Sunday, 30 January 2011

A LITERATE NATION: Book Industry Association announces Readers’ Choice Awards

The Book Industry Association of Jamaica is holding a new competition in 2011. The book entries for the Writing Awards Competition (also called the Readers’ Choice Competition) will be judged by readers from the general public and the winners announced at the Awards on March 24, 2011. A total of forty-one books have been entered in this competition. There are four categories from which readers can vote. The categories are as follows: Best Children's Picture Book, Best Children's Chapter Book, Best Adult Creative Writing, and Best Adult Non-fiction.

The competition aim’s to encourage public discussion of books and increase the visibility of the BIAJ National Publishing and Writing Awards. The criteria for nomination are that authors must be Jamaican (born or naturalised) and books must have been published between July 1, 2008 and June 30, 2010.

The books are on display at the Kingston & St. Andrew Parish Library (Tom Redcam Drive) and can also be purchased from the following booksellers: Azmart (Barbican), Bookland (New Kingston, Mandeville & Montego Bay), Bookophilia (Liguanea), Fontana Pharmacy (Montego Bay, Sav-la-Mar & Mandeville), General Foods (Ocho Rios), Liguanea Drug & Garden (Liguanea), Manor Park Pharmacy (Manor Park) and Novelty Trading Company Limited (Downtown Kingston).

The public is encouraged to vote for their favourite books in each category by ballot at the Kingston & St. Andrew Parish Library or at any of the booksellers listed above. Readers can also vote online by clicking on the ‘VOTE NOW’ icon on the BIAJ Website,

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