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Thursday, September 07, 2006

Vote for Quill Awards

Last year, a new organization emerged to award outstanding books and generate excitement about reading. The organization was called The Quills Literary Foundation and they began giving out annual awards. It was founded by Reed Business Information (the company that owns Publishers Weekly) and NBC.

The awards were chosen through reader polls--with the news being spread by such organizations as Parade Magazine, Borders, Barnes & Noble, and the American Booksellers Association.

For the first year, awards were given to:

Book of the Year
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

Debut Author of the Year
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America by Jon Stewart

Children's Illustrated Book
Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook by Shel Silverstein

Children's Chapter Book/Middle Grade
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

Young Adult/Teen
Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares

General Fiction
The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd

Graphic Novel
Marvel 1602 Volume 1 by Neil Gaiman

Mystery/Suspense Thriller
Eleven on Top by Janet Evanovich

Let America be America Again by Langston Hughes

44 Cranberry Point by Debbie Macomber

Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror
The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Story of Christmas Terror by Christopher Moore

Peace is the Way: Bringing War and Violence to an End by Deepak Chopra

Chronicles: Volume 1 by Bob Dylan

Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner

Rachel Ray's 30-minute Get Real Meals: Eat Healthy Without Going to Extremes by Rachel Ray

He's Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo

History/Current Events/Politics
1776 by David McCullough

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America by Jon Stewart

Faithful: Two Diehard Boston Red Sox Fans Chronicle the Historic 2004 Season by Stewart O'Nan and Stephen King

Now year two of the Quill Awards is coming up. Would you like to have your say in what books were best this year? If so, go ahead and cast your vote right here.

Many of the nominees are books that we've talked about either here in this blog or have posted profiles and reviews of at Book Help Web. Many of you might remember us discussing such nominees as:


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