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The 2005 Quill Awards

Reed Business Information (RBI) and the NBC Universal Television Stations have recently paired up to create the Quill Awards, a new national book award that honors excellence in book publishing. On August 4th, five nominees were chosen in each of 19 categories by an extensive panel of booksellers and librarians. The winners will be announced in a televised ceremony on October 22, 2005, hosted by NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams.

The event will benefit the not-for-profit Quills Literacy Foundation. As part of its mission, the foundation's Executive Council will evaluate existing literacy programs and direct funding to support a variety of qualified literacy-based initiatives.

Scheduled to air the Quills special, on Saturday, October 22nd are:
WNBC (NBC4 New York)
KNBC (NBC4 Los Angeles)
WMAQ (NBC5 Chicago)
WCAU (NBC10 Philadelphia)
KNTV (NBC3 San Jose/San Francisco)
KXAS (NBC5 Dallas/Fort Worth)
WRC (NBC4 Washington)
WTVJ (NBC6 Miami)
KNSD (NBC7/39 San Diego)
WVIT (NBC30 Hartford)
WNCN (NBC17 Raleigh)
WCMH (NBC4 Columbus)
WVTM (NBC13 Birmingham)
WJAR (NBC10 Providence)

The nominees are:

Audio Book
BLINK: THE POWER OF THINKING WITHOUT THINKING (Unabridged - CD) by Malcolm Gladwell (Time Warner AudioBooks)
CHRONICLES: VOLUME ONE (abridged - CD) by Bob Dylan, read by Sean Penn (Simon & Schuster Audio)
THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART PRESENTS AMERICA: A CITIZEN'S GUIDE TO DEMOCRACY INACTION (Abridged - CD) by John Stewart and the Writers of the Daily Show (Time Warner AudioBooks)
HIS EXCELLENCY: GEORGE WASHINGTON (Unabridged - CD) by Joseph J. Ellis (Recorded Books)
WHEN WILL JESUS BRING THE PORK CHOPS? (Unabridged - CD) by George Carlin (Time Warner Audiobooks)

Children's Illustrated Book
AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL: A POP-UP BOOK by Robert Sabuda (Little Simon)
EGYPTOLOGY: SEARCH FOR THE TOMB OF OSIRIS by Nick Harris, illustrated by Ian Andrew and Helen Ward (Candlewick Press)
KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY TALE by Mo Willems (Hyperion Books for Children)
RUNNY BABBIT: A BILLY SOOK by Shel Silverstein (HarperCollins Children's Books)
ZEN SHORTS by Jon J. Muth (Scholastic Books)

Children's Chapter Book/Middle Grade
DRAGON RIDER by Cornelia Funke, translated by Anthea Bell (Chicken House/Scholastic Books)
HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE by J.K. Rowling, illustrated by Mary GrandPré (Scholastic/Levine)
IDA B...AND HER PLANS TO MAXIMIZE FUN by Katherine Hannigan (Greenwillow Books)
PETER AND THE STARCATCHERS by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson (Disney Press)
A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS BOOK ELEVENTH: THE GRIM GROTTO by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Brett Helquist (HarperCollins Children's Books)

Young Adult/Teen
47 by Walter Mosley (Little Brown and Co.)
ABARAT: DAYS OF MAGIC NIGHTS OF WAR by Clive Barker (Joanna Cotler Books)
GIRLS IN PANTS: THE THIRD SUMMER OF THE SISTERHOOD by Ann Brashares (Delacorte Press)
HOW I LIVE NOW by Meg Rosoff (Wendy Lamb Books)
WORMWOOD by G.P. Taylor (Putnam Juvenile)

General Fiction
A LONG WAY DOWN by Nick Hornby (Riverhead Books)
GILEAD by Marilynne Robinson (Farrar Straus & Giroux)
THE MERMAID CHAIR by Sue Monk Kidd (Viking)
THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA by Philip Roth (Houghton Mifflin Company)
ZORRO by Isabelle Allende, translated by Margaret Sayers Peden (HarperCollins)

Graphic Novel
AMERICAN SPLENDOR: OUR MOVIE YEAR by Harvey Pekar (Ballantine)
BONE: ONE VOLUME EDITION by Jeff Smith (Cartoon Books)
IN THE SHADOW OF NO TOWERS by Art Spiegelman (Pantheon Books)
MARVEL 1602 VOLUME 1 by Neil Gaiman, Andy Kubert, Richard Isanove (Marvel Comics)
PERSEPOLIS 2: THE STORY OF A RETURN by Marjane Satrapi (Pantheon Books)

Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
THE CLOSERS by Michael Connelly (Little Brown and Co.)
ELEVEN ON TOP by Janet Evanovich (St. Martin's Press)
THE HISTORIAN by Elizabeth Kostova (Little Brown and Co.)
IN THE COMPANY OF CHEERFUL LADIES by Alexander McCall Smith (Pantheon)
WITH NO ONE AS WITNESS by Elizabeth George (HarperCollins)

Poetry
180 MORE: EXTRAORDINARY POEMS FOR EVERY DAY edited by Billy Collins (Random House)
ARIEL: THE RESTORED EDITION: A FACSIMILE OF PLATH'S MANUSCRIPT by Sylvia Plath (HarperCollins)
GILGAMESH: A NEW ENGLISH VERSION by Stephen Mitchell (The Free Press)
BLUE IRIS: POEMS AND ESSAYS by Mary Oliver (Beacon Press)
LET AMERICA BE AMERICA AGAIN: AND OTHER POEMS by Langston Hughes (Vintage Books)

Romance
44 CHERRY POINT by Debbie Macomber (Mira Books)
BLUE DAHLIA by Nora Roberts (Jove)
NORTHERN LIGHTS by Nora Roberts (Berkley)
THE ROCKY ROAD TO ROMANCE by Janet Evanovich (HarperTorch)
UNDEAD AND UNEMPLOYED by MaryJanice Davidson (Berkley)

Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror
THE DARK TOWER VII: THE DARK TOWER by Stephen King, illustrated by Michael Whelan (Scribner/Grant)
GOING POSTAL by Terry Pratchett (HarperCollins)
JONATHAN STRANGE & MR. NORRELL by Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury)
SHADOW OF THE GIANT by Orson Scott Card (Tor Books)
THE STUPIDEST ANGEL: A HEARTWARMING TALE OF CHRISTMAS TERROR by Christopher Moore (William Morrow & Co.)

Debut Author of the Year
BROKEN FOR YOU by Stephanie Kallos (Grove Press)
FRENCH WOMEN DON'T GET FAT by Mireille Guilian (Alfred A. Knopf)
THE HA-HA by Dave King (Little Brown and Co.)
THE HISTORIAN by Elizabeth Kostova (Little Brown and Co.)
THE TRAVELER by John Twelve Hawks (Doubleday)

Religion/Spirituality
GOD'S POLITICS: WHY THE RIGHT GETS IT WRONG AND THE LEFT DOESN'T GET IT by Jim Wallis (HarperSanFrancisco)
LEAVING THE SAINTS: HOW I LOST THE MORMONS AND FOUND MY FAITH by Martha Nibley Beck (Crown)
PEACE IS THE WAY: BRINGING WAR AND VIOLENCE TO AN END by Deepak Chopra (Harmony)
PLAN B: FURTHER THOUGHTS ON FAITH by Anne Lamott (Riverhead)
YOUR BEST LIFE NOW: 7 STEPS TO LIVING AT YOUR FULL POTENTIAL by Joel Osteen (Warner Faith)

Biography/Memoir
CHRONICLES: VOLUME ONE by Bob Dylan (Simon & Schuster)
THE GLASS CASTLE by Jeannette Walls (Scribner)
HIS EXCELLENCY: GEORGE WASHINGTON by Joseph J. Ellis (Alfred A. Knopf)
MAGICAL THINKING by Augusten Burroughs (St. Martin's Press)
WILL IN THE WORLD: HOW SHAKESPEARE BECAME SHAKESPEARE by Stephen Greenblatt (W.W. Norton & Company)

Business
CONFESSIONS OF AN ECONOMIC HIT MAN by John Perkins (Berrett-Koehler Publishers)
CONSPIRACY OF FOOLS by Kurt Eichenwald (Broadway Books)
DISNEYWAR by James B. Stewart (Scribner)
FREAKONOMICS: A ROGUE ECONOMIST EXPLORES THE HIDDEN SIDE OF EVERYTHING by Steven D. Levitt and Steven J. Dubner (William Morrow & Co.)
WINNING by Jack Welch with Suzy Welch (HarperBusiness)

Cooking
BEING DEAD IS NO EXCUSE: THE OFFICIAL SOUTHERN LADIES GUIDE TO HOSTING THE PERFECT FUNERAL by Gayden Metcalfe (Hyperion Books)
EVERYDAY ITALIAN: 125 SIMPLE AND DELICIOUS RECIPES by Giada de Laurentiis (Clarkson Potter)
THE GOURMET COOKBOOK: MORE THAN 1000 RECIPES by Ruth Reichl (Houghton Mifflin)
ON FOOD AND COOKING: THE SCIENCE AND LORE OF THE KITCHEN by Harold McGee (Scribner)
RACHAEL RAY'S 30-MINUTE MEALS: EAT HEALTHY WITHOUT GOING TO EXTREMES by Rachael Ray (Clarkson Potter)

Health/Self Improvement
AND ONE MORE THING BEFORE YOU GO... by Maria Shriver (Free Press)
BLINK: THE POWER OF THINKING WITHOUT THINKING by Malcolm Gladwell (Little Brown and Co.)
FRENCH WOMEN DON'T GET FAT by Mireille Guilliano (Alfred A. Knopf)
HE'S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU: THE NO-EXCUSES TRUTH TO UNDERSTANDING GUYS by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo (Simon Spotlight Entertainment)
MOTHER-DAUGHTER WISDOM: CREATING A LEGACY OF PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL HEALTH by Christiane Northrup (Bantam)

History/Current Events/Politics
102 MINUTES: THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE FIGHT TO SURVIVE INSIDE THE TWIN TOWERS by Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn (Times Books)
1776 by David McCullough (Simon & Schuster)
THE CHILDREN'S BLIZZARD by David Laskin (HarperCollins)
COLLAPSE: HOW SOCIETIES CHOOSE TO FAIL OR SUCCEED by Jared Diamond (Viking)
THE WORLD IS FLAT: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY by Thomas L. Friedman (Farrar Straus & Giroux)

Humor
BAD CAT: 244 NOT-SO-PRETTY KITTIES AND CATS GONE BAD by Jim Edgar (Workman Publishing)
THE COMPLETE CARTOONS OF THE NEW YORKER by Robert Mankoff (Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers)
THE COMPLETE PEANUTS 1953-1954 by Charles M. Schulz (Fantagraphics Books)
THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART PRESENTS AMERICA: A CITIZEN'S GUIDE TO DEMOCRACY INACTION by Jon Stewart and the Writers of the Daily Show (Warner Books)
WHEN WILL JESUS BRING THE PORK CHOPS? by George Carlin (Hyperion Books)

Sports
BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE by Aron Ralston (Atria Books)
FAITHFUL: TWO DIEHARD BOSTON RED SOX FANS CHRONICLE THE HISTORIC 2004 SEASON by Stewart O'Nan & Stephen King (Scribner)
FAVRE by Brett Favre and Bonita Favre with Chris Havel (Rugged Land)
THREE NIGHTS IN AUGUST: STRATEGY, HEARTBREAK, AND JOY; INSIDE THE MIND OF A MANAGER by Buzz Bissinger (Houghton Mifflin)
UNFORGIVABLE BLACKNESS: THE RISE AND FALL OF JACK JOHNSON by Geoffrey C. Ward (Alfred A. Knopf)

More information about the Quill Awards and the Quills Literacy Foundation can be found at www.quillsliteracy.org.

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