Gerry Byrne, the former publisher of Variety magazine who designed the Quills program, said nominees had been chosen by a panel of around 6,000 booksellers and librarians as part of a strategy of rewarding books that readers really want to read.
“Most of the other awards, quite honestly, they’re more inside the industry,” Byrne said. “This is meant to reach out and touch the consumers.”
There are no cash prizes for the winners in each category or for the overall book of the year, just a trophy.
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