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October 25 – November 1, 2007 Edition
Nora Roberts’ Angel’s Fall
Voted Quill Book Awards
Book of the Year
NEW YORK, NY/10/22/07– Reed Business Information (RBI) and the NBC Universal Television Stations have announced the recipient of the third annual Quill Book of the Year, named this evening during a star-studded ceremony at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Broadway at 60th Street, in New York City, hosted by NBCs Al Roker and Hoda Kotb, with special guest Stephen Colbert. Celebrity presenters included Sarah Ferguson Duchess of York, Tina Brown, Brooke Shields, Joan Allen, Tiki Barber, Lorraine Bracco, Mary Higgins Clark, Karenna Gore-Schiff, Catherine Crier, Dan Rather, Gay Talese, Rocco DiSpirito, Jeff Dunham, Jonathan Groff, and Steve Shirripa, among others.
Chosen by readers across the country and announced by Al Roker and Hoda Kotb, the Quills Book of the Year was awarded to Angels Fall by Nora Roberts, published by G.P. Putnams Sons. Dan Rather and Catherine Crier presented the Debut Author of the Year Award to Diane Setterfield for The Thirteenth Tale, published by Atria.
Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, and Rocco DiSpirito presented the Quill Award in the Childrens Chapter/Middle Grade category to Brian Selznick for his book The Invention of Hugo Cabret, published by Scholastic Press. They also awarded the Cooking category Quill, presented to Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker, and Ethan Becker for Joy of Cooking: 75th Anniversary Edition, published by Scribner. On behalf of her father, Al Gore, Karenna Gore-Schiff accepted from Dan Rather and Catherine Crier the Quill Award in the History/Current Events/Politics category, awarded for his book The Assault on Reason, published by The Penguin Press. Stephen Colbert presented Amy Sedaris with the Quill Award in the Humor category for I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence, published by Warner Books.
The recipient of the 2007 Quill Variety Blockbuster Book to Film Award, the Jason Bourne film trilogy from Universal Pictures, was presented by Joan Allen and Peter Bart, publisher of Variety, to Tony Gilroy, screenwriter of the three films based on the bestsellers by Robert Ludlum, The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum, and Eric Van Lustbader. Lustbader is the author selected by the Ludlum estate to continue the Bourne bestseller tradition.
The Platinum Quill is a Quills executive committee-selected annual award honoring an author whose life and work indelibly mark the times and the body of literature. The 2007 Platinum Quill, awarded to the late Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, war correspondent, and bestselling author, David Halberstam, was presented to his daughter, Julie Halberstam by Lorraine Bracco and his longtime friend Gay Talese. Halberstams wife, Julia, was in the audience. His most recent book, published posthumously, is The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War.
Time Warner Cable President and CEO Glenn Britt accepted the 2007 Corporate Literacy Quill presented by Chairman of The Quill Awards and The Quills Literacy Foundation Gerry Byrne, awarded to Time Warner Inc. for its commitment to education, and in particular, to Time Warner Cable in recognition of its more than two decades of work to improve reading and literacy in our country. Time Warner Cables signature literacy program is Time To Read, which mentors children and adults in order to improve their reading competency and is the oldest and largest corporate literacy program in America.
Joan Allen acknowledged The Quills Literacy Foundation, which in partnership with NBC Universal Television Stations and Borders®, is auctioning a selection of autographed 2007 Quill Award winner and nominee titles, plus other notable books, to raise funds for First Book, a nonprofit organization with a single mission: to give children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books. Bids can be placed starting today at http://www.thequills.org. The auction will end at midnight on October 31, 2007.
The winners of the 2007 Quill Book Awards are:
Book of the Year presented by Al Roker and Hoda Kotb
Written by Nora Roberts
Published by G.P. Putnams Sons
Audio presented by Mary Higgins Clark and Steve Shirripa
To Kill a Mockingbird
Written by Harper Lee; Read by Sissy Spacek
Published by Caedmon Audio, HarperCollins Publishers
Biography/ Memoir presented by Tina Brown and Jonathan Groff
Einstein: His Life and Universe
Written by Walter Isaacson
Published by Simon & Schuster
Business presented by Tina Brown and Jonathan Groff
The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn’t
Written by Robert I. Sutton, PhD
Published by Business Plus, Grand Central Publishing
Childrens Chapter/ Middle Grade presented by Sarah Ferguson and Rocco DiSpirito
The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Written by Brian Selznick
Published by Scholastic Press
Childrens Picture Books presented by Jeff Dunham and Walter
Written by David Wiesner
Published by Clarion Books, Houghton Mifflin
Cooking presented by Sarah Ferguson and Rocco DiSpirito
Joy of Cooking: 75th Anniversary Edition
Written by Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker, and Ethan Becker
Published by Scribner
Debut Author presented by Dan Rather & Catherine Crier
The Thirteenth Tale
Written by Diane Setterfield
Published by Atria
General Fiction presented by Lorraine Bracco and Gay Talese
Written by Cormac McCarthy
Published by Alfred A. Knopf
Graphic Novel presented by Jeff Dunham and Walter
Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels
Written by Scott McCloud
Published by Harper Paperbacks
Health/ Self-Improvement presented by Brooke Shields & Tiki Barber
How Doctors Think
Written by Jerome Groopman, M.D.
Published by Houghton Mifflin
History/ Current Events/ Politics presented by Dan Rather & Catherine Crier
The Assault on Reason
Written by Al Gore
Published by The Penguin Press
Humor presented by Stephen Colbert
I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence
Written by Amy Sedaris
Published by Warner Books
Mystery/Suspense/Thriller presented by Mary Higgins Clark and Steve Shirripa
What the Dead Know
Written by Laura Lippman
Published by William Morrow
Poetry presented by Dan Rather & Catherine Crier
For the Confederate Dead
Written by Kevin Young
Published by Alfred A. Knopf
Religion/ Spirituality presented by Mary Higgins Clark and Steve Shirripa
Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know — And Doesn’t
Written by Stephen Prothero
Published by Harper One
Romance presented by Brooke Shields & Tiki Barber
Written by Nora Roberts
Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Science Fiction/ Fantasy/ Horror presented by Lorraine Bracco and Gay Talese
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day One)
Written by Patrick Rothfuss
Published by DAW Books
Sports presented by Brooke Shields & Tiki Barber
The Kings of New York: A Year Among the Geeks, Oddballs, and Geniuses Who Make Up America’s Top High School Chess Team
Written by Michael Weinreb
Published by Gotham Books
Young Adult/ Teen presented by Tina Brown and Jonathan Groff
Written by Patricia McCormick
Published by Hyperion Books for Children
Quill 2007 Variety Blockbuster Book to Film Award – presented by Joan Allen and Peter Bart
The Bourne Film Trilogy
2007 Platinum Quill presented by Lorraine Bracco and Gay Talese
2007 Corporate Literacy Quill presented by Gerry Byrne
Time Warner Inc. / Time Warner Cable
Produced by Al Roker Entertainment, Inc., the one-hour Quill Awards television special, hosted by Al Roker and Hoda Kotb, with SuChin Pak, in the new venue at Jazz at Lincoln Center, will be carried by the NBC Universal Television Stations and syndicated through NBC Universal Television Distribution to local markets nationwide on Saturday, October 27, 2007.
The Quills is the first awards program to honor excellence in publishing and include consumers in the voting process. AARP, Borders, Inc.®, PARADE, and USA Today are participating supporters.
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