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Nora Roberts Beats Out Al Gore for Literary Prize

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If you didn’t heart Nora Roberts before for her writing, you have to love her for the speech she gave last night at the 3d Annual Quill Awards. Publisher’s Weekly and NBC teamed up to create the Quill Awards a few years ago with the intention of bringing “glamour and red carpet extravagance to the world of publishing.”

Roberts’ book, Angels Fall, was the voted as the best romance of the year, but last night it also took the book of the year. The freaking book of the year, folks. She beat out 18 other winners including Nobel Peace Prize winner, former Vice President Al Gore.

In her acceptance speech, Roberts said “Romance rocks.” So do you, Ms. Roberts.

Via MSNBC and Meri via my email box.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

47 Comments

  1. Jackie
    Oct 23, 2007 @ 09:58:54

    HUZZAH, NORA!

  2. Casee
    Oct 23, 2007 @ 09:59:23

    Congratulations, Nora!!!

    That is such fantastic news!

  3. Jaci Burton
    Oct 23, 2007 @ 10:07:51

    “Romance rocks.”

    Indeed it does. As does Nora.

    Congrats Nora!

  4. Meljean
    Oct 23, 2007 @ 10:08:03

    Holy mama! Congratulations, Nora!

  5. Leslie Kelly
    Oct 23, 2007 @ 10:09:46

    Huge congrats! This was so nice to see today.

  6. Rebecca Goings
    Oct 23, 2007 @ 10:16:07

    Congratulations, Nora!! And thank you so much for giving the romance genre much-needed street cred within the literary masses. lol It’s about dang time romance gets recognized!

    ~~Becka

  7. Donna
    Oct 23, 2007 @ 10:22:02

    To quote an award winning author… “ROMANCE ROCKS!!!”

    and so do you Nora!

  8. December Quinn/Stacia Kane
    Oct 23, 2007 @ 10:25:38

    This is awesome on so many levels of awesomeness. CONGRATULATIONS, NORA!

  9. Kathryn S
    Oct 23, 2007 @ 10:26:25

    Fabulous! Congratulations, Nora!

  10. Has
    Oct 23, 2007 @ 10:32:31

    Fantastic :) Congratulations Nora

  11. sula
    Oct 23, 2007 @ 10:32:34

    This is very cool. Congrats Nora! Romance DOES rock and it rocks that you’ve always been so supportive of the genre.

  12. raine
    Oct 23, 2007 @ 10:32:41

    “Romance rocks.”

    Yes, it does–due, in a large part, to you.
    Congrats, Nora! :-D

  13. ilona andrews
    Oct 23, 2007 @ 10:50:45

    Congratulations!!!

  14. Ann Aguirre
    Oct 23, 2007 @ 10:53:06

    Sweet! Go Nora!

    I think this amply answers the question of WWND? She would take home ALL the prizes!

  15. celeber
    Oct 23, 2007 @ 11:01:11

    Awesome! Congratulations Ms Roberts!

  16. Jill Myles
    Oct 23, 2007 @ 11:02:08

    Congrats, Nora! I think you summed it up perfectly. :)

  17. Charlene Teglia
    Oct 23, 2007 @ 12:22:08

    How fantastic. I loved Angel Falls, and I love that a Nora Roberts book got book of the year!

  18. Beth Williamson
    Oct 23, 2007 @ 12:36:36

    Totally 100% frigging awesome! Nora rocks da house!! I’m always proud of the romance genre, but today, I feel super shiny to be a part of it.
    *still grinning*

  19. vanessa jaye
    Oct 23, 2007 @ 12:43:53

    Wow, that is freakin awesome! Congratulations, Nora!!

  20. Shannon Stacey
    Oct 23, 2007 @ 12:57:30

    That’s seriously wicked awesome! Congratulations, Nora!

  21. Shannon Stacey
    Oct 23, 2007 @ 13:00:14

    Oh, and am I the only one curious about Tiki Barber’s presence in the photo? Must investigate. *g*

  22. Leeann Burke
    Oct 23, 2007 @ 13:06:23

    Congratulations Nora! You are completely right Romance does ROCK!

  23. bam
    Oct 23, 2007 @ 13:08:10

    Nora mothafucking rocks hardcore, dude.

  24. Sandra Schwab
    Oct 23, 2007 @ 13:45:24

    Woohooo! Big congratulations! This is truly awesome!!!

  25. Sara Dennis
    Oct 23, 2007 @ 15:06:20

    Congratulations, Nora!

  26. Robin
    Oct 23, 2007 @ 15:50:00

    Diddo!

  27. Julie Leto
    Oct 23, 2007 @ 16:01:25

    Yeah, Nora! Congratulations!

  28. Nalini Singh
    Oct 23, 2007 @ 16:07:04

    How incredibly awesome! Congratulations, Nora!

  29. lisabea
    Oct 23, 2007 @ 16:59:58

    Freakin’ awesome.

  30. Kristie(J)
    Oct 23, 2007 @ 17:15:25

    Oh My!!!! This So Rocks!!! Congratulations Nora Roberts!!!!

  31. Heather Holland
    Oct 23, 2007 @ 18:09:25

    I would say congrats, but that seems a bit overdone already. So how about, “Rock On!” :)

  32. Robin Bayne
    Oct 23, 2007 @ 18:35:38

    Nora Rocks!!! Congrats!!

  33. Gennita Low
    Oct 23, 2007 @ 18:53:10

    Major Awesome congrats! Book of the Year–wahooo!

  34. Jackie L.
    Oct 23, 2007 @ 19:28:26

    ‘Bout time Nora got the recognition she deserves! Enjoy your well deserved award, then please get back to writing. WOOT!

  35. Melani Blazer
    Oct 23, 2007 @ 19:36:24

    Congrats, Nora! And YAY for a romance getting BOTY!

  36. Patrice Michelle
    Oct 23, 2007 @ 20:59:40

    Congratulations, Nora! It’s very well deserved.

    You rock! :)

  37. Lynn Matherly
    Oct 23, 2007 @ 21:59:27

    CONGRATULATIONS, Nora! :) Romance does rock.

    I can’t wait to watch the entire event on Saturday night!

  38. Rosie
    Oct 23, 2007 @ 23:23:56

    Hail to the Queen…long may she reign. Many congratulations Nora!

  39. Nora Roberts
    Oct 24, 2007 @ 04:32:54

    Thanks, everybody–and thanks to Romance readers for being the best.

  40. Jane
    Oct 24, 2007 @ 10:04:06

    The Smart Bitches are having a nice giveaway relating to la nora including an ARC of Blood Brothers.

  41. MZ
    Oct 24, 2007 @ 15:39:23

    Oprah must be choking….

    A very well deserved award. Congratulations, Nora, you just made every romance author and reader proud.

  42. Bronwyn Jameson
    Oct 24, 2007 @ 20:31:31

    WWND? Take the prize, natch.

    Soooo chuffed to see this news, for romance, for Nora, for a wondersome book.

  43. Brit Blaise
    Oct 24, 2007 @ 21:54:26

    Beating out Al Gore…does it get better than that? Don’t think so.

  44. Janine
    Oct 25, 2007 @ 12:57:04

    I’m just catching up on some earlier posts and wanted to add my congratulations, too. Way to go!

  45. Yvonne Lindsay
    Oct 25, 2007 @ 13:09:23

    Fantastic news! Congratulations, Nora. YOU rock, ROMANCE rocks, WINNING QUILL BOOK OF THE YEAR definitely rocks!

  46. Natasha Moore
    Oct 25, 2007 @ 18:56:02

    Adding my congrats to the list! Rock on!

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