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2007 Original Voices Awards Nominees Announced

Borders has announced the nominees for the 2007 Original Voices Awards. The 12th annual Original Voices Awards recognizes fresh, compelling and ambitious works from new and
emerging talents of 2007 in fiction, non-fiction, young adult/independent reader and children's picture books. The winners in the four categories
will each receive $5,000 in prize money from Borders and the books will be featured in the company's more than 1,100 stores across the country.

"The Original Voices program reflects the passion Borders' staff has for books, music and movies and the expertise our customers have come to expect from us. The Awards are also a wonderful showcase for new and emerging authors who may not otherwise gain recognition for their work," said Rob Gruen, executive vice president, merchandising and marketing for
Borders Group, Inc. "Past winners of the Original Voices Awards include such popular and distinctive authors as Khaled Hosseini for "The Kite
Runner," Michael Pollan for "The Botany of Desire," and Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser for "Fancy Nancy."

Borders selects innovative and inspiring new books from first-time authors as well as works that represent a new direction for established
authors for the Original Voices program. Throughout the year, more than 200 contemporary authors and illustrators from around the world are highlighted to customers through in-store features that rotate on a monthly basis.

Earlier this month, finalists for the Awards were chosen by both corporate and store employees via an online voting process. A committee of corporate staff members representing each of the four categories will read each finalist and choose the winners. The winners will be announced in January and the awards ceremony will take place in March.

The nominees for the 2007 Original Voices Awards are:

"Among Other Things, I've Taken Up Smoking: A Novel" by Aoibheann Sweeney (Penguin)
"An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England: A Novel" by Brock Clarke (Algonquin)
"The Name of the Wind" by Patrick Rothfuss(Penguin)
"No One Belongs Here More Than You: Stories" by Miranda July (Scribner)
"The Raw Shark Texts: A Novel" by Steven Hall (Canongate)
"The Secret of Lost Things: A Novel" by Sheridan Hay (Doubleday)

"A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier" by Ishmael Beah (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
"Here If You Need Me: A True Story" by Kate Braestrup (Little Brown & Co.)
"My Father's Secret War: A Memoir" by Lucinda Franks (Miramax)
"Prisoner of Tehran: A Memoir" by Marina Nemat (Free Press)
"Sick Girl" by Amy Silverstein (Grove/Atlantic Press)
"When a Crocodile Eats the Sun: A Memoir of Africa" by Peter Godwin (Little Brown & Co.)

Young Adult/Independent Reader:
"Before I Die" by Jenny Downham (David Fickling Books/Random House)
"Diary of a Wimpy Kid: A Novel in Cartoons" by Jeff Kinney (Abrams)
Books For Young Readers
"The Faerie Path" by Frewin Jones (EOS/HarperCollins)
"The Invention of Hugo Cabret" by Brian Selznick (Scholastic)
"Thirteen Reasons Why" by Jay Asher(Penguin)
"Wicked Lovely" by Melissa Marr(HarperCollins)

Children's Picture Books:
"The Flower" by John Light and Illustrator Lisa Evans (Crocodile Books)
"Grumpy Bird" written and illustrated by Jeremy Tankard (Scholastic)
"The Magic Rabbit" written and illustrated by Annette Leblanc Cate (Candlewick)
"Mucumber McGee and the Half-Eaten Hot Dog" written and illustrated by Patrick Loehr (Katherine Tegan Books/HarperCollins Children's)
"Not a Box" written and illustrated by Antoinette Portis (HarperCollins Children's)
"Wolf! Wolf!" written and illustrated by John Rocco (Hyperion Books for Children)