The British Book Awards and The Bookseller’s working class survey have been shortlisted for prizes at this year’s Professional Publishers Association (PPA) Independent Publisher Awards.
In the Event of the Year category, the Nibbies – which are run by The Bookseller – were one of nine events to get a nod. This year’s awards, held at The Grosvenor House in May, were the biggest yet. More than 900 people attended, 23 awards were handed out and there were appearances from stars including David Walliams and Lee Child, alongside a video message from Michelle Obama. Faber emerged victorious at the awards with Sally Rooney’s Normal People scooping the coveted Book of the Year award with the indie also winning the Debut Fiction category with Leila Slimani’s Lullaby and the 90-year-old company taking home the Independent Publisher of the Year gong. Penguin General scooped the Publisher of the Year prize.
The Nibbies are nominated in a list including the architecture, interiors and design awards, the Dezeen Awards, and National Geographic Traveller Food Festival.
Elsewhere, The Bookseller’s working class survey, by senior reporter Heloise Wood, is nominated for Content Piece of the Year. The survey of 1,167 people showed that, for those from working-class backgrounds, the publishing business is a difficult, off-putting and prejudiced space. Among the findings, it found 78% of people in the industry who identified as working class felt their background had adversely affected their career. Another 91% said publishing's focus on London made it difficult to enter the trade. It is up against articles from Broadcast, DataIQ, Influence and Heart Matters.
Nigel Roby, c.e.o. of The Bookseller, said: "We are delighted to be shortlisted for the PPA's Independent Publisher Awards. Knowing that our peers in the magazine business rate what we do here at The Bookseller is hugely satisfying."
The annual awards have also seen six nominations for the London Review of Books, which is in with a shout for prizes including Brand of the Year, Consumer Magazine of the Year and Digitial Initiative of the Year for its LRB Store.
This year’s PPA award ceremony takes place on 8th November in London.