New York Times
 Edward Wyatt
"Publishing Sees Pizzazz Potential in New Awards"

Daily Variety
 Jill Goldsmith "Quills honor best in books: NBC to air kudofest in the fall"

Los Angeles Times Scott Martelle
 Quick Takes
 "Book awards on TV — so vote!"
NY Daily News
 Paul Colford
"Hot Copy"

The Quill Awards:
NBC Expands Quills Partnership; MSNBC.COM to Host Consumer Voting Quills Literacy Foundation Initiative, “Save the Library,” Launches withNew Orleans Public Library Rebuild Program


2007 Press Coverage

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For Further Information:
Sandi Mendelson Hilsinger-Mendelson East
(212) 725-7707
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The Quill Awards Announce 2007 Nominees

Winners to be Named on September 10th
NBC Universal Stations To Carry Awards on October 27, 2007
MSNBC.com to Live Stream Awards Presentation Gala on October 22

 

NEW YORK, NY, June 2, 2007 – This morning, Reed Business Information (RBI) and the NBC Universal Television Stations announced the five nominees in each of 18 categories for the 2007 Quill Awards, during an event hosted by WNBC anchor Perri Peltz, Sara Nelson, Editor-in-Chief of Publishers Weekly (PW), and Chairman of The Quill Awards Gerry Byrne at BookExpo America (BEA), North America’s leading annual book industry event. The 2007 Quill Awards will be presented on October 22, 2007, during a gala ceremony at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Broadway at 60th Street, in New York City. Produced by Al Roker Entertainment, Inc., the one-hour Quill Awards television special will be carried by the NBC Universal Television Stations and syndicated through NBC Universal Television Distribution to local markets nationwide on Saturday, October 27, 2007. For the second year, the Quills awards event will be streamed live via a link from MSNBC.com, www.quills.msnbc.com. The Quills is the first awards program to honor excellence in publishing and include consumers in the voting process. AARP, Borders, Inc.®, PARADE, and USA Today are participating supporters.

“We are thrilled with the excellent work of the Quills/PW Selection Committee, guided by PW’s Sara Nelson. They have considered the best of both the commercial and literary world and provided us with a powerful list of outstanding finalists,” said Gerry Byrne, who is also Chairman of The Quills Literacy Foundation, which he founded.

Following today’s announcement at BEA, a Voting Board consisting of more than 6,000 booksellers and librarians will vote for the winners in the 18 categories. On September 10th, the winners will be announced to the public. From September 10th through October 10th, book consumers will be very much involved by casting their votes via quillsvote.com for “The Book of the Year,” selecting from the group of 18 Quill Award winners.

Eligible titles for the 2007 Quill Awards were those published between July 1, 2006 and June 30, 2007. Nominees were chosen by the Quills/PW Selection Committee, comprised of Publishers Weekly editors, who drew upon industry expertise, PW starred reviews and PW Bestseller Lists to nominate five books in each of the Quills 18 categories. The PW staff’s unique overview of the thousands of titles published each year helped to insure that nominated titles share the Quills’ commitment to bring today’s leading literature to the reading public.

Designed to inspire reading while promoting great literature, the 2007 Quill Awards ceremony will be a true celebration of books. It will be held at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Broadway at 60th Street in New York City and will be produced by Al Roker, Entertainment, Inc. As in previous years, these nationally televised awards will be filled with celebrities and bestselling authors on the red carpet and during the presentations to the winners. In 2006, the Quills were attended by such celebrities and luminaries as Caroline Kennedy, Harry Connick, Jr., Anderson Cooper, Janet Evanovich, Mary Matalin, James Patterson, and Judy Blume. The awards event will also include the Debut Author of the Year Award, Platinum Quill, The Quills Corporate Literacy Award, and The Variety Blockbuster Book to Film Quill.

Reed Business Information is North America's largest business-to-business information provider, covering 23 market sectors with more than 80 market-leading publications and 80 websites, as well as a range of services. It is publisher of Publishers Weekly, Variety, Library Journal, and School Library Journal.

The NBC Universal Television Stations are owned and operated by NBC Universal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience.

Al Roker Entertainment, Inc. (ARE) produces top-quality programs for cable and network television.  ARE has produced for Lifetime, A&E, PBS, Fine Living, E! Entertainment, and Discovery and is currently working on series and specials for The NBC Station Group, Food Network, In Demand / Mojo, Spike TV, and Court TV.

For further information on The Quill Awards, please visit www.thequills.org. Information on The Quills Literacy Foundation can be found at www.quillsliteracy.org http://www.quillsliteracy.org .

Nominees for the 2007 Quill Awards


General Fiction

Brothers
Da Chen
Shaye Areheart Books/Crown Publishing
 
American Youth
Phil LaMarche
Random House
 
The Road
Cormac McCarthy
Alfred A. Knopf
 
Special Topics in Calamity Physics
Marisha Pessl
Viking Press
 
Jamestown
Matthew Sharpe
Soft Skull Press
 
Romance

Simply Magic
Mary Balogh
Delacorte Press
 
The Kommandant’s Girl
Pam Jenoff
Mira Books
 
Natural Born Charmer
Susan Elizabeth Phillips
William Morrow & Co.
 
The Edge of Winter
Luanne Rice
Bantam Books
 
Angels Fall
Nora Roberts
G.P. Putnam’s Sons
 
Audio

Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven
Fannie Flagg, read by the author
Random House Audio
 
I Like You
Amy Sedaris, read by the author
Hachette Audio
 
Mississippi Sissy
Kevin Sessums, read by the author
Audio Renaissance
 
Thirteen Moons
Charles Frazier, read by Will Patton
Random House Audio
 
To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, read by Sissy Spacek
Caedmon Audio
 
Religion/Spirituality

American Islam: The Struggle for the Soul of a Religion
Paul M. Barrett
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
 
Gonzo Judaism: A Bold Path for an Ancient Faith
Rabbi Niles Elliot Goldstein
St. Martin’s Press
 
The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief
Francis S. Collins
The Free Press
 
Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference?
Philip Yancey
Zondervan
 
Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know—And Doesn’t
Stephen Prothero  
Harper San Francisco

Graphic Novel

Making Comics
Scott McCloud
HarperCollins

Ode to Kirihito

Osamu Tezuka
Vertical
 
Alice in Sunderland
Bryan Talbot
Dark Horse
 
Exit Wounds
Rutu Modan
Drawn & Quarterly
 
Aya
Marguerite Abouet, illustrated by Clement Oubrerie
Drawn & Quarterly

Poetry

Grave of Light: New and Selected Poems, 1970 – 2005
Alice Notley
Wesleyan University Press
 
One Big Self: An Investigation
C.D. Wright
Copper Canyon Press
 
Blackbird and Wolf
Henri Cole
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
 
For the Confederate Dead
Kevin Young
Alfred A. Knopf
 
A Thief of Strings
Donald Revell
Alice James Books
 
Cooking

Pork & Sons
Stephane Reynaud
Phaidon Press
 
Joy of Cooking: 75th Anniversary Edition
Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker, Ethan Becker
Scribner
 
Arabesque: A Taste of Morocco, Turkey and Lebanon
Claudia Roden
Alfred A. Knopf
 
The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook: Stories and Recipes for Southerners and Would-Be Southerners
Matt & Ted Lee
W. W. Norton
 
Baking: From My Home to Yours
Dorie Greenspan
Houghton Mifflin
 
Health/Self-Improvement

Is it Hot in Here? Or Is it Me?: The Complete Guide to Menopause
Pat Wingert, Barbara Kantrowitz
Workman Publishing
 
You on a Diet: The Owner's Manual for Waist Management
Michael F. Roizen, Mehmet C. Oz
The Free Press
 
Rethinking Thin: The New Science of Weight Loss—and the Myths and Realities of Dieting
Gina Kolata
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
 
How Doctors Think
Jerome Groopman
Houghton Mifflin
 
Walking on Eggshells: Navigating the Delicate Relationship Between Adult Children and Parents
Jane Isay
Flying Dolphin Press/ Doubleday
 
Biography/Memoir

The Father of All Things: A Marine, His Son, and the Legacy of Vietnam
Tom Bissell
Pantheon Books,
 
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
Ishmael Beah
Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus & Giroux
 
Edith Wharton
Hermione Lee
Alfred A. Knopf
 
Einstein: His Life and Universe
Walter Isaacson
Simon and Schuster
 
William James: In the Maelstrom of American Modernism
Robert D. Richardson
Houghton Mifflin
 
Sports

Ty and The Babe: Baseball's Fiercest Rivals; A Surprising Friendship and the 1941 Has-Beens Golf Championship
Tom Stanton
St. Martin’s Press/Thomas Dunne Books
 
Crazy ’08: How a Cast of Cranks, Rogues, Boneheads, and Magnates Created the Greatest Year in Baseball History
Cait Murphy
HarperCollins/Smithsonian Institution Press
 
Streams of Consciousness: Hip-Deep Dispatches from the River of Life
Jeff Hull
Lyons Press
 
The Echoing Green: The Untold Story of Bobby Thomson, Ralph Branca and the Shot Heard Round the World
Joshua Prager
Pantheon Books
 
The Kings of New York: A Year Among the Geeks, Oddballs, and Geniuses Who Make Up America's Top High School Chess Team
Michael Weinreb
Gotham Books
 
Humor

I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence
Amy Sedaris
Warner Books
 
25 Questions for a Jewish Mother
Judy Gold, Kate Moira Ryan
Hyperion Voice
 
Spy: The Funny Years
Kurt Andersen, Graydon Carter, George Kalogerakis
Miramax Books
 
I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This!: And Other Things That Strike Me as Funny
Bob Newhart
Hyperion Books
 
Oy!: The Ultimate Book of Jewish Jokes
David Minkoff
St. Martin’s Press/Thomas Dunne Books
 
History/Current Events/ Politics

Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power
Robert Dallek
HarperCollins
 
The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million
Daniel Mendelsohn
HarperCollins
 
The Atomic Bazaar: The Rise of the Nuclear Poor
William Langewiesche
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
 
Infidel
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
The Free Press
 
The Assault on Reason
by Al Gore
The Penguin Press
 
Business

Small Is the New Big: and 183 Other Riffs, Rants, and Remarkable Business Ideas
Seth Godin
Portfolio
 
Women & Money: Owning the Power to Control Your Destiny
Suze Orman
Random House/Spiegel & Grau
 
The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn’t
Robert I. Sutton
Warner Business Books
 
Send: The Essential Guide to Email for Office and Home
David Shipley and Will Schwalbe
Alfred A. Knopf
 
Chocolates on the Pillow Aren’t Enough: Reinventing the Customer Experience
Jonathan M. Tisch, Karl Weber
John Wiley & Sons
 
Mystery/Suspense

The Collaborator of Bethlehem
Matt Beynon Rees
Soho Press
 
What the Dead Know
Laura Lippman
William Morrow
 
Body of Lies
David Ignatius
W.W. Norton
 
The Overlook
Michael Connelly
Little, Brown and Company
 
A Welcome Grave
Michael Koryta
St. Martin’s Press/ Minotaur
 
Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror

Farthing
Jo Walton
Tor Books
 
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day One)
Patrick Rothfuss
DAW Books
 
Getting to Know You
David Marusek
Subterranean Press
 
Brasyl
Ian McDonald
Pyr Books
 
The Execution Channel
Ken MacLeod
Tor Books
 
Children’s Picture Books

The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon
Mini Grey
Alfred A. Knopf
 
Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy
Jane O’Connor, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser
HarperCollins
 
Flotsam
David Wiesner
Clarion Books
 
Orange Pear Apple Bear
Emily Gravett
Simon and Schuster
 
Owen & Mzee: The Language of Friendship
Isabella and Craig Hatkoff, Dr. Paula Kahumbu, photos by Peter Greste
Scholastic Press
 
Children’s Chapter/Middle Grade

Clementine
Sara Pennypacker, illustrated by Marla Frazee
Hyperion Books
 
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Jeff Kinney
Abrams/Amulet
 
The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Brian Selznick
Scholastic Press
 
Pick Me Up
Jeremy Leslie and David Roberts
DK Children’s Books
 
The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 3)
Rick Riordan
Miramax Books
 
Young Adult/Teen

American Born Chinese
Gene Luen Yang
First Second Books
 
The Green Glass Sea
Ellen Klages
Viking
 
Incantation
Alice Hoffman
Little, Brown and Company
 
Life as We Knew It
Susan Beth Pfeffer
Harcourt Books
 
Sold
Patricia McCormick
Hyperion Books

Debut Author

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
Ishmael Beah
Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus & Giroux

No One Belongs Here More Than You: Stories
Miranda July
Scribner

This is Your Brain on Music: The Science of Human Obsession
Daniel J. Levitin
Dutton

The Thirteenth Tale
Diane Setterfield
Atria Books

Love is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time
Rob Sheffield
Crown

 

THE QUILL AWARDS
A Celebration of the Best in Books – Now in its Third Year
NBC Universal Television Stations to Provide National Coverage
Al Roker Entertainment Again Produces Event
New Streamlined Voting Process
Jazz at Lincoln Center to Host Event

New York, NY, May 3, 2007—Returning in its third year with a revamped program and early outside interest, the 2007 Quill Awards, supported by Reed Business Information (RBI) and the NBC Universal Television Stations, will be presented on October 22, 2007, during a gala ceremony at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. Produced by Al Roker Entertainment, Inc., the awards program will be carried by the NBC Universal Television Stations and syndicated through NBC Universal Television Distribution to local markets nationwide on October 27, 2007. MSNBC.com, the number one TV news site on the Internet, averaging 27 million unique visitors per month, and the NBC Universal Television Stations will augment their exclusive coverage of the Quills in support of this year’s voting process and program. Additionally, AARP and Borders, Inc.® are already on board and in the planning stages for expanded roles in this year’s Quills.

“Now in its third year, the Quills’ celebration continues to gain momentum,” said Jay Ireland, President, NBC Universal Television Stations. “We’re excited to return as the media partner for this important event that promotes literacy and to bring the Quills to an even wider audience this year through our expanded broadcast and online platforms.”

Publishers Weekly (PW) magazine, the leading trade publication for international and U.S. book publishing, will have an important role in the 2007 nomination process. Headed by Sara Nelson, PWÂ’s Editor-in-Chief, a Quills/PW Selection Committee comprised of PW editors will draw upon industry expertise, PW starred reviews and PW Bestseller Lists to nominate five books in each of the Quills nineteen categories. Eligible titles will have been published between July 1, 2006 and June 30, 2007. The list of nominated authors will be announced in a highly publicized and visible platform at BookExpo America (BEA) in New York City on June 2, 2007. The PW staffÂ’s unique overview of the thousands of titles published each year will help to insure that the best of both the commercial and literary worlds are considered, and that nominated titles share the QuillsÂ’ commitment to bring todayÂ’s leading literature to the reading public.

David Nudo, publisher of Publishers Weekly, commented, “We’re pleased to bring increased attention to some of the year’s most worthy titles as we broaden our role within the Quills program. Publishers Weekly’s skilled and diverse editorial team brings a perspective that will help insure that this year’s nominated titles will be both of popular interest and literary quality.”

Following the BEA announcement, a Voting Board consisting of more than 6,000 booksellers and librarians will vote for the winners in the nineteen categories. On September 10th, in a completely new procedure for the Quills, the winners will be announced to the public. “We know the attendees feel strongly about wanting to see all of the winners at the awards ceremony and this will go a long way toward helping us achieve that goal,” said Gerry Byrne, Chairman and Founder of The Quill Awards, “We are pleased to continue to build on the success of last year by implementing these changes.”

From September 10th through October 10th, book consumers will be very much involved by casting their votes via www.quillsvote.com for “The Book of the Year,” selecting from the group of nineteen Quill Award winners.

Designed to inspire reading while promoting great literature, the 2007 Quill Awards ceremony will be a true celebration of books. The gala ceremony will be held at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Broadway at 60th Street in New York City. As in previous years, these nationally televised awards will be filled with celebrities and bestselling authors on the red carpet and during the presentations to the winners. In 2006, the Quills were attended by such celebrities and luminaries as Caroline Kennedy, Harry Connick, Jr., Anderson Cooper, Janet Evanovich, Mary Matalin, James Patterson, and Judy Blume. The awards event will also include the Debut Author of the Year Award, Platinum Quill, The Quills Corporate Literacy Award, and The Variety Blockbuster Book to Film Quill.

Reed Business Information is North America's largest business-to-business information provider, covering 23 market sectors with more than 80 market-leading publications and 80 websites, as well as a range of services. It is publisher of Publishers Weekly, Variety, Library Journal, and School Library Journal.

The NBC Universal Television Stations are owned-and-operated by NBC Universal, one of the worldÂ’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience.

Al Roker Entertainment, Inc. (ARE) produces top-quality programs for cable and network television. ARE has produced for Lifetime, A&E, PBS, Fine Living, E! Entertainment and Discovery, and is currently working on series and specials for The NBC Television Stations Group, Food Network, In Demand / Mojo, Spike TV, and Court TV.

Information on The Quills Literacy Foundation can be found at www.quillsliteracy.org.
 


2006 Press Coverage

The Quill Book Awards Announce Winners

Readers Vote Don't Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings as Book of the Year
Julie Powell Wins Debut Author of the Year for Julie and Julia
Caroline Kennedy Receives 2006 Platinum Quill
2006 Corporate Literacy Quill Given to Target
“The Devil Wears Prada” Wins 2006 Variety Blockbuster Book to Film Quill
NBC Universal Stations to Carry Awards on October 28, 2006

NEW YORK, NY October 10, 2006 – Reed Business Information (RBI) and the NBC Universal Television Stations have announced the winners of the second annual Quill Awards, named this evening during a star-studded ceremony at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, hosted by NBC News’ Lester Holt, with special performances by Fantasia, Lewis Black, and the Tony Award-winning cast of Broadway’s “Avenue Q.” Celebrity presenters included Anderson Cooper, Liz Smith, Donald Trump, Stanley Tucci, Harry Connick, Jr., Dominick Dunne, Sue Monk Kidd, James Patterson, Judy Blume, Janet Evanovich, Mary Matalin, Suzanne Somers, Rhea Perlman, S. Epatha Merkerson, Judd Hirsch, Ann Brashares, Marianne Williamson, Dana Delany, and Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket), among others. For the first time, the Quills awards event was streamed live at www.quills.msnbc.com.

Chosen by readers across the country and announced by James Patterson, the Quills Book of the Year was awarded to Don't Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings: Madea's Uninhibited Commentaries on Love and Life by Tyler Perry, published by Riverhead Books. Anderson Cooper and 2005 Quills winner Elizabeth Kostova presented the Debut Author of the Year Award to Julie Powell for Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen, published by Little, Brown & Company.

Given for the first time this year, the Platinum Quill is a Quills executive committee-selected annual award honoring authors who perform extraordinary community service. In recognition of her important work with the Kennedy Library Foundation and her commitment to providing support for education and literacy in New York, Caroline Kennedy was given the 2006 Platinum Quill, presented by Gerry Byrne, Chairman of The Quill Awards. Ms. Kennedy is the author of the New York Times bestseller, A Family Of Poems, illustrated by Jon Muth. It happens that it is also the 50th anniversary of the publication of her father's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Profiles In Courage.

The 2006 Corporate Literacy Quill was presented to Target, in recognition of its numerous and pro-active literacy and book programs. The Target national Ready. Sit. Read! Program includes the Target Parent/Child Book Club, sponsorship of Parent Teacher Organization Family Reading Nights, Reach Out and Read , Letters About Literature, United Through Reading, and several book festivals.

The recipient of the 2006 Variety Blockbuster Book to Film Quill, given for the first time this year, was “The Devil Wears Prada,” directed by David Frankel. The award, accepted by the author of The Devil Wears Prada (Broadway Books/Anchor Books) Lauren Weisberger and Frankel, was presented by Variety Editor-in-Chief Peter Bart and Stanley Tucci, who starred in the film.

Liz Smith presented the Poetry Award to Maya Angelou for Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem, published by Random House. Presenting with Liz was Debra Leach, a Literacy Partners adult student, who read the nominees for the award.
“We are pleased that we have again engaged the American reader and brought greater recognition to books and literacy,” remarked Gerry Byrne. He added, “We’re delighted with the outstanding works of the well-regarded nominees—authors who we were proud to honor here tonight. We look forward to growing the Quills in the years to come.”

The winners of the 2006 Quill Book Awards are:

Book of the Year – presented by James Patterson
Don't Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings: Madea's Uninhibited Commentaries on Love and Life
Tyler Perry
Riverhead Books

Debut Author of the Year – presented by Anderson Cooper and 2005 Quills Winner Elizabeth Kostova
Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen
Julie Powell
Little, Brown & Company

Audio Book - presented by Judd Hirsch and David Rakoff
Marley and Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog
Written and Read by John Grogan
Harper Audio

Children’s Illustrated Book – presented by Rhea Perlman and Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket)
If You Give a Pig a Party
Laura Joffe Numeroff, Illustrated by Felicia Bond
Laura Geringer Books/HarperCollins

Children’s Chapter Book/Middle Grade – presented by Judy Blume
The Penultimate Peril
Lemony Snicket
HarperCollins

Young Adult/Teen – presented by “Avenue Q” cast member Jonathan Root and 2005 Quills Winner Ann Brashares
Eldest
Christopher Paolini
Random House Children's Books

General Fiction – presented by Dominick Dunne and 2005 Quills Winner Sue Monk Kidd
A Dirty Job
Christopher Moore
William Morrow

Graphic Novel – presented by Chip Kidd
Naruto, Volume 7
Masashi Kishimoto
A Shonen Jump Imprint/Viz Media

Mystery/Suspense/Thriller – presented by S. Epatha Merkerson and Nelson DeMille
Twelve Sharp
Janet Evanovich
St. Martin's Press

Poetry – presented by Liz Smith and Debra Leach
Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem
Maya Angelou
Random House

Romance – presented by Kamar de los Reyes and 2005 Quills Winner Janet Evanovich
Blue Smoke
Nora Roberts
G.P. PutnamÂ’s Sons

Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror – presented by Sherri Saum and David Weber
Breath of Snow and Ashes
Diana Gabaldon
Delacorte Press

Religion/Spirituality– presented by Marianne Williamson
Mama Made the Difference
T. D. Jakes
G.P. PutnamÂ’s Sons

Biography/Memoir – presented by Dana Delany and John Berendt
Marley and Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog
John Grogan
William Morrow

Business – presented by Donald Trump and Robert Kiyosaki
The Girl's Guide to Being a Boss (Without Being a Bitch)
Caitlin Friedman and Kimberly Yorio
Broadway Books

Cooking – presented by Todd English
Rachael Ray 365: No Repeats: A Year of Deliciously Different Dinners
Rachael Ray
Crown: Clarkson Potter

Health/Self Improvement – presented by Suzanne Somers and Jorge Cruise
It's Not Easy Being Green: And Other Things to Consider
Jim Henson
Hyperion

History/Current Events/Politics – presented by Mary Matalin
An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It
Al Gore
Rodale

Humor – presented by Lewis Black
Don't Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings: Madea's Uninhibited Commentaries on Love and Life
Tyler Perry
Riverhead Books

Sports – presented by Pat Summerall
Get Your Own Damn Beer, I'm Watching the Game!: A Woman's Guide to Loving Pro Football
Holly Robinson Peete with Daniel Paisner
Rodale Press

Produced by Al Roker Entertainment, Inc., the award ceremony will be made into a one-hour Quill Awards television special, hosted by Al Roker and NBC News’ Natalie Morales, and will be carried on the NBC Universal Owned and Operated Television Stations on Saturday, October 28, 2006. It will also air on various NBC affiliates across the country. Borders™, Barnes & Noble, PARADE, USA Today, American Booksellers Association, Book Sense, and Ingram Book Group are participating supporters. Bank of America is a presenting sponsor of the Quill Awards. The Quills is the first awards program to honor excellence in publishing and include consumers in the voting process. Al Roker, Lisa Sharkey, Michael Horowicz, and Gerry Byrne are Executive Producers for the Quill Awards.

Reed Business Information is North America's largest business-to-business information provider, covering 23 market sectors with more than 100 market-leading publications and 75 websites, as well as a range of services. It is publisher of Publishers Weekly, Variety, Library Journal, and School Library Journal.

The NBC Universal Television Stations are owned and operated by NBC Universal, one of the worldÂ’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience.

Al Roker Entertainment, Inc. produces top-quality programs for cable and network television and is working on series and specials for: The NBC Station group, The Food Network, Court TV, Fine Living, A&E and The Discovery Networks.
Further information on the winning authors, their books, and links to their publishers, as well as high-resolution images of the winning book jackets, and the complete list of nominees are available at www.thequills.org/2006.html. Information on The Quills Literacy Foundation can be found at www.quillsliteracy.org.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Quill Awards Announce “The Devil Wears Prada” as First Recipient of
Its Variety Blockbuster Book to Film Award

Author Lauren Weisberger and Film Director David Frankel to Accept Award

The Quills All-Star Presenter Lineup Now Includes Lewis Black, Anderson Cooper, Liz Smith, Donald Trump, Stanley Tucci, Harry Connick, Jr., Dominick Dunne, Sue Monk Kidd, James Patterson, Mary Matalin, James Carville, Suzanne Somers, Isaac Mizrahi, Judy Blume, and Janet Evanovich

NEW YORK, NY, September 29, 2006 – Today, Reed Business Information (RBI) and the NBC Universal Television Stations announced that the recipient of the Quill Award’s Variety Blockbuster Book to Film Award, given for the first time this year, is “The Devil Wears Prada,” directed by David Frankel. Author of The Devil Wears Prada (Broadway Books/Anchor Books) Lauren Weisberger and Frankel will accept awards on October 10th during The Quill Awards gala ceremony hosted by NBC News’ Lester Holt held in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Among the presenters will be Lewis Black, Anderson Cooper, Liz Smith, Donald Trump, Stanley Tucci, Harry Connick, Jr., Dominick Dunne, Sue Monk Kidd, James Patterson, Judy Blume, Janet Evanovich, Mary Matalin, James Carville, Suzanne Somers, Isaac Mizrahi, Rhea Perlman, S. Epatha Merkerson, Judd Hirsch, Ann Brashares, Marianne Williamson, Dana Delany, and David Handler, “official representative” of Lemony Snicket. Cast members of the Tony Award-winning Broadway show “Avenue Q” will perform. There will be additional surprise guests.

The film, “The Devil Wears Prada,” was selected by a nominating committee comprised of Variety staff members. To be eligible, a film must have been released in its original format in North America between July 1, 2005 and June 30, 2006, and marketed in the United States.

Gerry Byrne, Chairman of The Quill Awards, said, “Books ignite the imaginations of filmmakers to create living art, and the Variety Blockbuster Book to Film Award honors that craft. We are delighted that the Variety committee has selected ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ as the best translation of book content to film this year.”

Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of Variety Peter Bart commented, “As a publication with a long history of heralding the best in filmed entertainment, we’re excited to be involved with the Quills. ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ is an energetically directed, perfect-fit of a film that has surprised some in the industry with its box-office legs. It has delighted the country, much as did Lauren Weisberger’s book, which is still going strong on several national bestseller lists. It’s a pleasure to celebrate David Frankel’s terrific work, based on Lauren’s blockbuster book.”

Produced by Al Roker Entertainment, Inc., the award ceremony will be made into a one-hour Quill Awards television special, hosted by Al Roker and NBC NewsÂ’ Natalie Morales, and will be carried on the NBC Universal Owned and Operated Television Stations on Saturday, October 28, 2006. It will also air on various NBC affiliates across the country. For the first time, the Quills awards event will be streamed live on October 10 at www.quills.msnbc.com. Borders, Barnes & Noble, PARADE, USA Today, American Booksellers Association, Book Sense, and Ingram Book Group are participating supporters. Bank of America is a presenting sponsor of the Quill Awards. The Quills is the first awards program to honor excellence in publishing and include consumers in the voting process.

Reed Business Information is North America's largest business-to-business information provider, covering 23 market sectors with more than 100 market-leading publications and 75 websites, as well as a range of services. It is publisher of Publishers Weekly, Variety, Library Journal, and School Library Journal.

The NBC Universal Television Stations are owned and operated by NBC Universal, one of the worldÂ’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience.

Al Roker Entertainment, Inc. produces top-quality programs for cable and network television and is working on series and specials for: The NBC Station group, The Food Network, Court TV, Fine Living, A&E and The Discovery Networks.

Further information and the complete list of nominees are available at www.thequills.org. Information on The Quills Literacy Foundation can be found at www.quillsliteracy.org.

For Further Information:

Sandi Mendelson
Hilsinger-Mendelson East
(212) 725-7707
smendelson@hmieast.com
 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Quill Awards Announce Nominees
NBC News' Lester Holt Will Host Ceremony

Caroline Kennedy to Receive First Platinum Quill Award

Quills Corporate Literacy Award will be Given to Target
MSNBC.com  to Live Stream and NBC Universal Stations To Carry Awards on October 28, 2006
Awards Event Produced by Al Roker Entertainment, Inc.

NEW YORK, NY
August 22, 2006
This morning, Reed Business Information (RBI) and the NBC Universal Television Stations announced the five nominees in each of 19 categories for the 2006 Quill Awards, during a live-streamed event hosted by Al Roker at the Borders store at Columbus Circle, New York City. The winners will be announced on October 10th during a gala ceremony hosted by NBC News' Lester Holt. Produced by Al Roker Entertainment, Inc., the one-hour Quill Awards television special, hosted by Al Roker and NBC News' Natalie Morales, will be carried on the NBC Universal Owned and Operated Television Stations on Saturday, October 28, 2006, and will also air on various NBC affiliates across the country. For the first time, the Quills awards event will be streamed live via a link from www.MSNBC.com, www.quills.msnbc.com. The Quills is the first awards program to honor excellence in publishing and include consumers in the voting process. Borders, Barnes & Noble, PARADE, USA Today, American Booksellers Association, Book Sense, and Ingram Book Group are participating supporters. Bank of America is a presenting sponsor.

The Platinum Award is a Quills executive committee-selected annual award honoring special achievement. In recognition of her important work with the Kennedy Library Foundation and her commitment to providing support for education and literacy in New York, Caroline Kennedy will be presented with the inaugural Platinum Quill Award. The Platinum Quill also pays tribute to the 50th anniversary of her father's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Profiles In Courage.

The Quills Corporate Literacy Award will be given to Target, in recognition of its numerous and pro-active literacy and book programs including its national Ready. Sit. Read! program, Target Parent/Child Book Club, and sponsorship of Family Reading Nights, Reach Out and Read, Letters About Literature, United Through Reading, and several book festivals. "Target recognizes reading is the foundation for lifelong learning and has created several programs to help instill a love of reading in children," said Laysha Ward, Vice President, Community Relations, Target. "It is an honor to receive the Quills Corporate Literacy Award in recognition of our continued commitment to early childhood reading."

Gerry Byrne is Chairman of The Quill Awards and Chairman of The Quills Literacy Foundation, which he founded. "We are thrilled with the excellent work of the Nominating Board, which has provided us with a powerful list of outstanding finalists," said Byrne, adding, "Now, we enter the stage that sets The Quills apart among book awards—turning the voting process and final decision-making over to consumers. Building on our program, we have expanded opportunities for the reading public to select this year's award recipients."

During the consumer-voting period, the NBC Universal Owned and Operated Television Stations and NBC affiliates will run 30- and 15-second television spots to publicize the Quill Awards and drive viewers to the voting site. www.MSNBC.com, the number one TV news site on the web, averaging 25 million unique visitors per month, will run strategic promotions and editorial coverage of top Quills news throughout the site, including its home page. PARADE and USA Today will run a series of daily national ads regarding consumer voting for the Quills, and Borders will conduct extensive in-store and consumer e-mail Quill marketing. Barnes & Noble will promote the Quill's nominated titles on www.barnesandnoble.com,  Book Sense stores will distribute Quill Awards bookmarks to consumers, and Ingram Book Group will list the nominated titles on its website and in an ad.

President of www.MSNBC.com Charlie Tillinghast commented, "We're pleased to be involved with the Quills, a book award that brings readers right into the voting process. We're happy to extend our voting technology to the Quills and involve our large consumer base in this excellent program. I'm looking forward to a successful partnership."

On August 20th, the nominees for the 2006 Quills Children's Chapter Book/ Middle Grade and Children's Illustrated Book categories were announced when Gerry Byrne appeared on NBC's "Weekend Today" to donate 1,000 books from The Quills Literacy Foundation to the "Today Turns the Page" book drive. Destined for school libraries that were devastated by Hurricane Katrina, the books were donated to The Quills Literacy Foundation by HarperCollins, Miramax Books, Penguin Group, and Random House. "Today Turns the Page" was launched by "Weekend Today" and Scholastic Inc.

Opening the awards process to include the reading public, winners will be determined by consumer voting online at www.quillsvote.com and at www.quills.msnbc.com; online voting begins on August 22 and continues through September 30, 2006. Readers can cast their ballots for their favorites among the nominees shortlisted for each category, and choose from the finalists in all genres for the "Book of the Year."

To be eligible for the long list of nominees, a book must have been published in its original format in North America between July 1, 2005 and June 30, 2006, and marketed in the United States. It must also meet one of the following criteria: a starred review in Publishers Weekly, a Borders Original Voices title, or an appearance at the top of the Bestseller lists of Publishers Weekly or Borders. An extensive national panel of approximately 6,000 invited booksellers and librarians made the nominations for The Quill Award categories. For a complete listing of the 2006 Quills nominees, please go to: www.thequills.org/2006.html or to www.msnbc.msn.com/id/13737751/

The award event will be held in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. It will be produced by Al Roker, Entertainment, Inc., and executive produced by Al Roker and Lisa Sharkey. Designed to inspire reading while promoting literacy, the Quills will honor winners in more than 21 different categories, including Book of the Year, Debut Author of the Year, a Quills Corporate Literacy Award, and a new special honor, Best Book to Film.

Reed Business Information is North America's largest business-to-business information provider, covering 23 market sectors with more than 100 market-leading publications and 75 websites, as well as a range of services. It is publisher of Publishers Weekly, Variety, Library Journal, and School Library Journal.

The NBC Universal Television Stations are owned and operated by NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience.

Al Roker Entertainment, Inc. produces top-quality programs for cable and network television and is working on series and specials for: The NBC Station group, The Food Network, Court TV, Fine Living, A&E and The Discovery Networks.

Further information and the complete list of nominees are available at www.thequills.org. Information on The Quills Literacy Foundation can be found at www.quillsliteracy.org.

 

Gerry Byrne, Chairman
646·746·6447
gbyrne@quillsliteracy.org

 

Karen Mender
646·746·6848
karen.mender@quillsliteracy.org

 

Abby Raphel
646·746·6847
abby.raphel@quillsliteracy.org
 

 

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