Thursday, November 29, 2007

Do you know somebody who gets people excited about books and reading??? A genuine bookish superhero???

Hey, loyal Swivet readers! Do you know somebody who gets other people excited about books and reading? A passionate bookseller? A teacher who goes above and beyond? A librarian who makes reading fun? (An unemployed blogger who slaves away posting pointless book news while being molested by furry four-legged Luddites in search of tuna?) Is there an organization you know about that you feel is making a difference in the world of books and reading and literacy? Well, now is your chance to say thank you to these individuals and/or organizations, and maybe even help them win some big $$$ for their efforts.

Nominate your favorite bookish superhero(es) for one of the Third Annual James Patterson PageTurner Awards!

Every year, bestselling writer James Patterson awards $250,000 to individuals, schools, companies and other institutions who find original and effective ways to spread the excitement of books and reading. Past winners have included The Washington Center for the Book, All Hallows High School (Bronx, NY), Pam Shelton (Botswana Book Project), Elaine Petrocelli (Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA), Emma Rodgers (Black Images Book Bazaar, Dallas, TX), and the First Book Program in Washington, DC. (Think what you will about Patterson's prose; his heart is definitely in the right place.)

Who is eligible?
The 2007 James Patterson PageTurner Awards submission period will be officially open on Saturday, June 2, 2007. The awards are open to individuals who are legal residents of U.S. or Canada, and to organizations (e.g. companies, schools or any other non-individual organization based in the U.S. or Canada). This year, the awards total $250,000 and will be broken down as follows:

U.S Recipients Individual Awards:
One (1) award in the amount of $25,000
Five (5) awards each in the amount of $5,000
Five (5) awards each in the amount of $2,500

Organization Awards:
One (1) award in the amount of $50,000
Two (2) awards each in the amount of $25,000
Five (5) awards each in the amount of $5,000
Fifteen (15) awards each in the amount of $2,500

Canadian recipients:
One (1) award in the amount of $20,000
Two (2) awards each in the amount of $2,500
So get crackin', kids! The deadline for nominations is December 9th! For more information, click here.

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