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Cormac McCarthy wins Quills Award; charity auction begins Oct. 22
Novelist Cormac McCarthy added
The Quills Award to his ever-growing bag of loot, which has quickly
filled to the brim thanks to his most recent novel "The Road" (Alfred
A. Knopf). Also, The Quills Literacy Foundation said it is auctioning a
selection of autographed 2007 Quill Award winner and nominee titles to
raise funds for nonprofit organization First Book.
"The Road," a
searing, post-apocalyptic novel about a father and his son walking
alone through a burned down America, is widely considered the
masterpiece of Cormac McCarthy’s career. In addition to The Quills
general fiction nod, the novel has received the 2007 Pulitzer Prize.
Publisher Vintage, a sister imprint under the Knopf Publishing Group,
says in its description of "The Road":
Nothing moves in
the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to
crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark.
Their destination is the coast, although they don't know what, if
anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend
themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes
they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food -- and each other.
McCarthy is scheduled to pick up his Quill Book Award during a gala
awards ceremony on Monday, October 22 at Frederick P. Rose Hall in New
York City. Several other categoy winners will be honored as well during
the show. The Quill Book Awards will be hosted by NBC’s Ann Curry and Al Roker along with special guest
presenter Stephen Colbert. NBC
will televise the awards on tape delay Oct. 27.
Also, the public is invited to bid on several titles that The Quills
Literacy Foundation is auctioning off to raise funds for First Book, a
nonprofit organization with a single mission: to give children from
low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new
In a press release, The Quills Literacy Foundation noted that access to
books is the single most critical factor determining whether a child
will become a reader. The money raised in the auction will be
contributed to First Book to provide new books for children who
otherwise might not experience the joy of owning them.
Titles to be auctioned include a selection of autographed 2007 Quill
Award winner and nominee titles, plus other notable books. Bids can be
placed starting October 22 at The Quills
website. The auction will end at midnight on October 31,
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