Quill Awards

Quill Awards

The Quill Awards were "consumer-driven awards created to inspire reading while promoting literacy." [ [http://www.thequills.org/ Quill Awards homepage] Quills Foundation] The Quills Foundation, the organization behind the Quill Awards, is supported by a number of notable media corporations, including Reed Business Information, parent of Publishers Weekly, and NBC Universal Television Stations, along with Parade Magazine, Borders, Barnes & Noble and the American Booksellers Association.

Reed Business Information announced plans to dissolve the awards program in February 2008 and distribute the remaining Foundation funds to non-profit organizations First Book and Literacy Partners. [cite news |title=Quill Awards Program Suspended |url=http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6534903.html?industryid=47141 |work=Publishers Weekly |date=2008-02-035 ] Reed declined to give reasons for the suspension," [http://money.cnn.com/2008/02/26/news/bc.apfn.books.quills.ap/ Reed drops Quills awards sponsorship] ", CNN, February 26 2008.] " [http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/27/arts/27arts-QUILLAWARDSA_BRF.html?_r=1&ref=arts&oref=slogin Quill Awards Are Ended] ", "The New York Times", February 27, 2008.] but the awards had produced little effect on book sales, and the televised ceremonies were criticised for being too long and poorly planned. [http://www.cbc.ca/arts/books/story/2008/02/26/quill-cut.html Co-founder cuts support of Quills book award] , CBC News, February 26, 2008.]

Selection process

Winners are selected through a two-part process involving nomination by industry experts and final selection by consumer votes. To be eligible for nomination, a book had to be published in English during the previous year and be included in at least one industry or sponsor listing. [ [http://www.quillsliteracy.org/nominatingvoting.html] Dead link|date=March 2008] Readers selected the winners from among the five nominees selected by the board for each category. However, for the 2007 edition, the choice by public vote was restricted to book of the year, and winners in other categories were chosen by retailers and librarians.

2007 Quill Award winners

*Book of the year: "Angels Fall", Nora Roberts
*Debut author of the year: Diane Setterfield, "The Thirteenth Tale"
*Audio book: "To Kill a Mockingbird", Harper Lee, (read by Sissy Spacek)
*Children's illustrated book: "Flotsam, David Wiesner
*Children's chapter book/middle grade: "The Invention of Hugo Cabret", Brian Selznick
*Young adult/teen: "Sold", Patricia McCormick
*General fiction: "The Road", Cormac McCarthy
*Graphic novel: ", Volume 7", Scott McCloud
*Mystery/suspense/thriller: "What the Dead Know", Laura Lippman
*Poetry: "For the Confederate Dead", Kevin Young
*Romance: "Angels Fall", Nora Roberts
*Science fiction/fantasy/horror: "The Name of the Wind", Patrick Rothfuss
*Religion/spirituality: "", Stephen Prothero
*Biography/memoir: "", Walter Isaacson
*Business: "", Robert I. Sutton
*Cooking: "", Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker, and Ethan Becker
*Health/self improvement: "How Doctors Think", Jerome Groopman, M.D.
*History/current events/politics: "The Assault on Reason", Al Gore
*Humor: "", Amy Sedaris
*Sports: "", Michael Weinreb

2006 Quill Award winners

*Book of the Year: "", Tyler Perry
*Debut Author of the Year: Julie Powell for ""
*Audio Book: "", John Grogan
*Children's Illustrated Book: "If You Give a Pig a Party, Laura Joffe Numeroff
*Children's Chapter Book/Middle Grade: "The Penultimate Peril", Lemony Snicket
*Young Adult/Teen: "Eldest", Christopher Paolini
*General Fiction: "", Christopher Moore
*Graphic Novel: "Naruto, Volume 7", Masashi Kishimoto
*Mystery/Suspense/Thriller: "Twelve Sharp", Janet Evanovich
*Poetry: "", Maya Angelou
*Romance: "Blue Smoke", Nora Roberts
*Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror: "A Breath of Snow and Ashes", Diana Gabaldon
*Religion/Spirituality: "Mama Made the Difference", T. D. Jakes
*Biography/Memoir: "", John Grogan
*Business: "", Caitlin Friedman and Kimberly Yorio
*Cooking: "", Rachael Ray
*Health/Self Improvement: "", Jim Henson
*History/Current Events/Politics: "An Inconvenient Truth", Al Gore
*Humor: "Don't Make a Black Woman Take off Her Earrings: Madea's Uninhibited Commentaries on Love and Life", Tyler Perry
*Sports: "Get Your Own Damn Beer, I'm Watching the Game!: A Woman's Guide to Loving Pro Football", Holly Robinson Peete
*Variety" Blockbuster Book to Film: "The Devil Wears Prada" and its film adaptation, author Lauren Weisberger and director David Frankel.

2005 Quill Award winners

*Book of the Year: "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince", J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré (Illustrator)
*Debut Author of the Year: Elizabeth Kostova for "The Historian"
*Audio Book: "", Jon Stewart and the Writers of the Daily Show
*Children's Illustrated Book: "", Shel Silverstein
*Children's Chapter Book/Middle Grade: "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince", J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré (Illustrator)
*Young Adult/Teen: "Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood", Ann Brashares
*General Fiction: "The Mermaid Chair", Sue Monk Kidd
*Graphic Novel: "Marvel 1602 Volume I", Neil Gaiman, Andy Kubert and Richard Isanove
*Mystery/Suspense/Thriller: "Eleven on Top", Janet Evanovich
*Poetry: "", Langston Hughes
*Romance: "44 Cranberry Point", Debbie Macomber
*Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror: "The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror", Christopher Moore
*Religion and Spirituality: "", Deepak Chopra
*Biography/Memoir: "Chronicles, Vol. 1", Bob Dylan
*Business: "Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything", Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubne
*Cooking: "", Rachael Ray
*Health and Self-Improvement: "He's Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys", Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo
*History/Current Events/Politics: "1776", David McCullough
*Humor: "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America: A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction", Jon Stewart and the Writers of the Daily Show
*Sports: "", Stewart O'Nan and Stephen King

The foundation awarded a Quills Corporate Literacy Award to Verizon for its support of literacy programs in the United States. [ [http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/10-12-2005/0004167091&EDATE= Verizon Wins First Quills Corporate Literacy Award ] ]


External links

* [http://www.thequills.org/ Awards site]
* [http://www.quillsliteracy.org/index.html Foundation site]

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