Fair’s Sustainability Lounge
London Book Fair: International Publishers Association Events
London Book Fair: A Keynote From London Mayor Sadiq Khan on the Climate Crisis
Richard Charkin in London: ‘The Perils of Literary Publishing’
Sustainability: Exact Editions Promotes ‘Collections’ for Book-Award Juries
London Book Fair’s New Director Gareth Rapley: ‘A Rich History’
London Book Fair Names Main Stage Speakers
London Book Fair Plans: Scholarly and Rights Conferences
Exact Editions to Showcase IPG Publishers’ Books at London Book Fair
Industry Notes: London Book Fair Awards, Hay Festival in Colombia
London Book Fair Opens International Excellence Awards for Submissions

More from Publishing Perspectives on London Book Fair is here, more on the United Kingdom’s publishing market is here, more on world publishing’s trade shows and book fairs is here, and more on the many awards programs in international books and publishing is here

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Porter Anderson 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 International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, 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.