On Thursday, November 2, the winners of the first were announced Cheetomo Awards – awards for outstanding achievements in book publishing.
The winners in three nominations were announced during a solemn award ceremony in Kyiv.
“Each project is unique – here you can find both niche publishing houses, as well as large, young initiatives and long-known brands, companies from Lviv, Kyiv, Khmelnytskyi, Kharkiv. It shows not only the geography, but also the enormous effort of each nominee. And this is an example that can be followed”– said the co-founder of Chitomo Iryna Baturevych.
Winners of the first Chitomo Award:
Nomination “Trendsetter of the publishing market”:
Stary Lev Publishing House – “for the high standards of book business organization, for the example and stability that helps others to endure, for establishing the systematic sale of rights to Ukrainian books to foreign audiences.”
Nomination “For a book initiative that contributes to the promotion of reading”:
NGO Translatorium – “for creating a platform for translators to communicate, for putting Podillia and Khmelnytskyi on the cultural map of Ukraine, as well as for returning to conversation through silence.”
Nomination “Ambassador of the Ukrainian book”:
Creative studio “Agrafka” (Romana Romanyshyn and Andriy Lesiv) – “for an artistic expression that reveals a person, his world and Ukraine through a book, new partnerships and gained international recognition.”
|Winners of the first Cheetomo Prize. Photo: Dmytro Larin|
Special award of the Jury of the Award the writer received posthumously Victoria Amelina, who was mortally wounded during the rocket attack on Kramatorsk on June 27. She was honored “for what continues to connect people and communities with invisible bridges, for the opportunities created and the given directions in which the Ukrainian cultural community continues to move.”
Also handed over Special distinction of the Frankfurt Book Fair. In addition to the monetary reward, it provides for participation in the stand in Frankfurt next year. It was received by the publisher Oleksandr Savchuk “for the preservation of cultural heritage through local history and book projects and the return of outstanding names, phenomena and objects to the cultural discourse of Ukraine”.
About the Chitomo Award
Cheetomo Award was founded this year by the media of the same name. Its purpose: to celebrate the outstanding achievements of Ukrainian book publishing and the literary sphere, their contribution to the social development and restoration of Ukraine.
This award was organized with the support of the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels, the Frankfurt Book Fair and the German Ministry of Culture and Media.
This year, the prize is awarded for achievements during 2022-2023. The winner of each of the four nominations will receive a reward of 4,000 euros.
The international jury of the Chitomo Prize included seven experts in the field of book publishing and literature:
- William Blacker (Great Britain), a Slavic scholar at University College London, a translator of Ukrainian literature, a member of the jury of the International Booker Prize 2023;
- Gvants Jobava (Sakartvelo), vice-president of the International Association of Publishers;
- Julia Kozlovets (Ukraine), director of the “Book Arsenal” International Festival;
- Vladka Kupska (Germany-Czech Republic), chief manager of the Frankfurt Book Fair for work with the markets of Central and Eastern Europe;
- Valery Pekar (Ukraine), teacher of Kyiv-Mohyla and Lviv business schools;
- Tatiana Teren (Ukraine), journalist, executive director of the Ukrainian PEN;
- Oksana Khmelivska (Ukraine), co-founder of Chitomo;
- Volodymyr Sheyko (Ukraine), general director of the Ukrainian Institute.
The short list of the Chitomo Prize was announced on October 18 at the Ukrainian national stand within the 75th Frankfurt Book Fair.