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15th April 2013

We are delighted to announce that BOOKS etc. www.booksetc.co.uk has become our online sales partner.
BOOKS etc. is an independent family run UK business with an award-winning website and over a million regular customers.   A personalised service is expected for our thousands of followers who will now receive special discounts on titles showcased in www.peoplesbookprize.com  

Please visit our press page for full announcement at London Book Fair 2013.

April 2013

The Spring 2013 collection can be voted for until 20 May 2013.  From 21 to 29 May the public will vote again to choose the Winners of The People's Book Prize 2012/13 in the 3 categories:  Fiction, Non-Fiction and Children's.   These and the winners of The Beryl Bainbridge Award for First Time Author and TPBP Best Achievement Award  will be announced on 29 May at the prestigious 4th Award Ceremony of The People�s Book Prize at the exclusive Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers,  Ave Maria Lane, London EC4M 7DD www.stationers.org

To order your tickets please click here

The beginning of The People's Book Prize 5th year starts on 1 June 2013 with the Summer 2013 collection that can be voted for from 1 June to 31 August 2013.

Other News:   Eradicating illiteracy:

Pilot scheme for prison libraries:  a new step to open new doors

The charity Read & Grow has joined forces with The People's Book Prize to donate the unique 121 reading tool Yes We Can Read, to a number of prison libraries.

The ease of delivery of Yes We Can Read and its 'each one teach one' philosophy enables anyone who can read fluently to teach a non or poor reader within 6 months or less.  No training is required.

Using the ethos 'for the prisoner by the prisoner' it is hoped that inmates will pick up Yes We Can Read in the prison libraries and teach fellow inmates to read. At present over half the prison population has poor or no reading skills. Prisons benefiting from this pilot scheme are HMP Holloway, Ford, Aberdeen, Maghaberry, Brixton, Parkhurst, Kingston, Dorchester and Aylesbury YOP.

The public voted for YES WE CAN READ written by Libby Coleman and Nick Ainley.  By awarding it TPBP Special Achievement Prize, The People's Book Prize recognised the importance of this publication and identified it as the perfect tool to eradicate illiteracy - the intellectual cancer - and it is now part of its constitution.

February 2013 

The Winter collection can be voted for until 28th February 2013. 

The new Spring collection starts on 1 March 2013.  This will be the last  collection prior to our 4th Award Ceremony on 29th May 2013 - Save the date, please.  We are now putting the finishing touches to this glittering occasion.  

Watch this space:  Exciting times ahead as we are forming new partnerships.   Progress in our quest to eradicate illiteracy:  in collaboration with Read & Grow a new project will start using YES WE CAN READ to help those who cannot read. More later

January 2013

Health, prosperity, love, peace and happiness are our wishes for you during 2013.
We hope this year will also be wonderful for The People's Book Prize: fulfil our expansion plans with the following and support of the public, the media, booksellers, authors and publishers. 
We will be updating you on:
4th Award Ceremony on 29th May 2013 at The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspapers Makers (near St. Paul�s Cathedral)

Progress is being made with our Literacy Initiative.   We strongly believe that the use of YES WE CAN READ is the right tool to help those who wish to learn how to read or wish to improve their reading.  http://www.peoplesbookprize.com/illiteracy.htm

Voting continues until 28th February 2013 for the Winter Collection now being showcased.  Please spread the word so that these entries are read and voted for.  Do continue to   suggest new titles for inclusion.   Thank you for being part of The People's Book Prize.  You have a voice through us.  

December 2012
Vote now for the Winter collection until 28th February 2013.  
Flick through the pages of The People's Book Prize and find unique gifts.     
Give and receive:   Donate anything you can to help eradicate illiteracy:  http://www.peoplesbookprize.com/illiteracy.htm
Clicking the "like" button at the top of  TPBP Facebook page could win you a book.  
From us all at The People's Book Prize every good wish for health, peace, prosperity, happiness and love during the Festive Season and always.  
Click here for an exclusive interview with The People's Book Prize and Brit Writer's Awards
September 2012

An exclusive interview with Imran Akram, Founder and Chief Executive of Brit Writers. Who is Imran Akram and what inspired you to set up Brit Writers? Click here for more

March 2012     
Delighted to announce that the last quarterly collection, prior to the Award Ceremony, is showcased now.  It  can be voted for until 20 May 2012.  
Thank you to our thousands of registered voters: with your support we will ensure that www.peoplesbookprize.com  is the first 'port of call' for readers up and down the country.  
Special dates for your diary:
1 March 2012 till 20 May 2012 -  Vote for Spring 2012 collection  
21 May 2012 till 30 May 2012 -  Vote for the winners from the 36 finalists in the 3 genres  
30 May 2012 - The prestigious 3rd TPBP Award Ceremony -  Book now.
February 2012   
Voting is going on until 29 February2012 for the Winter 2012 collection.  So carry on reading but do not miss the deadline to vote for your favourite titles.
The new Spring 2012 collection will be showcased from 1 March 2012 and can be voted for until 20th May 2012.  This will be the last quarterly collection before the 3rd Award Ceremony on 30 May 2012.  The public can then vote for the overall winners from the 36 finalists � Special pages will be set up from 21 May and voting will take place until 30th May 2012.
January 2012

Love your libraries on February 4th  Libraries across the UK will be celebrating National Libraries Day on Saturday 4 February 2012 with a range of events for library users and supporters to enjoy.  

The day is a celebration of the work done in school, college, university, workplace and public libraries to promote learning, literacy and the enjoyment of reading to all.  It is supported by a range of twenty-five organisations including the Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals, the Reading Agency, the National Federation of Women's Institutes, library campaigners and publishers.  

Library users new and old are being encouraged to go along to their local library and find out about the great services on offer - from book loans and homework clubs to advice on starting a business and how to get online. Regular users are being asked to bring a friend and give them the chance to speak to library staff and find out exactly what services are available locally.

National Libraries Day is a great reason to visit the library � whether it's for the first time or you go every week. We want as many people as possible to discover something new about their local library and sign up for some of the great opportunities on offer. Even if people can't make it to their library, they can still get access to a range of services through library websites.  

National Libraries Day is devoted to all types of libraries, library users, staff and supporters across the UK. It takes place on Saturday 4th February and the week leading up to it. www.nationallibrariesday.org.uk  

Map and list of events: www.nationallibrariesday.org.uk/get-involved/add-your-event     

Logos and posters are available to download: www.nationallibrariesday.org.uk/downloads  

Our supporters: www.nationallibrariesday.org.uk/supporters  

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/149328731838191  

Keep up to date on Twitter using #NLD12 or follow @NatLibrariesDay  

For more details about Canning Town library: www.newham.gov.uk/EntertainmentandLeisure/Libraries/LibraryDetails/CanningTownLibrary.htm  

To celebrate National Library Day twenty-three of our most outstanding writers have contributed to The Library Book, published by Profile Books in aid of The Reading Agency's library programmes. The authors describe libraries real or imagined, past, present, and future - why they matter and to whom. They include Julian Barnes, Alan Bennett, Stephen Fry, Lucy Mangan, Val McDermid, Caitlin Moran, Kate Mosse, Zadie Smith and Nicky Wire from the Manic Street Preachers.      

Kate Mosse said, 'The brick and glass presence of libraries at the heart of our towns and cities gives the unequivocal message that books matter, that imagination matters, that the principles of free and fair access to literature and education to all matter. The most democratic of spaces, libraries are places where anyone - regardless of age or sex or background, their ambitions and opportunities (or lack of them) - is welcome and on an equal basis and for free. Libraries are home to the readers of today and the writers of tomorrow'  

Lucy Mangan recalled her childhood experience of libraries, 'I thought my dad was having me on when I was six or seven and he told me he was taking me to a building full of free books that I could take home, read and then return and swap them for more, forever. We trotted along the road - libraries need to be local so that paying a visit feels as natural and easy as popping to the shops, not like a big, extra effort to be confined to the occasional day when you have the time - and it turned out he was telling the truth. It seemed like a miracle and it still does.'  

Alan Gibbons, children�s author and campaigner, originally called for National Libraries Day to take place, he said:   'The ability to read is at the heart of being a civilised human being. Research from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development shows that reading for pleasure is the single biggest indicator of our social and academic success, even more important than our social class. Your local library is the place you can choose a book, use a computer, find out about local history, do research, attend literary events, access community facilities and so much more. Now here's the thing, it is free to use. Libraries and librarians make a huge difference.'  

National Literacy Trust research found that a child who goes to a library is twice as likely to read well as one who does not. So what are you doing on Saturday, 4th February and the week leading up to it? Can you hold a story telling, a read-in, a poetry session, hold a talk about the history of your town? Could you have a party to celebrate reading? Pop down to your local library. Make sure you use it, love it, join it.  

From the Guille-All's Library in Guernsey to Orkney Library, events are taking place across the country. In London at Canning Town Library on Saturday 4th February library users will be able to hear stories and songs from the Children's Laureate, Julia Donaldson. The event starts at 2pm and free tickets can be booked through the library.   In Leicestershire, visitors to public libraries will be able to hire a DVD, CD or audio book for free. At Blackpool's newly refurbished Central Library Carol Birch, 2011 Man Booker prize shortlisted author, will be speaking, and TV Book Club's Matt Haig will be at Newcastle's new city library. In Filey, North Yorkshire, Chinese New Year dragon-themed activities will be taking place with a treasure hunt and library quiz. The RNIB National Library Service will be running free ebook taster sessions for blind and partially sighted people at Stockport.

January 2012 
We have great plans for expansion.  The third collection is being voted for now until 29 February 2012.  Visit the Fiction, Non Fiction and Children's pages to view the titles showcased and cast your vote.  
The 4th and last collection (Spring 2012) before the Award Ceremony on 30 May 2012 will be showcased from 1 March 2012 till 20 May 2012.  The last 9 finalists will then join the 27 other finalists from the previous collections.  Voting for the overall winners will take place from 21 May 2012 till 30 May 2012.  Details will be posted at a later date.
Publishers can submit their titles for the Spring 2012 collection until 1 February 2012 - Click here to download Call for Entries Form
September 2011 - Finalists  for Summer 2011 announced
August 2011 National Federation of Women's Institutes - Love Libraries campaign...

The National Federation of Women's Institutes (NFWI) are collecting signatures for  their Love Libraries petition as part of their campaign.   They are calling on the Government to honour their commitment to act as a champion of the library service, and hope to  collect 100,000 signatures and trigger a debate in Parliament. They  have just launched an online version of the petition, on the Government's e-petitions website at the link below. If you would like to support them, do send this out through your networks and encourage supporters to sign and pass it on:  http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/1269

July 2011  Winners of the People's Book prize 2010/2011 announced click to view
July 2011   A new company is formed to make The People's Book Prize the number one literary competition in the UK and across the world Click here to read press release
June 2011: Voting starts for the winners of 2010/2011 season

Voting has now opened for the winners of the 2010/2011 season. Click here to vote for your favourite title in each of the  Fiction, Non Fiction and  Children categories.

May 2011: Frederick Forsyth CBE becomes Patron...

We are delighted to announce that Mr. Fredrick Forsyth has become our Patron following in the illustrious footsteps of our Founding Patron, the late Dame Beryl Bainbridge DBE. Mr. Forsyth needs no introduction and we all welcome his valuable support in the pursue of The People's Book Prize's aims to discover writers' talent voted by the public, raise the profile of libraries and celebrate reading.   

May 2011: Happy Birthday TPBP

TPBP will start its third year and is going from strength to strength.  Our goal is to fulfil Dame Beryl's words at the launch in 2009:  'I look forward to the time when we mention this particular prize as the greatest'.

June 2011: TPBP Award Ceremony - 20th July

TPBP second Award Ceremony will take place on 20th July 2011 at The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers,  Ave Maria Lane, London EC4M 7DD at 7 pm on Wednesday 20th July 2010.   For further information: Tatiana Wilson Prize Administrator The People's Book Prize - 23 Berkeley Square - London W1J 6HE Ph. 0207 6656605 www.peoplesbookprize.com


Finalists 2010

Winners for 2010/2011

Winners - 2009/2010