Nominations for NBC’s Quill Awards have been announced. This is first year for the literary awards which intend to “celebrate excellence in writing,” drive sales, and inspire initiative.
From a press release: “Member of The Quills Executive Council Jane Friedman, President and CEO, HarperCollins Publishers, said, ‘The Quills not only recognizes books and their authors, but also includes a literacy initiative, significantly increasing its value to our communities. This new award is a reflection of the momentum for reading we see nationwide, characterized by “city reads” programs, on-line book groups, and emerging genres becoming mainstream.'”
The nominations were chosen from reviews in Publishers Weekly over the past year by 6,000 selected subscribers of the magazine. Five books will be nominated for each of the 18 categories, including non-genre categories such as Book of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Best Book to Film, and Graphic Novel of the Year. See the list here. Consumers will vote for the winners at www.quillsvote.com between August 15 and September 15 or at their local Borders.
“Quills, A Celebration of the Written Word,” is the result of a partnership between Reed Business Information (RBI) and the NBC Universal Television Stations. RBI is North America’s largest business-to-business information provider and publisher of Publishers Weekly and Variety. The awards will be given October 22 in a major TV event.