The Quill Awards will be given out in October, naming the best books of the year in every genre imaginable, including mystery, sci-fi, graphic novel and so on. The winners are down by popular vote, so do it now here. My ballot:
Book of the Year: Joan Didion for The Year of Magical Thinking
Debut Author of the Year: Debra Dean for The Madonnas of Leningrad
Audio Book: Frank McCourt for Teacher Man
Children's Illustrated Book: the wonderful Robert Sabuda for Winter's Tale: A Pop-Up
Children's Chapter Book: Kat DiCamillo for The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
Young Adult/Teen: No vote. Didn't like the ones I've read.
General Fiction: Irene Nemirovsky for Suite Francaise
Graphic Novel: Jack Kirby and Stan Lee for Maximum Fantastic Four
Mystery/Suspense: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for The Annotated Sherlock Holmes
Poetry: Mary Oliver for New and Selected Poems Vol. Two
Romance: No vote; haven't read any of them.
Sci-fi/Fantasy: No vote; didn't like what I'd read.
Religion/Spirituality: Bart D Ehrman for Misquoting Jesus
Biography/Memoir: Joan Didion for The Year of Magical Thinking (sorry, Tender Bar)
Business: Charles Fisher for The Wal-Mart Effect
Cookbook: Phaidon Press Editors for Silver Spoon (sorry, Bill Buford)
Self-Help: No vote; I don't need any help
History/Current Events/Politics: James L. Swanson for Manhunt(sorry Doris, I still haven't forgiven you for that plagiarizing, I mean those mistakes)
Humor: Bill Waterson for The Complete Calvin & Hobbes (even though it's poorly produced -- the image on the box is a slapped on sticker and the binding ain't great; but the comics themselves are delightful)
Sports: No vote; haven't read any of them