Blake Friedmann co-founder Carole Blake has won the Women in Publishing 2013 Pandora Award. The Pandora Award is presented annually to a woman who has made a "significant and sustained contribution to the publishing industry".
Other nominees this year were Reading Agency director Miranda McKearney, Osprey Group c.e.o. Rebecca Smart and Penguin Digital m.d. Anna Rafferty. Previous winners include bookcareers.com founder Suzanne Collier and Pearson CEO Dame Marjorie Scardino. The Award is a beautiful, antique writing box, which the winner keeps for a year, passing it on to the next recipient of the award.
This year Carole celebrated 50 years in the book industry, during which time she has been President of the Association of Authors Agents, and chairman of the Society of Bookman, as well as a lifelong patron and former chairman and president of the Book Trade Charity (BTBS).
She says she “couldn’t be more surprised or honoured” to receive the award and that it was a “great honour to be on shortlist with those amazing women”.