London Book & Screen Week celebrates audiobooks with inaugural US CAMEO Awards.
- Milkman by Anna Burns, narrated by Bríd Brennan (Faber & Faber) wins
- UK narrators voiced 4 out of 5 top US audiobooks (according to Kobo.com)
- CAMEO Awards celebrate the books at the heart of the global creative industries
London Book & Screen Week awarded Milkman by Anna Burns the first US award for audiobooks in the CAMEOs (Creativity Across Media: Entertainment and Originality Awards) in the US.
Milkman won from a prestigious Book to Audio Award shortlist which included The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman and The Other Woman by Sandie Jones.
Jim Dale, legendary actor and the world’s bestselling narrator in the world, presented Milkman it’s winning award for the audiobook CAMEOs in the US, which celebrate the power of books at the heart of the creative industries. The awards have been running in the UK for four years.
Jacks Thomas, Director of The London Book Fair and London Book & Screen Week, said: “Milkman was a worthy winner from a wonderful audiobook shortlist. It was fantastic to celebrate the awards in the US for the first time and recognise the continuing power of the book in so many formats, from games to TV, film to audiobooks. At LBF this year, we recognised the unstoppable rise of audio content and this important award is clear recognition of book consumers’ appetite for this increasingly popular format. We were honoured to share a stage with the world’s most popular narrator, Jim Dale, as we showcase fantastic UK literary talent that has found success in the all-important US market.”
The US awards celebrate audiobooks in 2019 and will celebrate other book IP including films, TV programmes and games in future years. With the creative industries worth £84 billion to the UK economy, and US $2,250 billion to the US economy per year, these awards are a chance to recognise some of the most exciting contributions from individuals across the sector, from authors to directors, agents, publishers and producers.
The award was open to the best audiobooks from UK-originated titles. Judges were looking for demonstration of both quality and success from entries, including, but not limited to: sales; reviews; press coverage; critical acclaim; social media profile; peer-to-peer recommendation, and industry prize nominations.
2019 CAMEO US Book to Audio shortlist:
- The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman, narrated by Martin Sheen (Penguin Random House)
- The Other Woman by Sandie Jones, narrated by Clare Corbett (Macmillan Audio)
- Milkman by Anna Burns, narrated by Bríd Brennan (Faber & Faber)
For further information, please visit: www.londonbookandscreenweek.co.uk/cameo-awards/