An Post Bookshop of the Year
An Post Irish Book Awards offers book lovers across Ireland the chance to choose their favourite bookshop
The search is officially underway to find the ‘An Post Bookshop of the Year’ for 2023. After a hugely successful inaugural year in 2021, the category is now back for the third year running in the An Post Irish Book Awards, the annual literary event that celebrates and promotes Irish writing to the widest range of readers possible.
Bridge Street Books, Wicklow
An Post Bookshop of the Year 2022
Bridge Street Books is an independent, family run bookshop set in an old house, right in the heart of Wicklow Town. Open since November 1999, the building is full of nooks & crannies where you can hide while browsing an extensive range of books.
About the Award
The ‘An Post Bookshop of the Year’ category is designed to acknowledge the significant role played by independent bookshops and local branches of bookshop chains in helping their local communities to find and savour the titles of their choice. Previous winners include Kennys Bookshop and Art Gallery, Galway in 2021 and Bridge Street Books, Wicklow in 2022.
Customers simply have to click onto www.anpost.com/bookshopoftheyear to submit their nomination for their favourite bookshop. They will also have the option to explain the reason for their choice. Readers can also enter by scanning the QR code in their preferred bookshop and following the instructions. Everyone who votes will be entered into a draw to win a €100 book voucher.
Nominations for the An Post Bookshop of the Year will close at midnight and the 12 bookshops around Ireland with the most votes will then be longlisted.
Mystery shoppers will visit the 12 shops as part of the judging process. Following this, a shortlist of 6 shops will be finalised for the ‘An Post Bookshop of the Year’
The overall winner will be presented with their trophy at the An Post Irish Book Awards event. The winner will receive a prize worth €15,000 from An Post Commerce.