In all the excitement over the announcement of the Booker Prize, I completely missed that the 2006 Quill Awards were awarded the very same night. The Quill Awards are some manufactured corporate bullshit People’s Choice-style awards that are at least 87% ridiculous. The Awards view themselves this way:
The Quill Awards pair a populist sensibility with Hollywood-style glitz and have become the first literary prizes to reflect the tastes of the group that matters most in publishing-readers.
What that means in practice is that the Book of the Year is Tyler Perry’s Don’t Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings: Madea’s Uninhibited Commentaries On Love and Life. You heard me. Book. Of. The. Year. That’s just offensive to me, as the most important person in publishing – a reader.
Marley and Me won Best Audio Book and Best Memoir (it was my pre-event favorite to win best book at this travesty). Best Business Book? The Girl’s Guide to Being A Boss (Without Being a Bitch) (Ladies – is that title at all offensive?). I keep waiting for the companion book for men – How to Be A Boss Without Being a Complete Douche. So far, nothing. Best Cooking Book author? Rachel Ray.
Seriously. Madea won Best Book of the Year. That’s just F-ed up.