November 30 – December 7, 2006 Edition

Borders Announces

2006 Original Voices

Award Nominees

ANN ARBOR, MI/11/22/06—Borders Inc., a subsidiary of Borders Group, Inc., a global retailer of books, music and movies, has announced the nominees for the 2006 Original Voices Awards. The 11th annual awards include books in the fiction, nonfiction, intermediate/young adult and children’s categories and music. Winners in the five categories will each be awarded a $5,000 prize from the company.

"The Original Voices program helps us share our passion for books and music with our customers and highlights some of the most creative and impressive works in the world of literature and music throughout the year," said Bill Nasshan, senior vice president of trade books. "The finalists for the 2006 Original Voices Award represent new and promising talent whose work our home office and store employees found compelling this past year."

Finalists for the awards are chosen by both corporate and store employees. A committee of corporate staff members representing each of the five categories will read and listen to each finalist and choose the winners, which will be announced in January.

Throughout the year, Borders’ Original Voices program features the works of more than 200 contemporary authors/illustrators/artists from around the world in the categories of fiction, non-fiction, young adult, children’s picture books and music. The monthly program highlights innovative and ambitious new books and music from new and emerging talents, as well as works that represent a new direction for established authors and musicians.

Nominees for the 2006 Original Voices Awards are:


The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier – Knopf

Pride of Baghdad by Brian Vaughan – Vertigo

Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl – Viking

The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue – Nan Talese

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen – Algonquin Press

Winkie by Clifford Chase – Grove Atlantic


From Baghdad with Love by Jay Kopelman – Globe Pequot Press

The Good Good Pig by Sy Montgomery – Ballantine Books

I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors by Bernice Eisenstein – Riverhead

Self-Made Man by Norah Vincent – Viking Press

A Strong West Wind by Gail Caldwell – Random House

The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan – Houghton Mifflin

Children’s Picture Books:

Art by Patricia McDonnell – Little, Brown Young Readers

Chicken & Cat by Sara Varon – Scholastic

Dear Fish by Chris Gall – Little, Brown Young Readers

Fancy Nancy by O’Conner & Glasser – HarperCollins Juvenile

Sound of Colors by Jimmy Liao – Little, Brown Young Readers

True Story of Stellina by Matteo Pericoli – Knopf Books for Young Readers

Intermediate/Young Adult Books:

Bass Ackwards & Belly Up by Elizabeth Craft – Little, Brown Young Readers

Dairy Queen written by Catherine Murdock – Houghton Mifflin

Endymion Spring by Mathew Skelton – Delacorte Books for Young Readers

The Boy in Striped Pajamas by John Boyne – David Fickling Books

Skinny by Ibi Kaslik – Walker & Co.

Shadow Thieves by Anne Ursu – Atheneum


Corrine Bailey Rae by Corrine Bailey Rae -EMI Records

Eye to the Telescope by K.T. Tunstall -Virgin Records

The Greatest by Cat Power – MatadorRecords

Speak for Yourself by Imogen Heap -RCA

Till the Sun Turns Black by Ray Lamontagne -RCA

About Borders Group

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