Pen mighty for Quills winners

Dylan wins prize for memoir

Jon Stewart and J.K. Rowling drew wins at the inaugural Quill Awards on Tuesday night.

Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” took both book of the year and children’s chapter book at the kudofest sponsored and organized by Variety parent Reed Elsevier and NBC U Television.

Stewart and his “Daily Show” writing team also won two awards, with their “America (The Book): A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction” taking trophies for audiobook and humor title.

Notable victors in the nearly 20 categories included Bob Dylan, who won for biography/memoir for his memoir “Chronicles: Volume One”; Sue Monk Kidd, general fiction for “The Mermaid Chair”; and Elizabeth Kostova, who took the debut author kudos for “The Historian,” her hefty tome about vampires.

Ceremony, which featured appearances by Stewart and Robert Klein and was emceed by Brian Williams, will air Oct. 22 on 14 NBC owned-and-operated stations. Al Roker is producing through his shingle Al Roker Prods., which is also producing a pilot for NBC that Roker will write and exec produce.

Booksellers and librarians created a shortlist of Quills titles from a pool of critically acclaimed books. The public voted on winners. Awards are also sponsored by the Quills Literacy Foundation, which will advance the cause of literacy.

“We are pleased that we have engaged the American reader in the voting process for a significant book award,” Quill Awards chief Gerry Byrne said. “We look forward to growing the Quills in the years to come.”

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