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Lüders bookshop wins bookstore prize

Prize honours committed, forward-looking, owner-run bookshops in Hamburg

Lüders bookshop and antiquarian bookseller accepted Sunday (September 4th) the booktrade prize 2016 at the close of the “Long Night of Literature” in the Hamburger Kunsthalle. Speaking during the award ceremony, Dr. Carsten Brosda, said: The “unique atmosphere amidst the wooden bookshelves”, the “intelligent advice” and “a friendliness towards customers that leaves you almost speechless” are just some of the reasons for people to put the Buchhandlung & Antiquariat Lüders in Eimsbüttel in the top spot. He added: “Many people in Hamburg have rightly campaigned for Lüders bookstore.” Brosda thanked booksellers for their “tireless commitment to the culture of reading and our city’s cultural life”. The bookshop, owned by Ragna Lüders-Cords and Thomas Bleitner, has become a popular cultural meeting point and the pair regularly publish a leaflet with book recommendations.

Promotional award for KiBuLa children’s bookshop

The second edition of the Buchhandlungspreis 2016, awarded by Cultural Authority Hamburg, honours committed, forward-looking and owner-led bookshops and the important role of the book trade in the city’s literary culture. The main prize comes with a bourse of EUR 10,000. A promotional prize of EUR 2,000 for specialised bookshops went to the KibuLa bookshop in the suburb of Winterhude. Since 1970, the bookshop has become an institution for young readers and has been run by the illustrator Nina Helbig since 2008. Crafts and painting courses are on offer there for young readers as well as all kinds of good reads.

Third bookshop prize in 2018

The bookstore prize is presented every two years. Over 1,000 people in Hamburg had voted for their favourite bookshops. The jury consisting of Dr. Thomas Andre (Hamburger Abendblatt), Nicole Christiansen (Winner in 2014), Dr. Antje Flemming (Cultural Authority Hamburg), Carola Markwa (German Publishers and Booksellers Association), Prof. Dr. Rainer Moritz (Literaturhaus Hamburg) and Hella Schwemer-Martienßen (Hamburger Public Libraries) chose the winners. The third edition of the prize will be held in 2018. This year’s award was handed over by Hans Heinrich Bethge, Director of the Senate and Head of the Office of Kultur. And the multi prize-winning Hamburg-based, Bosnian-German author Saša Stanišić whose works include “Before the Feast” and “How The Soldier Repairs The Gramophone”, read a literary tribute to the Buchhandlung Lüders saying he was “addicted” to the bookshop’s “drug”.

Long Night of Literature

The award ceremony formed the close of the third “Long Night of Literature” during which young and established authors presented their latest works. A total of 37 events including readings, discussions and book presentations were held this year at various venues across the city. Christiane Hoffmeister, owner of the book shop, Bücherecks Niendorf Nord, initiated the event and developed the concept. The “Long Night of Literature” was first held in 2014 with the support of the Literaturhaus and the Cultural Authority Hamburg.

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