An Abingdon bookshop has been selected as one of 12 independent bookshops in the country to be a Bookshop Champion to one of the shortlisted titles of the 2022 Jhalak Prize.

The Jhalak Prize is an annual literary prize for British or British-resident writers of colour established in 2016. A unique celebration of the rich array of exceptional work from writers of colour, it covers fiction, non-fiction, short stories, graphic novels or poetry, the prize is also open to self-published writers.

In the lead up to the awards ceremony on May 26, Mostly Books on Stert Street in Abingdon will be shinning a spotlight on children’s picture book We’re Going to Find the Monster written by Malorie Blackman and illustrated by Dapo Adeola.

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The bookshop is a champion for the second year running.

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Sarah Dennis, Owner of Mostly Books said: “We are so happy that Mostly Books is championing We’re Going to Find the Monster for this year’s Jhalak Prize. We love how brilliantly this picture book captures the wonder and expanse of children’s imaginations. To be able to champion not one, but two incredible talents in the form of Malorie Blackman and Dapo Adeola is a great privilege, and we can’t wait to get started.”

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The team at Mostly Books will be promoting We’re Going to Find the Monster throughout April and May through a range of in-shop, online and audio initiatives.

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