Thursday, October 25, 2007

Glitz for Lits - The Quill Awards

To be broadcast this coming Saturday on NBC at 7:00 PM, the Quill Awards, selected by booksellers and librarians, were given to popular book authors by celebrities including Stephen Colbert, Al Roker, Joan Allen, Mary Higgins Clark, Gay Talese, and others in a glitzy ceremony.

Nora Roberts won the award for Book of the Year with her romance novel, Angels Fall.

The Platinum Quill, for lifetime achievement, went to David Halberstam posthumously.

The Book to Film Award was given for Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne Trilogy which Universal pictures (also part of NBC) brought to the screen. Ludlum's estate has allowed Eric Van Lustbader to continue the character.

The Debut Author award went to Diane Setterfield for her modern day gothic novel, The Thirteenth Tale which gives tribute to Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre and Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca. It is set in Yorkshire.

Other awards to be seen are:

Audio - Harper Lee - To Kill A Mockingbird - read by Sissy Spacek

Biography / Memoir - Walter Isaacson - Einstein: his life and universe

Business - Robert I. Sutton - The No Asshole Rule

Children's Chapter / Middle Grade - Brian Selznick - The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Children's Picturebooks - David Wiesner - Flotsam

Cooking - Irma Rimbauer - The Joy of Cooking (75th anniversary edition)

General Fiction - Cormac McCarthy - The Road

Graphic Novel - Scott McCloud - Making Comics

Health / Self Improvement - Jerome Groopman - How Doctors Think

History / Current Affairs / Politics - Al Gore - The Assault on Reason

Humor - Amy Sedaris - I Like You

Mystery / Suspense / Thriller - Laura Lippman - What the Dead Know

Poetry - Kevin Young - For the Confederate Dead

Religion / Spirituality - Stephen Prothero - Religious Literacy

Romance - Nora Roberts - Angels Fall

Science Fiction / Fantasy / Horror - Patrick Rothfuss - The Name of the Wind

Sports - Michael Weinreb - The Kings of New York (chess)

Young Adult / Teen - Patricia McCormick - Sold

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