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The shortlist for The London Book Fair International Excellence Awards 2019 has been announced, with Utrechts International Literature Festival nominated for London Book Fair Festival Award
The awards, held in partnership with the UK Publishers Association (PA), celebrate success in seventeen categories, representing the best publishing ambassadors, innovative publishing, and ground-breaking initiatives in the industry. In each award category, the judging panel was comprised of experts in that sector.
Festivals across the world are nominated for Literary Festival of the Year, with Book Arsenal Literature Festival (Ukraine), International Literature Festival Utrecht (Netherlands) and Makassar International Writers Festival (Indonesia) all in the running.
The announcement of the winner will take place on March 12 in London, during the opening night of the Book Fair.
Every year the London Book Fair International Excellence Awards are presented in various categories such as the best library, bookstore and literary agent in the world. The ILFU is nominated in the Best Literature Festival category, together with Book Arsenal Literature Festival (Ukraine) and the Makassar International Writers Festival (Indonesia). The London Book Fair has since the start in 1971 become the largest European book fair after the Frankfurter Buchmesse. As a result, the prizes can count as the ‘Oscars of the book trade’. In 2017, the city of Utrecht was named an international ‘UNESCO City of Literature’.
In the first ever successful edition of the ILFU, over 21,000 visitors attended the ILFU that took place in September 2018. The festival attracted national and international attention through the two weeks, a reading marathon by a thousand women at the Central Station and 150 writers. and artists who performed with famous names such as Julian Barnes, John Irving and Salman Rushdie.
The second edition of the ILFU will take place in September 2020.