O'Brien Bookseller of the Year Award
Bookseller of the Year 2021: Louisa Cameron, Raven Books
The winner of the O'Brien Bookseller of the Year Award 2020 is Louisa Cameron, Raven Books, Blackrock, Co Dublin. Congratulations Louisa!
The judges in their citation said
A hands-on, inspiring bookseller at the heart of her community for over a decade, she has helped create a new generation of readers through bookclubs and pinpoint book recommendations.
Her public advocacy of books and bookselling, both locally and nationally, is valued by the entire Irish book community.
he has been a shining light through the pandemic, hand-delivering books from a heavily-loaded bicycle: a symbol of inspiration and hope when we all needed it most.
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)
Judging of 2021 Award
The judges for the 2021 award were
- Lorraine Levis, Penguin Random House
- Leslie Syms, Argosy Books
- Elena Browne, The O'Brien Press
- Ivan O'Brien, The O'Brien Press