Ten owner-run bookshops have been nominated for the third Hamburg Bookshop Award 2018 presented by the Ministry of Culture and Media, a press release said Friday (July 6, 2018). The prize of EUR 10,000 goes to presented to committed, independent bookshops. Three other bookstores have been nominated for a special prize of EUR 2,000, which honours specialized bookstores.
“Many carefully prepared and inspiring applications show how passionately committed booksellers work for literature every day. Their commitment to promoting reading and their view of bookstores as places of lively exchange in suburbs is particularly impressive. The bookstore award recognizes this important part of our city’s culture and honours the great work of booksellers,” said Dr. Carsten Brosda, Senator of Culture and Media.
Great tribute for bookstores
“The Hamburg Bookshop Award is a wonderful tribute to small, owner-managed bookstores – a great appreciation of our daily work. When we won the prize in 2016, our regular customers were delighted. Many people with an interest in literature, but with whom we were unacquainted, visited our shop for long afterwards and were full of curiosity. We are very grateful to the Ministry of Culture and Media that bookstores of our size attract such attention through this award,” said Ragna Lüders and Thomas Bleitner of Buchhandlung und Antiquariat Lüders, prize-winners in 2016.
Shortlist for the Hamburg Bookstore Award 2018
The jury consisting of Dr. Thomas Andre (Hamburger Abendblatt), Thomas Bleitner and Ragna Lüders (Buchhandlung Lüders), Dr. Antje Flemming (Ministry of Culture and Media), Carola Markwa (Börsenverein des deutschen Buchhandels), Prof. Dr. Rainer Moritz (Literaturhaus Hamburg) and Rita Schmitt (Hamburger Öffentliche Bücherhallen) had compiled the shortlist. The winners will be announced on the “Long Night of Literature” on September 1, 2018 followed by a closing ceremony at 10 pm in the Hamburger Kunsthalle’s Werner-Otto-Saal.
The following bookshops have been shortlisted for the Hamburg Bookshop Award 2018:
• Büchereck Niendorf Nord
• Felix Jud Buchhandlung Antiquariat Kunsthandel
• Buchladen in der Osterstraße
• Buchhandlung Samtleben
• Stories! Die Buchhandlung
• cohen + dobernigg Buchhandel
• Buchhandlung Seitenweise
• Buchhandlung Lüdemann
• Sautter + Lackmann Fachbuchhandlung
• Buchhandlung am Sand
The following bookshops have been shortlisted for this year’s special prize:
• Strips & Stories. Buchladen für Graphic Novels
• Hafenfuchs. Die Buchhandlung in der Hafencity
• Jussi – Mein skandinavisches Krimi-Buch-Café