The Frankfurt Book Fair (FBF) is augmenting its support of The Bookseller’s Rising Stars initiative with a new award programme for the person who is named as the annual list’s Shooting Star.
Rising Stars is the yearly list of 40 “up and comers” in the UK book trade, compiled and published by The Bookseller. The Shooting Star, introduced last year, is bestowed on the person whom, in the opinion of the judging panel, deserves particular recognition: last year it was Conville & Walsh agent Sophie Lambert.
FBF first sponsored the initiative last year, and it will now fund the Shooting Star’s trip to FBF 2015, as well as putting €500 towards an international business trip to help them expand their overseas dealings; provide a weekly pass to The Business Club at FBF (worth €990) and arrange one-on-one consultation with an expert of their choice. The Shooting Star will also receive invitations to receptions, get-togethers and networking opportunities at the fair and throughout the year, as well as a host of other exclusive benefits.
Announcing the new award at today’s London Book Fair, Thomas Minkus, FBF vice-president of emerging media and English-language markets, said: “We believe it is very important to be nurturing young talent and to be encouraging as many publishing professionals as we can in their chosen careers. We very much look forward to welcoming the Shooting Star to the Frankfurt Book Fair in October.”
Tom Tivnan, The Bookseller features and insight editor, who co-founded Rising Stars, said: “Apart from being able to recognise the depth of young talent in the trade, it has been pleasing to see many Rising Stars go on to great things in their careers. FBF’s generous involvement is so pleasing—we really need to celebrate the leaders of tomorrow.”
Companies or individuals wishing to nominate themselves or colleagues should do so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.