THERE IS a strong Wicklow presence in the shortlist for the 'Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2012' with books by Katie Taylor, Cathy Kelly, Catherine Fulvio and Declan Burke all up for awards
The 'Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2012' shortlist announced at the end of October features a strong Wicklow presence with books by Wicklow writers and sports personalities being nominated across five categories.
My Olympian Dream by gold medal Olympian and Bray native Katie Taylor, has been shortlisted for the 'Lifestyle Sports Sports Book of the Year', Eat Like An Italian by cooking queen Catherine Fulvio has been nominated for the 'Avonmore Cookbook of the Year', Enniskerry resident Cathy Kelly's latest book, The House on Willow Street, has been nominated for the 'Eason Popular Fiction Book of the Year, while celebrated crime writer and Enniskerry resident Declan Burke's new book Slaughter's Hound has been nominated for the 'Ireland AM Crime Fiction Book of the Year'.
Also making the shortlist in the 'Bookshop of the Year' category for the second year running is Bridge Street Books in Wicklow town. A family run, independent bookshop, Bridge Street Books is a proud and vibrant part of the local community providing efficient, friendly service. The bookshop hosts a variety of book clubs for adults and children of all ages, regular children's events, local book launches and readings.
Joanna Hamilton, Bridge Street Books, Wicklow town said, 'We are all absolutely over the moon about being shortlisted for the 'Bookshop of the Year' award for the second year running. We would like to say a special thank you to all our terrific customers and friends who took the time and effort to vote for us and a massive thank you for their continuing support.'
This is the seventh year of the ' Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards', and this year sees a brand new category added to the ' Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards' - the ' Avonmore Cookbook of the Year' - which celebrates the wealth of food writing on our island. Nominees for this year's inaugural award are Rachel Allen, Donal Skehan, Domini Kemp, Catherine Fulvio, Neven Maguire and Aoife Carrigy. From today, the public are being asked to cast their vote on the best books of the last year via the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards website www.irishbookawards. Votes can be cast until midnight November 18 and the winners will be announced at a gala event in Dublin's RDS on Thursday, November 22.