According to PW Newsline, Reed Business Information (PW’s parent company) and NBC TV are launching the Quill Awards. These will honor books in 15 categories including “children’s” and “graphic novels.” NBC also will air the awards ceremony.
In addition, Simon & Schuster is launching Little Simon Inspirations, which will feature faith-themed titles with a “lighter” touch.
It’s exciting that books are “hot,” and any additional attention will only encourage literacy. On the other hand, does this mean authors will need to start looking hot ourselves on the red carpet? Note to self: work out.
Books with faith-oriented themes/content are long overdue. Faith–of all stripes–is a major aspect of human existence, and the art should reflect that.