Galaxy British Book Awards: the ‘Oscars’ of the book world

Today is a day to be reckoned with book-wise, and well worth knowing about if you aspire one day to be the literary equivalent of an Oscar winner.

The Galaxy British Book Awards (affectionately known throughout the book business as ‘The Nibbies’) are taking place tonight. It’s an annual event, where each winning book receives a golden Nibbie (the awards are in the shape of a large pen nib) for its success in the previous year. Shortlists in a series of categories were announced in early March and since then, both trade professionals and the general book-loving public have been voting for their favourites.

The Nibbies don’t just celebrate the legends of literature and major prize winners, they also acknowledge new authors with the ‘Newcomer of the Year’ award, which in previous years has been won by Marina Lewycka, Zadie Smith and Susanna Clarke.

If you’re keen to get a piece of  the ceremony action, see what the literati are wearing, or indeed if Barack Obama wins (he’s up for two awards) tune in to UKTV channel Watch (the home of Richard & Judy’s chat show) this Sunday (5th April).

Warm wishes, Jo


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