Friday, August 19, 2005

New Book Awards

Two days ago whilst hunting for updated book award lists I came across the website above. Quills is an organization that is looking to promote literacy & has hit upon a new way to promote itself & its cause- reader voted book awards. The nominees are in quite a few categories, a few of which are:

General Fiction:

A Long Way Down, Nick Hornby
Gilead, Marilynne Robinson
Mermaid Chair, Sue Monk Kidd
Plot Against America, Philip Roth
Zorro, Isabelle Allende


Romance:

44 Cranberry Point, Debbie Macomber
Blue Dahlia & Northern Lights, Nora Roberts
Rocky Road to Romance, Janet Evanovich
Undead & Unemployed, Mayjanice Davidson


Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror:

The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower,Stephen King
Going Postal,Terry Pratchett
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, Susanna Clarke
Shadow of the Giant, Orson Scott Card
The Stupidest Angel,Christopher Moore


Mystery/Suspense/Thriller:

The Closers, Michael Connelly
Eleven on Top, Janet Evanovich
The Historian, Elizabeth Kostova
In the Company of Cheerful Ladies, Alexander McCall Smith
With No One as Witness, Elizabeth George

So, start clicking & vote HERE for your favorites. Winners anounced on NBC TV 22 October. Time apparently TBD.

2 comments:

Anne E. said...

I did cast my vote, even though I hadn't read most of the books. How did the romance category come up with that pathetic offering? That is just too sad, since it apparently reflects sales and not the quality of the books. Now I feel a rant about Nora Roberts coming on, so maybe I better stop!

Bookwormom said...

Anne E-
Accordiing to the Quills website they have 6,000 booksellers & librarians making suggestions. They also take Publishers Weekly * reviews, B&N Great New writers project, Borders Original Voices, Book Sense picks & bestseller lists.

It is my understanding they are deliberately selecting the most popular reader's choices. Quality has nothing to do with these awards & Quills pretty much says so.

I still say Candice Proctor's comments stand as the best view on what's happening within the romance community.