December 2013 was a special month for Kenya Literature Bureau. It is the month that held its end of year luncheon. It is also the month that KLB launched Sudanese Literary Icon, Prof. Taban Lo Liyong’s book, Christmas in Lodwar, in Turkana County. The launch in Turkana County was the first of its kind done by a publisher away from the city, and was an honour to locals in that area who use our products.
The highlight of the month was the annual Bookseller of the Year Award, an event that saw KLB honour booksellers for the good partnership and performance made during the year. The award recognizes excellence in sales, while at the same time promoting greater marketing of KLB books in Kenya.
Apart from certificates and plaques of honour, 2013 saw KLB give more to the winners. The publisher feted winners with gift vouchers to purchase more books for their customers. Each winner received a gift voucher of Sh. 10,000.
The awards were categorized nationally as well as regionally in line with KLB’s 11 market regions. The overall award for 2012/2013 was retained by Laxmi Booksellers and Stationers, who also won a similar award last financial year. Laxmi also took the top position in the Nairobi Region.
Khimji Devshi Shah was the best in Central Region, while Eden Bookshop and East Kenya Supplies earned top honours for Coast and Eastern Regions Respectively.
In North Rift Region, Lisa Paper Works took the lead as was the case with Patmat Bookshop in South Rift Region, while Wapendwa Bookshop was the best in Mt. Kenya Region and Bashkash Book Centre in North Eastern Region.
Jonzavike Bookshop led in South Nyanza Region, Anvi Emporium in North Nyanza Region and Vaghela School Centre in Western Region. KLB continues to appreciate the support it receives from all partners and looks forward to a fruitful 2014.