Bookshop takes another top prize
Nelson's Page & Blackmore Booksellers has once again proven its standing in the book world.
The Trafalgar St store won the Thorpe Bowker Regional Bookshop of the Year South Island award at the Booksellers New Zealand industry awards in Auckland on Thursday.
It was nominated for two awards, including the Independent Bookshop of the Year, which it won in 2010. It has won the South Island regional award twice before, in 2008 and 2009.
Page & Blackmore co-owner Peter Rigg said the store was "a gem".
"I'd like to think [we won] because of service, but I think just because we have a lot of books that people want. We quite often get a lot of people walking in and saying ‘This is a great shop'.
"You don't realise how good you are until you go away and find out how others are getting on, and all of a sudden you realise, goodness gracious me, little old Nelson is right up there."
With Craig Potton Publishing's New Zealand's Native Trees taking out the Book of the Year award at the New Zealand Post Book Awards on Wednesday, Mr Rigg said it was a successful week for Nelson publishing.
"It was a bit of a Nelson highlight, so we might have to get together and go out for dinner some time to celebrate."
Store manager Stella Chrysostomou said the award recognised their standing as an independent bookshop and their great relationship with readers, publishers, and distributors.
The store is the main sponsor of Nelson's annual Readers and Writers Festival, and it continued to be a much-loved place for Nelsonians to pick up the printed page, she said.
Popular titles included "a huge range" of non-fiction books, and books by the late Margaret Mahy were proving particularly hot right now. She was grateful to customers for their support.
"Nelsonians are avid readers," she said.
"Digital e-books are expanding and they will just be another format that we will carry, but I think there's still a very big place for paper books."
The store tried to be innovative and keep the whole bookshop "lively and interesting".
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