- Just a Little Respect: This year's winners of the least respected literary award in the free world (a.k.a. the Quills) have been announced — and it looks like poor Tyler Perry won't get a repeat of last year's victory.
The best general fiction title selected by readers was Cormac McCarthy's The Road. Other winners include:
- Debut Author: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
- Biography/Memoir: Einstein by Walter Isaacson
- Current Events: The Assault on Reason by Al Gore
- Young Adult/Teen: Sold by Patricia McCormick
- Children's Chapter/ Middle Grade: The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
- Children's Picture Books: Flotsam by David Wiesner
- Cooking: Joy of Cooking: 75th Anniversary Edition by Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker, and Ethan Becker
- Graphic Novel: Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels by Scott McCloud
- Health/ Self-Improvement: How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman, M.D
- Humor: I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence by Amy Sedaris
- Mystery/Suspense/Thriller: What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman
- Poetry: For the Confederate Dead by Kevin Young
- Romance: Angels Fall by Nora Roberts
- Science Fiction/ Fantasy/ Horror: The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day One) by Patrick Rothfuss
Congratulations to all the winners — and to the Quill Awards themselves, which are starting to clean up their act a bit. You can watch the ceremony when it's broadcast on NBC (check local listings and stuff) on October 10th.
And in the meantime, go to the Quills website to cast your vote for book of the year.
- Big Words Like "Vivisection" and "Evisceration": Powells.com's Danielle Marshall is among the bibliophiles quoted in the Christian Science Monitor's round-up of this fall's most anticipated book releases.
Danielle joins the advance buzz for Brock Clarke's An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England:
Danielle Marshall, marketing and promotions specialist for Portland, Oregon's, Powell's Books and powells.com, raves even more emphatically. "[Clarke's] being compared to Richard Ford," she says. "People are using big words: tour de force; an instant classic."
In the mystery-thriller category, Ms. Marshall says Chelsea Cain's Heartsick stands out — and not only because it arrived on her desk in an evidence bag covered with faux blood. The plot involves a detective who asks an imprisoned serial killer to help solve a spate of murders. Sounds like "Silence of the Lambs," but with a twist: The killer is a woman who once tortured the detective. "The female serial killer is going to be fascinating," Marshall says.
This last part makes me horribly nervous, as I've seen Danielle sharpening knives at her desk near mine, and on occasion I get the strangest feeling I'm being stared at — but when I glance over, she's looking away innocently.
I also feel strange about the diagram on her desk called How to Carve Brockman, with parts of my body labeled "Meatiest Drumstick," "Most Vulnerable Part of Throat," and "Gizzard." I didn't even know I had a gizzard.
- Timeless Wrinkles: Writing in Salon, Laurel Snyder offers a touching tribute to Madeleine L'Engle (who "wrote children's books that were too complicated for grown-ups"), the beloved children's book author whose death was reported on Friday.
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