Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Friday, August 03, 2012
Nielsen BookData New Zealand Booksellers’ Choice Award 2012 – Winners announced
The winners of the Nielsen BookData NZ Bookseller’s Choice
Award 2012 were announced during the Booksellers NZ Conference Industry
Awards Dinners in Auckland .
This award is unique
in that it recognises the crucial role booksellers play in promoting books.
Booksellers were asked to vote for the book they most enjoyed selling this year
and this year’s voting saw two books share the top spot. The winners are:
The Conductor by Sarah
Quigley, published by Random House New Zealand Ltd
New Zealand’s Native Trees: A Comprehensive
Illustrated Encyclopedia by John Dawson and Rob Lucas, published
by Craig Potton Publishing
The winning titles wereup
A Walking Guide
to New Zealand’s Long Trail: Te Araroa by Geoff Chapple, published by Random House New Zealand Ltd
* The Broken Book by Fiona Farrell, published by Auckland University Press
Woman by Witi Ihimaera,
published by Random House New Zealand Ltd
Ka Meechan, Managing Director,
Asia Pacific for Nielsen Book,presented the awards and cheques for a total
of $2,500.00 to the winning authors at the annual Booksellers Conference and
Industry Awards evening.
Nielsen BookData provides comprehensive,
enriched and timely bibliographic data worldwide to booksellers, libraries and
publishers in 110 countries around the world.
provides the world’s only continuous retail monitoring service for
English-language books in the UK, Ireland, US, Australia, South Africa, Italy,
Spain, Denmark and New Zealand.
It is a rather cruel twist of fate in my opinion that The Conductor won this award but did not even make the shortlist for the NZ Post Book Awards fiction category. A travesty........ what were those judges thinking?