BA/PA initiative, with booksellers and parliamentarians voting
The 2018 Parliamentary Book Awards, run by the Booksellers Association (BA) and the Publishers Association (PA), has opened for entries. The awards are voted for first by booksellers and then by parliamentarians, and will be announced at a House of Commons reception on 4 December.
Booksellers will vote for shortlists in three categories: Best Memoir by a Parliamentarian, Best Non-Fiction by a Parliamentarian, and Best Political Book by a Non-Parliamentarian. Parliamentarians will vote for the winners from November. Last year, the winners included Nick Clegg, Harriet Harman, and Brendan Cox.
Stephen Lotinga, chief executive of the PA, said: "The Parliamentary Book Awards are a wonderful way to celebrate the very best political books and we're delighted to be working with publishers, booksellers and parliamentarians to recognise superb political authorship. In our politically charged times, this is a genre that is more vital than ever before and is gaining influence, readers and sales across the board. Political writing is thriving and these awards are a showcase of that."
Meryl Halls, md of the BA, said: "The Parliamentary Book Awards go from strength to strength each year, and we are thrilled to be launching our third iteration with the PA. The Awards are a very positive way of cementing our connections with our parliamentarians, by celebrating their commitment to the written word, books and bookshops. We are very much looking forward to rewarding great writing by politicians and to spending time in Parliament with them discussing book trade challenges and opportunities."
Photo: Harriet Harman, Brendan Cox, and Nick Clegg’s publisher, Stuart Williams, at the awards last year