KILKENNY’S Stone House Books has been shortlisted for the Independent Bookseller of the Year, sponsored by Gardners.
The MacDonagh Junction-based shop is among 26 stores to be shortlisted in the UK and Ireland competition for independent book stores, and one of just two chosen from Ireland. All are in the running to win a prize of £5,000.
Liz Walsh of Stone House Books said she was delighted with the nomination and attributes the achievement to the variety of books available in her shop and the dedication from her hard-working team.
“This is an extremely challenging time for anyone in retail and our aim has been to offer our customers value, advice and a welcoming atmosphere. By being shortlisted I feel that we are on our way to achieving this,” she said.
The award recognises the devotion, hard work and innovation that go into running a successful independent bookstore.
Neill Denny, editor in chief at The Bookseller, said: “The sheer volume of entries, which were at a remarkably high standard, show the independent sectors can not only survive but thrive in what has been an incredibly difficult year for bricks and mortar retail.”
Ms Walsh has had a number of high-profile book signings in recent months including Brian Cody, Howard Marks and Alan Quinlan plus the launch of TD John McGuinness’s book, The House Always Wins.
The winner will be announced at the Bookseller Industry Awards, which will be held at London’s Park Lane Hilton on May 16. Book lovers can also become a fan on facebook.com/stonehousebooks.