Monday, March 3, 2008

The Quills Bite the Dust

1st NW Quadrant\The Approval Matrix: Week of March 10, 2008

A corporate co-founder of the Quills, people's choice book awards that were started three years and aimed to combine "populist sensibility" with "Hollywood-style glitz," announced Monday that it will "suspend" support.

Reed Business Information gave no reason for the decision, and a company statement did not make it clear whether the awards had been placed on hiatus or ended permanently. A spokeswoman for Reed, which operates such publications as Variety and Publishers Weekly, declined to give The Associated Press any further details.

The Reed announcement, posted on the Web site of Publishers Weekly, said the plan was to "suspend" backing of the Quills, but also referred to the "dissolution" of the awards. Money raised for the Quills Literacy Foundation will be distributed to two nonprofit organizations—First Book and Literacy Partners.
-- The Herald

The awards, which started in October of 2005, never seem to boost readers' interest and book sales, despite black tie presentation ceremonies on NBC.
-- Origami Unicorn

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