Book Oscars – the build up

Well yesterday The Book trail did a little twitter thing where we posted nominations of books under various categories just like in the real oscars. And we got quite a response! Most unexpected but very very welcome indeed. Instead of looking at dresses and what they were wearing, we focused on the important – the story, the narrative and the words of novels, their settings and yes, ok there was one award for best costume design –

This was the start of the evening –

The books pose on the red carpet
The books pose on the red carpet

Book trail towers was a hub of activity and there were light bulbs popping all night. The paps were actually trying to get in this door that you see in the picture -we had a job to keep the paps at bay. The walk up the bookish red carpet went off without a hitch however and all books were very excited to be there. You will notice of course that Hugless Douglas was the most keen, being first on the red carpet and wanting to remain infront to get ‘the best angle in the pics’ as he put it.

This was the scene inside the BookTrail auditorium –

The seats have been filled and the tension is mounting
The seats have been filled and the tension is mounting

Notice the wine and the empty popcorn containers and it hadn’t even started yet – those books are keen!

Then, when you thought the tension couldn’t get any higher, the lights went down and the host appeared – Peter James, the Dreamer. What an inspiration for the evening!

Peter James The Dreamer was your host for the evening
Peter James The Dreamer was your host for the evening

And as for the award categories – so many and so many excited nominees – here is a highlight  –

Here are the nominations for –

The booktrail award for Best leading lady in a novel
The booktrail Oscar nominees for Best leading lady in a novel
Book trail Oscar for Best Leading male in a novel
Book trail Oscar nominees for Best Leading male in a novel

 

Booktrail Oscar for Best novel set in France
Booktrail Oscar nominees for Best novel set in France

 

Booktrail Oscar nominees for Best Novel set in London
Booktrail Oscar nominees for Best Novel set in London
Booktrail oscar nominees for Best novel set in Canada
Booktrail oscar nominees for Best novel set in Canada

 

Booktrail oscar nominees for Best set design and overall sumptuousness
Booktrail oscar nominees for Best set design and overall sumptuousness

 

Booktrail oscar nominees for Best Childrens story
Booktrail oscar nominees for Best Childrens story

 

Booktrail oscar nominees for Best Book set in Northumberland
Booktrail oscar nominees for Best Book set in Northumberland

There was also the obvious fashion statements made as the books made their way up the red carpet – Essie Fox’s The Somnabulist got all of the tongues wagging with its sumptious red cover and lace detail design –

The fashion feelers were out in force with Essie Fox winning lots of admiring looks for her red sumptuous cover with white lace detail by Orion
The fashion feelers were out in force with Essie Fox winning lots of admiring looks for her red sumptuous cover with white lace detail by Orion

What were the other leading ladies wearing? Lucy Atkins was wearing a beautiful Quercus design – an off the page vignette effect dress cover with wave detail with a dash of red . Stunning!

And What about Kate Mosse wearing an limited edition Orion design? Stunningly unique and understated. White on white with such intricate labyrinth detail to encapsulate the inner thoughts of this novel. A beautiful woven tapestry of adventure, love, history and place.

The night is not yet over and the awards will be announced very very shortly. Ooh the books pages are rustling excitedly in anticipation!

Listen to the rustling!

Can you hear it?

Results will be announced over the page…..

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