September 21, 2017
Congratulations, Susanne König, winner of the inaugural Frankfurt Book Fair US Booksellers Prize
by Chad Felix
While we were on break (true MobeHeads know it, we were off in August), publishing veteran, stalwart bookseller, and Melville House neighbor Susanne König was named the recipient of the first Frankfurter Buchmesse (Frankfurt Book Fair) U.S. Booksellers Prize for her work as executive director of both Dumbo’s PowerHouse Arena and Park Slope’s PowerHouse on 8th.
The prize comes with an all-expenses-paid trip to Frankfurt, Germany for the Frankfurt Book Fair.
Riky Stock, director of Frankfurt Book Fair New York, provided this statement:
We chose Susanne König as the first recipient of this award because she has done a great deal for international literature in her store, and has always been a strong advocate for German books in translation.
Susanne sits on the US jury of New Books in German, and has collaborated with the Festival Neue Literatur for several years.
She truly stands out among her colleagues as a champion for translated books.
The prize is the result of some collaboration between Frankfurt Book Fair New York and Reading the World, an organization that spreads the words and ideas of international writing by organizing US events for international authors, and it’s one of the few dedicated to honoring booksellers. (Other notable bookseller prizes include Europa’s similar (and also new) effort to send a bookseller to Frankfurt, James Patterson’s very nice habit of awarding holiday bonuses to indie booksellers, and the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc)’s decade-plus of helping booksellers pay for college.)
Belated congratulations, Susanne! This rules. See you at Frankfurt
Chad Felix is the Director of Library and Academic Marketing at Melville House, and a former bookseller.