The first annual Quills nominations are in, and what a list it is: some titles you might have expected, sure, but there are some surprises, too. And that's just what Quills is about: taking the pulse of readers everywhere to find out what they really love. The process from here on out is simple: anybody who logs on to or goes into a Borders book and music store can vote for their favorites. Winners will be announced in October. Then watch for the NBC special coverage of the first annual Quills gala, hosted by Brian Williams.

Audio Book

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking (unabridged CD) Malcolm Gladwell
Time Warner AudioBooks
Chronicles: Volume One (abridged CD) Bob Dylan; read by Sean Penn
Simon & Schuster Audio
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America: A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction (abridged CD) Jon Stewart and the Writers of the Daily Show
Time Warner AudioBooks
His Excellency: George Washington (unabridged CD) Joseph J. Ellis
Recorded Books
When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? (unabridged CD) George Carlin
Hyperion Audiobooks

Children's Illustrated Book

America the Beautiful: A Pop-Up Book Robert Sabuda
Little Simon
Egyptology: Search for the Tomb of Osiris Nick Harris, illus. by Ian Andrew, Helen Ward
Candlewick Press
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale Mo Willems
Hyperion Books for Children
Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook Shel Silverstein
HarperCollins Children's Books
Zen Shorts Jon J. Muth
Scholastic Books

Children's Chapter Book/ Middle Grade

Dragon Rider Cornelia Funke, trans. by Anthea Bell
Scholastic/Chicken House
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince J.K. Rowling, illus. by Mary GrandPré
Ida B... and Her Plans to Maximize Fun Katherine Hannigan
Greenwillow Books
Peter and the Starcatchers Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
Disney Press
A Series of Unfortunate Events Book the Eleventh: The Grim Grotto Lemony Snicket, illus. by Brett Helquist
HarperCollins Children's Books

Young Adult/Teen

47 Walter Mosley
Little, Brown and Co.
Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War Clive Barker
Joanna Cotler Books
Girls in Pants:The Third Summer of the Sisterhood Ann Brashares
Delacorte Press
How I Live Now Meg Rosoff
Wendy Lamb Books
Wormwood G.P. Taylor
Putnam Juvenile

General Fiction

A Long Way Down Nick Hornby
Riverhead Book
Gilead Marilynne Robinson
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
The Mermaid Chair Sue Monk Kidd
The Plot Against America Philip Roth
Houghton Mifflin
Zorro Isabel Allende, trans. by Margaret Sayers Peden

Graphic Novel

American Splendor: Our Movie Year Harvey Pekar
Bone: One-Volume Edition Jeff Smith
Cartoon Books
In the Shadow of No Towers Art Spiegelman
Pantheon Books
Marvel 1602 Vol. 1 Neil Gaiman, Andy Kubert, Richard Isanove
Marvel Comics
Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return Marjane Satrapi
Pantheon Books

Mystery/Suspense/ Thriller

The Closers Michael Connelly
Little, Brown and Co.
Eleven on Top Janet Evanovich
St. Martin's Press
The Historian Elizabeth Kostova
Little, Brown and Co.
In the Company of Cheerful Ladies Alexander McCall Smith
With No One as Witness Elizabeth George


180 More:Extraordinary Poems for Every Day Ed. by Billy Collins
Random House
Ariel: The Restored Edition:A Facsimile of Plath's Manuscript Slyvia Plath
Gilgamesh: A New English Version Stephen Mitchell
Free Press
Blue Iris: Poems and Essays Mary Oliver
Beacon Press
Let America Be America Again: And Other Poems Langston Hughes
Vintage Books


44 Cranberry Point Debbie Macomber
Mira Books
Blue Dahlia Nora Roberts
Northern Lights Nora Roberts
The Rocky Road to Romance Janet Evanovich
Undead and Unemployed MaryJanice Davidson

Science Fiction/ Fantasy/Horror

The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower Stephen King, illus. Michael Whelan
Going Postal Terry Pratchett
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell Susanna Clarke
Shadow of the Giant Orson Scott Card
Tor Books
The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror Christopher Moore
William Morrow & Co.

Debut Author of the Year

Broken for You Stephanie Kallos
Grove Press
French Women Don't Get Fat Mireille Guiliano
Alfred A. Knopf
The Ha-Ha Dave King
Little, Brown and Co.
The Historian Elizabeth Kostova
Little, Brown and Co.
The Traveler John Twelve Hawks


God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It Jim Wallis
Harper San Francisco
Leaving the Saints: How I Lost theMormons and Found My Faith Martha Nibley Beck
Peace Is the Way Deepak Chopra
Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith Anne Lamott
Your Best Life Now Joel Osteen
Warner Faith


Chronicles: Volume One Bob Dylan
Simon & Schuster
The Glass Castle Jeannette Walls
His Excellency: George Washington Joseph J. Ellis
Alfred A. Knopf
Magical Thinking: True Stories Augusten Burroughs
St. Martin's Press
Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare Stephen Greenblatt
W.W. Norton & Co.


Confessions of an Economic Hit Man John Perkins
Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story Kurt Eichenwald
Broadway Books
DisneyWar James B. Stewart
Simon & Schuster
Freakonomics: Steven D Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
William Morrow & Co.
Winning Jack Welch with Suzy Welch


Being Dead Is No Excuse:The Official Southern Ladies Guideto Hosting the Perfect Funeral Gayden Metcalfe
Hyperion Books
Everyday Italian:125 Simple and Delicious Recipes Giada de Laurentiis
Clarkson Potter
TheGourmetCookbook:More Than 1000 Recipes Ruth Reichl
Houghton Mifflin
On Food and Cooking:The Science and Lore of the Kitchen Harold McGee
Rachael Ray's 30-Minute Get Real Meals Rachael Ray
Clarkson Potter


And One More Thing Before You Go... Maria Shriver
Free Press
Blink: The Power of ThinkingWithout Thinking Malcolm Gladwell
Little, Brown and Co.
French Women Don't Get Fat Mireille Guiliano
Alfred A. Knopf
He's Just Not That Into You Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo
Simon Spotlight Entertainment
Mother-Daughter Wisdom:Creating a Legacy of Physical andEmotional Health Christiane Northrup

History/Current Events/ Politics

102 Minutes:The Untold Story of the Fight toSurvive Inside the Twin Towers Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn
Times Books
1776 David McCullough
Simon & Schuster
The Children's Blizzard David Laskin
Collapse: How Societies Choose toFail or Succeed Jared Diamond
The World Is Flat:A Brief History of theTwenty-First Century Thomas L. Friedman
Farrar, Straus & Giroux


Bad Cat: 244 Not-So-Pretty Kittiesand Cats Gone Bad Jim Edgar
The Complete Cartoonsof theNew Yorker Robert Mankoff
Black Dog & Leventhal
The Complete Peanuts 1953—1954 Charles M. Schulz
Fantagraphics Books
The Daily Show with Jon StewartPresents America: A Citizen's Guideto Democracy Inaction Jon Stewart & the Writers of the Daily Show
Warner Books
When Will Jesus Bring thePork Chops? George Carlin
Hyperion Books


Between a Rock and a Hard Place Aron Ralston
Atria Books
Faithful:Two Diehard Boston Red Sox Fans Chronicle the Historic 2004 Season Stewart O'Nan & Stephen King
Favre Brett Favre, Bonita Favre with Chris Havel
Rugged Land
Three Nights in August:Strategy, Heartbreak, and Joy;Inside the Mind of a Manager Buzz Bissinger
Houghton Mifflin
Unforgivable Blackness:The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson Geoffrey C. Ward
Alfred A. Knopf