Canongate’s Anna Frame has won the Booksellers Association’s Publicist of the Year award, with the BA renaming it in honour of the late Transworld publicist Sophie Christopher. It is now the Sophie Christopher Publicist of the Year Award.
Meantime the BA’s Rep of the Year Award went jointly to Kate Bullows from Pan Macmillan and Faber’s John McColgan.
The awards were made at the BA Conference, held in Birmingham today (9th September). The BA also announced the launch of the Batch Ideas Award, which will recognise innovative individuals who have developed an idea which improves processes and ways of working in the UK book trade, bringing benefits which can be shared with the wider membership of the Booksellers Association.
BA m.d. Meryl Halls said: “We are delighted as ever to celebrate the talented publicists and reps working with booksellers this year. We are also honoured to be able to recognise Sophie Christopher, who was a wonderful example of the talent and dedication found amongst the best in the publishing world who work and collaborate with their bookselling colleagues. Many of those attending the BA Conference will have known, worked with and had enormous affection for Sophie who died earlier this year at the tragically young age of 28. Often referred to as a force of nature, Sophie worked passionately in support of her authors, women in publishing and booksellers, and the Sophie Christopher Publicist of the Year is a fitting reminder of that passion.”