Hamburg’s Cultural Authority has announced the second edition of the bookshop prize for owner-managed bookshops with a maximum of three branches. A jury has now shortlisted ten of 1,367 bookshops nominated by their customers. The prize of EUR 10,000 honours the pivotal role of bookshops and their contribution to literary culture. Another EUR 2,000 in prize money will also be made to specialised bookshops.
Growth in sales and customers
Dr. Carsten Brosda, State Councillor for Culture, said: “The many hundred nominations with enthusiastic petitions by the people of Hamburg for ‘their’ bookshop have shown the strength of the bookshop’s connection to their respective suburb and the key role they play in its cultural life. The Cultural Authority’s bookshop prize should offer an incentive to continue their tireless efforts for literature.”
Nicole Christiansen (winner in 2014), said: “The award two years ago has had many positive effects on our bookshop and has led to a noticeable growth in sales. We have many new customers and even received congratulations from other countries.”
Presentation during “Long Night of Literature“
This year’s jury includes 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 Rita Schmitt, (Hamburger Öffentliche Bücherhallen – Hamburg’s public libraries) have drawn up a shortlist from which the winner will be chosen. The award will be presented during the “Long Night of Literature” on September 3, in the Hamburger Kunsthalle by Prof. Barbara Kisseler, Senator for Culture.
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