You guys, this is such AWESOME news!!! I was literally jumping up and down when I heard about this, and I don’t even work at this bookshop. If you’ve read my blog though, you know how much I ADORE The King’s English and what a HUGE impact this little bookshop has made on my life in the past couple of years.
So, what is this list all about? Well, this is a short (five stores across the whole country short!) list of “some of the most creative and energetic bookstores in the business.”
Publisher’s Weekly has been sponsoring this award for more than two decades, and I cannot emphasize enough what a HUGE deal this is in the book world! Check out the full article about this award on Publisher’s Weekly’s site here!
2017 PW Bookstore of the Year Shortlist
- Avid Bookshop (Athens, Ga.)
- King’s English Bookshop, The (Salt Lake City, Utah)
- Parnassus Books (Nashville, Tenn.)
- Prairie Lights (Iowa City, Iowa)
- Wild Rumpus Books (Minneapolis, Minn.)
Why Does TKE Deserve the Win?
We have an incredible, INCREDIBLE book community here in Utah, and The King’s English is the heart of it all! I live about an hour away from this store, and I stumbled across it when I found out that Sarah J. Maas was doing a signing there in 2015. And boy, am I glad that I did. When I say TKE changed my life, I’m not exaggerating.
After that book event, my friends and I quickly figured out how many AMAZING authors this bookshop was bringing to town. Check out their full calendar of events here. It will blow your mind! We’ve gotten to meet so many amazing authors there over the past couple of years from Susan Dennard and Alexandra Bracken, Veronica Roth, Kathryn Purdie, Victoria Schwab, to Stephen FREAKING King! And that’s just a small handful of the amazing events we’ve been able to attend.
Not only does this book store host these incredible author events, they also allow members of the community to host their own book club meetings at their store. This is where we host our YA and Wine Book Club meeting every month. They give our book club members discounts on books, they promote our club on their website and in their newsletter, and because of that, they have introduced me to some of my favorite friends!
I’ve also gotten the opportunity to chat with some of our awesome local authors and book bloggers at TKE events and have gotten to become friends with them as well. These wonderful writers have been so welcoming to me, helping to promote my blog and encouraging me in my own writing. None of which would have happened if it weren’t for TKE.
I also have to say that their booksellers are incredible! I count many of them as friends. They have excellent book recommendations for our group whenever we ask. They’re incredibly knowledgeable about all genres of books. They’re also so friendly and welcoming, they make you feel like you’re a part of their family when you walk in the door.
Without The King’s English, I would not have the YA and Wine Book Club (which is kind of my pride and joy), I would not have this book blog, I would not have an amazing book community to be a part of, and I would have missed out on not only becoming friends with other local book lovers but with all of my new blogger friends as well!
TKE holds a special place in my heart and I am crossing everything I’ve got that they win this prestigious award. The King’s English and all of their booksellers truly, truly deserve this.