Bookselling and publishing both faced unprecedented challenges in 2020 – from pandemic-related closures to appraisals of systemic racism. Yet books and bookstores found ways to capture and hold the public’s attention.

This week, Publishers Weekly announced nominees for Bookstore and Sales Rep of the Year.

“The five bookstore finalists reflect changes in the ways that bookstores serve their communities and the increasing role of activism in bookselling today,” reports Andrew AlbanesePW senior writer.

“They include two not-for-profit stores, a feminist bookstore, and several multicultural bookstores,” Albanese tells CCC.

The 2021 PW Award winners will be named in late May and will be featured in a June edition of Publishers Weekly magazine. An awards ceremony will take place at the inaugural U.S. Book Show, a virtual conference presented May 25–27 by Publishers Weekly.

Author: Christopher Kenneally

Christopher Kenneally hosts CCC's Velocity of Content podcast series, which debuted in 2006 and is the longest continuously running podcast covering the publishing industry. As CCC's Senior Director, Marketing, he is responsible for organizing and hosting programs that address the business needs of all stakeholders in publishing and research. His reporting has appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, The Independent (London), WBUR-FM, NPR, and WGBH-TV.
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