On Friday April 7th, 2017, the daily paper Sme brought the wonderful news in its insert Magazín o knihách (The Book Magazine). Readers of the bookstore chain Panta Rhei voted for their favourite author of the year 2016. Jozef Banas placed second right behind Dominik Dán and before another core author of the publishing house Ikar, Jozef Karika.
The results were announced during the festive evening Panta Rhei Awards 2016 in Bratislava´s Raffinery Gallery on March 30th. Amongst the female authors another colleague from the publishing house Ikar, Táňa Vasilková Keleová, placed second right behind Evita Urbaníková. Following the recent double success at the award ceremony Ikariáda 2016, where Jozef Banas had received the Platinum Book Award for his book Dementi and the Golden Book Award for his novel Kód 7 (Code 7), the success in the competition Panta Rhei Awards only proved his ever rising popularity among Slovak readers.
What was Jozef Banas’ reaction to this achievement:
„I am truely happy and honoured. To take a place behind Dominik Dán is a great honour for me. I consider him to be an auther of detective stories which can compete with stories of such writers as Nesbo, Kepler and Larsson and I’m certain that if he were writing in English he would have become a world famous author. I thank very much all the readers who have sent their votes for me and want to express my gratitude for being a core author of such an elite publishing house as Ikar.“
Jozef Banas is accepting the Golden Book Award from the hands of the world-renowned violinist Václav Hudecek.