April 19, 2018

Librarians to Help Choose Winner of New RBI/NBC Quill Awards

By LJ Staff

Librarians will be among the judges in a new glossy book awards program announced January 26 by Reed Business Information (RBI), parent of LJ and Publishers Weekly, and NBC Universal Television Stations. The Quill Awards will honor "excellence in writing and publishing, recognize the creators of important books and great literature, drive revenue for publishers, and circulation for libraries." The awards will be under the guidance of Gerry Byrne, the former publisher of RBI publications Variety and Daily Variety, who also will head the Literacy Foundation established in conjunction with the awards.

According to RBI, "an extensive national panel of booksellers and librarians selected from Publishers Weekly‘s subscriber base will make the initial nominations." Voting then will be opened to the public in the fall. Awards will be presented in 15 categories, with five nominees in each. Nominations will take place over a three-month period beginning April 15, while the voting will be both online and at retail outlets over a one-month period from August 15 to September 15. Byrne told LJ that the 6000-member nominating council will include approximately 1000 librarians. Council members will chose from roughly 2000 bestsellers and PW starred reviews, Byrne said, "to make sure it’s a universe of interesting and popular books." He did say that "if a librarian wants to write in an author/title in a category, that’s their prerogative." The winners will be announced during a lavish televised ceremony in October. The categories are:

Book of the Year; Rookie of the Year; Book Club Award; Children’s Book of the Year; Best Book to Film; Graphic Novel of the Year; Design; Literary Fiction; Suspense/Mystery or Thriller; Science Fiction/Fantasy or Horror; Romance; Biography/Memoir; Religion/Spirituality; Science; Health/Self Improvement; Sports; Business; History/Current Events/Politics.