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Rowling shortlisted for US award
JK Rowling
Rowling's Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is nominated
Authors JK Rowling, Nick Hornby, Stephen King and songwriter Bob Dylan have been shortlisted for major new US literary awards.

Selected by a readers' vote, winners of the Quills will be named in October.

Rowling has been shortlisted for the latest Harry Potter book while Hornby is nominated for A Long Way Down.

Intended to be more high-profile than existing US book awards, the Quills cover 19 categories ranging from graphic novels to romance stories.

Among the other categories are sports, children's and best debut fiction, with five nominees in each.

Finalists in the fiction section include Philip Roth's The Plot Against America and Marilynne Robinson's Pulitzer Prize-winning Gilead.

Bob Dylan was nominated for his biography, Chronicles Volume One.

Sales boost

The shortlists were chosen by thousands of librarians and booksellers, with the requirement the entries had appeared on a bestseller list.

Organisers hope the prizes will bring attention to the books and raise sales.

The public can vote online for their favourite for books between 15 August and 15 September.

US TV network NBC will screen the awards on 22 October.

"This is the first consumer-driven awards programme that acknowledges the power and importance of the written word and celebrates literacy," NBC TV president Jay Ireland said.

A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales for the event will go towards a literacy programme.

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