Bookseller of the Year 2020: Antonia Daly, Antonia's Bookshop
The winner of the O'Brien Bookseller of the Year Award 2020 is Antonia Daly, Antonia's Bookshop, Trim, Co Meath. Congratulations Antonia!
The judges in their citation said
Committed to sharing her love of books with all readers, young and old, she is hugely supportive of Irish publishing and authors. Firmly embedded in the community she reaches beyond the shop’s confines to run events and book clubs, and to support festivals. In a book world that has seen many changes in the last fifteen years, she regularly reinvents what it means to be a successful local bookseller.
Antonia is a worthy winner! To see her reaction to the win, and to hear with her colleagues, local authors, fellow booksellers and others say about her, we have prepared a video which you can see here or watch below.
The O'Brien Bookseller of the Year Award has been presented annually since 1995 in recognition of outstanding achievement or an invaluable contribution to the book trade by an individual bookseller.
The winner's name is added to The Elements, a bronze perpetual trophy sculpted by Rowan Gillespie, one of Ireland's leading sculptors. The winner keeps the award for the year, and also receives a framed commemorative certificate.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Any Bookseller who:
operates on the island of Ireland
works in, manages or owns a bookselling business
has a minimum of three years' experience as a bookseller in Ireland (not necessarily with the same company)
The judges for the 2020 award were:
Louise Dobbin, Repforce Ireland
Paul Neilan, Gill Books
Siobhán Tierney, Hachette Ireland
Ivan O’Brien, The O’Brien Press
Judging of 2021 Award
The judges for the 2021 award are
Lorraine Levis, Penguin Random House
Leslie Syms, Argosy Books
Elena Browne, The O'Brien Press
Ivan O'Brien, The O'Brien Press
The winner will be announced soon ...
The full rollcall of winners is:
1995 Fred Hanna, Fred Hanna Booksellers
1996 Sally Mimnagh, Eason & Son, O'Connell St.
1997 Helen Clear and Gemma Barry, Dubray Books
1998 Frank and David O'Mahony, O'Mahony's Booksellers
1999 Fergal and Irene Stanley, Argosy Libraries
2000 John McNamee, Laois Educational Supplies
2001 Tom Owens, Eason & Son Ltd
2002 Joe Collins, Hodges Figgis
2003 Robert Redmond, The Open Book Company
2004 Dervilla Evans, The Ennis Bookshop
2005 Liz Meldon, Dundrum Books
2006 Siobhán Tierney, Hughes & Hughes Booksellers
2007 Eoin McHugh, Eason Wholesale
2008 Mary Healy, Argosy Books
2009 David O'Callaghan, Eason & Son Ltd
2010 John Cotter, The Book Centre, Waterford
2011 Gina O'Donnell, Hodges Figgis
2012 Lynn Crampton, Dubray Grafton Street
2013 Ronan Richmond, Argosy Books
2014 John Treacy, International Education Services
2015 Susan Walsh, Dubray Books
2016 Bob Johnston, The Gutter Bookshop
2017 Maria Dickenson, Dubray
2018 Liz Walsh, Stone House Books
2019 Caitríona Bennett, Argosy Books
2020 Antonia Daly, Antonia's Bookstore, Trim