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Quill Awards Announced

Changing things up this year, the Quills have announced their awards a solid month and a half before the actual ceremony, which will take place on October 22 at Jazz @ Lincoln Center and hosted by Ann Curry and Al Roker. For the first time in its three-year history, The Quills will make a limited number of tickets to the awards ceremony and gala reception available for purchase to the public. “We’re delighted with the outstanding works represented in the group of Quills 2007 winners. Now the reading public has an opportunity to vote and we look forward to announcing their selection for 2007 Quills Book of the year on October 22nd,” remarked Gerry Byrne, Chairman of The Quill Awards. Consumers can cast their votes via www.quillsvote.com for “The Book of the Year,” selecting from among the 19 Quill Award winners.

The Quill Debut Author of the Year Award will be presented to Diane Setterfield for THE THIRTEENTH TALE, published by Atria. In the General Fiction category, the Quill Award will be given to Cormac McCarthy for THE ROAD, published by Knopf. For the second year in a row, Al Gore will receive the History/Current Events/Politics Quill, this time for THE ASSAULT ON REASON, published by The Penguin Press. Quill Awards will also be given to Amy Sedaris, Nora Roberts, Laura Lippman, Robert I. Sutton, Jerome Groopman, Brian Selznick, and Walter Isaacson, among others.

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The Quills Gets a Serious Revamp

After last year’s overlong, incredibly boring ceremony where hardly any winners bothered to show up to the Museum of Natural History to accept prizes, the Quills is changing things in a big way. AP’s Hillel Italie reports that instead of all the categories being voted on by fans, now only the Book of the Year is open to the public. Booksellers and librarians will do virtually all the deciding for the other nineteen categories.

“We wanted to streamline consumer participation and add to the credibility of those who are named winners,” Quills founder and chairman Gerry Byrne said Thursday, adding that the decision had been made after consulting with publishers and NBC Universal Television Stations, which again will air the event. Byrne said this fall’s ceremony will be shorter, around an hour and a half, and simpler, as all winners except Book of the Year will be announced online on September 10, a month in advance of the ceremony to be held Oct. 22 at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center.