November 15-30, 2004 Edition


To Honor

USA Today

Washington, D.C./11/08/04—America’s publishing industry will pay formal tribute to USA Today for the newspaper’s outstanding work in promoting American books and authors, the Association of American Publishers announced today. USA Today has been named to receive the “AAP Honors,” to be presented March 3, 2005 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York during the AAP Annual Meeting.

In announcing the award, AAP President Pat Schroeder said that publishers voted to give the Honors to USA Today in recognition of outstanding coverage of books over the years. “At a time when many newspapers are cutting back on the space devoted to books, USA Today has kept the faith. It has consistently provided its readers with a full range of book reviews, recommended reading lists, excellent coverage of national and regional book events, and intelligent reporting about the book business. Keeping the reading public informed about worthwhile books and interesting authors, USA Today has been a forceful advocate for reading and for American books,” Mrs. Schroeder said.

The AAP Honors were inaugurated in 1997 to acknowledge the contributions of individuals and organizations outside the book industry who have helped focus public attention on American books and their importance in our society. Previous winners have included C-SPAN’s Brian Lamb, National Public Radio, country music legend and creator of the “Imagination Library” literacy program Dolly Parton, The Today Show, Oprah Winfrey, and Latino television journalist Jorge Ramos..

The Association of American Publishers is the principal trade association of the U.S. book publishing industry with some 300 members comprising most of the major commercial book publishers in the United States, as well as small and medium-sized houses, non-profit publishers, university presses and scholarly societies. The promotion of reading and literacy is among AAP’s highest priorities.