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2nd Annual Quill Award Nominees


Quill Awards Host NBC News Lester Holt

NEW YORK, New York -- The Quill Awards pair a populist sensibility with Hollywood-style glitz and have become the first literary prizes to reflect the tastes of the group that matters most in publishing . . . readers. It's the first awards program to honor excellence in publishing and include consumers in the voting process.

Returning in its second year, The Quill Awards will be presented on Tuesday, October 10, during a gala ceremony at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. NBC will air The Quill Awards on Saturday, October 28. NBC News' Lester Holt will host this years ceremony. Caroline Kennedy will receive the first Platinum Quill Award. The Quills Corporate Literacy Award will be given to Target.

For the first time, the Quills will also have an exclusive presence on MSNBC.com. In addition to being a main source for consumer voting, MSNBC.com will create and feature unique content about the Quills online and increase national coverage of the show by providing a Live Stream on October 28, 2006.

The Quills is designed to be an industry qualified "consumers choice" awards program for books, honoring the current titles readers deem most entertaining and enlightening. The Quills celebrates the best books of the year in nineteen popular categories, ranging from romance to biography to graphic novels.

The Quill Awards were established to:

  • Celebrate Excellence in Writing and Publishing

  • Recognize and praise the creators of important books and great literature

  • Interest more consumers in acquiring books and reading

  • Act as a bellwether for literacy initiatives
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The 2006 Quill Book Award Nominations

(Winners will appear highlighted in red)

Debut Author of the Year

"The $64 Tomato"

Author: William Alexander

Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill

"Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen"

Author: Julie Powell

Publisher: Little, Brown & Company

"The Last Templar"

Author: Raymond Khoury

Publisher: Dutton

"The Madonnas of Leningrad: A Novel"

Author: Debra Dean

Publisher: William Morrow

"The Ride of Our Lives: Roadside Lessons of an American Family"

Author: Mike Leonard

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Audio Book

"A Dirty Job: A Novel"

Author: Christopher Moore

Publisher: Harper Audio

"Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer"

Author: James L. Swanson

Publisher: Harper Audio

"Marley and Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog"

Author: John Grogan

Publisher: Harper Audio

"Teacher Man: A Memoir"

Author: Frank McCourt

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

"Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln"

Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

Children's Illustrated Book

"Fancy Nancy"

Author: Jane O'Connor

Illustrator: Robin Preiss Glasser

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

"If You Give a Pig a Party"

Author: Laura Joffe Numeroff

Illustrator: Felicia Bond

Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Book Group/Geringer

"John, Paul, George & Ben"

Author: Lane Smith

Publisher: Hyperion

"Walter the Farting Dog Goes on a Cruise"

Author: William Kotzwinkle, Glenn Murray and Elizabeth Gundy

Illustrator: Audrey Colman

Publisher: Dutton Juvenile

"Winter's Tale: An Original Pop-up Journey"

Author: Robert Sabuda

Publisher: Little Simon

Children's Chapter Book/Middle Grade


Author: Carl Hiaasen

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers


Author: Cornelia Funke

Publisher: Scholastic, Incorporated/Chicken House

"The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane"

Author: Kate DiCamillo

Publisher: Candlewick Press

"The Penultimate Peril"

Author: Lemony Snicket

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

"Ptolemy's Gate"

Author: Jonathan Stroud

Publisher: Miramax Books


Young Adult/Teen

"The Book Thief"

Author: Markus Zusak

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Incorporated

"Dairy Queen"

Author: Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company


Author: Christopher Paolini

Publisher: Random House Children's Books


Author: Gabrielle Zevin

Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux

"King Dork"

Author: Frank Portman

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

General Fiction

"Black Swan Green: A Novel"

Author: David Mitchell

Publisher: Random House Adult Trade Publishing Group

"A Dirty Job: A Novel"

Author: Christopher Moore

Publisher: William Morrow


Author: E. L. Doctorow

Publisher: Random House Adult Trade Publishing Group

"Suite Fran

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