Book Sense Book of the Year Balloting Begins

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Voting for the 2006 Book Sense Book of the Year Awards is now open to the owners and staff of all ABA member bookstores. The presentation of the awards, which recognize independent booksellers' handselling favorites in the categories of Adult Fiction, Adult Nonfiction, Children's Literature, and Children's Illustrated, are a highlight of BookExpo America, this year in May in Washington, D.C.

The ballot for the 2006 awards includes titles appearing on the 2005 Book Sense Picks lists. In addition, there is space for write-ins in each category. Only books published in 2005 are eligible.

The title receiving the most votes in each category will be designated the Book Sense Book of the Year. The next four titles with the highest number of votes in each category will be designated Book Sense Honor Books.

Winners and honor books will be announced in late March, and their authors will be invited to attend the Book Sense Author Luncheon and the Celebration of Bookselling at this year's BEA in Washington, D.C.

Everyone working at an ABA member store is encouraged to vote, but only one ballot per person will be accepted. Ballots, online at, may be downloaded or submitted electronically. In addition, stores with Book Sense will receive ballots in the January and February Red and White Box mailings.

Voting online is open until midnight on February 28. Ballots sent via regular mail must be postmarked by February 21 and received at ABA (BSBY at ABA/Book Sense, 200 White Plains Road, Tarrytown, New York 10591) by February 28. Ballots can also be faxed to (914) 591-2720 until midnight on the 28th.