Bookshop of the Year 2021

Bookshop of the Year 2021

Nationwide search underway to find the ‘An Post Bookshop of the Year 2021’

A new initiative has been unveiled by An Post Irish Book Awards and offers book lovers across Ireland the chance to vote for their favourite bookshop.

The category has been added to the upcoming An Post Irish Book Awards, the annual literary event that celebrates and promotes Irish writing to the widest range of readers possible.

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A New Award Category

The new ‘An Post Bookshop of the Year’ category is designed to acknowledge the significant role played by independent bookshops and local book store chain branches right across the country in helping their local communities to find and savour the titles of their choice. It’s no secret people tend to find comfort in books and reading, the COVID-19 pandemic was a pertinent example of this.

A New Award Category

The new ‘An Post Bookshop of the Year’ category is designed to acknowledge the significant role played by independent bookshops and local book store chain branches right across the country in helping their local communities to find and savour the titles of their choice. It’s no secret people tend to find comfort in books and reading, the COVID-19 pandemic was a pertinent example of this.

How Do You Enter?

Customers simply have to click onto www.anpost.com/bookshopoftheyear to submit their nomination for their favourite bookshop. They will also have the option to explain the reasons for their choice. Readers can also enter by scanning the QR code in their preferred bookstore and following the instructions. In this case, entrants will be entered into a draw to win a €100 voucher for that bookstore.

Nominations for the ‘An Post Bookshop of the Year’ will close on 31 August and a shortlist consisting of one shop from each of the five regions (Leinster, Dublin, Munster, Connaught, Ulster) will be identified. The overall winner will be revealed at the An Post Irish Book Awards on 23 November, 2021.

Key Dates

31st August

Nominations for the ‘An Post Bookshop of the Year’ will close and a shortlist will be identified.

21st October

The shortlist for the An Post Irish Book Awards 2021 will be announced, including An Post Bookshop of the Year.

23rd November

 The winners will be revealed at the An Post Irish Book Awards, including An Post Bookshop of the Year.

A television programme will be broadcast on RTÉ One television in December and will culminate in one of the 2021 winning titles being announced as theAn Post Irish Book Awards Book of the Year 2021

An Post is also continuing with their hugely successful #ReadersWanted campaign, celebrating the value and joy of reading and encouraging everyone to pick up more books, more often. Simply search for the hashtag online to get involved.

Get Involved Now!

“Our bookshops are the lighthouses for every writerly boat on the ocean. Without them we cannot set sail. They are the little churches and heroic temples of our endeavours.”’
Aoife Roantree
Chair, Bookselling Ireland

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