Books: Oscarette

Publishers plan awards

The Oscar. The Emmy. The Tony. The Grammy. Next, the Bookie? Now that the Association of American Publishers has replaced the 30-year-old National Book Awards with something called the American Book Awards, that is a distinct possibility. The association grandly suggests that "a plaque or statuette designed by a major American artist" be awarded to winners. Unfortunately, there is no promise as yet of a checkette drawn on a major American bank.

Although nearly all of the men and women on the American Book Awards committee are New York-based executives, their...

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