Books One Book Award Down
posted by February 25 at 11:50 AMon
The Quill Awards, the self-described “only book awards to pair a populist sensibility with Hollywood-style glitz,” are suspended and will probably never return again. The Quills were an attempt by Publishers Weekly and other media companies to try to have a televised sort-of Oscars for books. The nominees were decided by a large number industry employees, librarians, and booksellers (full disclosure: I voted in the 2005 Quills. It was an embarrassing experience, and none of the books I chose even made it to the nomination stage), and the winners were chosen by the public on the Quill Awards homepage.
Past winners of The Quills’ three historic years of operation include some Harry Potter book or another, The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore, He’s Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo, and, the 2006 Book of the Year winner, Don’t Make a Black Woman Take off Her Earrings: Madea’s Uninhibited Commentaries on Love and Life, by Tyler Perry. Nobody will ever miss The Quill Awards—except maybe Marley and Me author John Grogan, who will never, God willing, win another award ever again—and they’ll be forgotten the minute you stop reading this post.