Quill kudos don ‘Earrings’

'Prada' takes <I>Variety</I> Blockbuster Book to Film Award

NEW YORK — The second annual Quill Book Awards, which took place at the Museum of Natural History Tuesday night in Gotham, focused on tomes with a Hollywood connection.

Book of the year honors went to “Madea’s Family Reunion” director Tyler Perry for his comic nonfiction tome, “Don’t Make a Black Woman Take off Her Earrings,” featuring a straight-talking matron. Perry also scooped up another award in humor category.

Christopher Moore’s “A Dirty Job,” a comic novel featuring oddball characters and a surreal plot, won the prize for general fiction, besting stalwarts like E.L. Doctorow.

Al Gore got the nod in History/Current Events/Politics for “An Inconvenient Truth.”

Entertainers dominated the rest of the winners’ list:

The late Jim Henson won the prize in the Health/Self-Improvement category for his, “It’s Not Easy Being Green,” with daughter Cheryl Henson accepting kudos on his behalf.

Food Network and “Every Day With Rachael Ray” host Rachael Ray took home the Cooking trophy for “Rachael Ray 365: No Repeats.”

And “The Devil Wears Prada” won the inaugural Variety Blockbuster Book to Film Award, which went to the tome’s author, Lauren Weisberger, publishers Anchor Books and Broadway Books, and pic’s helmer David Frankel. Award, which had been announced previously, was presented by pic’s star Stanley Tucci and Variety editor-in-chief Peter Bart.

“It feels unfair to be getting an award at a ceremony honoring books,” joked Frankel, “but I accept.”

Other winners included “Eldest” by Christopher Paolini and bad-dog tale “Marley & Me” by John Grogan. Grogan’s book, which has been optioned by Fox, took home two prizes, in the Audio and Biography/Memoir categories.

Target received the Corporate Literacy Award and Caroline Kennedy won the Platinum Quill Award. Both awards also had been announced previously.

Awards, presented by Variety parent company Reed Business Information, celebrate top titles as chosen by readers. Bank of America helped sponsor the event.

Kudos, hosted by NBC’s Lester Holt and produced by Al Roker shingle Al Roker Prods., will be aired on NBC O&O’s and affils Oct. 28. Ceremony was also streamed live on MSNBC.com.

A host of celebs presented kudos, including Anderson Cooper, Donald Trump, Lewis Black, Liz Smith and Harry Connick Jr.

Noted scribes who handed out kudos included John Berendt, Daniel Handler, Dominick Dunne and Janet Evanovich.

Ceremony was relatively short by kudos standards, though presenter S. Epatha Merkerson of “Law and Order” quipped late in the ceremony, “I don’t know about you but I’ve been here long enough to write my memoirs.”

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