From the Dominion Post
While the future of bookshops remains uncertain, one of Wellington's leading independent stores has proven there is still life left in them yet.
Unity Books in Willis St won Bookseller of the Year at the Book Trade Industry Awards show on Sunday night.
But while Unity is very much alive after 48 years of trading, other notable bookshops in Wellington have shut their doors during the past two years, including Parsons in Lambton Quay, Quilters in Ghuznee St, and Capital Books in Featherston St.
Unity co-owner and manager Tilly Lloyd admitted the future of bookshops was uncertain, but said:
"We have a good, long, strong history as a literary bookshop and there are enough literary people in Wellington to keep us going strong.
"A lot of people are reigniting their loyalties in independent bookstores, so this award is a big vote for the Wellington booklovers – for the buying public – who support us.
"We are thrilled. It was such a vote of confidence ... it means a lot to us."
The win comes in a tough year for Unity, which lost about a fifth of its stock in late January when water started pouring through its ceiling, caused by workers stripping out a shop on the level above.
Customers quickly ralled to help, and Lloyd said the store's success was in part because it was a very social bookshop. It hosted up to 60 author events every year, which attracted hundreds of people.
"That is really, really important to the spirit of the shop, because they bring in such a wide variety of people."