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Saturday, August 4, 2012

Random House wins in New Zealand

News from Random House

Success at the NZ Post Book Awards

And at the Industry Awards

And then there is the winning line-up of bookstores ...

Congratulations to Sue Orr, Joan Druett and Michael Smythe, who all won their categories at the New Zealand Post Book Awards, announced in Auckland on Wednesday night.
Sue Orr won the coveted People’s Choice Award for her short story collection From Under the Overcoat. Sue’s collection was also a finalist in the Fiction award. Joan Druett won the General Non Fiction Award for Tupaia: The Remarkable Story of Captain Cook’s Polynesian Navigator. And Michael Smythe was judged the winner of the Best First Book, Non Fiction, Award for New Zealand By Design.

Dame Fiona Kidman’s The Trouble With Fire was a finalist in the Fiction Award and Peter Wells’ The Hungry Heart: Journeys With William Colenso was a finalist in the General Non Fiction Award.
Huge congratulations to our winners and finalists. We are terribly proud of you.

Industry Awards

Last night the results of the nationwide judging of the performance of publishers by their clients, the booksellers, were announced. Random House scooped the pool, winning the best New Zealand Publisher award, (for the sixth year in a row), the best Publishing Company award and the best Sales and Promotional team award. In addition Louise Crisp, our recently appointed South Island sales rep, won the South Island Sales Representative of the Year award.

Being judged New Zealand Publisher of the Year for six years running is a great honour for our New Zealand Publishing team within Random House New Zealand. It’s a tribute to the inspiration and perspiration that all my team puts in every single day to make our books the best they can be. And it doesn’t stop with us: the award is also a recognition of the hard work the Random House sales and marketing and publicity and distribution teams put in behind our books. Ultimately it’s a tribute to our authors, whom we are privileged to publish, and the team that stands behind them: the book designers, photographers, editors, proof readers, indexers, pre-press retouchers, map makers and printers . . . in short the huge crew of talented New Zealanders who make our books some of the best in the world. Hats off to you all!
You may also be interested to know which bookshops won awards last night. In a reverse of the system for awards for publishers, these awards are voted on by publishers.
North Island Regional bookshop of the year — Unity Wellington; South Island Regional bookshop of the year — Page and Blackmore; Group Bookshop of the year — PaperPlus Coastlands; Independent bookshop of the year — Scorpio Books, Christchurch.

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