Hosting The Book Blog Awards At London Book Fair
I was so honoured to be asked to announce and present the winners of the first ever Book Blog Awards at the brilliant London Book Fair last week.
I’d never been to the London Book Fair (LBF) before, there’s no place like it! Essentially it’s a huge event showcasing the best of books – and a global marketplace for rights negotiations across books (print, audio, TV, film and digital channels.)
This was the first time an awards ceremony for bloggers had taken place at the book fair with book content creators being recognised across three categories: Book Blogger, Bookstagrammer, and BookTuber.
The Book Blogger prize was awarded to Lucy Pearson for The Literary Edit. Lucy’s blog offers reviews of books and bookstores, literary guides to cities around the world, and a “Desert Island Books” section featuring some famous names. “The judges really loved the wonderful aesthetic of this blog. It inscribes the book into day-to-day life. Her professionalism shone through with her fresh enthusiastic approach, that seeps through to all her other channels”. Queen of the Contemporary by Lucy Powrie and Choutt by Virginie Busette also made the judge’s shortlist.
@theguywiththebook Faroukh Naseem won the Bookstagrammer award. “This Instagram reflects everything that a bookstagram should encompass”, Judges said. “It’s a wonderful blend of aesthetically pleasing images with obvious sophistication. This really is a wonderful example of the full potential of the Instagram format, and contradiction to many stereotypes”.
Reads and Daydreams won in the Booktuber category, with strong competition from Savidge Reads and poet Jen Campbell. Vlogger Lauren Whitehead uses Reads and Daydreams to welcome her viewers into her bedroom where she offers a candid look at her life and reading list.
“Bloggers are now an essential part of publishing, bringing books to new audiences and creating a place for people to share their passion for reading. It’s great to recognise them at The London Book Fair for the first time.”
– Jacks Thomas, Director of The London Book Fair
The full shortlist for the UK Book Blog Awards 2017 is:
- The Literary Edit, Lucy Pearson, Australia
- Queen of Contemporary, Lucy Powrie, UK
- Choutt, Virginie Busette, France
- @julietslibrary – Juliet Trickery, UK
- @therusticwindow – Cicely Ford, USA
- @theguywiththebook – Faroukh, Saudi Arabia
- Reads and Daydreams, UK
- Jen Campbell, UK
- Savidge Reads, UK
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