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Tuesday, February 26, 2008 3:30 pm
Quill Awards, R.I.P.
Posted by: Keir Graff

The Quills are no more, at least for now. Why? Nobody’s sayin’ nothin’. From Publishers Weekly (“Quill Awards Program Suspended“):

“The Quill Awards have truly helped us advance the cause of literacy for the hardest to reach children in our country, helping to give them the skills and resources they need for a hopeful and successful future,” said Kyle Zimmer, First Book President. “First Book is tremendously grateful to the Quills Literacy Foundation; their legacy will live on through their generous contribution as we continue to provide beautiful, new books to the children who need them the most.”

Oh, wait, somebody’s sayin’ somethin’ (“Co-founder suspends support of Quills book awards,” Canadian Press):

The Quills were marked by black-tie ceremonies in Manhattan, with Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Donald Trump among the featured hosts and presenters. Nominated authors, in categories from romance fiction to poetry, included Stephen King, Al Gore and J.K. Rowling.

But few readers voted and sales did not noticeably increase for winning books. The ceremonies, televised on NBC stations, were widely criticized as too long and poorly planned.

“I’m not surprised but it’s too bad that this happened” said Jane Friedman, chief executive officer of HarperCollins and a Quills executive council member.

I’m sure going to miss all that populist glitz and Hollywood-style sensibility.

(Click here to purchase tickets to the 2007 Quill Awards on October 22…wait, someone update the website!)

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