Time Out Bookstore in Auckland recognised as one of the best in the world
9 Feb 2017
Tiny Time Out Bookstore in Auckland was on 8 February 2017 announced a finalist in the London Book Fair’s Bookstore of the Year Awards.
Winner of the New Zealand 2016 Nielsen Bookseller of the Year award, it is clear by this additional honour that what Time Out lacks in size, it makes up for in expertise and ambition.
The Bookstore of the Year award is part of the wider International Excellence Awards, held in partnership with the UK Publishers Association (PA) and sponsored by Hytex, celebrating excellence in 16 categories. It is self-nominated, says Jenna Todd, Manager of Time Out Bookstore.
“After our friends at Readings Carlton in Melbourne won this award in 2016, we thought we should enter! We nominated ourselves and sent in an application.”
Booksellers NZ CEO Lincoln Gould says, “It is wonderful to see Time Out Bookstore going from strength to strength, with Manager Jenna Todd being one of the first recipients of the Kobo Booksellers NZ Scholarship back in 2014.”
They have known about this honour for a few weeks, and Todd (right) says, “My first thought was...’I’m going to London!’ but also that I was so proud and excited for our wee store.”
The other two bookstores in the running this year are Shakespeare and Company in Paris, France, and Exclusive Books in South Africa, which has branches in Johannesburg and Cape Town.
Asked whether she had visited either of the other two bookstores nominated, Todd said, “I've never been to Shakespeare & Co, but have definitely heard of them. Exclusive looks like such a lovely store too. We are just so happy to be shortlisted, to be honest!”
Booksellers NZ wishes them all the best, and looks forward to hearing what happens at the awards, which will be held on Tuesday 14 March in The Conference Centre, Olympia, London.