Yesterday the winners of the Quill Awards were announced. According to the Quill Foundation website the mission behind the new award is: A new book award program that pairs a populist sensibility with Hollywood-style glitz to bestow the first literary prizes reflecting the tastes of the people who matter most–readers.
The Book of the Year Award (that’s right… the whole year) was awared to J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. I read it. I enjoyed it. I think she’s an amazing writer for children. I do not think that a Book of the Year Award is deserved.
The award ceremony will be aired on NBC on October 22nd and my Tivo box will be capturing it for sheer curiosity value. I cannot conceive of debasing literature to the point where Elmo is handing out awards for Children’s Illustrated Book. (Note that there is no “Best” in that title. It’s as if this might be the only illustrated book to come out this year. Or maybe they forgot to choose a title and sent a runner over B&N to grab something.)
What’s next folks…. an award for Best Dust Jacket…. Best Bargain Title… Best Cookbook Featuring the Creative Use of Guavas?
Kim Cattrall and Candice Bushnell are presenters. Sex and the City comes to literature – at Pier Sixty in New York.