Nominees Announced for Audiobook of the Year
and Distinguished Achievement in Production
April 22, 2009
The Audio Publishers Association (APA) has announced three Audie nominees for the prestigious Audiobook of the Year Award and five nominees for the newly created Distinguished Achievement in Production category.
The winners will be announced at the Audies Gala awards ceremony on May 29 at the New-York Historical Society in New York City.
The three titles that have been selected for Audiobook of the Year contention are:
All three titles are distinguished by excellence in production as well as by their ability to create new interest in the audiobook format through creative and innovative marketing, says the APA.
Nominees for many additional Audie Awards categories were announced in February. Click here for that list.
The five titles that have been selected to compete for the inaugural Distinguished Achievement in Production award are:
MOST ENTRIES EVER
The Audies, the only awards program in the United States devoted entirely to honoring spoken word entertainment, drew in a record 1,000 entries from audio publishers this year, reflecting the health of the audio industry.
In recognition of the diversity and excellence achieved by a wide range of audiobook publishers, the APA created the Distinguished Achievement in Production award this year to recognize a production that represents the best the format has to offer in listening excellence.
Audiobook of the Year recognizes the audiobook that, through quality, innovation, marketing and sales, has had the most significant impact on the industry.
“This was a tough year for the judges to choose the best audiobooks because the quality of the material is better than it’s ever been,” said Ellen Myrick, chair of the Audies judges. “Each of these titles was phenomenal in their own right and we congratulate everyone who worked to bring these works to life,” she added.
“I applaud the publishers, authors, narrators and all the behind-the-scenes producers who continue to entertain audio fans in new and innovative ways,” said Anthony Goff, APA president.
JUDGES COMMENT ...
The finalists for Audiobook of the Year, with the judges’ comments, follow:
The Graveyard Book (also a finalist in the Thriller/Suspense and Children’s Titles for Ages 8-12 categories).
A Wolf at the Table: A Memoir of My Father
APA CONFERENCE & AUDIES GALA
The Audio Publishers Association will hold it's annual conference in New York City on May 28, featuring a special Narrator's Track. The Audies Gala follows in Friday, May 29.
For details about attending these events, visit the APA web site at www.audiopub.org, or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Audio Publishers Association is a not-for-profit trade organization whose primary goals are to promote awareness of the audiobook industry, gather and disseminate industry statistics, encourage high production standards, and represent the interests of audiobook publishers.
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