This is the book industry's version of the People's Choice Awards and American Music Awards, wherein the general public gets to choose which of five nominated books in 19 categories gets the glory as the best of the year. This year's nominees were selected by an extensive panel of approximately 6,000 US-based booksellers and librarians selected from the Publishers Weekly subscriber base. Publishers Weekly is the international industry magazine for book publishers and distributors.
Nominees for the Graphic Novel category are as follows:
American Splendor: Our Movie Year
Bone: One Volume Edition
In the Shadow of No Towers
Marvel 1602 Volume 1
Neil Gaiman, Andy Kubert, Richard Isanove
Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return
Cliver Barker's Abarat: Days of Magic Nights of War gets a nod in the Young Adult/Teen category, while J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is pitted against Lemony Snickett's A Series of Unfortunate Events Book the Eleventh: The Grim Grotto in the Children's Chapter Book/Middle Grade category.
Other nominees in various categories include Isabel Allende, Terry Pratchett, Stephen King, Maria Shriver, Bob Dylan, Deepak Chopra, and the late Charles M. Schulz. For a full list, visit the Quills website.