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Hamburg Cultural Authority announces Bookshop Award 2016

Bookshops are key feature of Hamburg's cityscape. Nominations for award now being accepted

Hamburg’s Cultural Authority has announced the second edition of the bookshop prize for owner-managed bookshops. 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. Now, avid readers in Hamburg have until June 23, 2016 to nominate their favourite bookshops for both awards. Nominations can be sent to the Cultural Authority and then a jury will shortlist the entries. The awards will be presented during the “Long Night of Literature on September 3, in the Hamburger Kunsthalle by Prof. Barbara Kisseler, Senator for Culture.

Literature off the beaten track

Dr. Carsten Brosda, State Councillor for Culture, noted: “Once again, residents of Hamburg are urged to nominate their favourite bookshop. Last time, the multiple entries showed how much readers value ‘their’ bookshop and the role it plays in the cultural life of a particular suburb. The Cultural Authority’s prizes wish to honour bookshop owners timeless commitment to reading in Hamburg.”

Bookshops with publications on wide-ranging issues can be nominated for the prize. Apart from current trends and bestseller lists, the books on offer should also reflect literature off the beaten track as well. The promotional award can also be made to specialized bookshops, which are particularly competent in the offered segment.

“Christiansen” bookshop in Ottensen

The nominated bookshops should also be characterised by a special, offered service which can range from outstanding advice, extensive offers for customers such as literary events and mediation that makes the bookshop a special meeting point for those keen on literature. And the bookshops should also be future-orientated, for instance, by offering an online business as well.

“Christiansen” bookshop in Ottensen won the award which debuted in 2014. 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).

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