Winners of 2011 CBA Libris Awards Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Toronto (May 16, 2011) — The Canadian Booksellers Association announced the winners of the 2011 Libris Awards at a gala event on Saturday, May 14. The event, which took place at the Radisson Admiral Hotel – Toronto Harbourfront, was hosted by Kevin Graff, President of Graff Retail and Bob Phibbs, the Retail Doctor® The Libris Awards recognize the best in the Canadian book industry. Nominated and voted on by members of the Canadian Booksellers Association, the Libris Awards single out the best in 13 categories including best writer; best editor; best sales rep; best publisher; best small press publisher; best distributor; best fiction, non-fiction, children’s book, and young reader books; and best campus, specialty and general book retailer. Children’s Picture Book of the Year and Young Readers’ Book of the Year are listed below.

“The Libris Awards showcase all that is great about Canadian bookselling and book production,” says Mark Lefebvre, President of Canadian Booksellers Association. “The awards signify something particularly special, since Canada’s independent bookseller’s nominate and vote on the award winners. The people who know books and the book market the best are Canada’s independent booksellers, and it’s Canada’s independents who deliver the Libris Awards. Winning a Libris is a stamp of approval that everyone involved in the book
industry in the book industry hopes to gain.”

Also at the Libris Award gala, Chase Paymentech awarded author and bookseller Vikki VanSickle with the Young Bookseller of the Year Award. The award recognizes excellence in book retailing by a bookseller under the age of 30. VanSickle, author of Words that Start With B, is a Manager at The Flying Dragon Bookstore in Toronto, Ontario, which won the award for Specialty Bookstore of the Year.

Children’s Picture Book Of The Year

A Porcupine in a Pine Tree
Written by Helaine Becker | Illustrated by Werner Zimmermann
Scholastic Canada

Young Readers’ Book Of The Year

Pluto’s Ghost
Written by Sheree Fitch
Doubleday Canada

About the Canadian Booksellers Association:
The Canadian Booksellers Association (CBA) is a national not-for profit trade association representing trade and campus booksellers in all provinces and territories. Membership includes Canadian bookstores of all sizes, as well as those affiliated with them—a group that includes authors, agents, sales reps, publishers, distributors and other industry suppliers.

For more information, please contact:

Jodi White | Senior Manager
Canadian Booksellers Association
Tel: 416-467-7883 ext. 227