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CHRISTOPHERS HONOR 13 AUTHORS & ILLUSTRATORS FOR BOOKS ABOUT LOVE, COURAGE & COMMUNICATION ACROSS CULTURES
Nine books for adults and young people will be celebrated at the 61st Christopher Awards event
NEW YORK, April 7, 2010 — The Christophers are set to honor nine winning books for adults and young people on April 15 at the 61st annual Christopher Awards celebration here. The Christopher Awards salute the creators of books, feature films and TV/cable programs that remind audiences of their power as individuals to make a difference. The winning books were selected from 695 titles published in 2009—317 for Adults, 378 for Young People—that were submitted and reviewed.
Books for Young People
Young readers learn about courage, exploration, history and life-changing interaction between friends from different cultures in the five winning Books for Young People.
Books for Adults
Readers get to travel through time and history to explore cultural clashes and at times rapprochements in New York, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Illinois and East Africa in the four compelling Books for Adults that The Christophers tapped to take this year’s honors. The books trace the impact of people who ignore all odds and achieve extraordinary results.
In addition to the books, Christopher Awards will also be presented to the creators of three feature films and five TV and cable programs.
The Christophers, a nonprofit organization founded in 1945 by Maryknoll Father James Keller, is rooted in the Judeo-Christian tradition of service to God and humanity. The ancient Chinese proverb—“It’s better to light one candle than to curse the darkness”— guides its publishing, radio, leadership and awards programs.
The Christopher Awards, first presented in 1949, annually honor writers, producers, directors and illustrators in the publishing, film, TV and cable industries whose work “affirms the highest values of the human spirit.” More information about The Christophers is available at www.christophers.org