This is a bit of a departure from the normal content of this blog, but it seems worth mentioning that IDT Featured Author Charles J. Shields's Mockingbird was nominated for the Quills Award, in a biography/memoir category filled with great nominees like Joan Didion's Year of Magical Thinking:
The Quills, an initiative launched with the support of Reed Business Information and NBC, is an industry-qualified consumers choice awards program for books. The Quills celebrates the best adult and children's books of the year in 20 popular categories, including Book of the Year, plus an committee-selected award for best Book to Film.
Vote now for your favorite nominees. Voting will continue through Sept. 30. Winners will be announced at the Quills awards ceremony Oct. 10 in New York City.
The finalists in biography/memoir, nominated by booksellers and librarians all over the country are:
Dispatches from the Edge: A Memoir of War, Disasters, and Survival
Marley and Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog
Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee
Charles J. Shields
Henry Holt & Company
Tender Bar: A Memoir
J. R. Moehringer
Year of Magical Thinking
Alfred A. Knopf Incorporated
The winner will be chosen by popular vote cast by readers at