Forum Books' James Routledge wins Vintage indie bookseller award

News - Bookselling Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Helen Stickland from Winstone's Bookshop, Sherborne, and Gayle Lazda of the London Review Bookshop are runners-up


Vintage has named James Routledge (right) from Forum Books & Kids in Corbridge, Northumberland as its Independent Bookseller of the Year. The runners-up were Helen Stickland from Winstone's Bookshop, Sherborne, and Gayle Lazda of the London Review Bookshop.

The award was previously Independent Bookshop of the Year.

The judges were Vintage md Richard Cable, deputy md Faye Brewster, publisher Rachel Cugnoni, and Alan Staton of the Booksellers Association.

They said: "From spearheading Forum Books' social media accounts and managing events from start to finish, to setting up a writing group and running story time sessions for children, James's boundless energy, his way with customers and authors, and his unique combination of practical and creative skills stood out among all the nominations."

Routledge receives a cheque for £1,000, and Lazda and Stickland will each receive £150. All three will receive tailored book recommendations each month for the coming year, as well as an extra 5% discount on all Vintage titles for their shops for the first six months of 2019.

Routledge said: "It's an absolute honour to have received this recognition from Vintage, from within a whole community of passionate and hardworking booksellers. This means so much and is above and beyond what I could've hoped for when I first started as a bookseller. I think I'm still in shock!"

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