Wednesday 9 April 2014

Malaysian publisher Fixi wins big in London

The winners of The London Book Fair International Book Industry Excellence Awards, in association with The Publishers Association, have been announced at a prestigious Awards ceremony held on the first day of The London Book Fair.

The Awards provide recognition from the UK for the best companies and individuals from across the international publishing industry, as such UK companies are not eligible for the majority of categories.

The line-up of winners was truly global with Belorussia, Pakistan, India, Denmark, Australia, Malaysia, the US and China all coming up trumps.

The US publishing industry led the pack with three winners including the University of Chicago Press in the Academic and Professional category, The Best Translated Book Award won in Literary Translation Initiatives category and Robert Kirkman who created Walking Dead won for the best use of IP. The evening saw a real coup for Fixi, the Malaysian publisher, who picked up The Bookseller International Adult Trade Publisher Award despite having set up only three years ago. They have gained a great reputation at breakneck speed including snapping up huge authors for their translation list.

Jacks Thomas, Director, The London Book Fair, said: “In the course of our preparation for The London Book Fair, my team and I are lucky enough to meet so many inspirational individuals and learn about fascinating initiatives from publishing companies around the world. So it’s wonderful to be able to celebrate the best international talent at our Awards. From new companies like Fixi in Malaysia to publishing stalwarts like renowned Danish agent, Anneli Høier, the winners tonight provide a fascinating showcase for international publishing.”

Richard Mollet, Chief Executive, The UK Publishers Association, said: “The London Book Fair is the perfect location to celebrate the achievements of international publishing and the range of talent on display across the industry. Around the world, publishers are innovating and developing new ideas of how and what publishing could and will look like in the future and these awards are a great opportunity to demonstrate our success as an industry.”

Cortina Butler, Director Literature, British Council, said: “We are delighted that the winning organisations and individuals in this inaugural awards demonstrate the exciting creative entrepreneurship in today’s international publishing industry and the continuing impact of The London Book Fair Market Focus programme.”

Korea Cultural Programme at the London Book Fair

See the previous blog post for an overview of the Korea Market Focus at the London Book Fair.  See here for an update of how it went on day 1.