Another Cup of Coffee: The UK’s Nero Book Awards’ Shortlists

The new Nero Book Awards is a very similar contest to the Costa Book Awards, which bowed out after 50 years in June 2022. Image: Nero Book Awards By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson Category Winners To Be Named December 16 Continuing to survey some of those year-end book-prize news collisions that happen each year as the competitions vie for press attention, the Nero Book Awards in the United Kingdom is a new program which recently released its inaugural shortlist. We have a chance today (December 12) to get the new Neros into our report prior to our winter hiatus. This contest, which operates in four categories, is a project of Caffé Nero , familiar to anyone who’s in London or in other parts of the UK and Europe—in which the company has more than 800 venues. Founded by Gerry Ford in 1997, the company is reported to have a growing international reach, with locations in 11 markets in cluding Sweden, Cyprus, Croatia, Poland, Ireland, Oman, the United Arab Emirates and United States. The arrival of its book awards, announced in May, follows, of course, the sudden exit from the book-prize fray by the 50-year-old Costa (Coffee) Book Awards in June 2022 . The new Neros are cycled from December 1 to November 30 each year, with books published in English in the UK or Ireland eligible as long as their authors have been “alive and resident in the UK or Ireland for the past three years” at the time of entry. The program’s awards director, Amanda Johnson, formerly was with the Costa Book Awards as their director, and had also worked in publicity and as project director with the Women’s Prize for Fiction . Like the Costa, this program has both category winners and an overall winner who […]

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