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Bookshop Day
Celebrating Bookshops Big and Small

Launched in 2016, Bookshop Day 2022 takes place on Saturday 8 October. Booksellers, publishers, authors, illustrators and poets work collaboratively on the campaign to encourage consumers to shop in their local bookshop and ensure their high street is thriving. Participating retailers include Waterstones, Foyles, WHSmith, Blackwell’s and numerous independent bookshops. Bookshop Day is part of Books Are My Bag, the consumer-facing campaign run by the Booksellers Association to celebrate and promote bookshops in the UK and Ireland.
 
Bookshop Day is sponsored by Hachette UKPenguin Random House UKHarperCollins PublishersPan MacmillanSimon & SchusterDKBloomsburyCanongateUsborneScholasticFaber & FaberKoganPageBonnier Books UKChicken HouseIcon BooksProfile BooksWalker Books and National Book Tokens. We’re grateful to Gardners for their help distributing the point of sale kits. Midas PR looks after media coverage for the campaign.

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Books Are My Bag Readers Awards
The Books Are My Bag Readers Awards are the only book awards with a shortlist curated by booksellers and winners chosen by readers. To qualify for the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards 2021, books must have been published in hardback or paperback between 1 January 2021 and 7 October 2021. Breakthrough Authors are those who have achieved significant breakthrough in 2021. They don’t have to be debut writers, and their books don’t have to have been published in 2021.
 
Booksellers Association members are invited to nominate their books of the year for each category. A panel of booksellers then whittles the nominations down to a shortlist. The 2021 shortlist panel was made up of the following booksellers:
 
Nessa Urquhart, Waterstones
Elaine Stabler, Blackwell
Jude Brosnan, Stanfords
Annie Rhodes, Norfolk Children’s Book Centre:
Amanda Truman, Truman Books
James Firth, The Stripey Badger
Tony West, Alligator’s Mouth
 
The Books Are My Bag Readers Awards 2021 winners were announced on Tuesday 9 November. 

The 2021 Books Are My Bag Readers Awards Winners, as chosen by readers:
 
Fiction
Still Life by Sarah Winman (4th Estate)
 
Non-Fiction
I Belong Here by Anita Sethi (Bloomsbury)
 
Poetry
The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman (Chatto & Windus)
 
Young Adult Fiction
Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé (Usborne)
 
Children’s Fiction
When the Sky Falls by Phil Earle (Andersen Press)
 
Breakthrough Author
Marcus Rashford, author of You Are A Champion with journalist Carl Anka (Macmillan Children’s Books)
 
Reader’s Choice
The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman (Viking Press)
 
The Books Are My Bag Readers Awards are sponsored by Hachette UKPenguin Random House UKHarperCollins PublishersPan MacmillanSimon & SchusterDKBloomsburyCanongateUsborneScholasticFaber & FaberKoganPageBonnier Books UKChicken HouseIcon BooksProfile BooksWalker BooksNational Book Tokens is the headline sponsor for the Readers Awards.
 
Booksellers Association members may opt in or out of participating in Bookshop Day and the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards at any point. Please email emma.bradshaw@booksellers.org.uk if you would like to check if you are registered to participate, or if you would like to change your participation.