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Makassar writers festival among London Book Fair's excellence award winners

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Thu, March 12, 2020  /  04:57 pm
Makassar writers festival among London Book Fair's excellence award winners

Indonesia was recognized as the Market Focus country of the 2019 London Book Fair. (Shutterstock/Billion Photos)

The Makassar International Writers Festival was among the winners of the London Book Fair’s (LBF) 2020 International Excellence Awards. 

The winners were announced on Wednesday, but the award ceremony did not take place as LBF organizers had decided to cancel the event over fears of the COVID-19 outbreak

In a statement, the judges praised the Makassar International Writers Festival for developing "a radically inclusive operation transparent in its working methods and fearless in its programming”.

“The International Excellence Awards always remind us of the innovative, important and inspiring work being done by all those in the global publishing and book community. From translators in India and librarians in Finland to literary festivals in Ukraine and literary agents in France, these awards show the breadth of talent working in the industry around the world today," LBF director Jacks Thomas said in the statement.

“It’s inspiring to see the work and innovation in publishing around the globe. Although it is disappointing not be able to meet and congratulate everyone in person, it’s fantastic to see the awards will be sent across the world, from Italy to India, Indonesia to New Zealand — a true reflection of the international nature of publishing," added Stephen Lotinga, CEO of the United Kingdom Publishers Association, the awards’ coorganizer.

Indonesia was recognized as the Market Focus country of the London Book Fair last year.

Other winners of the LBF International Excellence Awards included Karadi Tales, which took home the Audiobook Publisher of the Year prize; Maadi Public Library in Egypt, which was crowned Library of the Year; Unity Books Auckland in New Zealand, which received the Bookstore of the Year Award; and Bloomsbury Publishing chief executive Nigel Newton, who was bestowed the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Held every spring at Olympia London, the LBF serves as a marketplace for rights negotiations, as well as sales and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels.

The 50th edition of the LBF is scheduled for March 9-11, 2021. (kes)

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