Booksellers NZ is delighted to announce that the winner of the ‘Love Letter to Bookshops’ competition, held as part of the NZ Bookshop Day festivities, is Marcus Hobson, who wrote a love letter to Books a Plenty bookshop, in Tauranga.
Oamaru Paper Plus was my mainstay for an emergency book on a long bus journey from Christchurch to Dunedin each university holidays. It is fantastic to see it recognised as a great store by one of their regular customers!
This heartfelt letter brought a tear to my eye. Annemarie Florian and her staff are truly dedicated to their customers, and this shows through in this love letter from a customer who is dedicated to them, from Jo Ellis.
Paper Plus in Coastlands Mall is owned and operated by Rob Clarke, a long-serving member of the bookselling community. It is wonderful to see the effect their great service and selection has had on Gina's son.
There were two devoted customers of Poppies New Plymouth whose letters were included in the final twenty. Here is what they had to say about the store, which is owned by Tony Moores.
From Doc Rose Bruce:
In a stormy world my Poppies with Ruth next to the library over the road from work down from the coffee shop is my safe port. Oh my goodness I have washed up there like the proverbial shipwrecked Crusoe and found the papayas of thought, the coconut milk of ideas, the shelter of culture. It's a rare love I share with you, my secret draught of divinity.
The Women's Bookshop is a well-established member of their community in Ponsonby, and their efforts for NZ Bookshop Day last year earned them an award for best promotional activity by a Bookshop in the 2016 Nielsen Book Industry Awards. Here is a dedicated follower putting her love for them in words: