NEW YORK A U.S. book award program created
three years ago to bring glamour to the world of publishing and
promote literacy has been shelved, its primary sponsor Reed
Business Information said on Tuesday.
In a statement on www.publishersweekly.com, the publishing
company gave no reason for its decision to end support for The
Quill Literacy Foundation and the accompanying black tie Quill
Awards, which were televised every year by NBC.
Quill awards were given to the best books of the year in 19
categories including humor, romance, science
fiction/fantasy/horror, sports, health/self improvement and
religion/spirituality. They were voted on by more than 6,000
invited booksellers and librarians
Former Vice President Al Gore was among the 2007 winners
for "The Assault on Reason," announced in October at an event
attended by celebrities including actresses Brooke Shields and
Joan Allen and Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York.
"As part of the dissolution of the Quills, the remaining
foundation funds will be distributed to (book-related
charities) First Book and to Literacy Partners," the statement
said. It did not say how much money would be distributed.
Reed Business Information is owned by Reed-Elsevier and was
recently put up for sale by the company.
(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Cynthia